Macon and Beaujolais, France 9 days
Our first visit to this area was a big success last year and is response to many requests we are repeating it this year. We’ve made one or two small adjustments to the programme but in general, the core is the same as 2016.Our zone of interest is quite compact and the driving will be minimal we are aiming for quality and some outstanding culinary experiences.
We set off on Saturday and travel to Portsmouth to catch the 1445 ferry to Caen. On arrival in France we stop for our overnight(B & B) near Caen.
On Sunday we continue eastwards and then southwards to Macon and the Mercure Hotel on the banks of the River Såone where we will stay for six nights. The town centre is within fairly easy walking distance. We have dinner at the hotel this evening.
We begin our exploration of the region on Monday with a visit to Julienas and the Chateau de Julienas. Time for lunch in Julienas at Restaurant Chez la Rose. In the afternoon we have a scenic drive to Chiroubles via the Col du Fut d’Avenas and a visit and tasting at Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles le Farges. We return to the hotel for a free evening.
On Tuesday we set off to visit and taste at Moulin a Vent with, first a stop at Chateau de Pierreclos and then to visit Gerard Charvet. Free time in Chenas at lunchtime. On our way back to Macon we’ll stop at Chateau de Chenas for a tasting. This evening we’ll take a short stroll to another riverside restaurant, le Poisson d’Or for dinner.
On Wednesday our journey takes us northwards to the Pouilly-Fuissé district. Near Vergisson we visit Domaine Daniel Barraud. Next we drive southwards to Solutré-Pouilly to visit Domaine Jean Pierre Sève before retiring to the village to have lunch at La Courtille de Solutré. We have a short ride back to Macon and our final visit of the day will be to Chaintre and Chateau des Quarts. Finally it’s back to the hotel and a free evening.
On Thursday we drive southwards to Mont de Brouilly to visit the historic and oldest vineyard in the area, Chateau Thivin. After this visit we pause in the village of St Lager for lunch and in the afternoon travel northwards to the Morgon area to visit Domaine Des Souchons. We return to the hotel for overnight.
Friday in the morning we head off to Romaneche-Thorins to visit Le Hameau du Vin, Georges Dubouef’s famous and unique wine village , the first Theme Park about Viticulture and Wine. We’ll have lunch at the park and spend the whole day here.
We leave Macon on Saturday and head northwards back to Epernay where we will have a refreshment stop at Champagne Castellane. We now continue to Ouistreham and have dinner and overnight at the Ibis Styles Hotel.
On Sunday we catch the 0830 crossing to Portsmouth. On arrival in England we make our way back West.
(Cost includes: all travel by executive coach; ferry crossing; one night B & B hotel; seven nights 3* hotel accommodation with breakfast and lunch or dinner each day; all excursions as detailed; all entrances; Tour Escort
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Pick up points: Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Salisbury-Portsmouth