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The German Wine Region of Rhine & Moselle: 7 Days

Day 1 – Mainz

Arrival in Frankfurt, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Check in at your 4-star hotel in Mainz, the Favorite Parkhotel: https://favorite-mainz.de/en/home/

Afternoon discovery of Mainz: Two thousand years of history have lent Mainz a cosmopolitan air, and museums and cathedrals of various architectural styles dot the city. Bring home a book as a souvenir—Gutenberg worked here, and the museum dedicated to him is a highlight.

Dinner at 1 Star Michelin Restaurant in hotel

Day 2 – Mainz

Day trip to Rheingau. The Rheingau, a south-facing slab of vineyards on gentle slopes leading down to the Rhine, usefully protected from chill winds by the Taunus mountains to the immediate north, was for years regarded as Germany’s noblest wine region. This was partly because of its long association with aristocratic estates and the famous abbey Kloster  We will be visiting the Monastery Eberbach with a wine Tasting

Lunch in a repurposed Distillery building and walk of ‘Rheingau capital’ Rüdesheim. We will then visit the castle Johannisberg. Schloss Johannisberg is a castle and winery in the village of Johannisberg to the west of Wiesbaden, Hesse, in the Rheingau wine-growing region of Germany. It has been making wine for over 900 years. The winery is most noted for its claim to have “discovered” late harvest wine.

Return to hotel in Mainz, dinner at Classic Wine Tavern

Day 3 – Mainz

Along the Rhine River Gorges to Koblenz wine tasting in the German Pinot Noir Capital Ingelheim, followed by KD day cruise from Bingen through the Rhine River Gorges to Koblenz.

Guided visit of Koblenz including Citadell of Ehrenbreitstein,.

Koblenz as the meeting point of the Rhine and Mosel rivers and with the UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley as its backdrop, Koblenz has no shortage of photo-worthy scenery. Add a hilltop medieval fortress and some impressive Romanesque buildings, and it’s one of the prettiest towns along the Rhine. Return via highway to Mainz

Day 4 – Lieser

Mosel River Valley downstream – After breakfast we will depart toward the Moselle area. Wine tasting in renewed winery in historic Bernkastel-Kues.

The Moselle valley is Germany’s oldest wine region and Bernkastel-Kues is one of the many Moselle towns with a centuries-old wine-making tradition. Bernkastel-Kues has been producing wine for over  500 years and when you approach the town from the river, the steep vine-covered slopes of the river valley bear witness to Bernkastel’s viticulture tradition.

Lunch in a former Monastery, scenic drive to Europe’s steepest Vineyard, and visit of renowned castle Eltz.

Check in at Schloss Lieser in Lieser https://www.schlosslieser.de/

Day 5 – Lieser

Mosel River upstream to Trier. We will drive up the Mosel River towards Trier. We will visit on the banks of the Moselle River, TrierGermany’s oldest city. It was founded as a Roman colony in 16 B.C. by Emperor Augustus and is now one of the country’s top destinations. Nowhere else in Germany is the evidence of Roman times as vivid as it is in Trier. Discover ancient history in Germany with these top sites in Trier.  

Wine Tasting at upper Mosel winery. Lunch at high end Winery.

Day 6 – Deidesheimer

Trough Nahe River to Pfalz  – Stop and tasting at historic former Prussian vineyard in scenic Nahe wine Region, tasting at Riesling estate in Wachenheim.

The Nahe region is named after the river that traverses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück Hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine. It is a peaceful landscape of vineyards, orchards and meadows interspersed with cliffs and striking rock formations. The wine-growing region on the Nahe and the tributaries Glan and Alsenz has 2,000 years of wine-making tradition. Protection against cold winds by the high Hunsrück, mild temperatures and lots of sunshine create an excellent climate for winegrowing in this sunny valley with low-rain. Although the Nahe is one of the smaller German wine regions, its extraordinary range of soil types is second to none. This is because of its turbulent geological history. For this reason, the region is able to grow a range of varieties and produce a large diversity of wine styles. We then exploration of Deidesheim. Deidesheim is a ‘Cittaslow’ town, an extension of the Slow Food movement that aims to rebalance modern life’s hectic pace not only through ‘ecogastronomy’ but also local arts, crafts, nature, cultural traditions and heritage.
Check in at  Deidesheimer Hof https://www.deidesheimerhof.de/de/home

Day 7 Departure or extend your say

Via Heidelberg and Heidelberg Castle to Frankfurt  – Depending on the time flight we may have to overnight in Frankfurt in the airport area.

