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From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages & Colmar Christmas Market

1. From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages & Colmar Christmas Market

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 half-timbered houses, magnificent corner oriel windows, cobbled streets, the river that crosses the city and, overlooking the village, the medieval castle. Then it's time to hit the road again to the third stop in Colmar. Watch how the Christmas markets light up the famous town and create different atmospheres to suit the neighborhoods. Enjoy a 3-hour stroll at leisure and explore the market at your own pace. Savor seasonal treats and have another traditional cup of mulled wine. At around 7:30 PM, take the bus and return to the meeting location in Strasbourg and finish off the tour with wonderful Christmas memories of the Alsatian Christmas markets. 

Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

2. Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

Head south departing from Strasbourg where the first stop will be in Bergheim, a superb village on the wine route that contains many hidden wonders within its medieval walls. You will then have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Ribeauvillé, the ancient fief of the Lords of Ribeaupierre. History will call out to you on every one of its pedestrian streets.  After a visit to Hunawihr and a photo stop in front of its famous fountain, enjoy lunch in the village of Riquewihr, one of the best known in the region —  particularly renowned because of its idyllic location in the heart of the vineyard. The tour will continue to two villages that are equally famous for their historical character: Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. Wine-lovers especially will appreciate the next stop at the famous Belvédère Cattin, where you can take in a stunning panoramic view of the Alsace Plain with the Black Forest in the distance. At this stop, you can also check out an art gallery and buy some Alsace wine, if you wish. Head back to Strasbourg at the end of the afternoon, after a day filled with great memories and beautiful images.

Alsace Medieval History Day Trip from Strasbourg

3. Alsace Medieval History Day Trip from Strasbourg

The tour begins with departure from Strasbourg bus station and heads to the first stop of the day, historical Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle. Upon arrival, admire the building’s architecture, learn about the people who once lived here, and marvel at the castle's stunning views across the Black Forest. After the castle, the open-top bus follows the famous Alsace Wine Route, making a stop at one of the region's most well-preserved medieval villages along the way, Riquewihr. Spend some free time wandering through the village’s pictures streets, shop at a local store for a souvenir, or find a cozy restaurant for lunch. The tour continues to Kaysersberg next, to marvel at its beautiful fortified bridge nestled amongst the quaint village surroundings. Your day trip finishes with a visit to Colmar, a unique and endearing country town, for a ride on the tourist train. Please note that the tourist train doesn't run in November. Instead, there will be free time in the city.

Colmar: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Colmar: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Experience immersive environments, informative films, 3D projections, tastings and more on this interactive tour of the Colmar chocolate museum.  The journey begins in a tropical forest where you will meet a small monkey eating cocoa pods, and learn about the harvesting the cocoa trees. Leaving the forest, you enter an Aztec temple that reveals the serpent god Quetzalcoatl, who, according to the legend, introduced cocoa on earth. Entering the next room, the floor creaks, the lamps stir, the windows reveal an azure sea ... The scene takes place in the 16th century, on a Spanish ship, where you'll discover cocoa's journey to Europe.  It's a century later that chocolate will enter the great European courts and you'll follow this journey and meet the luxurious equipment they made to drink this very special spice called cocoa. Don't miss the original flavors they offered at that time. Chocolate was also considered as a medication and you'll discover all the beliefs and truths about the benefits of cocoa.  The second floor is dedicated to industrialization and all the chocolatiers that made Alsace the largest producer of chocolate in France. Then, in the virtual demonstration, meet 3 chocolatiers who will present their recipes and all the tricks they use to make their perfect chocolates.

Strasbourg: Alsace Traditional Villages Day Trip

5. Strasbourg: Alsace Traditional Villages Day Trip

The first stop after leaving Strasbourg is the city of Molsheim, famous as the home of Bugatti, among other things. You’ll explore the fortified old town of this ancient episcopal city, before going on to Rosheim, a village famous for its Romanesque church and old houses. After a visit to the village of Boersch and its famous 3 gates, head to Mont Sainte Odile and take in an exceptional panoramic view of the entire Alsace Plain. Your lunch break will be in Alsace’s second most visited city after Strasbourg: the cheerful city of Obernai. Take some time to explore this dynamic city and check out the local shops before setting off for the famous Château de Haut-Koenigsbourg in the early afternoon. Pass through many small towns and villages, all a delight to behold, before visiting the ancient castle fort built in the 12th century and thoroughly remodeled in the 15th century. It was a German imperial symbol during the reign of Wilhelm II. Head back to Strasbourg at the end of the afternoon, after a thrilling day spent discovering the very heart of Alsace.

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What people are saying about Alsace

Very nice experience, beautiful sunny day, the region is magnificent. Visit of several villages (about ten) some of which on foot. The time given to visitors is correct. The vehicle is very pleasant, convertible. The driver is a good driver and multilingual. I highly recommend. I will definitely repeat the experience.

Very good trip. Sociable and very available to his passengers. I recommend this excursions without problem.

A perfectly timed day to really get to see many of the most charming villages on the Alsatian Wine Route.

The tour guide was very nice, punctual. It was due to him that we had a nice and comfortable day.

Very nice driver, no complaints. Well balanced and well designed circuit. Cheer.