Alsace Wine Tour
14-17 May 2020

£860.00

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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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 14th May
Meet at Basel airport at 11.05 (to coincide with the British Airways flight from London – see ‘Travel’). A coach will meet us and transfer us straight to our first winery appointment where we will have lunch. This afternoon we will visit a 2nd winery. Late afternoon check-in to 4-star Novotel Suites (3 nights). Free evening to explore the town.

Day 2: Friday 15th May
After breakfast we board our coach and will visit two more producers, including lunch at one. We have a long shortlist of favourite producers (see below) and will confirm our final choices in the coming weeks. Return to hotel. Free evening.

Day 3: Saturday 16th May
After breakfast we board our coach and head back to the villages of the region to visit two more producers. Lunch today will be at one of the wineries or at a local restaurant. This afternoon we will also visit the medieval Haut Koenigsbourg Castle which is situated high in the village of Orschwiller with stunning views over the surrounding area. Here we will have a tour with a private guide. Late afternoon return to Colmar. Free evening.

Day 4: Sunday 17th May
This morning is free 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 group visit which will be lunch at a winery or local restaurant.

Late afternoon transfer to Basel Airport (1 hour) in time for the British Airways 18.40 flight to London Heathrow.

WINERIES: We have along list of favourite wineries which are on our shortlist for visits. These include Joseph Cattin, Zeyssolf, Paul Blanck, Rolly Gassman, Domaine Gresser, Jean Becker, Paul Ginglinger, Sylvie Spielman, Louis Sipp, Leon Beyer, Meyer-Fonne, Bott-Geyl…It will be hard to make a final selection, but they will all be independent family producers who offer quality wines and a warm welcome.

END OF TOUR

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 British Airways:

  • Thursday 14th May BA752 departs London Heathrow 08.30 arrives Basel 11.05
  • Sunday 17th May BA755 departs Basel 18.40 arrives London Heathrow 19.20

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 14th May. The tour will end at Basel airport at around 17.00 on 17th May.

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

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 wi-fi 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.

PRICING INFORMATION

Price Includes:

  • £860 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
  • Four lunches 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

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £160

A non-refundable deposit of £215 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.

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