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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 picturesque 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.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

The easing of travel restrictions for UK citizens means that we are resuming this holiday from the start of September 2020.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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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.
 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £798 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £845 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    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: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1070 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £1130 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £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.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    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: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £895 £325
    22 May - 3 Oct 2020 £945 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£120
    Single traveller supplement £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.
    > More information about travelling self-drive

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outward travel on 3-5 & 10-12 April 2020, and for homeward travel on 12-13 April 2020. A supplement of £47 per car per single journey applies outward on Fridays & Saturdays 22-23 May & 10 July-15 August 2020 and homeward on Saturdays & Sundays 30-31 May & 18 July-30 August 2020.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £12
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim
    Appartement Supérieure: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £32
    Junior Suite: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £20

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

    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £64 £122
  • 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

    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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