Flexible Tour- Valerie O'Connor

Essential Breaks

The Essential Breaks were originally introduced to offer a solution for customers who were unable to travel when our Premium Scheduled tours took place, however they have proved so popular that a range of Essential Breaks is now offered in each of our featured regions. These Essential Vin & fromage- Credits Deepix and CIVBbreaks have been designed to provide our guests with a great introduction to the wines of the region at a selection of hand-picked estates and we also tend to include an introductory tasting session on the first evening as well as a lunch or dinner for a fuller experience in the region. These tours are available across a far wider range of dates than our Premium Scheduled tours, with trips offered throughout the year in many regions and with departures both during the week and at weekends. For our Essential Breaks, we work with carefully selected local partners for some or all of the tour elements. This will usually mean that the parts of the tour that are transported may well have a central departure point (as opposed to our Premium Scheduled tours, where all guests are met at and returned to their hotels). Some of our Essential Breaks are fully transported throughout the tour day and for others, the non-transported elements of the tour may require you to walk a short distance to tasting venues or restaurants.

The various elements of these tours do not necessarily need to take place over one day. You can spread your tour out over a few days to give yourself a more relaxed holiday and both three and four day standard packages are proposed. For guests wishing to stay longer in their chosen region, we are happy to arrange additional nights and to customise the itinerary by adding further visits / tours as required.

All Essential Breaks

Tour Name / Description Region Price
Essential Prosecco

A great value Prosecco wine tour - guests will enjoy a three or four day stay in the Prosecco vineyards and one or one and a half day transported tour in the quaint countryside. A picnic lunch and a dinner will give guests the opportunity to fully experience the Italian "Dolce Vita".

Prosecco from £390 to £778 per person
Essential Colmar

This three or four day stay in Colmar includes guided and transported tours with visits and tastings in several estates at the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, visits to some picturesque villages as well as a dinner and tasting session in Colmar.

Alsace From £391 to £856 per person
Essential Riquewihr

This great value, flexible break is based in the picturesque village of Riquewihr, which lies on the Alsace wine route. This popular break is available throughout the year and all of the wineries can be reached on foot from the hotels. Included are tasting tours at two wineries and a traditional Winstub dinner.

Alsace from £234 to £283 per person
Essential Bordeaux

This three or four day stay in Bordeaux includes a full day guided tour with visits and tastings in your choice of the Medoc or Saint-Emilion plus an additional meal and tasting session in the city centre.

Bordeaux from £443 to £1100 per person
Essential Médoc Day Tour

A full day transported and guided tour and tasting in Medoc. Ideal for those looking for a low-cost, simple introduction to Bordeaux.

Bordeaux £173 per person or £138 per person including the early bird discount
Essential Beaune

This Essential Beaune Wine Tour is a fantastic introduction to the various tastes and styles of Burgundy. Fully transported and guided tour in both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.

Burgundy from £383 to £984 per person
Essential Dijon

This tour offers accommodation in a variety of 4* hotels in Dijon with a full day wine tour of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, plus additional tastings and a four course dinner. The perfect introduction and exploration of Burgundy!

Burgundy from £374 to £771 per person
Essential Puligny-Montrachet

Based in the beautiful village of Puligny-Montrachet, this three or four day break offers guests the opportunity to taste wines from the Cote de Beaune throughout the year.

Burgundy from £380 to £843 per person
Essential Chablis

Explore the Chablis vineyards in a classic Citroen 2CV on this three or four day break, available any time mid-week or weekends

Burgundy from £330 to £660 per person
Simply Dijon

The two or three day Simply Dijon break is prefect for those looking for a short break to enjoy Burgundy wines and the city of Dijon. Includes a tour of the Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and a tasting session of Burgundy wines.

Burgundy £174 to £275 per person
Essential Reims

Spend three or four days in Reims to explore the city's world famous Champagne Houses and the smaller producers based in the Champagne vineyards.

Champagne from £305 to £694 per person
Essential Epernay

Available mid-week and weekends, spend three or four days in your chosen hotel in Epernay, visit a prestigious Champagne House, discover a selection of small, family-run estates and spend a day in Reims.

Champagne from £419 to £1149 per person
Taste 24 Champagnes in 24 Hours!

The ultimate whistle-stop Champagne Tasting break! Spend two days in Epernay and taste an impressive 24 Champagnes in 24 hours. This tour is available throughout the year, mid-week and weekends.

Champagne from £352 to £497 per person
Champagne Harvest break

Bring unforgettable memories back home with our harvest tours and spend an exciting day experiencing the real life of a Champagne harvester. Bed and breakfast accommodation is included as part of the package as well as a visit to the world famous Moët and Chandon.

Champagne from £377 to £1059 per person
Buy Your Festive Fizz

The four day/three night Champagne tasting (Reims) package includes three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, return Eurotunnel crossings for 1 car, a full day guided and transported tour to visit three Champagne Houses with lunch included, and free time to explore the magnificent Christmas markets in Reims. You'll be able to purchase a bottle of Grand Cru Champagne for as little as €15 a bottle – the perfect opportunity to stock up for the festivities!

Champagne From £340 to £424 per person
Essential Champagne Day Tour

This Champagne day tour is ideal for those who are staying in the region and looking for a great introduction to Champagne. You will firstly visit your favourite Champagne House for a tour and tasting. You will then be served a three course lunch and visit two small, family-run Champagne Houses in the afternoon.

Champagne £296 per person or £261 per person including the early bird discount
Essential Epernay Day Tour

This is the perfect Epernay day tour for those who are staying in the town and looking for a great introduction to Champagne; and for those staying in Reims who would like to spend the day in Epernay and the surrounding vineyards as the town is only 20 minutes by train from Reims station. You will visit both a large, prestigious and a small, family-run Champagne House and enjoy a comparative tasting session.

