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The Wine Route

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Discover the picturesque region of Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace as you travel by train from Reims to Colmar. Visit the famed vineyards of Burgundy and Alsace and some of the most beautiful villages of France.
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Food & Wine
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Highlights

Sampling at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon

Tour and Tasting at Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Enjoy a picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits also knows as Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy

Discover the city of Strasbourg with its monumental Cathedral 

Follow the breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’ 

Visit the medieval castle of Haut Koenigsbourg in Alsace

Steeped in rich history, culture, picturesque landscape and delightful cuisine, Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace are sure to seduce you. Your journey starts in Reims and we will take you to renowned vineyards, Champagne houses, as well as historic towns and sites. Taste different types of champagne, enjoy a traditional French lunch, and visit a family estate to learn how champagne wines and vintages are made.

Then, travel to Dijon, the official capital of Burgundy and, then move 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.

Your adventure continues in Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region with a mix of French and German cultures. 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. 

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Included

3 nights in Reims at Hotel de la Paix - 4*
3 nights in Dijon at Hotel Oceania Le Jura - 4*
2 nights in Beaune at Hotel le Cep - 4*
2 night in Strasbourg at Hotel Rohan - 4*
2 nights in Colmar at Hotel le Marechal - 4*
TGV train from Paris to Reim
TGV train from Paris-Gare de Lyon to Dijon
Train transfer from Dijon to Beaune
TGV train from Beaune to Alsace (Strasbourg)
Train transfer from Strasbourg to Colmar
Return private transfer from Train Station to Hotel in Reims
Return private transfer from Hotel to Train Station in Dijon
Private transfer from Paris-Gare de l'Est to Paris-Gare de Lyon (Day 4)
Return private transfer from Hotel to Train Station in Beaune
Return private transfer from Train Station to Hotel in Strasbourg
Private transfer from Train Station to hotel in Colmar
Bubbles day tour
Reims Scenic tour
Half day tour: Landscapes and village of Semur-en-Auxois
Divine day tour: Route des Grands Crus
Discover the Incredible Alsace Wine Landscapes with transfers included
Alsace Highlights (wine route) from Colmar with transfers included
Champagne Tasting and Lunch for Bubbles Tour
Tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 7
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 9
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 11

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Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Paris→ Reims

Board your train from Paris to Reims, then private transfer from the train station to hotel, right in the heart of Reims.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

Paris→  Reims
TGV Train
Day 2
Reims → Epernay → Reims

Today around 09:30am you'll meet at the hall of your hotel your driver to start your Bubble day excursion.

First stop is for a tasting and a visit of Taittinger's producer and it includes: l’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne. Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independently owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.

We'll drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and the widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures and most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages there.

On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch. Your menu will include some local specialties which will be paired with different types of Champagne and you will sample world famous Dom Pérignon Champagne. During this special Champagne tasting you'll be treated to some authentic regional products such as the Chaource Cheese and Jambon de Reims (a local ham delicacy you must come to know), as well as some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon.

Enjoy a sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier. Take part to a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon and the visit includes: 2 glasses of Champagne!
At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Reims.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

Breakfast, Lunch
Reims → Epernay  → Reims
Day 3
Reims → Champagne Region → Reims

After breakfast, you will join a guided small group tour of Reims, City of Coronations. Your day will start by sightseeing the vibrant City Centre, a place full of charm, layers of unique history and regional culinary delights. Proceed to a Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and grew to fame thanks to Madame Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. Take a journey into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire and discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and their process of making Champagne. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée. Continue with a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the enormity, the hypnotizing stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary. 

Then we'll leave the city and drive through the Grand Cru vineyards on the Mountain of Reims, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, vinyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives Champagne much of its power and character. We'll take a tranquil, picturesque pause in such a vineyard to take it all in with our own five senses.

In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower's Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne, keeping the Tradition alive from generation to generation with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne. After lunch, we'll stroll to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery's vats and barrels, the chalk cellar, the labelling machine. The lovely afternoon will finish with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines from the same Family Grower, and a glass of  their Ratafia (a sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice and aged in barrel). After heartfelt goodbyes we'll gently return you to the city of Reims.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

Breakfast, Lunch
Reims → Champagne Region → Reims
Day 4
Reims → Dijon

After brekfast, check-out and transfer to Reims train station or Champagne-Ardenne to reach Paris for the connection to Dijon (further details will be provided upon confirmation). Board your TGV transfer to Dijon, where a representative will await for you at the train station to escort you to your hotel, in the center of Dijon.

