We're delighted to announced that will be hosting a tour of Alsace in June 2023!
Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River and Germany to the east, the Alsace wine region is undoubtedly one of the most charming and uniquely distinct regions of France. Famed for wine, culture, landscape, history, gourmet food and ‘chocolate-box’ villages, Alsace offers something for everyone. We’ll be based in Colmar, one of the prettiest towns in the whole of France and there will be time to explore the town.
The wines are predominantly white and the four main grapes are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat, but there are also reds made from Pinot Noir and plenty of Cremant (sparkling wine). We’ll visit several wine producers and taste lots of their lovely wines, enjoy gourmet food, and we’ll also visit a famous local castle.
You will book your own travel to the meeting point, Basel airport. The recommended flights are with EasyJet and British Airways:
- Thursday 8th June EZS8477 departs London Gatwick 08.10 arrives Basel 10.50
- Sunday 11th June BA 755 departs Basel 18.40 arrives London Heathrow 19.20
In case you are wondering why we are suggesting a flight out from Gatwick and back to Heathrow, it’s because after the itinerary had been finalised, BA belatedly (and very recently) withdrew their 08.30 flight from Heathrow on 8th June. If you prefer to fly back to Gatwick on 11th June there is an Easyjet flight, but it’s not until 22.00 which would mean a long wait at Basel airport as our coach will drop off at around 17.30.
A comfortable, spacious coach will meet us and we’ll head straight to a gastronomic restaurant for lunch. Later that afternoon we’ll have our first tour and tasting at a winery. During the following 3 days we’ll visit 5 other wine producers; enjoy a group dinner at a restaurant and 2 lunches at wineries; visit a famous castle; and have free time to soak up the atmosphere of Colmar. Our hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of the town just a few minutes’ walk from the Canals and Historic centre of Colmar and its many restaurants. On Sunday our coach will take us back to Basel airport for the evening BA flight to London.
Included in the Price
- Travel to/from Basel airport and throughout the 4 days of the tour by full size coach
Three nights bed and buffet breakfast on a twin share basis at Novotel Suites Colmar .The hotel was brand new when opened in 2018. The rooms are spacious and modern with the latest facilities like USB outlets, flat screen TVs and free wi-fi in all areas. There are spacious indoor and outdoor reception/seating areas with a bar. There is also a Spa and Wellness centre with sauna, hammam and gym.
- Three lunches and one dinner with wine
- Tours and tastings at 6 wineries
- Entrance ticket and private guide at Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
- The services of Christos Ioannou as wine expert and tour guide. Christos is a WSET Wine Diploma holder and a member of the Association of Wine Educators.
- A West London Wine School expert tutor who will help you have a memorable journey!
What’s not included
- Travel to and from Basel airport
- Travel/holiday insurance
- Meals, other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Any private wine purchases!
“The cost is £1195 per person sharing a double or twin room, with a £155 supplement for single occupancy of a double room of which there are a limited number. A deposit of £300 is payable when booking, and the balance is due two months before departure. Your money is fully protected and will be held in a secure Trust Account. Places will be limited to 20 people.”
To Book: please click HERE to book your place - after you select the number of persons, you must click on the green ‘8’ in the June calendar before completing the booking form and proceeding to payment.
Payment will be made to Criterion Wine Limited in accordance with the conditions on their Booking Form.
Please Note: West London Wine School is acting as an Agent for Criterion Wine Limited. The contract for the tour is between you and Criterion Wine Limited.
For Terms & Conditions - please see the Criterion Wine website.
For more information regarding this trip including the names of the wineries we will visit please contact Criterion Wine Tours directly by following this link.