Day 1: The tour begins along the Mediterranean coast, through the Coteaux de Provence vineyards, and will offer a mix of coastal sceneries and charming Provencal villages like Saint Tropez, Bandol and Cassis, before riding inland towards that magical place called “Les Baux de Provence” with its delicious wine.
Day 2 : This will be the first day along the Rhone river around the many vineyards located on each side. We will focus on the southern part of the Rhone with a ride through the Cotes du Rhone Provence vineyards, followed by the Cotes du Rhone Villages and finally the Coteaux du Tricastin. We will be leaving the Rhone for the night and experience the “Clairette de Die” on the Vercors mountain side.
Day 3 : Today we leave the Vercors and ride back to the Rhone north of Valence with the “Hermitage” and “Lyonnais” vineyards. The tour will say farewell to the Rhone, travelling on to experience the lovely “Savoie” vineyards and their exquisite dry white wines. But this will only happen once the tour has visited the “Chartreuse” liquor cellar in Voiron.
Day 4 : Splendid winding roads take the tour through the mountains down to the Saone river valley and will prepare the group to face famous names like ”Julienas”, “Chardonnay”, “Mercurey”,or “Meursault”. This day is dedicated to the Beaujolais, Maconnais and Bourgogne (Cote Chalonnaise, Cote de Beaune) vineyards.
Day 5 : In the morning we will enjoy some more Bourgogne vineyards such as the “Cotes des Nuits” where famous wines like “Nuits Saint Georges” and “Gevrey-Cambertin” are produced. Then it’s time to go east and enter Alsace! Before reaching Thann and the beginning of the Alsacian wine road the tour will take lovely meandering roads along the Swiss border until reaching the start of the Vosges mountains and the road that climbs the famous “Grand Ballon d’Alsace”.
Day 6 : is dedicated entirely to the Alsace wine road. Along this 150km road tiny, ancient villages follow each other around the curves while the famous white storks of Alsace keep an eye on the vineyards and the many wine cellars where “Sylvaner”, “Pinot Blanc”, “Riesling”, “Muscat d’Alsace”, “Tokay Pinot Gris”, “Pinot Noir” and “Gewurztraminer” are produced.
Day 7 : As the tour is reaching its half-way point, what better beverage than “Champagne” for such a special moment? But before arriving in the Champagne region of France, where the world-famous sparkling white wine is produced, the tour will first experience the undulating roads of the Vosges mountains and cross some places full of history like “Verdun” where some WW I battles reached their climax. Our reward will be to ride around in the champagne vineyards and visit their cellars.
Day 8 : With our heads being a bit lighter with all the Champagne bubbles, the ride will be easy towards the Loire valley, with its astonishing castles and spectacular wines. The “Orleannais” vineyards and the Chambord Castle are but two examples of the wonders that will be experienced during this stage.
Day 9 : This is a busy day visiting the “Nemrod” vineyards around Cheverny and its castle and the “Gamay de Touraine” before pressing on towards Chenonceaux and its wonderful castle, Amboise, and the “Touraine” vineyards. This day will be made perfect with a bit more riding along the Loire to enjoy places like Azay-le-rideau and Chinon. The day will be capped off with a visit to Saumur where the world famous “Cadre Noir” equestrian school is based.
Day 10 : Following the Loire through the “Coteaux de Saumur” vineyards the tour will reach the “Vins du nantais” road near Nantes. Jumping from one curve to the next we will travel to the port of La Rochelle, a perfect place to enjoy delicious wines and seafood, and take a good rest for the next day’s ride.
Day 11 : From the vineyards through which the tour will ride on this day comes a great, strong and oak cask matured “Eau de Vie” called the Cognac. The end of the day will be spent on the Atlantic coast.
Day 12 : A quick ferry ride over the Gironde and here starts a day dedicated to the “Bordeaux” wines. Starting with the “Chateaux du Medoc” vi neyards with names like Saint Estèphe, Lafite-Rotschild, Pauillac, Margaux and many more. After a quick ride through Bordeaux here come the “Pomerol” vineyards with the world famous “Saint Emilion”, followed by the “Pecharmant” , “Cotes
de Bergerac” and “Montbazillac” ones. Such a ride deserves a good rest at the gates of the Dordogne.
Day 13 : A great variety of vineyards awaits us on this day, leaving the Bergerac area for the “Cahors” and its delicious wines. After having enjoyed the “Gaillac” vineyards, many curves will help us keep the rhythm on the way down to the “world heritage” historical fortress known as the “Cite de Carcassonne” .. Once in Carcassonne it will be a great idea to taste the “Blanquette de Limoux” sparkling wine produced just to the south.
Day 14 : This day will be spent riding across the most productive wine regions of France,starting with the “Minervois” and going through Beziers (wine capital of France). We will continue on towards Frontignan and its wine, the Montpellier Muscat, followed by the “Vins des sables” on the Mediterranean coast before getting to Nîmes and its “Costieres de Nimes”.
Day 15 : This last day will take the tour back to the French Riviera through more vineyards like the “Clairette de Belgarde”, “Coteaux d’Aix” and some more “Cotes de Provence”.
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