May 12th shore tour update 1-

We’re looking for a few participation changes to the May 12th Rhone Cruise. You’re selection form is found at the bottom of this page. Complete the form, then click submit. You cannot leave any section blank or it may not submit.

This is an update to the tour booking process.  There are inventory issues on some tours.  Before I go to a priority system (based the date you booked your cruise), I’d like to see if I can offer up some other possibilities for tours that are too popular or not popular enough.

If you’re willing to make some changes to your schedule, please click here to complete your tour addendum.  I hope to have enough people that make a switch or two so that I don’t have to.

  1.  For the Saint Remy Michelin lunch, there are only 18 participants out of the required 25 minimum.  I still have a few people that have not provided tour requests, but I have a hard deadline of 5PM on Tuesday, the 2nd.  I assumed with 140+ participants on the cruise, that we could make the minimum of 25 guests.  So, it’s likely this will be cancelled, unless I have 8 people that change their minds about the experience.  I’ll know by Thursday afternoon.
  2. In Beaune, Domaine Drouhin is overbooked by 20 guests.  To counter that, I have arranged for a tasting at Chateau Pommard.  They’re a bit out of the center of Beaune, and I originally wanted to keep things close enough to walk.  However, Pommard is every bit the destination as Drouhin (and perhaps more), and you’ll have transportation.  Here’s the description:
    1. The Private Tasting : Captivate your senses with an exclusive private tasting. Let your Wine Advisor get to know you and immerse yourself in rarefied Burgundy terroirs. Unearth the secrets of truly great wines, the soils in the vineyard and the winemaker’s skills. Select six of our most sought-after cuvées and learn how to assess the qualities of outstanding wines.  This option begins at 10:00 AM, lasting a little under 2 hours, and is priced at $145 per person.
  3. Kayaking and Cycling are, as anticipated, very popular.  Uniworld is exploring an addition to the numbers of cycles, kayaks, and guides.  They’ve been pretty resourceful with this task before.  However, if you’d like a quality alternative the afternoon of the 17th in Lyon, I would suggest a 2-hour guided tour of Les Halles Market.  A guide will walk you through, explain what you’re looking at, and offer samples from the vendors.  You’ll have less of a cardio workout than the cycle tour, but gain an experience that is more decidedly Lyonnaise.  This tour is limited to 10 guests with a cost of $60 per person.
  4. I misspoke with the description of the visit in Beaune to Caveau Chanson.  An earlier tour description mentioned a “3-course lunch with wine pairings”.  That came from a previous document.  You will enjoy a cellar tour and 6 Premiere-Cru wines.  The rate for that is reduced somewhat to $85 and, at that price, becomes one of the better values in Beaune.
  5. Domaine Pegau is overbooked by 12 guests.  Space is still available for Domaine Mousset (a very nice experience) and the Masterpiece program offered by Uniworld with a visit to Pavillon Bouachon.  There have been good reviews for this.