Gems of Alsace Full Day Trip From Colmar
- Durata: 8 Ore (circa)
- Luogo: COLMAR, GRAND EST
Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert on Alsace
Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.
Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit local Alsace villages.
All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.
Visit the village of Turckheim
Your day trip from Colmar will start with the visit of the small town of Turckheim. The village is a perfect starting point for a full day tour as it is a traditional Alsatian village visited by fewer tourists. Throughout the centre of Turckheim, there are plenty of traditional Alsace style houses to admire, overflowing with flowers, and a few specific buildings of interest mostly dating from the 16th and 17th century. These include the town hall, the hospital and the guard house. As you follow your tour guide, admire the most notable features such as the fortifications and the three original gateways that surround the old town. While these defenses are common in some parts of France they are very unusual in the Alsace region.
Then reach Riquewihr
Your tour then continues onto the beautiful town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls and old houses have preserved their 16C splendor and remained virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Enjoy free time for personal discovery and lunch.
After Lunch Follow the Breathtaking Alsace ‘Wine Route’ and Visit a Mighty Castle
Located between the Rhine Valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60 year old Alsace Wine Route winds across the slopes for more than 170 kms. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine covered hills, and through beautiful villages with narrow streets and charming flower decked houses clustered around the local church steeple. The area is also dotted with medieval castles.
As you stop in one of these villages, experience a wine tasting session during which you will be introduced to the local wines. Alsace white wines are famous all over France. Alsace wines are Varietal wines, the most famous grapes include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or Sylvaner.
End the day with the visit of Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
Finally, reach Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Here, follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. Built in 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the North and the salt route that came from the East.