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Contrasts of Alsace and the Vosges Walk

2018 Pricing

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  • Walk along the world-famous Camino de Santiago
  • Authentic Medieval villages on the Alsace Wine Route including France's 2nd Most Beautiful Village, Riquewihr
  • Off-the-beaten-track walking in the picturesque Vosges National Park
  • Ancient forest and awe-inspiring hilltop Chateaux
  • Sweeping vineyards (some with Grand Cru status) and some of the region's finest wine producers
  • Stay in one of France's oldest Auberges in Ribeauville

Incorporating both Alsace's Route des Vins and the picturesque Vosges National Park, this 8-night walking holiday showcases the very best that the region has to offer. Your holiday starts in the heart of wine country and takes you west through ancient forest and into the Vosges Mountains, straddling the French and German border. Here you'll discover the crumbling ruins of once-mighty hilltop castles and vivid reminders of Europe's wartime past.

You'll enjoy idyllic walking through fragrant pine forest and sprawling vineyards as you hop between the storybook villages and towns so typical of the Alsace region - think narrow streets filled with colorful, half-timbered houses and shops selling traditional, local wares (make sure you look out for the delightful Christmas shop in Riquewihr)! Connected by the world-famous Camino de Santiago, the places you visit are home to some of the region's finest wine producers and you'll have plenty of opportunity to stop for tastings.

Tearing yourself away from the Route des Vins, you'll head west into the Vosges Mountains, where you'll discover secluded woodland hermitages and the remains of once-grand hilltop castles. Here you have some truly inspiring 'rest day' options. A walk up to the incredible, C12 Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg affords mesmerizing views across the entire Alsatian Plain as far as the Black Forest, while following the Tete des Faux walking trail you'll pass abandoned WWI fortifications and witness the remains of the former front line between France and Germany. A bit of light relief then as you return to the vineyards and make your way back to idyllic Ammerschwihr.

Wine and food go hand-in-hand in the region of Alsace and all of the hotels we've picked for you offer great local cuisine along with superb wine lists! Your hotel in Ammerschwihr is only a short walk from several wine cellars in this typical Alsatian village whilst the hotel in Ribeauville is one of France's oldest Auberges and a classified monument. In Thannenkirch your hotel is nestled beautifully at the foot of the Taennchel Mountain, with an indoor swimming pool and spa; while your hilltop hotel in Lapoutroie boasts an impressive restaurant with panoramic views over the Vosges.

Additional Tour Details

Meals Continental breakfast and evening meals
Tour Starts Colmar train station (Pick up) at 15:05 Mon-Fri, 16:04 Sat & Sun.
Tour Ends Colmar train station (Drop off) by 13:26.
Rail Options Strasbourg to Colmar 13:51/14:33 Mon-Fri (pick up at 15:05), 14:51/15:32 Sat & Sun (pick up at 16:04). Return: Rail Colmar to Strasbourg (drop off at 13:26) 14:00/14:39.
Rail Supplement Prices from $20 per person, round trip standard class.
Singles Add $54 per night.
Other details Room upgrade: prices from $14 per person, per night based on 2 people sharing a double room. Extra nights: We recommend Strasbourg or Turckheim.
Hotels *** (4 nights), ** (4 nights)

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