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Christmas in Alsace by rail
This six day break is based in the Alsatian wine town of Obernai at Le Gouverneur, a stylish hotel housed in a renovated 16th century coaching inn. Highlights of the itinerary include Strasbourg, Colmar, Riquewihr, Baden-Baden and the nothern Alsace pottery village of Hunspach.
- Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras/Ebbsfleet to Strasbourg via Paris including coach transfer in Paris
- Five nights' accommodation in standard room on bed and buffet breakfast basis at Le Gouverneur hotel, Obernai based on shared occupancy of twin room
- Christmas Eve festive dinner at local restaurant
- Christmas Day dinner at local restaurant
- Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/firstst class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on TGV.
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Strasbourg by TGV. On arrival transfer by coach to Obernai (approximately 30 minutes) and the Le Gouverneur hotel for check-in for five-night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Full day tour to Colmar and Riquewihr. Colmar captures the quintessential character of the Alsace, its charming streets, squares and small canals lined with crooked and colourful half-timbered houses. A must see is the 500 year old Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, housed in the Unterlinden museum. One of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Riquewihr owes its historical prosperity to wine – Riesling in particular is produced here. Full of historical architecture, Riquewihr looks much as it did in the 16th century being one of the few towns in the area to escape being badly damaged in the second world war.
Full day visit to Strasbourg, with Christmas Eve festive dinner at a local restaurant. The city of Strasbourg offers a stark contrast of old and new. At its heart you’ll find a medieval town of atmospheric narrow streets, half-timbered houses and the pink-sandstone Gothic cathedral – it is in front of the cathedral that you’ll find the largest of the Christmas markets. Surrounding this is a thoroughly modern and progressive city including the headquarters of the European Parliament. A boat ride on the Ill River is an excellent way to see both sides. The charming ‘Petite France’ district, dating from the 1100s, is a must see.
Day free with Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant in Obernai. Among the vineyards at the foot of the sacred mountain of Mont-Ste-Odile, Obernai is the epitome of Alsace, a town with crumbling walls and ancient, narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses. In the Place du Marche stands the 15th century town hall, 16th century corn hall and Tour de la Chapelle. A walk around the medieval ramparts offers an excellent overview of the town. For gourmets, Obernai is blessed with not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, one less than 50 metres from your hotel, although there is a great range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Obernai is also home to a Christmas market where you will find regional products on sale, as well as festive entertainment.
Full day tour to Baden Baden and Hunspach. The spa town of Baden-Baden spent the 19th century being Germany’s most fashionable resort and this elegance remains in the Belle-Époque architecture including a casino that is lauded as the most beautiful in the world. Travelling the Black Forest panoramic road we will pay a visit to Lake Mummelsee before returning to Obernai via the northern Alsace pottery villages. Sleepy Hunspach, full of impressive, dazzling white timber framed houses, is one of the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”.
Travel by train from Strasbourg to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras via Paris.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Located just inside the ramparts in the centre of the pretty town of Obernai about 30km south west of Strasbourg, Le Gouverneur (though rated as only two-star) is a stylish and comfortable hotel, completely renovated from an historic coaching inn dating back to 1550. Facilities here include a breakfast room and comfortable newly-refurbished bedrooms with private bath or shower, TV and telephone.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no lift at the hotel but five rooms are located on the ground floor. There is not a bar or restaurant at the hotel but the hotel is situated in the centre of town with a bar directly across the street and a host of restaurants within a few minutes' walk. For gourmets, Obernai is blessed with not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, one less than 50m from the hotel but there are a range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners will be taken at local restaurant La Halle aux Blés which is located three minutes walk from the hotel.
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