You'll love walking through the rolling vineyards and ridiculously charming villages in Alsace, bookended by the European city of Strasbourg and Medieval Colmar!
2020 per person price
|CLASSIC TOUR||1050 €|
|CLASSIC + TOUR||1290 €|
|DELUXE TOUR||1830 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
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|2 Nights Hotel du Gouverneur in Obernai||www.hotelgouverneur.com|
|2 Nights Hotel du Mouton in Ribeauvillé||www.hoteldumouton.fr|
|1 Night Hotel Turenne in Colmar||www.turenne.com|
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|1 Night Hotel Europe in Strasbourg||www.hotel-europe.com|
|2 Nights Hotel le Colombier in Obernai||www.hotel-colombier.com|
|2 NIghts Hotel de la Tour in Ribeauvillé||www.hotel-la-tour.com|
|1 Night Hotel Rapp in Colmar||www.rapp-hotel.com|
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|2 Nights Hotel la Cour d’Alsace in Obernai||www.cour-alsace.com|
|2 Nights Hotel Clos St Vincent in Ribeauvillé||www.leclossaintvincent.com|
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Strasbourg, seat of the new European Parliament, is an ancient and lively city, filled with treasures to explore. It was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first city to be honoured with the title in its entirety. This tour allows you time to meander the canals, cobblestoned streets, and small boutiques of Strasbourg. Visit the old town, its picturesque quarters and half-timbered houses in the neighbourhood known as "The Petite France". Visit the Gothic cathedral and its famous astronomical clock, and the European Parliament. Be sure to sate your appetite as well with the pastries, giant soft pretzels and fresh cheeses at every corner.
This morning we transfer you up to the incredible castle of Haut Koenigsbourg. This impressive medieval-esque castle is nestled at a strategic location on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain; as a result it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War when it was abandoned. In 1900 it was restored under the direction of Emperor Wilhelm II who wished to create a castle with Medieval qualities and more generally of German civilization. He hoped it would reinforce the bond of Alsatians with Germany, as they had only recently (1871) been incorporated into the German Reich. After your visit, your walk heads overall downhill, leaving the dense Vosges forest and passing along the way several lovely small villages: St Hippolyte, Rohrschwihr, and Bergheim, each worth some exploration. You finish the day descending into Ribeauville, with beautiful half-timbered buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries in the old town, and a variety of shops, wineries, and historic sites. Dinner is included this evening.
This morning you walk from the vineyard village of Ammerschwihr (with its unique Kaefferkopf Grand Cru wines) back northwards to Ribeauvillé for a second night, following the Alsatian wine route, and passing through beautiful vineyards, and orchards. Amongst others, you will see the villages of Kaysersberg, tucked into the fold of a valley - voted Most Loved Village Destination in 2017 by the French, and Riquewihr- one of the official Prettiest Villages of France. Riquewihr has much of its medieval fortifications and a castle still intact; it largely escaped damage during the Second World War, and is quite simply gorgeous. You’ll want to stop long enough to do the little walking tour of the historic centre that we provide, and perhaps find lunch, before continuing on back to Ribeauvillé.
This morning you will be dropped in the small vineyard village of Voegtlinshoffen, with its half-timbered houses, and a community of pregrine falcons living on the nearby pink-granite cliffs. The morning will be spent exploring more of the vineyards and villages of the Alsace wine route, as you make your way northwards into Eguisheim. Eguisheim will enchant you, with its concentric round street setup, medieval ramparts, and half-timbered houses. It is recognized as the birthplace of winegrowing in Alsace, and you can do some tasting here, before perhaps finding some lunch. The route then turns away from the vineyards and across the plains, entering the town of Colmar on a tranquil path, following the Lauch river. The historic center of this town, where you are staying, reveals its charm: the colors and atmosphere of streets still embody much of the Middle Ages. Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, and edifices from the Renaissance abound. Your final dinner is included this evening.
After a final delicious breakfast, there are easy connections out of Colmar train station for your continued travels from Alsace. Bon Voyage!