Alsace
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Alsace

Introduction

Historical ThemeArchitectureWine regionGourmet FoodModerate Walking

Alsace offers distinctive cultural, viticultural, and gastronomic experiences developed through centuries of ping-pong domination between France and Germany.

Today, the unique historic blend provides the walking visitor with unsurpassed richness and diversity from fairy-tale landscapes including pastel-painted villages, Europe's highest concentration of feudal castles to the distinctive Franco-Germanic cuisine and wines.

We walk along part of the famous Alsace Wine Trail, visit a medieval fortress with spectacular views to the Black Forest in Germany, and trek along forest tracks near Obernai and the Vosges Mountains, wining and dining along the way with the finest produce this fascinating area has to offer.

Walk Summary

Dates

28-SEP-14 - 04-OCT-14

Trip

6 nights

Terrain
Moderate

Walk Rating: Moderate. Undulating paths and tracks through forests, vineyards and picturesque villages. Occasional moderate ups and downs. 8-10 miles walking per day.

Price

US$ 4395.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$655)

Walk begins in Obernai, with pick up at Strasbourg and ends in Colmar, with departure from Colmar Rail Station.

Walk Itinerary

Sunday

We rendezvous in Strasbourg for the short journey to our hotel in the heart of Obernai, one of the loveliest villages in Alsace. Time to stroll around the village before an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner – our first taste of the renowned Alsatian cuisine.

Overnight: Obernai

Monday

Following a charming valley we leave Obernai to go to Boersch, a typical Alsacian fortress community. On the way we visit an handicraft marquetry studio. Heading through vineyards and pastures we arrive in Rosheim for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the 12th century church before walking back through forests and vineyards to admire the view of the Alsace plain above the city of Obernai before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Obernai

Tuesday

This morning we visit the mountain-top sanctuary of Mont Ste-Odile, a spiritual shrine much loved by the Alsatian people. The access to the monastery is through the only gateway, above which is written: “Here, in the days of yore, Holy Prioress Odile was living and forever she reigns over Alsace like a mother ". We can admire the panoramic views of the Rhine Valley beneath us. Crossing the majestic Vosgienne forest we descend to Barr, another Alsatian "kitch" village for our lunch. Our afternoon trail varies between woody hills and vineyards, and takes us to Bernardville for a wine tasting. We transfer by bus to our next hotel in Ribeauvillé and have dinner in a traditional "winstub" in town.

Overnight: Ribeauvillé

Wednesday

We start the day with a visit to the great castle of Haut Koenigsberg, one of Europe’s most important medieval fortresses, restored in the 19th century by Kaiser Wilhelm II. We enjoy the far-reaching views to Germany’s Back Forest and then walk down through the forest to our lunch in a chalet in a mountain resort village. Continuing along the same path in the afternoon, we discover the ruins of three castles of the Ribeaupierre family.  Leaving forest and castles, the undulating vineyard slopes lead us back to our hotel.

Overnight: Ribeauvillé

Thursday

We walk down from the hotel into Ribeauville, one of the most beautiful villages in France, along the celebrated Alsace Route de Vins, through vineyards of Reisling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer grapes. In Riquewihr, a village acclaimed for its beauty, we have lunch before walking on to another fortified village, Kientzheim, still nestled within its powerful ramparts. On the way we pass the WWII memorial remembering the soldiers from many different nations who gave their lives in the bloody battle of La Poche de Colmar. After a short transfer, we stroll through Colmar to our 17th century hotel.

Overnight: Colmar

Friday

We take to the Vosges Mountains on shaded forest paths and walk beside the region’s two most prominent lakes – the White and the Black. We will visit the Museum and Memorial at "Le Linge", scene one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. The battlefield is situated at the top of a rocky hillock, dotted with a few trees and lined with trenches dug out of the sandstone. The bunkers and barbed wire which crisscrossed the area have been retained. A very moving memorial site, the battlefield contains numerous black-and-white crosses marking the final resting place of French and German troops. After lunch in a typical local auberge and an opportunity to taste the tasty Munster cheese, we wind our way down past cooling mountain streams and across meadows. We may have time to briefly step inside the Unterlinden Museum and view the famous masterpeice, the Isenheim Alterpiece, before returning to our hotel and our Farewell Dinner. 

Overnight: Colmar

Saturday

The Wayfarers provide a courtesy bus transfer to the rail station in Colmar where we say Au Revoir.

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

Hotels

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La Maison des Têtes - Thursday and Friday

La Maison des Têtes

19 rue des Têtes
68000 Colmar

T : +33 (0) 3 89 24 43 43
F : +33 (0) 3 89 24 58 34
E: [email protected]
W : www.maisondestetes.com

In the heart of Colmar, this magnificent 17th century house is one of Colmar's most beautiful and emblematic buildings. Classed as an historical monument, it is full of local charm and conveniently located for guests to walk into the town. Each delightful bedroom has air-conditioning, TV, phone, miinibar, safe, WiFi internet access and ensuite bathroom with hairdryer.
La Maison des Têtes has been a meeting place for over 100 years and the highly recommended restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food enriched with local flavors.

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

Photo Gallery

Ribeauvillé / Elsass / Frankreich Ribeauvillé / Elsass / Frankreich ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2051LR.jpg Walking through vineyards What are they up to! Following forest rail Beautiful mountain pathways Gaetan playing for us A welcome rest Through the vines Ribeauvillé / Elsass / Frankreich Wonderful bread Delicious local produce Rich spices Lunch stop Mountain climb Ribeauville, Alsace, France War Memorials Local architecture Founders Michael West & Chris Hague ALSF1-11-AH-_0615.JPG Forest trail ALSF1-11_MW_40002.JPG ALSF1-11_MW_40003.JPG ALSF1-11_JEAN_FOLLETT-THOMPSON01767.JPG Ribeauvillé / Elsass / Frankreich strasbourg ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2374LR.jpg ALSF1-11_JEAN_FOLLETT-THOMPSON01778.JPG ALSF1-11_MW_90008.JPG ALSF1-11_MW_80051.JPG ALSF1-11_MW_80036.JPG ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2256LR.jpg ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2292LR.jpg ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2235LR.jpg ALSF1-11_ROY_ROBINSON_2129LR.jpg ALSF1-11_EB_0395.JPG ALSF1-11_ALICE_DUNLAP_KRAFT273.jpg ALSF1-11_JEAN_FOLLETT-THOMPSON01816.JPG ALSF1-11_JEAN_FOLLETT-THOMPSON01912.JPG

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