Best short tours of Alsace

Written by on September 9, 2019 in Tours in France

Narrow cobbled street lined with colourful half-timbered houses in village of Eguisheim, Alsace

Colmar, Strasbourg, fairy tale towns like Riquewihr, magical castles like Koenigsgbourg, a beautiful and delicious wine route, amazing gastronomy – Alsace has it all. And then some.

If you want to discover the real Alsace, the most enchanting towns, the secrets of its cities, the Christmas markets, how to make famous flammekueche (the most scrumptious Alsatian pizza) then nip on to the website of Ophorus Tours. They have local guides who know Alsace like the back of their hand and offer dozens of tours of Alsace. Its most beautiful spots, its dreamiest villages, the best wine makers, cycle routes, markets and more… and they’d love to share their knowledge on the best tours of Alsace with you.

Alsace Towns and villages tours

View from the ramparts of a castle high up on a mountain at Koenigsbourg, Alsace

Alsace, arguably the prettiest wine region in France, is also one of the best to explore on foot. Footpaths lead across a carpet of vineyards that extend over the lower slopes of the Vosges mountains. Tall pointed steeples, often topped with storks’ nests, peek over the rolling slopes. You’ll discover charming villages filled with pretty half-timbered medieval houses such as Eguisheim. And  Riquewihr, which looks as if Hansel and Gretel might live there, with window boxes overflowing with colourful flowers. Or climb the dizzy heights of the medieval Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg. Wander the cobbled historic district of Colmar with its canals and beautiful buildings, or Strasbourg and its sensational markets. You can even learn how to make one of the most famous dishes of Alsace – a traditional pizza known as a Flammekueche, utterly scrumptious. There are loads of tours to suit all tastes.

Alsace Vineyard tours

Autumnal vineyards in Riquewihr, Alsace, church and town in background

The Alsace Wine Route is one of the oldest in France and crosses three different wine districts. 170km of scenic landscapes awaits, from medieval villages and half-timbered houses decorated with flowers, to castles and Roman and Gothic churches. The many different grape varieties which thrive here produce a wonderful range of rich and aromatic wines. From dry and delicate to opulent and full-bodied. Visit the Alsace vineyards to discover their rich heritage and of course enjoy a tasting. With Ophorus in the driving seat, you don’t need to worry about getting home afterwards. Sample wonderful Rieslings, Muscats and Gewurtztraminers and discover the most beautiful vineyards, wine villages and domains of Alsace.

Alsace Christmas markets tours

Colmar city at Christmas, streets decorated and lots of bright lights

Alsace is world famous for its Christmas markets, in fact Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas! Visit the markets of Colmar, Strasbourg and in the pretty villages with a guide (with transport provided) who will show you the very best of Christmas in Alsace.

Join a set tour, there are loads to choose from, something to suit every taste, or even create your own bespoke guided tour, details at: ophorus.com/alsace

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