Alsace Mountains & Vineyards
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Discover the picturesque Vosges mountains and the vineyards of Alsace on foot
Well marked paths and quiet country back roads provide the perfect setting to explore one of the most picturesque regions of France. There is plenty of opportunity to wander the cobblestone streets of quaint villages and marvel at the impressive Romanesque and Baroque churches. Gastronomic delights are plentiful and you can sample some of Alsace's finest produce as you travel through undulating farmland, orchards and vineyards. You will be able to discover the summits of the Vosges, unusual and stunning 'balloons' or round topped hills as you trek through the valleys of this spectacular region.
- Walking through the heart of the Alsatian vineyards
- Exploring the authentic villages which are full of historical intrigue
- Experiencing the timelessness of the Vosges balloons
- Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Munster Cheese
- Sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’
Day 1 Arrive Eguisheim
Eguisheim is one of the most beautiful villages on the wine route, just 8 km from Colmar. Wine making has been an important industry in the area since the middle ages and was largely developed by the Bishops of Strasbourg. During the afternoon you can warm up your legs with a walking tour of the old town where remnants of a fortified castle, constructed in the 13th century, are visible, or relax and sample some of the great wines of the region in one of the many café’s in town.
Day 2 Walk to Turckheim via Munster (4-5hrs/18km)
Following breakfast at the hotel, the walking day begins. The first ascent leads to three chateaux in Eguisheim (600m) and later on to Hohlandsbourg Chateau, which offers a panoramic view over Colmar and the Alsace Plain dotted with numerous villages. You then rejoin the valley that leads to Munster and spend the night in the extremely beautiful city of Turckheim where each evening, in the winter, a night watchman in traditional 16th Century costume sings as he switches the streetlights off.
Day 3 To Kaysersberg (4-5hrs/15km)
The walk takes you from Turckheim to Kayserberg, the birthplace of Dr Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Kaysersberg is dominated by a high fortress which stands as a reminder of the strategic importance of the town and its turbulent past. There will be time in the afternoon to explore or relax with a local vintage.
Day 4 To Munster via Labaroche and the Croix de Whor Pass (6-7hrs/25km)
This morning you leave the wine region to ascend the Vosges. From Kaysersberg (250m) you climb to the village of Labaroche and the summit of Petit Honack (927m). After the Croix de Whor Pass (840m), the path leads to Munster, right at the heart of the Vosges Massif. The Munster Valley is the home of the famous Munster Cheese made with cow's milk. It is claimed that the distinct flavour of the cheese is obtained from the flora in the Vosges pastures, and the ancient methods of production which have varied little over the years.
Day 5 Ascend towards Wassenberg and the village of Soultzmatt (4-5hrs/15km)
You leave Munster and ascend in the direction of Wassenberg (746m). You pass the summit of Mühlenkopf (805m) and descend further down in the valley to discover an area with vineyards and the village of Soultzmatt.
Day 6 Walk through the Rhine Valley and return to Eguisheim (4-5hrs/15km)
Taking an extremely beautiful terraced path dominating the Rhine Valley, you walk in the direction of Gueberschwihr (a medieval town with numerous 16th to 18th Century wine-growers homes made of timber and stone). During this walk you will have the opportunity to view Celtic religious sites and an abbey before reaching Eguisheim, the village from which the walk started.
Day 7 Trip concludes Eguisheim
Arrangements conclude after breakfast.
- 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 to 4 courses which include regional specialties
- 4 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 2 star hotels on a twinshare basis. All rooms have private facilities.
- Transfer of luggage between hotels
- Road book
- Map and travel documentation
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Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots or shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.