Alsace wine route and heritage

Between the plains and the “mountains” lies France’s most famous wine route!

Alsace wine route and heritage

Price from : 1485 €
Ideal duration : 12 days –
11 nights

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The Alsace Wine Route passes through a number of towns and villages of incomparable charm. Half-timbered houses, flower-filled lanes, Romanesque and Gothic churches follow one another along more than 170km. Among these stages, you’ll come across the names “Plus Beaux Villages de France” or “Plus Beaux Détours de France”, despite the fact that some of these names can be quite strange or difficult for the uninformed to pronounce!

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  • Alsace vineyards
  • Discover the high castles
  • Half-timbered houses
  • Village joie de vivre
  • History between France and Germany

Days 1 and 2: Arrival in Colmar

Arrive at Colmar station and take possession of your vehicle for your entire stay in Alsace.

In the center of Alsace, the town of Colmar boasts a rich cultural heritage and remains an important stop on the wine route, with its first mention dating back to 823! It’s easy to stroll through typical quarters with flower-filled windows, and explore historic museums.

Things to see and do :

A detour to Eguisheim, voted “France’s favorite village”, the town’s atypical layout makes it so charming: secret medieval streets around the historic heart / The Unterlinden and Auguste Bartholdi museums.

Days 3 and 4: Kaysersberg

Continue your journey to charming Alsace, in the heart of the Ballons des Vosges Regional Park, with a stopover in the pretty town of Kaysersberg, a strategic point for exploring the surrounding area, and historically strategic in that it recalls the Roman road that linked Alsace to Lorraine. One of the most charming towns in Alsace, with its medieval sites grouped around the church (a masterpiece rarely equaled) and its fortified bridge dominated by the castle. Also voted “France’s favorite village” in 2017.

Your accommodation is just as atmospheric: a former convent dating back to the 11th century, it retains all the authenticity of the buildings of yesteryear.

Things to see and do :

Along the way and during your stay, visit neighboring Niedermorschwihr and Riquewihr, also key stops on the Wine Route.

Day 5: Ribeauvillé

Here you are in Ribeauvillé. A small wine-growing town, also home to the Carola spring water. Its cobbled streets and Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, adorned with an imposing 16th-century fountain, are teeming with life. Drink a Gewurztraminer on the terrace, eat a flammekueche in the shade of the medieval Butchers’ Tower or under the more distant protection of the silhouettes of the Ribeaupierre castles, a pleasant moment in prospect.

Day 6: Sélestat

Meet near Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Here, you’ll plunge back into the Middle Ages, abandoned after 1633, this prestigious castle was offered by the town of Sélestat to Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern in 1899, and was renovated by architect Bodo Ebhardt in the early 20th century.

Your accommodation is a fine example of Renaissance architecture in Sélestat, a Hostellerie, a former private house with a remarkable roof that has retained the discreet charm of character residences.

What to see :

Volerie des aigles, Illwald forest / Maison du pain / Montagne des singes / Route des Crètes.

Days 7 and 8: Obernai (Ottrott)

Just beyond Obernai, Alsace’s most visited town after Strasbourg, Otrott is known as the starting point for trails to Mount Saint-Odile, dedicated to the patron saint of Alsace.

It’s easy to get to Obernai. Nestled in the foothills of the Vosges mountains, the town offers many attractions for gourmets, sports enthusiasts and heritage lovers alike!

And once again, you’ll spend the next two nights in a renowned hostelry. Your accommodation is also equipped with a SPA, so you can relax after your journey!

Day 9: Traenheim and surrounding area

Dominated by the tower of its Romanesque church, the village of Traenheim lies to the north of the wine route, and will be your penultimate stop on this itinerary.

Days 10 and 11: Strasbourg

She needs no introduction! Emblematic of the region, with its traditional houses, lively taverns and cathedral! The capital of Alsace is also full of charm and treasures. As close to nature as it is to the city, all visitors will be delighted. Its proximity to Germany also makes it a great place to visit!

What to see / What to do :

Visit the cathedral, enthroned majestically in the heart of the city, and extend your visit by climbing its tower for a magnificent panoramic view / Stroll around the Grand Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage site / Pass through the Petite France district, with its famous canals and locks / Take a tour on a bateau mouche / Climb the Vauban barrage / Cycle around the city / Discover the imperial district or “Neustadt” / Visit the cellar of the Hospices civils de Strasbourg / Visit its many museums / Enjoy a baeckeoffe or a choucroute garnie, etc…

Day 12: Return train Strasbourg / Paris

You’ll leave a little early to return your rental car, then board your train to Paris!

Further information

From €1,485 per person (based on 2 people).


Includes: Return train ticket Paris-Colmar and Strasbourg/paris, 11 nights in charming accommodation, breakfasts as per program, car rental.

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