walking tour in alsace

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in alsace

Independent, self-guided walking tour on Alsace wine trails from Obernai to Colmar
via Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Turckheim, Eguisheim…and Colmar .

Located at the gates of Strasbourg, the Alsace vineyard stretches across the slopes of Les Vosges, between 200 and 400 metres high, and covers more than 14 000 hectares. Sheltered from oceanic effects by the mountain, the vineyard benefits from a semi-continental climate, with brilliant sun and hot, dry summers. The vine was introduced to Alsace by the Roman and its wines were renowned already in the Middle Age ,and among the most appreciated in Europe. The successive wars decimated the vineyard, but strenuous work and unbending demands of quality brought the vineyard back to life. During the tour, you will taste the different types of wine that reflect the great geological diversity of the vineyard. Along the way, you will discover medieval cities, streets full of flowers, Romanesque and Gothic churches, Renaissance houses and cordial “weinstubs” of the area. A lively and merry tour, full of colors!

Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 1 – This tour is easy. No walk is more than 17 km (10.5 miles) per day. You will walk 4 or 5 hours at relaxed pace and spend time at places of interest along the route. Walking experience is not necessary as distances are short and the terrain is gentle. Everebody can walk this tour.

Wine trails in alsace

Day 1 - Arrival at OBERNAI

This charming small town, one of the most beautiful in Alsace, has preserved a large part of its ramparts. Behind them, multicolored 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.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 2 - OBERNAI - ANDLAU (15 km – 4.30 hour walk)

You will leave Obernai and pass through the villages of Bernardwiller and Heiligenstein. You will reach Barr, an industrial town and an important wine-producing center, and continue on to the picturesque village of Mittelbergheim, clinging to the hillside. You will then head to your evening’s destination, Andlau, nestling in a green valley, that has kept some old houses and the church remains of a former monastery.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 3 - ANDLAU - SCHERWILLER (18 km – 5 hour walk)

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. The medieval town center is surrounded by ramparts of which three town gates are still standing. The day’s journey will end at the peaceful viticultural town of Scherwiller.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 4 - SCHERWILLER - RIBEAUVILLE (18 km – 5 hour walk)

You will cross the village of Scherwiller and follow the Aubach River, admiring the 18th century half-timbered homes that spot the river’s banks. At the small town of Châtenois, you will find remarkable buildings, such as the Romanesque belfry and the picturesque gatehouse known as the Tour des Sorcières – the Witches’ Tower. Passing by flowered fountains and the Gothic church of Saint Hippolyte, you will continue your walk to Ribeauvillé, a typical village whose main street is lined with colorful half-timbered houses. It is overlooked by the ruins of the three castles of the Lords of Ribeaupierre Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 5 - RIBEAUVILLE –KAYSERSBERG (12 km –3.45 hours’walk)

Taking again to the vineyards, you will head in the direction of Hunawihr and then Riquewihr, a sublime Alsatian village highly recognized for its Riesling. Lose yourself in the in the winding lanes of the village to explore the wonderful old homes, each one splendid in its own right. You will take up your walk again and continue on to Kaysersberg, another Alsatian village that has kept its medieval character.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 6 – KAYSERSBERG – TURCKHEIM or EGUISHEIM (11 or 22 km – 3 or 6-hour walk)

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. This wonderful old city is encircled in ramparts and adorned by many renaissance buildings. Transfer by taxi to Eguisheim. You can continue your hike through forests and vineyards to reach Wettolhseim, which might just be the cradle of the Alsatian winegrowing region, the first vines having been planted by the Romans. You will end your day in the beautiful viticulture city of Eguisheim.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 7 - COLMAR

Transfer by taxi to Colmar. You will spend the entire day strolling the town center, which has kept a wonderful medieval Alsatian character, evident in the streets, lined with half-timbered homes. Discover the fantastically restored Petite Venise – the former tanners’ district near the Lauch River, and the Musée d’Unterlinden, housed in an 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. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 8 - COLMAR
Tour ends after breakfast.

  • 2020 walking tour
    in alsace

    price per person / twin-share

    single supplement

    solo traveller

  • walks for
    discerning travellers

    990 Euros / person

    225 Euros

    1545 Euros

  • walks for
    budget travellers

    800 Euros / person

    245 Euros

    1295 Euros

Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels
7 breakfasts - 3 gourmet dinners
Taxi transfers : Turckheim – Eguisheim, Eguisheim-Colmar

These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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