Wines of Alsace

Tour highlights

  • Visit many different wine-cellars and taste different varieties of wines
  • Steam-train ride and boat trip
  • Château de Haut- Koenigsbourg
  • A trip to the Gingerbread Palace
  • Visit the Brotherhood of St Etienne
  • A visit to Riquewihr
  • Learn all about vines and wine production

Day 1 – 5: Ammerschwihr to Zellenberg

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Day 1 – Arrive at Camping Pierre de Coubertin

Upon arrival at the campsite, settle into your pitch and then take the opportunity to meet your fellow members with a welcome meeting, drinks and dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Day 2 – Ammerschwihr

Start the tour with a visit to a wine cellar in Ammerschwihr. Here, sample 5 different wines including some typically Alsation Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and a Muscat. 

Enjoy a hearty, regional lunch of freshly cooked pretzel and local ‘vigneron’ pâté afterwards here before heading over to Kaysersberg for an afternoon at leisure. Why not take the time to visit the artisan glassblower while you’re here?

Day 3 – Free day at your leisure

Day 4 – Zellenberg and Riquewihr

Today you will visit Zellenberg – one of the ‘pearls’ of the wine-growing region, perched on a hill amongst the vineyards. Here, you will have a guided walk along part of the ‘Perles du Vignoble’ trail, taking in the geology, flora and fauna, the ampelology and the history of the area. Afterwards, you will have a tour of the cellars  followed by some wine-tasting.

After a picnic lunch, your day continues on to the charming ‘chocolate-box’ village of Riquewihr. Here, take the tourist train with commentary and enjoy free time to explore and visit some of the local wine-shops and ‘mouse-hole’ wine cellars.

Day 5 – Free day

Day 6 – 10: Château de Haut-Koenigsbourg and Barr

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Day 6 – Château de Haut-Koenigsbourg

Take a break from the vineyards today with an excursion to the Château de Haut-Koenigsbourg. Find out about the fascinating history of this medieval castle with a guided tour. 

Afterwards, enjoy a lunch of ‘tarte flambée’ followed by a visit to a nearby distillery.

Day 7 – Sélestat and the Maison du Pain d’Alsace

Today, head over to the ‘Maison du Pain d’Alsace’, which safeguards the history of bread through the ages, from ancient to present day artisan practices. From the harvest to flour, discover all things bread and take in the smells of freshly baked artisan breads.

In the afternoon, enjoy a trip to a local brewery!

Day 8 – Free day

Day 9 – An excursion to the wine cellars of Barr

An important wine-producing village, Records of the vineyards of Barr have been found dating back as far as the 8th Century!

Visit a cellar here and sample the wines produced here.

After free time and lunch at your leisure, visit the ‘Palais du Pain d’Epices’ (Gingerbread Palace) and indulge in the fairy-tale world of this childhood favourite. End the day with a stop-off for some free time in the pretty village of Obernai - a village renowned for its unique production of red wine.

Day 10 – Free day

Day 11 – 15: Colmar to Château de Kientzheim

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Day 11 Colmar

Today, enjoy a guided walking tour of the picturesque city of Colmar. Walk through its pretty cobbled street lined with half-timbered buildings and learn about its history and its deep connection with the wine trade.

After free time for lunch visit the ‘Musée des Vins d’Alsace’, a brand new and innovative museum dedicated to the wines of Alsace. End the day with a boat trip to discover the Petite Venise area right in the heart of Colmar’s historic centre - so-called for its network of mini canals.

Day 12 – Free day

Day 13 – A trip to the Munster Valley

Today the emphasis is on cheese, rather than wines and Munster is famous for its strong cheeses. You will visit the ‘maison du fromage’ and here you will partake in a cheese-tasting of the freshest produce, accompanied of course by a glass of wine!

Afterwards, you will be treated to lunch at a farm inn higher up in the valley. Lunch is a traditional ‘marcaire’ (cattle herders) meal, made up of specialities produced at the farm. 

In the afternoon, stop off at Wihr-au-Val for a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Day 14 – Free day and farewell meal

Spend the last day at your leisure.

In the evening, visit the ‘Brotherhood of St Etienne’ at the Château de Kientzheim. One of the oldest in France, this brotherhood was originally created to safeguard the quality of wines in the city. It now serves as a place where people can get together to appreciate Alsatian wines and gastronomy. Join in one last ‘dégustation’ with the ‘Grand Counsellors’ dressed in their ceremonial robes and silver chains! Visit the underground ‘œnothèque’ – a huge reserve of over 60,000 vintage bottles dating from 1834 to present day.

End this truly unique experience with an evening meal to say farewell to your hosts and fellow tourers.

Day 15 – Depart from campsite


Please note this itinerary is subject to change. 

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