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Wine and Gourmet walking : visit Chateauneuf du Pape wineries

Wine and Gourmet walking : visit Chateauneuf du Pape wineries

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Chateauneuf du Pape is southern France’s most prestigious wine village : grapes have been grown here for 700 years. The best way to discover these vineyards is by foot, strolling between the gnarled vines from one estate to the next, run by the same families for generations. Based in the heart of Chateauneuf du Pape you’ll have lots of wine-tasting opportunities.
And above all a half-day’s guided wine tour with a local wine expert.
You then continue walking in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone region, in the hills above Gigondas – also renowned for its powerful reds – where the vines hover high above the Rhône Valley, and the views are breathtaking. You finish your trip in Vaison la Romaine, France’s largest Roman archaeological site, also famous for its Tuesday morning market.

PLEASE NOTE 
All of the wineries are closed on Sunday : therefore the wine session can not be done on Sundays, and will be switched to the Saturday if needed

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  • Dec
  • Walking through the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
  • A half day with a wine expert to unveil the secrets of the Côtes du Rhône wines 
  • 2 great gourmet dinners
  • The wine-making village of Gigondas and the perched village of Séguret
  • The majestic "Dentelles de Montmirail" mountains
  • The medieval Vaison la Romaine: France’s largest Roman archaeological site

Day 1

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Chateauneuf du Pape & its famed vineyards

  • walking in chateauneuf du pape vineyards Chateauneuf du Pape > Chateauneuf du Pape  (3h15 - 6.2 miles) 
  • Longer walk option : 4h15 (14km - 8.7 miles - +150m / -150m)
  • Short transfer from Avignon to Chateauneuf du Pape. Literally “New castle of the Pope”, this village was chosen as the summer residence of the Popes of Avignon, complete with a castle built atop the hill, today only a set of ruins from which the views extend far into the horizon. It was the popes who brought the vines here in the 14th century, making wines that have been famous for centuries. 
    Afternoon walk in the vineyards: with such a prized terroir every square meter is planted with vines, seemingly gnarled hands reaching up from underneath the earth, proudly displaying bunches of Grenache and Syrah.
    You walk through the vines, alongside tracks packed with the red rocks that were deposited here 15 000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age. They absorb the heat during the day and emit it at night, keeping a constant warmth in the vineyards, and helping produce powerful and spicy reds. We recommend the full loop option that passes by the famous estate of Château Mont Redon.
    Settle into your hotel in the heart of the village, and enjoy an outstanding gourmet dinner at the great & famous "Mere Germaine" restaurant.
  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris and Marseille city/airport > Avignon with the SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Discover the Cotes du Rhone with a wine expert

  • walking in the famous vineyards of chateauneuf du pape with an expert great wine tasting Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape (2H45 - 4.3 miles)
  • A splendid morning loop walk stays within the heart of the Chateauneuf appellation, strolling on farming tracks in between the parcels of vines of the Vaudieu & Nalys & Solitude wineries, which lead from one estate to the next. The itinerary takes you to 3 widely-known wine estates - Vaudieu, Nalys, and Solitude - all centuries-old, all happy to share their savoir faire with you during a wine-tasting. The reds are deep and heavily spiced, while the surprising whites have notes of almond, spice, and honeysuckle. 
  • For a half-day in the afternoon, our local wine expert will unveil all the secrets of these vines, taking you on a tour and leading you through 2 wine-tasting sessions. You'll learn the concepts of terroir and appellation while perfecting your wine tasting technique. A transfer takes you to the town of Gigondas, high above the Rhône Valley and hidden in the vines. Night in Gigondas, and gourmet dinner at the great & famous restaurant Les Florets, accompanied by a bottle of red from the local estate.
  • Market on Friday morning in Chateauneuf du Pape

    Day 3

      • Distance :
      • 11 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 300m
        - 300m

    Gigondas and the ciseled Dentelles de Montmirail

    walk in the vineyards of gigondas vacqueyras at the foot of the dentelles famous cotes du rhones

    • Gigondas > Dentelles > Gigondas (3h30 - 6.8 miles)
    • Shorter option : 2h (5km - 3.1 miles - +200m / - 200m)
    • Longer "Dentelles ridge" option : 4h (12 km - 7.5 miles - +450m / -450m)
    • Picnic included
    • Today’s walk is through the vines of Gigondas, 2nd of the cru wines of the southern Rhône. The town of Gigondas sits high above the Rhône, overlooking a sea of vines. The old stone houses with their clay tiled roofs are separated by narrow cobbled streets. Take the time to explore the village before the walk that takes you to the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of chiseled limestone cliffs that soar almost improbably in the sky. The steep hills have been carved into terraces, planted with rows of seemingly inaccessible vineyards. Views of the Rhône Valley and of Provence’s highest mountain, Mont Ventoux, paint the backdrop. There are plenty of wine tasting opportunities in the village. Dinner on your own and second night in Gigondas.

