Departure from Reims to Verdun, Strasbourg, Colmar and Dijon
2017 TOUR DATES
June 18 - 25
October 15t - 22
Discover three of the most beautiful provinces of France on this fully escorted very small group tour composed of a maximum of 6 travelers. The itinerary begins in the Champagne region, where world famous “bubblies” will be tasted in some of the most prestigious “Maisons de Champagne”. By the Lorraine region visiting the Verdun battlefield and museum, arrive in Alsace where we have combined the visits of the most famous landmarks with easy strolls through beautiful picture perfect villages and tastings in carefully selected local wineries. The program finally reaches Burgundy. As you can imagine, you will experience special commented tastings of the most famous wines of the area but not only! This province also offers incredible sightseeing opportunities and your visits will include the legendary Hospices de Beaune, Autun Cathedral and the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TRANSFER / WELCOME DINNER D
Arrive by train in Reims and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
7.00pm Meet with your guide in the hotel lobby.
Welcome dinner in Reims
This evening, participate in a welcome dinner a perfect occasion for you to meet with your travel companions and guide and talk about the upcoming itinerary and experiences that we have designed for this tour. After dinner, night at your hotel in Reims.
DAY 2 – REIMS WALKING TOUR / EPERNAY B
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am pick up at your hotel.
Reims guided walking tour
This morning, begin the day with a guided walking tour of Reims. Artistic city, site of coronations, seat of a university, Reims is famous for its cathedral and basilica of St Rémi. Discover the Cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage Site, of which Chartres was the model. The west façade is admirable for its extraordinary slenderness and its statuary. The 13th century stained-glass windows have suffered severe damage and those in the apsidal chapel have been replaced by new pieces designed by Chagall. Then reach Saint Rémi Basilica. The bishop of Reims, Saint Remi, was buried here in 533, when the place was already a chapel built to honor Saint-Christopher. The current building constructed from 1007 was modified many times and rebuilt after 1919. After the visit of the Basilica, head to the famous Mumm Champagne House.
Mumm Champagne visit & tasting
The Mumm family that originates from Germany and whose lineage includes barons and knights, founded the Champagne House in 1827. Today, the estate owns nearly 218 hectares of vines in which Pinot Noir is highly dominant (78%) particularly in the Montagne de Reims. The Grand Cru vineyards of Cramant and Avize are devoted to Chardonnay while in the Côte des Blancs and the Marne valley, Pinot Meunier prevails. This morning, visit the Mumm Champagne House renowned for its Cordon Rouge bottle and discover the soul and expertise of a House dating back two hundred years. The private visit of the underground cellars will be followed by an introduction to the tasting of Champagne wines with the special prestige cuvée R. Lalou that perfectly reflects the ‘terroir’ of these wines. After the visit and tasting, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch in Reims.
Moët & Chandon Champagne visit and Epernay
In the afternoon, reach the small town of Epernay. Self-proclaimed the ‘Capitale du Champagne’ the town is without a doubt one of the best places to tour and taste Champagne. Beneath the streets in 110km of subterranean cellars, more than 200 million bottles of Champagne, just waiting to be popped open on some sparkling occasion, are being aged. Before you are left to wander along ‘Champagne Avenue’, the central boulevard lined with Champagne Houses and neoclassical villas, enter the world of Moet & Chandon where a special visit and tasting awaits. As you enter the underground cellars, discover the heart of Moët & Chandon located 10 to 30 meters below the limestone soil and that are said to be the largest of the Champagne region spanning over more than 28 kilometers. Your visit here will last about 1 ½ hour and will include a commented tasting by a sommelier of a flute of Grand Vintage and a flute of Grand Vintage collection Champagne in one of the historical private rooms of the estate or in the in English gardens weather permitting.
After the visit, as promised, you will have some free time for personal discovery so that you may stroll along ‘Champagne Avenue’ and see some of the most impressive architecture and buildings home to famous Champagne Houses such as Mercier, Boizel, Comtesse Lafond, De Castellane, Esterlin, Perrier-Jouët, Pol Roger, De Venoge and many more.
5.30pm return to Reims and night at your hotel.
DAY 3 – VERDUN / METZ / LALIQUE MUSEUM B, L
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
8.30am pick up at your hotel.
