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The 4 Wonders of Alsace Day Tour from Colmar

1. The 4 Wonders of Alsace Day Tour from Colmar

Start your day when you are picked up at your hotel or apartment in Colmar before beginning your tour through the Alsace in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan.  Departing from the historical center of Colmar, you will pass through the wine route along the beautiful vineyards and little villages, from there you can explore the typical Alsatian architecture which is magical, colorful, and unique. You will make a stop at the four wonders of the Alsace as they are called. The first one is Eguisheim, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Then drive further along the Alsatian wine route, immerse yourself in the world of vineyards and products which make the Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr region’s reputation.  To test the region’s wine reputation, you will visit a typical wine cave and you can taste a big variety of wines such as Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot noir, and many more.  Your tour will end with Kaysersberg, where its high fortress dominates the city and serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its warlike past. After visiting these 4 wonders, our driver will bring you safely back to Colmar.

Alsace Half-Day Wine Tour from Colmar

2. Alsace Half-Day Wine Tour from Colmar

Depart Colmar and travel by fully equipped minivan through the rolling hills covered in vines and medieval castle ruins. Marvel at the charming villages of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses decorated with flower boxes and brightly painted ensigns. Get an introduction to wine making in the region at 2 carefully selected wineries, where you will sample some of the best-known grape varieties of the Alsace, such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer or Sylvaner. Hear about the steps involved to produce wine, from the vineyards to the vat room and ageing cellar. Leave with a better understanding of an industry that produces more than 150 million bottles of wine per year.

Colmar: 2-Hour Segway Tour

3. Colmar: 2-Hour Segway Tour

So easy and fun, the Segway really is the best way to visit Colmar. After collecting your Segway and helmets at the only winery in Colmar, you will partake in a short training session in which you will become familiar with the equipment you will be using over the following 2 hours. Following this training session, you will follow your guide through the diverse neighborhoods, including the Old City Center, the German part, and the "Quartier des Maraichers". You will also experience some nature of the region, as you follow the 3 rivers of the town through a forest. At the conclusion of your tour, you will also have the option to book a wine tasting at the Martin Jund winery located in the center of Colmar.

From Colmar: Full-Day Alsace Wine Tasting Tour

4. From Colmar: Full-Day Alsace Wine Tasting Tour

Depart Colmar in the morning and journey along part of the winding 170-kilometer Alsace Wine Route on the eastern foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Marvel at the exceptional natural beauty of the surroundings as you pass through quaint villages and the undulating, vine-covered hills of the region. Stop to enjoy 3 different wine tasting sessions at typical wineries and sample Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner and Riesling wines. Experience the only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) region in France to produce mostly varietal wines from similar grape varieties to those used in German wine.

Full-Day Highlights of the Alsace Tour: from Strasbourg

5. Full-Day Highlights of the Alsace Tour: from Strasbourg

You’ll depart Strasbourg in the morning and make your first stop on this day-long tour in Colmar. Discover the charm of the old town, and visit the Pfister house, the Koïfhus, St. Martin’s Collegiate Church, and the picturesque neighborhoods of Little Venice. Explore the lovely village of Eguisheim, surrounded by vineyards. Admire its narrow streets, and the half-timbered houses with their colorful flowers.  Continue on to the fortified town of Riquewirh. Surrounded by ramparts, the village has survived wars and remained intact. See its tiny streets, fortified walls, and 16th-century houses, admiring the architectural harmony. You’ll have free time to explore the town and have lunch. After lunch you’ll follow the scenic Alsace Wine Route. Situated between the Rhine valley and the Vosges mountain range, the 60-year-old route winds across hilly slopes for over 170 kilometers. When you reach Haut Koenigsbourg Castle your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty fortress that overlooks the valley. Built during the 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position controlling the wine and wheat routes to the north and the salt route from the east.

From Colmar: Alsace Villages Tour and Wine Tasting

6. From Colmar: Alsace Villages Tour and Wine Tasting

Depart Colmar and journey in a small group to the traditional small town of Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, the narrow and concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. After a walk in the village, continue your tour to the fortified town of Riquewihr, passing by the village of Turckheim, where you can admire many traditional Alsace style houses, overflowing with flowers. In Riquewihr, stroll through the tiny streets lined with old houses that have preserved their 16th-century splendor. Get some free time to explore on your own and find a nice spot for lunch. Then, travel along the breathtaking Alsace wine route between the Rhine Valley and Vosges Mountains. Get amazing views of the undulating, vine-covered hills and quaint villages with narrow streets and flower-decked houses. Arrive at the medieval Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg overlooking the valley. Learn how the castle once controlled the wine and wheat routes to the north and salt route from the east.

