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Rugby World Cup 2023™, France - Tour 14 - Agriculture Study Tour

From AUD 13,990/pp

Overview

Join hosts Tom Redden & Jack Farrer on our Agriculture Study tour featuring farm visits in northern, central & southern France plus Spain’s Basque area and southern Germany.

In between we’ll take in Australia’s pool stage matches against Wales, Fiji & the European qualifier plus Munich’s incredible Oktoberfest!

Places are strictly limited to 42 people and will sell out. Lock in your spot with a $250 deposit - fully refundable if you choose to cancel before 1 March, 2022!

Included Matches

Category 2 match tickets are included as standard for all games - enjoy incredible seats for:

Australia v Europe 1, 9 September, Stade de France, Paris

Australia v Fiji, 17 September, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Australia v Wales, 24 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

Plus you can add an optional ticket to the opening match - France v New Zealand at Stade de France on 8 September - to your tour!

Inclusions

Accommodation


  • Top-quality accommodation throughout (20 nights)

  • 3 nights in Paris (8-11 September)

  • 2 nights in Amiens (11-13 September)

  • 2 nights in Reims (13-15 September)

  • 2 nights in Beaune (15-17 September)

  • 1 night in Lyon (17 September)

  • 2 nights in Bordeaux (18-20 September)

  • 3 nights in Biarritz (20-23 September)

  • 2 nights in Lyon (23-25 September)

  • 3 nights in Munich (25-28 September)

  • Breakfast daily

Match Tickets


  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Europe 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Fiji

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Wales

Transfers


  • Coach, high-speed train & flight transfers throughout

Farm Tours


  • Northern France crop farm visit

  • Champagne region winery visit

  • Rhone Valley winery visit

  • Rhone Valley cattle farm visit

  • Saint Emilion winery visit

  • Bordeaux Cité du Vin visit

  • Basque sheep farm visit

  • Bavarian organic farm visit

Sightseeing


  • Paris city tour

  • Villers-Bretonneux memorial visit

  • Reims city tour

  • Bordeaux city tour

  • Biarritz city tour

  • San Sebastian city tour

  • Munich city tour

  • Dachau tour

  • Munich’s Oktoberfest

Merchandise


  • Commemorative We Love Rugby tour merchandise set

Matches

Category 2 match tickets are included as standard for all games - enjoy incredible seats for:

Australia v Europe 1, 9 September, Stade de France, Paris

Australia v Fiji, 17 September, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Australia v Wales, 24 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

Plus you can add an optional ticket to the opening match - France v New Zealand at Stade de France on 8 September - to your tour!

Itinerary

Friday 8 September - Welcome to Paris!


Details for meeting the group at today’s hotel will be sent four weeks before the tour. Extra nights of accommodation at our tour hotel will be available to add closer to the tour.

We will have flight options and prices for economy, premium economy and business class fares available 12 months before the tour and will be in contact at that time. Flights booked through We Love Rugby will include arrival airport transfers to our hotel.

Tonight we get together with our tour hosts at our opening night function as the tournament kicks off with the blockbuster match-up of hosts France taking on the All Blacks. Opening matches don’t come any bigger than this and it will be the perfect appetiser ahead of the Wallabies’ first match tomorrow!

A ticket to tonight's opening match - France v New Zeland - can be added to your tour during the booking process.

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 9 September - Australia v Europe 1


The Wallabies take on the top European qualifier tonight at the incredible Stade de France. The Aussies will be looking to get their tournament off to a good start and we’ll be in full voice to help them along!

Australia v Europe 1, Stade de France, 18:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 10 September - Paris City Tour


Today we visit some of Paris’s many sightseeing highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arch de Triomphe and Champs Elysees. Following our sightseeing tour you will have the afternoon to explore other local features such as the Louvre Museum or a cruise along the Seine.

Overnight: Paris

Monday 11 September - Villers-Bretonneux & Amiens


We depart Paris this morning for two nights in the northern French city of Amiens. Along the way we visit the town of Villers-Bretonneux where the Australian forces fought in the First World War. The town hosts an annual Anzac Day ceremony and is home to the Sir John Monash Centre.

Overnight: Amiens

Tuesday 12 September - Crop Farm Visit


Cereal crops including wheat, barley, oats, corn and sorghum are one of Northern France’s main agricultural industries. We will visit a local farm to see the different production techniques and export strategies utilised here.

Overnight: Amiens

Wednesday 13 September - Reims City Tour


Today we move on to the city of Reims in France’s traditional Champagne region. After checking in at our hotel we will take a walking tour of the historic Reims city centre.

Overnight: Reims

Thursday 14 September - Champagne Winery Visit


We visit a local Champaign House to learn about the production and marketing of this highly competitive product, while of course sampling some along the way!

