Champagne, Burgundy & The Rhone Valley - This wonderful journey takes us to some of France’s greatest wine regions. From sparkling champagne to the fragrant whites of Chablis and the classic reds of Burgundy, we not only taste these regional treats but also enjoy the wonderful landscapes in which vines have grown for centuries. Stay in charming towns rich in heritage, try superb French cuisine and learn about regional wines from local experts. This is a fantastic in-depth tour for lovers of good food, wine and culture.

Vintage France

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 7 DAYSPrice : FROM $3075Country : FRANCE
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Wineyard, Cote de Beaune © Alain Doire/Bourgogne Tourisme
Beaune Hotel Dieu © Alain Doire/Bourgogne TourismeChampagne, FranceReims, Cathedrale © CRT ChampagneChablis Wine Tasting © Alain Doire/Bourgogne TourismeChampagne, France

Champagne, Burgundy & The Rhone Valley - This wonderful journey takes us to some of France’s greatest wine regions. From sparkling champagne to the fragrant whites of Chablis and the classic reds of Burgundy, we not only taste these regional treats but also enjoy the wonderful landscapes in which vines have grown for centuries. Stay in charming towns rich in heritage, try superb French cuisine and learn about regional wines from local experts. This is a fantastic in-depth tour for lovers of good food, wine and culture.

Included in the price

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 3 x evening meals
  • Tastings in Champagne, Chablis, Burgundy & Rhone Valley
  • Walking tour of the vineyards in Beaune
  • Included Entrances: The Perching Bar, Domaine Laroche, The Hotel- Dieu (The Hospices de Beaune)

Day 1: Paris – Reims – Ay

Day 1: Paris – Reims – Ay

Leaving Paris behind, this morning we visit Reims, the Champagne region’s main city. During WWI most of the medieval city was destroyed and subsequently extensively rebuilt during the 1920s in an Art Deco style. Fortunately, the wonderful Cathedral of Our Lady remains, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before travelling to Ay we have the opportunity to taste some champagne in a traditional, family-run champagne house. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner together in Ay, a quiet town in the Champagne-Ardenne region. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel Castel Jeanson, Ay (3-star) [see picture]

Day 2: Champagne

Day 2: Champagne

Today is devoted to Champagne as we explore this incredible region in more depth. Our first stop is Epernay often referred to as the ‘Capital of Champagne’ as its famous street, Avenue de Champagne, is lined with many famous champagne producers. Next we drive to La Cote des Blancs, a chardonnay grape growing region, where we enjoy a tasting at a small champagne producer.[see picture] This afternoon we drive to Montagne de Reims, known for its Pinot Noir. A real highlight today is our visit to the Perching Bar, where we enjoy a champagne tasting with exceptional views over the Champagne plains. (B) Accommodation: Hotel Castel Jeanson, Ay (3-star)

Day 3: Ay – Chablis – Beaune

Day 3: Ay – Chablis – Beaune

Today we travel south to Chablis, one of the most famous white wine regions in the world. Here we visit a cellar where you will be able to taste local wines. From here we journey to Beaune, which is considered to be the "Capital of Burgundy wines". Nestled between prestigious vineyards, this ancient town is bursting with boutique shops, wine stores and fabulous French bistros. (D) Accommodation: Belle Epoque, Beaune (3-star) [see picture]

Day 4: Beaune & Burgundy

Day 4: Beaune & Burgundy

This morning, we walk through the vineyards of Beaune, to learn about the history of this celebrated wine region and enjoy wine tasting in a local cellar. In the afternoon, we explore the pretty town of Beaune and enjoy a guided tour of the Hotel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). The rest of the day is completely yours. Stroll through the cobblestone streets lined with excellent eateries at your own pace, marvel at the beautiful medieval halftimbered houses and sample local produce and fine wines. (B) Accommodation: Belle Epoque, Beaune (3-star)

