Festive Carcassonne under a blanket of snow
Festive Carcassonne under a blanket of snow

Wine Tours

New Year in Carcassonne

Celebrate the New Year in France, indulging in sumptuous wines and captivating history.

What better way to ring in the New Year than in a destination where the stories span centuries, the wines are carefully tended to by generations of devoted families, and the regional cuisine is simply fantastic.

Enjoy a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve itself and spend the next day tasting amazing wines alongside hand-crafted chocolates. The other days will be spent discovering Carcassonne’s rich history, sitting down to wonderful meals and accepting invitations to tour wineries around the town.

Carcassonne is the largest fortified city in Europe, a listed UNESCO site and littered with architectural treasures. Perfect for culture buffs, this area has something for most people: Gallo-Roman and medieval fortifications, Narbonnaise gates and 14th century stained glass to name but a few sights.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Local transport
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Accommodation
  •  Wine Guide
  •  Professional tour manager

Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £350

Tour highlights:

  • Discover the history of the vibrant city of Carcassonne with an expert local guide
  • Celebrate the arrival of 2020 in style with a fabulous and indulgent gala dinner
  • Feast on hand-made chocolates and local wines during a visit to Cocoa & Grapes
  • Create your own blend during a tasting and blending workshop at Châteaux Auzias
  • A historic tour and tasting of the six-generation Château La Voulte-Gasperets
  • Enjoy great local restaurants and sample the festive Carcassonne cuisine

Tour details

Dates 30 December 2019 - 3 January 2020
Duration 5 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £350 Balance due by 7 October 2019
Tour code +CN19A

Book Now or call 01453 823328 if you have any questions

30 December 2019: Itinerary

Today we fly from London to Toulouse, arriving mid-afternoon and in time to check in at the Hotel Donjon. We enjoy our first taste of Languedoc wines over a group dinner this evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Donjon

After breakfast, we will explore the walls of Carcassonne with our local expert guide, who will give us fascinating insight into the history and heritage of the area. After a group lunch in Carcassonne, you have the afternoon to discover the town at your leisure. We will come together in the evening for a special gala dinner to ring in the New Year in style at the hotel.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Donjon

A lazy morning and late breakfast before lunch at your leisure is the order of the day. In the afternoon, we head to Cocoa & Grapes for a chocolate and wine tasting. Enjoy hand-made chocolates and delicious local fine wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, whilst hearing fascinating details about historic Carcassonne from our knowledgeable host. The evening will be left free to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Donjon

After breakfast today, we will visit the nearby Château La Voulte-Gasparets for our tour and tasting. Six generations of this family have been building the substantial reputation this vineyard has in the Languedoc-Rousillon wine industry. The vines, which are on average 60-years-old, produce wine with rich aromas and subtleness. Next, we will stop for lunch just outside of the Abbaye de Fontfoide, and afterwards we pay a visit to the majestic abbey itself. This evening, we will enjoy a group dinner at O’Vineyards, where we can also bid a fond farewell to this tour.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Donjon

After checking out of the hotel today, we will head to another notable château, Châteaux Auzias. A blending and tasting workshop awaits here. This comprehensive tour showcases the wine cellars, the steps required for winemaking, the winery itself along with aging cellar, and it finishes with the bottling line and storage cellar. The highlight of this stop is the opportunity to create your own blend after sampling a few of the main varieties and getting some direction on the characteristics at play. There will be free time in Toulouse over lunch before a transfer to the airport and then we catch our return flight to London.

Meals include: Breakfast

30 December 2019: Additional Info

30 December 2019: Accommodation

Hotel Donjon is a 4 star building in the heart of Carcassonne. It offers classic rooms with a view of the narrow streets of the Citadel. Rooms include HD TV's WiFi, a mini bar and coffee making facilities. The hotel boasts a restaurant and there is also a garden offering a peaceful haven. 

30 December 2019: Enquiries

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