Excellent trip – Lovely area, well selected vineyards and Aude was an excellent guide. Highly recommended and one if the highlights of our trip.
5-DAY INTIMATE ALSACE EXPERIENCE
Get Up Close and Discover the True, Authentic Alsace
See the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world... in a hospital!
Get to know the beautiful town of Strasbourg and its German influences
Witness the stunning landscapes of the Vosges
Eat a traditional dinner in a wine lounge
Explore the quaint villages of Colmar and Eguisheim
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- Single supplement: €540 additional
- 2 people: €1,700 each
- 4 people: €1,350 each
- 6 people: €1,200
- Single supplement: €720 additional
- 2 people: €1,800 each
- 4 people: €1,400 each
- 6 people: €1,300
Available year-round, upon request
Exceptions: May 1st, December 24th & 25th, January 1st
5 days, 4 nights
Private multi-day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
If your group is larger than 8 people, please contact us.
Pick up in Strasbourg (airport/train station)
- Arrival and departure transfers
- 4 nights accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotel (based on double room sharing)
- Expert English-speaking guide & driver throughout the tour
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes Minivans
- Guided walking tour in Strasbourg including the Hospices, Obernai, Colmar, and Riquewihr
- Visit of Kientzheim and Eguisheim villages
- One commented wine tasting
- English tour at Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg
- 3-course meal dinner + 1 aperitif drink in a traditional restaurant in the center of Strasbourg (other drinks not included)
- Follow the Vosges mountain scenic ridge route
- Bottled water in the minivan
- Meals, drinks
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
- Eventual gratuities
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DAY 1 > ARRIVAL IN STRASBOURG / HOTEL TRANSFER
Pick up in Strasbourg (Airport/Train Station) and private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Check in at your hotel and night in Strasbourg.
Day 2 > Strasbourg Walking Tour / Obernai Village Visit & Wine Tasting Session
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel.
Explore the History and Beauty of Strasbourg with Your Personal Expert Guide
This morning, depart for a guided walking tour of Strasbourg. Follow your private English speaking guide as you walk around the old pedestrian areas located around the Cathedral and in the Petite France neighborhood. During the tour, your guide will certainly point out the Maison Kammerzell, Gutenberg square, St-Thomas church, the former tanners’ houses, the Covered Bridges, the Vauban dam, the former customs-house, the former town-butchery, the Palais Rohan and so much more. One of the highlights of the walking tour will certainly be the visit of the Cathedral.
Including the Visit of a Wine Cellar Nestled Deep in Strasbourg’s Main Hospital.
Follow your guide as you reach one of the most unusual locations of Strasbourg. As you reach the old Hospices (Hospital), descend an unassuming flight of stairs tucked on the side of a building and discover the oldest Wine Cellar in Town. Back in the days, patients frequently paid for their treatment at the hospital by donating land to it, which was sometimes used for vineyards. Wine was often used for medical and religious purposes at that time, so having a wine cellar as part of a hospital was common, though not many remain today. Tour the cellar lined with giant, decoratively carved wooden barrels, mostly dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. One of them, though, is marked 1472. Kept behind a gate with a few other particularly old barrels of wine, it contains 450 liters of the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world, which has only been tasted three times in its history.
A Wonderful Snapshot of Alsace Wines in the afternoon
After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, you will head towards the small village of Obernai. During your visit, you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multicolored tiles, ensigns, ramparts and the statue of St Odile patron saint of Alsace. Following a walking tour of the village, enjoy a commented wine tasting session in a carefully selected local ‘caveau’ (wine cellar). Your tour will then continue along the breathtaking Alsace wine route to admire the stunning landscape.
5.30pm Return to your hotel and night in Strasbourg.
Day 3 > Haut Koenigsbourg Castle / Riquewihr Visit / Kientzheim Village Visit
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am pick up at your hotel.
Beautiful Towns, villages and Amazing Landscapes – What a Combination!
Your first stop this morning will be at the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. Built in 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the North and the salt route that came from the East. After the visit, depart for the lovely town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the town has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls and old houses have preserved their 16C splendor virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. After a private guided walking tour of the town, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.
