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French castles & wine Porsche fest

 oct 1 – oct 11

Germany & france

7 PORSCHE Driving Days

This tour is the ULTIMATE combination of romantic FRENCH CASTLES, delectable FRENCH WINES, gourmet meals and the excitement of driving a PORSCHE on Autobahns, scenic country roads and through local vineyards. You will stay in luxury Château-style hotels in France located in three different wine regions: Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace.

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French castles & wine PORSCHE FEST

Tue, Oct 1 – Fri, Oct 11, 2019

$11,989 per person, based on double occupancy.

Deposit per Person: $2,500 – Call +1 813 343 3001

Fast Lane Luxury Travel

The French Castles and Wine PORSCHE Fest starts and ends in Stuttgart.

Delta 116 flies non-stop from Atlanta (ATL) directly to Stuttgart (STR). If you arrive in Frankfurt (FRA), the best way to get to Stuttgart is to take the train directly from the arrivals terminal in FRA to the Stuttgarter Hauptbahnhof – it’s a little over an hour ride. The Hotel Graf Zeppelin is directly across the street. Our staff will be happy to arrange your flights and trains. Bernice or Allyn are happy to arrange the air, cruise, train and other travel for our PORSCHE Fest guests. PLEASE Call 813 475 5989. They each have over 40 years of experience.

DAYS 1-7

Day 1: Tuesday, Oct 1

Depart from home for your overnight flight to Europe.

We always recommend that you arrive a day early if possible to have some time to relax, adjust to the time change, and enjoy the area. Call us at Fast Lane Luxury Travel for more information 813 475 5989.

Day 2: Wednesday, Oct 2

Arrive in Stuttgart, Driver’s briefing & Castle Ludwigsburg

Upon arrival in Stuttgart, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel, the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel.

NOTE: Before lunch today, we will meet for a very important drivers’ briefing and complete all the paperwork for your PORSCHE.

Following the briefing, we will have lunch at the Stüble Restaurant in the hotel.

We will depart in the early afternoon for a tour of the magnificent and Germany’s best preserved Baroque Castle including its gorgeous gardens, in Ludwigsburg.

This evening, we will meet on the Mezzanine Level of the Graf Zeppelin for a special Welcome to Europe Buffet.

 Overnight at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel

Day 3: Thursday, Oct 3

PORSCHE Factory & Museum

Enjoy the fantastic breakfast buffet at the Graf Zeppelin Hotel. This morning we will transfer to Zuffenhausen PORSCHE Zentrum for a guided tour of the PORSCHE Museum. We will have lunch at the Christophorus Restaurant in the PORSCHE Museum before our exclusive tour of the PORSCHE Factory guided by a former PORSCHE executive.

NOTE: just a heads up – on prior trips, while it has rarely happened (less than 3% of the time), however, there is a possibility that the PORSCHE Factory Tour may not be offered by the PORSCHE Company due to a special new model run on the assembly line; repairs to various robots; workers’ union actions or other unforeseen circumstances. We have no control over this possibility.

In the late afternoon, we will transfer to THE most fabulous Oktoberfest. Enjoy lots of beer, food, music and revelry in our private reserved section. This event is hard to describe… You’ll witness 5,000 Germans dancing on tables singing “Take Me Home Country Road!” Return to the hotel on your own and sleep well!

Overnight at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel

Day 4: Friday, Oct 4

Drive to Champagne Region of France (~510 kms)

After experiencing the Graf Zeppelin’s fabulous breakfast buffet once again, we will introduce you to your PORSCHE, including familiarization with the PDK Transmission, the Navigation Systems, the essential rules of the Autobahn and the various routes to be driven.

We will drive Autobahns and country roads on our way to Hambach, in the very eastern part of France, where we will stop for lunch at the quaint country Restaurant Saint-Hubert in France. Following lunch, we will continue our drive to our hotel the Château de Courcelles. 

The Château de Courcelles, an authentic 17th century French château that will charm you at first sight.

The Château has great history including the fact that Napoleon met his wife Marie-Louise of Austria for the first time at Courcelles. Its French garden and large park, whose centuries old trees line the canal, make Château de Courcelles a great place for escape and tranquility.

