WINE HARVEST TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 3 DEPARTURES IN SEPTEMBER 2020. BOOK NOW!
In Alsace and Champagne, winemakers eagerly welcome visitors and share their passion for wine, during the grape harvest season. We indulge you in the unique and memorable experience of being winemaker a few days of your life. Collect the grapes, enjoy an enchanting picnic in the heart of the vineyards, discover the Terroir, the grape picking techniques, the fermentation process, the grape varieties assemblage and put your own vintage in a bottle by customizing the label. At the end of this exclusive experience, you will be awarded a diploma “Winemaker of a day”
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 & THE WINE ROUTE
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 in a traditional “Winstub” in Strasbourg. During the afternoon, grasp the sense of the region’s historical and cultural heritage and follow the wine route. Visit of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, one of the symbols of the Alsatian heritage and discover Riquewihr one of the “Pearls of the Wine route”, ranked among the « Most Beautiful Villages in France ». Continue your journey 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. Experience a delightful dinner in a traditional restaurant to finish your day
DAY 3 – HARVEST EXPERIENCE FOR A DAY
After breakfast, we join a Wine Estate on the wine route. After discovering the geology of Alsatian soils and terroirs and learn more about grape picking techniques and procedures. You will participate in the most popular activity of a winegrower. Indeed, you will be into the shoes of a winegrower from 1h30 to 2 hours to harvest the grapes. “A kit of the picker “will be provided. For the first “harvest lunch,” enjoy a harvest lunch and taste a pair of the well known Strasbourg sausages with some mustard. At the beginning of the afternoon, you will enjoy a tasting of grapes and grape must — a significant step of wine vinification to discover the origin of the flavors. At the end of the afternoon, we are going to perceive the work inside the cellar! You will learn various essential stages made before the fermentation. After this great moment, free time to shop in Colmar and dinner in a typical restaurant.
DAY 4 – WINEMAKER FOR A DAY
To start the second day, you will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to experience the blend of different Alsatian grape varieties to create your own “cuvée” (vintage) at the end of the day.
After this learning session enjoys the typical winemaker’s lunch starting with a “presskopf”, to follow a “coq au vin” as the main course served with “Spaetzle” the alsatian pasta!
After lunch and once the blend is made, you will have to bottle your own cuvée and then personalize your labels to come back with your own bottle of wine!
To celebrate this first hand, you will be awarded a diploma “Winegrower of a day”.
After this great moment, back to the hotel 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, 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 the atmosphere and the effervescence of this period of harvest in this magnificent wine region and experience 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 the Champagne vineyards in full effervescence during this harvest period and be welcome in the confidential universe of the Maison Collet at the “Cité du Champagne”. Enjoy authentic champagne discover tasting experience through privates’ tours and exclusives animations on the hillsides of the Aÿ vineyard, 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.
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Guided City tour in Strasbourg, European Capital, of Colmar, Capital of the Wine Route, Reims city of coronation and Paris iconic’ s sights
Guided tour of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the Vosges Mountains and discovery of
one of “The pearls of Alsace” Riquewihr village, ranked among the « Most Beautiful
Villages in France »; visit of the Reims Cathedral and fly to new emotions aboard the balloon of Epernay in Champagne
Exclusive harvest and winemaking experience in the heart of Alsatian vineyards and participation to the wine process from the grapes to the bottle. Make your own “Vintage” and be awarded “Winegrower” of a day!
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, 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