Culinary Tours

Cooking with Corinne in Alsace

3 780,00$4 610,00$ / pers.

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…

6 days / 5 nights (Sunday – Friday)

  • Luxury private House accommodation
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Marketplace tour and visit to local producers
  • Cultural guided tours
  • Transfers & transportation by private van
Pay a 50% deposit per item
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WELCOME TO ALSACE!

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.

ALSACE WINE ROUTE EXPLORATION

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.

LA TERRASSE LUXURY HOUSE ACCOMMODATION

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.

“COOKING WITH CORINNE” CULINARY ADVENTURES

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.

EXCURSIONS & CULTURAL TOURS

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!

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome to Alsace!
Pick up at Strasbourg or Colmar train station after 2pm.
Private transfer by car or van to Pfaffenheim village.
Check-in at La Terrasse house, followed by a snack & drink. Resting time.
Welcome aperitif followed by a food & wine pairing dinner in La Terrasse house.
Overnight.

Day 2 (Monday): Morning cooking class – Afternoon visit to wineries
Continental breakfast.
Morning cooking class starting at 10am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch to follow.
Afternoon excursion through the picturesque Grands Crus Wine Route including visits to top-ranked wineries.
Dinner in La Terrasse house.
Overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Morning in Colmar – Afternoon cooking class
Continental breakfast.
Transfer to Colmar at 10am. Market tour and shopping, followed by a one-hour cultural guided tour.
Lunch in the picturesque “Petite Venise” quarter.
Transfer to Pfaffenheim through Eguisheim quaint village that you will visit by walking.
Cooking class scheduled at 5pm followed by dinner.
Overnight.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Full-day excursion to Northern Alsace, including Strasbourg
Continental breakfast.
Transfer to Dachstein at 8:30am to visit a duck and geese farm.
Transfer to Strasbourg. One-hour guided walking tour of the city starting at 11am. Tour includes the religious architectural heritage (cathedral), and La Petite France picturesque quarter.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Strasbourg.
Afternoon excursion through the Wine Route to visit Ribeauvillé and Riquewhir.
Transfer to Pfaffenheim. Dinner in La Terrasse house. Overnight

Day 5 (Thursday): Morning cooking class – Afternoon visit to Kaysersberg
Continental breakfast.
Morning cooking class starting at 10am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch to follow.
Transfer to Kayserberg. Guided walking tour with time free for shopping. Farewell food & wine pairing dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant in Kaysersberg
Transfer to Pfaffenheim. Overnight.

Day 6 (Friday): Check-out. Transfer to Strasbourg Colmar. End of the tour.
Continental breakfast.
Transfer to Strasbourg or Colmar train station not later than 11am. End of the tour.

PROGRAM PRICE

US$ 3,780 per person
US$ 830 single supplement
All taxes and VAT included.

Price includes :

Colmar train station round-trip transfer,
6-day ground transportation by private car or van,
5-night La Terrasse luxury private house accommodation (DBL occupancy)
Daily continental breakfasts, 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 picturesque villages as detailed in the itinerary.

Not included : Airfare from/to your country, TGV train tickets to/from Strasbourg or Colmar, drinks in restaurants, personal expenses and personal insurance.

2020 TOUR DATES

June 14-19, August 30 – September 4, September 20-26

This tour is confirmed with 3 participants, and it’s limited to 6 people

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