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Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg

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Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get to know the best of the Alsace region with this full-day tour from Strasbourg. Travel on scenic roads through green hills and Alsatian vineyards. Wander the cobblestoned streets of the charming towns of Colmar and Eguisheim, and explore the village of Riquewihr inside Medieval walls. Cap off a magical Alsatian day with a visit to the 12th-century castle of High Koenigsbourg. Get personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide throughout with group size limited to eight people.
  • Visit the enchanting villages of Eguisheim and Riquewihr
  • Trace the famous Alsace Wine Route through vine-covered hills
  • Explore Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, high on a hilltop above the Vosges and Alsace plain
  • Enjoy a more personalized experience on this small-group tour, limited to eight people
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Guided walking tour of Colmar
Visit of Eguisheim and Riquewihr Villages and Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
English-speaking professional guide
Free WiFi access on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
17 Pl. de la Cathédrale , 17 Pl. de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Departure time: 9:00am. Please meet your guide 10 minutes before departure time, in front of the Strasbourg Tourism Office.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your day trip from Strasbourg begins when you meet your guide aboard the awaiting minivan in the town center. Settle into air-conditioned comfort for the scenic drive.

The first stop is the village of Colmar, where you’ll go on a walking tour with your guide. The town’s cobblestoned streets are lined with characteristic German-style half-timbered buildings, and you’ll even see some canals. See Colmar’s main sights, including Saint Martin’s Church and the 16th-century Pfister House, and wander historic neighborhoods like Little Venice.

Your next stop is the picturesque town of Eguisheim, known for its Medieval buildings decorated with flowers, and then it’s on to Riquewihr. The charming town sits inside Medieval walls, and is a warren of meandering alleys and chocolate-box houses. Enjoy some time to explore the pretty town at your leisure, including time to have lunch (own expense).

Continuing on your Alsace tour, the next point of interest is the 105-mile (170 km) Alsace Wine Route (Route des Vins d’Alsace). This scenic road curves gently through rolling hills and past acres of vineyards at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Continue toward your final stop — Haut Koenigsbourg Castle (Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg).

The castle dates from the 12th century, and you’ll have a chance to explore the inside — including where people once lived inside it — and find out how this powerful fortress used to control the salt, wheat and wine routes from northern and eastern Europe. Admire the excellent views from the castle’s hilltop vantage point before climbing back into the minivan for the drive back to Strasbourg at the starting point of the tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colmar
Visit of enchanting Colmar village
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful village of Eguisheim.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vieille Ville
Discover the beautiful town of Riquewihr and enjoy free time for personal discovery and lunch.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg
Reach Haut Koenigsbourg castle and follow your guide for a tour of this mighty fortress that overlooks the valley.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol
  • A minimum of 2 adults per tour is required to operate
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that the infant seats are available upon request, please inform us at the moment of the booking (number and age of the children)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ophorus
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg.

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  • "Wear comfortable shoes for walking on cobble stones and climbing castle stairs." See review
  • "You may need to ask the details directly to the local tour company." See review
  • "The place is very beautiful but if you dont take these kind of tours its difficult you could see everything in one day!" See review

