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Alsace Food and Wine Tour in France

Come and discover Alsace, one of the most fascinating regions of France through this exclusive regional tour. This package highlights all the most significant sights of Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. You will visit charming small towns, authentic Alsace villages, taste local food and delicious whites wines. All full-day tours are conducted by an English-speaking local guide, an expert of Alsace. If you would like a private tour in another language, don't hesitate to send an inquiry to Ophorus Excursion & Tours in France and they will let you know if your language is available.

Highlights

  • Eat a traditional dinner in a wine lounge
  • Explore the quaint villages of Colmar and Eguisheim
  • Cross the border, and explore Freiburg and the Black Forest
  • Get to know the beautiful town of Strasbourg and its German influences
  • Guided by a local tour guide, an expert in Alsace and the Black Forest
  • See the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world... in a hospital!
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast

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5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Strasbourg Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Take advantage of Le Grand Hotel's ideal location, close to the TGV train station, in the center of Strasbourg. The Hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the historic area 'La Petite France' and 10 minutes from the main tourist attractions. With its simple setting, brightened with a touch of Pop art, Le Grand Hotel prepares to give you a warm welcome.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg / private hotel transfer

Pick up in Strasbourg (airport/train station) and private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Check-in at your hotel and night in Strasbourg.

Day 2: Strasbourg guided walking tour - Flammekueche workshop - half day Alsace wine tour

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up at 09:30 a.m. from the hotel.

Walking tour of the city, including the cathedral

Follow your certified guide for a private guided walking tour around the old pedestrian areas, the Cathedral, and the La Petite France district. The tour includes major landmarks such as Maison Kammerzell, Gutenberg square, St. Thomas church, the former tanners’ houses, the Covered Bridge and many more.

The old city centers around its Gothic cathedral, Our Lady of Strasbourg, built of red sandstone and described by Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”! Discover the marvelous façade that provides one of the finest picture books of the Middle Ages that you will ever see. The hundreds of sculptures that almost seem to leap out at you from the wall make great use of light and shadow effects.

Another major attraction that your guide will comment on is the stained-glass windows dating from the 12th and 14th centuries and that form a particularly enchanting sight along with the rose window.

Finally, the highlight of the visit is the amazing Renaissance astronomical clock. Built in 1843 it features an orrery, a rotating display of the sun and moon, a planetary calendar, and even a mechanical rooster. Each day at around 12:30, the bird crows and a conga line of apostles issues forth from the clockworks, led by a little Christ.

Give making Flammekueche a go

At 11.00 a.m., learn the secrets of making traditional Alsatian “tarte flambée” during a 45-minute baking workshop with an expert chef. This is a hands-on cookery lesson in a local “winstub” with a group size limited to eight people. Finish the class by eating your own freshly baked Flammekueche and wash it down with a glass of wine! It makes for the perfect self-made, local lunch.

After arriving at the local activity provider’s location, enjoy your Flammekueche workshop just before lunch. The price includes the workshop; then you get to eat 1/2 a traditional Flammekueche and 1/4 of a traditional sweet Flammekueche. A drink is also included: 25cl beer (must be 18+), 1 soft drink or a small bottle of mineral water, or 1 glass of Alsace white wine. Please note that this is not a hands-on cooking class and that the traditional paste will be made beforehand.

A wonderful snapshot of Alsace wines in the afternoon

After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, you will head towards the small village of Obernai. During your visit, you will most certainly appreciate its little winding streets, old houses with multicolored tiles, ensigns, ramparts and the statue of St Odile, patron saint of Alsace.

Following a walking tour of the village, enjoy two commented wine tasting sessions of local wines of Alsace in carefully selected local ‘caveaus’ (wine cellar). Your private tour will then continue along the breathtaking Alsace wine route to admire the stunning landscape. At 5.30 p.m., return to your hotel and night in Strasbourg.

Day 3: Pearls of Alsace full day sightseeing tour / dinner in a local restaurant

Breakfast at your hotel. Then, at 9.00 a.m., you will be picked up at your hotel.

Beautiful towns, villages, and amazing landscapes - What a combination!

Pick up in Strasbourg and begin your full-day tour with the beautiful town of Colmar. Discover the charm of the old town, its prestigious monuments, the Pfister house, the Koïfhus, Saint Martin collegiate church, and the picturesque neighborhoods of small Venice or of the tanners.

Then depart for the most beautiful village of Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, the narrow and concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers.

