Excellent trip – Lovely area, well selected vineyards and Aude was an excellent guide. Highly recommended and one if the highlights of our trip.
Alsace Christmas Markets Private Tour
Experience the Magic of Alsace During the Festive Season
Visit the famous markets of Colmar, knowledgeably guided by one of our local team
Enjoy a moment in a small village Christmas market
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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450€ per group
9:30am to 4:30pm, every day
November 24th through December 23rd, 2019
Private Christmas markets tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
Pick-up from your centrally located Strasbourg hotel.
- Visit of Christmas markets in Colmar
- Visit of Christmas markets in local villages
- Wine tasting session in a local winery
- English-speaking driver & guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
- Free WiFi access on board
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
- Wine tasting fees
Depart Strasbourg En Route to Colmar’s Historic Christmas Markets
It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the “Christkindelsmärik” (market of the Infant Jesus). Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas. However, Strasbourg is not the only town to host Christmas Markets. The arrival of the little wooden huts in the town squares of Alsace’s towns and villages is also a major event. The Christmas markets mark the return of time-honored festivities. A world of delicious fragrances, delightful craft goods and lights quickly takes shape along the rows, where some surprising and mouthwatering discoveries await the markets’ visitors.
This morning depart from Strasbourg and head towards Colmar. Christmas in Colmar’s Historical town center means a historic setting made magical by amazing Christmas illuminations that blend perfectly with the wonderful lighting designed to enhance the town’s heritage. The pedestrian city center with its major architectural treasures that stretch from the Middle Ages to the 19th century is decorated like in a dream, a veritable open-air theatre where the warm Christmas mood envelops the heart of the town. Here, follow your guide for a tour of the town and to discover one or several Christmas Markets as the town holds 5 different markets. After the walk, enjoy some free time in the different markets.
Then, depart along the famous Alsace Wine Route to pass through some of the most beautiful villages of Alsace. The afternoon program will depend on the date of your tour. Eguisheim or Bergheim (Christmas Cribs tour) villages host a market every single day. On the 25th, 26th and 27th of November you will certainly stop in Kaysersberg where one of the most authentic Christmas markets is held. On the 3rd/4th and 10th/11th of December, your stop will certainly include the Christmas Markets of Riquewihr or Ribeauvillé as this is when he Medieval markets are being held. This full day tour will also include a wine tasting session in one of our carefully selected wineries so that you may have the opportunity, while in the region, to taste some of the most famous varietals this area produces. After the visits and wine tasting return to Strasbourg.
Good to Know
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies
- Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are per minivan (not per person)
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – you can read about it here
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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