Lifestyle Vacations invites you for a cookery holidays in quaint Alsace, France! Experience a market tour and shopping in Colmar, visit local producers, cheese experts, and enter the fine groceries as well as best bakeries offering crispy baguettes and exquisite kougelhof brioche, and much more! Enjoy the best of Alsace on your plate at breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Corinne will personally run hands-on classes celebrating the Alsatian traditional and modern cuisine.
You will be staying at La Terrasse luxury house in this holiday. The house is located in Pfaffenheim picturesque village on the reputed wine Route, just a few miles distance from Colmar and Eguisheim.
Aside from its spacious living and dining room with its open kitchen, the house offers three bedrooms with its en-suite private bathroom equipped with a walk-in shower. Each room is furnished with queen-size beds, biosense thick mattress, and decorated with a great taste.
Apart from its outdoor terrace which is oriented to the south, the house also has a direct access to the garden and the pool. The house basement, which was a former wine cellar, is now a lounge area complete with a sauna and a sun deck overlooking the vineyard and especially the renowned Steiner grand cru. Single room is available at a supplement of 300 USD. For more information on single room supplement, please send an inquiry to Lifestyle Vacations.
In this cooking holiday, Corinne Preteur will personally run three hands-on classes celebrating the Alsatian traditional and modern cuisine. Each class lasts three hours which will give you enough time to prepare and cook a four-course meal including an appetizer. Enjoy aperitif paired with a Cremant d'Alsace sparkling 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. A sample menu can include mushroom creamy soup with pears, flammekueche (onion and bacon flamed tart), chicken made-in-Alsace, veal fillet topped with gingerbread crust, Apfelkueche (Alsatian applet art), plum brandy soufflé, and much more.
You will be picked--up at Colmar train station around noon. You will then be transferred in a private transfer by car or van to Pfaffenheim village. The journey will take around 15 minutes. Upon arrival, you will check-in at La Terrasse house.
Welcome aperitif and lunch await you at La Terrasse house. Then, in the afternoon, you will have guided tour to Eguisheim and visit a winery. Dinner will be in Soultz a traditional restaurant in a nearby village.
You will start your day with a continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Then, you will transfer to Colmar at 8:00 a.m. for market tour and shopping. This will be followed by a tour - house walking cultural tour which includes a visit to Unterlinden Museum.
Lunch will be in a traditional winstub. After lunch, you will transfer back to Pfaffenheim and have a rest before your cooking class. Your cooking class is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. for three hours that will be followed by dinner.
Today, you will start your day with continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Then, you will have morning cooking class that is expected to start at 10:00 a.m. and will lasts for about three hours. Your cooking class will be followed with tasting lunch.
In the afternoon, you will have a visit to the Haut Koenigsbourg chateau in Orshwiller. The visit will be followed by guided tours and time free for shopping in Ribeauvillé. You excursion of the day will finish with a visit to a distillery in Lapoutroie. Then, delight your palate with a gourmet dinner at Philippe Bohrer restaurant.
Today, start your day by savoring the continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Then, be transferred to Strasbourg at 8:30 a.m. You will have 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 visit the listed UNESCO world heritage "La Grande Île".
Afterwards, delight your taste buds with a lunch at a starred restaurant. After your lunch, enjoy an afternoon excursion to Ottrott and Mamoutier artisans villages. Then, be transfer to Pfaffenheim once your tour has come to an end. Dinner will be at La Terrasse house.
Start your day with continental breakfast at La Terrasse. Then, enjoy a morning cooking class starting at 10:00 a.m. which will last for three hours. The class will be followed by a tasting lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour to Kaysersberg and Riquewihr with time free for shopping. Then, enjoy a farewell food and wine pairing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Ammerschwihr. After your dinner, you will be transferred to Pfaffenheim.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Colmar train station which marks the end of your amazing holiday.
Alsace has a long and rich history with an impressive combination of French and German cultures, which still remains to this day through its architectural heritage and museums. Aside from 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.
You will also visit the Haut Koenigsbourg château, and some of the picturesque villages on the wine route such as Ribeauvillé, Riquewhir, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Ottrott, and Marmoutier where you will have free time for shopping!
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 understand better 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 with your visit, you will learn the complex world of Alsace wines. Through the senses of sight, smell and taste, you will learn to identify a refreshing Sylvaner, a fragrant Muscat, a noble Grand Cru Riesling, a full-bodied Gewürztraminer, a Pinot Gris, and a Pinot Noir.
Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
Alsace is the smallest region of France which is only 40 miles long by 16 miles wide. It is 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.
All of these are part of Alsace attraction, but while in Alsace, you will also feel the warm hospitality of the local people, and of course 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 not widely known.
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. Alsace has perfectly lined vines, fortified villages, half-timbered houses, roman and gothic churches as well as medieval castles.
All continental breakfasts, lunches, and dinners accompanied by wine, mineral water, and coffee or tea in the house are included in the price. Meals at traditional and Michelin-star restaurants as detailed in the itinerary are also included.
Please arrange your train to arrive at Colmar train station. Transfer from and to the train station is included. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the train station.
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