Overnight stay in Dijon at Hotel Le Jura.

Breakfast
Reims → Dijon
Dijon
Day 5
Dijon

After breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tours from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Guided tour of Philippe Le Bon Tower
    From its 46 metres high and its 7 floors, the tower offers an exceptional panorama of the city of Dijon and its surroundings.

OR

  • Guided tour of the Fallot Mustard Mill with Audioguide
    A fun and interactive journey (using the most modern museographic methods) will take you through the centuries to recall the gestures and traditions related to mustard and its history and lead you to new sensory experiences! So, if you want to discover new pleasures ranging from confection to tasting, this is an immersion in the world of mustard not to be missed

Overnight stay in Dijon at Hotel Le Jura.

Breakfast
Dijon
Dijon
Day 6
Dijon → Semur-en-Auxois → Dijon

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure! In the afternoon, meet your guide around 1:30pm at Maison Divia (2 minutes walk from your hotel), to start your half day excursion. We will drive along the rolling landscapes of the Auxois, along the Burgundy canal and on the small roads of the hinterland. Take a walk in the medieval city of Semur-en-Auxois. Stop at the foot of the city for breathtaking views of the ramparts.

After this stop, you will enjoy a visit of the Abbey of Fontenay (12th century). Passing by Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, ranked among the "most beautiful villages in France", a filming location for the movie "Chocolat". Gourmet detour at the famous "Flavigny anise" factory (seasonal).  At the end of your tour, the driver will drop you off back at Maison Divia. 

Overnight stay in Dijon at Hotel La Jura.

Breakfast
Dijon → Semur-en-Auxois → Dijon
Day 7
Dijon → Beaune

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take a private transfer to Dijon train station. Board a train to Beaune, where you will be met and escorted to your hotek, located in the very heart of the historic Burgundy Region. Later in the day, enjoy your pre-selected tours from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Hospices de Beaune
    Hospices de Beaune, one of the most prestigious French historical monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum a jewel of Burgundy. The Hospices de Beaune are also famous for their exceptional wine estate, with 85% of first wines and grands crus, which are sold at auction on the third Sunday of November.

OR

  • Wine Tasting Tour - Bouchard Aine & Fils
    In their 18th century cellars, you will be invited to follow a sensory, playful and interactive path to introduce you to the art of tasting.

Overnight stay in Beaune at Hotel Le Cep.

Breakfast
Dijon → Beaune
Hospices de Beaune
Day 8
Beaune → Route des Grands Crus→ Beaune

After breakfast, meet your driver around 9:30 AM at your hotel to start your tour. Discover a fabulous estate situated in the heart of Beaune. Along with the owner, you'll taste the white wines such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er cru “les Charmes” or the famous Grand cru Corton–Charlemagne. Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Beaune. 

After lunch, take a picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover why they call it the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We'll take advantage of being in these prestigious vineyards as the best way to explain the Terroir and the various steps required throughout the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. "L’expression du Terroir”.

You will join a Guided tour of the Château du Clos de Vougeot, founded in 1098 by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, the vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot represents more than 50 hectares (124 acres) of vines owned today by more than 80 different owners. Its wine is some of the most famous Grands crus of Burgundy. Today, the castle welcomes the different “chapitres” (dinners) of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin).

In the heart of the town which gave its name to the Côte de Nuits, you will discover a new estate. On this tour you'll glean the different techniques which give these wines their exceptional quality! At the end of the excursion, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Beaune at Hotel Le Cep.

Breakfast
Beaune → Route des Grands Crus→ Beaune
Château du Clos de Vougeot
Day 9
Beaune → Strasbourg

After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Beaune and transfer to the train station. Board your train to Strasbourg, where a representative will escort you to your hotel. Then, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Strasbourg, 20 centuries of history (with audio guides)
    From the city centre to the European Parliament and the Neustadt Imperial Quarter, discover Strasbourg on the water, a unique route!

