Chef Christophe Gregoire and his wife Josephine are delighted to invite you to ‘come home’ to Gérardmer and visit the beautiful regions of Alsace and Les Vosges. This is a tour like no other - a unique opportunity to travel with hosts with a lifelong experience of the region and the people. The welcoming and luxurious 4 star Le Grand Hotel is your home away from home for the 11 nights of the tour. This intimate and personal tour includes a host of regional food and wine experiences with visits to many of the picturesque towns and villages of the region and places of spectacular natural beauty including the famous 120 km Route des Vins.
2018-09-14
2018-09-25
$5800 $5800
$6450 $6450

France Food & Wine Tour 2018

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 12 DAYSPrice : FROM $5800Country : FRANCE
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Chef Christophe Gregoire and his wife Josephine are delighted to invite you to ‘come home’ to Gérardmer and visit the beautiful regions of Alsace and Les Vosges. This is a tour like no other - a unique opportunity to travel with hosts with a lifelong experience of the region and the people. The welcoming and comfortable Le Beau Rivage Hotel on the shores of Lac Gérardmer is your home away from home for the 11 nights of the tour. This intimate and personal tour includes a host of regional food and wine experiences with visits to many of the picturesque towns and villages of the region and places of spectacular natural beauty including the famous 120 km Route des Vins.

Included in the price

  • Fully escorted tour with Chef Christophe and Josephine Gregoire
  • Bus transfer to and from Vosges train station
  • 12 nights accommodation at the luxurious 4 star Le Grand Hotel http://www.grandhotel-gerardmer.com/
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour schedule (7 dinners and 5 lunches)
  • Organised visits, events and degustations
  • All entrance fees
  • Chartered air conditioned coach travel
  • and so much more!

Day 1: Vosges (D)

Afternoon departure from Paris Gare de l’Est direct TGV train to Remiremont train station, Vosges (optional). Coach transfer to your hotel in Gérardmer, Grand Hôtel & Spa Welcome to Gérardmer; pre-dinner welcome drinks on the lake Welcome dinner at the award winning Le Pavillon Pétrus, Grand Hôtel & Spa

Day 2: Vosges (B, L)

Hohneck mountain ranges lookout An authentic farm house lunch, Ferme Auberge du Huss Le Jardin de Berchigranges, award winning garden guided tour

Day 3: Alsace (B, D)

Tour and tasting G. Miclo Distillery St Hyppolyte wine festival, fête du vin nouveau Group dinner at Grand Hôtel & Spa

Day 4: Vosges & Alsace (B, L)

Kaysersberg local market tasting and guided tour Lunch at La Winstub du Chambard, traditional bistro style Château Haut Koenigsbourg guided tour

Day 5: Vosges (B, D)

A day to explore Gérardmer or simply enjoy the facilities at Grand Hôtel & Spa Group dinner at La Clé des Champs, Gérardmer

Day 6: Alsace (B, D)

Munster cheese making, La Laiterie Haxaire, Lapoutroie Kugelhopf patisserie demonstration and tasting, Pâtisserie Schaal Wine tasting & masterclass, Grands vins d’Alsace Louis Sipp, Ribeauville Group dinner at Grand Hôtel & Spa

Day 7: Vosges (B, L)

Local food market tour and tasting, Gérardmer Cooking demonstration and lunch at Hospitality School, Gérardmer Visit luxury textile, tableware factory outlet

Day 8: Alsace (B, D)

Colmar guided tour, time to do some shopping and exploration Special folklore dance show and performance by Les Hattatos, group dinner

Day 9: Alsace (B, D)

Visit and tasting at one of the oldest cellars in Alsace, Hugel & Fils, Riquewihr Local historian Monsieur André Hugel recounts stories of war and winemaking Terroir explained at Domaine Riefle, Pfaffenheim vineyard Group dinner at Grand Hôtel & Spa

Day 10: Alsace (B, D)

Peruse through the local flee market, Kientzheim Wine museum guided tour Euguisheim wine festival, la fête du vin nouveau Farewell dinner at Michelin star restaurant « Hostellerie des Bas Rupt »

