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Champagne & Alsace
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Departure from Reims to Strasbourg

From April to October included

Hours

Duration

2170
   
Total: 2170

Description

Discover two emblematic regions of France. In the Champagne region discover the different wine areas and terroirs that produce some of the best grapes for the Champagne wine making. In Alsace, we have combined both the visit of significant sights and some local wine tastings.


ITINERARY


DAY 1 ARRIVAL TRANSFER IN REIMS (TRAIN SATION)
Arrive by train in Reims where we will come and pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, participate in a welcome dinner organized in a typical local restaurant so that you may discuss with your travel companions and guide about the upcoming experiences we have designed for this tour. Night in Reims.

DAY 2 GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF REIMS / MONTAGNE DE REIMS CHAMPAGNE REGION
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning follow your guide to discover the coronation city of Reims. First admire the Cathedral. Recently restored for its 800th birthday, this magnificent Gothic cathedral provided the setting for the coronations of French kings. The great historical saga began with Clovis, king of the Franks, who was baptized in an early structure on this site at the end of the fifth century; Joan of Arc led her recalcitrant Dauphin here to be crowned King Charles VII; Charles X's coronation, in 1825, was the last. After the visit of the cathedral, your tour will take you to the Basilica. This 11th-century Romanesque-Gothic basilica honors the fifth-century saint who gave his name to the city and baptized Clovis (the first king of France) in 498. Finally, end the tour with the visit of the Palais du Tau. The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin. After some free time for lunch and personal discovery, head towards the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. Located directly south of Reims, the vineyards here are planted overwhelmingly with pinot noir, which produce some of the most precise and intensely structured wines in Champagne. Although a significant number of vineyards in this district face north, the free-standing Montagne de Reims (really more a series of hills) allows for the cooler air to “slide” and settle down in the plain, while warmer air rises above it, permitting the grapes to ripen sufficiently. Here you will participate in the visit of Champagne wineries followed by Champagne tasting sessions.
5.30pm return to Reims and night at your hotel.

DAY 3 EPERNAY / CÔTE DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE REGION
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. Epernay and the Côte de Blancs Champagne producing region are on your program today. Épernay—set on the south bank of the Marne—is without a doubt the center of the bubbly drink's spirit. It was here in 1741 that the first full-blown Champagne house, Moët (now Moët et Chandon), took the lifetime passion of Dom Pérignon and turned it into an industry. Here, large Classical and Renaissance-style private mansions can be found along the Avenue de Champagne that today house prestigious Champagne Houses. Beneath these very same houses can be found 100km of underground passages, reserved solely for storing Champagne! After a small walking tour to discover the town, you will participate in the visit and tasting in a prestigious Champagne house of Epernay. After the visit and tasting you will have some free time for personal discovery and lunch. Then depart for the Côte de Blancs region. It lies south of Epernay, stretches for about 20 km, and has a vineyard area of 3,313 hectares (8,190 acres). The Côte des Blancs is a mostly eastern-facing slope that owes its name to the color of the grape that is planted: 95% Chardonnay. Champagnes in this area include the term "blanc de blancs". Your afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of Champagne wineries in the Côte de Blancs producing region.
5.30pm return to Reims and night at your hotel.

DAY 4 TRANSFER TO ALSACE / STRASBOURG GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. Transfer to Strasbourg in the Alsace region. On your way to Strasbourg stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Strasbourg, follow your guide for a guided walking tour of the Alsatian capital. Here you will walk around the old pedestrian areas located around the Cathedral and in the Petite France neighborhood. 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.
5.30pm check in to your centrally located hotel and night in Strasbourg.

