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The Wine Route: Bordeaux & Alsace

Strasbourg, France

Tour Details

Visit: Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Medoc wine region, Strasbourg, Colmar, Alsace

Get the best of both worlds by sampling Bordeaux’s bountiful wines before heading to the cultural melting pot of Strasbourg and the surrounding Alsatian areas.

Can’t decide whether you prefer a French Bordeaux or an Alsatian Riesling? With this tour, you don’t have to. Start off in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the city of Bordeaux (also known as the Sleeping Beauty due to enjoying less popularity than Paris and other French cities) where you will enjoy a walking tour of all the sights the city has to offer, from Saint Andrews Cathedral to the Monument of the Girondins. As well as the history of the Bordeaux region, you will sample the products of its renowned wine-producing villages, from the complex Merlots of Saint Émilion to the Cabernet Sauvignons from the Chateaux and wineries of the Medoc region. To contrast you’ll then have the delight of staying in the quaint, canal peppered city of Strasbourg, which will be your launch pad for exploring the sloping valleys and vineyards of the Alsatian wine region, famed for its Rieslings, Pinot Gris, Sparkling Crémant, Sylvaner, and many more.

 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival Bordeaux

On arrival in Bordeaux, make your own way to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 (Saturday): Bordeaux & St. Emilion

Welcome to Bordeaux! Guided private visit of the city. Coined the “Sleeping Beauty”, the city has over gone a radical transformation leading it to be declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2007. Follow your guide on this 3 hour tour and walk through imposing squares and handsome avenues, discover Saint Andrews Cathedral, the Monument of the Girondins, the Grand theatre and all the most important landmarks this city has to offer. In the afternoon, join a small group tour to St. Emilion.

Discover the wines & village of Saint Émilion. Begin the tour with the visit of a carefully selected Grand Cru winery that elaborates complex Merlot based red wines. Then follow your guide on a walking tour of the village. Finally, you have the option to taste more wines in the village at no extra cost or enjoy some free time for personal discovery as the village is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in the region. Overnight in Bordeaux.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting

Day 3 (Sunday): Medoc Discovery

Join a small group and depart for the Medoc wine region where some of the most famous wineries of Bordeaux are located. Travel along the Château Route through famous appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac or Saint Estephe. This full day tour has been designed as an introduction to the wines & blends of the left bank in which Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Your day consists of visits & wine tastings in 3 carefully selected Classified Châteaus (wineries) that produce delicious wines. Overnight in Bordeaux.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting

Day 4 (Monday): Bordeaux to Strasbourg

Independent transfer to the railway station to board your high speed train from Bordeaux to Strasbourg. Your train leaves at 9 am. The ride is about 5 hrs and a half, and the trains are really comfortable and the landscape unique! Upon arrival, independent transfer from the station to your hotel. Overnight in Strasbourg.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Tuesday): Colmar & Alsace villages

Today you will visit Colmar and the most beautiful villages in this area. Your exploration begins with a guided visit of charming Colmar, the capital of the Alsacian wines located between the Vosges and the Rhine, Strasbourg and Mulhouse. The city offers visitors an exciting glimpse of 1000 years of European history. Nestled among vineyards, its traditional houses, canals, floral displays, fantastic cuisine, famous wines and charming accommodation make Colmar an outstanding microcosm of Alsace – showcasing its lifestyle, conviviality and hospitality – the key features of its unique, exceptional welcome.

From there, travel to the small villages that line the wine route before arriving in Riquewihr. Riquewihr is a romantic tiny medieval city, hidden amidst the Vosges mountains and some famous vineyards, just 7 miles away from Colmar and minutes from other famous Alsatian villages like Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg. Riquewihr is the jewel in the crown - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here - and looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century. After a walking tour and some free time for lunch, end the day with the visit of the impressive “Haut-Koenigsbourg” castle. At the end, return to Strasbourg. Overnight in Strasbourg.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Wednesday): White wines of Alsace

This full-day tour is totally dedicated to the white wines of Alsace. Follow the legendary Alsace wine route and taste some of the most prestigious “Grands Crus” wines that are delicately crafted by passionate winemakers. The Alsace Wine Route played a big role in the promotion of Alsace Wines for the past 60 years. The most famous Wine Route in France unveils slowly its medieval châteaux and Renaissance homes and the elegant lanes of its charming villages. A land of tradition and wine, offering a unique experience for the visitor. Officially established as a tourist route in 1953, it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013.

Today you will discover the region and its wine producers, motoring through sloping valleys along the foothills of the Vosges, crossing beautiful valleys and meeting great winemakers. The whole range of Alsace wines will be tasted, including Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sparkling Crémant, Sylvaner, and many more. Stops will be made along the wine route, and a total of 3 commented wine tasting sessions are included. Overnight in Strasbourg.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting

Day 7 (Thursday): Departure

Independent departure transfer.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Independent Package Includes:

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 nights in Bordeaux
  • 3 nights in Strasbourg
  • Small Group Guided Visit of Bordeaux
  • Small Group Visit of St. Emilion with wine tastings
  • Small Group Visit of Mendoc with wine tastings
  • High speed train from Bordeaux to Strasbourg
  • Small Group to Alsace Villages
  • Small Group Tour Wine Tour of Alsace with wine tastings

 

Not Included:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transfer from/to stations
  • City taxes to be paid locally
  • Tips
  • Drinks with meals

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Hotels in Bordeaux: Hotel La Maison Bord'eaux, Villa Victor Louis
  • Hotels in Strasbourg: Regent Petite France, Cour de Corbeaux, Les Haras

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (vit)

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