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France, Alsace, Burgundy & Champagne – Small Group Tour

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From AUD: $6,695

Duration: 12 Days

Offer Expires: Sep 6, 2017

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Join this small group departure visiting three of France's premier wine regions. A great introduction to the wines and foods of each area, in a well balanced itinerary.

Explore the Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne, three of the most popular wine regions of France. This exciting small group twelve day escorted small group tour, will take you to renowned vineyards, Champagne houses, as well as historic towns and sites.

Your tour highlights include:
Guided tour of Reims and its Cathedral
Tour of Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon Champagne houses
Tour and Champagne tasting in family estate and local domain
Discover the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay
Guided tour the Verzenay Lighthouse
Tour and wine tasting at Henri Giraud winery
Guided tour of Beaune and its 15th century hospices Hotel-Dieu
Tour and wine tasting in local domains in Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits
Guided tour of Clos de Vougeot, a wall-enclosed vineyard where Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century
Guided tour of Dijon and mustard tasting
Guided tour of Strasbourg and its Cathedral
Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Alsace
Guided tour of the famous Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Guided tour of Ribeauvillé and Colmar towns
Free time in Reims, Beaune and Colmar to relax and stroll through the beautiful streets of these cities

 

Day One Transfer from Paris to Champagne (L,D)
Transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Reims at 10:00am. Arrival at 12 noon in Reims and meet your English-speaking guide. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Reims - drinks included.
Explore Reims with a guided tour of the town. Stroll through the streets of Reims: many sites, monuments and museums show the history of Reims, from the Gallo-Roman to the modern era, going through the Art Deco period.
Check-in to your hotel
Enjoy dinner at your hotel - drinks included.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix Reims

Day Two Champagne (B)
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30am.
Enjoy a guided tour of Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting. House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and his widow Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. 1972: creation of the Grande Dame, the cuvée prestige of the Company.
Guided tour of Reims Cathedral. Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, with more than 2300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel, its impressive stained glass windows, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. King Clovis was baptized there around 498, starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France were crowned here.
Lunch at leisure in Reims.
After your lunch, your guide will drive you to the Montagne of Reims' Vineyard for a guided tour. Followed by a tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate. The house was founded in the late 19th century, in Epernay. It was later that the son of the family decided to move in a Belle Epoque residence in Chigny Les Roses with a very precise aim: to develop their Champagne brand whilst continuing to supply wines unimpeachable quality. The house belongs nowadays to a group, but is still known as a family business. The family wants to perpetuate the founder’s style while taking advantage of the latest technological innovation to master even more the quality of their Champagnes. It is a good balance between Tradition and Modernity that you are about to experience.
Drop off at your hotel at around 5:30 p.m. with a night at leisure in Reims. Dinner is at leisure.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix Reims

Day Three Champagne (B,L)
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30am. Your guide drives you along the Scenic Route du Champagne which meanders among the vineyards and the picturesque villages. The countryside is enamelled with beautiful Grand Cru villages like Ay, Hautvillers, Bouzy, Le Mesnil, Verzenay, etc. all nested in an ocean of vines.
Sightseeing along the famous Avenue de Champagne: Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100km of tunnels under the pavement!
Avenue du Champagne
Enjoy a traditional tour and Champagne Tasting at Möet & Chandon: Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world! You will end your visit with a glass of Moët Imperial.
Followed by a tour and Champagne tasting lunch at a local domain: The House was created in 1875 in the little village of Damery located in the Marne’s Valley. Laure and David are proud to be today the fifth generation of wine makers. They are focussed on the respect of both traditions and ancestral working methods. Their champagne Plaisir d’Antan a good example of this philosophy: Made of 100 percent Chardonnay, this Cuvée is aged in oak casks as it was before the creation of stainless steel vats giving a unique taste to the Champagne. They work as independant winemakers with 12 hectares of vineyards and produce 80,000 bottles.
At around 3:00pm drop off at your hotel, to explore Reims at leisure. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix Reims

Day Four Champagne (B)
After breakfast, you will have free time to wander in Reims, and explore the narrow streets, shops and charming cafés.
Lunch is at leisure.
At 2:00pm your guide will pick you up at your hotel for a scenic tour of Verzenay Lighthouse. You are 25 metres up, above a sea of vines and the Champagne vineyards are as far as the eye can see.
And then in the distance there is a mill, villages, fields, a city and a cathedral. You are now at the top of the Lighthouse of Verzenay. A specially equipped panoramic viewpoint offers an exceptional 360° view.
Then, enjoy Champagne tasting at Henri Giraud. The house of Champagne Henri Giraud develops his wines with passion and know-how. Frank, straight and beautiful wines maturing in oak barrel without exuberance, which preserves in the champagnes a rare balance, finesse and elegance.
At around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel with a night at leisure in Reims. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix Reims

Day Five Champagne to Burgundy (B,D)
After breakfast, check-out at the hotel at 9:30am. Transfer from Reims to Beaune. Lunch is at leisure in Beaune.
After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of Beaune. Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards, Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune bring a twinkle to the eyes of wine lovers; Beaune is famous for the Hospice de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu). Wine tasting, museums, leisure activities, Wine Auction and cellars. It is from the 15th century that Beaune experienced a real boom: economic, political and financial with the Hotel-Dieu, opened in 1452. Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone Salins gave a humanist dimension to the city since the hospices welcomed only the seriously ill and underprivileged people. Guided tour of Beaune.
Check-in at your hotel. Dinner at your hotel (drinks included).
Overnight Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon

