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Vacation in France: Tours of Alsace

 

 

Christmas Markets Alsace France

Experience the wonder of the Christmas markets in France

Our luxury travel packages in Alsace invite you to meander through quaint, off-the-beaten-path villages and vibrant cities.  Located on the eastern part of France, bordering Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is world-renowned wine, food, history and hospitality. Take a tour of Alsace with as part of your luxury French vacation, and experience all that Alsace has to offer!

Your Luxury Vacation in France, Day 1: Strasbourg

Alsace Wine Tour France Luxury

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Your visit begins in the capital of Alsace, and one of the most exceptional European cities- Strasbourg!  Journey back in time as you explore this ancient town with its 11th century half-timber houses, canals and Baroque sandstone buildings. Located on the River Ill, where it flows into the Rhine, the historic city center (the “Grande Ile”) is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Petite France district or the city’s famous Notre Dame Cathedral either on your own or with one of our charming English-speaking guides. Explore the shops, both large and small and take in the unique culture that can only be found in this vibrant city.

Of course, music lovers can enjoy the Strasbourg Music Festival in June and beer lovers can partake in the annual beer festival in October.  There is something for everyone in Strasbourg!  Overnight in your luxury hotel in Strasbourg.

Tour of Alsace, Day 2: Strasbourg and its Environs

Alsace Pottery France Shopping Markets

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Alsace Food & Wine France Bretzels

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After a good night’s sleep, you may choose to explore Strasbourg by riverboat, floating along the various canals and marveling at the architecture.  If you are more culinary inclined, allow us to arrange for a cooking class today!

Of course, being in Alsace, some cellar visits and tastings may be in order. The scenic Alsace Wine Route stretches from Strasbourg both north and south.  Let us arrange for some visits with winegrowers and some warm welcomes in their cellars!  Overnight in your luxury hotel in Strasbourg.

Luxury Travel in Alsace, Day 3: Colmar

Koenigsbourg Castle Alsace Luxury

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This morning you will continue on to Colmar, the wine capital of the Alace region.  Along the way, we recommend a visit to the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle— climb its battlements and marvel at the breathtaking views over the plain of Alsace.

What does your evening have in store for you? Perhaps you will sample some traditional cuisine, which include choucroute (saukeraut), Backeoffe (vegetable and meat stew) and Flammekueche (tarte flambée).  Of course, being in Colmar, you should indulge in tasting the white wine that is emblematic of the region.  With strong German influences, Alsatian wines come in red, white and rosés but some say that the most notable wines from this region are the exceptional dry Rieslings and Geurztraminer wines.  Whatever you choose, the magic of the Alsace region awaits you! Overnight in Colmar.

Luxury French Travel Itinerary, Day 4: Colmar

Colmar Alsace Spring

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Are you ready for another day of adventure? Start the morning exploring the Petite Venise, a delightful labyrinth of small canals, which you can visit in a flat-bottomed boat. When you return to dry land, its time to wander the old town and marvel at the architectural and historical wonders of the Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, the Maison Pfister or the Unterlinden Museum, which holds the renowned Issenheim Altarpiece.  Stop for a bite to eat at one of the Alsatian “winstubs’ (literally meaning a “room where one can get wine”), where you will enjoy the convivial atmosphere, food and even a glass or two of Riesling.

A great afternoon visit to the town of Neuf-Brisach and its fortress is an excellent diversion.  Located a short distance east of Colmar, the fortress of Neuf-Brisach was originally built by the Celts, standing ominously on a rock overlooking the Rhine.  The current fortress, built at the behest of Louis XIV in1699, is unique in that it is the perfect shape of an octagon.  Return to your hotel in Colmar for overnight.

Day 5: Alsace and Beyond!

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Bid adieu to Alsace this morning.  Perhaps you will continue on to take a Tour of France’s Loire Valley and Dijon or return to spend more of your vacation in Paris. Of course, we can tailor any itinerary to your specifications.  We offer chauffeur-driven tours with private guides, wine and food tastings and one-of-a-kind experiences.  Let your imagination be your guide and let SVP Tours help make it a reality. If you can dream it, we can make it happen!