FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 3 DEPARTURES FROM NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER 2020. BOOK NOW!
Discover the magic and unique ambiance of the Christmas festivities in France. Visits some of the 70 Alsatian Christmas markets, be enchanted by the Christmas market of Reims illuminated by the fascinating highlighting of the facade of the Cathedral and explore the Christmas market on the Champs-Élysées, a must-to see with nearly 15 million visitors in 7 weeks! We Indulge you for extraordinary Christmas holidays between gourmet discovery, exclusive cellar visits and wine tasting, friendly atmosphere and gentle fragrance of spices and cinnamon, concerts, songs, fairytales, and legends.
DAY 1 – WELCOME TO ALSACE
Arrival at Zurich airport at 1:20 pm and transfer to your Hotel in Alsace. At 5:00 pm check-in and join everyone for a welcome drink and the introduction about your trip. Enjoy a nice dinner in a traditional restaurant.
DAY 2 – WINE ROUTE DISCOVERY
After the Breakfast, departure to Orschwiller for a guided tour of the famous “Haut-Koenigsbourg” castle. We’ll continue with the discovery of Bergheim with the nativity scene exhibition. After lunch in a typical Winstub, we’ll reach Ribeauvillé (or Kayserberg) and its Medieval Christmas Market and we will enjoy a guided walking tour in the old medieval town. Departure to Kaysersberg, and guided walking tour of this medieval city, that was voted as “France’s favorite village in 2017”. Free time on the Christmas Market and departure in the Capital of Alsatian wines, Colmar for a guided walking tour of the Old town. You’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market, St Martin’s Church. Then you’ll enjoy free time in the 5 Christmas Market in Colmar.
DAY 3 – STRASBOURG, CAPITAL OF CHRISTMAS
After the Breakfast, departure to Obernai, the Medieval Town, for a guided walking tour and free time on the Christmas Market. In Obernai, Christmas is synonymous with gastronomy and gourmet food! A Christmas Market that focuses on authenticity and conviviality. Continue to Strasbourg for a guided walking tour of the old town of Strasbourg with the entrance in the Cathedral. Discover the Petite France Quarter where fishermen, millers, and tanners once lived and worked; the Tanner’s House; the Kammerzell House. Then, you’ll enjoy free time to discover the wonder of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas, and let yourself be captivated by a unique atmosphere. In the heart of Place Kléber, the Great Christmas Tree, the essential symbol of Strasbourg is waiting as local craftsmen offer, 100% made in Alsace products on their stalls. These producers will share with you their taste for the simple things and give you the opportunity to discover their know-how. To finish the day you’ll enjoy a delightful dinner in a typical Winstub restaurant.
DAY 4 – THE PEARLS OF ALSACE WINE ROUTE
After the breakfast departure for a visit of the Mont Sainte-Odile, a 760-meter-high peak in the Vosges Mountains, convent and center of pilgrimage dedicated to Sainte-Odile about the end of the 7th century. Continuation to Ostheim where you will meet Joëlle – our hostess – and share a moment of conviviality. Joëlle will teach you how to prepare some Christmas specialties as de Bredeles or Männele. Follow the chef’s demonstration and of course, enjoy a tasting a typical lunch on the site.
After this great moment, we will continue on the wine route and visit of Riquewihr, the «Gem of the Alsace vineyards», the city listed among the «Most Beautiful Villages in France», is an open-air museum surrounded by a double medieval rampart. You will enjoy free time on the Christmas market before experiencing an amazing cellar visit and wine tasting in a local Wine Estate.
On the way back to the Hotel, you will enjoy a typical dinner with “Flammekueche”, a dish with a dough base topped with a mixture of cream, soft white cheese, bacon chunks, and onions. You eat it with your fingers! Baked in a baker’s oven, it was traditionally made on the days when bread was baked at the farms. You can also try the sweet versions with apple, plum and cinnamon toppings.
DAY 5 – DEPARTURE TO CHAMPAGNE
Private transfer to the historical sparkling wine province and its capital the City of Reims, located between Alsace region and Paris. On the way to the City of Reims, stop for a fascinating visit of the Lehrer Crystal GlassWorks. For more than 25 years, this family has carried on the tradition and know-how of the family in the art of putting on the crystal. The shop proposes an incredible choice of unique pieces of art and an interesting insight into the manufacturing of these objects. the most fascinating is watching the craft man, as artists, transform a solid piece of glass into incredible ornaments as Christmas decorations, ideal for souvenirs. After a typical lunch in the area, continuation to Reims and arrival for check-in and dinner at 7:00 pm. Spend a night at leisure to relax and enjoy the City of Reims!.
