Sipping in Style with Wine World Tours
Luxury Link has greatly expanded its portfolio of guided vacations and excursions in 2012, and among those we’re particularly excited about are the creative and indulgent itineraries from Wine World Tours.
These incredible, personally-tailored programs explore the most prestigious and storied winemaking regions in the world: Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, legendary names like Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany in Europe as well as the South American nations of Chile and Argentina. On your tour, enjoy the luxury of a carefully-selected itinerary that provides private drivers and expert guides tol help you savor of every moment.
“We start with a luxury template of accommodations, cultural and historical activities, wineries, restaurants and artisan experiences and then we personalize and customize it to meet our clients’ tastes and interests…and it becomes as unique as the people taking it,” said Wine World Tours CEO David Marchese.
Because fine wine tasting is best enjoyed as a communal experience, each Wine World Tour itinerary offers incredible savings when booked as a group of six or more travelers.
Napa and Sonoma, California
Wine World Tours offers access to the most renowned winemaking region in the U.S. with a pair of tours in Northern California – Classic American Wine Country (4 days/3 nights) and Town & California Wine Country (8 days/7 nights). Both experiences begins with roundtrip airport transfers in either San Francisco or Oakland and continue with your luxe accommodations at the Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville, with an add-on say at Cavallo Point in romantic Sausalito on the longer itinerary. Days will be filled with tastings at the best wineries Napa and Sonoma have to offer, visits to artisan shops and memorable gourmet dining experiences. Lunch aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and a four-course tasting menu dinner at Rustic – Francis Ford Coppola's winery-restaurant – are among the culinary adventures awaiting your palate. Town & California Wine Country includes reservations at Napa’s exclusive French Laundry, a hot-air balloon ride, helicopter tour of San Francisco and spa treatments, among other perks.
Before your World Wine Tour in scenic Northern California, Marchese encourages all guests to fill out a questionnaire, which helps ensure that desired activities are included on your itinerary. Travelers are paired with an expert driver who offers insights into the rich history of the area, along with VIP access to the best wineries in the country. With the option to roam the countryside yourself, Wine World Tours offers complimentary use of a luxury SUV for the duration of your tour. Lastly, bring home some of the fine wines you taste at savings of 25-30% off general public prices.
Book your group of six or more travelers on the Classic American Wine Country tour and save $800 per person off the advertised price, or $1,700 per person when reserving the Town & California experience!
For many wine aficionados, the fertile, temperate grape-growing regions of France and Italy represent the epicenter of their passion. Wine World Tours is pleased to offer a quartet of seven-night itineraries designed to delve deep into these rich wine-producing cultures.
An incredibly popular tour is A Taste of Tuscany, starting and ending in Florence with excursions deep into this hilly and impossible gorgeous region. After visiting the legendary Uffizi Gallery – home of Michelangelo’s David – guests will base themselves in the medieval city of Siena, centered on an enormous shell-shaped central square. Interspersed with 11 winery visits throughout Tuscany and Chianti – accompanied by an expert chauffeur and bilingual guide – are meetings with artisan craftsmen and 13 meals, including one gourmet lunch prepared yourself in a private cooking class!
Moving west to France, Burgundy and Chablis Wine Country Discovery combines varietals with history and culture, hosted by Wine World Tours' Executive Director of Wine Travel Peter Smith. In eight amazing days, visit eight wineries, a cheese shop, barrel cooperage, the Crusader sites of Hospices de Beaune and Vézelay Basilica and take in a theatre performance in Paris – either Moulin Rouge or Lido. Of course, dine on some of the world’s most haute cuisine as you sip your way through Burgundy and Chablis!
Enjoy up to $2,300 in savings per person when booking a Wine World Tour in Europe!
You’ve drank the Malbecs and Merlots that made the winemaking regions of Chile and Argentina legendary, now visit this enchanting corner of the Southern Hemisphere with Wine World Tours.
Marchese loves the epicurean diversity of South America.
“Take Chile…where there are signature wines coming from local varietals and wine-making methods such as Carmenere. Also, there are signature drinks like Pisco - a light-colored brandy that is the national drink of Chile. They even have their own type of empanadas stuffed with a variety of goodies accented by olives and raisins,” he said. “In every country, we seek these out for our clients as they are part of the local experience that we believe helps makes the vacation unique.”
Wine World Tours offers a seven-night Cultural and Culinary Chilean Journey starting and ending in Santiago with a focus on the regions of Maule and the Colchagua Valley, plus a tour of seaside Valparaiso. A nine-night tour crosses the towering Andes into Argentina with four nights in scenic Mendoza, 18 total winery visits, a cooking school experience and 24 total meals. As you may know, Argentine steak is legendary!
Wine World Tours’ South American itineraries offer incredible incentive to travel as a group. South American Wine Adventure offers savings of $4,750 per person for a party of six!
The intersection of luxury, relaxation, and history of course wine education within each tour provide an experience that is unique and sure to enchant even the most sophisticated of luxury travelers.