Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace

Between the Rhine & the Vosges Mountains
 

Holiday Highlights

The villages | Alsace is famous for its flower-festooned villages, and you stay in two of the finest, Eguisheim and Turckheim.
The celebrated wines | Unoaked, mainly whites, with floral and peachy notes – enjoy the investigation.
Colmar | This medieval town with excellent museums and lovely waterways is an easy day trip from Turckheim.
Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace. 7 nights
Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A gastronomic walking holiday near Colmar

By day, appreciate rolling vineyards, woodland trails and exquisite, flower-festooned villages on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday with luggage transfers. In the evenings, savour fine gastronomy and world-class wines.
The beautiful borderland of Alsace, nestling between the Vosges Mountains and the mighty River Rhine, offers a delightful fusion of Franco-German culture, a wonderful variety of scenery, and an array of subtly delicious wines that are a fine match for the region’s distinctive and delicious cuisine.

This corner of France delivers charm by the bucketload: amid a rolling carpet of assiduously tended vines are impossibly pretty villages whose half-timbered buildings sprout colourful displays of geraniums and where remarkable storks’ nests are delicately balanced on pointed church spires.

The forested slopes to the west, sprinkled with crumbling castles and criss-crossed by attractive walking trails, only add to the allure; while the celebrated gastronomy – with dishes such as ham hock and steaming choucroute as likely to be served with a foaming glass of beer as a luscious local wine – provides ample reward for a walking adventure par excellence.
 
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Itinerary

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  • Arrival in Eguisheim
    Night 1: at La Ferme du Pape (where you stay one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Eguisheim to Turckheim: 12.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 590m / descent 475m
    After exploring the beautiful village of Eguisheim, whose streets of 17th-century timber-frame houses radiate out from the cobbled square in concentric rings, you ascend steeply through vineyards to reach a cluster of three ruined castles, collectively known as Les Trois Châteaux d’Eguisheim. You then contour through sun-dappled forest to reach the Château du Hohlandsbourg. This fourth château has been restored and is well worth visiting, and also makes an ideal picnic stop with its vista over the plains below. Descend through forest, with a fine viewpoint up the Munster valley, before reaching historic Turckheim, whose Brand vineyard produces one of the most celebrated Grand Crus of all. You spend two nights at Les Deux Clefs or Hotel Les Portes de la Vallée.
    Eguisheim to Turckheim: 12.5km
    Château du Hohlandsbourg
  • Circular walk from Turckheim: 12km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 310m
    This beautiful circuit leaves Turckheim via the picturesque Grand Rue and Munster Gate to climb steadily through mixed forest on ancient paths to a chapel set in a peaceful glade. From here, you descend the Zimmerbach valley to a pretty village of the same name, before returning to Turckheim through vineyards with panoramic views across the Rhine Valley and to the mountains of the Black Forest beyond. 

    Alternatively, you could take a bus or train direct to the centre of the small but exceptional city of Colmar. Once here, follow our self-guided walking tour to explore the cobbled lanes of colourful half-timbered houses, canals of ‘Little Venice’, the market hall and excellent Unterlinden museum, housed in a former convent.
    Circular walk from Turckheim: 12km
    Near Turckheim
    Visit nearby Colmar
  • Turckheim to Kaysersberg: 13.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent 650m / descent 625m
    Leaving Turckheim, your walk begins once again by heading uphill through vineyards, then climbing through shady forest to the impressive memorial of Le Galtz whose tower and huge statue command a superb panorama. From here, you descend gently on forest paths, passing further viewpoints, before skirting the village of Ammerschwihr to reach Kaysersberg and the Hotel Les Remparts, where you stay two nights.
    Turckheim to Kaysersberg: 13.5km
    Ammerschwihr
  • Circular walk from Kaysersberg: 11km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 500m
    Today’s circuit begins with a gradual ascent of forested slopes to emerge in a delightful pasture clearing where you will find an ancient chapel and Auberge St Alexis, whose terrace overlooking a flower garden makes a fine stop for lunch. Your descent to Kaysersberg takes in an excellent viewpoint, a formidable oak tree in a charming forest clearing, an impressive rocky outcrop and the ruins of Kaysersberg Castle, resplendent on its hilltop above the village.
    Circular walk from Kaysersberg: 11km
    Kaysersberg
  • Kaysersberg to Bergheim: 9km, 3hrs; longer option: 16km, 5.5hrs; ascent 590m / descent 675m
    Your day starts with a transfer to medieval Riquewihr, perhaps the most renowned of all the villages and towns on La Route des Vins. You have time to explore before continuing on foot to idyllic Hunawihr where there is an unusual fortified church as well as a stork sanctuary. Your route then heads to Ribeauvillé where you can take an additional, superb loop: a strenuous ascent is rewarded by the three ruined castles of St Ulrich, Giersberg and Haut Ribeaupierre – and yet more stupendous views – before you loop back to Ribeauvillé on a pilgrimage path via the imposing monastery of Notre Dame de Dusenbach. Whether or not you opt for the detour, the final leg takes you through vineyards to the walled town of Bergheim, where you stay for the next two nights at the Hotel La Cour du Bailli.
    Kaysersberg to Bergheim (longer option): 16km
    Route des Vins
  • Choice of walks from Bergheim: 10.5km to 11km
    Today you have a choice of walks, both taking in the beautiful wine-tasting village of St Hippolyte, or you may prefer to visit Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, one of the best-restored of the region, strikingly set on a prominent hilltop, and visible for miles around.