DAY 6 – THE “CHAMPAGNE” EXPERIENCE
Because Champagne is unique, we promise you an “Exclusive Experience”. Start your day with a short walking tour of the city center of Reims and visit the Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where French kings were coronated during the French Monarchy. Continue with a fascinating dive into the “crayères”, the sumptuous Champagne cellars and with a wine tasting in a famous Champagne House of Reims. Road to the south of Reims and arrival in the area of Hautvillers village, the cradle of Champagne, for an original Champagne and food pairing. After lunch, depending on schedule, a little walk in the village of Dom Pérignon, the “Father of Champagne”. We continue our journey by discovering the”
Champagne Alley” in Epernay, home of the most prestigious Champagne House, registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Then, to finish this unforgettable day, you will experience a Champagne tasting on the hillsides of the Aÿ’s vineyard, registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy your evening to discover by night the illuminated Christmas Market in the front of the Reims Cathedral.
DAY 7 – WELCOME TO PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT!
Relax start and private transfer to Paris, after your breakfast. Check-in your 4* Hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover the city of Light. Walk along the outstanding Jardin des Tuileries and immerse yourself in the treasures hidden under the amazing pyramid of the Louvre Museum. Stroll through the streets of Quartier Saint-Germain and its cozy “cafés” and “brasseries”. Whether you explore historic districts or architecture, gastronomic restaurants or museums, one thing is certain: the City of Light is a captivating one.
The must-see: to finish your visit, take a walking ride, shop and enjoy your dinner in the Champs-Elysées, strolling along with no less than 180 wooden chalets, including twenty devoted to French gastronomy and forty to arts and crafts on the famous French capital Christmas Market.
DAY 8 – PARIS CITY TOUR
Relax start. Check-out in the morning around 11:30 am meeting with your guide and departure for a memorable lunch to the Eiffel Tower restaurant « The 58 », with exceptional views over Paris or to the legendary Brasserie « La Coupole » in Montparnasse. In the afternoon, free time for a walking ride along the Tour Eiffel area, exploring The Trocadero and The Parc du Champs-de-Mars or ascent up to the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck for a breathtaking 360° panoramic view 210 meters above the ground. After, enjoy a panoramic city tour of the French Capital for the discovery of its iconic sites (Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Opéra Garnier, Les Invalides…).
Around 5 pm, transfer to the airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle to flight back to The Philippines.
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Guided City tour and visit of the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg, European Capital, Colmar, Capital of the Wine Route, Obernai, the medieval town, Reims city of coronation
Discovery of the Mount Sainte-Odile and the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the Vosges Mountains, the discovery of “The pearls of Alsace” Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé or Kaysersberg villages, ranked among the « Most Beautiful Villages in France »; visit of the Reims Cathedral and the Village of Dom Pérignon in Champagne.
Cooking classes and tasting of a Christmas pastry specialty, Männele, and Bredeles. Visit of the Lehrer Crystal Glass-Works manufacturer
Walking ride in the Alsatian vineyards and visit of the hillsides of the Aÿ’s vineyard in Champagne registered as a UNESCO world heritage site, and fascinating Cellar visits and private wine tasting in famous Alsatian estates and Champagne Houses.
MEMORABLE LUNCH AND DINNER
Food & wine pairing / Tarte Flambée experience in traditional Winstub / Dinner in typical Alsatian restaurants.
Food & Champagne pairing for lunch / Dinner in a typical restaurant in Reims.
Lunch to the Eiffel Tower restaurant « The 58 », with exceptional views over Paris or to the legendary Brasserie « La Coupole » in Montparnasse.
7 nights 4* hotel accommodation / 7 breakfast buffet, 5 lunch and 4 dinners / Included experiences and English speaking tour guide according to the program / Airport transfer / Seat in coach transfer / Tour entrance fee / City Tax
Airfare / Visa / PH travel Tax / Travel Insurance / All the beverages (unless otherwise specified) / Incidentals in hotels such as laundry, telephone calls, mini bar / All other services not mentioned / Tips for the drivers & local guides