SFC150ST - WINE TRAILS IN ALSACE - 2 STAR - 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS - $1616.00 per person
From 01 April to middle of October*
Self-guided walking tour on Alsace wine trails. Independent walking holidays on Alsace vineyard trails from Obernai to Colmar via Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Turckheim, Eguisheim…and Colmar
Walk difficulty: This tour is easy.
DAY 1 - Arrival at OBERNAI (birthplace of Saint Odile).
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 - Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
DAY 2 - OBERNAI - ANDLAU (15 km – 5 hours 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 centre, 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 2-star hotel
DAY 3 - ANDLAU - SCHERWILLER (15 km – 5 hours walk).
After having passed through the villages of Itterwiller and Blienschwiller, you will arrive at Dambach and the Saint Sébastien chapel, which has looked over this medieval city as it has turned more and more to the cultivation of wine. The medieval town centre 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 2-star hotel
DAY 4 - SCHERWILLER - RIBEAUVILLE (15 km – 5 hours 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 colourful half-timbered houses. It is overlooked by the ruins of the three castles of the Lords of Ribeaupierre - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel.
DAY 5 - RIBEAUVILLE – AMMERSCHWIHR (14 km – 4 hours and 30 minutes 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. On leaving Kaysersberg you will head to the beautifully flowered village of Ammerschwihr - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
DAY 6 - AMMERSCHWIHR - EGUISHEIM (16 km – 5 hours walk).
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 structures. As you continue your hike, you will find yourself in 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 viticultural city of Eguisheim - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
DAY 7 - COLMAR.
Escort by taxi to Colmar. 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 homes. Discover the fantastically restored Petite Venise – the former tanners’ district near the Launch 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 - Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel.
DAY 8 - COLMAR. Tour ends after breakfast.
* Prices based on 2 people walking together
- 7 night accommodations in selected 2-star hotels with breakfast and 5 dinners
- Hotel to hotel luggage transfer along the trail.
- Taxi transfer: Eguisheim-Colmar
- A set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail.
- A daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
- Emergency assistance.
- Transportation fees to and from the walk area
- Transfers except those mentioned above
- Entrance fees
- Additional meals