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Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace

Between the Rhine & the Vosges Mountains
 
Appreciate rolling vineyards, woodland trails and exquisite, flower-festooned villages with self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking (and luggage transfers) followed by fine gastronomy and world-class wines at select hotels.
Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace. 7 nights
Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A pituresque and gastronomic walking holiday in Alsace –

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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  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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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: 13km, 4hrs
    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. After entering the narrow cobbled main street through one of the town’s huge arched gates, you stay overnight at the Hotel Les Portes de la Vallée, just across the river.
    Eguisheim to Turckheim: 13km
    Château du Hohlandsbourg on the route from Eguisheim to Turckheim
  • Turckheim to Kaysersberg: 14km, 5.5hrs
    Leaving Turckheim, your walk begins once again by heading uphill through the vineyards to reach a small chapel. You then continue through mixed woodland to the village of Trois-Epis before climbing to the impressive memorial of Le Galtz whose tower and huge statue command a superb panorama. You then descend gently on forest paths, passing further viewpoints, before skirting the village of Ammerschwihr and rising into another valley to reach Kaysersberg and the Hotel Les Remparts, where you stay two nights.
    Turckheim to Kaysersberg: 14km
    The village of Ammerschwihr, on the route from Turckheim to Kaysersberg
  • Circular walk from Kaysersberg: 13km, 4.5hrs
    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: 13km
    The village of Kaysersberg
  • Kaysersberg to Bergheim: 9.5km, 3hrs; longer option: 16.5km, 6hrs
    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 and a butterfly house. 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 three nights at the Hotel La Cour du Bailli.
    Kaysersberg to Bergheim: 9.5km
    Walking the Route des Vins
  • Choice of walks from Bergheim: 8.5km to 18km
    There is plenty to enjoy in Bergehim – an included gourmet meal, a tasting in the hotelier's excellent winery, and a choice of several walking options:

    Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle: 15km, 6hrs
    Take a taxi (pay locally) to visit the most prominent and best-restored of the region’s castles before walking back to Bergheim through forest and then vineyards, passing a number of viewpoints, a thought-provoking German military cemetery and a haven for wildflowers along the way.

    St Hippolyte & its wines: 10.5km, 3.5hrs
    A gentle circuit from your hotel which offers an opportunity for wine tasting in pretty St Hippolyte – the village is famous for its pinot noir (red) wines, which is something of a rarity for Alsace, although it also produces some excellent whites. Your return takes in a fine viewpoint above Bergheim and the German military cemetery.

    Kintzheim & its castle: 8.5km, 3hrs
    Walk through vineyards to the village of Kintzheim and up to the ruined castle which has excellent birds of prey displays, before catching the bus back to Bergheim (pay locally).

    Amazing Taennchel: 18km, 6.5hrs
    Take a taxi to Thannenkirch (pay locally), from where you can embark on a very rewarding walk through the evocative and mysterious area around the summit of Taennchel. Although it represents the longest distance – and reaches the highest point (950 metres) – of the holiday, this route comes highly recommended and takes in some amazing rock formations. The area is home to a ‘pagan wall’ and is strewn with curiously named outcrops imbued with a special kind of magic – telluric waves of magnetic charges that are said to have a spiritual quality but which lend the landscape an undeniable stillness.
    Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
    Kintzheim birds of prey
    Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle: 15km
    St Hippolyte & its wines: 10.5km
    Kintzheim & its castle: 8.5km
    Amazing Taennchel: 18km
 

Accommodation

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

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 April 2019 - 08 October 2019 & 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 23 May 2019 £798 £365
    24 May - 1 Oct 2019 £835 £380
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £798 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £845 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35 to -£60
    Single traveller supplement £35 to £60

    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.

    If a twin is required while in Bergheim, add £96pp (only twin is a 'privilège' room)
    Deduct £25pp if staying in Turkheim on a Sunday (restaurant closed)

    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: 13 April 2019 - 08 October 2019 & 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 23 May 2019 £1040 £365
    24 May - 1 Oct 2019 £1080 £380
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1070 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £1130 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60 to -£65
    Single traveller supplement £60 to £65

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

    If a twin is required while in Bergheim, add £96pp (only twin is a 'privilège' room)
    Deduct £25pp if staying in Turkheim on a Sunday (restaurant closed)

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Colmar (TGV), approx. duration 5h50 plus 0h25 taxi transfer. Home, Colmar–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 5h50 plus 0h45 taxi transfer.

    If you book your holiday less than 6 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.

    7 nights: 13 April 2019 - 08 October 2019 & 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 23 May 2019 £848 £365
    24 May - 1 Oct 2019 £885 £380
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £895 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £945 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110 to -£120
    Single traveller supplement £110 to £120

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    If a twin is required while in Bergheim, add £96pp (only twin is a 'privilège' room)
    Deduct £25pp if staying in Turkheim on a Sunday (restaurant closed)

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £47 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim
    Superior: 13 Apr - 08 Oct 2019 £11
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £12
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 08 Oct 2019 £30
    Junior suite: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £32
    'Privilège': 13 Apr - 08 Oct 2019 £30
    'Privilège': 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £32
    Suite: 13 Apr - 08 Oct 2019 £52
    Suite: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £55

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

    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Apr - 08 Oct 2019 £59 £115
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £64 £122
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel-Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Paris CDG

    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 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    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
    Stansted - Strasbourg Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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 connecions between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Basel-Mulhouse airport to hotel (1h) £60 flexible
    bus Basel-Mulhouse airport to St Louis (0h10 pay locally), rail St Louis to Colmar (0h35), taxi Colmar to hotel (0h25) £26 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi Bergheim hotel to Basel-Mulhouse airport (1h20) £70 flexible
    taxi hotel to Colmar (allow 0h45), rail Colmar to St Louis (0h35), bus St Louis to Basel-Mulhouse airport (0h10 pay locally) £38 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Strasbourg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Strasbourg to Colmar (0h30), taxi Colmar to hotel (0h25) £25 1700
    direct taxi Strasbourg airport to hotel (1h) £70 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar (allow 0h45), rail Colmar to Strasbourg (0h30) £37 1100
    direct taxi Bergheim hotel to Strasbourg airport (1h) £50 flexible

    Paris CDG

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Paris CDG airport to Colmar SNCF (3h30), taxi Colmar SNCF to hotel (0h20) £80 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar SNCF (allow 0h45), rail Colmar SNCF to Paris CDG (3h30) £94 1430
What's included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on day 4
 
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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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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