Overnight: Reims

Friday 15 September - Burgundy Winery Visit


We head south to the highly productive Rhone Valley today. The region contains a variety of agriculture including fruit (apricots, peaches, raspberries, walnuts, cherries & tomatoes), dairy and vineyards dominated by Burgundy wines as well as pinot noirs, chardonnay, Chablis and Beaujolais.

This afternoon we will visit a Burgundy winery for a demonstration of the local production techniques.

Overnight: Beaune

Saturday 16 September - Rhone Valley Dairy Farm Visit


The Rhone Valley is known for its dairy farming. Today we visit a local dairy and see how milk production farms operate in France.

Overnight: Beaune

Sunday 17 September - Australia v Fiji


This morning we move on to Lyon. After checking in at tonight’s hotel we travel south to the historic mining town of Saint-Etienne for the Wallabies’ clash with Fiji. After being given a scare against Fiji in Japan in 2019 where they trailed by 9 points in the second half of the match, the Aussies will be keen for a solid start in this one!

Australia v Fiji, Saint-Etienne, 17:45

Overnight: Lyon

Monday 18 September - Bordeaux Transfer & Saint-Emilion Winery Visit


This morning we travel to the southwestern French city of Bordeaux.

This afternoon we visit one of the region’s best wineries in Saint-Emilion, known for varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tonight we’ll come together in one of the old town’s best restaurants to sample the gastronomy!
Overnight: Bordeaux

Tuesday 19 September - Bordeaux City Tour & Cité du Vin Visit


This morning we will take a walking tour of the historic city centre before heading to the Bordeaux Cité du Vin - the museum of wine. Here we will have a presentation from local experts on the ins and outs of the local industry.

Overnight: Bordeaux

Wednesday 20 September - Biarritz City Tour


This morning we head south to the Bay of Biscay and the playground of France’s rich and famous - Biarritz! After check-in at our hotel we head down to the beachfront promenade to soak in the sea breeze at one of town’s best open air cafes.

Overnight: Biarritz

Thursday 21 September - Basque Sheep Farm Visit


Biarritz lies at the northern point of the traditional Basque country, today we will visit a local sheep farm to see some more traditional local farming methods. The local Latxa breed are dairy sheep whose unpasteurized milk is used to produce Idiazabal and Roncal cheeses.

Overnight: Biarritz

Friday 22 September - San Sebastian Tour


Across the Spanish border lies the resort town of San Sebastian in the heart of Basque country. Today we will visit this spectacular location and sample some of the traditional Basque cuisine. Highlights include lamb stews, cod, Tolosa bean dishes, Lekeitio paprikas, pintxos (Basque tapas) and Idiazabal sheep's cheese along with sparkling white-wine (txakoli), and Basque cider!

Overnight: Biarritz

Saturday 23 September - Transfer to Lyon


We return to Lyon today ahead of the Wallabies’ massive Pool C clash with Wales. This evening we settle in at our local sports bar for this evening’s rugby featuring England’s match against the second American qualifier and then South Africa take on Ireland in Pool B.

Overnight: Lyon

Sunday 24 September - Australia v Wales


Today is the Wallabies’ all-important clash with Pool C rivals Wales. As the Aussies learnt the hard way in Japan, a win here will be crucial to avoid the top-placed Pool D team come quarter-final time!

Australia v Wales, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Monday 25 September - Transfer to Munich


This morning we travel to the Bavarian capital of Munich where the annual Oktoberfest beer festival - the largest public festival in the world! - has just gotten underway.

After checking in at our central Munich hotel we head for the first of three glorious nights at the Theresienwiese grounds - a festival that has to be seen to be believed!

Overnight: Munich

Tuesday 26 September - Bavarian Organic Farm Visit


The German state of Bavaria has been a home to the European organic farming movement since the 1980s. Professional institutes have been running since 1989 and over the region is home to over 8,000 organic farms. Today we will visit one of the local models for the organic farming movement to learn more of their sustainable practices and strategies.

Tonight we return to the Oktoberfest grounds where we will spend the afternoon sampling another of the 18 beer halls set up especially for the festival. In addition to the famous beer tents there is plenty to see and do outside from culinary curiosities to amusement rides for the thrill-seekers!

Overnight: Munich

Wednesday 27 September - Dachau & Munich City Tours & Oktoberfest


This morning we visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Located 20 kilometres north of Munich, Dachau was the site for one of the Nazi’s first concentration camps for political prisoners. Today the site is an incredible memorial to the horrors of that era.

Munich’s old town centre is lined with stunning architecture, traditional markets and plenty of bars to quench a thirst. After our walking tour of the old town we return for more Oktoberfest festivities!

Overnight: Munich

Thursday 28 September - Tour Ends


We will have details on extra nights of accommodation and departure transfers available closer to the tour, contact our office if you have any questions in the meantime.

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Rugby World Cup 2023™, France - Tour 14 - Agriculture Study Tour
Tour Dates:
8-28 Sep, 2023
Tour Duration:
21 Days/20 Nights