Hiking in Alsace is a unique experience as the region is nestled between the beautiful Vosges mountains in France and the border of Germany. The famous Route du Vin, the Alsatian wine route, includes at least 100 wine producing villages between Strasbourg and Colmar, producing some of France's best wines.
Our walking tours of Alsace start with the hike up the Mont Sainte Odile before passing through vineyards and typical Alsatian villages such as Ricquewihr and its medieval influence. You will get to visit the famous Haut Koenigsbourg Castle, overlooking the plain of Alsace.
You will mainly walk on GR trails, which are well maintained and marked so you can focus on enjoying the view!
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Day 1 : Arrive in Alsace Lorraine
Arrive in Strasbourg and then train to Obernai, south of Strasbourg along the Wine Route. The train ride is about 30 minutes and trains are available throughout the day. To arrive in Strasbourg, there is easy rail access from Paris with the newly opened TGV line; or by air. Rail access from Frankfurt is also possible. Orientation in the evening at the hotel. Overnight in Obernai in a charming hotel.
If you have the time, here are some sites to visit in Strasbourg:
Petite France: The popular corner of the Grand le (the Main Island) is where the le river splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. Ponts Couverts: Towers and footbridges situated at the end of Petite France Cathedral, built from 1190 to 1439. Quartier Allemand (German District), the showcase of German neoclassical architecture in Strasbourg.
Accommodation : Hotel La Cour d'Alsace - "Obernai"
Day 2 : Hike up the Mont Sainte Odile to Barr
Distance 1 : 11 Miles - 17 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 654 Meters
Your first hiking day; you start from your hotel and go to the Mont Saint Odile. You will then walk on to Barr covering about 17km with some hills and a forested trail. You can have lunch at the summit of the hills at the Mont St Odile then descend nicely to Barr. You are in tree cover most of the day which doesnt allow for long views, but you come out into the wine country around Barr and can sample some of the excellent local wines when you are back.
16.7 km with climbing; elev gain 696m; estimated 5 hours hiking.
Accommodation : Le H*** Hotel - "Barr"
Day 3 : Walk the Alsace wine route to Itterswiller
Option 1 : 6 Miles - 10 Km
Option 2 : 9 Miles - 14 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 306 Meters Elevation gain 2 : 480 Meters
Two options today, but both take you through vineyard country and on to the Foret d'Andlau and the passing by the wine town of Bernardville before going on to Itterwiller. The short route will take about 3.5 hours, 10.3 km with about 397m elevation gain. Long itinerary is 13.7km, 4.5 hours, 721m elev gain. Before your dinner, we will organize a wine tasting in order to discover the best wines of the area!
Accommodation : Hotel Arnold - "Itterswiller"
Day 4 : Haut Koenigsbourg Castle to Ribeauville
Distance 1 : 7 Miles - 11 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 242 Meters
Your destination today is Ribeauville, but we will start with a taxi transfer at 9am to the Chateau of Haut Koenigsbourg. The castle is nestled at a strategic location on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain. From there, you will have a scenic hike back to Ribeauville, through the Forest de Ribeauville on the GR5 path. In the Middle Ages, Ribaeauville was the seat of the Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - the Lords of Ribeaupierre (hence the town's name of Ribeauvillé). 11.4km, 360m elev gain; approx 4 hours hiking.
Accommodation : Hotel De La Tour - "Ribeauville"
Day 5 : More Alsatian vineyards on to Kaysersberg
Distance 1 : 6 Miles - 10 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 432 Meters
Your destination today is Kaysersberg, a charmingly little village. You will hike in the vineyards in the morning to reach Ricquewihr, the perfect stop for lunch. Riquewihr is a medieval town located in the heart of the vineyard, which is well known for its picturesque and its outstanding architectural heritage. Hiking in the forest in the afternoon, you will head to another remains of chateau to visit, just before Kaysersberg where you stay overnight and take dinner on your own.
10km; 3.5 hours and 610m elev gain.
