For centuries, Alsace was a plaything of France and Germany. Not surprising, that this beautiful region flaunts such a rich heritage. With its wild, lush nature and authentic traditions, Alsace is almost a country in itself. From romantic Christmas markets and top gastronomic restaurants to a mythical place of pilgrimage and even a 'route du vin'. You'll enjoy Alsace with all your senses! This experience trip takes you from medieval and romantic town centres along winding roads and unspoilt landscapes to the heart of Alsace. Stroll through the colourful streets of an atmospheric wine village and enjoy breathtaking views of the Black Forest.
Day 1: Departure to Ottrott
Today you will leave for Ottrott, where your unforgettable journey in Alsace begins. On the way to Ottrott, you can stop in Metz, with its cosy medieval city centre, its gigantic Gothic cathedral and, since 2010, the unique Centre Pompidou. The city bears witness to 3,000 years of history, with Roman, medieval, classical and German traces, all beautifully illuminated by the particularly original lighting programme that earned Metz the nickname of 'city of light'. You will stay four nights in a charming hotel in Ottrott near Obernai.
Day 2: Strasbourg
Known for the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, with its gastronomic addresses, magnificent cathedral, half-timbered houses and sustainable traffic policy. That must be Strasbourg! The old town, with its well-preserved 'La Petite France' district, is one of the most romantic parts of this pleasant city. Strasbourg is also worth a visit in terms of gastronomy: numerous top restaurants attract gourmets from all over the world. The city has the allure and atmosphere of a real capital, but its relatively small size makes you feel right at home here.
Day 3: The heart of Alsace
Next on the schedule is a visit to the particularly atmospheric wine village of Obernai. Old half-timbered houses, colourful streets and the statue of its patron saint, Sainte-Odile, define the typical character here. Did you know that Obernai is both a wine and beer town? Located on the Route des Vins, the town is also home to the Kronenbourg brewery. You continue along winding roads to the mythical pilgrimage site of Mont Sainte-Odile. Next, you will pass through one of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes in Alsace to Le Hohwald and Le Champ du Feu, from where, on a clear day, you can enjoy stunning views of the Black Forest.
Day 4: La Route du Vin
On "the wings of a stork", over picturesque villages, vineyards and wine cellars you head towards Sélestat. Follow the 'Route du Vin' and, via the 'Parc des Cigognes' and Kaysersberg, you will arrive in Colmar, with its half-timbered houses and idyllic 'Petite Venise' along the river Lauch. Neither war nor past have been able to tarnish the face of Colmar: here you will find a wealth of cultural heritage, as well as a wealth of culinary delights! Those who prefer to get an idea of how people used to live in Alsace and Vosges can visit the fascinating Ecomusée d'Alsace near Ungersheim.
Day 5: Going home
Your trip through Alsace comes to an end, today you return home. If you don't feel like going home yet, you can of course stay a little longer in one of our Caractère hotels of your choice.
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