Explore the landscape, history and culture of the northern Rhône Valley wine country. From our ship, we hike up to the Chapel of St. Christophe for an expansive view of the vineyards around the small town of Tain-l’Hermitage. According to legend, Knight Gaspard de Stérimberg built the small chapel in 1224, spending his remaining days as a hermit after returning from the Crusades. Walk through the vineyards that produce the world-famous Hermitage wine and learn about the history of local viticulture; this is the birthplace of syrah, one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. You will arrive at Tain-l’Hermitage and have the opportunity to taste the full-bodied red wines from the vineyards through which you just walked, accompanied by locally produced dark (and of course vegan) Valrhona chocolate. Afterwards, you will return to Tournon by crossing the pedestrian bridge built by Marc Séguin, the inventor of the suspension bridge.
DURATION: about 4 hours
START: 10:15 AM