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Alsace & Burgundy

Alsace & Burgundy

6 nights from
AU$3,789 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Food & Wine
  • Travel From
    02 May 2020
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2020
6 nights from
AU$3,789 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Food & Wine
  • Travel From
    02 May 2020
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 3-night accommodation in StrasbourgAccommodationAccommodation 3-night accommodation in BeauneActivity Activity Shared flammekueche workshop ActivityActivity Wine tasting sessionsMEALMEAL Daily breakfastInclusionInclusion Semi-private English-speaking guide/driver TourTour Full day tour Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits TourTour Shared half day wine tour & full day Pearls of Alsace tour

Summary

Explore two of the most breathtaking wine regions of France, Alsace and Burgundy during this immersive, 7-day food and wine package. Steeped in rich history, culture, picturesque landscape and delightful cuisine, Alsace and Burgundy are sure to seduce you. Your gastronomic adventure starts in Strasbourg, the capital city of the region with a mix of French and German cultures. During your 3-night stay in Alsace, learn how to make flammekueche, an Alsatian favourite, a cross between pizza and savoury tart. You will also discover the renowned Alsace Wine Route and visit the storybook villages and towns of Colmar, Obernai, Eguisheim and Riquewihr. Taste some of the most exquisite wines of the region along the wine route. Finish your Alsace adventure with a visit of the historic Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a medieval castle located in Orschwiller. Then, travel to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Lush vineyards, rich history and outstanding wines await you during your stay in Burgundy. Visit the most popular wine-growing regions and villages including Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Meursault Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Romanée-Conti.

Travel Dates: 2 May – 31 October 2020

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfer from Strasbourg train station to the hotel
  • 3-night accommodation in 3* in Strasbourg
  • 3-night accommodation in 3* in Beaune
  • Services of an expert semi-private English-speaking guide/driver throughout the tour
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes minivan
  • Shared flammekueche workshop
  • Shared half day wine tour
  • Shared full day tour Pearls of Alsace including the castle of Haut Koenigsbourg
  • Breakfast from day 2 to 7
  • Full day Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits
  • Entrances to the Hospices de Beaune and Clos Vougeot
  • All tasting fees in the wineries
  • Free WiFi on board the vehicles

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Strasbourg
Pick up in Strasbourg (airport or train station) and private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Check in at your hotel and night in Strasbourg.

Day 2, Flammekueche workshop & half day wine tour
Breakfast at your hotel. At 11:00 am, meet directly at the restaurant.

Give making flammekueche a go
Learn the secrets of making traditional Alsatian “tarte flambée” during a 45-minute baking workshop with an expert chef. This is a hands-on cookery lesson in a local “winstub” with group size limited to eight people. Finish the class by eating your own freshly baked flammekueche and wash it down with a glass of wine! It makes for the perfect self-made, local lunch.

After arriving at the local activity provider’s location, enjoy your flammekueche cooking lesson just before lunch. The price includes the cooking class; then you get to eat 1/2 a traditional flammekueche and 1/4 of a traditional sweet flammekueche. A drink is also included: 25cl beer (must be 18+), 1 soft drink or a small bottle of mineral water, or 1 glass of Alsace white wine.

A wonderful snapshot of Alsace wines
At 2:00 pm, pick up in front of the post office facing the train station. Depart for a half day tour along the Alsace wine route to discover some of the most fascinating wines of France. Renowned for its aromatic white wines, the region is ideally suited with a dry and sunny climate, complex geology, favourable soils and excellent exposure. During this half day tour, you will wine taste in 2 wineries to find out all there is to know about the 7 different types of Alsace wines.

First, depart for the lovely town of Obernai located on the ‘Wine Route’. Here, you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multi-coloured tiles, ensigns, ramparts and the statue of St Odile patron saint of Alsace. After a guided walking tour of the town, enjoy your first wine tasting session in one of our selected wineries. Your tour will then continue along the breathtaking Alsace wine route to admire the stunning landscape. On your way, enjoy a second wine tasting session in a typical Alsace ‘caveau’.

At 6:00 pm, return to Strasbourg and night at your hotel

Day 3, Pearls of Alsace
Breakfast at your hotel. At 9:00 am, pick up in front of Tourism Office of Strasbourg on Cathedral Square.

Pick up in Strasbourg and depart for the beautiful town of Colmar. Discover the charm of the old town, its prestigious monuments, the Pfister house, the Koïfhus, Saint Martin collegiate church, and the picturesque neighbourhoods of small Venice or of the tanners. Then, depart for the most beautiful village of Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, the narrow and concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. After a walk in the village, your tour then continues to the beautiful town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls and old houses have preserved their 16th century splendour virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Free time for personal discovery and lunch.

Enjoy the spectacular 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. Your guide will stop in several areas for great photo opportunities.

Tour of an amazing castle
Finally, reach the mighty Haut Koenigsbourg Castle. 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, return to Strasbourg.

At 6:00 pm, return to Strasbourg. Night at your hotel.

Day 4, Transfer to Beaune
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Beaune. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.

This charming historic town is a true delight for architecture and wine lovers. Beaune can be easily explored by foot since most of main attractions are located within the walls. Reach Place Carnot and the main pedestrian areas that are dotted with restaurants, wine bars and shops. Night at your hotel.

