HERITAGE DISCOVERY TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 6 DEPARTURES FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2020. BOOK NOW!
Make deep and fascinating diving in the pristine beauty of the French religious heritage. Stroll along the streets between colorful half-timbered houses dating back to the Middle Ages. Experience the best sightseeing places and breathtaking monuments of majestic cities as Strasbourg, Reims, and Paris. Explore castles, cathedral, cellars, and vineyards listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit sumptuous Library and Museums waiting to be discovered. If you like history and culture, this Heritage Discovery Tour is sweet for you!
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 – TREASURES OF HISTORY
Travel to Sélestat to discover a treasure of Renaissance! Guided tour of the Humanist Library, a treasure which features on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Explore the secrets from medieval manuscripts to rare printed works 15th and 16th century, which is a magnificent architectural setting created by Rudy Ricciotti. Continue on the wine road and enjoy a wine tasting in a typical cellar and a delightful lunch in a traditional restaurant. After lunch short visit of Riquewihr, the «Gem of the Alsace vineyards», the city listed among the «Most Beautiful Villages in France». Return to the Capital of Alsatian wines, Colmar and guided visit of the Unterlinden Museum and its masterpiece of “Le Retable d’Isenheim”; After the Museum, guided a walking tour of the Old town of Colmar (you’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market, St Martin’s Church)…and free time before dinner in a typical restaurant.
DAY 3 – STRASBOURG CITY TOUR
Start the day by a walking guided tour of the old city center of Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament and its exceptional UNESCO heritage, first and foremost the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and La Petite France. Free lunch and continue your discovery of the city from a unique perspective, a walk along the waterfront with a sightseeing boat tour, from downtown to the European Parliament, through the imperial district of Neustadt! Then free time to shop and explore the beauty of Strasbourg before a typical “Flammekueche” dinner, an Alsatian dish with a dough base topped with a mixture of cream, soft white cheese, bacon chunks, and onions.
DAY 4 – FOLLOW THE WINE ROUTE
Start the day by a guided tour of the Mount 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. Continue with the visit of a gingerbread factory and museum in Gertwiller, capital of gingerbread thanks to the numerous pastry cooks and their knowhow. For the lunch, live a memorable time, including cellars visit, wine tasting, and a cold cut and cheese platter. In the afternoon, visit of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, one of the symbols of the Alsatian heritage. Continuation to the “Grand Ried”, a natural region in central Alsace, with an exceptionally rich natural heritage. We invite you to discover a marvel of the baroque style, the splendid and richly decorated abbey church of Saint-Maurice dating back from the 18th century and its famous organ, work of the famous organ builder André Silbermann. During the visit, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a short organ concert then back to the hotel.
DAY 5 – DEPARTURE TO CHAMPAGNE AND VISIT NANCY CITY ON THE WAY
Private transfer to the historical sparkling wine province and its capital the City of Reims, located between Alsace region and Paris. On the way, stop in the Lorraine Region, to visit the City of Nancy, capital of the Dukes of Lorraine. Guided tour by foot of the old town center and of its famous Place Stanislas, a large pedestrianized square which is since 1983, with the architectural ensemble comprising the Place Stanislas, the extension of its axis, the Place de la Carrière, and the Place d’Alliance, has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After lunch in a local restaurant 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. After enjoying an extraordinary experience 150 meters above the ground. Aboard the balloon of Epernay, fly to new emotions, discover the hidden gardens of the Avenue de Champagne and contemplate the hillsides of the Champagne vineyards with 1 glass of champagne and a cut silkscreen offered. 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.
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”. Take a walking ride from Avenue Montaigne to Champs-Elysées, and
enjoy the French fashion, designers’ boutiques and department stores for a unique shopping run. Whether you explore historic districts or architecture, gastronomic restaurants or museums, one thing is certain: the City of Light is a captivating one.
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, visit of the Louvre Museum or 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 in Strasbourg, European Capital, Colmar, Capital of the Wine Route, Nancy, the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine, Reims city of coronation and Paris Eiffel Tower.
Discovery of the Mount Sainte-Odile and the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the Vosges Mountains, visit of the splendid and richly decorated abbey church of Saint-Maurice, visit of Reims Cathedral and The Champagne Avenue in Epernay.
Visit of the Underlinden Museum in Colmar and of the Humanist Library in Selestat and possible visit of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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* hotels 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