OPAC1 - Gems of Alsace - 8H - $219.45 per person - minimum 2 persons
Departure from Colmar
From 01 April to 31 October
From 09.30 to 17.30
Depart from Colmar and discover the small village of Turkheim. The village is a perfect start point for a tour as it is typically the traditional Alsatian village that one would expect less the flocs of tourists: Throughout the centre of Turckheim there are plenty of traditional Alsace style houses to admire, overflowing with flowers, and a specific buildings of interest: mostly dating from the 16th and 17th century these include the town hall, the hospital and the guard house. The most notable feature in the town are the fortifications and the three original gateways that surround the old town. While these defences are common in some parts of France they are very unusual in the Alsace region. On one of the towers, the Porte Basse, with a large sundial while the tower at the end of Rue des Vignerons and at the Porte de Minster are in a simple style.
Your tour then continues on to the beautiful town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls and old houses have preserved their 16th Century splendour virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Free time for personal discovery and lunch.
After lunch you will follow the breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’. Located between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60 year old route winds across the slopes for more than 170 km. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine covered hills, and through quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower decked houses clustered around the local church steeple.
Finally, reach Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Here, follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. Built in 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the North and the salt route that came from the East.
- Visit of Turkheim village or similar
- Wine tasting in a typical wine stub
- Visit of Riquewihr
- Follow the Alsace wine route
- Visit of Haut Koenigsbourg castle
- English speaking driver guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
- Small group tour of 8 passengers maximum
- Meals & drinks
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
- Entrance fees to monuments & attractions other than mentioned on the program