Verdun battlefield and Memorial Museum
Today we leave the Champagne region and head towards Alsace. On our way the first stop of the day will be in Verdun. One hundred years ago the French and German armies faced each other in what became the longest single battle of WWI. The loss of life and those wounded was huge at Verdun and it is probable that an accurate figure will never be known. It is said that the French lost over 360,000 men and the Germans nearly 340,000. Upon arrival, we will visit the new Memorial Museum in which the visitor trail leads right into the heart of the battlefield. The ground floor focuses on the experiences of soldiers fighting on the front line while on the first floor, you will be shown the battlefield environment and background details on the countries at war. The actual battlefield can be seen from the terraces on the top floor. Traces of the battle are still visible in the surrounding countryside. After the visit of the museum, our itinerary passes through the Lorraine region of France and we will stop in the city of Metz for lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit of the Lalique Museum - Luxury Crystal & Glassware
After lunch, drive through the countryside and arrive in the small town of Wingen-sur-Moder to visit the unique Lalique Museum where you will discover the vast diversity of the works created by René Lalique and his successors, from Art Nouveau jewelry to Art Deco glassware and contemporary crystal. The building’s architecture integrates the original Hochberg Glasswork. The collections include over 650 exceptional works that follow the career of René Lalique and his successors. Organized according to themes and chronology, it offers a broad panorama of Lalique creations and you will certainly be awed in front of the exhibition that presents more than 230 perfume bottles and powder boxes that are enough to light up anybody’s romantic imagination! After the visit of the museum reach the city of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace.
6.00pm Arrival and check in at your hotel. Night in Strasbourg
DAY 4 – STRASBOURG WALKING TOUR / OBERNAI B
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pickup at your hotel.
Strasbourg guided walking tour
This morning, follow your guide and walk around the old pedestrian areas surrounding the Cathedral and the Petite France neighborhoods. During the tour, your guide will certainly point out the Maison Kammerzell, Gutenberg square, St.-Thomas church, the former tanners’ houses, the Covered Bridges, the Vauban dam, the former customs-house, the former town-butchery, the Palais Rohan and so much more. One of the highlights of the walking tour will certainly be the visit of the Cathedral. After the tour, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.
Obernai visit and Alsace wines
Arrive in the lovely town of Obernai located on the famous Alsace ‘Wine Route’. Here you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multicolored tiles, ensigns, ramparts and the statue of St Odile patron saint of Alsace. After a guided walking tour of the town enjoy a wine tasting session in one of our carefully selected wineries. Your tour will then continue along the breathtaking Alsace wine route to admire the stunning landscape before you return to Strasbourg.
5.30pm return to Strasbourg and night at your hotel.
DAY 5 – HAUT KOENIGSBOURG CASTLE / COLMAR B, L
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel
Haut Koenigsbourg castle visit
After a short drive, arrive at the Haut Koenigsbourg castle one of the most famous sites of the Alsace region. Built in 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the North and the salt route that came from the East. The fortification work accomplished in the course of the 15th century did not suffice to keep the Swedish artillery at bay during the Thirty Years War, and the defenses were overrun. Besieged, pillaged then finally burnt to the ground in 1633, the castle was left abandoned for two hundred years.
In the 19th century, Kaiser Wilhelm II, anxious to underline the fact that Alsace was German territory once more, saw the castle as a symbolic marker for the western limit of his empire. He decided to undertake a complete restoration of the castle. The Kaiser's goals were simple: to literally set in stone the idea that Alsace was and would always remain German territory. Right from the start, opening the château to the public and developing the castle as a tourist attraction were an integral part of the restoration project. Upon arrival, visit this impressive fortress, a true testimony of fortified Medieval architecture. After the visit, drive along the Alsace plain, stop on the way to visit the wonderful town of Riquewihr before reaching Colmar.
Riquewihr and Colmar visit
Situated between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, Riquewihr, one of the «Most Beautiful Villages of France» is also nicknamed «The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards». Behind its city walls and passing through its defensive gates, your stroll through the small winding streets will certainly reveal the many traditional half-timbered houses that constitute one of the best kept architectural ‘ensemble’ of the region. A curious eye will also notice that the traditional Alsatian house reaches in Riquewihr its most accomplished expression as it offers all the possible declinations of sculpted half-timbering, oriel windows, inner courtyards embellished by old wells and fountains. After your walking tour in the village, depart for the town of Colmar.
As you reach Colmar, follow your guide through the town for a short discovery walk. Here, you will be treated to a typical local lunch in one of the most bucolic surroundings, close to the Little Venice neighborhood where small flat bottomed boats depart for a tour on the canals. After lunch, it will be time to leave the Alsace region and head towards Burgundy.
