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Christmas in Alsace Escorted Tour by Rail

6 nights starting from
£1295

  • Lively Christmas markets

  • Distinctive local cuisine

  • Exploring cities on foot - Strasbourg's Petite France is a delight

  • Fragrant white wines - the local Riesling is delicious 

  • Ancient, picturesque villages

The beauty of Alsace is in its timberclad wine towns, vast stretches of vineyards and forest cloaked mountains. At Christmas, though, there is an added magic with vibrant Christmas markets selling decorations and gingerbread, the chilly air laced with the scent of glühwein. This lovely seven day break is based in the centre of beautiful Strasbourg.

Available Departures

From

23 - December - 2018 £ 1295.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 23rd December 2018 at 08:19

Returning: 29th December 2018 at 14:13

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Strasbourg by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the Hotel Beaucour, Strasbourg (approx. 20 minutes).

Day 2: Full day visit to Strasbourg, with Christmas Eve festive dinner at a local restaurant.
The city of Strasbourg offers a stark contrast of old and new. At its heart you’ll find a medieval town of atmospheric narrow streets, half-timbered houses and the awe-inspiring pink-sandstone Gothic cathedral - it is in front of the cathedral that you'll find the largest of the Christmas markets. Surrounding this is a thoroughly modern and progressive city including the headquarters of the European Parliament. A boat ride on the Ill River is an excellent way to see both sides. The charming ‘Petite France’ district, dating from the 1100s, is a must see.


Day 3: Day free with Christmas Day festive dinner at a local restaurant.
Wander through the streets of Strasbourg or simply relax in the hotel lounge, with a festive dinner at a local restaurant this evening.


Day 4: Full day tour to Freiburg and Obernai.
One of Germany’s most beautiful and historic cities, Freiburg is a vibrant university town based around the magnificent Gothic Münster (cathedral) built in red sandstone. The centre, which fans out from the Münster is delightfully quaint and historic and easy to explore. We return through the lovely scenery of the Black Forest to Obernai, located among the vineyards at the foot of the sacred mountain of Mont-Ste-Odile, and the epitome of Alsace, an enchanting town with crumbling walls and ancient, narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses. In the Place du Marche stands the 15th century town hall, 16th century corn hall and Tour de la Chapelle. A walk around the medieval ramparts offers an excellent overview of the town.


Day 5: Full day tour to Colmar and Riquewihr.
Colmar captures the quintessential character of Alsace, its charming streets, squares and small canals lined with crooked and colourful half-timbered houses – a wanderer’s paradise. A must see is the 500 year old Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, housed in the Unterlinden Museum. One of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Riquewihr owes its historical prosperity to wine – Riesling in particular is produced here. Full of lovely historical architecture, Riquewihr looks much as it did in the 16th century being one of the few towns in the area to escape being badly damaged in World War II.

Day 6: Strasbourg.
Full day free to explore Strasbourg at your leisure.

Day 7: Transfer to Strasbourg station for return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 45 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Strasbourg via Paris including coach transfer in Paris
  • Six nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Hotel Beaucour, Strasbourg based on shared occupancy of twin room
  • Christmas Eve special dinner at a local restaurant
  • Christmas Day special dinner at a local restaurant
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on TGV
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying luggage onto and off the train. Luggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

Hotel Beaucour, Strasbourg
The four-star Hotel Beaucour is in the middle of beautiful Strasbourg, ideally situated for clients to explore on the evenings when meals aren't included. The hotel has a traditional, cosy feel, and rooms all have private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, free wi-fi, minibar and hairdryer.

Hotel Beaucour Website

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The holiday was well run but since it was Christmas, some places of interest such as churches were closed at the very time we were free to visit them. I particular we had no chance to see the famous astronomical clock in Strasburg Cathedral in action, with a procession of figures of Christ and the Apostles and a cock crowing at solar noon (12:30), since the day we were free to witness it was Christmas day when there was "No Clock" said the sign, probably due to religious services.

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This was our sixth holiday with TE and we have enjoyed every one. Our tour manager this time, Robert, was excellent and was very efficient in a quiet way. The various trips and pre organised dinners were also very enjoyable although some of us felt we could have used a little more time in Riquewihr which on account of its popularity was quite busy. Overall the holiday was excellent.

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The hotel is 3 star, but the food from head chef Nadia is 4 or 5 star - Eurostar at St Pancras & Paris Nord was chaotic (check in,security), ditto TGV at Strasbourg - but it is the busiest time of year for these services

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We wonder why the train journey was not via Lille as this would make transfer easier. and overall journey time shorter. The hotel and Obernai were OK as the weather was superb. If it had been a wet Christmas day, there would have been very little to do other than catch a train to Strasbourg and our guide was unaware of the fact they were running let alone the frequency ( we investigated and found they were running every two hours on Christmas day).

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A tour guide on main tour would be an asset.

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Tour leader Serge was excellent, a calm, knowledgeable and professional presence. The tours were very enjoyable but a pity that we had to visit Colmar on a day that the museums were closed, leaving quite a time to fill mostly by strolling around.

Review by Mr Bryan Michie who travelled 22-December-2014


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We were very well looked after by Serge Bertini, our tour manager. He is friendly, approachable, well informed on local matters but never intrusive. We would like to make the following suggestion about food: not all people like to eat very large portions of 'festive food' and quite a few of us left part of the otherwise delicious food on our plate. Would it be less wasteful to have a choice of 'modest portion' or full 'feast'?

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