From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages & Colmar Christmas Market

7. From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages & Colmar Christmas Market

Get into the spirit of the season and visit different Christmas markets along the wine route. Begin your tour at the Strasbourg bus station where you'll board a comfortable heated bus and receive audio guides with information for your Christmas market tour. On your first stop, explore the Riquewihr Christmas market during a one-hour visit. Gaze in awe at the illuminated monuments and buildings in this dazzling Alsatian village. After Riquewihr, head back onto the wine route and pass by numerous little Alsatian villages all beautifully decorated for the occasion until you reach the village of Kaysersberg. The authentic and artisanal Christmas market in Kaysersberg traditionally welcomes you all four Advent weekends on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On the other days of the week, you will find there a concentrate of Alsace: a historic city center filled with charm with beautiful old half-timbered houses, magnificent corner oriel windows, cobbled streets, the river that crosses the city and, overlooking the village, the medieval castle. Then it's time to hit the road again to the third stop in Colmar. Watch how the Christmas markets light up the famous town and create different atmospheres to suit the neighborhoods. Enjoy a 3-hour stroll at leisure and explore the market at your own pace. Savor seasonal treats and have another traditional cup of mulled wine. At around 7:30 PM, take the bus and return to the meeting location in Strasbourg and finish off the tour with wonderful Christmas memories of the Alsatian Christmas markets. 

Alsace Villages Half-Day Tour from Colmar

8. Alsace Villages Half-Day Tour from Colmar

Begin your guided walking tour in Kaysersberg, a village famous for its quaint half-timbered, cobbled streets, and enjoy some free time here to explore by yourself. Then, follow the Alsace wine route and stop along the way for great photo opportunities. Arrive in Riquewihr for a guided walking tour of this magnificent small town. Surrounded by vineyards, this fortified town is a jewel. The village is full of beautifully-colored, half-timbered residences and facades decorated with old shop signs. Omnipresent flowers and creepers add to the charm of the village. From there, head to Hunawihr, the last stop and one of the most beautiful villages in France, known for its numerous artisan shops and multiple cultural landmarks.

From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

9. From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

Your 3-country adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Colmar. On your way to Germany, you’ll pass by the fortified village of Neuf-Brisach, a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the late 17th century.  From there, you'll drive to Germany and visit Freiburg, one of the treasures of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Amble through the streets that seem ripped straight from a fairytale, taking note of the channels of water that runs right alongside sidewalks. Afterward, you'll pass through another border bound for Basel in Switzerland. Divided into 2 parts by the Rhine river, the city has much to offer, with its picturesque bridges, narrow, winding alleyways, and stunning cathedrals.  Wandering through the medieval town of Great Basel, look for the unique cultural aspects of the city that differentiate it from other Swiss towns. Your day trip ends in perhaps the most charming and beautiful village in France: Eguisheim. Situated just south of Colmar, the town runs in concentric circles around a central plaza.  With tightly packed antique houses painted in brightly-colored hues, quaint shops, and a medieval castle, there are few villages in the world that so truly harken back to another age. Once your border-crossing adventure is over, you’ll return to your accommodation in Colmar.

Colmar: Private Guided Walking Tour of the City Center

10. Colmar: Private Guided Walking Tour of the City Center

Enjoy a personalized private walking tour through the old Colmar. Explore the rich heritage and carefully preserved city center, whose architecture expands from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. You will walk through "Petite Venise," an unmissable district filled with traditional half-timbered houses. Continue into Tanneurs district, which is famous for its large houses with white façades. Admire the Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin, whose Gothic architecture and striking colorful tile roof are magnificent. Take in the extravagant bourgeois houses that can be spotted throughout town. The Adolf House, the oldest house in Colmar, and the 17th century Renaissance building Maison des Têtes are worth seeing. You will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will share the history of this quaint city, from smaller attractions to its most renowned sites.

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What people are saying about Colmar

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4.7 / 5

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My husband and I had a great experience on our Alsace day tour. If you are looking for a way to spend the day seeing and learning about multiple villages in the Alsace area from a local host in a small group setting, this is for you. Dider was our guide and he was amazing - he picked us up in an easy location, drove us safely to each village in a comfortable air conditioned van, showed us the unique and special aspects of each village provided information along the way. He constantly checked in to make sure we were having a good time and if there was anything more or less that we wanted for the day. We were able to explore and feel immersed in each village without being information overloaded with too much information. We did wish that a bit more wine tasting was included (we stopped at one winery at the end of the day) in the tour since we were in the Alsace area, so if you are looking for more of a winery tour this wouldn't be the fit for you. Otherwise, amazing day trip!

Aude was informative and interesting and we learnt a lot about the wines of the area. It was a great day with quality tastings. She went out of her way to please us.

An excellent tour. We covered a lot of ground and yet had plenty of time at each stop and never felt rushed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Didier was amazing. His English was great. He was super engaging and really knew his history. The tour was thoroughly enjoyable. 5 stars.

Super fun and showed us all around the city in an interactive way. Learned a ton too!