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Alsace: culture, traditions and vineyards

€825 per person

Explore the interesting blend of German and French cultures which forms the distinctive character of Alsace. This unforgettable self-guided hiking tour will take you through time as you walk through ruins, historic towns, and villages. Feel the beating heart of Alsacian intangible heritage as the artistry of the local traditional craftsmen mesmerizes you. Local traditional cuisine is internationally famous for being a delight for the senses and an attractive destination for every bon viveur.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Detailed roadbook (route notes in English and walking maps); 2-3* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); Luggage transfers; Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Drinks, other meals and transfers
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg
Your first overnight is in Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace (now officially called Grand Est region), in northeastern France. You can arrive at Strasbourg airport or by other means of transportation.
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Day 2: Strasbourg and train to Obernai (30min)
Strasbourg is one of the most wonderful historic cities in France, abundant in heritage sites worth exploring. The town center (Grande-Île and Neustadt) is even inscribed in 1988 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a testimony of a unique blend of French and Germanic influences on one hand, and a characteristic example of a European Rhineland city on the other. You can dedicate a good portion of the day to sightseeing and soaking in the unique atmosphere. Take a short train ride to Obernai where your overnight will be.
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Day 3: Obernai to Andlau (23km; 6,30hrs)
Obernai will gently guide you to the world of vineyards and wine culture on this section of the independent walking tour. You will pass by the beautiful Hohenburg Abbey, perched on Mont Sainte-Odile, a peak dedicated to the patron saint of the Alsace region. Another highlight of today’s route and a fascinating heritage site is the Château du Landsberg. Overnight will be in the village of Andlau.
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Day 4: Andlau to Châtenois (24km; 6,30hrs)
Take the time to contemplate the authentic village of Andlau established in service of the Andlau Abbey in the IX century. It is most known for its former collegiate church, now the parish church, Saints-Pierre-et-Paul. There are two castles in the immediate vicinity that contribute to the self-guided walking experience - the Château d’Andlau and the Château de Spesbourg. The landscape on your way to Châtenois is filled with vineyards, castles perched on top of hills and romantic ruins.
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Day 5: Châtenois to Thannenkirchen (14km; 4hrs)
Châtenois is a city of Celtic origin full of heritage sites to explore. Today’s independent hiking trail takes you up to the magnificent Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, rebuilt in 1899 by the German Emperor Wilhelm II. Your route crosses the Schaentzel Pass (583m) and continues to the tiny village of Thannenkirchen.
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Day 6: Thannenkirchen to Kaysesberg (16km; 4,30hrs)
Located below the Taennchel mountain (992m), Thannenkirch is interesting not only with its authentic character and simplicity but also as a scene of a thousand flowering cherry trees in spring. A rare beauty which you can admire in any of the village’s many orchards. Next, you walk to Ribeauville, Riquewhir and Kaysesberg, each deserving your time and attention. The ruins of Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre (650m), Château Saint-Ulrich (510m) and Château du Girsberg (510m) can make for a short stop on your way. The charming town of Ribeauvillé is in part surrounded by ancient walls and has many beautiful medieval houses, and two old gothic churches, of St Gregory and St Augustine. Your next stop is the romantic medieval city of Riquewhir famous for its historic architecture and wine production. It's also classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
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Day 7: Kaysesberg to Colmar with bus (25min)
A wonderful day of history and wine awaits as you explore the cities of Kaysersberg and Colmar. With their colorful houses, historic sites and authentic atmosphere, Kaysersberg and Colmar, just a short bus ride from one another, are among the most beautiful settlements along the Alsatian Wine Route.
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Day 8: Departure

TOUR LOCATION

Price
825 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 245 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between April and the end of October. Best airport is Strasbourg-Entzheim (12 km west of Strasbourg’s downtown) or Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (58km from Strasbourg). Other possible airports: Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle (490km from Strasbourg), Basel-Mulhouse (130km from Strasbourg) or Frankfurt (210km from Strasbourg).
Accommodation
2/3* hotels, incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms throughout)

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