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Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days£820GBP

Overview

Trip Code: JVO

Trip highlights


  • A Walking Holiday Through the Vosges Mountains
  • Castles and Fortified Mediaeval Villages
  • Vineyards and Wine Tasting
  • Hiking Through Lush Green Landscapes

Attractive medieval walled villages steeped in history await you as you walk through the rolling hills and vineyards of Alsace. Their ornate houses are coloured by flower filled wooden balconies and surrounded by old fortifications, charming landscapes and many other sites of historic interest. This route is unquestionably the finest available on the flanks of the Vosges Massif; a green and mountainous corridor wedged between Lorraine in the west, Germany to the north and east and Switzerland to the south. Between the medieval village of Turckheim and Obernai there is plenty to see, such as the fortified village of Dambach that still retains its medieval centre. The walking occurs at altitudes of between 400m and 760m with plenty of sweeping views along the way. The Alsace is a popular area for lovers of good food and fine wine.

Countries:

France

Starting Point:

Turckheim

Finishing Point:

Obernai


Itinerary

Arrive in Turckheim, a mountain village set above the vineyards mostly known for its surrounding medieval wall. Accommodation: A 3* hotel built in typical Alsatian style.The rooms are very comfortable and the atmosphere is friendly. The hotel offers delicious traditional cooking. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a sauna.

Meals:  Nil

We descend at the end of the day through forest and vineyards to Riquewihr, a medieval museum of a town with fortifications dating back to the 13th century. Many of the old buildings have dovecots and are built round central courtyards. Accommodation: Extremely comfortable, modern 3* hotel with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and terrace. It is situated at the gates of the village and has been chosen for its quietness and cleanliness. 16 km / 9.9 miles, + 600m

Meals:  B

We enjoy wide views today over the plains of Alsace as we climb to 645m past the ruined chateaux of St. Ulrich and Gisberg to the small mountain village of Thannenkirch. Accommodation: A lovely flower bedecked modern building in a mountain village, built in the traditional style.This 3* hotel has a good restaurant and boasts a cellar bar where you can sample excellent Alsatian wines. 11 km / 6.8 miles, +520m

Meals:  B

There is a wonderful chateau at Haut Koenigsbourg with panoramic views of the valleys below. There is also the chance to visit the Eagle Centre before descending through the vineyards to Chatenois, a delightful small typical Alsace billage Accommodation: A very small family-run 2* hotel, built in traditional style. The rooms are comfortable. 12.5 km / 7.7 miles, +270m

Meals:  B

A medieval town surrounded by ramparts. The route then goes on to Neue Matten, Bernardville, taking you along wooded paths and through vineyards until you reach your overnight stop at Andlau. Accommodation: A very welcoming 3* hotel located in the famous Kastelberg Grand Cru vineyard, at the edge of Landlau. 19 km / 11.8 miles, +550m

Meals:  B

From Andlau we start by walking through Mittelbergheim, dominated by the ruins of the Chateau d’Andlau and Chateau Landsberg. From here it is hilly walking via Mont St. Odile. Some steepish climbs today offering fine views. You climb to St. Odile - a monastery situated on a rocky promontory. You descend to Ottrot before walking on to Obernai. . Accommodation: This beautiful 3* hotel is a 14th century building located in the centre of Obernai. 20 km / 11.4 miles, +745m

Meals:  B

Depart Obernai after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Taxe de sejour (city tax) 0,50 - 1,50 Euros per day, per person, locally payable to the accommodations

Suitability

moderate

3

This moderately graded walk( grade 3) should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to walking in hilly terrain. Day Stages: In the region of 11kms (7 miles) to 20kms (16 miles) per day with average altitude gains of 550m. 4 to 7 hours walking per day.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 24 Oct

Total Priceper person from

£820GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • single supplementGBP£190
  • Solo TravellerGBP£300
*Prices listed are per person

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