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Beaujolais Crus and Castles: Sightseeing Tour of French Villages and Wine Tasting

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Key Highlights

  • See the legendary vineyards of Beaujolais and taste its world-famous wines
  • Drive through scenes of natural splendor and explore ancient castles
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    4.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 4.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Lyon. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    In the vicinity of your hotel in Lyon

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Some of France’s most spectacular wines come from the hallowed vineyards of the Beaujolais Crus region.

    Only the most elite vineyards earn the title of Crus, which takes into consideration sub-soil, slope, and aspect.

    Drive through some of the picturesque villages in this promised land of viticulture, stopping at august castles to look out over the fields of Gamay grapes and visiting family wineries to sample the regional nectar.

    Go to the heights of a sleeping volcano and watch French wine country unfold before you.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your Lyon hotel in a private Volkswagen minibus by your driver and guide. Guides are available in English, Spanish, and French. Then you are off on a foray through the countryside in this Beaujolais Crus and Castles tour and wine tasting.

    Discover the Pizay and Corcelles Castles—the former has walls that date from 1070 AD, while the later was built in pure adherence to the Louis XIV style and has sheltered esteemed guests like Napoleon and Charles X.

    Visit Beaujeu, the historical capital of Beaujolais, where you can admire the timbered facades of its beautifully maintained 14th century buildings and go shopping for keepsakes in stores arrayed with local wines and regional crafts. Stop at a family winery for a tasting of several Crus selections.

    Lunch in a small restaurant in the quaint town of Fleurie, and look up at the evocative hilltop chapel of La Madone. Menus featuring traditional Beaujolais and French cuisine start from €18 (payable direct).

    Roman legend says the giant Gargantua created Mont Brouilly after a heavy bout of drinking. Tamed by time, this now-dormant volcano affords you magnificent panoramas of the undulating vineyards in the Saône Valley.

    Finish your day with a wine tasting in Beaujolais’ longest cellar (108 meters long!) at Château de La Chaize.

    Your private minibus will drop you back in the vicinity of your hotel at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a private Volkswagen minibus
    • Guide available in English, French, and Spanish
    • Tastings at two wineries

    Exclusions

    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.