French Collection - Carcassonne to Avignon

5 days

Drive from the historic citadel of Carcassonne, across rustic Languedoc-Roussillon and into Provence, sampling the finest wines those regions have to offer along the way.

Trip Highlights

  • 5 days car hire package

  • Relax with a boutique 3 star hotel stay in Carcassonne

  • Wander the cobbled streets of the historic citadel of Carcassonne

  • Learn the ins and outs of the production of Languedoc wines on a full day Chauffeured wine tour with an English speaking wine guide

  • Enjoy a rustic local lunch with accompanying wines and visits to two wineries

  • Drive on to Avignon and explore the city’s world-famous squares, shops, museums and galleries staying in a 4 star hotel in the heart of the city

  • Spend half a day exploring the wines of the Rhone Valley, visiting two wineries in Châteauneuf du Pape with your wine guide

from $1,027 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room.

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Trip details

Day 1

Arrive in Carcassonne and be welcomed to your accommodation with a smile and a complimentary bottle of wine in a boutique 3 star hotel. Then spend the afternoon soaking up the fairy tale atmosphere of the city and exploring at your leisure.  SmoothRed can provide a list of recommended restaurants for the evening and would be happy to make a reservation for you.

Day 2

After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide and head off to your first Languedoc wine tasting, where you’ll learn the secrets of winemaking throughout history to the modern day. Enjoy lunch in the village of Minerve, before another tasting at a local, family-owned domaine.

Day 3

Take the chance to explore Carcassonne; the fortified town is home to La Cité, one of the most remarkable medieval sights in the world and a deserving UNESCO World Heritage site. Then make the drive to Avignon and check in at your accommodation in the heart of the city, before taking the afternoon to explore.

Day 4

Meet your guide to explore the Rhone Valley wines, visiting two Chateaux in the famous Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. Spend the evening exploring Avignon’s picturesque squares, shops and galleries and see artists, actors, mimes and musicians plying their trade around the spectacular Palais des Papes.

Day 5

After breakfast, self-drive home at your leisure (or fly out of Lyon), perhaps stopping off at the gardens of Rocher des Doms or venturing out into the surrounding lush lavender fields en route.


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