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A ramble through the vineyards and medieval villages of Alsace
The Kayserberg Valley in central Alsace has a strong wine growing heritage and the wines are world renowned particularly the Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and Pinot-Grays. The local cuisine which has developed alongside the viticulture industry includes such delicious specialties as tarte flambée, baeckeoffe, tarte alsacienne and numerous varieties of cheeses. With its pretty villages of half timbered houses, historical relics from Celtic and Roman times and abundance of cellar doors, the Kayserberg Valley has no shortage of places to visit. Walk between wine villages in a landscape dominated by the Vosges mountains with chestnut groves descending the slopes to meet the lush green vineyards. Evenings are spent in family run hotels known for their high quality cuisine, with a chance to sample the wines of the local vineyards.
- 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 Kayserberg or Kientzheim, wine tasting
On arrival at Colmar train station make your way to the first town, Kayserberg or neighbouring Kientzheim, by bus or taxi. Alternatively we are able to arrange a transfer for you (additional charge applies). Located in the heart of the Alsace wine region between the Vosges mountains to the west and the Rhine to the east, Kayserberg is a quaint medieval town of half timbered wooden houses decorated with flower boxes (in season) overlooked by an imperial castle. A perfect introduction to Alsatian culture is a visit to a wine cellar for wine tasting. Overnight Kayserberg or Kientzheim.
Day 2 Walk to Lapoutroie, visit cheese dairy (6hrs)
The walk today takes us west into the mountains to the town of Lapoutroie, with its brandy distillery and cheese of the Munster Valley made from 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. Today you have the option to visit either the distillery, museum or cheese factory. Overnight Lapoutroie.
Day 3 Walk via White Lake to Le Bonhomme or Orbey (4hrs)
A loop walk through the foothills of the Vosges past White Lake, through pine forests and pastures and along small streams. The countryside is particularly conducive to walking. Overnight Le Bonhomme or Orbey.
Day 4 Walk to Labaroche (4-6hrs)
This morning you walk to Labaroche located in the Ballon des Vosges regional park in the very heart of Welche country. Overnight Labaroche.
Day 5 Trip concludes
Trip concludes after breakfast.
- 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, 3 dinners (does not include drinks – two of the dinners are gastronomic dinners) – 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 accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels on a twinshare basis. All rooms have private facilities
- Transfer of luggage between hotels
- Road book
- Map and travel documentation
- Wine tasting and cellar visit
- Visit to cheese dairy or a brandy distillery or brandy museum (choice of one)
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Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots or shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive packing list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.