Day 5: Beaune – Lyon

Day 5: Beaune – Lyon

From Beaune we travel along the beautiful Route des Vins. Our first stop today is in the medieval and picturesque village of Brancion before we continue to the small town of Paray-le-Monial on the River Bourbince. Here we will visit the Romanesque basilica, including its cloisters and gardens, and admire the Renaissance-style town hall. Continuing south, we stop at some charming quaint villages en route before our journey ends in Lyon, the Gourmet Capital of France and our base for the next two nights. (B) Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Terreaux, Lyon (4-star)

Day 6: Lyon – Rhone Valley – Lyon

Day 6:  Lyon – Rhone Valley – Lyon

This morning we explore the Rhone Valley, stopping first in Tain l’Hermitage, home of the famous Hermitage wines, where we enjoy a private tasting session at Chapoutier House. We then drive to Tournon-sur-Rhone to admire its historic centre and the pedestrian chain-bridge. Continuing north, our final stop is Domaine Georges Vernay, a wellrespected Condrieu wine producer. Back in Lyon we enjoy dinner in a traditional “Bouchon Lyonnais”.[see picture] (B, D) Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Terreaux, Lyon (4-star)

Day 7: Lyon

Our tour finishes after breakfast. You may wish to further explore this wonderful city at your leisure. (B) [Pick-Up: The tour commences from the Hotel la Demeure, 51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005, Paris at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure] [Drop Off: Tour finishes 10:00am at Grand Hotel des Terreaux, 16 Rue Lanterne, 69001, Lyon, France]

Burgundy

Burgundy

This eastern region of central France offers incredibly beautiful natural scenery of picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, river valleys and medieval palaces that are worth exploring. The region of Burgundy is among the best known (if not the most well known) wine regions in the world. The terms "white burgundy" and "red burgundy" are often used to describe a quality wine like a Burgundy-style wines incomparable in taste and smell to any other kind of wine worldwide. Admirers call the elixir produced there "Monseigneur le Vin de Bourgogne" and say that if France still has a real beauty and splendor of an actual modern miracle this is undoubtedly Burgundy wine with its ethereal, sensual and aristocratic restraint.
Reims

Reims

Located in the Champagne-Ardenne region, 130 km from Paris, Reims, known as the "city of coronations" or "city of kings", houses four buildings listed as Unesco world heritage since 1991: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the former royal abbey of Saint-Rémi and its abbey church, the basilica of Saint-Rémi, and the former archiepiscopal palace, known as the Palace of Tau.
The historic site of Lyon

The historic site of Lyon

Lyon, the ancient town at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône, capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and popular centre, has played a major role in Europe's political, cultural and economic development since Roman times. The city's extremely rich heart contains many historic buildings from all ages and has been listed as a Unesco world heritage since 1998.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for France    

VISAS: France tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant   

MONEY: 1 AUD = 0.65 € (20/02/2014). You always get a better exchange rate in-country, though it’s a good idea to arrive with enough local currency to take a taxi to a hotel if you have to. Carry as little cash as possible while travelling around. In Paris, exchange bureaux (bureaux de change) are faster and easier, open longer hours and give better rates than most banks. In general, post offices in Paris can offer the best exchange rates and accept banknotes in various currencies as well as American Express and Visa travellers cheques. The commission for travellers cheques is 1.5% (minimum about €4). Familiarise yourself with rates offered by the post office and compare them with those at exchange bureaux. On small transactions, even exchange places with less-than-optimal rates may leave you with more euros in your pocket.   

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: France has several climatic zones and substantial variations in its weather due to its great size and location on the western edge of Europe. The north and northeastern areas have predictably warm summers and cold winters with abundant rainfall while the Atlantic Ocean provides cooler summers from westerly winds and warmer winters along the western coast. South of the Loire river is where the weather becomes significantly warmer. The Mediterranean zone in the south and southeast has hot and somewhat dry summers, mild winters, and low, yet unpredictable rainfall. The south is also subject to the formidable mistral (violent winds) and sudden storms, but generally has reliable weather for visitors. The mountainous zones are in the Pyrénées, Alps, and Massif Central and have heavy winter snowfall, yet cool and sunny summers with abundant rain.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris   

BEST TIME TO VISIT FRANCE: Depending on what you want to get out of your trip, there is always a good time to visit France. Winter is a great time to enjoy snow sports in the Alps and Pyrenees, while the summer is great for soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Generally, France enjoys a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers, except for the Mediterranean areas that bask in warm temperatures most of the year. Popular tourist spots can get crowded during the peak holiday periods of Christmas, Easter and the school holiday months of July and August; if travelling during these times, be prepared to share France with many other travellers and holidaying locals.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken.    

