Discover the history, culture, food & wines of the Alsace during this 4-day small group tour based in beautiful Strasbourg. You'll tour the local markets of Strasbourg, visit the "Pearls of the Alsace" - some of France's most picturesque medieval towns with narrow cobblestone lanes & candy-coloured houses, and explore the imposing Haute Koenighsbourg Castle. A tour through Alsace's famous wine region with wine tasting and a traditional dinner at a historic wine lounge complete the program.
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Day 1: Strasbourg
Upon arrival at Strasbourg airport or railway station, you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After checking in, you are free to start exploring Strasbourg on your own.
Day 2: Strasbourg - Food & Wine
Today you can sample the Flavors of Strasbourg on Market Day. Discover the city of Strasbourg in a fun & informative way as you taste some of the best gastronomic produce of Alsace. Cuisine and gourmet food are passions for most French people and the region has many specialities combining its unique French & Germanic cultural heritage - a very special flavour. From lovely fresh white asparagus, local Foie-Gras, juniper-flavoured sauerkraut, pies made from local berries, smocked mountain hams, colourful Quetsche plums, breads of all shapes, to delicious cakes & pastries, Alsace produce are known all over France. Today is market day in Strasbourg. Stroll through the pedestrian narrow lanes of the historical city centre and reach the market. Follow your guide as you are introduced to some of the local food as well as traditional Arts & Crafts. Along the way, we will have you sample local food such as cured meat & cheese paired with local wines. Other stops will include tasting some traditional bread and Pretzels as well as Pain d’épices – our very own Gingerbread. This gourmet tour would not be complete without several tastings of delicious wines that might even include Crémant d’Alsace, a delicious local sparkling wine!
In the afternoon depart for a half-day tour along the Alsace wine route to discover some of the most fascinating wines of France. Alsace is renowned for its aromatic white wines and during this half-day tour, you will visit 2 wineries to find out all there is to know about the 7 different types of Alsace wines. First, we depart for the lovely town of Obernai located on the ‘Wine Route’ where you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multicoloured tiles, 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 with a stop a typical Alsace 'caveau' for our second wine tasting. A 6 pm return to Strasbourg is planned and an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 3: Pearls of the Alsace
Beautiful Towns, villages and Amazing Landscapes – What a Combination! This morning 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 to the most beautiful village of Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, the narrow & concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses lovingly decorated with flowers. After a walk in the village, your tour continues on to the lovely town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, this charming 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. Here you will have free time for lunch. Following lunch, enjoy the spectacular Alsace ‘Wine Route’. The itinerary leads across rows of vine-covered hills and through quaint villages with narrow streets. And now, end the day with a guided tour of an amazing castle - the mighty Haut Koenigsbourg Castle overlooking the valley! Built in the 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 a busy day return to Strasbourg arriving around 6 pm. This evening, enjoy a fabulous regional dinner in one of the most traditional restaurants of Strasbourg – known as a Winstub: literally “wine lounge”. (B.D)
Day 4: Strasbourg
Today marks the end of your vacation time in Alsace! At a time to suit your departing train or flight your driver will collect you from your hotel with ample time to check in and begin your journey home. Au Revoir! (B)
Tour departs Monday through Thursday from May 02 to October 31, 2019