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The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

Tour details

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Oberna
Day 2: Andlau
Day 3: Scherwiller
Day 4: Ribeauvillé
Day 5: Kaysersberg
Day 6: Eguisheim
Day 7: Colmar
Day 8: Departure

Overview for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

The beautiful border region of Alsace, nestled between the Vosges Mountains, the River Rhine and the Black Forest, is walker’s paradise, taking the best of French and German culture and offering a wonderful variety of scenery, renowned wines, quality beers and delicious local cuisine. Along the way from Obernai to Colmar, you will discover medieval cities, flowered streets, Romanesque and Gothic churches, Renaissance houses and cordial weinstuben. Finish the holiday in Colmar, a.k.a. the Petite Venice – In a region of enchantingly beautiful towns, Colmar is often hailed as the most beautiful of them all.

Highlights

  • Explore the beauty of the Alsace wine region in North-Eastern France, close to the German border
  • Enjoy walks over rolling hills dotted with medieval castles
  • Relax after the walk tasting an aromatic Riesling or enjoying a foaming glass of draft beer
  • Take in the charming villages and towns of Obernai, Andlau, Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Eguisheim and Colmar

Itinerary for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

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Day 1: Arrive Obernai

This charming small town, one of the most beautiful in Alsace, has preserved a large part of its ramparts. Behind them, multicoloured half-timbered houses and high gables crowd a labyrinth of small lanes. The market place is famous for its beauty and, wandering through it and the nearby streets, you will enjoy the courtyards and old wells that decorate the scenery.

  • Overnight in a country inn, breakfast included

Day 2: Obernai to Andlau

You will leave Obernai and pass through the villages of Bernardwiller and Heiligenstein. You will then head to your evening’s destination, Andlau, nestling in a green valley, that has kept some beautiful old houses and the church remains of a former monastery.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast and dinner included

Day 3: Andlau to Scherwiller

After having passed through the villages of Itterwiller and Blienschwiller, you will arrive at Dambach and the Saint Sebastien chapel, which has looked over this medieval city as it has turned more and more to the cultivation of wine.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast and dinner included

Day 4: Scherwiller to Ribeauvillé

You will cross the village of Scherwiller and follow the Aubach River, admiring the 18th-century half-timbered homes that spot the river banks. Passing by flowered fountains and the Gothic church of Saint Hippolyte, you will continue your walk and arrive at the ruins of the ‘Trois Châteaux’, three medieval castles offering stunning views over the Alsace landscape. Then descend to Ribeauvillé, a lively village whose main street is lined with colourful half-timbered houses. Visit the “Cave de Ribeauville” to learn more about local wine production.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a country inn, breakfast and dinner included

Day 5: Ribeauvillé to Kaysersberg

Taking again to the vineyards, you will head in the direction of Hunawihr and then Riquewihr, a pretty Alsatian village highly recognized for its Riesling. The trails are undulating among lush green vineyards and picturesque villages whose spires dot the horizon. Continue through vineyards and onto a balcony path above Kayserbserg which leads to the Chateau de Kaysersberg. Descend into the town which has kept its medieval character and was voted ‘France’s Favourite Village’ in 2017.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 6: Kaysersberg/Ammerschwihr to Eguisheim

A short bus (15 min, £1-2 pp) or taxi (3 min, £5-8 per car) transfer will bring you to Ammerschwihr in the morning (not included, payable on site). You will start walking and make your way through the villages of Katzenthal and Niedermorschwihr to reach Turckheim. This wonderful old town is encircled in ramparts and adorned by many renaissance structures. You will end your day in the beautiful viticultural town of Eguisheim.

Note: if you book the optional hotel upgrade, the itinerary for today is as follows:

On leaving Kaysesberg you will head to the beautifully flowered village of Ammerschwihr You will continue on and make your way through the villages of Katzenthal and Niedermorschwihr to reach Turckheim. Transfer by taxi to Eguisheim (included). You can continue your hike through forests and vineyards to reach Wettolhseim, You will end your day in the beautiful viticulture city of Eguisheim (11 km, 3 hours with taxi transfer; 22 km, 6 hours without transfer)

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast and dinner included

Day 7: Colmar

A short car transfer (10 min) will bring you to Colmar in the morning. You will spend the entire day strolling the town centre, which has kept a wonderful medieval Alsatian character, evident in the streets, lined with half-timbered houses. Discover the fantastically restored Petite Venice – the former tanners’ district near the Lauch River, and the Musée d’Unterlinden, housed in a former convent. It holds fascinating collections of paintings and sculptures from Middle-Ages and Renaissance, as well as Alsatian popular art and decorative collections showing Alsatian life in centuries past. In a region of enchantingly beautiful towns, Colmar is often hailed as the most beautiful of them all.

  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 8: Departure or Extra Night

Tour ends after breakfast or you can book an extra night in Colmar. If you book an extra night, we recommend taking a day-trip to the nearby European capital, Strasbourg, and explore its sparkling boutiques and striking EU quarter.

Hotels for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

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On this walking holiday, you will be staying in comfortable country inns and 3-star hotels – all with ensuite facilities. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample standard hotels: Hotel le Kastelberg, Hotel au Lion, Hotel Les Remparts, Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape

Sample upgraded hotels: A la cour d’Alsace, Hotel de la Tour

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is always included as well as 4 dinners. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops or you can pre-order a packed lunch at your hotel. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or restaurants in the village near your hotel.

Travel for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

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Up-to-date FCO travel advice on France is available here. Detailed travel information, tips and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

By Plane

You can fly into Basel-Mulhouse-FreiburgStrasbourg Airport or Paris.

Obernai is on the Strasbourg Molsheim – Selestat rail line and can be easily reached in the two directions (about fifteen trains per day except on Sundays, 4 trains only). Colmar and Selestat are on the Strasbourg-Mulhouse-Bale line and there are many connections with the other French rail stations.

By Train

Strasbourg is less than 5 hours from London using the Eurostar via Paris.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Trip Info for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

This holiday is appropriate for moderately experienced walkers (no high mountain experience required, no steep ascents or descents, but most stretches are undulating) and requires a basic level of fitness. The terrain is a mixture of forest trails, grassy vineyard paths, paved country lanes and quiet country roads. The walks have a relaxed pace with time to take in the views and surroundings (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The trails are easy to follow. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from early April until the middle of October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date within the season. Please note however that this area is very crowded in the summertime, so book as early as possible if planning to go in July or August.

OBERNAI WEATHER

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for The Alsace Wine Route and Colmar

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  • Pre-departure info pack and detailed road notes and maps (electronic copy emailed in advance and a hard copy provided at the first hotel)
  • 7 nights accommodation in private en-suite rooms in 3-star hotels and country inns
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days
  • Taxi transfer Eguisheim-Colmar on Day 7
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative

Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners not listed as ‘included’
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the way and at the end of the tour can be booked on request
  • Hotel upgrade – accommodation in selected 3 and 4-star hotels, 7 breakfasts, 3 gourmet dinners on days 1, 2 and 6. Sample upgraded hotels: A la cour d’Alsace, Hotel de la Tour

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