Great Wine-Lover’s Tours

Sip your way through vineyards in Chile, France, or California

Posted by: Xanterra on March 3, 2017

Here are three wine-focused tours — in Chile, France, and California — guaranteed to give you bragging rights.

Exclusive vineyard visits and wine tastings. Private pairing demonstrations and gourmet meals. These are the highlights of the best winery vacations. Here are three wine-focused tours — in Chile, France, and California — guaranteed to give you bragging rights.

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Chilean Vineyard

Chilean Crossing

From sky scraping Andean peaks to serene beach towns, Chile offers remarkable panoramas and charming culture by the wine barrel. Experience it all on Country Walkers “Chile: Wine Country & the Coast” 8-day guided walking adventure that takes you to breathtaking hilltop lookouts, endangered palm forests, and ocean-side restaurants—with ample wine tastings along the way. Starting in the French-Riviera-style town of Zapallar, you have opportunities to spot Humboldt penguins while strolling beside the ocean. Continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valparaíso, you encounter the vibrant street art and charming cobblestone streets of a historic port town before pressing on to Isla Negra to explore the quirky home of renowned poet Pablo Neruda. Delight in Chile’s natural beauty on walks through the Colchagua Valley—a landscape that echoes Tuscany but with a rugged spirit all its own. Through it all, delight in the finest Chilean cuisine, savoring empanadas, seafood stews, grilled sea bass, and more—all paired with world-class vintages of Chilean wine.

 

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Wander through wineries and vineyards

French Fantasy

Oenophiles and gourmands, rejoice! This 10-day “Burgundy: The Wine Route” bike tour from VBT combines some of France’s most celebrated wines with the renowned cuisine of two of France’s culinary capitals, Lyon and Dijon. You’ll pedal along scenic canals, around vineyards, and through the charming wine villages of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune on the iconic Route des Grands Crus, the most prestigious part of Burgundy’s wine country. As you ride along, you’ll meet local winemakers and taste their vintages; visit Chardonnay, famous for its dry white wine; and indulge in world-class French cuisine. The tour hits cultural highlights, too: strolling the ancient stone streets of Cluny with a local guide; touring the striking 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, home to the most famous wine charity in the world; and discovering the medieval cobbled streets of Dijon on a walking tour. C’est si bon!

 

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Revel in a vineyard’s beauty

California Circuit

If you’ve always dreamed of vineyard hopping in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys, then Country Walkers’ 6-day self-guided walking tour, “California: The Wine Country,” is for you. Experience the glory of the nation’s most famous wine country as you amble among towering redwoods, golden grapevines, and charming towns on your way through state parks and along scenic trails. Stop to visit renowned vineyards — the Benziger Family Winery, the Buena Vista Winery (oldest in the region), Schramsberg Vineyards, and the historical Sebastiani Winery — where you are rewarded with tours and samplings of their iconic wines. Enjoy picnics of local specialties, artisan cheese tastings, and some of the world’s finest restaurants in a region known for its culinary excellence. And relax in sophisticated inns and boutique hotels each night — within easy access to the wineries and hiking trails. What a way to go.

How to Explore

These small-group wine-focused tours and other amazing cultural adventures are available through Xanterra sister companies VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and Country Walkers. Each offer unique tours around the world and expert guides that have insider access to help you get the best experience in every destination.

VBT is the value leader in active biking and walking vacations and has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for seven years. VBT offers over 55 deluxe, small group Bicycling, Walking and Barge & Sail vacations in 29 different countries and 10 U.S. States. For more information on VBT, visit or call 800.245.3868.

For over 38 years, Country Walkers has provided active, immersive, and unforgettable travel experiences on five continents. They offer two distinct ways to explore: scheduled, small-group Guided Walking Adventures and independent Self-Guided Walking Adventures. On tour, guests enjoy superb local cuisine, first-class guides, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural and natural encounters. Visit Countrywalkers.com for more information or call 800.234.6900.

For more travel experiences available from Xanterra Parks & Resorts and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/explore.



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Written by: Veronica Stoddart

Award-winning travel editor and writer Veronica Stoddart was the former editor in chief of the Travel Media Group at USA TODAY. She has written for nearly two dozen publications and websites.