    Day 4

      • Distance :
      • 10 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 300m
        - 380m

    One of the most beautiful villages

    seguret in the heart of the cotes du rhone beautiful village of provence

    • Gigondas > Séguret > Vaison la romaine  (3h30 - 6.2 miles)
    • Today is the last walking day of the trip, with a lovely walk to the town of Séguret, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The walk follows underneath the cragged peaks and above the Rhône Valley, on paths and farming tracks through the vines and olive orchards. You pass above the village of Sablet before reaching the medieval wooden entrance gates of Séguret, its homes set in superposed rows and all clinging to the rock. Along the cobbled streets, you’ll find a tea house with succulent cakes, in a setting overlooking the Rhône Valley: the perfect reward after a day’s walk.
      At the end of the walk, transfer in the afternoon to Vaison la Romaine: France’s largest Roman archaeological site. Dinner on your own, and night in Vaison la Romaine

    Day 5

    Vaison la Romaine

    vaison la romaine great roman antique site

    • Vaison la Romaine
    • End of your trip after breakfast.
      Take the time wandering through the expansive Roman ruins before crossing the 2000 year-old bridge and up to the Medieval village. Perched dizzyingly on the rock above the Ouvèze River, the cobbled streets between Vaison’s medieval homes lead up to the ruins of the 12th century feudal castle, from where the view extends to the entire town and to far-reaching countryside.
    • Don't miss the fabulous & great Tuesday morning market !
    • Return :
      * Regular bus line Vaison > Orange TGV station - Regular bus line Orange 
      > Avignon  
      * Regular bus line Vaison > Carpentras station and then train lines Carpentras > Avignon on the SNCF website
      * We can of course also arrange a private transfer Vaison > Avignon !
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
    • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
       The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
    • BOTH are subject to availability
    • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
      - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
      - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
      - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

    Sup per period
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    Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

    > For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
    > See in our TRIP INFO section
    > Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

    • Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

      La Mère Germaine a real institution since 1922 right in the center of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very famous for its gourmet restaurant serving delicous meals using fresh & local products.

      All 8 rooms have been fully refurbished in 2014, some with village or vineyard view.

    • Hotel Les Florets - Gigondas

      A small and very charming family run 3* boutique hotel, nestled at the base of the imposing limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail, set hidden among the reputed vineyards of Gigondas.

      At dinner, you’ll taste local wines paired with outstading food made from fresh ingredients in a semi-gastronomic dinner. Swim in the wonderful hillside pool and simply relax in the shade of the plane trees.

      A heaven for all gourmets !

    • BB Tilleuls Elisee - Vaison

      In Vaison la Romaine, this charming BB offers 5 comfortable rooms with a view either of Mont Ventoux or the medieval town and the olive grove surrounding the renovated farmhouse.

      A savoury breakfast is served on the peaceful terrace: home-made jams and seasonal fruit under the shade of the hundred-year-old linden tree.

      You will remember Anne & Laurent warm welcome.

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
    • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
    • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
      Supplement for a trip above 7 days
    • See the insurance contract here 

    TRIP rates 

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

    INCLUDED

    • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 4 breakfasts
    • 2 dinners
    • Day 1: transfer from Avignon to Chateauneuf du Pape around 3-4 pm 
    • Day 2: transfer with the wine expert from Chateauneuf du Pape to Gigondas
    • Day 4 : transfer from Séguret to Vaison la Romaine 
    • Luggage transfers from day 1 > 4
    • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
    • 1 road map of the region

    NOT INCLUDED

    • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
    • Items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement 
      Comfort accommodation :  200 €uros

    Path Restrictions

    Important : From June 1st to September 15th
    Access may be restricted in the Dentelles mountains region if the risk of forest fire is high (very rare ..). There is a (rare) risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether. Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message).

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