Here is the itinerary for our Castles & Christmas Markets Ladies Only Tour:
Nov. 28th to Dec 4th. 2018
Stay at Cour de Corbeau in Strasbourg first 3 nights
Day 1 Wednesday, Nov 28th
Arrive in Strasbourg by plane or train from Paris.
Check into your 4-star hotel for the next 3 nights in the center of town. Our luxury hotel exudes Alsatian charm and has been operating as an inn since 1528. Rest and recover from your trip
Meet for cocktails in the hotel’s bar and then head out to dine on choucroute, the famous Alsatian specialty.
Day 2 Thursday, Nov 29th
We will start our day with a two hour boat tour of Strasbourg where you will learn a little bit of history starting from the middle ages to the Neustadt to the modern European institutions. Next we’ll see the Historic wine cellar of Strasbourg Hospital, an ancient cellar where you can see the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world and have a tour & tasting.
After a hearty Alsatian lunch we’ll tour the famous Strasbourg Christmas market, which is called Christkindelsmärik and has been occurring near the cathedral in Strasbourg ever year for over 450 years, making it the oldest in Europe. Sip vin chaud (mulled wine) to warm your bones as you shop for loved ones. If we get peckish we’ll nosh on Alsatian specialties that we find at the market from bretzels (pretzels) to tarte flambée, (Alsatian pizza). In fact we are going to bring along a foodie tour guide and she will show us the market. Whilst shopping we can also sample some of the unique Alsatian specialties which abound all over the central part of the city.
In Strasbourg it is de rigueur to make a stop inside the enormous Gothic cathedral of Strasbourg, which dates back nearly 1000 years and light a candle. There will be an option to go up to the top of the church to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Tonight we’ll view the lights on the 100 ft. Christmas tree, which is placed in the Place Kléber and then we’ll dine at a modern French gastronomic restaurant in town.
Day 3 Friday, Nov 30th
Today we’ll be heading out of town to visit the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle which dates back to 1147.
After a quintessential Alsatian lunch, we’ll head out to the less touristy town of Obernai and sample its Christmas market, reputed for its authentic crafts and gastronomic specialties. Sample Christmas beer, Alsatian foie gras, kugelhopfs, mannels, Pretzles and more. We’ll take a tour of this charming town and sit down to a hot cup of gluhwein to warm up.
Tonight we’ll end up in Riquewihr where we’ll be checking in with our group to several terribly charming Alsatian Gites which will be our “home” for the next few days. After a small rest* we will walk around town to enjoy the lights of the Riquewihr Christmas market and sample the many delicacies on offer.
*Keep in mind that on GG2P Tours, there is always the chance to stay back at our hotel or gite to rest, read a book, soak in the tub or simply watch TV and relax.
Day 4 Saturday, Dec 1st
On the morning, we’ll go to the Eco-museum. This is an open air museum village made up of typical Alsatian homes that are 200 years old or more. Here you’ll see craftsman at work, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage and learn what rural Alsatian life used to be like. Christmas comes to this open air museum with gusto as the houses are festooned with seasonal décor.
Lunch in Mulhouse
This afternoon and evening we’ll spend in Mulhouse, a former factory town, which has been re-imagined by artists and artisans. We’ll visit the city with a local, the video and television producer and blogger Philippe.
Every year a special Christmas fabric is made that is unique to that year alone. We’ll get to view the 2018 fabric and there will be an opportunity to purchase this as well as other items at their own Christmas market.
Then we’ll go on a pub tour and after we’ll dine at a special pop-up restaurant, which is only open for the holidays.
Day 5 Sunday, Dec 2nd
Today is our Mountain Day. We’ll venture up into the mountains making a stop in Kaysersberg, a beautiful Alsatian village then we’ll head to a cheese farm for a cooking class a hearty lunch with the farmer & chef feasting on their own Meunster cheese and our handiwork. If we are lucky enough to have snow, we’ll take a dog sled ride into the forest or a snow-shoe hike to work off those calories.
Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided.
Day 6 Monday, Dec 3rd
This will be our final Christmas market visits to Eguisheim and Colmar saving some of the most famous and best for a Monday when its less crowded. Do your final shopping, plus we’ll save some time for a stop at the post office so you can send some goodies back home. Today we’ll lunch in Colmar at la Table du Brocanteur, a gastronomic café surrounded by the owner’s antique and vintage collection.
This afternoon we will enjoy a wine tour and tasting with the organization Divines d’Alsace, a group of women wine producers.
Final farewell dinner to toast to our friendship, our sparkling purchases and our week in a real-life fairy-tale.
Day 7 Tuesday, Dec 4th
Breakfast and depart