WINE ROUTE TOUR8 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS TRIP
ONLY 7 DEPARTURES FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2020. BOOK NOW!
Stay in charming hotels and stroll through a string of picturesque and fairytale villages with colorful timbered houses and breath-taking views. Grasp the sense of the region’s historical and cultural heritage and follow the wine route from Alsace to Champagne region to become an expert in wine & Champagne tasting. Discover a selection of great and exclusive local food products and delight your palate with unique French culinary experience.
DAY 1 – WELCOME TO ALSACE
Arrival at Zurich airport at 1:20pm and transfer to your Hotel in Alsace. At 5:00pm 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 – DISCOVER THE MEDIEVAL ALSACE
Start the day by a guided tour of Obernai medieval town, which was the property of the dukes of Alsace in the 7th century and enjoy the visit of a gingerbread factory in Gertwiller, capital of gingerbread thanks to the numerous pastry cooks and their know-how.
After a delightful lunch in a traditional restaurant enjoy 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 the tour with a walking tour in the vineyards and enjoy a cellar visit, a wine tasting, and a typical dinner.
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. Discover its 2000-years history and exceptional UNESCO heritage, first and foremost the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and la Petite France. In Strasbourg 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! By 4 pm, you have free time to shop and to explore the beauty of Strasbourg. Around 7:00 pm road back to the hotel.
DAY 4 – FOLLOW THE WINE ROUTE
Grasp the sense of the region’s historical and cultural heritage and follow the wine route for one day. 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 ». For the lunch, live a memorable time, including cellars visit, wine tasting, and a cold cut and cheese platter. Continue to Eguisheim and a walking tour of the medieval village center, which was voted as “France’s favorite village” in 2013 and birthplace of Pope Léo IX. Finish the journey with a guided tour of the Old town of Colmar, the capital of Alsatian wines. You’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market, St Martin’s Church. To finish this beautiful and memorable day, you will enjoy a typical “Flammekueche” dinner, an Alsatian 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, 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.
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|Sat. 02 May||Sat. 09 May||$3290|
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|Sat. 18 Jul||Sat. 25 Jul||$3290|
|Sat. 15 Aug||Sat. 22 Aug||$3290|
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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.
Guided tour of the Mount Sainte-Odile and the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the Vosges Mountains, visit of the Reims Cathedral and the Village of Dom Pérignon in Champagne.
Discovery of the “Pearls of Alsace” Riquewihr and Eguisheim, medieval villages, ranked among the « Most Beautiful Villages in France », and fly to new emotions aboard the balloon of Epernay in Champagne.
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 with a scenic view of the vineyards / 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