Accommodation : Logis Hotel les Remparts - "Kaysersberg"
Day 6 : Walk to Colmar
Distance 1 : 10 Miles - 16 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 217 Meters
You will first hike to Turkheim, known for its Gewurztraminer, traditional Alsatian cuisine, and stunning surrounding scenery. Then walk to Colmar, one of the most charming of all the Alsatian villages. Of interest are the various museums: (Unterlinden, Bartholdi, du Jouet), and the old town architecture (Old Customs House, Pfister House, Cathedral, etc.). Walking enthusiasts will enjoy Petite Venise, a typical quarter with very well-preserved old Alsace homes, the yacht harbour and the pedestrianized old town with its many shops.
16km; 4.5 hours and 504m elev gain.
Accommodation : Hotel St Martin - "Colmar"
Day 7 : Departure Day
Departure after breakfast. Trains to Paris and Strasbourg from Colmar possible. Extra nights in Colmar or Strasbourg possible.
Distance : 13.00 Km / 8.17 Miles - Elevation gain : 388.50 Meters
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Day : 1
The stylishly renovated buildings of the hotel provide for a cozy atmosphere. Original wooden-beamed ceilings, the painstakingly refurbished half-timbering, and the artistic witnesses of centuries past create a link between the guest and the culture and history of Alsace, its cuisine and hospitality. Hotel la Cour d'Alsace is located in the meticulously restored Medieval old town of Obernai in Alsace. This former manor house and wine cellar of the distinguished Baron De Gail family gave rise to a hotel whose refined courtly character conveys an atmosphere of intimacy to its guests.
Day : 2
The hotel Les Hortensias, built on the hills of the medieval town of Barr, along the Alsatian Wine Route, accommodates you in a most authentic setting and offers you a true refined stay.This charming residence, once known as the "small castle Dietz", was built at the end of the 19th century by Edouard Dietz, a notable from Barr, owner the most important tannery of the town.Today, Les Hortensias has been completely renovated and combine great character, comfort and gastronomy with relaxation, only 30 minutes away from Strasbourg and Colmar
Day : 3
In the middle of the Alsatian vineyard, in a peaceful green surrounding, on the famous Wine Route, at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, a friendly house with luxurious arrangements, 28 rooms and its duplex apartment fitted with a bathroom (shower or bathtub), toilets, hairdryer, mini-bar, television, phone, modem socket for PC and WIFI.
Day : 4
The Hotel de la Tour is a former winery which Michel and Francoise Alt turned into a charming and typical Alsacian hotel. It is located in the heart of the medieval city of Ribeauville close to all of the places of interest: landmarks, shopping and Winstubs (typical Alsacian restaurants).
Day : 5
On the edge of the historical town of Kaysersberg in Alsace, bordering forest and vineyards, the hotel les Remparts offers you calm and comfort. The 40 rooms, located in two buildings, are all equiped with bath, WC, private bar, phone and TV. These apartments typical of Alsace are just outside the forest, making for a peaceful location. Besides, the hotel has a well equiped conference room, a bar, private parking, 18 garages, a sauna and leisure room (billard, table tennis). No restaurant under the same roof but a lot of them easily reachable by foot in the old town. The hotel les Remparts would welcome you for an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards
Day : 6
Welcome to the Hotel Saint-Martin, a truly patrician residence standing in the heart of Colmars historic centre, with its Louis XVI facade, turret, Renaissance staircase and charming inner courtyard.
The locations charm and character is echoed in its decor, from reception to rooms, providing a truly restful and calm atmosphere.
The Hotel Saint-Martins privileged location in the very centre of Colmar, in the middle of Alsace, gives you a wide choice of cultural and gastronomic excursions.
Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.
GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
- 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
- Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included
- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
- All luggage transfers
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
- 1 wine tasting (not available on Sunday )
What's not included
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
- Option for an in-person orientation with a supplement.
|Price from & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Solo traveler |
|Standard||1090 €||240 €||1550 €|
*Please contact us for triple room rates
Trains to Obernai from Paris CDG Airport & from Paris « Gare de l'Est » train station. Trip is about 3h20min. Departure from Colmar to Paris Gare de l'Est 2H50min. Flights to Strasbourg from Paris 1H 10min then train to Obernai. International flights to Frankfurt possible.