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THE WINE VILLAGES OF THE ALSACE

from £1075
One week guided walking holiday in the magnificent Alsatian countryside on the French-German border.
  • Product Code 11050
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Rail, Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Your path undulates through the vineyards heavy with Gewürztraminer and Riesling grapes. In the village of Riquewihr below with its red roofs, cobbled alleyways and half timbered buildings, the locals are waiting for the mayor to declare the start of the harvest. Above, the slopes rise up to wooded ridges and in the distance a line of white clouds, bright against the sky, hover above Germany.

Most of our walks start and ends at our hotel in Kayserberg, (voted France’s favourite town in 2017!). Several walks follow the Sentier Vinicole des Grands Crus, linking typical Alsatian villages via woodland and open tracks and showcasing this fertile landscape planted with vines.

This is the heartland of an ancient Franco-Alemanic culture, an area whose picture-book beauty has survived the ravages of history. Here and there our walks bring us across ruined castles such as the towers of the Donjon d’Eguisheim, rising from the wooded hillsides, or the mountain fortress of Haut-Koenigsbourg?

The cities of Colmar and Strasbourg lay a short distance away, possible destinations for a free day. Here, as in the evenings, you can enjoy the Franco-German gastronomic pleasures of Flammkuchen, Choucroute Garni, Baeckeoffe, Tarte à l’Oignon… if you are not sure what they are, come and discover for yourself!

Holiday Highlights

  • Charming Alsatian villages such as Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé.
  • Walks directly from our hotel.
  • Walking in and around the beautiful towns of Colmar and Kaysersberg.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return rail travel by Eurostar and TGV and hotel transfers by road
      Half board accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1
    Our journey starts by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. We will then travel by metro (or walk) to the Gare de L’Est for the TGV to Mulhouse or Colmar and from Mulhouse or Colmar we will transfer by road to Kaysersberg.
  2. Day 2
    Our walk today serves as an introduction to the Alsatian countryside. We begin with an orientation walk through Kaysersberg and then walk through vineyards and woodland and across open hillsides with good views of the surrounding area. We return to Kaysersberg through the wine villages of Katzenthal and Ammerschwihr. 15.4km, 510m ascent/descent, 5 hours walking time
  3. Day 3
    We take hired transport to the picturesque medieval village of Eguisheim, birthplace of Pope Leo IX (St Bruno), the only Pope to come from Alsace. We ascend through woodland to reach the Donjons d’Eguisheim, three ruined castle keeps which we can explore. We return to Eguisheim through woodland and vineyards. There should be time for independent exploration of Eguisheim before we take hired transport back to our hotel. 9.2km, 340m ascent/descent, 3 hours walking time
  4. Day 4
    We take the public bus to Colmar for a day of sightseeing. Colmar is the second largest town in Alsace with many picturesque houses and its fascinating Little Venice district. Once we have finished our sightseeing tour in the morning you will have the afternoon to explore this quaint historic town at your leisure. Sightseeing morning: 3km, 2 hours
  5. Day 5
    Did you spot a castle while on the train heading into Colmar on day one? If you did you have an idea of where we are going today. If you didn’t it will be a pleasant surprise! Haut Koenigsbourg is a large hilltop castle, originally built in 12th C but totally rebuilt under Kaiser Wilhelm II between 1900 and 1909. After we have visited the castle we will take a woodland walk to the equally fascinating wine village of Ribeauville. There will be a chance to explore the village before returning to our hotel in hired transport. 11.5km, 160m ascent / 650m descent, 3.5 hours walking time
  6. Day 6
    Our walk takes today takes us from Kaysersberg to the picturesque mountain village of Freland, which is completely different from an Alsatian Village as its original inhabitants were Welche people, who spoke a Latin rather than a Germanic language. We will have a chance to visit a fascinating rural museum before returning to our hotel in hired transport. 12.5km, 500m ascent/300m descent, 3.5 hours walking time
  7. Day 7
    The walk today is the climax of the tour. Not only is it the longest walk of the week, but it summarises our time in Alsace as key landmarks passed during the 5 previous days can be seen from this one. We walk from Kaysersberg to its sister wine village of Kientzheim, home to the headquarters of the organisation that controls the quality of Alsace wines. From there we climb the hill to reach the Necropole Nationale cemetery and war memorial, from where there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside. We continue through vineyards and three more wine villages before reaching Riquewihr, one of the most picturesque villages in Alsace. We will have time to explore Riquewihr before walking back to our hotel. 19.8km, 500m ascent/descent, 5.5 hours walking time
  8. Day 8
    It is now time to leave. Our return journey to Colmar is by a private transfer vehicle then a train from Colmar to Paris Gare de Est. We will then board the Eurostar from Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras.

Travel Details

  • Return rail travel by Eurostar and TGV
  • Hotel transfers by road c. 30 minutes

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Hotel Les Remparts

On the edge of the historical town of Kaysersberg in Alsace, bordering forest and vineyards, the Hotel les Remparts offers you calm and comfort. All rooms, located in two buildings, are ensuite with private bar, phone, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi (système WiTou). The electricity supply is 220V AC. The hotel also has a bar, sauna and leisure room (billiard, table tennis). Shops, a post office, restaurants, banks and a tourist office are just a short distance from the hotel. There is also a local market in town on Mondays and Fridays which is worth a look. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge. Lunches are not included. Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel. Dinners will be taken in local restaurants. Lunches can be purchased by the group at local supermarkets, bakeries, and cafes or restaurants en route.


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