Sunday, June 26th to Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
8 Days & 7 Nights in the Birthplace of Cote-Rotie, Condrieu,
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Bandol, and Rose
$3695 per person (based on double occupancy)
$3995 per person (based on single occupancy)
Join America's Uncommon Wine Expert Chris Kern and other wine and adventure lovers just like you for the exclusive French wine tasting trip of a lifetime.
You'll experience eight days and seven nights in the gorgeous, glorious South of France enjoying wine, gourmet meals, and all the warmth and atmosphere that Europe's favorite summer playground has to offer.
Your first four days will be spent exploring and drinking through all sections of the famed Rhone Valley, from Hermitage, Cote-Rotie, and Lyon in the north down to Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Avignon in the south. Then, you'll be whisked away for an additional four days to awe-inspiring Provence, where you will soak up the sun and taste sumptuous wines along the Mediterranean Coast in Cassis, Bandol, and Aix-en-Provence.
As with all of our Forgotten Grapes wine tours, one single price includes your accommodations, ground transportation, transfers, winery visits and tastings, knowledgeable guides and drivers, and most meals, including multi-course wine-paired dinners at some of the finest restaurants in the South of France.
Space for the Forgotten Grapes Rhone Valley & Provence 2016 Wine Tour is extremely limited. We limit our wine tours to only 12 participants to allow for the most inclusive, attentive, and personalized wine tour possible. So make your reservation now before the trip sells out to ensure you won't miss out on what will be the most memorable wine vacation of your life.
In the Rhone Valley:
For our first four nights in the Rhone Valley, guests on the Forgotten Grapes Wine Tour will stay at the luxurious Hotel Digoine in the southern Rhone village of Bourg-St.-Andeol. A former mansion and historical property a stone's throw from the Rhone River, Digoine has been renovated and restored as a charming bed-and-breakfast by proprietor Olivier Dutreil, who has owned the property for the past twenty years.
Each room is well-appointed with comfortable beds, fresh linens, and modern conveniences. Each room has also been specially designed to invoke a different location along the 19th Century "Silk Road" between France and China. A traditional French Breakfast is included every morning we are at Hotel Digoine and can be taken in either the hotel's dining room or in its historic medieval kitchen.
Our final three nights in Provence will feature accommodations at the Grand Hotel Negre Coste in Aix-en-Provence. Located in the heart of Aix along the bustling Cours Mirabeau, the Grand Hotel Negre Coste offers a more contemporary contrast to the Hotel Digoine, balancing modern French style and luxuries with a classic Gallic twist. Each room is well-appointed and chicly styled and comes equipped with free wi-fi. Breakfast will be provided each morning we are at the hotel and can be taken in each guest's room or in the hotel dining room.
Please note: because we choose to stay at smaller boutique bed-and-breakfasts and hotels during our tours, not all double occupancy rooms are equipped with queen or king size beds. Some beds contain two twin or full beds for the two occupants. We will try to accommodate requests for single beds for participant couples as much as possible, but can make no guarantee that your style of bed will be available to you should you request it. It is Europe, after all, so we appreciate your patience and flexibility.
To download the full Forgotten Grapes Rhone Valley & Provence 2016 Wine Tour trip itinerary (subject to change), please click through the link here:
All ground transportation within the Rhone Valley and Provence is provided as part of the overall wine tour price. Tour guests will be transported in comfortable Mercedes Benz passenger vans holding no more than 10 persons each, to ensure you get a gorgeous view of the Rhone Valley and Provence countrysides as you traverse across all the unique terroirs of the region. Passenger vans are equipped with air conditioning and comfortable seating to ensure the most relaxed and pleasurable rides possible.
Trip participants will be responsible for providing their own air transportation to and from France, as well as transportation to the Avignon TGV (high-speed rail) station on Sunday, June 26th, which will be the pick-up location for all trip participants. On the final day of the trip, Sunday July 3rd, participants will be shuttled to the Aix-en-Provence TGV (high-speed rail) station, where they will be responsible for their own transportation home. We will do our best to accommodate the schedules of our participants on both the first and last days in terms of arrival and departure times.
All meals for the trip are included in the total price, with the exceptions of lunch in Avignon on June 30th and lunch in Cassis on July 1st, which will be on your own as you explore both towns. A welcome dinner with a traditional Provencal buffet will be served at the Notre Dame de Cousignac winery for all trip participants upon arrival. Breakfasts will be served at the hotel dining room each morning before departure for day's excursions and tastings. Lunches will take place at traditional French bistros where participants will have a choice of items off the menu. Wine, sparkling water, coffee, soft drinks, and other traditional beverages will be available during lunch as well.