DAY 5 HAUT KOENIGSBOURG CASTLE / RIQUEWIHR / ALSACE WINES
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. Your first stop this morning will be at the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Here, follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. 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. After the visit, depart for the lovely town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the town has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls and old houses have preserved their 16C splendor virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. After a private guided walking tour of the town, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch. In the afternoon, you will follow the breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’. Located between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range the 60 year old route winds across the slopes for more than 170 kms. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine covered hills, and through quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower decked houses clustered around the local church steeple. Finally, reach the small villages of Kientzheim. Founded in the 8th century, the village is still surrounded today by its ramparts. Inside the walls, the village features cobbled narrow streets bordered by fine half-timbered houses and privately-owned castles, punctuated with flowers, fountains and wells. In the 16th century, Kientzheim belonged to Lazarus von Schwendi, general and diplomat of the Holy Roman Empire. Legend has it that he brought back to Alsace a new type of vine called Tokay during the assault of the Tokaj fortress in Hungary against the Turks. Visit of the village and wine tasting.
5.30pm return to Strasbourg and night at your hotel.

DAY 6 COLMAR VISIT / EGUISHEIM VILLAGE / VOSGES MOUNTAIN
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel. In the morning depart for Colmar. Described by Frommer's as "one of the most attractive towns in Alsace," the town is renowned for its well preserved historic center, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden Museum with the Issenheim Altarpiece. Follow your guide on a 2 hour private guided walking tour to discover all the main highlights this beautiful city has to offer. Your tour will certainly lead you to the "Maison des Tetes", an outstanding German Renaissance building and to the Little Venice neighborhood where gorgeous half-timbered houses are lined along the Lauch River. Other significant landmarks include the Koifhus, the Pfister house, Saint Martin church, the covered market and so much more. After the visit and some free time, reach the small village of Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Follow your guide to discover this unique village: historic fountains, tithe manors, a yellow sandstone church with a 13th century "Opening Virgin" statue. You will also admire the broad spectrum of its colored houses, where ancient inscriptions can be deciphered on the stone lintels and certainly fall in love with the personality of this most typical Alsace village. Finally, follow the Vosges scenic ridge route that forms part of the boundary between the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France. In 1871, Alsace was ceded to Germany under the Treaty of Frankfurt, and thus the ridge formed the boundary between France and Germany. During the First World War, the French military decided to create a road to follow the ridge, thus allowing easier access to the valleys on both sides, enabling the faster movement of French troops. Experience a scenic drive as the road travels along bucolic countryside, opening up views of mountain passes, rounded mountains, lakes, rocks, pastures, and forests of majestic pines.
6.30pm return to your hotel and night in Strasbourg.

DAY 7 DEPARTURE TRANSFER (TRAIN STATION / AIRPORT)
Breakfast at your hotel, check out and transfer to Strasbourg airport or train station. End of our services.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

1. Arrival/departure transfers in Reims and Strasbourg
2. Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing in Reims region & Strasbourg
2. Breakfast from day 2 to 7
3. Services of an expert English speaking driver / wine guide
4. 2 Champagne winery visits in the Reims region
5. 1 Prestigious Champagne House tour in Épernay
6. 2 Champagne winery visits in the Côte des Blancs region
7. Transfer to Strasbourg
8. Private guided walking tour of Strasbourg
9. English tour of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle
10. Guided walking tour of Riquewihr
11. 1 Wine tasting session in Alsace
12. Private guided walking tour of Colmar
13. Visit of Eguisheim village
14. Drive along the Vosges mountain scenic ridge road
15. Travel in recent and fully equipped compact vans
16. Bottled water in the minivan

Exclusions

1. Entrance fees other than mentioned in the program
2. Meals and drinks
3. Personal expenses and insurance
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point


Pick up information

Hotel pick up every day
Tour ends in Strasbourg

Additional information

Additional information

- Tour is for 6 passengers maximum per vehicle
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 72 hours, subject to availability
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible


Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per person in double occupancy
- Currency is in EUR

- Price base 2 persons: 3530€ per person
- Price base 4 persons: 2510€ per person
- Price base 6 persons: 2170€ per person
- Single supplement: 720€


Possible languages: English, Español, Français