The Ultimate Luxury Wine Tour
Exclusive travel with Wise Villa Winery
The Wine Lover's Dream!
Here's your chance to travel with Wise Villa Winery's owner & winemaker Dr. Grover Lee on an exclusive 10-day LUXURY WINE TOUR of France!
April 20 - April 30, 2018
Dr. Grover Lee, will be taking a small group of 15 wine lovers on a private tour to some of the most beautiful vineyards, wineries, châteaux, hotels, and exquisite dining places in France.
Les rues de Paris, the châteaux of Loire Valley, the grandeur of Bordeaux, will delight your six senses on this Wine Tour exploring the famed winelands of France. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just enjoy having a glass or two now and then, this tour is not just about appreciating wine, but also visiting the fabulous châteaux as French wineries are often housed inside fantasy mansions that have been owned by winemaking families for generations. The fabulous châteaux dominate the landscape, just as these legendary labels have dominated the world’s wine markets.
Château de Beauvois
Burdigala Bordeaux - MGallery
Le 123 Elysees - Astotel
Dinner Show Moulin Rouge
châteaux & wineries
Chateau of Cheverny
Domaine Marc Brédif
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau Beausejour Becot
Friday 4/20/18 Depart USA
Flight Dl 2600 - Delta Air Lines Fri 20 April 2018
Departure: Sacramento, Ca 20 Apr 13:46
Arrival: Salt Lake City, Ut 20 Apr 16:20
Flight Dl 106 - Delta Air Lines 20 April 17:00 Departure: Salt Lake City,
Arrival: Paris, (Charles De Gaulle), 21 Apr 11:15
Saturday 4/21 Arrive Paris
Upon arrival, transfer to Le 123 Elysees - Astotel or similar (123 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008 Paris)
Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.
19:00 meet in hotel lobby and walk 15 minutes from your hotel
Dinner in “Bustronome” (general admission)
6-course meal, 1 glass of champagne, 2 glasses of wine, coffee
Return to the hotel on foot or at your own leisure after dinner.
Sunday 4/22 Paris
9:00 Depart your hotel for a half day private tour of Paris exploring the iconic landmarks. Stroll along the grand boulevard of the Champs-Elysées, get a taste of bohemian Paris in Montmartre, admire panoramic views from Sacré-Coeur Basilica, cruise Seine with a glass of Champagne and the famous monument of all with skip-the-line entry to the Eiffel Tower. Tour disbands here around 14:30, you can have a ride back to the hotel or choose to tour on your own for the remainder of the day.
Monday 4/23 Paris
Full day at leisure to explore Paris on your own.
18:30 Meet in the hotel lobby to be picked up for Moulin Rouge Dinner Show.
(”Mistinguett” Dinner Menu includes 1/2 Bottle of White, Red or Rosé Wine per person)
Tuesday 4/24 Paris - Loire Valle
This morning, we depart Paris for the Loire Valley at 9:00. With its numerous châteaux, historic cities and villages, the area displays magnificent architecture in an exceptional cultural landscape of great beauty. Stop in Orleans, capital of the Loire Valley and the birthplace of Joan of Arc. Explore this small and photogenic city by the Loire River. Lunch on your own in a local restaurant.
Continue drive to the Chateau de Chambord and visit this most dramatic and the largest chateau of the Loire Valley, recognizable because of its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Enjoy a tour of this elaborate home; take the twin, intertwining spiralling staircases up; and mysteriously while you are ascending you will not encounter those descending. Next, it is a short drive to Montbazon, arriving by late afternoon. Spend the three nights in one of the most desirable châteaux in France.
Château de Beauvois or similar
Route de Beauvois, 37230, Saint-Etienne-de-Chigny
Wednesday 4/25 Loire Valley (B/L/D)
9:00 Depart for a full day tour in Loire Valley. First, we visit the Manoir du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. Now it is a museum that reflects the prestigious history of the region and includes forty models of the various machines designed by da Vinci. Visit the Leonardo da Vinci apartments and see the exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture, plus the imposing horsemen’s tower.
Stroll through the magnificent panoramic gardens overlooking the Loire River.
This afternoon, discover the most beautiful 10th century wine cellars at the Domaine Marc Brédif. Explore the passages containing more than one million bottles of Vouvray; learn the history of this famous cellar and taste a range of its famous wines.
Thursday 4/26 Loire Valley (B/L/D)
This morning, we start touring Cheverny & Cour Cheverny with wine tasting. The “Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Gamay as well as fruity white wines from Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Taste a wine for real connoisseurs: the “Cour Cheverny Appellation”, a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François I into the Loire Valley.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny. The Château displays a wonderful range of furniture and interior decoration, all of which are remarkably well preserved. The private apartments on the first floor convey the French ‘art de vivre’- art of living with rooms such as the birth chamber, the nursery, the private dining room and others. Many treasures can be found at Cheverny like a 17th century Gobelin tapestry for example, on display in the Arms room or the Louis XIV chest of drawers in the Boulle style.