Following Lunch, Enjoy the Spectacular Alsace ‘Wine Route’
In the afternoon, you will follow the breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’. Located between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range the 60-year-old route winds across the slopes for more than 170 kms. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine covered hills, and through quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower decked houses clustered around the local church steeple. Finally, reach the small villages of Kientzheim.
Founded in the 8th century, the village is still surrounded today by its ramparts. Inside the walls, the village features cobbled narrow streets bordered by fine half-timbered houses and privately-owned castles, punctuated with flowers, fountains and wells. In the 16th century, Kientzheim belonged to Lazarus von Schwendi, general and diplomat of the Holy Roman Empire. Legend has it that he brought back to Alsace a new type of vine called Tokay during the assault of the Tokay fortress in Hungary against the Turks.
5.30pm return to Strasbourg.
This Evening will be Devoted to a Traditional Dinner in a Local Restaurant
Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a traditional restaurant in Strasbourg – known as a Winstub: The Winstub, literally “wine lounge”, recreates the Alsatian way of life. Originally, it was a room open to the public where wine growers could sell off the surplus of their production. Nowadays, the Winstub is a typical Alsatian restaurant, where the wine is served in carafe accompanied by traditional dishes such as Choucroute (or Sauerkraut), Baeckaoffa – a hotpot of potatoes garnished with a selection of meats marinated in white wine, cooked in a terrine dish – and many more. Don’t be surprised to eat shoulder to shoulder on wooden tables, often covered with tablecloths with red check where the usual customers often “try to solve the world’s problems”.
Night at your hotel.
Day 4 > Colmar Visit / Eguisheim Village Visit / Vosges Mountain Scenic Drive
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel.
Spend Time With your Own Personal Guide Discovering the Magic of Colmar
In the morning depart for Colmar. Described by Frommer’s as “one of the most attractive towns in Alsace,” the town is renowned for its well preserved historic center, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden Museum with the Issenheim Altarpiece. Follow your guide on a 2-hour private guided walking tour to discover all the main highlights this beautiful city has to offer. Your tour will certainly lead you to the “Maison des Tetes”, an outstanding German Renaissance building and to the Little Venice neighborhood where gorgeous half-timbered houses are lined along the Lauch River. Other significant landmarks include the Koifhus, the Pfister house, Saint Martin church, the covered market and so much more. After the visit and some free time, reach the small village of Eguisheim.
Take a Step Back in Time & Explore a Picturesque Village of Alsace
Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Follow your guide to discover this unique village: historic fountains, tithe manors, a yellow sandstone church with a 13th century “Opening Virgin” statue. +You will also admire the broad spectrum of its colored houses, where ancient inscriptions can be deciphered on the stone lintels and certainly fall in love with the personality of this most typical Alsace village.
Admire the Vosges Mountains during a Breathtaking Scenic Drive
Finally, follow the Vosges scenic ridge route that forms part of the boundary between the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France. In 1871, Alsace was ceded to Germany under the Treaty of Frankfurt, and thus the ridge formed the boundary between France and Germany. During the First World War, the French military decided to create a road to follow the ridge, thus allowing easier access to the valleys on both sides, enabling the faster movement of French troops. Experience a scenic drive as the road travels along bucolic countryside, opening up views of mountain passes, rounded mountains, lakes, rocks, pastures, and forests of majestic pines.
5.30pm return to your hotel and night in Strasbourg.
Day 5 > Departure Transfer In Strasbourg
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Strasbourg train station / airport.
Good to Know
- English speaking tour, other languages on request
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies
- Prices are per person
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour
Great wine tasting trip – A tour through beautiful country with a knowledgeable tour leader to visit wineries. Each winery had a range of tastings and a good discourse on the growing of the grape and the wine produced.
Great experience and a lovely guide – With our very nice guide Daniele, a very well mixed group of members and some amazing wines, this trip was totally worth it.
Don’t miss this tour!! – We had a great time on the Alsace wine route tour. Flo was very friendly, warm and entertaining! We all fell in love with the picturesque little villages along the way and of course the wine was spectacular!
Great morning winetasting – We had a great time visiting two wineries in a morning, as well as driving through the Alsace countryside and having some time to explore the small towns. Great guide too.
Wonderful Trip! – Our guide Bridgette and the tour was wonderful and a perfect amount of time (and wine)! We loved seeing little towns and sampling some of Alsace’s finest wines! Memories of a lifetime!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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