Rhône-Valley: Carol's itinerary

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Rhône-Valley: Carol's itinerary Rhone fr

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DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

 

 

DAY 1: SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH


 


Arrival in Avignon

Night in Domain de la Contamine. http://www.lacondamine.info

   

DAY 2: MONDAY, JUNE 15TH


Cave TerraVentoux: Ride on an electric bike. http://www.terraventoux.fr/

Take a stroll along a hiking path, crossing through the vineyard and around the tower of the Chateau. This walk offers splendid views of the hidden village of Mormoiron and Mont Ventoux. APromenez-vous sur notre sentier vigneron, qui traverse les vignes en faisant le tour du Château et offre de splendides vues sur le village perché de Mormoiron et le Mont Ventoux. Audioguides in English are available.

 

Lunch at Domaine de la Verriere. http://www.chenebleu.com/english.html

Visit of the Domaine de Mourchon. http://www.domainedemourchon.com/

Set in a secluded valley between the picturesque village of Séguret and Mont Ventoux, Domaine de Mourchon was created by the McKinlay family in 1998. The vineyard had some twenty hectares of mature vines but no facility to make wine so, using modern technology and high standards, a winery was constructed and completed in 2000.

Tour of the village of Séguret. http://www.rhone-wines.com/en/appellation/seguret

Séguret is a typical wine village in the Rhone Valley. It has been named one of the "Most Beautiful Villages" of France and owes its charm to the fact that it's perched on the side of a hill (much like Gordes, Roussillon, Grignan...) This village is full of history and character. It also holds a strong presence in wine culture, lending its name to the Cotes du Rhone local village applelation.

Dinner and night at the Domaine Dieulefit. http://www.domainedieulefit.com/?lang=en

The Pouizin family has been growing wine in Visan since 1922. Now head of the estate, Rémi Pouizin is continuing to develop his family’s reputation as traditional wine growers known for protecting the environment – a commitment that began long before today’s organic production techniques became fashionable.

   

DAY 3: TUESDAY, JUNE 16TH



Visit to the Provencal Market in Vaison-la-Romaine. http://www.vaison-la-romaine.com/

Wine and Chocolate Tasting Workshop. http://www.cavederasteau.com/?pg=accueil&sX_Lang_languageID=2

Lunch at Coteaux et Fourchettes Restaurant. http://www.coteauxetfourchettes.com/

Wine University with Suze la Rousse. http://www.universite-du-vin.com/

Dinner and night at Domaine Notre Dame de Cousignac. http://www.ndcousignacvillegiature.fr/en/

   

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17TH



Visit the decorated caves of Pont d'Arc. http://en.cavernedupontdarc.fr/

In the depths of a cave, the first artists in the history of Humanity painted a masterpiece: horses, lions, rhinos and other animals, captured in action, running, hunting and fighting.Some 36 000 years later, engineers and artists accomplished a unique feat in the world by reconstructing this original cave, the Pont d’Arc Cavern. In doing so they rendered this extraordinary collection of paintings and engravings visible to all, transmitting the emotions felt by those who discovered the cave twenty years ago.

Upon entering the cavern in the midst of stalgmites and stactites, you will discover the world as it appeared to men and women 36 000 years ago. The artworks are revealed in an interplay of light and shadows, bringing the walls to life and draperies from out of the darkness. Hundreds of animals of 15 different species appear, engraved with flint, or drawn with charcoal or by finger. Skilful mastery of shading and perspective techniques make them come to life.The tour will take an hour, where you will wander along a raised walkway interspersed with ten stopping or viewing points with 27 panels on display in the cavern..

Your visit will conclude with the large Lion Panel, where 92 animals emerge as moving forms from within a monumental 12-metre long panel.

Lunch at the decorated caves of Pont d'Arc restaurant. http://en.cavernedupontdarc.fr/

With its unique view over the Ardèche mountains, enjoy a relaxing break at our attractive and delicious restaurant

Visit of the Saint Marcel caves and wine warehouse. http://www.grotte-ardeche.com

In the heart of the ‘gorges de l’Ardèche’, the cave of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche will transport you in an enchanting universe. You will discover huge halls and amazing waterbasins, unique in Europe.The site of the cave of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche offers you also a walk along a botanical poth called « le chemin de la grosse pierre ». Equipped with a GPS available (for rent) at the reception, you will discover the fauna and flora of the “Gorges de l’Ardèche” but also different distinctive features such as a menhir and a dolmen.

Dinner and night at the Château du Val de Cèze. http://www.chateauvaldeceze.fr/

   

DAY 5: THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH



Laudun Chusclan winemakers: Visit and tasting. http://www.laudunchusclanvignerons.com/en/content/11-wine-tours

Lunch at Les jeudis de la Réméjeanne. http://www.domainelaremejeanne.com/jeudis_en.php

Discover the Domaine during a guided walk through the vineyard with the winemaker. Visit of the Cellar followed by a wine tasting. Share a homemade Provencal buffet, created using our own products with the winemakers.

Visit of the monastery: Chartreuse de Valbonne. http://www.chartreusedevalbonne-asvmt.com/

Dinner and night at the Domaine des Clos. www.domaine-des-clos.com

The Domaine des Clos is an eighteenth-century Provençal mas (farmhouse) combining all the warmth of a guest house with the comfort of a boutique hotel. Sandrine and David Ausset look forward to assisting you in exploring this beautiful region of theirs. Within a 30 km-radius are such jewels as Beaucaire and Tarascon, Nîmes and Avignon, the Pont du Gard and Uzès, the Alpilles and Saint-Rémy de Provence, Arles and the Camargue.

   

DAY 6: FRIDAY JUNE 19TH



Nature walk at Chateau Mourgues du Gres in Costiere de Nimes. http://www.mourguesdugres.com

A winding road meandering alongside the slopes of the "Costières" leads you to the CHATEAU MOURGUES DU GRES, in the midst of orchards and garrigue.

This former estate belonged to the Convent of the Ursulines before the French Revolution. In Provence, "Nuns" is "Mourgues" and "Grès" is "Pebbles".

In the courtyard is a sundial with the motto "SINE SOLE NIHIL" (Nothing Without Sun) meaning that the sun ripens the grape to optimal maturity to produce balanced wines.



Tour of the city of Avignon. http://www.avignon-tourisme.com/home-1-2.html

Between 1309 and 1377 during the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon and in 1348 Pope Clement VI bought the town from Joanna I of Naples. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. The town is now the capital of the Vaucluse department and one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts.

The historic centre, which includes the Palais des Papes, the cathedral, and the Pont d'Avignon, became à UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The medieval monuments and the annual Festival d'Avignon have helped to make the town a major centre for tourism.



Night at Cote Square. http://www.cotesquare-avignon.com

We will greet you in our house located in the heart of Avignon, along the Pétramale Square. From the Toulouse area, we will help you to discover why there is so much passion for the Provence and the South West.

We want to share this house with you, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century, and has contemporary decoration on the pastel theme (Isatis Tinctoria), a plant cultivated in the Cocagne area (Midi-Pyrénées), with its meticulous style and its adjoining garage. All the ingredients are reunited for you to enjoy its comfort. The house is an ideal place to stay in order to discover Avignon, as well as the Lubéron, the Alpilles, the Camargue … and the entire Provence.

DAY 7: SATURDAY JUNE 20TH


 


Departure from Avignon

Things to see

Point of interest