Depending on your predilection, Château la Coste, north of Aix-en-Provence, is either an estimable winemaker with a sideline in contemporary art or a marvel of modern architecture with open-air gallery that happens to have a vineyard attached. Whatever the viewpoint Château La Coste is an exceptional discovery of art, architecture & fine wine. Wine tasting included. 'La Coste combines all the elements of the perfect French Art de Vivre - a unique artistic experience in an atmosphere of calm luxury. It's an atypical art estate in a protected environment. Strolling through see over thirty major art installations scattered throughout the domain amongst oak trees, hundred-year-old pines, vines & lavender fields. Enjoy the creations of architecture from - Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano & Frank O.Geary. Artworks include Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Larry Neufeld, Ai Weiwei, Sean Scully, Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Stipe, Tom Shannon, Tracey Emin and Liam Gillick.
Tour itinerary & highlights
I will arrive to collect you from your hotel or guest house. (If you are staying in a rented apartment or villa, we can arrange that too) I will also be at the Cruise Ship terminal in Marseille if you're arriving by ship. You have the choice to start the tour in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence.
Leaving by car, a short drive through the Provence countryside to Château La Coste located just north of Aix-en-Provence. On arrival, visit to the art centre & bookshop, before starting the walking tour of the park. A leisurely walk to see the art works throughout the vineyard, visit the various art galleries that host a variety of temporary exhibitions. Finish the tour with a tasting of a selection of the domaine's wine, aa visit to the Chais to learn about the production at this award winning vineyard. (There is the opportunity to purchase wine & other products) Return to Marseille, Aix or agreed drop-off location.
Language: English or French
Tour duration & schedule
The total duration of the tour is 5 hours to & from Marseille, slightly less from Aix-en-Provence. The timings can be flexible to suit your schedule - you might also like to combine a half-day morning tour in Aix, with this afternoon visit to Château la Coste. There are also choice of places to enjoy lunch at La Coste, I'm happy to propose this and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence by arrangement. If your staying outside either town, we can coordinate a pick-up from another location. (There may be a suppliment payable) We can also arrange to collect you from the TGV (High speed train) station in Aix. Travel to Château La Coste with dedicated guide/driver, return to your hotel, address or cruise terminal. Wine tasting of the Domaine's selection of fine wine, the Chais & admission to the park & vineyard included.
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