The Porsche, Alsace, Champagne and Paris luxury trip will take you from Stuttgart to France to two of the famous wine regions of France – Champagne, and Alsace then to Paris. This luxury trip includes 5-star hotels, Michelin starred dining, Champagne in Reims, and best of all you will have the opportunity to drive a Porsche GTS 911 on the unlimited speed Autobahn!
Landing in Stuttgart early or mid morning, a taxi ride to our hotel will take +/- 30 minutes. If you are landing in Frankfurt, you can go by train to Stuttgart directly from the airport for a 1H30 journey. Your hotel is the Althoff Am Schlossgarten, a luxury property part of “The Leading Hotels of the World®” association. This 5-star hotel situated in the castle gardens of Stuttgart is in immediate proximity to the train station, the Königstraße shopping district as well as many cultural institutions including the city theatre, the famous ballet and opera house, the city gallery, the castle.
The afternoon is yours for a nap if you wish, or, sorry for Porsche die hard aficionados, an afternoon visit to the Mercedes museum (superb). To welcome you, a light first convivial dinner will be in a Weinhaus (wine house), a short walking distance from the hotel.
Well deserved first night at the Hotel Althoff with dinner.
We start with a guided visit of the superb Porsche museum.
It is time to set your hands on a steering wheel adorned with your favorite crest! After the necessary paperwork you will pick up your 911 GTS, and the German Autobahns are yours until tomorrow late morning!
You will dine at your the Hotel Althoff Schlossgarten which has been awarded a Michelin star.
After dropping your Porsche at the museum, you will board a train to Strasbourg and the Alsace region. This afternoon, we will follow a guided visit of this old town with a very long and turbulent history being located at the border of France and Germany.
We are in France! Markets are closed on Sundays so.. on Monday most of the restaurants shut down! We will enjoy dinner in a Winestub, a traditional wine and beer restaurant/bar typical of the region.
Our hotel for these two nights is the beautiful 4-star hotel Cour du Corbeau, a classified historical monument where each room reflects a small part of the history and culture of the region, and The Regent Petite France located in the historic district of La Petite France, on the banks of the river Ill.
Mountainous landscapes, charming villages and famous wineries are on today’s program. The very Alsatian villages of Kaysersberg, Obernai, Colmar and the Haut Koenigsberg castle are on the road; touristic sites will alternate with wine tastings. Although some of these villages look like Walt Disney studios built them, they were there in Medieval times!
Alsace is known mostly for its white wines. The region produces a large variety of “cépages” such as Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and the highly aromatic Gewurztraminer. The 15,298 hectares (37,800 acres) of classified “Alsace” represents 119 villages and 150 million bottles a year.
For lunch, you will experience a local “Cave” which is a wine cooperative consisting of a building with winemaking facilities, a wine shop, and cafe. Paired with your meal will be different Crus.
In the evening you will dine at the exceptional table of the “Crocodile” a Michelin starred restaurant.
After a last day on Alsatian roads, we will head west to dine and sleep in Metz, getting us closer to the WWI sites of Verdun region.
You will spend the night in Metz at the 4-star Hotel La Citadelle.
After an early start and a short drive to Verdun, we will meet our historian guide. His vast knowledge of this period will allow us to understand better the terrible conditions and courage of the English and French soldiers defending this part of the front. We will stop to see some preserved trenches and drive through a landscape carved by shells 100 years ago. We will also visit the Douaumont ossuary and the galleries under Verdun’s fort.
Lunch on the road.
Late afternoon drive to Reims, a two and 1/2 hour journey drive.
We will dine and spend the night at Les Crayeres*****, a superb property located in a park near downtown Reims. The exceptional table at Les Crayeres is a 2 star Michelin restaurant.
fter a morning visit of one of the most beautiful surviving examples of Gothic art the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims (registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this Cathedral is where many kings of France were crowned), we will discover our fist “maison de Champagne” for visit and tasting.
After lunch, another Maison de Champagne will open its door to our group. With two visits, you will have a full understanding of how bubbly is made and more important, it is the occasion to taste different crus.
Later in the day we will board a high-speed train to arrive in Paris an hour later.
You will stay at the charming 5-star Hotel d’Aubusson located in the 6th arrondissement. Intellectual and cultural center of Paris, the neighborhood as an authentic and intimate character. A genuine townhouse, the origins of which date back to the 17th-century, the Hotel d’Aubusson has preserved its old day charms: Versailles parquet, open beams, grand fireplace in Burgundy stone and Aubusson tapestries which inspired the hotel’s name.
To prepare you for your discovery walk in Paris tomorrow, a one-hour body massage is waiting for both of you at Ban Thai Spa, 100 feet from your hotel.
In the evening, we will dine next door at the simple but convivial, very French and good “Chez Fernand.”
You will spend the day on your own in Paris. You may choose to explore Le Louvre, the Champs Elysees, the Opera, the Marais district, the d’Orsay, Montmartre, Ile de la Cite, or the Latin Quarter! If those ideas don’t suit you, your Froggytravel guide will provide suggestions which to match your tastes.
For our last evening together, you will board a cruise ship for a special and unforgettable dinner on the Seine. You will see illuminated Paris banks passing by, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame Cathedral while enjoying excellent food, wines, and service.
Second night at the Hotel Aubusson.
To catch your flight back to SFO you will have to leave the hotel at 7:00 am. Sunday traffic will be light which removes the stress of a possible delay on your way to CDG airport. Or… you can extend your stay…
+1 301 364 5050