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Rhône Valley to Provence

May 18 - 25, 2025

8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

14

Meals

Experience the diverse landscapes, medieval villages, and gastronomic delights of the South of France during this 8-day journey through the legendary Rhône Valley. Highlights of the trip include the historic cities of Lyon, Vienne, and Avignon where Roman ruins, Renaissance architecture, and awe-inspiring castles and cathedrals are surrounded by rolling vineyards and pastoral countryside. 

Visit

family-run estates and artisan producers on an epicurean journey through the Valley of Gastronomy

Explore

the historic and picturesque towns of Lyon, Vienne, and Avignon on the banks of the Rhône River

Discover

the range of local wines and taste vintages from the Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Day 1

Arrival & Welcome Dinner

Land in the Lyon Airport where a private driver will be waiting in the Arrivals area to greet you and transport you to our accommodations ideally located in Lyon city center. Take time to get settled, relax, and explore the surrounding area. We’ll kick things off this evening, gathering for an aperitif and introductions followed by a Welcome Dinner showcasing the flavors of the region.

Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Carlton Lyon

Day 2

Lyon

After breakfast, join an expert local guide for a walking tour to discover the highlights of Lyon— France’s second-largest city and the country’s gastronomical capital. Following the tour, sit down for a delicious lunch at a restaurant featuring local ingredients. The afternoon is open for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage city at your own pace, strolling through the cobblestone lanes and networks of medieval passageways, and taking in the classical architecture and colorful shops.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Carlton Lyon

Day 3

Northern Cote du Rhone

This morning, we’ll check out after breakfast and journey south along the Rhône River. We will stop at a local flour mill where Mathieu the owner will welcome us for a tour of the facilities. After the tour we will make our way to a local restaurant for a lunch featuring delicious traditional dishes. This afternoon, visit an area wine estate for a tour and tasting before continuing south to our accommodations in the small town of Tain l’Hermitage, known for its terraced vineyards, local wines, and Valrhona chocolate. The evening will be open to explore our new surroundings.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Fac & Spera Hôtel

Day 4

Tain l’Hermitage

We’ll have a leisurely start to the day, meeting late morning for a short walk to a charming local shop and wine bar offering tastes of exceptional local wines. Afterward, savor a delicious lunch at a favorite local restaurant followed by a winery tour and tasting of the iconic northern Rhône Valley wines at a nearby cellar where we’ll learn about their soil and cultivation and production methods. The remainder of the day will be free to wander the area at your own pace, perhaps taking a stroll across the river to the village of Tournon-sur-Rhône known for its medieval castle dating back as early as the 10th century.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Fac & Spera Hôtel

Day 5

Valence

Check out mid-morning and travel to the town of Valence— gateway to the south of France. For lunch, we’ll stop at a local bistro run by a renowned chef and continue on to an olive oil estate where we’ll discover the secrets of cultivating olive trees and producing olive oil that have been passed down through five generations. The last leg of today’s journey will be to the ancient walled city of Avignon where we’ll check into our accommodations and have free time to relax and begin to acquaint ourselves with this charming medieval city.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hôtel De Cambis

Day 6

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Today we explore the southern part of the Rhône Valley, visiting the renowned appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (the “pope’s new castle”) and the village of the same name. We’ll visit two highly regarded local wineries for tours and tastings. Experience the vineyards and cellars and learn about the terroirs, varietals, and winemaking techniques of the area. In between our winery visits, we’ll stop for lunch in the village and have some free time to explore the town. Return to Avignon in the late afternoon for an open evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hôtel De Cambis

Day 7

Avignon

On our last day in Provence, we’ll explore the city of Avignon, which served as the seat of the Catholic popes in the 14th century. Join a knowledgeable local guide for a morning walking tour that includes the massive Pope’s Palace and the 12th-century Pont d’Avignon bridge. Afterward, enjoy free time to check out the local cafes, shops, and leafy squares. This evening, we’ll gather for a festive farewell dinner featuring the unforgettable foods and wines of the region.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hôtel De Cambis

Day 8

Departure

After an early breakfast, take a private transfer to Marseille Airport. Still hungry for more adventure? Continue your journey with an optional four-day extension to Provence. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Provence

DAY 1

Arrival to Provence

Today we’ll make our way southeast through the countryside to the fabled region of Provence, traveling by private transfer from from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence, known as “the city of a thousand fountains” for its iconic fountains spread throughout the historic city center. We’ll have time to settle into our accommodations and explore our new surroundings. This evening, gather for a wine-paired dinner in the city center, savoring the flavors of the region.

Dinner

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Cezanne

DAY 2

Cassis

This morning, we’ll head south to the picturesque coastal village of Cassis. Our first stop will be a winery in the renowned Cassis appellation for a tour of the cellars and tasting of the local wines. Known predominantly for its white wines, the Cassis appellation was one of the first AOCs to be created in France in 1936, along with Sauternes and Châteauneuf du Pape. After the visit, we'll continue into town to explore the charming streets and enjoy a lunch of regional Provençal flavors.

This afternoon, embark on a boat cruise and experience the towering limestone cliffs and clear azure waters of Calanques National Park. The evening is open to relax and check out one of the many local restaurant choices.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Cezanne

DAY 3

Aix en Provence

Today, we’ll immerse ourselves in the cultural treasures of Aix-en-Provence. Start the day with a market visit, where we'll select fresh local ingredients that we’ll use in a cooking class inspired by Provençal culinary tradition, followed by a delicious lunch of our own creation. Afterward, take a walking tour of the town with a knowledgeable local guide. Stroll along the historic streets lined with elegant mansions and vibrant squares and delve into the city's rich history, soak in the stories of renowned figures like painter Paul Cézanne, who once called the city home. Enjoy an open evening to unwind and explore the city at your own pace. 

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Cezanne

DAY 4

Departure

After breakfast, check out and take a private transfer to Marseille Provence Airport to catch return flights home. Au revoir!

Breakfast

Accommodations

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Details

Dates

Program: May 18 - 25, 2025
Extension: May 25 - 28, 2025

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates*

Classic: $7,695
Deluxe: $8,095
Jr. Suite: $8,595
Single Occupancy: $8,895

Extension Rates*

Classic: $3,495
Single Occupancy: $4,295

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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