The Rhone Valley

6 nights starting from
£995

  • The lovely wine Cotes-du-Rhone wine region

  • France’s culinary capital, Lyon with lunch in a typical “bouchon”

  • Lively Grenoble, a charming mountain town

  • Prehistory – at the Caverne Pont d’Arc and Aven d’Orgnac

  • Historic Train de l’Ardeche steam train

  • Excellent, newly-refurbished hotel in the wine town of Tain l’Hermitage

Revived after a two year absence whilst the hotel has been totally refurbished, this diverse tour is based in the heart of the Côte-du-Rhône wine region it offers a wealth of sights, ranging from the caves and prehistory museum at Aven d’Orgnac to the lively cities of Lyon and Grenoble, a steam train ride, with spectacular scenery and, of course, a wine- tasting.

Available Departures

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24 - September - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 24th September 2019 at 08:55

Returning: 30th September 2019 at 15:35

29 - September - 2020 £ 1195.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 29th September 2020 at 08:55

Returning: 05th October 2020 at 15:35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lyon via Lille. 
On arrival, transfer by coach to Tain l'Hermitage (approx 1.5 hours) and the Fac et Spera Hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 2: Full day tour to Lyon. 
Rich from industry that spans back to the 16th century, Lyon is a charming city, particularly known for its gastronomy – it is said that the old town has the largest concentration of restaurants in the world! To assist with your discovery of the city, the day starts with a guided walking tour to show you the main sights, with the emphasis on its culinary heritage ending at a typical Lyonnaise “bouchon” restaurant for a typical lunch with wine. Bouchons are a Lyonnais institution, serving hearty (meaty) fare in a convivial atmosphere in a very traditional setting. The afternoon is free to explore - there are plenty of cultural attractions to visit including a textile museum, the superb Gallo-Roman Museum, Roman theatres, Musée des Beaux Arts and the impressive Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, but there is also much enjoyment to be had wandering the atmospheric warren of streets in the older quarters of the city to work off the excesses of lunch.

Day 3:  Morning train ride on le train de l’Ardeche to Lamastre. 
An historic steam train runs from Tournon to Lamastre, winding gently through glorious scenery along the Gorges du Doux. On arrival you will have time to enjoy lunch (not included) from one of the many restaurants in the town. From here we head back to Tain enjoying the wonderful vistas along the way including a stop at the delightful village of Boucieu-le-Roi. 

Day 4: Full day tour to Grenoble and the Vercors.
A contrasting day of mountain scenery and city life as we head first to Grenoble, a vivacious city nestled amongst the peaks of the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountains, which is, surprisingly, France’s lowest city. Being a university city it is cosmopolitan with a buzzing arts scene whilst at its centre you’ll find a tightly packed maze of modern and medieval buildings and several good museums. The cable car up to the Fort de la Bastille is well worth the visit. The Vercors is one of the most magnificent regional parks in France, a spectacular landscape of mountains, waterfalls, caves, gorges and forests.

Day 5:  Day free in Tain with wine tasting. 
A day free on market day in the attractive wine town of Tain l’Hermitage which produces some of the best wines of the Côte-du-Rhône (some would argue the world). Your hotel is owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine family so a winetasting is included this afternoon at their main shop.

Day 6:  Full day in the Ardeche including the Caverne Pont d’Arc and Aven d’Orgnac.
A long but interesting day today as we have a full day tour into the glorious Ardeche region offering magnificent scenery. You will also visit the magnificent limestone caves at Aven d’Orgnac (please note there are over 700 steps to get down to the cave) and Museum of Pre-History looking at the lives of our distant ancestors from 350,000 years ago and the replica cave paintings at the Caverne Pont d’Arc, close to the natural limestone bridge over the river.

Day 7: Transfer by coach back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille and onwards by Eurostar to St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.


Please note for 2019 the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.

NEW FOR 2020 
Further to analysis of questionnaires received from many hundreds of our valued clients, we have decided to introduce two key changes to our tours in 2020:

1. The group size on all overseas tours is to be limited to a maximum of 35 or lower.

2. All overseas tours will include a welcome drink on the first evening, so that guests can get to know each other.

We hope that these changes will enhance our tours for all participants.

 

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lyon via Lille 
  • Six nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Fac et Spera Hotel, Tain l'Hermitage
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • One lunch
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary as detailed above conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier / 1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

4* Hotel Fac et Spera (ex Pavillon de l'Ermitage)

Completely refurbished in 2018, this modern four-star hotel is owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine company and located in the centre of the wine town of Tain l’Hermitage. Two dinners are included and there are lots of nearby restaurants.  Facilities at this comfortable hotel include restaurant,  bar and comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, free wifi and safe. 

Fac et Spera Hotel Website

OUR VIEW
The lovely town of Tain l’Hermitage is a great base to explore the region and the well-run hotel with just 40 rooms offers a high standard of service. Owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine merchants, its wine list is excellent!  

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