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star-4
Happy but Hungry
Jodi_W
, Jun 2022
Our tour operator was terrific! The castle was amazing. The villages were so crowded however that we could not get into a restaurant to eat lunch- the tour needs to provide names of restaurants ahead of time so that a reservation could be made.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour!
Sepideh_A
, May 2022
This was the best tour I have ever been on. Our tour guide was kind and patient. A day very well spent. Would highly recommend this to everyone.
star-5
Lovely excursion
FOKION_G
, May 2022
Excellent and well educated guide within a super amazing itinerary. Lovely villages and zestful entity of the schedule. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Bonjour FOKION_G, Thank you for sharing your experience! I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience on board our Alsace day trip from Strasbourg. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travellers! Best Carole from Ophorus team
star-5
Travelled solo but meet a wonderful group
dareen_r
, May 2022
I booked this tour based on the recommendations it DESERVED every penny... I enjoyed it to the maximum. I traveled solo I meet a wonderful group and our tour guide Jerome was excellent informative and very kind. We met at the tourist office at 9 am then visited Colmar and other villages and the tour ended at the castle we return at 6:15 it was an excellent experience highly recommend it
star-5
It was a very full day...
Frank_M
, May 2022
It was a very full day and our guide was excellent. We saw much more than if we tried to do it on our own.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Celia_B
, Apr 2022
First of all, our guide, Laurent, was personable, knowledgeable, and caring. My husband and I really appreciated his professionalism. The tour was amazing! Loved Colmar, the medieval villages, and the castle. It was a feast for all the eyes. So happy I had the opportunity to experience such beauty and uniqueness, in addition to learning about the history of these places with Laurent’s guide. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent day trip with an equally excellent tour guide
Brandon_L
, Apr 2022
Fantastic experiences with a very knowledgeable tour guide. The day trip was an excellent way to get a glimpse of Colmar and the picturesque towns of Eguisheim and Riquewihr. Not to mention the Château du Hohlandsbourg which had a fantastic view of Colmar and the surrounding area (This was the substitute for our trip as the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg was closed). Jerome was a great guide who had a wealth of knowledge about the region and he ensured that I was welcomed and that I had a unique experience. I would highly recommend the tour and am very thankful for the experience.
star-4
Nice places to visit!!
monpekis
, Mar 2022
I really enjoy, we visited nice places and the guide was a nice person and explain very good. Beautiful area, surprising castle, perfect weather!!
star-5
Perfect day trip
Joanna_B
, Mar 2022
It was the perfect day trip from Paris for my daughter and I. Laurent was so pleasant and made the trip fun for all of us. His knowledge of each place brought them to life for us. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
A Great day out with Family
Apoorv_V
, Mar 2022
I took this tour with my wife and 5 year old daughter and it was a smooth experience. Everything was on time and we got sufficient time to explore each of the places. Our guide Laurent was amazing and we learnt so much about the region and the places included in the tour. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to cover the villages and the area outside Strasbourg.
star-5
We enjoyed the small group and personalization
Sharon_O
, Mar 2022
Cosamar was such a cute village. wasThe castle was so beautiful. The tour was very informative. The guide was extremely nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun day in Alsace!
Millie_G
, Mar 2022
We had a great time on this tour. Our family of four enjoyed all of the history and walks through the villages. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the area!
star-5
Great value!
Heather_G
, Jan 2022
Our guide, Brigitte, was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and went out of her way to make the experience personal, including a couple of pit stops with great views and good recommendations. The time spent in each location was perfect!
star-3
Wonderful stops but not the best guided experience
Tammy_O
, Dec 2021
The cities and castle were absolutely wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves as a family of 6 on holiday. However, there were definitely some areas of this experience that needed improvement: our guide was very kind and looked out for us but scared us a bit with pretty unsafe driving. The microphone in the van was cutting in and out non stop, and we let him know a few times but stopped speaking up when the issue persisted because we didn’t want him to be distracted fumbling with it while driving. Ultimately, only the person sitting in the front seat next to him could really hear what he was saying and the rest of us tuned out and gave up. The time management could have been better. We spent more time than needed on the tour portion in Colmar and it left us with 30 minutes of free time to ourselves to explore. We raced to retrace our steps back through the city and then ran as fast as we could back to our meeting point. I wish we had a chance to tailor the plan ahead of time and ask to shorten the tour portion a bit so that we would have a little more time so explore. Lastly, this is not a personal criticism of our guide at all because he was very friendly, but I want to note that his English was not at an advanced enough level to give tours. It made it difficult to engage with him, and I believe it compounded on the issues noted above (the tour time feeling a bit long for not understanding what was being said, and the microphone issues were more bothersome because we were already having a hard time understanding what was being said). All in all, if I had to do this again, I would just probably book a driver or find a different mode of transportation between the cities, read up on fun facts about the landmarks and culture on our own, and pay for an audio tour (or pay for the castle’s guided tour) at the castle.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Bonjour Tammy_O, Thank you for having shared your feedback with us. We always appreciate having the observations of our clients during their excursions along with our guides. Please note that we passed on your commments to our Regional Manager in Alsace and she had the opportunity to discuss with the guide in December. It was one of his first tours with us, we are sorry that your experience was not as you expected. We sincerely hope we will have the chance to regain your confidence in the future. Best, Carole from Ophorus team.
star-5
Great fun!
Stephanie_H
, Dec 2021
Robin was an excellent guide and very funny. He has a zest for knowledge and history. We really enjoyed all of the places. Highly recommend!!
star-4
A lovely full day’s excursion
Jeanette_M
, Dec 2021
A lovely day trip with a small group. The 3 villages are really beautiful and the castle is not to be missed! Our guide, Adrian, was truly excellent and kindly drove us back to our hotel as he couldn’t get back to the City Centre in the evening as the roads are closed during Christmas market hours. The only downside was that the car was a bit cramped for our liking.
star-4
Being able to go to 3...
Mark_M
, Dec 2021
Being able to go to 3 villages was very special. Excellent views of the Alsace region. Gorgeous mideavel towns.
star-5
Highly Recommend this Tour
Mihika_J
, Dec 2021
The tour was excellent. We initially thought we'd cover these villages on our own, but then saw this and booked it. And I have to say we are super thankful we decided to book it. Our tour guide (Bridgette) was very kind, and super helpful at every step of the tour. She gave us excellent recommendations, guided us through every village and told us very interesting stories! It was a day very well spent. I highly recommend this tour :)
star-5
Great for seeing the villages in a nutshell
CARLA_M
, Oct 2021
I went on a small group tour, which was great because we could talk a lot with our guide, learn even more, and get some tips from a local. Our guide Pauline was very knowledgeable and adaptable, we ended up adjusting our itinerary to see as many villages as possible, and she would tell us all about each village, a lot about the region and the wine... It was great! Thank you for a great experience, Pauline!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great full-day tour!
Karla_S
, Oct 2021
This was a great and memorable tour for the day from Strasbourg! First time exploring the wine route Alsace region of France and this was a perfect way to see it for the first time. Our tour guide (Pauline) was fun and knowledgeable! Highly recommend!

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