Vineyards of the Languedoc
Day 1: Arrival at Montpellier airport
Welcome by our guide and transfer by private coach to the hotel. Hotel check in and rest of the day at leisure. Optional dinner at hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast at hotel; Morning guided visit of Montpellier mixture of historic heritage and modern urbanism. Visit of the Flaugergues castle: Built at the end of the XVII century, Flaugergues is one of the so-called 'Follies', built in the countryside around Montpellier. The Château de Flaugergues is situated in one of the twelve terroirs found in the Côteaux du Languedoc known as 'La Mejanelle'. The Romans cultivated vines and olives here over 2000 years ago. The monks of Grand Mont maintained this tradition, and after them the ancestors of the current owners have continued to do so from 1696 until the present day.
This exceptional terroir is made up of rounded pebbles calles 'les Grés' (from deposits in the Rhone delta) and thrives in the area's Mediterranean climate with its strong maritime influence.
The 30 Ha (75 acre) vineyard is dominated by early-ripening grapes; it is the harmonious combination of different vines which allows for the creation of such a rich range of fine aromatic wines.
All of the red wines contain a 92% proportion of the three finest grape varieties of the Languedoc: Grenache (47%), Syrah (30%) and Mourvèdre (15%), as well as a small quantity of Carignan (5%) and Cinsault (3%). Wine tasting at the Chateau
Continue to Bouzigues a typical village on the Etang de Thau, south of Montpellier.
The Bassin (or Etang) de Thau is a lagoon -- a 20 km-long expanse of brackish water separated from the Mediterranean by a narrow stretch of sand. The water, kept pure and clean by a sound environmental policy, offers ideal conditions for the culture of oysters and other shellfish. Lunch in Bouzigues including oysters tasting
Afternoon boat cruise on the Etang de Thau (1 hour) followed by the visit of the Noilly Prat cellar in Frontignan with wine tasting of Muscat the famous natural sweet wine. Return to Montpellier and evening at leisure - Optional dinner at hotel - Overnight
Breakfast buffet at hotel. Morning guided excursion to Nimes and the Pont du Gard - Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. Several important remains of the Roman Empire can still be seen in and around Nîmes:
The elliptical Roman Amphitheatre is the best-preserved Roman arena in France. It was filled with medieval housing, when its walls served as remparts, but they were cleared under Napoleon. It is still used today as a bill fighting and concert arena.
The Maison Carré (Square House), a small Roman Temple dedicated to sons of Agrippa was built c.19 bc. It is one of the best-preserved Roman temples anywhere.
Continuation to the Pont du Gard, roman acquaducbuilt on three levels over the Gardon river with 49 m high and long. Lunch in a restaurant facing the Pont du Gard.
Afternoon visit of a local winery (Vins du Gard and Costières de Nimes) with wine tasting. Return to Montpellier through the Petite Camargue over Saint Gilles and Aigues Mortes.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Time at leisure until transfer by private coach to the airport.
- Private coach inclusive professional driver as per described itinerary
- Local guide (English speaking) as per described services
- Lunch in Bouzigues and Pont du Gard (3 courses incl drinks)
- Wine tasting and admission for monument as per programme
- Boat trip on the Etang de Thau
Optional additional day: visit of VINISUD 2014
Breakfast buffet at hotel. Transfer by private coach to VINISUD and visit of the exhibition on your own. Lunch at leisure. Late afternoon return transfer by private coach to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure (no guide service on this day)
Optional dinner at hotel. Overnight
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