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Take an Autumn Wine Tour in Alsace, France

Alsace Wine Region

Alsace, a north-eastern region in France, has a long-standing tradition of wine-making. The region is also part of France’s oldest and most famous wine route that is celebrated with a number of wine festivals during October. Wine lovers unite to signal the grape harvest and enjoy the famous and delicious Alsace wines.

What’s great about joining the Alsace wine tour is that it’s actually affordable. Most B&Bs in the villages and towns of the region will charge around $70 a night including breakfast and anywhere in Alsace will put you in the heart of the wine festivities. The route, which turns 60 next year, is the best autumn wine tour in Europe, and is famous the world over. Visit more than 100 wine villages, each with their own personality and wines by experiencing Europe’s most famous wine route.

Wine from Alsace

Alsace wines are truly special. Famous for producing some of the world’s best white wines, the region is the second driest wine spot in France. Renowned for its Dry Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Cremant d’Alsace, the wines of the region are all about aroma, with distinctive fruity/floral smells and flavors.

Wine From AlsaceAlsace is bordered by Germany and Switzerland and has been a strategic location for battles and wars that have taken place between the countries over the centuries. This perilous geography has also greatly affected its wines. The strong influences of French, German and Swiss culture means the wine, food, architecture and even people are all charmingly intermingled. Many of the grapes are Germanic grape varieties but, when produced in France, they grow differently and therefore taste very different to any other grapes in the country.

Alsace Wine Route Map

Alsace Wine Route Map

Rent a car in Strasbourg (the capital of Alsace) and follow the famed wine route south through quaint villages and hilly farms. The over 100-mile-long route spans the Vosges Mountains and crosses 67 communes along the way, finally concluding in Thann.

The route has become more and more popular with tourists over the last 60 years, and yet the villages and towns remain as passionate about their wine and traditions as ever. With over 1,000 producers of wine on the route you can explore foothills while taking in the entire wine region and enjoying samples of some of the most unique wine in Europe.

Wineries to visit

There are a number of famous wineries in the region but the best wineries are the most personal. Plenty of the wineries that remain in Alsace are family-owned and run, and the winemakers are always excited to talk about how they run their vineyard and produce their wine.

Maison Emile Beyer
The Beyer family winery may look modern but the history of the vineyard and its ancient tasting cellars date back to 1580. With almost 30 wines on their list, the Beyers produce just one red (like most wineries in the region) and a number of whites, including a dry Muscat, Pinot Blanc and an aromatic Gewurztraminer.

Domaine Paul Blanck
A family-owned winery that has spanned generations, Domaine Paul Blanck is now operated by seasoned winemaker Philippe Blanck. Its 400-year-long history can be felt when you talk to Philippe, who recommends that you make an appointment in order to make the most of the vineyard and its grounds. He prefers to taste the wine with visitors and is very knowledgeable about local Alsatian cuisine (a German/French cuisine native to the region).


Planning Your Own Alsace Wine Tour

This iconic region of France is just waiting to be explored and planning your own Alsace wine tour is easy when you take advantage of the many travel deals and specials offered through Kemwel. Whether you’re looking for a cheap car rental in Colmar or cozy hotel to rest your head in, we’ve got everything you need at a price you’ll love. Look through our options online or feel free to call us toll-free at 1-877-820-0668 and start arranging your trip to France today!

Autumn Wine Tour in Alsace


Winter Events in Europe 2015

Winter Events in Europe 2015Whether you are looking to do some Christmas shopping or simply kick your winter off with a bang, Europe is home to a number of spectacular Christmas markets and winter festivals this year. From the food-frenzy festivals in Bologna to the child-friendly Christmas markets in Hamburg, Europe has a winter celebration for everyone!

 

Check out these winter events in Europe 2015 and discover the best European winter celebrations around:

 

Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Innsbruck, Austria
November 15 – January 6

This small city has around half-a-dozen small markets, with Altstadt being one of the highlights. Surrounded by medieval houses, the stalls sell Christmas-themed gifts like wooden toys and gingerbread. Try to catch a group of carol singers to really get in the festival mood!

