Walking in Alsace Escorted Tour

6 nights starting from
£999

              

  • Walk through the beautiful town of Colmar with its picture-perfect setting
  • Stroll through vineyards and enjoy a wine or beer tasting at a micro-brewery
  • The market town of Rouffach with its stork park, witches’ tower and cathedral with one half built tower
  • Local food and traditional dishes
  • A visit to Glenn’s home village of Voegtlinshoffen
  • Extra walking challenges for those seeking further exploration

Together with local resident and walking guide, Glenn Ford, we have put together a wonderful itinerary in one of France's most beautiful and historic regions. Glenn has been organising walking tours in the area for many years and the average age of his regular customers is 60+ so the walks are designed to be informative and entertaining rather than a strenuous challenge. 

Available Departures

From

06 - October - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 06th October 2019 at 08:19

Returning: 12th October 2019 at 16:13

ITINERARY


Day 1:  Depart St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and transfer on foot the short distance to Gare de L’Est for the onward train to Strasbourg.
To keep costs down this transfer is by individual guests without assistance – taxis are available but it is a very short walk of less than 10 minutes. On arrival in Strasbourg you will be met by your guide and transferred to the beautiful wine village of Gueberschwihr, a medieval village with half timbered houses, cobbled streets and a beautiful Romanesque church. There will be a tour introduction followed by a crémant and wine tasting with our sommelier. (
3 km)
Overnight Gueberschwihr. Dinner Gueberschwihr.

Day 2: After breakfast we walk through vines and forest to the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Schauenberg built on prehistoric “Ley Lines” just like Stonehenge.
Pick up the good vibrations from this mystical energy source. From here we cross the Strangenberg hill, home of many protected rare species of flowers as well as an ancient pagan chapel. We will discover the market town of Rouffach, its stork park (the stork is the emblem of Alsace), Witches’ Tower and discover why one of the towers of its cathedral is only half built? (
18 km)
Challenging Option: The “Druid’s Table” Challenge. We must clamber up to these enchanted rocks where “Midnight Masses” may still take place! (+2 km)
Overnight Gueberschwihr. Dinner Gueberschwihr.

Day 3:  We walk through the Grand Cru vineyards with splendid views of the Vosges Mountains, the Plain of Alsace and the Black Forest Mountains.
We can stroll through the gardens of the ancient Abbey of Marbach. It is then downhill through the vines to one of Alsace’s closely guarded secrets, the magnificent village of Eguisheim, amazingly for such a small village, home to Pope Leon IX in the 11th century. At Glen’s home village of Voegtlinshoffen you can test for yourself if they really do produce the best white wines in the world. (
15 km)
Challenging Option: The "Trois Châteaux" (3 Castle) loop. It is well worth the effort to climb up to these castle ruins if you can. They are great fun, have great views, usually there is no one else there and have a fascinating history. (+2 km)
Overnight Gueberschwihr. Dinner not included. 

Day 4:  A wonderful relaxing walk along the River Lauch into the centre of Colmar, a small city that is full of beauty, culture and history.
The maze of cobbled streets give the impression that one is walking in a bygone age. Perfect picture postcard spots such as “Petite Venise” (Little Venice) and Grunwald’s 15th century masterpiece at the Unterlinden Museum are must-see sights. You are then transferred to Riquewihr, justifiably classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. (
12 km)
Overnight and dinner in Riquewihr.

Day 5:  We walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of Riquewihr, admiring the half-timbered buildings.
Exiting by the Dolder tower, vineyard and forest paths lead us by 'Crow's Rock' to the grand castle overlooking the medieval town of Kayserberg, home of Albert Schweitzer. After exploring the town we stroll through vineyards to the picturesque village of Kientzheim, with its wine museum, before arriving back at Riquewihr. Here you may enjoy a wine tasting or a beer tasting at a local micro-brewery.
(12km) Overnight in Riquewihr. 
Challenging Option:
Kaysersberg Castle Challenge. Run up the 113 steps to the top of the castle that dominates the town for some great views. (+1 km) 

