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THE WINE VILLAGES OF THE ALSACE

Through the vineyards between the villages fleuris.

Welcome to the land of Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes, relaxed walking, romantic castles and a unique blend of Franco- German culture. Come in the early summer when the high hillsides are carpeted with a dazzling profusion of flowers, or in September when the vines are heavy with grapes in the warm autumn sunshine and the countryside glows red and gold.

Although most of your walks start and end at our hotel in Kaysersberg, there is great scenic variety wherever we go. At the level of the villages there is a patchwork of vineyards. Higher up, broad tracks through woodland give way to wilder scenery approaching the ridges. Pretty red-roofed Alsatian villages like Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr pepper our walks. Here amongst the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered buildings you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst looking out over the vineyards from which it came.

Our home for the week is the typical village of Kaysersberg, where flowers adorn fountains and window boxes and rose trellices complete the romantic picture. In the evenings we eat in local restaurants, mainly along the very pretty rue du Général de Gaulle.

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 lie 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! Alsacez-vous, as the locals say.





WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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    The Wine Villages of the Alsace (Grade 5/L)
    Date
    08 Oct 2017
    Nights
    7
    Grades
    Grade 5/L
    Depart From
    London (St Pancras)
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    £999
  • Itinerary
    08 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - Kaysersberg
    Travel from London St Pancras to Paris Gare Du Nord by Eurostar. We will then travel by metro (or walk) to Gare De L’Est for the TGV to Mulhouse or Colmar and from Mulhouse or Colmar and then transfer by road to Kaysersberg.

    Day 2 - Kaysersberg
    6 Days walking and sightseeing taking in the Alsatian countryside through villages such as Riquewihr, Zellenberg and Beblenheim.

    Day 8 - -
    Return journey to Colmar by bus then a train from Colmar to Paris Gare de Est. We will then board the Eurostar from Paris Gare de Nord to London St Pancras.


  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is in twin bedded and single rooms with shower and wc at the three-star Hotel - Les Remparts.Shops, a post office, 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.

    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.

  • What's Included
    • Return rail travel by Eurostar and TGV.
    • Half board, with breakfast taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
    • All local transport costs

  • 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.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road from Colmar or Mulhouse stations (c30mins).
    • Travel: London St Pancras–Colmar via Paris (possible en-route stop at Strasbourg in either or both directions), Eurostar/TGV (via Paris will involve a change of station).

     


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