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13-day Alsace and Burgundy Small Group Tour
Personally hosted by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol lived in France for six years, speaks fluent French, knows this region really well and loves to show guests some of her favourite spots.
The tour starts in the beautiful city of Strasbourg, going along the Alsace wine route through charming villages with medieval architecture and on to Burgundy's renowned vineyards and chateaux to Macon, a small town on the banks of the river Saone.
Some of the places you will visit along the way include Colmar, Eguisheim and the chateau Haut Konigsberg, with good food and wine-tasting experiences along the way. Gastronomic delights await you in Burgundy where you can enjoy a wonderful Michelin star restaurant and stylish accommodation.
The city of Beaune is the hub of France’s most revered wine region, situated in the middle of Burgundy. Well known for its Hotel Dieu, a hospital built for the poor, with its beautiful roof and practical but elegant interior, this charming town is a great place to stay and visit local wineries. A tour of the largest underground cellars finishes with a tasting of many of the cellared wines. Visits to chateaux, abbeys, cathedrals and sites of interest are included in the tour.
Your tour finishes near the small town of Macon which sits on the banks of the river Saone.
Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle - Maximum 14 guests
Slow Tours offers a number of other Small Group Tours in Europe
Arrive at Strasbourg train station or airport for transfer to your hotel, with time to relax before the welcome dinner
A walking day in Strasbourg with a guided cathedral and city tour. Your choice of joining the group or enjoy the day visiting this famous city on your own, with maps and a meeting point provided. A boat trip around the city from the 'Petite France' area is included, or you may like to visit one of the many museums in the city centre. Late afternoon we will deliver you to the hotel where you can have a rest before dinner
Visit and walking around the pretty village of Obernai and surrounding villages along the 'Route des Vins' with some excellent wine-tasting on the way. Climb the Mt Odile to visit the beautiful sanctuary and gardens at the top
Transfer to your hotel near Colmar along the 'Route des Vins' with a visit to the local markets for a picnic lunch at the chateau 'Haut Konigsberg' along the way. Settle in to your new hotel before a sumptuous dinner
Today we visit Colmar and some charming villages of this region such as Riquewihr and Ribeauville. Some local cheese and wine-tasting and the local 'pain d'epice' will end your day before returning to your hotel
Today we will be discovering more of the typical Alsace delights, with some stunning architecture to see in Eguisheim. Lunch in this medieval village is at one of the many excellent restaurants.
Transfer to the Burgundy region. Settle into your accommodation at Beaune then we take an afternoon walking tour of the town centre visiting the Hospices de Beaune. .
A visit to a local Abbey or Basilica, a chateau in beautiful gardens and you will learn more about the Burgundy wines along the wine routes known as the 'Route des Grands Crus', and the 'Cote d'Or'. .
In the morning we will explore a few of the 38 picturesque wine villages of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune on our way to Dijon to do some mustard-tasting. Afterwards, an afternoon visit to the Vougeot chateau.
Transfer to your hotel not far from Macon. When we have settled in, we will take an afternoon drive to Macon where you can discover this charming village on the banks of the river Saone.
A day in the fresh air and countryside with a climb up to the Rock of Solutre, a famous spot which draws archeologists from around the world to see the relics from ancient times. For the less courageous, a museum and cafe are at the base of the climb. Return to your hotel
Free morning for a bike ride through the vineyards, a canoe on the river or relax and read a good book. After lunch we can enjoy wine-tasting of Pouilly-Fuisse, one of the best known wines of the region. A special farewell dinner in our residence, leaving you time to pack bags and prepare for the morning departure.
After breakfast, transfer and departure to Macon TGV train station or to Lyon airport.
I wanted to say how much we thoroughly enjoyed our 13-day tour of Alsace and Burgundy with you. Your attention to detail, selection of accommodation and places to visit was first class. Our small group had a fabulous time. There were so many highlights every day starting in beautiful Strasbourg and ending in vibrant Lyon: food, wine, history, architecture, culture, language, fabulous markets, stunning towns, chateaux and countryside. It was a wonderful insight to stunning parts of France we had not previously visited. I even enjoyed sharing the navigation with our inimitable sat-nav ‘Suzette’. We will certainly consider another tour with you and have highly recommended Slow Tours to friends and family. Alsace and Burgundy tour September 2019 Ian and Janet, Adelaide
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