Day 6:
  Walk up through the famous Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyards for superlative views of Riquewihr.
You then continue trough forest and vineyards to Hunawihr with its unique fortified church dating from the 8th century and learn why it has a segregated cemetery. Walking on to the medieval town of Ribeauvillé you may visit the factory outlet of Beauvillé, renowned for its high class printed fabrics. On returning to Riquewihr you will enjoy an end of tour dinner at a famous gourmet restaurant and overnight. (
16 km)

Day 7: Our tour ends after breakfast after which we transfer to the station for return TGV and Eurostar to Paris and onwards to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

Walking Conditions: The paths and tracks are mainly undulating with some gentle hills. There is an average of 5 hours walking per day.

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

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Strasbourg
  • Six nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast, throughout the tour, staying at local two-star hotels which are very comfortable with private facilities
  • Four dinners of at least three courses as per the itinerary (drinks not included)
  • One gourmet picnic 
  • One wine tasting 
  • Return transfers from Strasbourg train station
  • Baggage transfers between each hotel on the tour's circuit
  • Area maps and regional information 
  • New water bottle, filled daily with mineral water
  • Daily morning briefings given by your guide
  • Detailed itineraries specially prepared for your tour
  • Daily energy snacks
  • Assistance of guides and a support vehicle 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance
  • Upgrade to Standard Premier/First Class on Eurostar and TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg. 
  • Porterage, gratuities and personal items such as drinks, meals, laundry, telephone calls

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

This tour is designed as a 'two centre' tour to ensure you get to see the most that this region has to offer. You begin in the beautiful wine village of Gueberschwihr where you stay for three nights before transferring to Riquewihr, justifiably classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France for another three nights: 

Relais du Vignoble, Gueberschwihr
A friendly family hotel set in the heart of the Alsace vineyards on the edge of the medieval village of Gueberschwihr. The hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with private bath, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Rooms have views of either the Vosges Mountains to the west or the Black Forest Mountains of Germany to the east. 

Relais du Vignoble Website

La Couronne, Riquewhir
Set in the heart of the village of Riquewhir, one of the most beautiful villages in France, this family run hotel built in 1550 offers traditional Alsation hospitality, a stone spiral staircase and a labyrinth of corridors (Arno Claudel, the owner, assures us that the hotel isn't haunted!) Bedrooms offer traditional surroundings with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. 

La Couronne Website 


MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Nestled on the borders of Switzerland and Germany and separated from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is one of France’s best kept secrets. It is a world-renowned wine region and its famous “Route du Vin” (wine road) encompasses more than 100 wine producing villages between Strasbourg and Thann. As well as producing fantastic wines, Alsace is also France’s best beer brewing region and a centre of culinary excellence, so you know that your efforts will be well rewarded!

Our tours start in the midst of the Alsace vineyards near the superb city of Colmar, famed for its paintings and sculptures. Our tour will lead us through Grand Cru vineyards and flower decked wine villages with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm’ fairy tale book. You will visit some of the most beautiful villages in France, such as Riquewihr, Turckheim and Eguisheim. You will also visit Glenn’s home village of Voegtlinshoffen, which he thinks produces the best white wines in France!  You will certainly have the opportunity to taste them and make up your own mind. The forests and hills of the Vosges Mountains of Alsace are celebrated for their unspoilt beauty and numerous castle ruins. We will learn about some of their myths and legends that surround these as we proceed on our leisurely way.

At the end of each full day we can relax and enjoy the excellent Alsatian wines and cuisine. Alsace is a wonderful place for gourmets as it offers more Michelin star restaurants than any other region of France! Great wines, too. Forget any preconceived ideas about rieslings being sweet and nasty (perhaps you recall Black Tower or Blue Nun), as Alsace produces an excellent range of sophisticated white wines and some great champagne styles too. Some of these wines are so good that they never get the chance to leave Alsace and, of course, we will do all we can to maintain this tradition by tasting one or two...(or three or four!)
 
