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Short wine weekend breaks
Arblaster & Clarke’s Wine & City short wine breaks are great value, enjoyable, informative wine tasting tours led by wine experts. Private chateaux visits, wine tastings and even private lunches at wine estates are included.
These short break wine trips are arranged by Arblaster & Clarke’s team of UK based wine experts exclusively for our clients, so you travel as a privileged Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours client on an exclusive A&C tour, not just joining part of a locally available, general public group booked onto a “day tour” which is generally not interesting, as may well happen with other wine tour firms.
You meet up on location with our own Wine Guide who will escort the wine events and who is on hand to answer all the wine related questions you may have. The wine visits and meals at wine estates are carefully selected so you will taste a wide range of excellent wines, representing a good introduction to the region to be visited, in a way that is not possible if you are travelling independently.
During these long weekends each city has a good variety of non wine related things to do such as museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. The hotels are centrally located so getting around in the evening is easy and we provide a list of recommended restaurants for you, but unlike on our fully escorted tours the evenings are free for you to make your own choice of dining venue, from simple wine bar to gastronomic Michelin star. We can easily book the hotel for an extra few nights to tie in with your travel schedule or if you simply want to explore the city that you are staying in some more.
Our chosen wine cities are easy to reach from many UK local airports by scheduled or low cost airlines. Flights or travel to the destination are not included in the tour cost so that you can book these yourselves on-line. Alternatively, we are happy to do it for you at the published rate plus a small administration fee. (We are fully bonded with ATOL 2543, so you can book your flights through us with confidence).
If you do not want to fly then consider joining our Bordeaux trip by train. Bordeaux takes about 5 hours by TGV & Eurostar from Ashford, Kent. Alternatively you could drive to the region via the Loire. This has the big advantage that you can bring back more wine or can make the trip part of a longer holiday.
Wine & City breaks probably work out as less expensive than trying to organise everything on your own (if indeed it were possible to organise all of this).
We also offer a range of short wine tours in ChampagneView Other Ideas and Past Tours
Beaune 'Vins et Ville'
29 May - 2 June 2013
English Vineyard Walk of the South Downs
5 - 7 April 2013, 4 - 6 October 2013
Lyon Wine & City
24 - 27 October 2013
Bordeaux Wine & City
11 - 14 April 2013, 14 - 17 November 2013