After a walk in the village, your tour then continues on to the beautiful town of Riquewihr. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has been very fortunate to survive war and destruction. Its tiny streets, fortified walls, and old houses have preserved their 16C splendor virtually intact, making for remarkable architectural harmony. Free time for personal discovery and lunch.

Following lunch, enjoy the spectacular Alsace ‘wine route’

Located between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60-year-old route winds across the slopes for more than 170 kilometers. The itinerary leads across rows of undulating, vine-covered hills, and through quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower-decked houses clustered around the local church steeple. On this part of your day trip from Strasbourg, your guide will stop in several areas for great photo opportunities.

End the day with an English tour of an amazing castle

Finally, reach the mighty Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Here, follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. Built in the 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the North and the salt route that came from the East. The castle is probably the most imposing of all in the Alsace region. After the visit, return to Strasbourg. At 6.00 p.m., return to Strasbourg.

This evening will be devoted to a traditional dinner in a local restaurant

Tonight, enjoy a fabulous regional dinner in one of the most traditional restaurants of Strasbourg – known as a Winstub: The Winstub, literally “wine lounge”, recreates the Alsatian way of life.

Originally, it was a room open to the public where wine growers could sell off the surplus of their production. Nowadays, the Winstub is a typical Alsatian restaurant, where the wine is served in a carafe accompanied by traditional dishes such as Choucroute (or Sauerkraut), Baeckaoffa - a hotpot of potatoes garnished with a selection of meats marinated in white wine, cooked in a terrine dish – and many more.

Don’t be surprised to eat shoulder to shoulder on wooden tables, often covered with tablecloths with red checks where the usual customers often “try to solve the world’s problems”. Night at your hotel.

Day 4: Freiburg and the Black Forest private day trip from Strasbourg

Breakfast at your hotel. At 9.30 a.m., pick up at your hotel.

Experience Freiburg and its lovely Old Quarter

On this tour, discover Freiburg, a town known for its ancient university and its medieval minister (Cathedral), for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and is the primary entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest.

Depart from your centrally located hotel in Strasbourg and head towards the town of Freiburg. The town has more to offer than friendly faces alone, including one of Germany’s prettiest old quarters, with its characteristic Bächle – the narrow channels of water that run alongside the pavements. Add to that a wealth of culture and history, lots of cafés and cozy bars, delicious regional food, and scenic surroundings. This morning, follow your guide on a walking tour to discover all the main monuments and sights of the town.

Then, a trip through the Black Forest

After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, head towards the scenic route of the Black Forest. The Black Forest is a wooded mountain range bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 feet).

The name Black Forest comes from the general dark color of the numerous pine trees that grow in this region. The Black Forest gateau and the cuckoo clocks originate from this region. Here, you will follow the scenic route and stop in a small quaint mountain village that borders one of the most beautiful lakes of the area.

You might want to try the local food such as the cured meats or the world-famous Black Forest cake that leaves nobody indifferent! After the tour, return to Strasbourg. At 5.30 p.m., return to your hotel and night in Strasbourg.

Day 5: Departure transfer from Strasbourg

Breakfast at your hotel and private transfer to Strasbourg train station/airport.

Location

Alsace, unlike the other French Regions, abounds in both French and German Influences. The majority of the population speaks French with a decided German accent, the cuisine is an able blend of French and German cooking, many of the towns of the region have German names and the village architecture delights in a pronounced Germanic influence.

Food

Daily breakfast at the hotel is included in the price. During the tour, you will also have a traditional dinner in a local restaurant on Day 3.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3* hotel (double room sharing)
  • Breakfast from day 2 to 5
  • City taxes
  • Expert English-speaking driver/guide throughout the tour
  • Travel in spacious Mercedes minivans
  • Guided walking tour in Strasbourg
  • Flammekuche workshop
  • Guided walking tour of Obernai, Colmar, and Freiburg
  • Visit of Eguisheim and Riquewihr village
  • 2 commented wine tastings
  • English tour at Château du Haut Koenigsbourg
  • Full-day tour around the Black Forest
  • 3-course dinner in a traditional restaurant (drinks not included)
  • Bottled water in the minivan

What's not included

  • Meals, drinks unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Entrance fees, tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Strasbourg Airport Airport transfer included: Strasbourg Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round except May 1, December 25 and January 1 and during Christmas festivities. Package is on request. Please select your arrival date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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