Day 3 Rudesheim- Boppard – Koblenz- Rudesheim
Today you are taken on a guided tour of the Franz Kunger Cellars followed by a wine tasting. You then embark on a lovely cruise on the Rhine to picturesque Boppard and a brief visit to Koblenz.
Day 4 Cochem – Trier – Luxembourg
You morning begins with a stop in Cochem, a truly lovely town on the Moselle River. Then on to Trier with its historic Roman Amphitheater and Kaiser Baths. Later that evening you cross the border to Luxembourg.
Day 5 Luxembourg – Reims
A guided tour of the city reveals the grand European Center. Into Reims the center of France’s champagne region.
Day 6 Reims – Epernay
Features of the city tour include a visit to the exquisite Gothic Cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims and Tau Palace, (Cathedral Museum). In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided tour of the Moet & Chandon cellars, in Epernay, followed by wine tasting and a tour of the vineyards.
Day 7 Chablis Area
A scenic drive to the Chablis area is followed in the afternoon you will be taken to the vineyards of W. Fevre for a guided tour and wine tasting.
Day 8 Vezelay – Dijon – Geneva
A morning departure takes you to charming Vezelay and a visit to its stunning Cathedral. You move on to Dijon, along with a tour of the city, hightlights include a fascinating tour of the History of Burgundy Museum.
Day 9 Lausanne – Geneva
Arriving in Lausanne you will visit the Olympic Museum and take a walking tour of the old town. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral and the University of Lausanne.
Day 10 Chamonix – Mont Blanc – Turin
You will leave for Chamonix passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel on the way to Italy.
Arriving in Turin you will have a panoramic city tour which features the Royal Palace, Madama Palace and the Cittadella area. You will travel to the Roman area to view the famous Shroud of Turin in the Duomo. You continue on to the Mole Antonelliana ( the symbol of Turin) followed by a visit to the Medieval Town.
Day 11 Turin – Langhe – Milan
This morning you embark on a visit to the impressive wine region of Langhe. Included is a visit to a local vineyard followed by a wine tasting. You then continue on to Milan.
Day 12 & 13 Milan – Como – Milan
You take a walking tour of the city from the famous Scala Theater to the beautiful Duomo. You travel on to Sforza Castle visiting local attractions along the way. Then continue on to Como for a city tour and boat trip on beautiful Lake Como. On return to Milan, your day ends with a farewell dinner at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight home
This tour is designed for lovers of fine wine sampled in exquisitely beautiful surroundings. You will be transported to the most picturesque and important wine producing areas in Germany, France, and Italy, with jaunts into the breathtaking landscape of Switzerland and Luxembourg. Here you will be admitted to the cellars of famous estates and local vineyards so that you can experience the true flavor of each unique wine region.
Your journey begins in Frankfurt with its dramatic center, the Romerberg, which resembles a traditional German square with charming brown-and-white timbered houses. Then on to the breathtaking Rhine River Valley and the Rheingau wine region know for the refined, ripe character of its white Riesling and red Spätburgunder. We visit the most renowned wine area in the Valley and stop for a tasting and a guided tour of a famous local winery. You visit the romantic town of Rudesheim, at the southern entrance to the mythical Lorelei valley. Afterwards, take a relaxing cruise along the Rhine and witness its unmistakable natural beauty. You will visit the charming town of Boppard, its picturesque surroundings as well as the numerous monuments to its culture and traditions; evoke memories of the different epochs of its history. Then on to Koblenz which is located at the crossroads of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Its breathtaking scenery ranges from swathes of vineyards to fairy-tale castles and towering sandstone cliffs. We visit Cochem along the way, one of the most beautiful villages on the Moselle. It is distinguished by its castle “Reichsburg” sitting on a hill covered with vineyards and also stop in charming Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Luxembourg is your next destination. The striking city, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, is divided by the valleys of two beautiful rivers which form deep canyons with the old town.
You cross the border into France and stop in Reims, capital of the Champagne region. A wine tasting at a major “champagne house” is followed by a guided tour of its cellars. You enjoy a drive across the beautiful Chablis area through an undulating landscape with fields full of vines. Here a dry white wine is made from the Chardonnay grape and is known for its fruity style and freshness. We stop here for a guided tour of local vineyards and a wine tasting. A visit to the lovely town of Vezoulay is included. Perched high on top of a hill it is famous for the beautiful basilica of Sainte-Madeleine. A local guide takes us to a pilgrim cellar and a tour of the town. Next is a visit to the largest town in Burgundy, Dijon. It sits daintily at the head of the Côte d’Or – the “golden slope” and produces arguably the best wines in the world.
Travel on through the majestic French Alps, we cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in picturesque Geneva. Resting on the southwestern tip of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) it is the cosmopolitan, graceful soul of Switzerland’s French-speaking territory. You will also visit Lausanne, built on three hills overlooking the lake; its low-key elegance and sense of grace make it a popular destination. Driving through Chamonix, a charming old-fashioned mountain town, you move on to Italy with the breathtaking Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain at 4,734 feet, as a backdrop.
Onto the Italian city of Turin, located on the Po River, there will be time to stroll along its lovely wide streets and historic squares and visit its beautiful churches and lush, green parks. We then move on to the stunning Piedmont wine region of Langhe and the charming towns of Asti & Alba, were you will sample their famous rich full bodied Barolo. You move on to the elegant city of Milan and a trip to the lovely resort town of Como in the stunning Lake District, with its unspoiled natural beauty complimented by magnificent villas and exotic formal gardens.
Join us on this extraordinarily rich and diversified vacation experience through the idyllic river landscapes, the historical towns and villages, and the romantic rolling hills of Europe’s splendid wine regions.