Tour

France: Wine Route Tour
USD 3290 per person based on twin-sharing

Heart of Alsace

Tour Code: tour516
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Country: France

Let's go into the WINE-ding road of Alsace and Champagne to experience one of the most scenic drives in the world! Throughout the journey, delight into the succession of fairy tale villages and the view of the landscapes composed of limestone soils, hills, castles and vineyards. Familiarize yourself to the seven varieties of grapes found in the Region as you taste their uniqueness through the flavors of the Alsatian wines. On your way to Paris, don't miss a stop in the historical sparkling wine province. Here awaits an exclusive experience of cellar visit and wine-tasting experience of the refreshing Champagne. Complete our 8-day French exploration in Paris with a visit in its iconic sites on your last day.



France: Wine Route Tour

INCLUSIONS: 

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation for 7 Nights 
  • Seat-in coach tour with English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 7 Breakfast buffet, 5 Lunch , 4 Dinner
  • Experiences as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tour entrance fee
  • City Tax

EXCLUSIONS: 

  • Airfare 
  • Visa
  • PH travel Tax 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • All beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Incidentals in hotels such as laundry, telephone calls, mini bar 
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for the drivers & local guides

*Terms and Conditions apply see Heart of Alsace e-brochure page 93-94

Best Experiences

  • Guided city tours in Strasbourg, European Capital; Colmar,Capital of the Wine Route; Obernai, the medieval town; Reims, City of coronation; and Paris
  • Sightseeing boat tour from downtown to the European Parliament, through the imperial district of Neustadt
  • Discovery of the "Pearls of Alsace": Riquewihr and Eguisheim, medieval villages ranked among the Most beautiful villages in france
  • Extraordinary experience aboard the hot-air balloon 150-meters above Epernay
  • Walks in vineyards 
  • Facinating Cellar visits in Alsace and Champagne
  • Private wine tasting in famous Alsatian estates and Champagne Houses

Cultural and Religious Heritage Site Visits

  • Mount Sainte-Odile, a 760-meter-high peak in the Vosges Mountains, convent and center of pilgrimage dedicated to Sainte-Odile
  • Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, one of the symbols of the Alsatian heritage
  • Explore UNESCO world heritage sites in Alsace: Grande île (Strasbourg Cathedral Notre Dame & La Petite France) & Neustadt
  • Explore UNESCO world heritage sites in Champagne: Notre Dame de Reims and hillsides of the Aÿ's vineyard in Champagne

Memorable Lunch and Dinner

  • Food & wine pairing with a scenic view of the vineyards
  • Tarte Flambee experience in traditional Winstub
  • Dinner in local Alsatian restaurants
  • Food & Champagne pairing for lunch
  • Dinner in local restaurants in Reims
  • Lunch in the Eiffle Tower Restaurant, "The 58" with exceptional views over Paris, or to the legendary Brasserie, "La Coupole" in Montaparnasse
DAY 1    WELCOME TO ALSACE (D)

Arrive at Zurich airport at around 1:20pm and transfer to your Hotel in Alsace. At around 5:00pm check-in and then join everyone for a welcome drink and an introduction about your trip. Enjoy a nice dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Hotel**** Strasbourg

DAY 2    DISCOVER THE MEDIEVAL ALSACE  (B/L/D)

Start the day by a guided tour of Obernai medieval town which was the property of the dukes in Alsace during the 7th century. Visit a gingerbread factory in Gertwiller, capital of gingerbread, then have a delightful lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afterwards, enjoy a tour to Mont Sainte-Odile, a 760-meter high peak in the Vosges Mountains, convent and center of Pilgrimage dedicated to Sainte-Odile, Patron Saint of Alsace. Continue the rest of the day with a walk in a vineyard, cellar visit, wine-tasting and typical Alsatian dinner.

Hotel**** Strasbourg

DAY 3   STRASBOURG CITY TOUR (B)

Begin with a guided walking tour at the city center and seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. Discover its 2000-years history and exceptional UNESCO heritage as you encounter the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and La Petite France. Have your lunch and continue your discovery of the city from a unique perspective. Walk along the waterfront and have a sightseeing boat tour from downtown to the European Parliament, through the imperial district of Neustadt. By 4pm, you have free time to shop and to explore the beauty of Strasbourg. After dinner, head back to the hotel.

Hotel**** Strasbourg

DAY 4    FOLLOW THE WINE ROUTE (B/L/D)

Grasp the sense of the region’s historical and cultural heritage as you follow the wine route in 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 a cellars visit, wine tasting with cold cut and cheese platter. Continue to Eguisheim and  walking tour of the medieval village centre, that was voted as “France’s favourite village” in 2013 and birthplace of Pope Léo IX. Finish the journey with a guided tour of the Old town of Colmar, Capital of Alsatian wines. Here, you’ll discover the Little Venice, half-timbered houses, the covered market, St Martin’s Church. To wrap up this beautiful and memorable day, try the “Flammekueche” for dinner, an Alsatian dish with a dough base topped with a mixture of cream, soft white cheese, bacon chunks and onions, and eat it with your fingers! Sweet versions of this with apple, plum and cinnamon toppings are also something worth giving a shot.

Hotel**** Strasbourg

DAY 5    DEPARTURE TO CHAMPAGNE (B/L/D)

Private transfer to the historical sparkling wine province, Champagne, 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 flavours. After a lunch in the area, continuation to the City of Reims. Check-in as you arrive and have dinner at around 7:00pm. Spend a night at leisure to relax and enjoy City of Reims!

Hotel**** Reims

DAY 6    THE “CHAMPAGNE” EXPERIENCE (B/L)

Walk at the city centre of Reims and visit the Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where French kings were coronated during the French Monarchy. Carry on with a fascinating dive into the “crayères”, the sumptuous Champagne cellars, and have a taste of their products they take pride of. Travel to the south of Reims and arrive in the area of Hautvillers village, the cradle of Champagne, for an original Champagne and food pairing. After lunch, take a shortwalk in the village of Dom Pérignon, the “Father of Champagne” and then proceed to your wine journey in the "Champagne Alley” in Epernay which is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. After, have an extraordinary experience 150-meters above the ground aboard the balloon of Epernay. Discover the hidden gardens of the Avenue de Champagne and contemplate the hillsides of the Champagne vineyards. To cap off this day's journey, drink Champagne on the hillsides of the Aÿ’s vineyard, also a known UNESCO world heritage site.

Hotel**** Reims

DAY 7   WELCOME TO PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT! (B)

After your breakfast, transfer to Paris  and check in your 4* Hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover the city of Light. Walk long 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 cosy “cafés” and “brasseries”. Go from Avenue Montaigne to Champs-Elysées and explore 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.

Hotel**** Paris

DAY 8   PARIS CITY TOUR (B/L)

Start relaxed. Check-out in the morning around 11:30 am meeting with your guide and departure for an 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 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 a discovery of its the iconic sites (Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Opéra Garnier, Les Invalides). Around 5pm, transfer to the airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle for your flight back to the Philippines.

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Saturday, 11 April Saturday, 18 April USD 3290
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Saturday, 17 October Saturday, 24 October USD 3290