From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages & Colmar Christmas Market
- Duration: 10.5 hours
- Optional audio guide
Get into the spirit of the season and visit different Christmas markets along the wine route. Begin your tour at the Strasbourg bus station where you'll board a comfortable heated bus and receive audio guides with information for your Christmas market tour. On your first stop, explore the Riquewihr Christmas market during a one-hour visit. Gaze in awe at the illuminated monuments and buildings in this dazzling Alsatian village. After Riquewihr, head back onto the wine route and pass by numerous little Alsatian villages all beautifully decorated for the occasion until you reach the village of Kaysersberg. The authentic and artisanal Christmas market in Kaysersberg traditionally welcomes you all four Advent weekends on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On the other days of the week, you will find there a concentrate of Alsace: a historic city center filled with charm with beautiful old ha...
Make sure to not get overwhelmed with excitement for the markets and forget where the bus parked!
Head out on a half-day tour of the Alsace region and learn about this enchanting wine regions. Leaving Strasbourg, you will follow the wine route on the way to the town of Obernai. As you travel, your driver will tell you about the 7 different types of Alsace wines. Once in Obernai, take a guided walking tour of the winding streets, old houses with multicolored tiles, ensigns, and ramparts, and see the statue of St Odile, the patron saint of Alsace. Then stop at your first winery for a tasting session. Continue on to visit another winery in a typical Alsace caveau (a small wine cellar). Afterward, make your way back to Strasbourg, admiring the beautiful landscapes along the way.
Our guide, Adrian, was knowledgeable and engaging. We learned a lot about the region and it’s history. In addition, he was funny and engaging. Most importantly, the wines and crémants were delicious and the wineries were unique in their own special ways. I highly recommend this tour.
You’ll depart Strasbourg in the morning and make your first stop on this day-long tour in Colmar. Discover the charm of the old town, and visit the Pfister house, the Koïfhus, St. Martin’s Collegiate Church, and the picturesque neighborhoods of Little Venice. Explore the lovely village of Eguisheim, surrounded by vineyards. Admire its narrow streets, and the half-timbered houses with their colorful flowers. Continue on to the fortified town of Riquewirh. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has survived wars and remained intact. See its tiny streets, fortified walls, and 16th-century houses, admiring the architectural harmony. You’ll have free time to explore the town and have lunch. After lunch you’ll follow the scenic Alsace Wine Route. Situated between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60-year-old route winds across hilly slopes for over 170 kilometers. ...
I really looked forward to going on this tour even though it rained all day. Simon was a wonderful tour guide. He was knowledgeable, funny, and a lot of fun to walk with around on this tour all day. His knowledge of the area was tremendous. Loved seeing the older area of Colmar, and the little villages of Eguisheim and Requewihr-very charming. My Favorite thing was walking on the old cobblestone pathways in Eguisheim and seeing the beautifully preserved old homes/buildings and hearing the wine growing/producing history of the area. We ended the day at the old Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle where we walked among the ancient well preserved walls and learned of it's history. Overall, even with rain, the day was very worth every penny we spent. And again, Simon did a terrific job teaching us of the history of the area.
Stroll the cosmopolitan streets of Strasbourg on the market days of Wednesday and Friday to experience the city's everyday vibe, and visit many of the historical landmarks as you taste the produce of the Alsace. Set off from the monumental Strasbourg Cathedral and make your way through the pedestrian districts of the historical city center. Arrive at a central food market to sample local cheese, traditional bread, cold meat, Alsatian brioche “kouglopf”, and delicious French wine. See major landmarks such as the striking stained glass windows of the Maison Kammerzell hotel and the bronze statue on Place Gutenberg of the man who introduced printing to Europe with his printing press. Explore the historic Petite France quarter at the western end of the Grande Île and much more.
Danielle was an outstanding host for Strasbourg and an extremely knowledgeable and informative guide. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour and your company.
A longtime favorite with discerning travelers, Baden-Baden is an elegant spa town nestled among verdant hills. You can discover attractions such as its opulent casino with the help of an expert guide, before crossing the border to France to visit Strasbourg’s charming Old Town district, topped by its majestic cathedral. Grand palaces and luxurious villas stand proudly in the beautifully landscaped parks of Baden-Baden, as you stroll down noble avenues and learn why a sophisticated clientele has been coming here for centuries. See the famous Kurhaus (spa resort), and wander the lavish halls of the city’s famous casino. Should you choose to stay in Baden-Baden for a splash in the thermal pools or to try your luck at the roulette tables, you can later rejoin the tour group at a set time in the early evening. If you remain with the tour, you will continue onward for a scenic photo stop at ...
Walkthrough one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe, which has been held every year since 1570. Visit the ‘Christkindelsmärik’ which thousands of visitors flock to each winter to shop hand-made decorations, admire grand fairy-light installations, and bask in the fairytale atmosphere. Be taken to some of the best spots for traditional Alsatian food and stop for a mulled wine-tasting along the way. Your local guide will point out the most respected craftsmen in the area and share insider tips on how to find the best stalls for gift shopping as you stroll. Explore behind the scenes of some of the artisan’s workshops. Meet a local baker who will show you how to make traditional Christmas pastries and enjoy multiple traditional food tastings.
Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in Strasbourg, France. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most beautifully decorated places and learn miraculous Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Strasbourg. Visit one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets with over 300 wooden chalets accompanied with fairy-like lights and holiday aromas. Enjoy time to shop and taste local Christmas products. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience this time of year.
Experience an exclusive tour for all the romantics and couples of the world. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most romantic places in Strasbourg while learning local love stories and legends. Get an insider look at the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming city atmosphere that’s all around. As you explore, hear about historic love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city, from heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Learn about the connection between Quartier Des Tanneurs and UNESCO, the love story of Napoleon and Josephine, and more.
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