 

Feria de Santa Llucia

Feria de Santa Llucia Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
November 28 – December 23

Barcelona’s Feria de Santa Llucia has been an annual tradition since 1786, with over 300 stalls selling local gifts and Christmas decorations. The festival also celebrates Christmas Catalan-style, with an unusual character called the caganer (also known as “The Defacator”), which can be bought from the market along with other traditional Catalan instruments.

 

Soleils d’Hiver

Winter Suns Festival Angers

Angers, France
November 28 – December 27

The Soleils d’Hiver (Winter Suns) festival in Angers offers gourmet food and drink from all over France. Taking place at the Place du Ralliement, sip on mulled wine, taste dreamy nougat and enjoy a tasty toffee apple to toast in the Winter Solstice. You can also shop for unique Christmas gifts while children ride the carousel.

 

Hamburg Christmas Markets
Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hamburg, Germany
November 23 – January 6

From late November Hamburg sets up 15 different festive markets in its beautiful historic port. Selling everything from sweet treats to handmade crafts every market specialises in something, for example if you have kids you can take them to Spielzeuggasse, also known as Toy Street for some Christmas inspiration. If you are looking for romance then head to Jungfernstieg or Fleetinsel where fairy lights light the water’s edge.

 

Bologna Christmas Market

Christmas Market Bologna

Bologna, Italy
November 17 – January 7

One of the oldest Christmas Markets in Italy, Bologna’s festive markets are famous for their fabulous foods, from chocolate-covered citrus peel to seasonal nougat made from nuts and honey. Try the warm and cozy Fiera di Natale for some Christmas treats and that warm festive feeling.

 

 

Stockholm Christmas Market

Stockholm Christmas Market

Stockholm, Sweden
November 21 – December 23

Taking place in front of the Nobel Museum, the Christmas Market in Stockholm only sells gifts and products made in Sweden, and offers items at a number of price ranges. Adults can enjoy some homemade mulled wine while kids can nibble on some pepparkakor (ginger cookies).

 

Christchindli

St. Gallen Christchindli

St Gallen, Switzerland
November 26 – December 24

Set in a postcard-perfect location, St Gallen is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, with a stunning Baroque cathedral, a medieval library, and half-timbered merchant’s houses. Just an hour’s drive from Zurich, the market opens with the lighting of Switzerland’s tallest Christmas tree. Enjoy the typical food and drink at Christchindli market and spend your evening warming up in one of the local pubs nearby.

 

 

Worms Christmas Markets

Worms Germany Christmas

Worms, Germany
November 24 – December 23

An hour’s drive from Frankfurt, Worms is said to be the oldest city in Germany. One of the smallest cities in the country, the winter markets revolve around the central market square and feature an ice rink, a manger full of live animals, and Santa’s Grotto. Music of all kinds also fills the market, from classical instrumentalists to festive carol singers.


Visiting the Winter Festivals in Europe This Year

With record-low prices thanks to a strong US dollar, this year is the best time ever to visit some winter festivals in Europe! Whether you’re looking to shop at Christmas markets or take in some entertainment at a concert, check out Kemwel’s great travel deals and book your trip at an incredibly low price. With everything from the best hotels to cheap airfare, Kemwel is your one-stop shop for travel. Look into our offers online or give us a call at 1-877-820-0668 and start planning your visit to some winter festivals in Europe today!

Europe Winter Festivals 2015


Autumn Island Escapes: Do Ibiza on a Budget

Autumn Island Escapes - Ibiza

Ibiza: the island of wild nightlife, hot sun and white sands, no wonder it’s one of the most popular island escapes in Europe. But, if you haven’t heard yet, the island (particularly the tourist hot spots) can be very expensive.