A fascinating aspect of Alsace is its intriguing complex history. Since 1870 Alsace has changed nationality five times. We will learn how this has influenced everyday life in Alsace. Even today, Alsatian newspapers have a German edition and many of the older generation speak Alsatian.
 
Come and discover this fantastic region the best way possible – on foot.

For a better idea of the variety of walking involved and the places visited on this tour, please take a look at our online album of the Travel Editions group who travelled on the 14th October 2012 and on the 26th May 2013 - photos courtsey of Glenn Ford (your guide) and his wife Sally. 

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Very enjoyable week. No complaints but just one suggestion. A midweek rest day would allow time to look round Riquewihr and give a bit of recovery time.

Review by Lane who travelled 07-October-2018


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This trip was great medicine...The trip attracted a fun and interesting group of fellow travelers...It was indeed a challenging “moderate” walk but our leader, Glenn Ford, made it clear that should any one of us feel like we couldn’t make it the full length of the walk, he would arrange for a Plan B pickup. None of us ever opted for the Plan B, not even me with a energy sapping cold. I was inspired daily by our 85 year old team member with stamina I only dream of having at his age.. Glenn, knowing the area well and being well known in the area, added significantly to this Alsace experience.

Review by Gutierrez who travelled 08-October-2017


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Glenn Ford is a lovely man and he made the holiday a most enjoyable experience. I would recommend that you make it clearer in your information pack that the transfer between stations in Paris is unaided.

Review by Crockett who travelled 08-October-2017


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An excellent trip, all the walks were as advertised and well guided by Glen. The hotels were good although in the first we only had a small bath with a shower attachment on the taps which was difficult for tall, large people to use! All the arranged meals were in good restaurants and very enjoyable, but the first organised meal in Riquewihr was presented with no choice and the main course was choucroute garner. This is a traditional dish of a large plateful of pork, not to everyone's taste and even those of us who like pork could not eat it all. If there is to be no choice (which worked well in two other restaurants) the main course needs to be something more generally acceptable

Review by who travelled 08-October-2017


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Guides were knowledgeable, well organised and fun. The wine tasting was both a pleasurable and informative experience. The organised meals were very good and the suggestions for lunch again very good. At no time did we feel rushed or stretched in our walks. Although we hadn't met before we were part of a very friendly and harmonious group. Thanks to all but especially Glenn.

Review by Mr John Manning who travelled 09-October-2016


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A very enjoyable holiday.

Review by Mrs Susan Binney who travelled 09-October-2016


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We really enjoyed our walking in Alsace. Most of the walking was challenging and included many visits to beautiful villages. Glen made each day different and recommended some good restaurants. The picnic at his house was excellent as was the wine-tasting. All in all we were very satisfied.

Review by Mr Peter Parkin who travelled 11-October-2015


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This was a very enjoyable holiday which took us to an area we would not have thought of visiting. It makes us want to take similar holidays. There needs to be a warning of the luggage inspection requirements for first time users of Eurostar. There should be a simple map to get from Paris Nord to Paris Est. (Signs are lacking at Nord and people in the street do not know.) Also, a meeting point for Glenn Ford at Strasbourg should be supplied.

Review by Mr P Tanfield who travelled 11-October-2015


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Walking was harder than expected, especially on the first day (23km rather than the 18km advertised). Need some grading system for difficulty of walks in the brochure. Apart from that, a very enjoyable holiday. Glenn responded flexibly after the first day to provide easier walking options. He dealt with my medical emergency promptly and appropriately. A very good introduction to the culture and gastronomy of Alsace.

Review by Mrs Patricia Dury who travelled 12-October-2014


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First day of walking was much too far especially the morning without a break. Overall, very enjoyable.

Review by Mrs Linda Burwood who travelled 12-October-2014


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Glenn's enthusiasm and local knowledge were the high points of the trip. Weather was mixed and after walking through one vineyard, the others seem very, very similar.....

Review by Shaw who travelled 06-October-2013


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