- At a glance
- Beaujolais & Walks
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Guided walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2014||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Beaujolais - Vintage Wine Trails
The Beaujolais region in central France is synonymous with good food and wine and on our Vintage Wine Trails walking holiday you'll have the chance to sample both in abundance. From our gourmet lunches to the great four course meals served in our small traditional guest houses, your taste buds will be thoroughly spoilt. The wine produced in the Beaujolais includes young light fruity reds, dry crisp whites and rosés, sparkling cremants and a range of more complex red wines, often matured in oak barrels and which can be kept for a number of years. Our wine tasting visits, (as well as lunch and dinner) will allow you to sample the full range of wines on offer.
Located to the north and east of Lyon, the Beaujolais is a series of beautiful rolling hills and valleys lined by vines and crowned by forest. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts. The character of the Beaujolais hills changes with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures on the higher slopes.
One region not to be missed (but less frequented than the area of the grands crus) is the area known as the “Golden stones country”, so called due to the colour of the limestone used in the buildings. Here you will find some of the prettiest villages in France, set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills receding to the horizon.
The walks on this French walking holiday are graded at between easy and moderate. The average length of walk will be 4 to 5 hours walking per day or 13km, with 200 to 300m of altitude gain. The paths are generally good, but are sometimes stony, muddy and uneven. The length and nature of the walks can be varied depending on the weather and the group's abilities. There will be plenty of chances to rest during the walks.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome and pick up from Lyon. Short drive to Beaujolais area.
Day 2: The French Tuscany
Please Note: Further information about the walks on this French guided walking holiday in the Beaujolais will be sent to you prior to your holiday. We will endeavour to keep to these walks as far as possible, however they are subject to change. In addition, we like to maintain a certain degree of flexibility to take account of the group’s abilities and interests, and the local conditions. The final selection of walks will be made by your guide during the week after consultation with the group.
Once you have booked on this guided walking holiday in France, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
During your guided walking holiday we will use two, charming and traditional guest houses, all with private bathrooms. Below is a representative selection of the guest houses we have used on this walking holiday in the Beaujolais region of France. They are small, very comfortable chambre d'hôte style guest houses that allow us to mix with the hosts and other guests and immerse into the French way of life.
A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat gourmet lunches including quiches and salads served with a number of tasty local wines. Six evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to great local delicacies. One meal will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. (This meal is not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Domaine de Romarand||B&B||Beautiful farm house built from local stone in a great setting among the vineyards at Quincie en Beaujolais. Swimming pool||3 Corns|
|La Villa Toscana||B&B||Beautiful historic house located in a small hamlet among the vines with lovely secluded garden and swimming pool.||3/4 Corns|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train station and the Beaujolais region of France are included in the price of your guided walking holiday.
Transfers from Lyon airport
The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Manchester, Stanstead and Heathrow to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets to the UK airports
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store to organise your train journey.
There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.