Alsace: Fairytale France

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Tucked between the magnificent Vosges mountains and the Black Forest lies a region brimming with dramatic beauty, incredible gastronomy and endearing old-world villages. This is France’s charistmatic Alsace region, known for its blend of German and French traditions and fascinating heritage. From our base in Colmar, we’ll journey through scenery plucked from a fairytale to uncover Alsace’s proud identity and romantic charms. Visit dynamic Strasbourg, multicultural Basel and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Along the way, savor divine cuisine and superlative wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past.   No single supplement!

Pricing from
$3,495

No Single Supplement! Maximum of 24 guests.
Call 800-323-7373 or click here to reserve.

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 25, 2022 - Oct 3, 2022

HOTELS

Enjoy Alsatian hospitality, well-appointed guest rooms, a restaurant with a delicious local menu and other amenities during your stay in Colmar. The Brasserie L’Auberge not only features the flavors of Alsace, but the dining room also is decorated in typical homey Alsatian style. Visit the fifth-floor terrace for a spectacular view of the city and the Vosges mountains in the distance. If you are looking to unwind, visit the hotel’s fitness room, sauna and steam room. Massages also are available. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

AHI Coronavirus Information

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations.Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION-You will receive a full refund for cancellations made up to 90 days prior to trip departure. Cancellations from 89 to 76 days prior to departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 days to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip.

TOUR MAP

Alsace map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In Transit - Colmar, France

    If you have purchased only the Land Program, please book flights that arrive on Day 2, the first day of the Land Program. The date is listed at the top of your Reservation Confirmation.

  • day 2

    Zürich - Colmar

    Touch down in Zürich, where an AHI Travel representative will greet you. Together, transfer to the Grand Hôtel Bristol in Colmar, France, your home for the week. After unpacking, meet up with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 3

    Colmar

    Your first day begins with an insightful discussion of the Alsace region. Then, armed with this new knowledge, strike off to explore Colmar, the Alsatian wine capital. See sights that add to Colmar’s appeal, from its weaving waterways and decorative shopfronts to the eye-catching Fisherman’s Quay, Pfister House and remarkable Maison des Têtes with 111 head sculptures. After a hearty lunch, enjoy a  canal cruise through “Little Venice,” passing traditional winstubs and houses adorned with germaniums.

  • day 4

    Kaysersberg | Riquewihr | Eguisheim

    Today’s adventure introduces you to the picturesque, sun-soaked vineyards of the Route des Vin. Enjoy visits to fairy-tale Kaysersberg and two of “The Most Beautiful Villages of France:” Riquewihr and Eguisheim. Stop at a winery to sip fine vintages, and engage with a local wine producer, followed by a delectable lunch. Later tonight, learn more about Alsace’s unique culture.

  • day 5

    Basel, Switzerland

    Multicultural Basel spreads along the banks of the Rhine River and is host to over 40 museums, Switzerland’s oldest university, a thriving arts scene and attractions such as the Tinguely Fountain. During a walking tour, see some of the city’s landmarks and gain insight into how the city’s unique history and heritage have shaped the Basel of today.

  • day 6

    Freiburg, Germany | Neuf-Brisach, France

    Linger in Freiburg, the jewel of Germany’s Black Forest. Explore the lively Münsterplatz city square, the heart of the city.  During your guided walk, note the iconic Bächle, tiny waterways that wend throughout the city that were once used to provide water and fight fires. You may see children pulling brightly painted boats along the streams. On your return to Colmar, pass by the fortified village of Neuf-Brisach.

  • day 7

    Strasbourg

    Few cities can match Strasbourg for its rich architectural heritage and quintessential old quarter. Meander through the city, passing half-timbered houses, pedestrian bridges and the awe-inspiring Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. Your guide shares details about Strasbourg’s history and “La Petite France,” one of Strasbourg’s prettiest neighborhoods. Then experience Strasbourg from a different vantage point during a panoramic canal cruise by the Neustadt Imperial Quarter, the tanners’ quarter, the European Quarter and more.

  • day 8

    Colmar | Personalize Your Journey

    Start the day with a discussion on Alsace’s modern society. Then experience the area more intimately by choosing from 1) a cycling tour along the Alsace wine route, passing vineyards, meadows, castles and villages; 2) an informative walk through Colmar’s Jewish community with visits to the Musée Bartholdi and the neo-Romanesque synagogue, or 3) a walking tour that features the prime photography spots for capturing Colmar’s most scenic panoramas. Tonight, raise a toast to your getaway during a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

  • day 9

    Depart for home

    Bid farewell to beautiful Colmar today and depart for the airport for your flights home.

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