Alsace is the smallest region of France only 40 miles long by 16 miles wide, a historic region adjacent to Germany known for its fairytale villages adorned with flowers, gabled roofs and chimneys topped with stock nests, half-timbered hamlets, Renaissance-style cities, beautiful natural heritage sites including the Vosges Mountains, peaceful lakes and rivers. This is a part of Alsace attraction, but you will also enjoy Alsace for the hospitality of the local people, and of course for its fine wines and exquisite food. The gastronomic trail between Mulhouse and Strasbourg is so rich that it's worth taking several days to travel its few hundred kilometers. The reputation of some artisans here far exceeds their own area, while others are lesser known if not quite secret addresses.
The wine route which crosses the vineyard over 170 kilometers is one of the oldest in France. From Thann in the south to Marlenheim and Wissembourg in the north, the route offers breathtaking landcapes and exceptional heritage : perfectly lined vines, fortified villages, half-timbered houses, roman and gothic churches, medieval castles…
Wine tourism is a long tradition in Alsace, and many villages along the wine route celebrate the end of the grape harvest with wine festivals throughout October. To better understand the Alsace wines, you will visit a family-run winery in Ammerschwihr, a member of the Vignerons Indépendants de France Association. The family grows 15 hectares of vines both young and old vines with great respect for each individual terroir to create tasteful wines to enjoy at the aperitif or to pair with food. Along your visit you will learn the complex world of Alsace wines. Through the senses of sight, smell and taste, you will have to indentify a refreshing Sylvaner, a fragrant Muscat, a noble Grand Cru Riesling, a full-bodied Gewürztraminer, a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir.
Welcome to La Terrasse luxury house, located in Pfaffenheim picturesque village on the reputed Wine Route, a few miles distance to Colmar and Eguisheim. Aside to its spacious living an dining room with its open-kitchen, the house offers 3 bedrooms with its en-suite private bathroom equipped with a walking shower. Each room is furnished with queen-size beds (Biosense thick matress) and decorated with a great taste.
The outdoor terrace, oriented south, has a direct access to the garden and the pool. The basement, a former wine cellar, is today the relaxation area with a sauna and a sun deck overlooking the vineyard and especially the renowned Steiner grand cru.
La Terrasse d'Alphonse spacious and well equipped kitchen is perfect for cooking in a friendly atmosphere, and accommodating 4 people around the island. Corinne Preteur personally runs hands-on classes celebrating the Alsatian traditional and modern cuisine. 3 hands-on cooking classes celebrating the delicious Alsatian and French cuisine are included in this program. You will also experience the marketplace tour and shopping in Colmar, as well as visits to local producers, cheese experts, and enter the fine groceries, best bakeries offering crispy baguettes and exquisite Kougelhof brioche, and much more. You will enjoy the Best of Alsace in your plate at breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Each class lasts 3 hours, the right time to prepare and to cook a 4-course meal including appetizer (to enjoy at the aperitif paired with a Cremant d'Alsace spakling wine or a fruity Reisling dry white), a starter, a main course and a dessert. You will cook fresh organic produce only from the market. Sample menu can include : mushroom creamy soup with pears, flammekueche (onion and bacon flambed tart), chicken « Made-in-Alsace », veal fillet topped with gingerbread crust, Apfelkueche (Alsatian applet art), plum brandy soufflé, etc.
Alsace has a long and rich history, an impressive combination of French and German cultures, which remains today through the architectural heritage, museums. Aside to your culinary adventures, your will visit Notre-Dame cathedral in Strasbourg, the Unterlinden museum in Colmar with its rich Middle-Age to Renaissance collections, La Petite France and La Petite Venise tanner quarters in Strasbourg and Colmar… the Haut Koenigsbourg château, and some of the picturesque villages on the wine route such as : Ribeauvillé, Riquewhir, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Ottrott, Marmoutier where you will have time free for shopping!
Day 1: Welcome to Colmar in Alsace!
Pick up at Colmar train station around noon. Private transfer (15 mn) by car or van to Pfaffenheim village. Check-in at La Terrasse house. Welcome aperitif and lunch at La Terrasse house. Afternoon guided tour to Eguisheim and visit to a winery afterwards. Dinner in Soultz nearby village (traditional restaurant). Overnight.
Day 2: Morning in Colmar - Afternoon cooking class
Continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Transfer to Colmar at 8am. Market tour and shopping, followed by a tour-house walking cultural tour including the visit to Unterlinden Museum. Lunch in a traditional winstub. Transfer to Pfaffenheim. Resting time.
Cooking class scheduled at 5pm for 3 hours followed by dinner. Overnight.
Day 3: Morning cooking class - Afternoon excursion on the Grand Cru wine route, featuring the most beautiful villages
Continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Morning cooking class starting at 10am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch to follow. Afternoon visit to the Haut Koenigsbourg chateau in Orshwiller followed by guided tours (and time free for shopping) in Ribeauvillé, to finish by a visit to a distillery in Lapoutroie. Gourmet dinner at Philippe Bohrer restaurant. Overnight.
Day 4: Full-day excursion to Northern Alsace, including Strasbourg
Continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Transfer to Strasbourg at 8:30am. Guided cultural walking tour of the city, including the religious architectural heritage (cathedral), La Petite France which was the artisans and industry quarter in the past and “La Grande Île" listed at the Unesco world heritage. Lunch in a starred restaurant. Afternoon excursion to Ottrott and Mamoutier artisans villages. Transfer to Pfaffenheim. Dinner at La Terrasse house. Overnight.
Day 5: Morning cooking class - Afternoon visit to other villages and shopping
Continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Morning cooking class starting at 10am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch to follow. Afternoon guided tour to Kaysersberg and Riquewihr with time free for shopping. Farewell food & wine pairing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Ammerschwihr. Transfer to Pfaffenheim. Overnight.
Day 6: Check-out. Transfer to Colmar. End of the tour.
After breakfast, transfer to Colmar train station. End of the tour.
US$ 2,980 per person (4 people booked together)
US$ 4,280 per person (private tour for 2 people)
US$ 260 single supplement
All taxes and VAT included.
Price includes :
Colmar rail station round-trip transfer,
6-day ground transportation by private van,
5-night La Terrasse luxury house accommodation (DBL occupancy), All breakfasts (continental), lunches and dinners accompanied by wine, mineral water and coffee or tea in the house, and in traditional & Michelin-star restaurants as detailed in the itinerary,
3 hands-on cooking class celebrating the Alsatian and French cuisine,
Recipes in English,
Marketplace tour and visits to local producers,
Guided excursions and tours to cultural sites (entrance tickets included) as detailed in the itinerary.
Not included : Airfare from your country, TGV train tickets to/from Colmar, personal expenses and personal insurance.
October 3-8, 2017 (2 spots left)
May 22-27, 2018
September 11-16, 2018
Other dates can be added upon request. Feel free to contact us.