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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1090USD

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Overview

Trip Code: AMV

Trip highlights


  • Walking through the heart of the Alsatian vineyards
  • Exploring the authentic villages and castles which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the nature and landscapes of Ballons des Vosges Nature Park
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Munster Cheese
  • Sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’

Well marked paths and quiet country backroads provide the perfect setting to explore one of the most picturesque regions of France. Wander along the cobblestone streets of quaint villages and be impressed by the architecture of Romanesque and Baroque churches. Sample some of the Alsace's finest gastronomic delights as you travel through undulating farmland, orchards and vineyards. You will be able to discover the summits of the Vosges, unusual and stunning 'balloons' or round topped hills as you trek through the valleys of this spectacular region.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Eguisheim is one of the most beautiful villages on the wine route, just 8km from Colmar. Wine making has been an important industry in the area since the Middle Ages and was largely developed by the Bishops of Strasbourg. During the afternoon you can warm up your legs with a walking tour of the old town, where remnants of a fortified castle that was constructed in the 13th century are visible, or relax and sample some of the great wines of the region in one of the many cafés in town.

Meals:  Nil

Following breakfast at the hotel the walking day begins. The first ascent leads to "3 Chateaux" in Eguisheim (600m/1970ft) and later on to Hohlandsbourg Chateau, which offers a panoramic view over Colmar and the Alsace plain dotted with numerous villages. You spend the night in the beautiful town of Turckheim, where each evening at 10pm a night watchman in traditional 16th century costume sings as he switches off the streetlights. Ascent/descent: +563m/1847ft, -534m/1752ft

Meals:  B

Today's walk takes you from Turckheim to Kayserberg, the birthplace of Dr Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner, crossing Grand Cru vineyards. Kaysersberg is dominated by a high fortress which stands as a reminder of the strategic importance of the town and its turbulent past. There will be time in the afternoon to explore or relax with a local vintage. Ascent/descent: +654m/2145ft, -631m/2070ft

Meals:  B

This morning you leave the wine region to walk in the Vosges. From Kaysersberg (at 250m/820ft) you ascend to the village of Labaroche and the summit of Petit Honack (927m/3188ft). After the Croix de Wihr Pass (840m/2756ft), the path leads to Munster in the heart of the Vosges Massif. The Munster Valley is the home of the famous Munster Cheese made with cow's milk. It is claimed that the distinct flavour of the cheese is obtained from the flora in the Vosges pastures, and the ancient methods of production which have varied little over the years. Ascent/descent: +1113m/3652ft, -999m/3278ft

Meals:  B

You leave Munster and ascend in the direction of Wasserbourg (746m/2448ft). You pass the summit of Mühlenkopf (805m/2641ft) and descend further into the valley to discover an area with vineyards and the village of Wintzfelden. Ascent/descent: +791m/2595ft, -810m/2657ft

Meals:  B

Taking an beautiful terraced path dominating the Rhine Valley, you walk in the direction of Gueberschwihr, a medieval town with numerous 16th to 18th Century wine-growers' homes made of timber and stone. Along the way you will see Celtic religious sites and an abbey, before returning to Eguisheim to end your walk. Ascent/descent: +509m/1670ft, -656m/2152ft

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • GPS Tracks available on request
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Eguisheim
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Hotel taxes may apply - these are payable locally and range from €0.8-€3 per person per night

Grading

moderate  

The daily walks are around 6 hours, between 14 and 23km/8.6 and 14.2mi and maximum ascents and descents of 750 metres / 2460 feet per day. The trails are well defined. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for experienced hikers.


Departure dates

Daily from 9 Apr to 8 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 21 May to 30 Sep - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1090USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$340
*Prices listed are per person

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