In case of overnight in Frankfurt we can visit along the way the old town Heidelberg  and castle.

Alsace & Baden, Wine & Gastronomy Tour of France & Germany: 8 Days

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN STRASBOURG:

Private transfer(s) from Strasbourg train station (or from the airport) to your hotel. Suggested accommodation at:

  • Hotel Régent Petite France 5*
  • Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île 5*
    A welcome dinner.

DAY 2: FULL-DAY WALKING GOURMET & CITY TOUR IN STRASBOURG:

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and will bring you to the best places in town to taste the Alsatian specialties which have contributed to the reputation of our cuisine!

You will taste :

  • The famous kougelhopf (Alsatian cake).
  • The wonderful gingerbread from Mireille Oster.
  • A traditional Alsatian beer at a craft brewery.
  • For the lunch you will enjoy a choucroute (sauerkraut) with a glass of Alsatian Riesling at a typical winstub, a restaurant offering local cuisine.
  • After the lunch, you will continue with French pastries, as well as with macarons and chocolates made by a famous pastry chef.

Strasbourg has a worldwide renowned historical heritage: the Grande Île district is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together with your guide, between the tastings, you will visit the ‘Petite France’ area, the most picturesque district of Old Strasbourg where you will discover the half-timbered houses, the Cathedral and the Maison Kammerzell.

Duration of the tour: approx. 8 hours.

DAY 3: THE ALSACE WINE ROUTE (1):

Check-out from your hotel in  Strasbourg. Full day tour on the Alsace Wine Route.

Today, you will marvel at the beauty and diversity of the landscape and will stroll through picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards where you can admire the traditional half-timbered houses and their balconies, overflowing with flowers!

You will start with the visit of the renowned Spindler’s wood marquetry in Boersch, a famous symbol of arts & crafts in Alsace. Jean-Charles Spindler, the 3rd generation of this family of artists, will open the doors of his private little museum just for you.

In Mittelbergheim, a superb village with a characteristic Renaissance style architecture, ranked among the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’, you will do a wine-tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, a reputed winery together with the owner Albert, the 14th generation who will guide you in his cellar dating from 17th century. You will taste the Zotzenberg Sylvaner Grand Cru, the only Sylvaner Grand Cru in the world!

Traditional Alsatian “flammekuechen” will be served for lunch at the winery after the tasting.

Visit of Ribeauvillé, a typical Alsatian village and visit of Domaine Trimbach, one of the most reputed Alsatian wine producer and largest private exporter of Alsatian wines to the US. The tasting will allow you to taste very different types of wines which reflect the diversity of the wines of Alsace. The combination of a rich soil and generations of winemaking skills have made Alsace one of the world’s premier wine regions. With 51 Grand Crus and seven types of grapes (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sylvan  er, Muscat), Alsatian wines are acclaimed the world over!

Drop-off at Hôtel A la Cour d’Alsace 4* (alternatively: Hôtel du Parc 4*) in Obernai, a charming medieval town on the Wine Route.

DAY 4: THE ALSACE WINE ROUTE (2):

Full day tour on the Alsace Wine Route.

Privileged visit of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle. The castle is one of the symbols of the Alsatian heritage and a witness to the course of European history. A private guided tour will allow you to become more familiar with the castle architecture, the Middle-Ages and the early 20th century restoration. A private wine-tasting will be offered in places which are normally closed to the public!

Lunch at a winstub, a local restaurant offering regional cuisine.

Visit of Riquewihr, the gem of the Alsace Wine Route, also ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in  France, and where most houses are from 16th and 17th centuries. Wine-tasting at Domaine Hugel.

