The July Highlights Newsletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                                    July 2016

Welcome to High Point Holidays' July newsletter. This month we focus completely on an area that we very much specialise in; we take a look at our Beaujolais walking holidays.
And to all our customers, past and present, we wish you a great summer.

Best Wishes
Mark Armstrong
Walking in the Beaujolais

Walking in the Beaujolais:

The Beaujolais, located to the north west of Lyon, is a series of rolling hills and valleys lined by vines and crowned by forests. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts.

Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus
5 nights - £525 - 4 days walking between guest houses
Walking through the famous French wine growing region (vintage Beaujolais crus). Short break holiday to suit those who enjoy wine tasting visits, great local cuisine and relatively easy walks.

Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages
6 nights - £635 - 5 days walking between guest houses
This holiday follows on from our Grand Crus wine trail & traverses a number of pretty valleys with pretty chateaux and quaint villages. Your trail then traverses the “Golden stones country.” Daily wine tasting at your guest houses on vineyards.

Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour
7 nights - £645 - 6 days walking between guest houses
5 nights - £520 - 4 days walking between guest houses

Gentle walking through vines and unspoilt historic villages. Historic chateaux, churches and country houses pepper the beautiful Beaujolais landscape. Gastronomic region with B&B's full of charm and character.

Beautiful Beaujolais Traverse
7 nights - £675 - 6 days self guided walk traversing the region
Traverse the best of the Beaujolais region through upland pasture and forests, open ridges, secluded valleys, sweeping countryside, historic villages and chateaux.

High Beaujolais Hills
7 nights - £635 - 6 days walking between guest houses
Circulartrail through the quiet Beaujolais hills which sit above the famous vineyards. Great Beaujolais hospitality in guest houses full of charm and character.

Walking in the Beaujolais

Walking Holiday Updates

High Point Holidays' 2016 Independent and Guided Walking Holiday Brochures are currently still available. If you have not received a brochure, but would like one please e-mail us and let us know.

Please note the brochure is also available online on our

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on any of our holidays

Ever disappointed that we do not do walking holidays in a particular country or region, then why not send us your suggestions to

New Independent/Self Guided Walking Holidays for 2016:
See our full list of independent walking holidays

Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered

5 or 7 nights - from £615 - 4 or 6 days self guided, two centre-based
Stay in two bases, one in an area known as the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées), the other in the southern Burgundy where you'll walk through Chardonnay vineyards and the Grand Crus of the northern Beaujolais.
Beaujolais Customer Testimonials

Beaujolais Testimonials

"The "Beaujolais Wine Trail" independent walking tour gave us four days of walking through beautiful countryside and five nights of splendid eating and wine-tasting with friendly and charming hosts. All of our hosts were very gracious in sharing with us not only their wine but also their experiences as grape growers and winemakers." R. Thompson, USA

"Overwhelmed by the level of hospitality received. We have walked with other companies in France but this was by far the best. A thoroughly enjoyable experience." S Adkins, UK

"Guest houses were all great. Lovely area, very friendly, fantastic wines and food." M. Tanner, UK

"It has been an excellent holiday. Thank you. We enjoyed the table d'hote each night and this is what we look forward to in a French holiday. We found the overall standard of the accommodation was very high and the variety of styles made an enjoyable holiday." D Jeffries & L Pickles, UK

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Villa Toscana

Beaujolais Guest Houses

La Villa Toscana is a charming B&B is located in the Golden Stones region of Beaujolais and is used during our  Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour. It was winner of our 'Accommodation of the Year' award 2016.
"Our favourite guest house was Villa Toscana because of the wonderful hosts Fabienne and Pascal, they are a treasure." T. Whitehouse, UK
"Beautiful setting, gorgeous garden and lovely old house. Fabienne & Pascal gave us a wonderful welcome." S&J Allen, Australia.

Le Fetre B&B is located in the northern Beaujolais region of France and is used during High Beaujolais Hills and our Beaujolais Wine Trails.
"The hostess at Le Fetre was very enthusiastic - very good food - a little different due to her Portuguese roots." Simon & Lizzie

Domaine Des Averlys is in the Pierres Dorées region and is used on the Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour. Mireille and Etienne are proud of their vines and love passing on their passion for their domaine, its richness and its secrets. In the confines of their vaulted cave, they'll take great pleasure in helping you to discover the character of their wines.
"Very friendly hosts who were good company. Excellent explanation of viticulture." K. Swift

Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais is famous for its vibrant, fruity red wines made from Gamay. The Gamay Noir grape unifies this geographically diverse area with 95% of the area planted with it. The remainder is planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Unlike Bordeaux, there are no large properties in Beaujolais. The system, called "vigneronnage," consists of hundreds of small properties on which the wine grapes are grown. Most of these grapes are purchased by wine producers (Négociants) who make and market the wines. Comprised of 12 appellations, it's divided into north and south based on the soil of each area.
The south has gentler hills with rich soil that is mosly limestone, producing younger and lighter wines. The golden stones area forms part of this region (Medieval Village Tour.)
In the north the lighter granite and schist based sandy soil makes a fuller wine. Here you will find the Beaujolais Villages appellation and the 10 Beaujolais Crus. Our Beaujolias Wine Trail links a number of vineyards in the north. Our Beaujolais Discovery encompasses the two areas.
Beaujolais hit a peak of popularity in the world's wine market with its Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

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