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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Trip Details

Price:

450€ per group


When:

9:30am to 4:30pm, every day
November 30th through December 23rd, 2019


Duration:

7 hours


Trip style:

Private Christmas markets tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8


Meeting point:

Pick-up from your centrally located Strasbourg hotel.


Inclusions:
  • Visit of Christmas markets in Colmar
  • Visit of Christmas markets in local villages
  • Wine tasting session in a local winery (fees not included)
  • English-speaking driver & guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Free WiFi access on board

Exclusions:
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • 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, Riquewihr (Medieval market), Colmar and Strasbourg cities host a market every single day. On the 6th, 7th and 8th of December, your stop will certainly include the Christmas Market of Bergheim, on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th of December you will have the opportunity to discover Ribeauvillé market, and almost every single day of this festive season, the market of Kaysersberg will be ready to show you all it has to offer. 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

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • 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)
  • Currency is in Euros
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – you can read about it here

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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