This year we are combining two popular destinations for our French visit, both of which have proved extremely popular in the past. Based first in Sancerre and then on to Macon we’ll cover a great deal of ground and enjoy fine wines and typical French cuisine at its best.
We set off from Portsmouth on Saturday with an overnight crossing to St Malo. A cabin is provided.
On Sunday we drive southwards to Sancerre.travelling through the Loire Valley to make the drive as interesting as possible. We will make a stop at Ackerman in Saumur for a visit and lunch on the premises.We check into the Hotel Panoramic for two nights with dinner included this evening.
On Monday we travel the short distance to Crezancy to visit Gemiere and taste their product. Back to Sancerre for some free time and lunch in the village then in the afternoon we drive to Domain Langlois in Pougny. Rteurn to the hotel for dinner.
We leave Sancerre on Tuesday to have a tasting at upmarket Michel Redde. From here we now travel southwards and thus to Macon and the Hotel Mercure on the river where we check in for five nights.
We have dinner at Restaurant Poisson d’Or this evening.
On Wednesday we’ll drive to Julienas and our first visit and tasting will be at Chateau Julienas. We’ll then have lunch at Restaurant Chez Rose in the town and in the afternoon we resume our drive to Fleurie to visit and taste at Domaine Bourbonierre.
This morning, Thursday, we travel to Chateau Jacques in the Moulin au Vent region where we’ll have a tasting and then a Vignerons lunch. From here we return to Macon for sightseeing.
On Friday morning our tasting is at Chateau Chasselas. We have lunch at Restaurant Rouge & Blanc at Romanèche Thorins and finally we spend the rest of the afternoon at the wine village Hameau du Boeuf .
We depart Macon on Saturday morning and start our journey northwards. We stop at Beaune where there is a Saturday market and then we’ll have lunch in Nuits St Georges. In the afternoon we resume our northwards journey to Ouistreham. We catch the 2200 ferry to England and a cabin is provided.
We reach Portsmouth on Sunday the ungodly hour of 0645 and the coach then returns to the original pick up points.
(The cost includes- all travel by executive coach; ferry crossings with cabin;six nights hotel accommodation;all visits as described;dinners and lunches as described; Tour Escort)
Single supplement £260
Pick up points: Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Bristol-Salisbury-Portsmouth