Are you a wine enthusiast and which to go on vacation? My husband and I have fallen in love with wine since we read about the benefits as a heart-healthy family. Therefore, when we were thinking about a romantic anniversary trip this year, we were naturally thinking about wine. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a romantic trip along with exercise and one of our favorites, wine? Well, there are options today that anyone can be a part of for a minor fee. By taking these wine tours, you are providing a little extra monetary assistance to smaller wineries and to the community that your favorite wine is produced in.
Wine Tours are becoming more and more popular around the globe, especially active ones in countries such as Africa, Italy and France. They are available in either individual tours or group tours. Many will provide a private vehicle and driver from the airport, a four star or three star hotels and a biking or hiking tour through a few different vineyards. There are also some less active tours that require a cruise on the ocean or smaller body of water. There are numerous possibilities that met everyone’s needs. Here are a few selections that I really loved and I am sure you will also. Although I have placed my favorites here but you wish to travel someplace else after doing these, try looking up the website of your favorite wines and see what that winery has to offer.
Some popular trips that I came across were:
1. Easy Rider Tours (please see the attached link below for more information). This company provides a bike tour through Northern Portugal in Minho Valley and Spain Galicia. The tour offers active wine lovers various bike tours that are from very challenging mountain routes to leisurely beachside tours. In between bike trips, there are numerous stops for the best of Minhotan and Galician cuisine tasting and wine. The whole tour costs around $3,095 for eight days in total.
2. Dolce Vita provides hiking and biking trips through Tuscany, Piedmont, and other parts of Italy. One of the best tours is a bike tour through Chianti Classico which produces many of Italy’s most famous wines. Although there are custom tours available the basic package is around $2,995 for 6 nights with a $250 charge for the bikes. The tour price includes double room in 3-star accommodations; one guide; one 9-seat van; all breakfasts and all dinners but one with wine.
3. For trips that are closer to home in America, there is Beau Wine Tours that are located in California. These trips are much shorter than the international trips; in fact they are just about half of a day. It is perfect for those romantic weekend trips or just a outing on Saturday if you live California. These trips include a personal guide if you rent a limousine to take you to some of Sonoma’s finest wineries where you will taste several wine varietals in a warm and friendly tasting room environment. There are also custom trips available if you call ahead to make reservations. These prices are not listed on the website listed below however if you call you can get them for the specific location you are considering.
4. If traveling by a private tour bus going from winery to winery sounds more like your romantic getaway, try Wine Tours, Inc. Wine Tours, Inc. has a terrific tour in France that is seven days in length. The price usually includes a private tour bus ride to and from the wineries, all meals except breakfast and all wine tasting. In addition, the package includes a four star hotel that will meet anyones needs. The price is listed as less than $4,000.
Be sure when you are booking the tour that the price of entering a winery is included into the package price. Some entrance prices can be very expensive therefore it is important to make sure there are no hidden prices. In addition, if taking a biking trip, double check on the price of the bike rental and tour guide rates. Not all prices include a guide or bikes, therefore it is especially important that you take enough cash to be able to pay for these two things. It would be a shame if you got there and no credit cards were accepted and you did not have enough cash.