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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 5
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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, 410m ascent/descent, 5.5 hours walking time
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.
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