Wines of the Rhône hosted by Caliza Winery

      Lyon, France

      Wine Lovers Travel
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      5 reviews
      May 9 - 16, 2023
      Group size: 18 - 24
      Wines of the Rhône hosted by Caliza Winery
      Lyon, France

      Wine Lovers Travel
      • Facebook verified
      5 reviews

      May 9 - 16, 2023
      Group size: 18 - 24

      About this trip

      Join your Paso Robles’ beloved winemaker Carl Bowker and his wife Pam on a custom journey through France’s iconic Rhône Valley to visit some of the region’s best wineries. Ranging from well-known producers to hidden gems, this trip promises to deliver an intimate experience that will be unlike any other, even if you’ve been to the Rhône.

      Special guest Sommelier Kelly McAuliffe, who you may know from his frequent appearances at the Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles, will accompany you throughout the trip as your Tour Manager. Kelly is an ex-pat American who has made the Rhône his home for over 25 years, and he has “magic keys” to gain access to wineries and restaurants that others only dream about.

      During each of the days, we devote to wineries, expect to visit at least 2-3 producers. In addition to tastings, we will also be arranging experiences including vineyard walks, lunch on top of a 2,000-year-old aqueduct, and more. The specific wineries and exact details of the visits will be shared before the trip, in early 2023. We will also have a wine-paired lunch at one of Kelly’s favorite restaurants each of these days.

      Trip Highlights

      Lyon | Tain l’Hermitage | Côte Rotie | Condrieu | Saint Joseph | Côtes du Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Luberon | Avignon

      • Explore each region of the Rhône Wine country.
      • Visit the Valrhona Chocolate Factory. 
      • Sommelier Kelly McAuliffe as tour manager throughout the trip.
      • See the icons of Lyon that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
      • Visit Point du Gard
      • Tastings at Les Halles Paul Bocuse.

      What is included in the price?

      • All hotels specified in the itinerary with breakfast and taxes included.
      • Private arrival and departure transfers (1 per couple).
      • Deluxe bus with a private driver at disposal as per itinerary.
      • All winery visits, including some paired lunches or experiences such as vineyard tours, (to be determined prior to the departure date.)
      • Meals specified in the itinerary, paired with wine.
      • Management of all arrangements prior to and throughout the trip.
      • Hotel gratuities.

      Not included:

      • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
      • International Airfare.
      • Travel Insurance.
      • Personal Expenses.
      • Gratuities for drivers and guides.

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Deposit: €3,000
      Single Supplement
      Deposit: €1,210


      Day 1 - May 9, 2023
      Arrival day - Lyon

      Private Transfers from Lyon Airport to Intercontinental Grand Hotel Dieu in Lyon.

      Set along the Rhône River in the heart of Lyon, this grand hotel was a former charity hospital dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.  It transitioned to become a prominent maternity hospital until the last baby was born only 12 years ago, in 2010!  Intercontinental transformed the building into a magnificent 5-star hotel, located in the city center. The public spaces ooze with historic architectural details and gardens, while its rooms have all the modern touches. The Hotel Dieu’s Le Dôme Bar, with its impressive dome you can see in the photo, is considered to be the best bar in Lyon.

      Check In – Tuesday, 9th May 2023

      Check Out – Friday 12th May 2023

      Time to adjust to France time.  Welcome dinner in Lyon at one of the best “bouchons,” the restaurants which serve the authentic cuisine that Lyon is known for.

      Your Organizer

      Wine Lovers Travel
      5 reviews
      Wine Lovers Travel creates custom trips to iconic wine regions throughout the world and takes small groups from our community of wine and travel lovers on authentic experiences where they can participate in local cultures.


      Excellent - great food and wine; wonderful hotel, cute town; fun tours; good company.
      By Mark B for Explore Piedmont's Wine Regions with Pelletiere Estate on Nov 03, 2023
      Thank you so much Mark! Makes me happy to know you had such a great experience! Gail
      By Wine Lovers Travel on Nov 03, 2023
      This was a great trip. There were a great deal of wineries and restaurants. My only recommendation would be not to schedule lunch and dinner on the same day because of the slow dinner mode. It ends up being 6 hours of dining. It would also be nice to browse a city for shopping built into the tour midweek.
      By Janet C for Explore Piedmont's Wine Regions with Pelletiere Estate on Oct 31, 2023
      Thank you so much Janet for your review! I do agree with you about the meals and also more free time for shopping and will factor this into future trips. Glad you and Chris had a great time. Really enjoyed getting to know you both. Gail
      By Wine Lovers Travel on Oct 31, 2023
      We were so fortunate to be able to have such an amazing trip in the Piedmont Wine Region of Italy. Our hotel accommodations at La Ribezza were first rate. We loved all of the activities and experiences that we included as part of the trip. From wine tastings, to truffle hunting and gourmet meals to castle tours, we couldn't have asked for a better vacation!!
      By Bethany H for Explore Piedmont's Wine Regions with Pelletiere Estate on Oct 30, 2023
      Thank you Beth! So happy you and Mike had such a great experience! Hope we’ll travel together again soon! Gail
      By Wine Lovers Travel on Oct 31, 2023
      This was an excellent trip! Great boutique hotel in a charming town. Very well organized and managed. Love to go on another wine trip organized by Wine Lovers Travel. Gail was wonderful! Thank you Gail and Janis for making this happen! Randy & Tona
      By Randall R for Explore Piedmont's Wine Regions with Pelletiere Estate on Oct 28, 2023
      Thank you Randy! Glad you and Tona had such a great experience! Looking forward to having you both join us again on a future WLT trip! Gail
      By Wine Lovers Travel on Oct 31, 2023
      Our girls trip to Italy needed meticulous planning, and Wine Lovers Travel was our perfect partner. Gail and her team listened to our sugestions and pulled together an itinerary worthy of praise. From the musical vineyards to the star-studded, prosecco-fueled shopping, we enjoyed every surprising minute. Our Rome-based concierge was invaluable for dinner recommendations and last-minute reservations. We were delighted with our Tuscany portion of the trip. We were greeted with an incredible outdoor birthday dinner at our lovely hotel. The staff was wonderful and the food excellent. The cooking class that was arranged for us was also a wonderful treat. We can recommend this resource for stress-free planning and attention to details.
      By Angela K for Birthday Celebration Trip on Oct 07, 2023