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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!
charming hilltop villages and the ancient French cities of Avignon and Lyon
the Rhône valley with expert wine guides, enjoying behind-the-scenes access
quintessential French delicacies and Michelin-starred restaurant cuisine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Le Royal Hôtel Lyon
The centrally located Hôtel Le Royal Lyon overlooks the Place Bellecour and is just a short walk across the River Rhône to the UNESCO protected old town of Vieux Lyon. The hotel offers three dining spaces to enjoy Lyonnaise cuisine – Côté Cuisine for breakfast, L’Institut restaurant and cooking school, and Côte Bellecour for regional wines and bites. Rooms are individually designed and feature free wifi, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, bathrobe, in-room safe, electric kettle with tea and coffee, toiletries, and hair dryer.
Hôtel le Vallon de Valrugues
This luxurious hotel in beautiful Saint-Rémy-de-Provence offers spacious and refined accommodations set amid gardens with views of the Alpilles mountains. The property offers a gastronomic restaurant, summer bistro, bar, spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, and easy access to the lively center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, free wifi, hair dryer, toiletries, coffee machine, safe, and laundry service (additional charge).
Domaine de Capelongue (Luberon Valley Extension)
Perched on a hilltop in the idyllic village of Bonnieux, this stone brick farmhouse is a quintessential Provençal experience. Panoramic views, lush manicured gardens, an oasis-like pool, and a chef's herb garden are just a few of the many luxuries found throughout the property. White-washed walls, fine linens, and muted colors create a serene atmosphere for utter relaxation. Each room offers an en-suite bathroom complete with bathrobes and hairdryer, complimentary WiFi, LCD television, radio, minibar, safe, and air conditioning. Two-star Michelin Chef Édouard Loubet creates elegant dishes in the two restaurants at the Bastide. His creativity and passion shines through in his Provençal cuisine.
Optional Extension: May 3 - 6, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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
- 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
Jr. Suite: $7,395
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple or child accommodations.
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