Day 11: Vosges (B, L)

Visit the Commonwealth war cemetery Learn how to make local speciality “les chardons”, Chocolatier Thil Lunch at farmhouse Les Grands Pres, Plainfaing Lolly making demonstration, Confiserie des Haut Vosges

Day 12: Depart Gerardmer

Au revoir Gérardmer Early morning coach transfer to Remiremont train station bound for Paris (optional)

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is one of the most popular monuments in France with 600,000 visitors per year. Built in the 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position. Its purpose was to watch over the wine and wheat routes to the North and the silver and salt routes from West to East. It was reduced to ruins by the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War and then abandoned. In 1899, Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to rebuild the castle entirely with the aim of turning it into a museum and at the same time a symbol of Alsace's return to Germany. Although the Castle has been rebuilt recently, it faithfully respects the architecture of the Middle Ages. Inside, the beautifully refined rooms are decorated with mural paintings, Renaissance furniture and enormous cast-iron stoves. There is an impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages in the basement with crossbows, all types of swords and armour.
Colmar (Alsace)

Colmar (Alsace)

For Georges Duhamel (as he wrote in 1931), Colmar was the "most beautiful town in the world". It has also often been said that it is the most Alsatian town in Alsace! Without going over the top with superlatives, Colmar undoubtedly remains an exceptional town due to the wealth and variety of its historical and architectural heritage.The capital of central Alsace, situated near Germany and Switzerland between the Vosges and the Rhine, Strasbourg and Mulhouse, the town offers visitors an exciting glimpse of 1000 years of European history. 
Besides, with its 67,000 inhabitants, Colmar retains a 'country town' atmosphere which contributes so much to its charm. Wonderfully preserved from the ravages of time, its homogenous historical centre is classed as a 'protected area' and has benefited from careful restoration and ongoing improvements for more than 20 years.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for France    

VISAS: France tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant   

MONEY: 1 AUD = 0.65 € (20/02/2017). You always get a better exchange rate in-country, though it’s a good idea to arrive with enough local currency to take a taxi to a hotel if you have to. Carry as little cash as possible while travelling around. In Paris, exchange bureaux (bureaux de change) are faster and easier, open longer hours and give better rates than most banks. In general, post offices in Paris can offer the best exchange rates and accept banknotes in various currencies as well as American Express and Visa travellers cheques. The commission for travellers cheques is 1.5% (minimum about €4). Familiarise yourself with rates offered by the post office and compare them with those at exchange bureaux. On small transactions, even exchange places with less-than-optimal rates may leave you with more euros in your pocket.   

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: France has several climatic zones and substantial variations in its weather due to its great size and location on the western edge of Europe. The north and northeastern areas have predictably warm summers and cold winters with abundant rainfall while the Atlantic Ocean provides cooler summers from westerly winds and warmer winters along the western coast. South of the Loire river is where the weather becomes significantly warmer. The Mediterranean zone in the south and southeast has hot and somewhat dry summers, mild winters, and low, yet unpredictable rainfall. The south is also subject to the formidable mistral (violent winds) and sudden storms, but generally has reliable weather for visitors. The mountainous zones are in the Pyrénées, Alps, and Massif Central and have heavy winter snowfall, yet cool and sunny summers with abundant rain.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris   

BEST TIME TO VISIT FRANCE: Depending on what you want to get out of your trip, there is always a good time to visit France. Winter is a great time to enjoy snow sports in the Alps and Pyrenees, while the summer is great for soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Generally, France enjoys a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers, except for the Mediterranean areas that bask in warm temperatures most of the year. Popular tourist spots can get crowded during the peak holiday periods of Christmas, Easter and the school holiday months of July and August; if travelling during these times, be prepared to share France with many other travellers and holidaying locals.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken.    

ACCOMMODATION: Travelling with LaCity Travel is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. The gastronomic pleasures of France are world-renowned, so travellers won’t be disappointed with the food of France. There’s something to suit all budgets here, from Michelin star restaurants to humble cafes and market stalls.   

