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Alsace Wine Route Short Break
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Highlights

  • Discover the treasures of the Alsace wine region in north-eastern France in 5 days
  • Walk from Ribeauvillé to Eguisheim; through verdant vineyards and peaceful forests
  • Enjoy views over rolling green landscapes dotted with medieval castle ruins
  • Immerse yourself in Alsatian culture and cuisine; try delicacies like Tarte Flambée and Kugelhopf
  • Relax at the end of the day on a sunny terrace with a glass of aromatic Riesling

Walk through the unique French region of Alsace, from the famous village of Ribeauvillé to the lively village of Eguisheim, one of the ’Plus Beaux Villages de France’.

Alsace retains a rich Germanic character; which can be traced back to when it was under German control. It now exudes a unique culture, taking the best of French and German influences; evident in its beautiful architecture and delicious food and drink.

Spend your mornings on the trail, and the afternoon relaxing and exploring. As you walk between the picturesque towns and villages, you will truly experience the best Alsace has to offer. Enjoy carefully maintained vineyards, welcoming wine cellars, gourmet restaurants, peaceful forest trails, fairy-tale villages and sweeping views of the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. You are sure to relish our special walking adventure in this exceptional region of France.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Ribeauvillé.

Arrive at Sélestat train station (20 mins by train from Strasbourg) from where you will be transferred to Ribeauvillé (30 mins). Ribeauvillé is a lively, picturesque town brimming with pretty half-timbered houses, medieval towers and churches. Why not visit the ‘Cave de Ribeauvillé’ to learn more about the local wine production?.


Overnight: Ribeauvillé


Day 2: Walk to Kaysersberg

Today you’ll be walking through the heart of the Alsatian vineyards. The trails are undulating and the scenery beautiful; surrounded by lush green vineyards and picturesque villages whose spires dot the horizon. Arrive in Riquewihr, a walled medieval town which has been amazingly preserved. Half-timbered and brightly coloured buildings host a range of shops, restaurants and museums. Continue through vineyards and onto a balcony path above Kayserbserg which leads to the Chateau de Kaysersberg. Descend into the town which was voted ‘France’s Favourite Village’ in 2017.


Walk: 11 km


Elevation gain/loss: +293m/-292m


Overnight: Kaysersberg


Day 3: Walk to Turckheim

Follow the Chemin de Compostelle through vineyards and some shady forest sections. Walking through the authentic villages of Ammerschwihr, Katzenthal and Niedermorschwihr gives a glimpse into the everyday lives of the Alsatian inhabitants. Evidence of the wine production and trade is prevalent, and the vineyards you walk through
will likely be being tended by the winemaker..


Arrive in Turckheim, another historical delight. The night watchman makes his rounds through the town every night at 10pm (May-October) as in the olden days, singing in the Alsatian dialect. Keep an eye out for nesting storks on the tops of the half-timbered houses.


Walk: 10 km


Elevation gain/loss: +185/–204m


Overnight: Turckheim


Day 4: Walk to Eguisheim

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast including French classics such as pain-au-chocolat and croissants. Here in Alsace you will also find ‘Kugelhopf’ in the breakfast buffet, a soft sponge cake with sultanas and nuts which the locals like to dunk into their morning coffee.


A steep but short incline takes you out of Turckheim and into the woods. The rest of the day’s walk is spent between calm forest trails and open vineyard paths. On a clear day, enjoy views of Germany’s Black Forest on your left and on your right a smattering of ruined castles perched high on the hills. Eguisheim is one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ and it’s easy to see why. Beautifully ornate, its fountains, traditional houses and colourful flower boxes are a real treat. It’s a great place to finish your Alsace walking adventure.


Walk: 12 km


Elevation gain/loss: +168m/–199m


Overnight: Eguisheim


Day 5: Onward Travel

From Eguisheim, a private transfer to Colmar train station is included (10 mins). From Colmar, you can reach a number of French and European destinations by train. If you have more time to explore the area, why not consider one of our adventures in the nearby Black Forest?

Accommodation

On this tour you will stay in hand-picked charming and characterful hotels. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour.


Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.



 

 

 




Hotel de la Tour - Ribeauvillé

Located in the centre of town, Hotel de la Tour is a bright and cheerful hotel faithful to the generous Alsatian traditions of hospitality. The hotel has 31 individually decorated rooms, a small bar, sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and even a tennis court.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Les Remparts - Kaysersberg

Within walking distance of the historic old town the Hotel Les Remparts offers you calm and comfort. The hotel has 44 modern rooms, a sauna, games rooms and dozens of excellent restaurants within strolling distance.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Les Deux Clés - Turckheim

This hotel is one of the most beautiful buildings in Turckheim, dating back to the 15th century and is full of tradition and charm. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Riesling in the peaceful garden terrace.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hostellerie du Château - Eguisheim

A friendly and warm welcome is waiting from Phillipe and his team at this charming 3* hotel. The hotel benefits from a fantastic location in the main square in Eguisheim, next to the former Château (now a church) and its ubiquitous nesting storks.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this walking tour anytime between the beginning of April and the end of October.


Time of Year

The best time of year to walk in the Alsace is the Spring and Autumn/Fall. In the spring the wild flowers will be blooming and in the Autumn/Fall it is quieter with lovely autumnal colours, whilst still being sunny in the day time.


Meals

4 Breakfasts are included in the cost of your trip. Expect a continental breakfast of fresh baguette, croissants, pain au chocolat, butter and homemade jams, muesli, cereals, boiled eggs, cold meats, cheese and fruits.


Dinners are not included, leaving you free to choose from the various options each day. There are restaurant choices at each overnight location, and most hotels will also have an onsite restaurant.


Lunch is not included, but you can find small stores or boulangeries in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch. Some walks are fairly short so you could eat lunch in a restaurant in the next town, or a town along the way.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy-moderate’ overall. The walking days are fairly short, but the trails are undulating with some steep sections. You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour. The terrain is a mixture of forest trails, grassy vineyard paths, and paved country lanes and quiet country roads.


Water refill points may not be readily available throughout the day of walking, so you should fill up at your overnight locations before setting off each day.  


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The routes are waymarked to varying degrees. We also provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Sélestat

There are a number of different options available when getting to Sélestat. You can fly into Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Strasbourg Airport or even Paris

Take a train from any of the above airports to Sélestat; approx. 1.5 hours from Basel airport, 1 hour from Strasbourg airport and 3 hours from Paris CDG. From Sélestat, you will be collected by taxi and taken to your first hotel in Thannenkirch. Train timetables and ticket prices can be found at www.sncf.com/en Please check the SNCF website for more details on schedules and prices.


Getting from Colmar

You will be collected from your last hotel in Eguisheim and taken by taxi to Colmar train station. From Colmar, you can take the train back to the above mentioned airports, or a wide range of other French/European destinations.



Included

  • 4 Nights accommodation in hand-picked 3* hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Train station transfers on Day 1 and Day 5
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and access to our App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Colmar and from Selestaat
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room & solo walkers supplement(s) if applicable
  • Additional nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially during the summer months. It is always better to book as far in advance as possible, however, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This itinerary is graded easy to moderate, however the terrain can be tricky at times with rocks underfoot, so you will need to be sure-footed.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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