Vineyard Visits, Tastings Highlight Itineraries
in Italy, France, Spain
Eurobound has added a series of new journeys focusing on the leading wine regions of Italy, France, and Spain. The trips, which feature vineyard visits and wine tastings along with other activities, are part of the company’s expanding “Epicurean Collection” dedicated to the culinary arts.
Sample itineraries include the 9-night “Wine & Villas Tuscany and Umbria,” the 7-night “Bordeaux, Grand Crus & Essential Dordogne,” and the 9-night “Spain: Three Appellations.”
ITALY: WINE & VILLAS TUSCANY AND UMBRIA- 10 DAYS|9NIGHTS
This Italian journey celebrates the red wines of Tuscany and Umbria, with winery visits in Torgiano and Montepulciano, a full day devoted to the vineyards of Chianti, and visits to wine museums in Torgiano and Siena.
Wine tastings include Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a deep red. Other wines sampled are Orvieto Classico, one of Italy’s oldest wines; Torgiano Rosso Riserva, an elegant, single-estate Umbrian; and Brunello, one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines. A highlight is a visit to Enoteca Italiana Permanente, Italy’s official wine museum, located in Siena. Here, in the tree-shaded gardens, Eurobound guests sample a wide variety of the country’s wines by the glass.
The itinerary begins with a transfer from Rome’s airport to Florence for two nights. Overnights are spent in Perugia and Montepulciano, concluding in Siena, a base for five nights. Towns and villages visited include Orvieto, Torgiano, Assisi, Perugia, Montepulciano, Chianti, Montalcino and Siena. Accommodations are in charming villas and transportation is by chauffeured car.
In addition to wine-oriented activities, the private tour includes local sightseeing, visits to historic castles and monasteries, cheese and other food tastings, select lunches and dinners in typical restaurants and trattorias, museum visits, a farewell dinner, and free time for exploring local areas. Per person price begins at $4,050, double occupancy based on party of four.
FRANCE: BORDEAUX GRANDS CRUS & ESSENTIAL DORDOGNE – 8 days|7 nights
The great Cabernets of Medoc, and the Merlots of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol are explored on this itinerary which begins in Bordeaux. Following a private hotel transfer on arrival, Eurobound guests spend their first three nights in the Unesco-heritage city. Here they join small-group tours for two full days of wine immersion, visiting the area’s world-renown vineyards. Altogether, the tours feature a total of six visits and tastings in classified-growth chateaus, along with a walking excursion of St. Emilion.
The second part of the itinerary starts with a private transfer to the town of Sarlat, a base for the next four nights’ discovery of the Dordogne, with its many historic and picturesque sites. Highlights include a walking tour of Sarlat, and small-group tours to the villages of Dordogne, a walking tour of Rocamadour, and a guided visit to the recently opened Lascaux IV replica of the famous prehistoric caves.
The itinerary is available daily from April through July, and September through October. Included are double occupancy accommodations in 4-star hotels, daily breakfast, wine tastings at chateaux, local tours, a boat ride on the Dordogne River, and entrance fee to Lascaux IV. Per person price begins at $3,285, double occupancy.
SPAIN: THREE APPELLATIONS: 10-Day| 9-Nights
Three of Spain’s top appellations–Rueda, Ribera Del Duero, and Rioja–are the focus of this 9-night private tour, complete with a car and driver.
The package begins with two nights in Madrid, including a customized half-day city tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and sherry tasting paired with local tapas. The following day, Eurobound guests meet their English-speaking driver for a week of private travels commencing with the land of castles and a visit to a Rueda winery with tastings.
Ribera Del Duero, one of Spain’s prime wine-producing areas, is next, followed by the famous Rioja wine valley, before heading to the seaside resort town of San Sebastian. The tour ends in Bilbao, home to the renown Guggenheim Museum.
In addition to winery visits with tastings and snacks, the package includes dinner in a Michelin restaurant in Ribero del Duerno, dinner at a local restaurant in Ribera del Duero wine trail, plus a lunch in Burgos, and in Rioja. Eurobound guests also enjoy a walking tour with Pintxos (tapas) in San Sebastian, and a walking tour of Bilbao with tickets to the Guggenheim Museum.
Overnights are in Madrid, Ribera Del Duero, Rioja, San Sebastian and Bilbao, with accommodations in four- and five-star properties, ranging from a 12th century monastery with thermal baths, to modern hotels. Also included are transfers by private car upon arrival in Madrid and departure from Bilbao. Per person price begins at $4,999, double occupancy.
The wine tours are part of Eurobound’s growing “Epicurean Collection,” designed for food and wine lovers. Other wine-oriented itineraries in Italy focus on the wines of the Veneto and on the Langhe region. In France, shorter itineraries concentrating on the classified chateaux of the Medoc and St. Emilion are also available.
To arrange a customized Eurobound wine package, and for more information on the company’s Epicurean Collection, contact your travel agent.
Now celebrating its 21st year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents. Specializing in personalized travel to Europe, Eurobound is a winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator.