WINE & GASTRONOMY TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 5 DEPARTURES FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2020. BOOK NOW!
The quintessential food trip to discover the secrets of a strong culinary tradition. Experience delightful lunch and dinner in Michelin starred restaurant and traditional “Winstub” in Colmar, and enjoy unforgettable cellar visits and wine tasting along the Alsace Road of Wine. Explore gastronomy and Champagne pairing and tasting in Hautvillers and don’t miss the show and the cuisine specialties in the best brasseries in Paris. Discover a world of tasty delights and delectable handmade local food products through the visit of local farms and memorable cooking classes with local experts.
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 – STRASBOURG CITY TOUR
Start the day traveling to the European Capital, Strasbourg. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of the “Flammekueche” (Tarte Flambée) an Alsatian local specialty with a dough base topped with a mixture of cream, soft white cheese, bacon chunks, and onions. To ending the memorable moment you will taste for lunch one traditional and one sweet Tarte Flambée with a glass of wine. After lunch 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. 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! Finish the day with a typical dinner in a traditional restaurant in Colmar.
DAY 3 – GASTRONOMY AND HERITAGE
Departure to Soultz-Les-Bains, we start out travel to the handmade Foie Gras Lucien Doriath. Visit of the farm and demonstration on the delicacies and procedures on how to do a Foie Gras before a delightful tasting of Foie Gras toast pairing with wine. After a delicious lunch onsite, visit of Obernai medieval town and guided tour of the fascinating 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. On the way back to the Hotel, enjoy the visit of a gingerbread factory in Gertwiller, the capital of gingerbread.
DAY 4 – FOLLOW THE WINE ROUTE
Start your day with a guided tour of the Old town of Colmar, the Capital of the Wine Route. You’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market, St Martin’s Church.
Then we reach Ostheim, where you will meet Joëlle, our hostess, and share a moment of cooking conviviality. Joëlle will prepare a Bretzel and an Alsatian Apple Pie. Follow the chef’s demonstration and of course enjoy the tasting. Lunch on the site, with Alsatian cheese tasting. Joëlle will reveal all the secrets of Alsatian cheese!
After this great moment, we continue on the Wine route for a short visit and a walking tour of the medieval village of Riquewihr, the «Gem of the Alsace vineyards», the city listed among the «Most Beautiful Villages in France». Riquewihr is an open-air museum surrounded by a double medieval rampart. We will continue with cellar visit and wine tasting in a typical Alsatian Wine Estate before to join Colmar for an unforgettable experience with a dinner in a 1* Michelin restaurant
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, stop in the Lorraine Region, to visit the vineyards of the appellation « Côtes de Toul » which are on the village of Toul on the western banks of the Moselle river. Enjoy a cellar visit and a wine tasting of it’s famous “Vin Gris des Côtes de Toul“ that develops intense and unique fruity and floral flavors.
After 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 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, 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. 18 Apr||Sat. 25 Apr||$3290|
|Sat. 16 May||Sat. 23 May||$3290|
|Sat. 27 Jun||Sat. 04 Jul||$3290|
|Sat. 01 Aug||Sat. 08 Aug||$3290|
|Sat. 03 Oct||Sat. 10 Oct||$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 Mount Sainte-Odile in the Vosges Mountains, Discovery Riquewihr ranked among the « Most Beautiful Villages in France »visit of Reims Cathedral and The Champagne Avenue in Epernay
Cooking demonstration of the “Flammekueche” (Tarte Flambée), visit of a Foie Gras farm and demonstration on the delicacies and procedures on how to do a Foie Gras. Bretzel and Alsatian Apple Pie cooking classes with Joelle and visit and tasting in a gingerbread factory in Gertwiller.
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
Dinner to a 1* Michelin restaurant in Colmar, Typical lunch in traditional restaurants / Local cuisine and Cheese tasting
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, 6 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