    St Hippolyte & its wines: 10.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent / descent 275m
    Ascending gently from Bergheim, through undulating vineyard country and past a German war cemetery, your destination is the village of St Hippolyte, a renowned centre of wine-making. Take the opportunity to visit the family-run Bleger winery to taste some of the local specialities, before returning to Bergheim through more vineyards.

    Kintzheim & its castle: 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent / descent 200m
    Follow the same initial route to St Hippolyte, from where you continue along some of the loveliest old pathways through further vineyards to the village of Kintzheim, and up to its ruined castle. Return to Bergheim by bus.
    St Hippolyte walk: 10.5km
    Taste wines in St Hippolyte
    Kintzheim walk: 11km
    En route to St Hippolyte
 

Accommodation

A variety of characterful accommodation offers a real taste of Alsacien food and culture.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay in Turckheim, we recommend adding an extra night so that you can visit nearby Colmar. 
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 10 April 2024 - 10 October 2024 & 10 April 2025 - 10 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 - 30 Apr 2024 £995 £305
    1 May - 31 Jul 2024 £1050 £305
    1 - 24 Aug 2024 £1010 £305
    25 Aug - 3 Oct 2024 £1040 £305
    10 - 30 Apr 2025 £1035 £320
    1 May - 31 Jul 2025 £1095 £320
    1 - 24 Aug 2025 £1055 £320
    25 Aug - 3 Oct 2025 £1085 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60 to -£62
    Single traveller supplement £60 to £62

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 10 April 2024 - 10 October 2024 & 10 April 2025 - 10 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 - 30 Apr 2024 £1320 £305
    1 May - 31 Jul 2024 £1440 £305
    1 - 24 Aug 2024 £1395 £305
    25 Aug - 3 Oct 2024 £1390 £305
    10 - 30 Apr 2025 £1375 £320
    1 May - 31 Jul 2025 £1500 £320
    1 - 24 Aug 2025 £1455 £320
    25 Aug - 3 Oct 2025 £1450 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£99 to -£103
    Single traveller supplement £99 to £103

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Colmar (TGV), approx. duration 6h plus 0h25 taxi transfer. Home, Colmar–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 5h30 plus 0h45 taxi transfer.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £18
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £19
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim
    Appartement Supérieure: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £42
    Appartement Supérieure: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £44
    Junior Suite double: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £26
    Junior Suite double: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £27

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel des Deux Clefs, Turckheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £83 £136
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £86 £141
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £70 £129
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £73 £134
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel or Paris CDG
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
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    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Basel (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.
     

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Basel airport to St Louis (0h10, pay locally), rail St Louis to Colmar (0h35), taxi Colmar to hotel (0h25) £35-£36 1600
    direct taxi Basel airport to hotel (1h) £77-£80 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar (0h45), rail Colmar to St Louis (0h35), bus St Louis to Basel airport (0h10, pay locally) £48-£50 1200
    direct taxi hotel to Basel airport (1h20) £90-£94 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris CDG

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Paris CDG airport to Colmar SNCF (3h30), taxi Colmar SNCF to hotel (0h20) £103-£107 1500 (1400 Sat)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar SNCF (0h45), rail Colmar SNCF to Paris CDG (3h30) £121-£130 1430
What's included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer on day 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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