RELIGION: 63% of French people consider themselves Catholic, 30% declare themselves without religion.   

HISTORY: 
New Early History: France has a fascinating history marked by war, invasion, imperialistic expansion and revolution. Enduring the ravages of the Black Death, and the uncertainty of political upheaval and civil unrest, it's probably these events that give the modern French people their passionate, fighting spirit. 
Recent History: France’s recent history is as interesting as its beginnings. Invaded by Germany during World War I and World War II, France suffered many losses during both of these wars. Civilian and military lives were lost, strict rationing created harsh living conditions, and regular airstrikes and shelling created a climate of fear. The French Resistance has been the subject of many books and movies, mainly because it’s such an interesting example of the French spirit. The French Resistance is the name given to pockets of men and women who rallied against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Using guerrilla tactics, as well as underground press and other means, these groups provided safe houses and escape networks for Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. They also provided intelligence and other information to the Allies, as well as committed acts of sabotage against the German military. Visitors to France can choose to see many sites that reflect these times including the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. 
More recently, France has enjoyed the stability that comes with being a part of the European Union and NATO; even though unemployment remains high, France is currently enjoying more peaceful times than it has had in the past.  

SHOPPING:  Home to designer fashion houses, luxurious perfumeries, exclusive boutiques and antique merchants, France isn’t a great shopping destination for those on a budget. Regardless, there’s much fun to be had whether you’re window shopping or indulging in the real thing. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

TAXIS: You should only use licenced, official taxis in France, as assaults and robberies have occurred in unlicensed taxis. Unlicensed taxis often target high traffic destinations such as airports, train stations, theatres and nightclubs. In Paris, licenced taxis have the sign ‘Taxi Parisien’ located at the top of the car. Private car companies are legal but must be pre-booked.   

DRIVING: Australians wanting to drive in France must have a valid Australian driver's licence and a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the relevant IDP authority in your state before leaving Australia. The minimum age to drive a vehicle is 18. Australians resident in France may exchange their Australian driver licence for a French licence within the first 12 months of their residency. It is obligatory for all vehicles to carry a reflective vest and warning triangle for use in case of breakdown.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
Wednesday 01 January - New Year's Day 
Sunday 20 April - Easter 
Monday 21 April - Easter Monday 
Thursday 01 May - Labour Day 
Thursday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day
Thursday 29 May - Ascension Day 
Sunday 08 June - Whit 
Sunday Monday 09 June - Whit Monday
Monday 14 July - Bastille Day 
Friday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Saturday 01 November - All Saints' Day 
Tuesday 11 November - Armistice Day 
Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day   

HEALTH: No vaccinations are required to travel to France.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: France is generally a safe place in which to live and travel, but crime has risen dramatically in the last few years. Property crime is a major problem but it is extremely unlikely that you will be physically assaulted while walking down the street. Always check your government’s travel advisory warnings.   

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 
Police emergencies: 17 
Fire Service emergencies: 18 
European emergency line: 112 
SOS Médecins (Paris – emergency doctors): +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77 or +33 (0) 820 332 424 
SOS Dentistes (Paris – emergency dentists): +33 (0) 1 43 37 51 00   

TIPPING: it is usual to leave a tip.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

Australian Embassy 
4, rue Jean Rey 
75015 Paris Métro 
Ligne 6 Station Bir-Hakeim 
RER C Station Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel

Departure : 2018-09-14

Arrival : 2018-09-25

$5800

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Double room rate

Departure : 2018-09-14

Arrival : 2018-09-25

$6450

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Single room rate

Not included

 1. International & domestic airfares and train tickets
 2. personal expenses
 3. meals not mentioned in the itinerary
 4. travel & health insurances


Terms and Conditions

 1. Prices are in Australian Dollars and subject to the availability at time of booking.
 2. The program is is a very brief outline of daily activities and inclusions. The program is subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances and/or inclement weather.