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Europe: Vineyard walks from Arblaster & Clarke

Put your best foot forward and discover the delights of rural Europe by walking from vineyard to vineyard through four of the worlds? most famous wine regions. A ?walking and wine tasting? combination is the ideal way to really appreciate exceptional wines and spectacular scenery before leisurely heading onto the next cellar, safe in the knowledge that Arblaster & Clarke have been organising high calibre vineyards walks for over eighteen years!
 
Strolling off the beaten track for five to ten miles each day an Arblaster & Clarke Vineyard Walk captures the essence of a region. Picnic lunches with traditional delicacies, exclusive estate visits, picturesque villages and the reward of a varied selection of high quality wines guarantees a far greater understanding of the wines produced and the viticulture across a region. Each walk bears a rating according to the degree of difficulty and luggage is transported independently, so hands are free to raise those glasses!
 
Barolo & Barbaresco Vineyard Walk, 8-14 May for £1699 pp
A pioneering walk following little-used paths to the leading cellars in Barolo and Barbaresco. Spring is a beautiful time of year to walk in Piemonte, strolling five to eight miles a day through rolling countryside at the foot of the Alps, this region is Italy?s premium wine region. The tour takes in some of the best vineyards found in the North, combine this with Piemonte?s gastronomic reputation and this walking expedition justifies the many superb ?long? lunches and exceptional wine tastings at top domaines!
 
Six nights in three star agriturismo and hotel, breakfasts, six meals with wines, visits & tastings. Local support transport, walk guide. Walk rating : moderate.
 
Burgundy Vineyard Walk, 29 May - 4 June 2011 for £1499 p/p
The most relaxing and perhaps most focused of the Arblaster & Clarke vineyard walks, gently wandering through the grand crus of Burgundy from Gevry-Chambertin to Puligny-Montrachet, to gain a far broader understanding of what makes a truly memorable Burgundy ? the journey itself reads like a great wine list!
 
Six nights in three star hotels, breakfasts, six meals with wines (4 picnic lunches and 2 dinners), visits & tastings. Mini bus for itinerary, wine-walk guide. Walk rating : gentle.
 
Northern Rhone & Beaujolais Crus Walk, 4-10 September 2011 for £1575pp
This exceptional walk explores the ?Lyonnaise? vineyards? covering the great wines of the Northern Rhone and the lovely Beaujolais.
Starting north of Lyons and walking through the ten villages that make up the Beaujolais Crus ? Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and St Amour, tasting each in turn! The next three days are spent exploring the great vineyards of the Northern Rhône just south of the city.
 
Six nights in two star hotels, breakfasts, six meals with wines, visits & tastings. Mini bus for itinerary, wine-walk guide. Walk rating : moderate.
 
The Douro Valley Vineyard Walk, 16-22 October 2011 for £1599pp
Probably the most spectacular of all the walks, The Douro is extremely rural and is still one of Europe?s unspoilt paradises. Walk out into the vineyards to taste top non-fortified wines as well as Port; travel by train to explore the Douro Superior, considered one of The Great Train Journeys of the World, to discover this remote area visiting Quinta do Vale Meão. A tour of famous estates such as Niepoort and Qunita do Noval, rising stars like Quinta do Vale D.Maria, while each evening retreating back to The Quinta for dinner.
Six nights at Quinta, breakfasts, eleven meals with wines, visits & tastings. Local support transport, wine-walk guide. Walk rating : moderate.
 
Rioja Vineyard Walk, 9-15 October 2011 for £1499pp
The vineyards of Rioja are set in huge tracts of land that make for excellent walking country and readily highlights the dramatic differences in ?terroir? of Rioja, between the Rioja Alavesa (more elegant wines) and Rioja Alta (being more forceful). A fascinating wine region to visit, which is appreciated all the more by being on foot with the chance to visit some of the best smaller bodegas, more remote cellars, exploring medieval hill towns, a ruined monastery, whilst bee eaters, kites, buzzards and eagles soar overhead.
One night three star hotel, three nights good two star & two nights good two star Palacio Hotel, breakfasts, seven meals with wines, visits & tastings. Mini coach on arrival, wine-walk guide. Walk rating : moderate.
 
The vineyard walks accommodation offer a true insight into thewinemakers way-of-life, staying either in a Quinta, Palacio, Manor house or ?wine-hotel?, discovering how local gastronomy compliments the wines and the developments made within the industry. Arblaster & Clarke Vineyard Walk tours include stared character accommodation for the duration, breakfasts, a specified number of dinners with wines, visits and tastings, a walk guide, small coach for the itinerary and specified airport transfers. Prices start from £1499 per person.
To view the 2011 brochure by simply flicking through the pages via the Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours website www.winetours.co.uk or visit http://www.winetours.co.uk/customers/regsiter
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