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The Original Syrah and Viognier Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

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Key Highlights

  • A drive through the rolling vineyards of the lush Rhone Valley will sweep you away
  • Enjoy wine tastings in the company of Roman ruins
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    8.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 8.5 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

    Explore the northern Rhône valley, where Roman ruins rise up from sweeping vineyards.

    Hermitage wine country is home to the legendary Syrah and Viogner grapes, which are pressed into some of the world’s most respected wines, and a visit to a medieval chapel provides stunning panoramas of the verdant hills.

    Enjoy tastings at two of the area’s elite wineries and learn about the fascinating geological processes that shaped the area’s rocky slopes.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your Lyon hotel in a private air-conditioned minibus by your driver and guide for the day.

    Thus beings your Original Syrah and Viognier private sightseeing tour, named for the grapes that populate the gently sloping hills of the Rhone Valley.

    Your first stop is St. Christopher Chapel, which, like the area’s wines, has aged well since its construction in the 13th century. From the Chapel you are afforded breathtaking views of the vineyards in Hermitage wine country, where the Syrah and Viognier grapes are nurtured into sumptuous reds and whites.

    Descend into the valley to sample several Rhone wines at La Maison Chapoutier, a vineyard and wine cellar where seven generations of vintners have honed their craft.

    Eat lunch in a local restaurant in Tournon, a waterfront gateway to France’s mountainous Ardèche region. Enjoy classic French cuisine with selections starting from €20 (payable direct).

    After a satisfying feast, your minibus will take you to the ancient village of Ampuis, where Roman ruins still ornament the landscape. Walk along the dizzying terraced slopes of Côte Brune and Côte Blonde, which alternate between quartz mica schists and gneisses and reveal a much more ancient history of pressure and change.

    Bring your afternoon to a fruity, full-bodied finish at a family winery, where you are treated to Condrieu and Côte Rôtie, the most revered wines in the Côtes du Rhône family.

    Your private minibus will take you to the vicinity of your hotel in Lyon at day’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a private air-conditioned minibus
    • Guide available in English & French
    • 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.