However, there are ways to save money and plan the holiday of a lifetime in Ibiza without breaking the bank. What’s more, if you travel to the Spanish island during the fall months you will not only benefit from cooler weather, you will also save lots of money both on your flights and hotel, as well as costs while you are on the trip itself. Fall travel in Europe is often overlooked, but is in fact one of the best times to visit the continent. And without the hoards of other tourists on the island, you get to experience the real Ibiza and even meet some locals for much less than you may think.

Here are our top tips for doing Ibiza on a budget:

 

Where to stay

Cheap Ibiza Hotels

The best budget accommodations can be found in Ibiza Town. While you won’t be staying in the heart of the wild party district of San Antoni, you will be surrounded by beautiful Old Town history, and affordable bars and restaurants. Try the Hostal Parque for a great spot in the city with plenty of amenities, such as wifi and air conditioning. Or if you prefer to stay on the beach, the area south of Ibiza has a number of budget options, such as the Hostal Mar Y Sal with its own terrace bar. The north can be more expensive, and the best option may be to camp at one of the two campsites Camping Es Cana and Camping La Playa Cala Martina, which is on the beach.

 

What to do

To discover the real Ibiza away from the tourist traps, visit the high town of Dalt Vila. The UNESCO World Heritage Site feels like it’s all upside down, but the labyrinth of cobbled Things to Do in Ibizastreets and white walls is a beautiful, and free, place to spend a day. Pick up a free audio tour from the tourist office on Vara de Rey to uncover the town’s hidden secrets.

You should also spend a few days of your vacation relaxing on the beach. Ibiza has a number of beautiful white sandy beaches to offer that won’t cost you a dime, such as Las Salinas Beach and Cala Conta Beach. Avoid paying the eight euros for a sun lounger or for the overpriced beach restaurants, and bring a towel and your own snacks from the local supermarket. If you prefer to spend your vacations taking on a brand new terrain, then there are plenty of national parks you can explore Las Salinas National Park and discover salt lakes, ghost trees, and rugged cliffs. For a unique budget souvenir from the island head to the quirky local flea market, San Jordi, best visited on a Saturday.

 

Where to eat

Where to Eat in IbizaEnjoy fresh, local food at Ibiza’s Mercado Viejo (old market) for a cultural lunch or at Es Tap Nou, a fruit and vegetable market with a reasonably priced cafe inside where they will make your chosen produce into a fresh salad or sandwich for you. For a budget sit-down evening meal you don’t have to look far. Try Comidas San Juan or Los Pasajeros with its balcony tables in the Old Town, for some delicious home-cooked fare. Or if you prefer not to miss out on the island’s most popular and most expensive dish of the moment, Sushi, you can head to Sushiya Aoyama and pay half the price.

 

Where to drink

There are a number of late-night bars in the Old Town, including Teatro Pereya, that offer live music. However, you don’t have to be in the “clubbing” capital of Europe and not experience a nightclub! Entry can be extremely expensive, but if you prepare and decide which clubs you want to go to before you leave for your holiday, it is possible. Look for free or cheaper tickets online in advance, you will save hundreds of dollars.

Ibiza Party

For example to go to one of Ibiza’s most famous clubs, Pacha, you can pay up to 70 euros on the door, but if you book in advance you can get them for 39 euros. You can also book a meal at Pacha’s restaurant to get free access to the nightclub, and while the meal will be at least 70 euros per person, it will be some of the best food you’ll have in Ibiza. We Love, a party at Playa d’En Bossa, is one of the best clubs on the island and if you get in before 9pm the entry is just 20 euros. You can also look out for free events and festivals going on on the island, and plan your trip around them.


Ibiza: Your Next Autumn Island Getaway

Making the beautiful Ibiza your next island getaway is more realistic than ever, and you’ll delight in all the affordable things to see and do when you plan your holiday in advance. Thanks to Kemwel, reserving your vacation on the cheap is a breeze with the best travel deals on everything from Ibiza car rentals to great hotels and more! Look into our options online or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-820-0668; the islands await!

Ibiza on a Budget


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