 OR

  • Open House Visit - Strasbourg Historical Museum
    Housed since 1920 in the Ancienne Boucherie (1587), the Historical Museum’s mission is to evoke the city’s urban history, as well as its political, economic, social and cultural history.

Overnight stay in Strasbourg at Hotel Rohan.

Breakfast
Beaune → Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Day 10
Strasbourg → Alsace → Strasbourg

Pick up at Strasbourg Tourisme Office. Start the day with a stop in the Mittelbergheim / Barr wine producing regions. The area is home to a numerous number of types of Alsace wines such as the Zotzenberg, Kastelberg, Wiebelsberg and Kirchberg Grand Crus. The soils found here are particularly favorable for Riesling as well. You will discover your first Alsace wine by tasting a selection of different delicious white wines including Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Continue on to Dambach La Ville wine area. The village itself is considered to be located at the heart of the Alsace wine region and is home to the Grand Cru Frankstein. Enjoy a second wine tasting session in a typical “caveau”, the name given to the local wineries. You might also be introduced, depending on the winery visited, to a crisp and refreshing “Crémant d’Alsace”, the local sparkling wines. Free time for lunch in a beautiful Alsace village.

Visit & Wine tasting at 3rd Winery. Depart for the Ribeauvillé/Riquewihr wine producing area that is surrounded by 5 Grand Crus appellations: Geisberg, Kirchberg, Osterberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. Not only will you be amazed by the beauty of these two Medieval towns, but you will also experience your afternoon tasting in one of the most highly selected wineries so as to complete your Alsace wine tasting experience. At the end of the day tour, you will be dropped off at Place Gutenberg, Strasbourg.

Overnight stay in Strasbourg at Hotel Rohan.

Breakfast
Strasbourg  → Alsace → Strasbourg
Day 11
Strasbourg → Colmar

After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Strasbourg and transfer to the train station. Board your train to Colmar, where a representative will escort you to your hotel. Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Historic tour Colmar - Segway
    Enjoy a different visit from the others! Discover the city and its history with a means of locomotion that allows to cover a lot of distance.

OR

  • Boat trip - 25 minutes
    Aboard a flat-bottomed boat discover all the charm of this authentic place. Walk along the half-timbered houses and enjoy the serenity of the market garden district, where abundant vegetation abounds.

 OR

  • Bike Tour - La Route des Vins d'Alsace
    Discover the Alsatian heritage, its vineyard and its charming villages on the handlebars of electric bicycles.

Rest of the day is at leisure to discover Colmar, with its corbelled turrets, oriel windows and half-timbering old Alsatian dwellings.

Overnight stay in Colmar at Hotel le Marechal.

Breakfast
Strasbourg  → Colmar
Colmar
Day 12
Colmar → Alsace ‘Wine Route’ → Colmar

Meet your guide at Place Scheurer Kestner and start your guided tour of Eguisheim. Enjoy a guided walk of the small town 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 continues on to the beautiful town of Riquewihr, passing by the village of Turckheim, where you can admire plenty of traditional Alsace style houses, overflowing with flowers. Your tour, then, continues with a guided walking tour of this beautiful town. 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 and remained virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Enjoy free time for personal discovery and lunch.

After lunch, follow the Breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’ and visit a mighty Castle. Located between the Rhine Valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60 year old Alsace Wine Route winds across the slopes for more than 170 kms. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine covered hills, and through beautiful villages with narrow streets and charming flower decked houses clustered around the local church steeple. The area is also dotted with medieval castles. Experience a wine tasting session during which you will be introduced to the local wines. Alsace white wines are famous all over France. Alsace wines are Varietal wines, the most famous grapes include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or Sylvaner.

Finally, reach Haut Koenigsbourg Castle. Here, 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. AT the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Place Scheurer Kestner in Colmar. Private transfer from CGR Cinema at Place Scheurer Kestner to the hotel in Colmar.

Overnight stay in Colmar at Hotel le Marechal.

Breakfast
Colmar → Alsace ‘Wine Route’ → Colmar
Colmar
Day 13
Colmar

Check-out and end of our services.

Breakfast
Colmar

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How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group