WINE & CYCLING TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 2 DEPARTURES FROM JUNE TO JULY 2020. BOOK NOW!
Young, old, fast, and slow riders share this classic Wine & Cycling Tour that celebrate the elements that make Alsace one of a kind. Along vineyards and waterways, our route will carry you from picturesque monuments to postcard-perfect villages. In the evening, you will experience cellars visit and wine tasting and will enjoy a delightful traditional dish in a “Winstub” restaurant. After this fascinating journey in the heart of Alsace, you will continue your Tour with an amazing exploration of the extraordinary Champagne and Paris gastronomy and cultural heritage.
DAY 1 – WELCOME TO ALSACE
Welcome and transfer to your hotel…around 17:00 arrival at your 4* Hotel le Parc in Saint-Hippolyte check-in and welcome drink. Free time to enjoy the pool or to discover the village, a wine-producing town situated at the foot of the Haut Koenigsbourg castle, Saint Hippolyte is a typical village famous for it’s Rouge de Saint Hippolyte (Pinot Noir). After this relaxing moment, enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel restaurant
DAY 2 – STRASBOURG DISCOVERY
Start the day with 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 district. Enjoy a typical lunch on your own in a traditional “Winstub” of your choice. During the afternoon, 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, listed in the UNESCO heritage!
After this visit, free time to enjoy the beauty of Strasbourg and to shop in the souvenir shops and department stores of the city. Back to the Hotel to enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel restaurant
DAY 3 – CYCLING RIDE ON THE WINE ROUTE
After the breakfast transfer to Obernai, meeting with your local bicycle guide and departure for a carefully-selected itinerary on quiet back roads through vineyards and picturesque villages from Obernai to St-Hippolyte (distance about 38km). You’ll cycle across beautiful landscapes like ruins of medieval castles, flowered villages, Romanesque abbey churches, vineyards, welcoming “winstubs”. We will mainly follow the Vélo Route 5 and go through villages like Gertwiller, Barr, Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Nothalten, Blienschwiller, Dambach, Scherwiller, Châtenois, Kintzheim – St. Hippolyte.
After a typical lunch with “Flammekueche”, we will continue our cycling ride through the vineyards until Saint-Hippolyte, a wine-producing town situated at the foot of the Haut Koenigsbourg castle, famous for its “Rouge de Saint Hippolyte” (Pinot Noir). Then you will experience a cellar visit and wine tasting in a local winery before a delightful dinner in a restaurant in Saint-Hippolyte
DAY 4 – CYCLING RIDE ON THE WINE ROUTE
After breakfast we continue our bike ride through marvelous landscapes until Eguisheim, for a distance about 35km. You’ll discover wonderful places along the vineyards. We will mainly follow Vélo Route 5. St. Hippolyte, Bergheim, Bennwihr, Sigolsheim, Ingersheim, Turckheim, Wintzenheim, Wettolsheim, and Eguisheim. For the lunch, you will experiment an unforgettable picnic in the vineyards including aperitif, salads, cheeses, ham, baguettes, dessert, wine, beer, and soft drinks.
When we will arrive at the destination, you will enjoy a cellar visit and wine tasting in a famous wine estate in Eguisheim before a coach transfer to Colmar, Capital of Alsatian wines. Check-in at your Hotel**** in Colmar and after a free time at your hotel you will enjoy a little guided walking tour of the Old town of Colmar. You’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market before a free in Colmar.
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 in Saint-Louis Arzviller and visit of the inclined plane of Saint-Louis Arzviller, a boat lift unique of its kind in Europe. Site visit and departure aboard our river shuttle for a descent of the book rich in sensations. Mini cruise on the downstream channel and lift the work on the boat.
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. 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 restaurant or museum, 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, enjoy a panoramic city tour of the French Capital for the discovery of its iconic sites (Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, ChampsElysées, Opéra Garnier, Les Invalides…).
Around 5 pm, transfer to the airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle to flight back to The Philippines.
|Trip Planning & Prices 2020AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED|
|Sat. 06 Jun||Sat. 13 Jun||$3290|
|Sat. 11 Jul||Sat. 18 Jul||$3290|
Guided City tour in Strasbourg, European Capital, Colmar, Capital of the Wine Route, Obernai, the Medieval town, Reims city of coronation and Paris iconic’ s sights.
Discovery of “The pearls of Alsace” Eguisheim, ranked among the « Most Beautiful Villages in France » and other beautiful villages; visit of the Strasbourg and Reims Cathedral
Visit of the inclined plane of Saint Louis Arzviller, a boat lift unique of its kind in
Europe and fly to new emotions aboard the balloon of Epernay in Champagne
Exclusive and fascinating two days cycling ride about 70 km along with the Wine route villagers, castles, churches and vineyards
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
Picnic with ham, cheese, bread & wine pairing in the vineyards / Tarte Flambée experience / 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