Alsace – A Medieval Balcony

Alsace, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided, Tailor Made, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 385 pp


Duration

3 nights


This route features quality food (a blend of French and German) and excellent wines and beers. Unspoilt villages and comfortable accommodation.

On this walk, “the Balcony of medieval Alsace”, you walk constantly at an altitude of between 400 and 765 m. From the medieval village of Turckheim to the Obernaiarea, you visit the beautiful villages of Niedermorschwhir, Ammerschwir, Kaysersberg, Thannenkirch, Riquewhir, Ribeauvillé, Andlau, and Ottrot. At the summit of Mont Sainte Odile at 764m is perched an ancient monastery whilst you will see a succession of imposing castles at Hagueneck, Hohlandsburg, Haut Koenigsbourg, Haut Ribeaupierre, Ramstein and Ortembourg. All in all a tremendous route through an all too often overlooked part of France with a unique character.

 

Price:

4 days/3 nights – £385.00 pp based on 2 people sharing.

£74.00 pp extra night Châtenois (incl. dinner)

Single supplement – £85.00

Supplement for 1 person walking alone – £45.00

7 days/6 nights – £630.00 pp based on 2 people sharing.

£70 pp for 7th night (with dinner included).

Single supplement – £130.00

Supplement for 1 person walking alone – £69.00

Included:

  • Accommodation in a mixture of family run two and three star hotels
  • Dinner and breakfast each day
  • Route notes and maps,
  • Luggage transportation and local emergency back-up.

 

Not Included:

Drinks; lunches; personal expenses; insurance; possible visits (about 23 €); anything not specifically mentioned in the programme.

 

Departure Dates:

Daily from April 1 to end of November

ITINERARY 1: 7 DAYS 6 (OR 7) NIGHTS

 

Day 1: 

Arrive Turckheim, this medieval village is surrounded by the Vosges foothills and colourful vineyards which produce the regions delicious white wine.

 

Day 2: Turckheim (230m) circular walk via Hagueneck (430m), (Eguisheim option), Hohlandsburg (645m).

Today’s walk takes you through vineyards , past castles and the magnificent ruined castle of Hohlandsbourg  before returning to Turckheim for a second night.

18 km/11.25 miles or 24 km/15 miles – 5 or 6h walk – difference in height of 590 or 760m

 

Day 3: Turckheim to Riquewihr (300m) via Kaysersberg (245m), Chaine de la Chapelle (602m)

A relatively easy morning walk through the lovely pilgrim village of Niedermoschwihr with many interesting buildings including the Church Saint-Gall in Niedermorschwihr  to the lovely town of Kayserberg with its high fortress. This town is known especially for its pinot gris wine.  In the afternoon there is a good ascent to the lovely town of Riquewihr, famous for its Riesling where you overnight.

14 km/8.75 miles – 4 or 5h walk – difference in height of 585m

 

Day 4: Riquewihr to Thannenkirch (470m) or Châtenois (190 m) via Ribeauvillé (307m).

This stage is in the heart of medieval Alsace with vineyards, the superb villages of Hunawihr and Ribeauville and a great climb to the three castles of Ribeauville.  Overnight in the small mountain village of Thannenkirch.

11 km/6.9 miles or 16 km/10 miles – 3 or 5h walk – difference in height of 460 or 350m.

 

Day 5: Thannenkirch or Châtenois back to Châtenois via Château du Haut Kœnigsbourg (755m) and Châtenois (190m).

Today’s walk includes the lovely town of Kintzheim and close by the magnificent castle of Haut Koenigsbourg.  A visit to the Eagle Attraction at the castle is recommended. Overnight Châtenois

 

Day 6: Châtenois to Andlau via Dambach-la-Ville (218m), and Neue Matten (401 m).

Walk along wood paths and through vineyards, pasing the wonderful Ortenbourg Castle and the delightful village of Damback. Overnight in the lovely village of Andlau.

13.9 km/8.7 miles – 6h walk – difference in height of 575m.

 

Day 7: Andlau to Obernai (185m) via Mont-Sainte-Odile (760m), Ottrott (285m).20 km/12.5 miles – 6h walk – difference in height of 693m.

The final day’s walk has a superb ascent to the Monastery of Mont Sainte Odile one of the most well- known religious sites in the Alsace.  There are magnificent views before walking on to Obernai. Luggage will be delivered by 16h00 or we can book hotel in Obernai for the final  night.

 


ITINERARY 2: 4 Days/3 nights

 

Day 1:

Arrive Turckheim for overnight.

 

Day 2: Turckheim to Riquewihr (300m) via Kaysersberg (245m), Chaine de la Chapelle (602m).

14 km/8.75 miles – 4 or 5h walk – difference in height of 585m.

 

Day 3: Riquewihr to Thannenkirch (470m) or Châtenois (190 m) via Ribeauvillé (307m).

11 km/6.9 miles or 16 km/10 miles – 3 or 5h walk – difference in height of 460 or 350m.

 

Day 4: Thannenkirch or Châtenois back to Châtenois via Château du Haut Kœnigsbourg (755m) and Châtenois (190m). 12.5 km/7.5 miles or 15 km/9.4 miles – 4 or 5h walk – difference in height of 257 or 550m.

End of the walk at the end of the afternoon in Châtenois (or extra night at extra charge in a family hotel 2** in Châtenois).