Visit of Domaine Weinbach-Faller family in Kaysersberg. Both Hugel and Weinbach wineries are among the top 5 or 10 best wineries in Alsace.

Return to your hotel in Obernai.

DAY 5: THE ALSACE WINE ROUTE (3):

Full day tour on the Alsace  –  Wine Route.

Visit of Colmar, the Alsatian wine capital, where strolling is so enjoyable. You will discover the superb Little Venice area, and its historical and architectural heritage.

Visit of Eguisheim, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Lunch at a winstub, a local restaurant offering regional cuisine.

Wine-tastings organized with the “Divines d’Alsace”, an association which gathers approximately 70 female wine professional from Alsace, with a majority of wine makers or their spouses. The tastings will be arranged at 2 wineries (Domaine Emile Beyer and Domaine Zinck) but will involve other winemakers who will be represented as well.

In the evening, a gastronomic dinner will be arranged at Château de Kientzheim together with the “Confrérie Sainte-Etienne”, which is considered as one of the oldest brotherhoods in France. With its500 members, the Confrérie promotes Alsatian wines around the wo  rld. You will have the possibility to visit the wine cellar, which holds old bottles of Alsace wine dating until 1834!

Wine-makers will be present during the dinner in order to present their wines. Old vintages of Alsatian Grand Crus wines will be offered for tasting.

Experiences

  • Aperitif with hunting horns.
  • Induction ceremony to the Confrérie Saint-Etienne. Return to your hotel in Obernai.

DAY 6: LALIQUE IN NORTHERN ALSACE:

Check-out from your hotel in Obernai and departure to Wingen-sur-Moder in Northern Alsace.

Visit of the Lalique museum. Inaugurated in 2011 in the village where René Lalique implemented his glass factory in 1921, the Lalique Museum’s ambition is to make you discover the Lalique creation in all its diversity, putting the accent mainly on what is produced by Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder: glass and crystal.

After the visit of the Lalique museum, prepare yourself for a fabulous lunch experience at the Villa René Lalique restaurant, which opened in September 2015 headed by world-acclaimed chef Jean- Georges Klein and who benefits from 2* in the Michelin guide! Before lunch, an exclusive private wine tasting will be organized in the fabulous cellar together with Romain Iltis, Best Sommelier in France in 2012.

In the afternoon, you will be heading to Baden-Baden in Germany. On the way, if time allows, you  will go through Hunspach, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France, or Betschdorf and Soufflenheim, where potters continue the tradition of Alsatian pottery.

Drop-off at Hotel Brenners Park Hotel & Spa 5*, certainly one of the most beautiful hotels in Germany, overlooking the park of the 350 year-old Lichtentaler Allee. Its so peculiar Mediterranean character makes Baden-Baden one of the most charming German cities.

DAY 7: THE BADEN WINE ROUTE:

With 16,000 hectares of vineyards, Baden is Germany’s 3rd largest wine region. As in neighbouring Alsace, Baden has a great tradition of wine and food. Among other grapes, its Spätburgunders and Burgunders (Pinots) have long been popular throughout the region.

Full day tour on the Baden Wine Route:

You will visit the famous Franz Keller winery in Oberbergen, located in the Kayserstuhl area. You will be welcomed in the superb setting of a building with an audacious architecture built in the middle of the vineyard. A wine-tasting and a lunch will be arranged at the winery.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Laible winery in Durbach:

Return to your hotel in Baden-Baden.

A farewell dinner will be arranged at the restaurant Jardin de France, owned by a French couple from Alsace and which has 1* at the Michelin guide. Wines from the Baden region will be offered during the dinner.

DAY 8: END OF STAY.

OTHER OPTIONS:

  • Gastronomic dinner at the private place of a chef who used to be a Michelin star chef. Location in Alsace.
  • Cheese & wine lunch or dinner with one of the most famous Alsatian cheese makers. Location in Alsace.
  • Gastronomic lunch or dinner at Auberge de l’Ill (Michelin 2*) in Illhaeusern: https://www.auberge-de-l-ill.com/en/

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