Alsace – a Walk Through the Kayserberg Valley

France, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate, Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 675 pp


Duration

6 nights


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A Walk through the Kaysersberg Valley. Surprisingly good food (a blend of French and German) and excellent wines and beers. Unspoilt villages and comfortable accommodation.

Alsace, the beautiful border region that has been the pawn of French and German politics for centuries, is resolutely French but with unique Germanic influences. This area is the cross-roads between France and Germany famous for its beautiful scenery and excellent wines. This walking route is circular and takes in some of the most beautiful medieval wine towns and villages of the region. You walk along way-marked routes from village to village through woods, rolling hills, sunny valleys full of wild flowers and vineyard after vineyard where you can stop and taste the wine.

 

Price:

£675.00 per person.

Single supplement £140.00

 

Included:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights in family run hotels (2 and 3 star) in double rooms with bath or shower and private W.C.
  • Transfer from nearest railway station to first accommodation
  • 4 evening meals (drinks not included) and breakfasts
  • Packed lunch each walking day
  • Transport of baggage between each overnight
  • Route instructions/maps

 

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • 2 evening  meals
  • Anything not specified in itinerary

 

Departure Dates:

Daily from April to October

Day 1: Arrive in Kayserberg.

This lovely medieval town with its ruined 13th century imperial castle and fortified towers was once a free city and its former importance is evident in 12th century church with its renowned altarpiece dating from the 16th Century, its fortified bridge and renaissance town hall and beautiful crooked half-timbered houses.  Settle into your hotel and explore the town.  You will be given maps and route notes on arrival.

 

Day 2: Kayserberg to Lapoutroie

The walk continues through green valleys, vineyards until we arrive in Lapoutroie, a pretty village in the heart of this valley – famous for its Munster cheese and wine brandies.  6 Hours / 20 Km / +750 m – 540m

 

Day 3: Lapoutroie to Le Bonhomme. 

We walk up to the top of Le Brezourard, which marks the northern boundary of the Upper-Vosges. From the summit (1229m) there are beautiful panoramic views to be enjoyed: to the north lies the Champ du Feu; to the northeast Strasbourg and on a clear day Mont Blanc appears from faraway on the south.  Le Bonhomme (The Good Man) is a pleasant village of dairy farms.  6 Hours / 14 km / +810m – 550m

 

Day 4: Le Bonhomme to Orbey

Our walk today follows wooden paths past former glacier lakes that are now peat bogs containing a great variety of flower and fauna including carnivorous plants which swallow insects. We walk past the observation post called ‘The Crow’s Rock’, used during to the First World War to observe the battle below. Walk past two great lakes until you reach your destination, Orbey, composed of five typical hamlets, important since the formation of the Abbey of Pairis in the 12th Century. The local Munster cheese comes from this valley (munster coming from the word for monastery “Monastere”).  6 Hours / 18 Km / +790m – 680m

 

Day 5: Orbey to La Baroche

Today’s walk takes us to the pagan site of the Trembling Stones – a site used by Druids. The large slabs on the site are a mixture of sandstone pebbles of the Vosges mountains and flintstones. The walk continues across the battle fields of the First World War. The battles along this area were called the War of the Trenches and the Linge Memorial Museum can be visited along the way.   4 hours / 12 Km / +450 m – 200m

 

Day 6: La Baroche to Niedermorschwihr

Our last day’s walks takes us back to the vineyards that produce the great wines of Alsace. We walk through charming towns, such as Turkheim, an old walled city, with many houses dating from the 16th century, before arriving in Niedermorschwihr, a pretty village in the middle of vineyards with medieval house decorated with bow windows and balconies with colourful flower boxes.  4 hours / 12 km / +210 m -680m

 

Day 7: After breakfast return to the railway station or your car.

HOTELS

Hotel LES REMPARTS in KAYSERSBERG . . http://www.lesremparts.com/
Hotel LES BRUYERES in ORBEY. Dinner. Lodging. http://www.auxbruyeres.com/
Hotel La Rochette in LABAROCHE http://www.larochette-hotel.fr
Hotel de la Post in LE BONHOMME http://www.hotel-la-poste.com/
Hotel les  Alisies in LAPOUTROIE http://www.alisiers.com
Hotel de l’ANGE in NIEDERMORSCHWIHR. . http://www.hotelange.fr/
Getting There:
 The nearest train station is Colmar.  There are regular  trains from Strasbourg and the journey takes under an hour.  We will arrange for you to be collected  from the station at Colmar and  taken to the first  hotel.
At the end of the tour, you will be taken back to the train station.
Strasbourg can be easily reached from Paris and several other airports.  Ask us if you need assistance.
Difficulty of walks; Walks are between 4 and 6 hours each day.  Moderate walking.