Arrive at the beautiful wine village of Gueberschwihr, a medieval village with half timbered houses, cobbled streets and a beautiful Romanesque church. There will be a tour introduction followed by a walk through vineyards and a « welcome to Alsace » aperitif.
Walk through vines and forest to the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Schauenberg. Pick up the good vibrations from this mystical energy source. We cross the Strangenberg, home of many protected rare species of flowers as well as an ancient pagan chapel. Discover the market town of Rouffach, its stork park and Witches’s Tower. Why is one of the towers of the Cathedral only half built? In the evening enjoy a full wine tasting before dinner.
Challenging Option: The « Druid’s Table » Challenge
Trace the ancient remains of the lost village of Langenberg before emerging into vines and the gardens of the Abbey of Marbach, once the second largest abbey in the world. It is then downhill through Grand Cru vineyards to the magnificent village of Eguisheim, home to Pope Leon IX in the 11th century, and voted the most beautiful village in France by the French in 2013.
Challenging Option: The « Trois Châteaux ». These castle ruins have great views and are fun to discover.
Dinner: Not included.
A wonderful, relaxing walk along the River Lauch into the centre of Colmar, a small city that is full of beauty, culture and history. The maze of cobbled streets give the impression that one is walking in a bygone age. Picture postcard spots such as « Petite Venise » (Little Venice) and Grunwaldâ’s 15th century masterpiece at the Unterlinden Museum are a « must see ». Our day ends in Riquewihr, classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France
Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of Riquewihr, admiring the half timbered buildings. Exiting by the Dolder tower, vineyard and forest paths lead us to the grand castle overlooking the medieval town of Kaysersberg, home of Albert Schweitzer. After exploring the town, stroll through vineyards to the picturesque village of Kientzheim, home of the « Confrérie St. Etienne », before arriving back at Riquewihr.
Challenging Option: Kaysersberg Castle Challenge. Run up the 113 steps to the top of the castle that dominates the town for some great views.
Dinner: Not included.
Walk through the famous Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyards for the best views of Riquewhir. Continue through forest and vineyards to Hunawihr with its unique fortified 8C church. Discover the medieval town of Ribeauvillé before returning to Riquewihr where we will enjoy our end of tour dinner at a prestigious restaurant.
Our tour ends after breakfast and we can help organise your transfer. We are also happy to arrange extensions, which would take us further along the « Route du Vin » towards the beautiful city of Strasbourg, capital of Europe.
The paths and tracks are mainly undulating with some gentle hills. There is an average of 5 hours walking per day.