should you take in Alsace?

From sightseeing in the scenic villages to wine tasting in historic vineyards, Alsace offers something for everyone. The Alsace region is divided into 2 administrative parts known as Haut Rhin and Bas Rhin (higher and lower Rhine regions) each having its own specificity, culture, food and heritage.

The Bas Rhin, of which Strasbourg is the capital, offers a great number of exciting attractions to visit, activities to partake in and of course is a fantastic departure point for many tours. The city of Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament and Council of Europe, is already a treat just by itself with its incredible Gothic Cathedral and historic Petite France neighborhood dotted with medieval half timbered houses. If you follow one of our guided walking tour of Strasbourg, our certified guides will surely take you to the most important landmarks of the city including the ones mentioned above. Another great option in Strasbourg is the food & wine related activities. The Alsace region is known to be one of the best when it comes to gastronomy and during our Strasbourg gourmet walking tour foie gras, wine, ginger bread and many more local specialties will be there for you to taste.

Once you have discovered the city of Strasbourg, it is time to head out and visit the most incredible sites that the Bas Rhin has to offer. The most famous of these is without a doubt the Alsace Wine Route or route des vins d’Alsace. One of the oldest in France, this wine route stretches for more than 70 kms and is lined with numerous, family owned wineries. Both our half day and full day wine tours departing from Strasbourg are the perfect opportunity for you to discover these amazing Alsace wine makers. Another top attraction in this area is the Haut Koenigsbourg Castle that is included in our full day Pearls of Alsace tour. Built in the 12th century it dominates the Alsace plains and is one of those ideal locations for a superb travel photo.

The Haut Rhin, of which Colmar is the capital, also offers a great deal of unique attractions and activities. The small town of Colmar is one of the most exquisite of France with its historic center, grand rue, medieval half timbered houses such as the “maison des tetes” and small winding canals. The town also houses one of the most impressive 16th century painting – the Issenheim Altarpiece. Outside of Colmar, the choices for day tours are numerous. The Route du Vin is an option for all the wine lovers and we organize both private and shared wine tours departing from Colmar. The area is also dotted with traditional villages such as Kaysersberg or Riquewihr that you can visit on our villages tour departing Colmar and that alone make for a great excursion. With the Vosges Mountains located just a short drive away, a tour to that area is synonym to local gastronomy as this is where Munster cheese is produced as well as some of the most tasty local spirits and eau-de-vie. The ‘route des Crêtes’ is also a must as this ridge road is one of the most impressive of France.

Check out our recommendations below to find which tour will best suit your interests!


Alsace is home to some of France’s most charming villages and most accomplished appellations. Experience the best of this region with the attention of your private guide.

  1. Colmar Visit and Alsace Wines(opens in a new tab) Mix the visit of a beautiful small town of France with the tasting of incredible wines.
  2. Pearls of Alsace Private Tour Combine the beauty of quaint Alsace villages and famed wine on this private tour.
  3. Villages and/or Wines of Alsace Half Day Enjoy a customizable tour of Alsace Villages and wine region. You decide the itinerary!
  4. Obernai & Mont St. Odile Half Day Explore a small village in Obernai and its stunning surroundings. This tour does not feature wine.
  5. Full Day Grands Crus Wines of Alsace Discover the four varietals of the exceptional Grand Crus wines of Alsace.


With small groups guaranteed, our shared tours provide a comfortable way to experience the best of Alsace, with both full day and half day options available.

  1. Full Day Wine Tour of Alsace Experience the beauty of the Alsace landscape with wine tastings.
  2. A Taste of Alsace Savor the sights and flavors of the Alsace wine region & Baden Baden.
  3. Pearls of Alsace Experience the best of Alsace in this full day tour
  4. Half Day Wine Tour from Strasbourg Taste the quality appellations of Alsace and learn about the distinct terroirs, all in half a day.


Want to experience a unique Christmas and discover the magic of the oldest Christmas market in Europe? Participate in one of our exclusive Christmas market tours of Strasbourg or in the villages of Alsace.

  1. Christmas Markets in the Alsace Villages Spend Christmas in traditional Alsace, the birthplace of the Christmas market.
  2. Strasbourg Christmas Market Stroll Let our local guides show you around the Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, that have existed since 1570.
  3. Christmas Markets of Alsace Private tour Experience the magic of Alsace during the festive season.
  4. German Christmas Markets from Strasbourg Immerse yourself in the German Christmas Markets on this full day private tour departing from Strasbourg


Looking to experience delicious food & wine of the region? Fancy a day trip to Germany? Ophorus has a tour for you!

  1. Hands on Flammekueche(opens in a new tab) Workshop Learn the secrets of making a traditional Alsace ‘Tarte Flambée’ during a 45 minutes workshop with a local chef.
  2. Market Stroll & Gourmet Tour Discover Strasbourg on market day and sample the fresh, regional produce.
  3. Baden Baden & Black Forest Take in the breathtaking views and preserved architecture of this German town and choose to explore the magic of the Black Forest or tour the Baden wine route.
  4. Cheese & Wine Tasting Experience Discover more about food and wine pairings and the secrets of cheese making
  5. Electric Boat Cruise around Strasbourg Private sightseeing Cruise Trip on Strasbourg Canals.
  6. Strasbourg Cycling Tour Discover the key sites of Strasbourg by e-bike.


Join one of our expert guides and spend some time unearthing the world of Alsatian wine along the picturesque Wine Route.

  1. Villages and/or Wines of Alsace Half Day Choose between tasting the most famous wines in the Alsace region or discovering the monuments of picturesque Alsatian villages.
  2. Gems of Alsace Private Tour Enjoy a guided wine tasting in a typical winestub, visit two beautiful villages and a magnificent castle.
  3. Grand Crus Wine Tour from Colmar Spend a day learning about the Alsatian terroirs and enjoying the best wines of the region.


Our small group tours departing Colmar are a convenient, affordable way to experience essential Alsace.

  1. Gems of Alsace Follow the Alsace wine route, taste local wines, and explore breathtaking Alsatian villages.
  2. Alsace Wine Tour from Colmar Full Day Visit 4 different wine producing areas of Alsace and nearby villages.
  3. Wine Tour Half Day from Colmar Discover the beauty of the Alsace wine route, stopping in two wineries and discover the 7 different types of Alsatian wine.
  4. Alsace Villages from Colmar For those more interested in sightseeing than wine, this tour is an ideal way to visit the villages of Alsace.


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At Ophorus all our expert guides hold the WSET level 2 in Wines & Spirits, and our drivers are fully accredited and licensed guides.


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