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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

Autumn in Belgium: Vacation in Brussels

Autumn in Belgium Brussels

When the leaves start to change color and fall gracefully from the trees, that’s when you should be thinking about a trip to Belgium. Autumn in Belgium is one of the most romantic and peaceful times, particularly in the bigger city of Brussels. Not only this, but in the autumn months, which usually start in September and finish at the end of October, a vacation in Brussels will also be considerably cheaper. Escape the summer crowds, peak summer prices and the summer heat of the city by traveling to Brussels during autumn.

Known as the “Capital of Europe,” Brussels is a city that is very manageable and also very exciting. Defined visually by its medieval architecture, impressive collection of museums, and fusion cuisine, the small city is extremely walkable and can be explored at a relaxing pace during this season.


Try out some of these activities in Brussels during your vacation:

People watch at the Grand Place

Vacation in Brussels Grand Place

In the center of the city lies the historic Grand Place, the heart of the city and the one of the most ornate structures in Europe. Here you can people watch from a terrace cafe, sample an authentic Trappist ale, or even watch a free autumn concert or parade. You can also find the City Museum and the Town Hall in the Grand Place.


Visit Brussel’s many museums

Museums in Brussels Triumphal Arch

Hop from one cultural museum to the next in Brussels. From the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts to the Magritte Museum, Brussels is full of informative museums to rouse your interest in the city even further. Try out the unique Musee des Instruments de Musique, which features 1,500 instruments in a beautiful historic building, and one of the oldest museums in Brussels, Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles, which was opened in 1887 and is located in the “King’s House” in the Grand Place.


Eat Belgian food

Restaurants in Brussels Belgian Food

Belgians are known for their ability to eat extremely well, and where better to test out that theory than in the capital city? With their French influences, as well as their own traditional flavors, finding a good meal in the city can be a little overwhelming. The historic institution Maison du Cygne, where Karl Marx drank and where the Belgian Socialist Party was organized, serves up traditional Belgian and French fare and is so popular that you’ll want to secure a reservation well in advance. The dessert selection in Belgium is equally tantalizing, with a variety of unique offerings including some of the most famous chocolatiers in the world. Before your trip is over, satisfy your sweet tooth and be sure to sample the amazing chocolate in Belgium.


Get to known Tintin

Belgian Art History Tintin

Created by Belgian comic Herge in 1929, Tintin is probably one of Belgium’s most famous exports aside from its specialist ales. The comic strip in Belgium is actually considered a very prominent and important art form. Often referred to as the “ninth art,” Tintin, the Smurfs, Willy and Wanda and many other world-famous comics were imagined by Belgian natives and you can see them all at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee, an Art Nouveau building turned museum.


Explore the Palais Royal

Palais Royal Brussels Belgium

The autumn months are a great time to be outside. Not too hot or too cold, this season is a great time to visit the Palais Royal and the nearby Parc du Bruxelles. While the king doesn’t actually live in the palace, he sometimes visits, and if he is in town you will see the national flag flying outside. Explore the gardens and grounds, and if you are lucky enough you may be able to link up with one of the Palace’s free tours.

Planning Your Autumn Vacation in Brussels

If you’re looking for a fantastic location to spend fall in Europe, an autumn vacation in Brussels might be perfect for you! Treat yourself to ideal weather for touring the city on foot and don’t forget to rent a car in Brussels so you can take the longer journeys in stride. Why waste money on cab fares when you can travel in freedom with your own private vehicle? Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals and specials around, so finding the best price is easier than ever. Use our booking engine to find a rate online or feel free to give us a call 1-877-820-0668; we’ll be waiting to help make your travel dreams a reality this fall!

Autumn in Belgium Vacation in Brussels


Take a Lake Como Holiday this Fall in Italy

Lake Como Holiday

Surrounded by the snow-covered Alps of Northern Italy, Lake Como is one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes. Enjoy the nearby villages and towns, including Bellagio and the main town of Como, on a luxurious Lake Como holiday in Italy.Fall in Italy Lake Como

One of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the third-largest lake in Italy, Lake Como is a popular tourist attraction. Home to celebrities such as Madonna, George Clooney and Versace, the beautiful and luxurious lake destination is extremely popular during the high summer season. This means the summer is the busiest and the most expensive time to travel to the region.

Save money and stress by traveling to Lake Como in the fall. Not only will you spend less, but the fall in Italy is also one of the most beautiful times to see the lake. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold, the perfect time to explore the lake and surrounding towns and villages in an idyllic climate. Instead of letting the summer crowds spoil your views of the stunning panoramic lake, take a fall holiday in Italy and take in some these top attractions in Lake Como:

Take a ferry to Bellagio

Ferry to Bellagio

Explore the lake from the water by taking ferries between some of Lake Como’s key towns, including Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia. Take trips to each of the towns and enjoy their picturesque architecture and quaint atmosphere, particularly in Bellagio, one of the lake’s most beautiful towns. Fall is the perfect time to explore the towns, with their cobbled steps and poetic history. Bellagio’s narrow streets are as romantic as they come, but make sure you bring some walking shoes!

 Visit the town of Como

Lake Como Town

Centered around a lakefront promenade, Como is a medieval town with examples of Rationalist architects that laid the foundations of Modernist architecture. Walk around the town and explore some of Como’s top sights, including the gardens of Villa Olmo, Duomo Cathedral, the Museo Archeologico, and the 11th-century Basilica di Sant’Abbondio. Como is also the silk production captial of Europe and its excellent Silk Museum is worth a visit.

 Enjoy the Gardens at Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta Lake como

The 18th-century palace Villa Carlotta is famous for its beautiful gardens, which stay green all year round. Located in Lake Como’s mildest spot, the Tremezzina Riviera, the incredible hillside gardens are spectacular and warrant at least an afternoon of your holiday. Take the ferry to Tremezzo to reach Villa Carlotta.

 Visit the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio

Sacro Monte di Ossuccio Como Lake

Located on the western edge of Lake Como, the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio is a made up of 15 baroque-inspired chapels that were built throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Located on a hillside slope next to olive groves and woods, the chapels and monsatery are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Visit Villa Balbianello

Lake Como Villa Balbianello

On the western shore and on a small wooded peninsula lies Villa Balbianello, a stunning villa that overlooks Lake Como. The beautiful Villa has been featured in movies such as Casino Royale, A Month by the Lake and even Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Visit the Villa Museum with its intact furniture and memorabilia.


Planning Your Fall Visit to Lake Como

If you’re thinking of planning your own Lake Como holiday during the fall in Italy, don’t wait! Booking your Como car rental ahead of time will get you the best rate and lock in your travel arrangements so you can count on a good time when visiting this breathtaking region! And not only that, but Kemwel also offers the best travel deals on everything from hotels to airfare, in addition to everyday cheap rental cars, so you can get your whole trip together in one place. Count on us when planning your next trip abroad and you’ll be able to travel in comfort and convenience at a price that can’t be beat!

Lake Como Towns

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