Alsace Wine Tour for West London Wine School

From: £1,195.00

Alsace Wine Tour

Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River and Germany to the east, the Alsace wine region is undoubtedly one of the most charming and uniquely distinct regions of France. Famed for wine, culture, landscape, history, gourmet food and ‘chocolate-box’ villages, Alsace offers something for everyone. We’ll be based in Colmar, one of the prettiest towns in the whole of France and there will be time to explore the town.

The wines are predominantly white and the four main grapes are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat, but there are also reds made from Pinot Noir and plenty of Cremant (sparkling wine).  We’ll visit several wine producers and taste lots of their lovely wines, enjoy gourmet food and we’ll also visit a famous local castle.

Please note this is a Private Tour for customers of West London Wine School 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 8th June
Meet at Basel airport at 11.05 (to coincide with the British Airways flight from London – see Travel information). A coach will meet us and transfer us straight to a restaurant for an early group lunch. We start on a high with lunch at the 1 Michelin Star Auberge Saint Laurent in the village of Sirentz, just 20 minutes from the airport. This afternoon for our first winery appointment we’ll visit Domaine Schlumberger for a tour and tasting. Late afternoon check-in to 4-star Novotel Suites (3 nights) Free evening to explore the town.

Day 2: Friday 9th June
After breakfast we board our coach and head out of Colmar to the village of Rorschwihr where we’ll visit Rolly Gassmann. We’ll see their extraordinary winery, built in 2019, and have a tasting from their extensive range of wines. Continuing to nearby Riquewihr, there will be free time for lunch and to explore this beautiful village. After lunch we’ll meet up again for a tour and tasting at the historic Hugel winery who are situated in the same village. Late afternoon return to Colmar. This evening there will be a group dinner, venue TBA.

Day 3: Saturday 10th June
After breakfast we board our coach and head to the village of Beblenheim to visit Bott-Geyl winery. We’ll hear about their biodynamic winemaking philosophy and taste a few of their wines. Continuing north to the village of Gertwiller we’ll visit Zeyssolff who have an interesting digital presentation in their cellar. We’ll have a traditional lunch here accompanied by a few wines. Late afternoon we’ll have a private guided tour at Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, which is situated high up in the village of Orschwiller with stunning views over the surrounding area. Return to Colmar. Free evening.

Day 4 Sunday 11th June
This morning there will be free time to explore the beautiful town of Colmar. You may like to visit the Unterlinden Museum, the Food Market, or wander along the canals soaking up the atmosphere. Departing the hotel around midday we re-board our coach for our final winery visit at Domaine Achillee. Here we’ll have a tasting, and lunch provided by a local caterer. Late afternoon transfer to Basel Airport (1 hour) in time for the British Airways 18.40 flight to London.

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PRICING INFORMATION

PRICING INFORMATION

Price includes:

  • £1,195 per person sharing a double or twin room
  • Ground transport throughout in a spacious coach
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the 4 star Novotel Suites sharing a double or twin room with en-suite facilities
  • Three lunches and one dinner with wine
  • Tours and tastings at 6 wineries
  • Entrance ticket and private guide at Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
  • Services of Tour/Wine Guide from Criterion Wine Tours
  • Services of a Tutor from West London Wine School

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £155

A non-refundable deposit of £300 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is fully protected.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

We will be based for the 3 nights of the tour at Novotel Suites in Colmar. The hotel was brand new when opened in 2018. The rooms are spacious and modern with the latest facilities like USB outlets, flat screen TVs and free wifi in all areas. There are spacious indoor and outdoor reception/seating areas with a bar.

There is also a Spa and Wellness centre with sauna, hammam and gym. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the Canals and Historic centre of Colmar and its many restaurants.

TRAVEL

TRAVEL

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Basel airport. The recommended group flights are with Easyjet and British Airways:

  • Thursday 8th June EZS8477 departs London Gatwick 08.10 arrives Basel 10.50
  • Sunday 11th June BA 755 departs Basel 18.40 arrives London Heathrow 19.20

In case you are wondering why we are suggesting a flight out from Gatwick and back to Heathrow, it’s because after the itinerary had been finalised, BA belatedly (and very recently) withdrew their 08.30 flight from Heathrow on 8th June. If you prefer to fly back to Gatwick on 11th June there is an Easyjet flight, but it’s not until 22.00 which would mean a long wait at Basel airport as our coach will drop off at around 17.30.   

Transfers by coach between Basel airport and Colmar are included and will tie in with the above flights. If you make alternative travel arrangements you will need to be at Basel airport in time to meet the BA flight on 8th June. The tour will end at Basel airport at around 16.45 on 11th June.

Travel throughout the tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

08-11 June 2023