ACCOMMODATION: Travelling with LaCity Travel is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. The gastronomic pleasures of France are world-renowned, so travellers won’t be disappointed with the food of France. There’s something to suit all budgets here, from Michelin star restaurants to humble cafes and market stalls.   

RELIGION: 63% of French people consider themselves Catholic, 30% declare themselves without religion.   

HISTORY: 
New Early History: France has a fascinating history marked by war, invasion, imperialistic expansion and revolution. Enduring the ravages of the Black Death, and the uncertainty of political upheaval and civil unrest, it's probably these events that give the modern French people their passionate, fighting spirit. 
Recent History: France’s recent history is as interesting as its beginnings. Invaded by Germany during World War I and World War II, France suffered many losses during both of these wars. Civilian and military lives were lost, strict rationing created harsh living conditions, and regular airstrikes and shelling created a climate of fear. The French Resistance has been the subject of many books and movies, mainly because it’s such an interesting example of the French spirit. The French Resistance is the name given to pockets of men and women who rallied against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Using guerrilla tactics, as well as underground press and other means, these groups provided safe houses and escape networks for Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. They also provided intelligence and other information to the Allies, as well as committed acts of sabotage against the German military. Visitors to France can choose to see many sites that reflect these times including the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. 
More recently, France has enjoyed the stability that comes with being a part of the European Union and NATO; even though unemployment remains high, France is currently enjoying more peaceful times than it has had in the past.
  

SHOPPING:  Home to designer fashion houses, luxurious perfumeries, exclusive boutiques and antique merchants, France isn’t a great shopping destination for those on a budget. Regardless, there’s much fun to be had whether you’re window shopping or indulging in the real thing. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

TAXIS: You should only use licenced, official taxis in France, as assaults and robberies have occurred in unlicensed taxis. Unlicensed taxis often target high traffic destinations such as airports, train stations, theatres and nightclubs. In Paris, licenced taxis have the sign ‘Taxi Parisien’ located at the top of the car. Private car companies are legal but must be pre-booked.   

DRIVING: Australians wanting to drive in France must have a valid Australian driver's licence and a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the relevant IDP authority in your state before leaving Australia. The minimum age to drive a vehicle is 18. Australians resident in France may exchange their Australian driver licence for a French licence within the first 12 months of their residency. It is obligatory for all vehicles to carry a reflective vest and warning triangle for use in case of breakdown.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
Wednesday 01 January - New Year's Day 
Sunday 20 April - Easter 
Monday 21 April - Easter Monday 
Thursday 01 May - Labour Day 
Thursday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day
Thursday 29 May - Ascension Day 
Sunday 08 June - Whit 
Sunday 
Monday 09 June - Whit Monday
Monday 14 July - Bastille Day 
Friday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Saturday 01 November - All Saints' Day 
Tuesday 11 November - Armistice Day 
Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day   

HEALTH: No vaccinations are required to travel to France.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: France is generally a safe place in which to live and travel, but crime has risen dramatically in the last few years. Property crime is a major problem but it is extremely unlikely that you will be physically assaulted while walking down the street. Always check your government’s travel advisory warnings.   

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 
Police emergencies: 17 
Fire Service emergencies: 18 
European emergency line: 112 
SOS Médecins (Paris – emergency doctors): +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77 or +33 (0) 820 332 424 
SOS Dentistes (Paris – emergency dentists): +33 (0) 1 43 37 51 00   

TIPPING: it is usual to leave a tip.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

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1. Prices are in Australian Dollars, subject to the availability at time of booking and per person twin-share price.

2. Valid for sale & departure until 12 October 2019

3. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available.