6.00pm arrive in Dijon and check in at your hotel. Night in Dijon.
DAY 6 – GRANDS CRUS WINES OF BURGUNDY B, L
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel.
Full day Burgundy wine tour
The Burgundy wine region is on your program today. The wines of Burgundy are made up of 100% Pinot Noir for the red wines and 100% Chardonnay for the whites. What makes both Burgundian wines so special is completely influenced by its ‘terroir’ a word that you will often hear throughout the day. Terroir is a sense of place, it means that when you drink a wine, you completely taste the region where the wine was made. Most simply, terroir is the concept that the land from which the grapes are grown imparts a unique quality that is specific to that single vineyard. Today, follow your guide to discover and taste these fabulous wines. Our first stop will be at the Maison Moillard a traditional winery founded in 1850.
Moillard winery visit and tasting
The tour begins in the winery where some of the greatest wines of the Côte de Nuits are vinified and continues a few steps below in a beautiful vaulted cellar that dates back from the 19th Century. The tour will be followed by a commented tasting. Glass in hand, the local wine expert will invite you to taste the greatest terroirs of Burgundy from regional appellations to the finesse and elegance of the Premier Cru. After the visit it will be a short drive to arrive in the Aloxe-Corton wine producing area.
Comte Sénard winery visit with food & wine pairing lunch
The village of Aloxe-Corton lies midway between the côte de Beaune and côte de Nuits wine producing areas. It is the only appellation which has Grands Crus in both red and white: 250 acres of red Corton, 121 acres of Corton Charlemagne (white), 94 acres of Aloxe Corton 1er Cru and 237 acres of Aloxe Corton village. As we reach the Comte Sénard winery, you will begin your visit with Le Clos des Meix and the underground cellar that dates back to the 13th century. Le Clos des Meix, Monopole of the estate is one of the Grands Crus of the Corton hill. Located on a hilltop and totaling 2.5 hectares, it offers one of the most amazing views on the Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-les-Beaune vineyards. Your visit will continue with the discovery of the 13th century cellar built by the Dominicans and regarded as one of the oldest in Burgundy. As the visit ends, you are just a few steps away from lunch. Comfortably seated in a small boutique dining room, experience a unique food & wine pairing moment. Your lunch will be composed of a regional 3 course set menu that has been carefully crafted to perfectly match the wines that you will be served. During this meal we have selected a special tasting of 6 different wines including: 2 regional appellations, 1 village appellation, 1 Premier Cru and 2 Grands Crus.
Rion Winery: Truffles & Wines of Burgundy
After lunch, reach the family owned winery of the Rion Estate. Of course you will continue to learn about the wines of Burgundy but not only! The estate also farms truffles one of the most expensive produce that can be found in France. The truffles of Burgundy (Tuber Uncinatum), lesser known than the ones of Provence or Dordogne (Tuber Melanosporum), are considered to be one of the three truffle varieties recognized for its culinary qualities. The visit of the estate will be a perfect introduction to the techniques linked with farming truffles and the presentation of ‘cavage’, the art of truffle finding with dogs, will also be presented. The visit will conclude with a tasting of wines & local truffle based produce.
Visit of Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
The last visit of the day will be at Château du Clos de Vougeot one of the most famous names of the area. The visit of this 13th century Cistercian winery focuses more on the wine making history than anything else, the Chateau having stopped its wine making activity since 1944. During your tour you will discover a medieval vat-house and presses, the Cistercian cellar and original kitchens that will give you a good idea of what a winery could look like back in those days. After the visit return to Dijon.
6.00pm Return to Dijon and night at your hotel.
DAY 7 – BEAUNE / AUTUN / CHATEAUNEUF B, D
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel.
Full day sightseeing in Burgundy
This morning, depart for the town of Beaune both a prestigious wine city and a city of art, fortified from 1368 and the capital of Burgundy before Dijon. It has preserved from that era its ramparts and the bastions now house cellars, gardens, old houses and the famous Hospices: this admirable hospital has a tiled varnished roof that is renowned world-wide. Every year the auction sale of wines at the Hospices is an important event for the world and for the wine industry. Upon arrival follow your guide on a walking tour to discover the most famous sites of the town. The jewel of Beaune's old city is the magnificent Hôtel-Dieu, France's most splendiferous medieval charity hospital. Here, we have arranged a private guided walking tour of the hospital. Its polychrome roofs and the golden colors of the altar piece of the Last Judgement by Rogier Van der Weyden have made it famous. But this medieval hospital also hides other treasures: the great "Salle des Pôvres" with its richly sculpted and painted ceiling, the gothic chapel, the kitchen with an automated rotisserie and the pharmacy with its collection of pewter and earthenware. As you follow your guide, marvel at the sensitivity and attention afforded to the patients who often possessed little more than the clothes on their backs. From Beaune we will then head towards the village of Autun.
