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Rhône Valley to Provence

May 15 - 22, 2021

8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

16

Meals

Join your hosts from Reininger Winery as you immerse yourselves in one of the world’s most renowned and spectacular wine regions. Discover the gourmand’s paradise of Lyon, enjoy a cooking workshop and traditional French delicacies in Provence, and tour the ancient vineyards and taste some of the best Cru wines of the Rhône Valley. Experience the joie de vivre of southern France like you never expected!

Visit

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 Michelin-starred restaurant cuisine

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 centrally located hotel on Place Bellecour in downtown Lyon where you can unwind and settle into your new surroundings. This evening, we will gather together for introductions and a welcome dinner showcasing Lyonnaise cuisine.

Dinner

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon

Day 2

Saint-Joseph & Hermitage

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

Head back to Lyon later this afternoon for some time to explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy dinner on your own in this culinary capital, which boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in France. Your Travel Director can provide recommendations and assist with reservations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon

Day 3

Cote Rotie & Condrieu

This morning we’ll 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 area winemakers and learn what makes this wine so exceptional. Enjoy views of vineyards spread across the Rhône Valley and savor a wine-paired lunch featuring local ingredients.

Back in Lyon, discover why the city is considered the gastronomy capital of France with a walk through the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse — the city’s covered food market filled with delicious treasures. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening in one of Lyon’s many amazing restaurants.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon

Day 4

Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Saint-Rémy

Depart Lyon this morning and travel to our hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Enroute, we’ll visit 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 time to relax and explore the property’s gardens and grounds. Sit down to a dinner of Provençal in the property’s gastronomic restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hôtel le Vallon de Valrugues

Day 5

Les Baux & Graveson

Travel to the hilltop town of 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 a find a spot for lunch on our 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 and indulge in a dinner of our own creation, enjoyed with Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine and storytelling.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hôtel le Vallon de Valrugues

Day 6

Avignon

Today we visit the ancient city of Avignon, filled with magnificent art and architecture and home to seven popes in the 14th century. Tour a famed distillery, taste its award-winning popular brandies and liqueurs, and learn how the distillery grows “prisoned pears” inside bottles. Relax during lunch inside the distillery.

After lunch, learn about the medieval history of Avignon on a guided tour that winds down streets filled with boutiques, artisan stores, and cafés. Explore the Palais des Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace and spend time exploring this vibrant city with dinner at our leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hôtel le Vallon de Valrugues

Day 7

Cadenet & Lourmarin

Head to an organic farm for the day to enjoy one of France’s most traditional and secretive countryside traditions: truffle hunting. Meet an expert hunter and his dog in the field, sample fresh truffles paired with Champagne, and enjoy a buffet lunch paired with estate wines.

After lunch, head to the beautiful village of Lourmarin in the heart of the Luberon region, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Wander the quaint city center and see the Renaissance chateau. Later, take part in a game of pétanque, a popular Provençal ballgame, during a private court session followed by aperitifs. This evening we’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hôtel le 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 nearby hilltop villages of Provence’s Luberon region. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Luberon Valley

Day 8

Take a private transfer through the patchwork of vineyards and orchards to the charming village of Roussillon, known for the distinctive reddish color of its buildings that comes from the large deposits of ochre in the surrounding hills. Enjoy time to wander and have lunch before continuing on to the clifftop village of Bonnieux. Spend three nights at a picturesque country estate surrounded by gardens and terraces and known for superb southern French cooking. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure.

Breakfast

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 9

After a relaxing morning, we’ll make the short drive to Gordes - one of the most beautiful villages in France, perched high above the Luberon plain and offering spectacular views of the valley below. Explore the winding cobbled alleyways and enjoy lunch at a cafe. Later, we’ll visit the still-functioning Sénanque Abbey built in the 12th century where a small community of monks plant and cultivate the often photographed lavender fields. We’ll stop at the nearby Village des Bories, which features well-preserved stone huts (bories) hand built with no mortar between the 15th to 18th century. A small authentic village of bories can also be found near your accommodations. Dinner is on our own this evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 10

This morning we’ll head to L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Once a fishing town with an abundance of crayfish in the River Sorgue, L’Isle sur la Sorgue is now known for its antique shops and bustling Sunday market--the largest outdoor market in the Luberon area, which includes a food market, flea market, and antique market. Spend time taking in the market and strolling over the footbridges, past historical waterwheels, and through the narrow, winding streets of this picturesque riverside spot. On our way back, we’ll stop at a local wine producer for a tasting of Luberon wines. The rest of the day is free to spend at our leisure.

Breakfast

Overnight at Domaine de Capelongue

Day 11

Take a private transfer from your hotel to the Marseille Provence Airport for flights home. Bon voyage!

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: May 15 - 22, 2021
Extension: May 22 - 25, 2021

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: $5,895
Superior: $6,495
Jr. Suite: $7,195
Single: $7,995

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,995
Single: $3,995

*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 non-refundable 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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