The most magical Christmas in Alsace tour

Written by on September 22, 2019 in Tours in France

Cobbled street of half timbered houses with Christmas lights and decorations in Colmar, Alsace

The Alsace region bursts into festive spirit and shows its wonderful magical side at the beginning of December. That’s when the Christmas markets open in stunning Strasbourg, captivating Colmar as well as in the fairy tale villages that dot the vineyards of this beautiful part of France.

The Alsace is also famous for its delicious white wines. There are the well-known Rieslings and Pinot Gris and the lesser known but delectable Gewürztraminer and Crémant (read sparkling wine). Alsatian foods are in a category of their own. Tarte flambée, the Alsatian style pizza is thin and tasty, tangy Chocroûte is a must-try. Bäckeoffe is a hearty casserole dish and Kugelhopf is a delectable bundt cake. Plus there are mouth-watering pretzels and vin Chaud (mulled wine) to enjoy while walking the streets and shopping the markets.

A Christmas tour that will make you believe…

Pretty cobbled street festooned with holly as snow falls at Christmas in Kaysersberg

We love the Girls Guide to Paris Alsace Christmas tour which combines a stay in charming Strasbourg and at the foothills of the Vosges Mountains – the whole area really is picturesque beyond belief. The local colorful half-timbered houses look even prettier in the Christmas season. You half expect Hansel and Gretel to come skipping across the cobbles. Lights twinkle and every home with a window box is decorated for the holiday in high style. This area is home to several Plus Beaux Village de France (most beautiful villages in France) many of which you’ll visit on this tour. And, we guarantee that the festooned, cobblestone streets of Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Kaysersberg are a sight you’ll never forget.

Enchantment in Alsace

Town hall dressed for Christmas in Mulhouse with a specifically designed textile

You’ll visit a cheese farm in the mountains, take a regional cooking class and go to a pop-up restaurant. Take a brilliant street art tour and learn about the special Christmas fabric that the town of Mulhouse creates every year to decorate the ancient town hall with.

You’ll also visit the Mulhouse Eco-Museum, which is nothing like what it sounds. The creator of this outdoor museum has collected authentic antique homes, barns and other buildings from throughout Alsace. He then moved them to one spot to create a village which at Christmas is beautifully decorated.

Pretty houses decorated for Christmas as Father Christmas parades through a street in Alsace, France

“We saw Père Noël drive by in his horse drawn carriage on our last trip” says Girls Guide to Paris host Doni Belau as she grins with anticipation of the tour to come. While visiting the village you’ll see people creating all types of Christmas specialities. There are artisan crafts and chefs making hearty winter stews and mulled wine – and of course, tastings are encouraged.

Christmas gifts galore

Pretty street in Alsace, shop windows lit up for Christmas at night, no people around

The only problem with this Christmas Markets tour is that at some point, you’ll wish you brought an empty suitcase. Why? Well you’ll want to transport all the unique, hand crafted items you pick up at the markets! Each market is different and unique. Some specialize in regional foods and gourmet items, scrumptious Christmas cookies, local beers and ciders. Others focus on handmade crafts including the most exquisite Christmas decorations that will definitely become family heirlooms. There’s knitwear, gift items as well as a gigantic choice of utterly charming knick knacks you will want to have back home to remind you of this amazing tour.

Doni Belau adores creating extremely special gals-only tours for small groups, which she leads. Exceptional lodging, Michelin star to bistro dining with wine included is her hallmark. “Bringing together groups of women from around the world and then saying goodbye as good friends is the reason why I love my job so much” she says. And it’s this that, together with the stunning locations, attention to detail and superb hotels and restaurants make Doni’s tours memorable and marvellous.

Make this a Christmas to remember for ever, find out more and book your spot on this glamorous, magical tour of Alsace at: girlsguidetoparis.com/girls-guide-to-paris-castles-christmas-tour-2020

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