Contrasts of Alsace and the Vosges Self-Guided Walk

Contrasts of Alsace and the Vosges Self-Guided Walk

Start: Kientzheim Finish: Kientzheim

Visiting: Alsace


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: W08AL

Tour operator: Exodus

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Your holiday starts in the heart of the wine country and takes you west through ancient forest and into the Vosges Mountains, straddling the French and German border. Here you'll discover the crumbling ruins of once-mighty hilltop castles and vivid reminders of Europe's wartime past. 

Highlights

  • iconWalk along the world-famous Camino de Santiago
  • iconAncient forest and awe-inspiring hilltop chateaux
  • iconOff-the-beaten-track walking in the picturesque Vosges National Park
  • iconSweeping vineyards (some with Grand Cru status) and some of the region's finest wine producers
  • iconAuthentic medieval villages on the Alsace Wine Route including France's 2nd most beautiful village, Riquewihr
  • iconWalk along the world-famous Camino de SantiagoAuthentic medieval villages on the Alsace Wine Route including France's 2nd most beautiful village, RiquewihrOff-the-beaten-track walking in the picturesque Vosges National ParkAncient forest and awe-inspiring hilltop chateauxSweeping vineyards (some with Grand Cru status) and some of the region's finest wine producersStay in one of France's oldest Auberges in Ribeauville
  • iconStay in one of France's oldest Auberges in Ribeauville

Places You'll See

Cities & Attractions:

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : ARRIVE IN Kientzheim

Meals: dinner

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at Abbaye d'Alspach)

icon Day 2 : Kientzheim TO RIBEAUVILLE

Meals: breakfast

It's a gentle walk to the neighbouring town of Kaysersberg before heading
along the Camino de Santiago and over to the spectacular medieval villages of
Riquewihr and Ribeauville. (Staying at Hotel de la Tour)

icon Day 3 : AT RIBEAUVILLE

Meals: breakfast

You have several options today but we suggest spending time in the
picture-perfect town of Ribeauville, on the Route des Vins. Explore the
brightly coloured streets and squares decorated with Renaissance fountains or
pay a visit to some of the most respected wineries in the local area
including the Maison Trimbach, Domaine Andre Kientzler, Jean Sipp and the
Cave de Ribeauville - the oldest wine cooperative in France. Alternatively,
enjoy a walk to the fortified town of Bergheim and discover its fascinating
witch-trial past, or perhaps take a bus to Selestat, a city of art, history
and exceptional architectural heritage. (Staying at Hotel de la Tour)

icon Day 4 : RIBEAUVILLE TO THANNENKIRCH

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today starts with a fairly steep but thoroughly rewarding climb into the
Vosges Mountains where you'll find the majestic ruins of the Three Castles of
the Lords of Ribeaupierre - Saint-Ulrich, Girsberg and Haut-Ribeaupierre
which offer incredible views over Ribeauville and the surrounding plains.
Rejoining the Camino de Santiago you'll arrive in the charming wine village
of Rodern, renowned for its excellent Pinot Noir wines and an ideal place for
a leisurely lunch and spot of tasting. Continue on to Thannenkirch and enjoy
the relaxing spa facilities at your hotel. (Staying at Auberge de la
Meuniere)

icon Day 5 : AT THANNENKIRCH (OPTIONAL)

Meals: breakfast, dinner

You have the opportunity to explore some of the 60km of walking trails which
surround Thannenkirch today, but we highly recommend following the
well-marked GR5 walking path up to the incredible Chateau du
Haut-Koenigsbourg. It's easy to get lost in this imposing chateau which is
perfectly located above the Alsatian plains, with the Route des Vins and
Germany to the east, and the Vosges Mountains to the west. For something a
little less strenuous, you could always spend the day relaxing in your hotel
spa. (Staying at Auberge de la Meuniere)

icon Day 6 : THANNENKIRCH TO LAPOUTROIE

Meals: breakfast, dinner

After breakfast, we'll transfer you (25 mins) to the start of your walk in
Aubure - you might want to pick up some supplies in Thannenkirch or Aubure as
there are plenty of scenic picnic spots on today's walk! Descending on
ancient forest paths you'll enjoy superb views towards Hachimette and
Lapoutroie, as you make your way to Freland, home to the Maison du Pays
Welche museum, a fascinating insight into the history, traditions and customs
of the local people. Quiet lanes and footpaths lead you to the idyllic
mountain village of Lapoutroie and your hotel, Les Alisiers, where you'll
find a wonderful restaurant with panoramic views over the Vosges! (Staying
at Hotel Les Alisiers)

icon Day 7 :  AT LAPOUTROIE

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today's optional walk is a memorable one. You'll follow the Tete des Faux
walking trail through atmospheric forest, passing old WWI bunkers and
infirmaries now reclaimed by nature, to the remains of the front line between
France and Germany. It was atop the summit of the Tete des Faux that the two
sides engaged in a bloody stalemate just 30 metres from each other during the
First World War - the graveyards for each are currently listed as national
historical monuments. You may wish to walk down to Le Bonhomme for a spot of
lunch afterwards, before walking back to Lapoutroie. (Staying at Hotel Les
Alisiers)

icon Day 8 : LAPOUTROIE TO Kientzheim

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Enjoy the undulating woodland, heading to the little mountain villages of
Orbey and Labaroche and on to Trois-Epis, the perfect place to picnic with
spectacular views. Visit some chateau remains before returning to the Abbaye
d'Alspach for your dinner in a local restaurant, which is included. (Staying
at Abbaye d'Alspach)

icon Day 9 : LEAVE Kientzheim

Meals: breakfast

LEAVE Kientzheim

What's Included

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    All accommodationContinental breakfasts and evening mealsRoute notes and maps provided Luggage transfers between hotels

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    Continental breakfasts and evening meals

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    All accommodation

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    Route notes and maps provided 

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    Luggage transfers between hotels

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners.

What's Not Included

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    Visas and vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single supplements

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Food

Continental breakfasts and 8 evening meals. 

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