You will start the day with a walking tour of the city of Strasbourg. This city, of which the ‘’Grande Ile’’ is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, has much to tell: its past, its architecture, its art & traditions etc…
The walking tour will also take you into the Petite France quarter of the town which is the most picturesque district of old Strasbourg. Fishermen, millers and tanners once lived and worked in this part of town where the streets have been built level with the waterways. The magnificent half-timbered houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Maison Kammerzell is considered as a jewel of Strasbourg’s architecture and worth a visit. And of course, you will enjoy the 12th Century Cathedral, an outstanding masterpiece of Gothic art, as famous for its Astronomical clock as for its organ pulpit & exceptional stained-glass windows.
Strasbourg is also known as the ‘’Capital of Christmas”. The famous Christmas market around the impressive cathedral was founded in 1570 & offers visitors a touch of adventure & plenty of fine flavors. The hundreds of talented craftsmen who sell the ware of the market provide a chance to discover some enchanting festive products & regional specialties including Bredle, delicious little cakes traditionally prepared during the advent period – we suggest you taste them with a traditional glass of ‘’Vin Chaud’’ (mulled wine).
WINE ROAD - SIGHTSEEING
This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will discover this wonderful region.
Alsace is famous for its high number of picturesque villages, churches and castles and for the various beauties of its three main towns, in spite of severe destructions suffered throughout five centuries of wars between France and Germany.
Also, you will enjoy some part of the Alsace road wines. Alsatian wine (in French: Vin d'Alsace) is primarily white. These wines, which for historical reasons have a strong Germanic influence, are produced under three different Appellation d'Origine Contrôlées (AOCs): Alsace AOC for white, rosé and red wines, Alsace Grand Cru AOC for white wines from certain classified vineyards and Crémant d'Alsace AOC for sparkling wines. Both dry and sweet white wines are produced, and are often made from aromatic grapes varieties.
Your tour guide will take you to some of the most famous villages such as Turckeim, Kaysersberg, Ribeauville and Riquewhir and to some of the most reputable wineries in the area. As time allows or if it is your preference, you can take the time to explore the northern part of the area and discover picturesque villages such as Soufflenheim, Betschdorf and Seebach known for their pottery, and Wissembourg.
Back to the hotel around 5:30pm.