Day Six Burgundy (B)
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m.
Experience a guided tour of the historic Hospices de Beaune (includes entrance). Hospices Civils de Beaune which have, since their foundation in 1443 by the Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, kept their doors open to everyone without interruption. This institution, unique in its history and wine-producing, is closely connected with the economic life of the region.
Lunch at your leisure in Beaune.
Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in the Cote de Beaune. In 1848, the owner was only 24 when he founded his own wine house. The railway had just arrived in Meursault and Jean had the intuition that it would help make the fame of Burgundian wines. The name soon became synonymous to great white Burgundy wines. The cellars date back to the 15th century and are among the most prestigious in Burgundy.
Wine tasting in Burgundy
After the tasting, you will have time to enjoy some free time in Beaune.
At around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel with a night at leisure in Dijon. Overnight Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon

Day Seven Burgundy (B,L)
After breakfast at 9:30am meet your guide and pick up at your hotel.
Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Beaune. This Domaine is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The wine cellars and the winery are located in Beaune, in the Place Saint-Jacques. Its owner, Yvonnick, has extensive experience in the wine world, having worked for twenty years in sales of Burgundy wines on the French market. The area offers a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, whether white or red.
Tour and wine tasting lunch at a local domain in the Cote de Nuits. The family has been established in Gevrey Chambertin since 1850. Since the beginning they managed to increase the size of their vineyard always looking for the best “Terroir”. Nowadays the family produces wine in 7 Grands Crus appellation as prestigious as Clos Vougeot, Musigny, Latricière Chambertin…as well as 4 famous 1er Cru of Gevrey Chambertin.
Guided tour of Clos Vougeot: Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin. Its wines are ones of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot
Drive along the Route des Grands Crus: Picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We will take advantage of being in those prestigious vineyards to explain the Terroir and the different steps needed along the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. L’expression du Terroir”. Around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel with a night at leisure in Dijon.
Overnight Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon

Day Eight Burgundy to Alsace (B,D)
After breakfast, check-out from your hotel at 9:30am. Guided tour of Dijon and tasting of Fallot, the famous mustard which has a very original taste.
Lunch is at your leisure in Dijon. After your lunch, transfer from Dijon to Colmar. Check-in at your hotel. Dinner at your hotel, drinks not included.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol Colmar

Day Nine Alsace (B)
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 9:30am. Explore Strasbourg including its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework, Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Thanks to the richness and sheer density of its heritage sites, the entire town centre has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Lunch at leisure in Strasbourg. In the afternoon enjoy a tour and wine tasting of the famous Alsatian wines near Strasbourg.
Around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel for a night at leisure in Colmar. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol Colmar

Day Ten Alsace (B)
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30am. Guided tour of the beautiful Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Since its construction in the 12th century, the Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle has been a constant witness to both European conflicts and rivalry between lords, kings and emperors. A number of illustrious owners each left their mark on the castle’s history, and successive events even led to changes in the castle’s structure. The first records of a castle built by the Hohenstaufens date back to 1147. Staufenberg, as it was called at the time, sat high above the Alsace plain at an altitude of more than 700 meters. This rocky, promontory site was ideal for observing the main routes in the region, and provided a strategic fall-back point.
Lunch at your leisure in Ribeauvillé followed by a guided tour of this charming town. At around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel with a night at leisure in Colmar. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol Colmar

Day Eleven Alsace (B,D)
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30am. Explore Colmar with a guided tour. Colmar was founded in the 9th century. This was the location where Charles the Fat held a diet in 884. Colmar was granted the status of a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire in 1226. During the Thirty Years' War, the city was taken by the armies of Sweden in 1632, who held it for two years. The city was conquered by France under Louis XIV in 1697.
In 1679 (Treaties of Nijmegen) Colmar was ceded to France. With the rest of Alsace, Colmar was annexed by the newly formed German Empire in 1871 as a result of the Franco-Prussian War. It returned to France after World War I, was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1940, and then reverted to French control after the battle of the "Colmar Pocket" in 1945. Guided tour of Colmar. Lunch at leisure and free time in the afternoon to explore Colmar. At around 5:30pm drop off at your hotel, get ready for the Farewell dinner with drinks included.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol Colmar

Day Twelve Departure (B)
After breakfast, check-out. End of tour.

Air-conditioned minibus from Paris to Colmar
Maximum 16-passengers
Guaranteed departure
English-speaking passionate tour guide
Eleven nights in 4* hotels in Reims, Dijon and Colmar with daily breakfast*
Four dinners included with drinks*
Three lunches included with drinks*
Five Champagne tastings, including, Grandes Maisons de Champagne and local domain*
Four wine tastings sessions, including, Cote de Beaune, Cote de Nuits and Alsatian wines*
One mustard tasting in Dijon*
Guided tours of the cities and towns of Reims, Beaune, Dijon, Strasbourg, Colmar and Ribeauvillé*
Guided tours of the famous sites: Reims Cathedral, Lighthouse of Verzenay, Hospices de Beaune, Clos Vougeot and Château Haut-Kœnigsbourg*

*Lunch with drinks include entree/main or main/dessert with 1/4 bottle of wine, tea or coffee.Please note that the wine tasting lunches include 2-3 wine glasses.
*Dinner with drinks included entree/main/dessert with 1/4 bottle of wine, tea or coffee

Excludes

Flights and other services not mentioned in itinerary
Extras and options
Personal expenses
Other meals and drinks
Other visits and extra hours (75 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day)
Tips

Departure Date

4 June 2018
7 September 2017

Price

$6695 per person twin/double share

Prices subject to change, availability and the exchange rate.

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