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Villages & Vineyards of Alsace

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $2349per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1st April to 31 October from 8 Oct '22 to 30 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfast and 5 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking Transfer
  • Train journey from Selestat to Colmar
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, vegetarian meals, lake & river routes
      from 1 reviews

Mrs Stewart says...
Great part of France to visit - pretty villages, acres of vineyards and hotels off the beaten track. During the week we covered over 10,000 feet elevation ...
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France: Alsace

Villages & Vineyards of Alsace

  • Easy walking through vineyards, ancient oak forest and unspoilt flower-filled medieval villages
  • Romantic castles, Gothic churches and panoramic views towards the Vosges mountains and Black Forest
  • A perfect blend of French and German influences with fabulous local cuisine and varied wines

Wedged between the Vosges Mountains and the River Rhine, Alsace is a mosaic of rolling hills, mountains and plains dotted with chateaux, vineyards and candy-coloured towns and villages with storybook appeal. It's a region of centuries-old traditions, rich gastronomy and world-class wine .

Alsace is home to rich and fabulous cuisine. Grab a table at a 'winstub' (a traditional Alsatian restaurant) and try local dishes such as 'baeckeoffe' (a casserole of lamb or beef with potatoes and onions, marinated overnight in Alsatian white wine infused with juniper berries), or 'tarte flambee/flammekueche',a thin pizza-like creation with creme fraiche, onions and lardons. 'Sauerkraut'(pickled cabbage) is also iconic, widely celebrated in Alsatian villages and eaten with various types of sausage.

Alsace is a well-known white wine region boasting several Grands Crus vineyards, and every village, no matter their size, will have a 'cave' or 'degustation' to visit. The Alsace Wine Route and Alsatian Wines reveals the secrets and flavours of the sylvaner, pinot blanc, noir or gris, riesling and gewurztraminer, not forgetting the beer and brasseries.

Along the way you will pass through some of the most beautiful villages in France; Colmar, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, with their brightly-coloured, half-timbered buildings decked with window boxes spilling with geraniums and traditional ornamental features.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Colmar

Explore this picturesque town with half-timbered houses, romantic canals, flower-laden windowsills and a labyrinth of cobblestone lanes. Visit the scenic Fishmongers' Quarter or 'Little Venice', the Tanners' Quarter and the Place de L'Ancienne Douane. Discover plenty of shops and a covered market before you sample the fabulous local cuisine.
You stay at Hotel Turenne*** (Breakfast included)

Day 2: Colmar - Riquewihr 18 km/ 11 MI / 5HR

A short transfer will lead you to Turckheim. Explore the Renaissance church and medieval gate where storks nest. Pass through the fortified town of Kaysersberg. Elected the favourite village of France in 2017, you'll see why when you walk along its fortified bridge and through its medieval streets that lead up to the castle.

Continue to Riquewihr. This town is so enchanting it's been declared an historic monument in its entirety. You'll be fascinated by its cobbled alleys, galleried courtyards, fountains and colourful signboards. Riquewihr is an important wine centre, its two Grand Crus are 'Sporen' and 'Schoenenbourg'.
You stay at Hotel de la Couronne*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 3: Riquewihr - St Hippolyte 18 km/ 11 MI / 5 HR

Walk through the vineyards to Ribeauville, a medieval village dominated by three chateaux. Each September Ribeauville town celebrates one of the oldest festivals in Alsace; the Fete des Menetriers (Festival of the Minstrels). In the 8th century, Ribeauville was passed to the Lord of Rappolstein (the protector of the wandering minstrels). If you look carefully, you will see evidence of the Piper.

Then, explore Saint Hippolyte. Famous for its Pinot Noir, you will have plenty of opportunities for wine tastings. Stroll along the fortified city wall and the stork's tower.
You stay at Hostellerie Munsch*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 4: At St Hippolyte 14 km / 8.5 MI / 4 HR

Day devoted to the amazing Chateau of Haut Koenigsbourg perched on mountain summits offering spectacular panoramic views of the Alsatian countryside towards the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. The Haut-Koenigsbourg’s beautifully refined rooms are decorated with mural paintings, Renaissance furniture and enormous cast-iron stoves – and there’s an impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages in the basement. Towering at 757m above picture-perfect villages and colourful vineyards, it’s one of France’s most visited castles.
You stay at Hostellerie Munsch*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 5: St Hippolyte - Itterswiller 19 km / 12 MI / 5.5 HR

Transfer to Chatenois. Discover local historic testimonies with ruins such as Ortenbourg castle : Built in the 12th century by the Habsburgs, the military fortress is immediately recognizable by its impressive 32-meter dungeon. Further on, another striking building, the Castle of Ramstein, the rear base of which you can reach in a few steps, is also worth the detour.

Continue through the Bernstein forest before reaching Itterswiller a pretty wine village on the 'Route des Vins'.
You stay at Hotel Winstub Arnold*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 6: At Itterswiller 12 km / 7.5MI / 4.5 HR

On today’s walk, visit the remarkable Romanesque abbey-church of Andlau surrounded by forest and vines. Continue through The Grands Crus wine villages. Lastly, stop at Landlau castle where you'll be amazed by its two majestic towers and the restoration work carried out by volunteers. Enjoy wonderful panoramas there.
You stay at Hotel Winstub Arnold*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 7: Leave Itterswiller

Transfer to Selestat train station and train journey to Colmar.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Turenne, Colmar

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Hotel Turenne, located in the Petite Venise district of Colmar, combines the Alsatian charm of its colourful facade with exposed studs with the modernity and sobriety of its rooms.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel de la Couronne, Riquewihr

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The Hotel de la Couronne is an historical building from the 16th century. Originally the buildings contained a post house, and already in those days, travellers and their mounts found refuge and warmth during their journeys. Located in the heart of the Alsatian medieval village of Riquewihr, the rooms are contemporary and Alsatian style.


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Hostellerie Munsch, St Hippolyte

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Hostellierie Munsch is ideally located in the heart of the vineyards of Alsace, at the foot of the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg.


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Hotel Winstub Arnold, Itterswiller

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The Hotel Arnold is located in the village of Itterswiller, at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Hotel Arnold’s restaurant is located across the street. La Winstub, a former wine cellar, serves home-made dishes and regional cuisine made from local, seasonal produce.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Turenne, Colmar

Hair dryer iconNEARBY:

Hotel Turenne, located in the Petite Venise district of Colmar, combines the Alsatian charm of its colourful facade with exposed studs with the modernity and sobriety of its rooms.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Stewart, 24/06/2022

Great part of France to visit - pretty villages, acres of vineyards and hotels off the beaten track. During the week we covered over 10,000 feet elevation - more than Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike,, Snowdon put together in 5 days walking. The combination of forest walks and vineyards was excellent arriving into villages. Most of the villages have a baker’s shop and cafe, but remember most places closed after 14:00. Not always easy to find lunch, so be sure to take your lunch before you set off.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All breakfast and 5 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking Transfer

Train journey from Selestat to Colmar


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1st April to 31 October from 8th Oct 2022 to 30th Oct 2023, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfast and 5 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.