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Alsace - Vineyards & Mountains
Our independent walking holiday in the French region of Alsace explores two distinct areas: the famous Alsace vineyards and the Vosges hills and valleys that border them. The Alsace vines are rightly famous for not only producing a number of unique wines, but also for their rich architectural and historical heritage. Whilst walking, you'll get the chance to explore a number of medieval castles atop striking outposts and pretty unspoilt villages decorated with beautiful floral displays and their cobbled alleyways lined with typical Alsace houses. All this set in a perfect decor of timeless valleys covered in vines, orchards and woods. Rising to the west are the Vosges Mountains, their slopes providing memorable views across their rounded summits and valleys, known as Ballons.
The walking is on good tracks with effective waymarking. In general the holiday is moderate in grade. However it does have its more challenging moments due to a number of ascents and a day which involves 25km of walking .
Walk lengths: 15 - 25km, Average daily ascent: 500m, (max 750m), Average daily walking time 5 - 6 hrs
This walking holiday would be suitable for those with some walking or trekking experience, looking to discover the different facets of this part of Alsace.
Day 1 Arrival at Eguisheim
Arrival at Eguisheim, one of the most beautiful villages on the wine route, 8 km from Colmar; nestling in a wonderful green setting close to three chateaux in Eguisheim.
Day 2 Eguisheim - Turckheim 18km
The first ascent on your walking holiday leads to three chateaux in Eguisheim and later on to Hohlansbourg Chateau, offering a panoramic view over Colmar and the Alsace Plain which is dotted with numerous pretty villages. You then rejoin the valley that leads to Munster and spend the second night in the extremely beautiful town of Turckheim which boasts a collection of fine historic buildings. Here each evening, in the winter, a night watchman in traditional 16th century costume sings as he switches the street lights off.
Day 3 Turckheim - Kaysersberg 15km
Today's walk takes you from Turckheim to Kaysersberg, the latter being the birthplace of Dr Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. It is also a pretty town with a charming historic centre, known for its floral displays. Your itinerary traverses the vineyards famed for producing the best of the Alsace vintage wines.
Optional extra day
Optional extra night at Kaysersberg giving you more time to visit this historic town or to walk to Riquewihr, one of the prettiest historic villages in the region (3hrs there and back)
Day 4 Kayserburg - Munster 25km
On Day 4 your walk leaves the vineyards behind to discover your first summits of the picturesque Vosges. From Kaysersberg (250m) your walk takes you to the village of Labaroche and the summit of Petit Honack (927m). After the Croix de Whor Pass (840m), the path leads to Munster in the heart of the Vosges Massif.
Day 5 Munster - Wintzfelden 15km
Climb towards Wassenburg (746m) and the summit of Mühlenkopf (805m) before descending back down to the vines and the village of Wintzfeldon.
Day 6 Wintzfeldon - Eguisheim 15km
For your last day's independent walking you'll take an extremely beautiful terraced path dominating the Rhine Valley, leading gently in the direction of Gueberschwihr (an extremely beautiful village). On your day's route you'll be able to see Celtic religious sites and a historic abbey before returning to Eguisheim.
Day 7 Eguisheim
Departure after breakfast.
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Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
On this independent walking tour in the Alsace you'll be staying 4 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in a 2 star hotel, all on half board basis. All are based on 2 sharing. The hotels are relatively small guest houses with plenty of character.
Below are a couple of examples of the hotels en route.
|Auberge Alsacienne||Hotel||16th century building on the Grand Rue in the heart of Eguisheim||3 stars|
|Hotel Deux Clefs||Hotel||Protected 15th century property located in the heart of Turckheim||3 stars|
This page provides some useful information and links about how to get to the start of your independent walking holiday in the French region of Alsace at Eguisheim. Please contact us if you would like help in organising your travel arrangements.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to Alsace area takes about 5 hours (excluding long breaks).
From Strasbourg motorway A4 + A35 Exit Colmar centre than N 83 D° Belfort exit Eguisheim
From Mulhouse motorway A-35 D° Strasbourg – Colmar exit Eguisheim
Possible at the hotel 6 €/ car / day or near the hotel free of charge
Airport Strasbourg Entzheim: at 50 minute‘s www.strasbourg.aeroport.fr
City jet fly to Stasbourg from London City Airport
All the main car hire firms are available at these airports.
Strasbourg is now just 2hrs 20 minutes from Paris with the new TGV high speed train line. From Strsbourg you can take a local TER train to Colmar from where you can take a taxi.