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Essential Rhône and Provence with Dobbes Family Estate

New Date:  April 9 – 16, 2021

8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

16

Meals

Savor the flavors of the world’s most renowned wine regions. Discover the gourmand’s paradise of Lyon and enjoy a cooking workshop and traditional French delicacies in Provence. Meet winemakers and wine experts in the Rhône Valley, the second largest wine-growing region in France. See treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites and explore some of France’s most picturesque landscapes and cities. Experience the French joie de vivre like you never expected!

See

charming hilltop villages and the ancient French cities of Avignon and Lyon

Explore

the Rhône valley with expert wine guides, enjoying behind-the-scenes access

Taste

quintessential French delicacies and dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant

Day 1

Lyon

Land in the Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport and meet your friendly Travel Director in the arrivals hall. Take a private transfer to our ideally located hotel in Vieux Lyon. Settle in and explore your surroundings. Gather together for a delicious dinner showcasing Lyonnaise cuisine.

Dinner

Overnight at Le Royal Hotel Lyon

Day 2

Saint-Joseph & Hermitage

Spend the morning and afternoon discovering the different terroirs of Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, and Saint-Péray appellations — tasting some of the best Crus wines. Start the day enjoying magnificent views over Hermitage wine country from the St. Christopher Chapel. Visit at least two wineries today, tasting several Syrah and Marsanne Rhône wines with an expert. Relax with a rustic winery lunch.

We’ll head back to Lyon late this afternoon with ample time to explore the city at your leisure. Lyon is filled with an array of amazing restaurants — you are free to enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Royal Hotel Lyon

Day 3

Cote Rotie & Condrieu

This morning we’ll head out to explore the prestigious Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu wine appellations — producing some of the Northern Rhône’s most famous wines made from the Syrah and Viognier grapes. Accompanied by a wine expert, we’ll visit some of the areas most interesting winemakers and learn what makes this wine so exceptional. Enjoy breathtaking views of hillside vineyards spread across the Rhône Valley. We’ll savor a wine-paired lunch at a winery before heading back to Lyon.

Back in Lyon, we’ll take a brief stroll down cobbled passageways in Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover the essential moments along the way. Discover why Lyon is considered the gastronomy capital of France and walk through the Halles de Lyon Paull Bocuse — the city’s covered food market filled with delicious treasures. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening in Lyon with time to explore at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Royal Hotel Lyon

Day 4

Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Saint-Rémy

This morning, we’ll depart Lyon and travel to our hotel in Saint-Rémy. En route, we’ll stop and discover wines from the renowned wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where vineyards cover more than 7,900 acres of land. Strict appellation d'origine contrôlée rules allow 18 varieties of red and white wines to be produced. Enjoy a tasting and lunch at a boutique winery while learning about the region's history and terroir.

Once in Saint-Rémy, we’ll settle into our luxe hotel. Enjoy the chateau’s supreme comfort and take time to explore the grounds, including 17 acres of rolling hills and gardens. Sit down to a dinner at the chateau this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Vallon de Valrugues

Day 5

Les Baux & Graveson

Travel to Les Baux-de-Provence to explore the village’s cobblestone streets, rock formations, and 10th-century castle. Visit Carrières de Lumières, a quarry turned art installation. Stroll around the village of Les Baux with your Travel Director and stop for lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the charming village of Graveson for a culinary workshop in Chef Yvan’s colorful studio. Master essential French cooking techniques from his charismatic instruction. Indulge in a dinner of our own creation, enjoyed with Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine and storytelling.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Vallon de Valrugues

Day 6

Avignon

Arrive at the ancient city of Avignon, filled with magnificent art and architecture. Tour a famed distillery, taste its award-winning popular brandies and liqueurs and learn how the distillery grows “prisoned pears” inside bottles. Relax during a lunch inside the distillery.

Wander through Avignon on a guided tour, winding down streets with boutiques, artisan stores, and cafés. Explore the Palais des Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Spend time exploring this ancient city on your own with dinner at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Vallon de Valrugues

Day 7

Cadenet & Lourmarin

Head to an organic farm for a day of truffle hunting. Meet an expert hunter and his dog in the field. Sample fresh truffles paired with Champagne. Enjoy a buffet lunch paired with estate wines.

Head to the beautiful village of Lourmarin, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Wander the quaint city center and see the 15th-century castle. Later, take part in a game of pétanque, a popular Provençal ballgame, during a private court session. Take part in this French pastime followed by aperitifs. This evening we’ll enjoy a memorable farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Vallon de Valrugues

Day 8

Marseille

Savor your last French breakfast before taking a private transfer from your hotel to the Marseille Provence Airport. Not ready to leave? Continue your travels to the sun-soaked French Riviera for an optional four-day extension. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in the French & Italian Riviera

Day 8

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. Enjoy lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants in the city’s historic old town before meeting your local guide for a walking tour of the city, including the beautiful flower market. From here, your driver will transport you across the border to Sanremo--Italy’s own Monte Carlo on the Italian Riviera and your home for the next three nights. This evening, explore your new surroundings and enjoy dinner on your own.

Breakfast

Overnight at Royal Hotel Sanremo

Day 9

Today, head to one of the most charming towns of the Riviera di Ponente, Bussana Vecchia. Known as a hub for international artists, Bussana is a gem nestled in the hills overlooking the sea. After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1887, Bussana was brought back to life by Northern European artists who fell in love with this unique village and claimed it as their new home. Later, continue on to Cervo, a Ligurian village perched above the sea for a lunch of traditional fare. Wander the maze of narrow alleys sloping towards the coast and explore San Giovanni Battista Church, a true jewel of Ligurian Baroque. Return to Sanremo for dinner at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Royal Hotel Sanremo

Day 10

Spend a leisurely day in beautiful Sanremo, known as The City of Flowers for its cultivation of roses, carnations, and tropicals. Stroll majestic boulevards and admire Art Nouveau architecture, reminiscent of when Empress "Sissi" of Austria, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, and Emperor Nicholas II of Russia vacationed here. Pay homage to the Sanremo Casino or catch a symphony at the Municipal Casino's Opera Theatre or infamous Ariston Theater.

Breakfast

Overnight at Royal Hotel Sanremo

Day 11

This morning say goodbye to the riviera and take a private transfer from your hotel to the Milan Malpensa Airport to fly home. ¡Arrivederci!

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: April 9 – 16, 2021
Extension: April 16 – 19, 2021

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 — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

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 4 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • 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: $5,695
Deluxe: $6,295
Jr. Suite: $6,995
Suite: $7,595
Single: $7,995

Extension Rates*

Classic $2,995
Single $4,195

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

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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