After checking in, you will have some time to relax and explore this lovely Château and enjoy some Champagne tasting before our Welcome to France dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Château de Courcelles

Day 5: Saturday, Oct 5

Veuve Cliquot Champagne, Cathedrale, etc. (No Driving)

Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delightful breakfast at Château de Courcelles. Following breakfast, we will board our motor coach and depart for the House of Veuve Cliquot Champagne in Reims. The house, founded in 1772, produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvees. Madame Ponsardin Cliquot AKA the “widow Cliquot” took over the business after the death of the founder and her name can now be seen on every bottle with the yellow label!

During our visit, we will explore the cellars, learn all about the manufacturing process and the famous “méthode Champenoise”. After our visit, a private tasting will take place in the gardens of the Champagne House accompanied by petit-fours.

After our tour, we will head to the city of Reims. You will have some free time to explore this lovely city and select one of the many bistros or restaurants and have lunch on your own – we will give you several recommendations. We will meet up again in the early afternoon for a special tour of the famous Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims). This massive cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims and is where the kings of France were crowned.

Late afternoon, our motor coach will take us to the headquarters of the famous Moet & Chandon Champagne house in Epernay where we will enjoy a private Champagne-pairing dinner in one of their historic buildings. On site, we will learn all about the most well-known Champagne brand of all time, Dom Pérignon.

After such a wonderful day, we return to the Château de Courcelles for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight at the Château de Courcelles

Day 6: Sunday, Oct 6

Drive to Dijon (~350 kms)

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Château de Courcelles, then will depart for the Burgundy Wine Region after breakfast.

Today we will drive on a mix of motorways, toll roads and country roads to the city of Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region. We will stop for lunch in Dijon at the famous Brasserie l’Edito and have some free time following lunch to explore the old town area.

Dijon is an ancient city, located on the road from Lyon to Paris. It was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries and was a place of tremendous wealth and power, one of the great European centers of art, learning and science. The city has retained its varied architectural styles from the past, including Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance, and is distinguished by toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs) made of tiles glazed in terracotta, green yellow and black arranged in geometric patterns – quite unique. Dijon is also famous for Dijon mustard, which originated there in 1856, when Jean Naigeon substituted verjuice, the acidic “green” juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe.

In the mid-afternoon, we will complete our drive to our next hotel, the amazing Abbaye de la Bussiere. We will check in, then join the owners of the hotel for a tour of the property, and learn all about the Abbaye’s extensive history.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy this lovely hotel and its grounds. Later we will meet for cocktails and dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred dining room.

Overnight at Abbaye de la Bussiere

Day 7: Monday, Oct 7

Morning drive in the vineyard & Beaune

This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Abbaye. We will depart with our local burgundy wine expert to explore the Route des Grand Crus – over 60 kilometers between the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune, passing through 37 villages with names like Nuits-Saint-Georges, Pommand, etc. – so many delicious sounding names to wine lovers! We will stop in the vineyards of the famous Romanee Conti wine and have an opportunity to sample some of the local high-end wines while enjoying a VIP picnic lunch at a private estate.

After lunch, we will return to the Abbaye de la Bussiere and you have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds and getting ready for our trip to Beaune by motor coach. You will have some free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy and is one of the key wine centers in France. The medieval old town center of Beaune features numerous shops, cafes and parks and the famous Hospices de Beaune AKA l’Hotel Dieu.

Beaune is a walled city, with about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, having survived in good condition, and the central “old town” is extensive. Historically Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy. Some of the “must see” landmarks in Beaune include the old market (les Halles), the 15th-century Hospices, the Beffroi (clock tower), and the church of Notre Dame.

We will meet again in the late afternoon in front of the Hospices and walk to our restaurant for dinner, the famous Restaurant Loiseau des Vignes, opened by Dominque Loiseau in 2007. The Michelin-starred restaurant is a short walk from the Hospices and features over 70 different wines – by the glass – allowing you to try different Burgundian specialties. Following dinner, our motor coach will return us to the Abbaye for another good night’s rest.

Overnight at Abbaye de la Bussiere

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