Discover the Highlights of Alsace
Price: $175 ($300 with 2nd Class Rail, $365 with 1st Class Rail). Tour runs every day of the week. Available from March through November.
Alsace Day Tour Itinerary
The Alsace day trip is all about history and wine, a true dive this fascinating border region. The area has been officially French since 1919 and the Treaty of Versailles, but in fact has, by turns, been controlled by Rome, Germany, the Spanish Habsburgs and more. This is reflected in the wonderful architecture in dozens of preserved medieval-era villages and towns.
After arriving via TGV rail from Paris, you’ll meet at the Strasbourg Tourist Office and head out to the city of Colmar. First stops are at the Pfister House, dating from 1537, and the Koifhus, dating from even earlier. 13th century St. Martin’s Church and a walking tour through Little Venice and the Tanners quarter complete the visit.
Next you’ll see Eguisheim, a quaint town along the Alsace wine route. Built around a 12th century castle, the cobbled streets and half-timbered houses have helped designate Eguisheim a “Beautiful Village of France.” Nearby is Riquewihr, a fortified town that escaped many a conflict thanks to its still-standing medieval walls. Lunch stop (cost not included) here.
After lunch, you’ll drive through the rolling hills dotted with vines dating to back to Roman times. An afternoon tasting of whites will help you discern that particular Alsace note, an unoaked, crisp and floral taste.
The day finishes with a guided tour of the Haut Koenigsburg Castle, once ruined, and restored under German rule just before World War I. In medieval times, the castle was an essential means of controlling trade routes of wheat, wine and salt.
You’ll return to Strasbourg in time for the evening train back to Paris. Overnight stay in Strasbourg available. Contact us for details.
- Transportation in a comfortable minivan for the day.
- Wifi access on Board.
- Licensed English speaking driver/guide.
- 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
- Guided walking tour of Colmar
- Visit of Eguisheim
- Visit of Riquewihr
- Alsace wine route and tasting.
- Visit of Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
- Gratuity for the guide (not mandatory)
Tour meets at the Strasbourg Tourism Office, 17 Place de la Cathedrale, Strasbourg.
Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case. If you are not booking your rail through LinkParis.com, please do not book your train tickets until the correct rail times are confirmed by us. Rail tickets are emailed as a .pdf document for home printing.
|Why we love Alsace – The historic villages and mountain scenery are really something to experience. Time feels slower – in a good way. Wine tasting completes a really special day. The Alsace region is one of France’s true hidden gems. John|