Autun village & Cathedral visit
Named “Augustodunum” in Roman times, Autun was founded by the Emperor Augustus at the end of the 1st century BC. Thanks to its long and rich history, the small town retains many monuments such as a Roman Amphitheater and the remarkable Saint Lazarus Cathedral built in the 1120’s and is a Romanesque masterpiece of the Clunisian style. It is famous for its tympanum created by the sculptor Gislebert and representing the last judgment. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Cathedral then take a stroll in the narrow streets of Autun lined with many pretty half-timbered houses. This is also where you will have some time for personal discovery and lunch. In the afternoon, drive to the small village of Chateauneuf en Auxois.
Chateauneuf en Auxois village visit
Located high on a rocky spur, the fortified village of Chateauneuf en Auxois still stands guard over the road from Autun to Dijon. The village, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, was an important stop for pilgrims heading to Compostella and it still retains some magnificent houses that date back to the 14th to 16th century. The castle is one of the last remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture with fairytale turreted towers dating back to the twelfth century. Here, savor some time to walk through the peaceful streets of the village, sip on a cup of coffee or stop over in one of the many arts and crafts shops.
5.30pm return to Dijon.
Farewell dinner in a local restaurant
7.30pm Tonight meet with your guide and participate in a farewell diner in a carefully selected local restaurant in which creative cooking honors the wealth of the Burgundian region. This will be the perfect occasion for the group to exchange their different travel experiences and look back on this tour that will have lead them from the rolling hills of Champagne to the historical region of Burgundy not forgetting picture perfect Alsace. It will also be time to bid farewell to your driver/guide who will head back to his region the next day.
DAY 8 – DIJON B
Breakfast at your hotel and end of our services.
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. Arrival transfer in Reims (Train station)
2. 2-night accommodation in 4* hotel in central Reims
3. 2-night accommodation in 4* hotel in central Strasbourg
4. 3-night accommodation in 4* hotel in central Dijon
5. Services of an English speaking driver/guide
6. Transportation in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes MPV minivan
7. Welcome dinner in Reims on day 1
8. Breakfast from day 2 to 8
9. Reims guided walking tour
10. Mumm Champagne winery – Black & White Experience tour and tasting
11. Moet & Chandon Champagne winery – private Grand Vintage tour and tasting
12. Verdun Memorial museum visit
13. Local lunch in Metz on day 3
14. Lalique crystal museum visit
15. Guided walking tour of Strasbourg
16. Obernai village visit and wine tasting
17. Haut Koenigsbourg castle visit
18. Riquewihr visit
19. Colmar visit and local lunch on day 5
20. Moillard winery visit and commented tasting of 5 wines including 3 Grands Crus
21. Comte Sénard “Le Clos des Meix” Winery visit including 13th century underground cellar
22. Comte Sénard 3 course meal paired with 6 wines including 2 Grands Crus
23. Domain Rion VIP tour including winery visit, truffle farm visit, wine & truffle tasting
24. Visit of Chateau du “Clos de Vougeot”
25. Private Guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune
26. Walking tour in Autun including the Cathedral
27. Walking tour in Chateauneuf in Auxois village
28. Farewell dinner in Dijon on day 7
29. All meals, entrance fees to monuments, museums, attraction, wine tasting fees mentioned in the program
30. Bottled water in the minivan
1. Meals and/or drinks unless specified in itinerary
2. Social drinks, items of personal nature, room service in hotels
3. Laundry costs, shipping charges including for the return of lost items
4. Personal travel insurance
5. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions, tasting fees unless specified
6. Driver/Guide gratuities at your own discretion
Tour begins in Reims and ends in Dijon
Pick up information
Daily hotel pick-up
Tour ends in Dijon
- Tour is for 6 passengers maximum per vehicle
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
Terms & Conditions
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- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per person in double occupancy
- Currency is in EUR
- Single supplement: 825€
Possible languages: English, Español, Français