Champagne £184 to £149 per person
Essential Champagne Day Tour from Paris

If you are staying in Paris and would like a day tour to the vineyards, this trip includes return travel by train from Paris Est and a full day guided and transported tour with lunch.

Champagne £360 per person or £325 per person including the early bird discount
Essential Carcassonne

Travel whenever you would like and taste the wines of the Languedoc. These three and four dar breaks are based in Carcassonne and include full day tours to your choice of the Minervois or Corbieres.

Languedoc-Roussillon from £470 to £876 per person
Essential Tours

Travel to historic Tours and from here, you will be taken on a journey of discovery of the Loire Valley wines. On this trip, you will taste wines from both the Chinon and Vouvray appellations.

The Loire Valley from £413 to £821 per person
Essential Saumur

These three and four day breaks are available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Based in 4* accommodation in the town, you will discover Saumur's much-loved sparkling wines as well as red Cabernet Francs and white Chenin Blancs from Vouvray.

The Loire Valley from £297 to £678 per person
Essential Sancerre

Our three or four day package in the hillside village on Sancerre can be booked throughout the year and all visits and tastings can be reached on foot.

The Loire Valley from £413 to £732 per person
Essential Angers

This three or four days Loire wine tour based in the charming city of Angers includes bed and breakfast accommodation in a 4* city centre hotel, tours and tastings at renowned wineries and a taste of the local gastronomy.

The Loire Valley from £389 to £688 per person
Essential Strasbourg

A great value break - guests will enjoy a three or four day stay in the centre of Strasbourg and a full day transported wine tour in the Alsace vineyards. In the evening a meal in a traditional winstub will complete the trip and give guests a taste of the Alsatian way of life.

Alsace from £381 to £790 per person
Essential Avignon

With the exception of July, stay in your chosen hotel in the famous city of Avignon and enjoy a full day guided wine tour that takes in the top appellations of the Southern Rhone.

The Rhone from £386 to £1171 per person
Essential Northern Rhône

3 day / 2 night Rhône Valley tour based in Valence including bed and breakfast accommodation, tours and tastings at premium local wineries in and around Tain l'Hermitage as well as delicious authentic meals.

The Rhone from £408 to £478 per person
Essential Rioja

These fully transported three and four day breaks are based in Haro or the surrounding vineyards, allowing guests to taste a large variety of Rioja wines as well as sample the region's cuisine. The tour is available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

Rioja from £462 to £911 per person
Rhone by Rail

Travel the length of the Rhone Valley by train on this six day Essential Break which is available throughout the year with the exception of July. You will have the opportunity to explore the vineyards and wines of both the Northern and Southern Rhone.

The Rhone from £1023 to £1158 per person
Essential Haro

Three or four day Rioja wine tours based in the picturesque town of Haro including bed and breakfast accommodation, tours and tastings in great Bodegas as well as meals and activities to experience the region's gastronomy

Rioja from £328 to £779 per person
Essential Porto

Porto offers the perfect base for this three day break, as the port lodges and restaurants are within walking distance of the several hotels that are proposed. The package is available year-round.

Porto from £277 to £646 per person
Essential Porto and Douro

Travel throughout the year and enjoy a four day break taking in the port lodges of Porto and the quintas of the Douro Valley. This trip includes 2 nights in your choice of hotels in Porto and a final night at a traditional rural quinta.

Porto from £400 to £790 per person
Essential Porto (Vinho Verde)

Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year, spend three nights in central Porto, enjoy tours and tastings at port lodges in the centre and take a day out to sample world famous Vinho Verde wines.

Porto from £312 to £791 per person
Essential Turin 2 Nights

Essential break available throughout the year based in Turin. Taste Barolo, Roero and Barbaresco on a full day transported tour.

Piedmont £480-£630 per person
Essential Turin 3 Nights

Three night wine tasting break based in Turin, available any time. The package includes a full day wine tour with two tasting sessions in Turin itself.

Piedmont £666-£832 per person
Essential Bra

These three and four day stays in Bra include one or two full days guided tour with visits and tastings in the renowned Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards as well as traditional Piedmontese lunch, a cheese tasting and a delicious dinner.

Piedmont from £388 to £881 per person
Essential Florence

These three and four day Essential Breaks allows guests to experience the delights of Florence and immerse themselves in the wines of Chianti on a full day tour. It is available mid-week and weekends April to October.

Tuscany from £314 to £980 per person
Essential Siena

Available mid-week and weekends, except from 30th June to 2nd July and from 14th to 16th August, spend three or four days in Siena and enjoy an introduction to the wines of the region with guided and transported tours in the famous Tuscan vineyards.

Tuscany from £219 to £660 per person
Essential Venice

These three and four day Essential Breaks allows guests to experience the delights of Venice and immerse themselves in the sparkling wines of Prosecco on a full day tour. It is available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

Prosecco from £580 to £1408 per person
Essential Inferno

Enjoy a three day / two night Florence wine tour combined the Ultimate Dan Brown's Inferno experience! Walk in the footsteps of Robert Langdon and take part into a fascinating tour of the city followed by a tutor tasting session of local wines and a delicious dinner in a gastronomic restaurant.

Tuscany from £338 to £653 per person
Essential Hermitage

Three or four day Rhône Valley tour including accommodation in a unique 4* property, tours and tastings of the world famous Northern Rhône wines and a delicious culinary experience in a quaint setting

The Rhone from £441 to £905 per person