Day 5, Cote de Beaune
Breakfast at your hotel. At 9:30 am, pick up at the Tourist Office of Beaune.

Savor a range of wines in this exceptional winemaking region
Today, the Côte de Beaune winegrowing region is on your program. The vineyard covers 20 kilometres from north to south and faces the morning sun. Wine production here is composed of both red & white wines that are internationally renowned.

Begin your tastings with butter-golden Meursault. Nowhere in the Côte de Beaune does the Chardonnay grape do better than it does here. Meursault is greeny-gold in colour or canary yellow, leaning towards bronze as it ages. Limpid and brilliant, it sometimes exhibits silvery highlights. Its bouquet has strong aromas of ripe grapes. The young wine is redolent of toasted almonds and hazelnuts in both a floral and mineral setting. Butter, honey, and citrus fruits are also present.

Upon arrival at the winery, you will immediately be taken by the meditative atmosphere. The cellars are among the most prestigious in the region. Here, you will first have the opportunity to visit the grounds and participate in a fully commented wine tasting session around these elegant white wines.

Guided tour in one of France’s most prestigious monuments
After some free time for lunch in or around Meursault, drive back to Beaune for a guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune. Typical example of Burgundy flamboyant Gothic style, this former hospital founded in 1443 by the chancellor Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins is the testimony of the Flemish influence on the duchy of Burgundy. As far as architecture, it is worldwide famous for its colourful polychromatic glazed tile roofs. The Last Judgment triptych painting by Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden is the highlight of the visit. You will tour the Salle des Pôvres (where the sick ones were looked after), the kitchens, the pharmacy and other rooms exhibiting artefacts and tapestries.

Taste some of Burgundy’s most esteemed wines
Experience a unique wine tasting session within Beaune. You will be warmly welcomed for a visit of the facilities, cellar and winery. Explanations are clear and adapted to each person’s level of knowledge; the visit is fun & informative. You will round things off with a commented tasting of different appellations such as Saint Aubin, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Corton-Charlemagne while several Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, both red and white, are available.

At 5:30 pm, return to Beaune Tourist Office and night at your hotel.

Day 6, Cote de Nuits
Breakfast at your hotel. At 9:30 am, pick up at your hotel.

Wander through the prestigious vineyards of the Cote de Nuits, Land of Pinot Noir
Located between the town of Dijon and the tiny village of Corgoloin, the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes de Nuits wine-producing regions grow along a narrow strip of land that is around 20 kilometres long and as narrow as 200 metres wide. The wines produced here are mainly red wines and the King of the Grapes is Pinot Noir!

Taste the originality of traditional wines in a family-owned domain
Our first stop will be in a family-owned winery that has been in the same hands for more than 4 generations. The Domaine is located between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune, in a little village of the Hautes Côtes. During the visit, you will be introduced to the notion of "terroirs" which are very diverse and distinct in this particular area.

The Domaine spreads out over 19 Ha of vines with no less than fourteen different appellations. The winegrower pays attention to the environment, organic products and mechanical care of the soil to leave a healthy soil for the descendants. The wines are vinified following the traditional method. After your commented wine tasting session, the tour moves on towards the village of Gevrey- Chambertin.

Free time for lunch in one of the most famous villages of Côtes de Nuits.
Gevrey-Chambertin is without a doubt one of the most emblematic wine appellations of Burgundy. Considered to be “Pinot Noir” Paradise, its rich “terroir” is home to nine of the thirty-three grands crus of the region. Before reaching the village, your sightseeing along the Grands Crus road will be punctuated by photo opportunities especially in front of world famous Romanée-Conti. Considered as the most prestigious name of Burgundy, this plot of 1.8 hectares produces one of the most expensive wines in the world. After lunch, continue towards the Chateau de Vougeot. Your guide will suggest restaurants depending on your wishes.

A unique wine farm chateau located in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards
Even if Chateau Clos de Vougeot does not produce wines anymore, it remains a symbol of more than a thousand-year of history in Burgundy. In the 12th century, the Chateau is owned by the monks of Citeaux who cultivate the vines at the time. They constructed a wall that surrounds the precious lands giving the domain the name of ‘Clos’ which can be translated as ‘enclosed’. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to visit the 12th century vat house with its huge press machines, the wine cellar or the dormitory with its amazing wooden framework.

Experience a commented tasting of acclaimed Côtes de Nuits wines
Nuits-Saint-Georges is a lively small town with centuries-old history of winemaking. Most of the wines grown here are Pinot Noir but there are some plots planted with Chardonnay. Here, we have organized a commented tasting so that you may better comprehend what makes this wine region so special. In a carefully selected winery, your tour will begin with the visit of the Vat Room where the greatest Côte de Nuits wines are crafted. Then move on to the magnificent 19th century vaulted cellar where you will be explained the different stages of vinification and maturing of great Burgundy wines. Finally, participate in a commented wine tasting session of several Burgundy wines. Glass in hand, a wine expert will demonstrate how to taste some of the most prominent “terroirs” of Burgundy.

At 5:30 pm, return to Beaune and night at your hotel.

Day 7, Beaune
Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer to the train station of Beaune. End of our services.

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