Come and discover the fine details and finishing of the Château’s interior decoration before visiting the Park, the Vegetable garden, the Apprentices’ garden, the Tulip garden and the magical maze. The chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of “the dogs’ soup”.
Friday 4/27 Loire Valley - Bordeaux
This morning, depart for a scenic day’s drive to Bordeaux. Stop in Cognac, where you will learn all about cognac and the techniques of this special wine-making.
Continue on to the city of Bordeaux, a metropolitan port city, on the Garonne River, and one of the world’s major wine industry centers. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux abounds with art and history, and prides itself on the preservation of its cultural heritage, as well as it numerous 17th and 18th century private mansions. Enjoy a tour through Old Bordeaux, and discover the main landmarks including the Church St Michel, the four city gates, the elegant Place des Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre, the city’s cultural symbol. Completed in 1780, Grand Théâtre is one of the last grand 18th century theaters remaining in the world. Stay the next three nights at an elegant hotel reminiscent of a private mansion.
Burdigala Bordeaux - MGallery or similar
Saturday 4/28 Bordeaux
This morning, you are at leisure in Bordeaux. Your hotel is adjacent to the colorful historic center of the city making independent exploration easy.
This afternoon, travel out to the Medoc region, visiting a variety of memorable wine-centric chateaux. Stop at the Chateau Beychevelle, whose elegant classical architecture makes it a jewel in the crown of the Medoc. This is a prestigious Cru Classé chateau, whose character was forged by three centuries of history. Next, delight in a special wine experience at Chateau Lynch-Bages, a 15th century Grand Cru Classé of the Medoc Region. The Lynch-Bages estate is located just outside the city of Pauillac, on one of the most beautiful outcrops in the appellation.
Château Beychevelle and Château Lynch-Bages may be closed for renovation during this time. If so, we will visit and taste at Château Léoville Poyferré and Château Ormes de Pez instead.
Sunday 4/29 Bordeaux
Travel to Saint Emilion, known since the Roman times for the quality of its wines. The village and vineyards of Saint Emilion are designated today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Emilion produces well-structured wines with great character that comes from a judicious blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. Have a VIP tour and tasting at a great Grand Cru estate awaits you this morning, like Chateau Beausejour Becot with its ancient underground cellars, or a great Classified Growth such as Château Figeac or Château Angelus. Following lunch on own, you will have the rest of your day free to explore the beautiful medieval village, its monuments and its many shops and galleries (including some of the region’s best wine shops). Overnight Bordeaux.
Monday 4/30 Bordeaux - Home
Depart this morning for your return flight to the USA.
Flight Dl 9369 - Delta Air Lines Mon 30 April 2018
Departure: Bordeaux, Fr 30 Apr 11:50
Arrival: Amsterdam, 30 Apr 13:40
Flight Dl 9517 - Delta Air Lines Mon 30 April 2018
Departure: Amsterdam,) 30 Apr 17:05
Arrival: Salt Lake City, 30 Apr 19:00
Flight Dl 848 - Delta Air Lines 30 April 2017
Departure: Salt Lake City, 30 Apr 22:00
Arrival: Sacramento, Ca 30 Apr 22:43
$3695 per person
Based on Double/Twin sharing accommodation
$4,895/person single occupancy
3 nights accommodation in Paris based on bed and breakfast and City Taxes.
3 nights accommodation in Loire Valley based on bed and breakfast and City Taxes.
3 nights accommodation in Bordeaux based on bed and breakfast and City Taxes.
Privately chartered coach in Paris for transfer and sightseeing tour services.
Round trip transfer to Moulin Rouge Dinner Show are provided on sharing basis.
Privately chartered coach in Loire Valley and Bordeaux for transfer and sightseeing tour services.
Service of an English-speaking Guide with special knowledge of wineries in Loire Valley and Bordeaux.
Welcome Dinner in Paris including drinks and Dinner & Show at Moulin Rouge
Sightseeing in Paris includes Seine Cruise with a glass of Champagne.
Winery visits and Wine Tasting in Loire Valley includes Domaine Marc Brédif, and Cour Cheverny.
Winery visits and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux includes Château Royal de Cognac, Château Léoville Poyferré, Domaine Pichon Longueville Baron, and Château Beausejour Becot.
Guide and drivers’ board and lodging, toll and parking fees
Airport taxes and applicable VAT.
All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, excess baggage, communication, cost of obtaining passport etc.
Trip cancellation and personal insurance.
Optional tours, Meal and Beverages that not mentioned
Gratuities to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Estimated airfare per the flights proposed in the itinerary starts from: $950 plus applicable taxes of $400
Airfares are subject to change and can only be guaranteed upon ticketing. Airport taxes are subject to change.