COMBINED ALSACE & BURGUNDY SHARED TOURS

Highlights

Sample the Flavors Local to this Region Including both Food and Wine

Get to Know the Beautiful Town of Strasbourg and its German Influences

Explore the Quaint Villages of Colmar and Eguisheim

Taste some of the most delicious wines of Burgundy

Tours conducted by Professional local guides

Trip Details

Prices:

€940.00 per person

 


When:

From April to November, departing on Tuesdays


Duration:

6 Days of shared tours

Includes a transfer from Strasbourg to Beaune


Trip Style:

Shared Multi Day Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.


Meeting Point:

Pick up in Strasbourg in front of the Tourism Office, cathedral square

Pick up in Beaune in front of the Tourism Office, 6 Boulevard Perpreuil, 21203 Beaune


Inclusions:
  1. Strasbourg gourmet tour – shared
  2. Alsace half day wine tour – shared
  3. Full day Pearls of Alsace sightseeing tour – shared
  4. Transfer from Strasbourg to Beaune
  5. Full day Cotes de Beaune Wine Tour – shared
  6. Full day Cotes de Nuits Wine Tour – shared
  7. Services of english speaking driver guide on the shared tours
  8. All tasting fees
  9. Transportation in recent and comfortable minivans
  10. Small group tours of maximum 8 persons per tour

Exclusions:
  1. Accommodation
  2. Meals, drinks unless mentioned
  3. Personal insurance and expenses
  4. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
  5. Eventual gratuities for the driver-guide

Day 1 > STRASBOURG GOURMET TOUR & HALF DAY WINE TOUR - SHARED TOUR

9.30am Pick up at a centrally located meeting point in Strasbourg

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 and 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, colorful Quetsche plums, breads of all shapes, to delicious cakes and pastries, our local produce are known all over France. Today is market day in Strasbourg. Stroll through the pedestrian narrow lanes of the historical city center 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 your sample local food such as cured meat & cheese paired with local wines. Other stops will include tasting some traditional breads 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!” Discover the city of Strasbourg in a fun & informative way as you taste some of the best gastronomic produce of Alsace.

A Wonderful Snapshot of Alsace Wines
2.00pm Pick up at a centrally located point in Strasbourg

This afternoon, 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, favorable soils and excellent exposure. During this half day tour, you will wine taste in 2 wineries so as to find out all there is to know about the 7 different types of Alsace wines. Arrive in the lovely town of Obernai located on the ‘Wine Route’. Here you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multicolored 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’. Return to Strasbourg.
6.00pm return to Strasbourg.

Day 2 > PEARLS OF ALSACE - SHARED TOUR

9.00am Pick up at a centrally located point in Strasbourg.

Beautiful Towns, Villages & Amazing Landscapes – What a Combination!

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 neighborhoods 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 on 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 16C splendor virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Free time for personal discovery and lunch. Following 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. 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.
6.00pm Return to Strasbourg.

Day 3 > TRANSFER TO BEAUNE

Discover this beautiful small town of France
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.

Day 4 > COTE DE BEAUNE WINE TOUR - SHARED TOUR

9.30am 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 20km 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 then grounds and then 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 colorful 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 artifacts 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.
5.30pm return to Beaune Tourist Office

Day 5 > COTE DE NUITS

9.30am 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 kms long and as narrow as 200 meters 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 particular attention to the environment, organic products and mechanical care of the soil so as 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, we 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

If Chateau Clos de Vougeot does not produce wines anymore it still 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 construct 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 Cotes 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.
5.30pm return to Beaune and end of our services.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour.
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Prices are per person and in Euros.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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