Dinners will be spent experiencing the wide range of different and unique culinary styles on display in the south of France, from the traditional homestyle meal of a winemaking family to seaside seafood dinners literally on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea to the epitome of French gastronomical decadence: a twelve-course tasting dinner of local delicacies paired with local wines of renown perfectly matched with the meal. Depending on the dinner, guests will have options from various appetizers, salads, and entrees on the menu. Wine and other beverages will be served with each meal.
Please note: while we will do what we can to accommodate individual's food preferences and allergies, dining in France often requires an open mind and an adventurous palate. We regret that we cannot guarantee that all food requirements, allergies, or special requests can be fulfilled but we will do our best to try to fulfill all participant needs.
COST AND RESERVATIONS
The cost for the 8 day, 7 night Forgotten Grapes Rhone Valley & Provence 2016 Wine Tour is $3695 per person, based on double occupancy. For tour participants opting for single occupancy, the additional supplement brings the total to $3995 per person.
For both single and double occupancy participants, the price includes all accommodations, ground transportation and transfers on arrival and departure day, all winery tours, visits, and tastings, all guides and drivers, and all meals excluding those mentioned above. Gratuities and taxes are also included.
To reserve your space on the Forgotten Grapes Rhone Valley & Provence 2016 Wine Tour, a $500 deposit is required of each participant. This deposit will be subtracted from the overall price, which must be paid in full no later than 30 days before the commencement of the trip, or May 26th, 2016. Refunds of deposits and payments will be honored if reservation cancellation occurs no later than 30 days before the commencement of the tour.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Fees and Costs
The 2016 Forgotten Grapes Wine Tour of Provence & the Rhone Valley is scheduled for eight (8) days and seven (7) nights starting Sunday, June 26th, 2016 and ending Sunday July 3rd, 2016. These dates may be subject to change, though we will confirm the dates at least 60 days before the trip commencement to allow for proper flight booking. The total cost of the trip includes accommodations for seven nights split between Bourg St. Andeol and Aix-en-Provence according to the finalized itinerary; transfers from the Avignon TGV train station to Hotel Digoine on June 26th and from Grand Hotel Negre Coste to the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station on July 3rd; ground transportation between June 26th and July 3rd; all breakfasts and dinners during the trip, including beverages, tax and gratuities; all lunches except for in Avignon and in Cassis, which will be and all vineyard and winery tours and tastings.
Deposits and Reservation Confirmation
A deposit of US$500 per person is required to confirm any reservation. From the date and time a reservation request is received, the participant will have 7 (seven) business days to provide a US$500 per person deposit via credit card to confirm the reservation and secure a room on the requested tour.
For the deposits, Forgotten Grapes only accepts payment by credit card via our secure online shopping cart. When the credit card deposit payment is received and processed, reservations will be considered submitted retroactively to the date when the online reservation request was submitted. For double occupancy customers, reservations will not be confirmed until deposits have been received from both parties in the room. Once all payments have been processed, we will notify participants of their confirmed reservation (space permitting). If we do not receive your deposit within the 7 (seven) business day period, your reservation request will be considered made on the date your payment is received. If no space is available as of receipt of the deposit, you will be notified as soon as possible and may choose to either transfer their deposit to a future trip (based on availability) or have their deposit refunded in full, minus a US$50 processing fee.
Due to limited space availability, trip reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations are subject to review by the managers of Forgotten Grapes, who reserve the right to make any changes to the reservations, participants, accommodations and space availability as deemed necessary. All decisions made by the managers of Forgotten Grapes are final. In cases of simultaneous registration receipt, Forgotten Grapes does give preference to double occupancy participants, provided that deposits from both parties are received within 7 (seven) business days.
Upon receipt of the participants’ US$500 deposit and confirmation of the reservation, the remaining trip balance is due in full no later than 60 days before the start of the trip, or before April 26, 2016. Remaining balances can be paid either via credit card on the ForgottenGrapes.com website or via check or money order, made out to Paso's Best Wines LLC. Participants will be emailed the details of where to mail their check.
Cancellations and Refunds
All cancellation requests must be received in writing by U.S. mail, facsimile, or verified email. Cancellation requests should include the full name and address of the participant or participants, e-mail addresses, and a full explanation of the reason for the cancellation.
All cancellation requests must be received on or before 11:59pm PST 60 days before the commencement of the trip to qualify for a partial refund.
If a cancellation is received before the deadline, a refund of the deposit and/or full amount will be granted, less a US$50 handling fee. Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days before the commencement of the trip will be eligible to have half of their deposit (or US$250) returned to them. Any cancellations made less than 30 days before the commencement of the trip will result in forfeiture of the full deposit. Any payment made in excess of the deposit will not be refunded, but the registrant will receive a credit of such amount paid (in excess of the deposit) for use on any future trip within the next two (2) years, space permitting.
There is an additional US$50 handling fee for any and all returned checks.