The villages of the Alsatian vineyard at Christmas
Coming to Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg during the end-of-year holiday season is a great opportunity to discover these two typical Alsatian villages and talk about history with Sophie.
Sophie offers you a complete program to go back in time and discover the vineyard villages at Christmas.
Here are the program details:
Riquewihr is a medieval city is a well-known village in Alsace. Riquewihr can be visited all year round for the remains of its ramparts, including the Dolder tower and the Porte-Haute that transport you to another time. A getaway to Riquewihr is also an opportunity to visit the Hansi Museum and discover the full palette of this artist. Hansi is now associated with Alsatian culture.
3 p.m.: Arrival at the entrance to the pretty town of Riquewihr, an unmissable detour for Christmas lovers. Back to a traditional Christmas!
Discovery of the chalets located Place Fernand Zeyer. Small group of chalets where you meet local craftsmen who exhibit their creations.
Why make a detour via Riquewihr? The best part of the village is that Riquewihr has kept its authenticity: typical narrow pedestrian streets in Alsace, half-timbered houses, nicely decorated for Christmas. Purists are charmed by the effort made to preserve the rich Alsatian heritage.
For Christmas, the main street, rue du Général De Gaulle, is adorned with its most beautiful illuminations to charm purists. We enter a magical setting reminiscent of the Christmas of our childhood. The smells of fresh fir fill the streets of the city.
In the main street, you can find famous Alsatian brands that offer artisanal and traditional products (Alsatian crockery, Alsatian delicatessen, gingerbread). Difficult to resist and not leave with a little souvenir of Riquewihr!
Compulsory stop at the mulled wine stand* to warm up your hands but above all to taste the good Alsatian wine!
4:30 p.m.: After this nice detour to Riquewihr, we suggest you take the car back to Kaysersberg. Again to visit one of the famous Christmas markets in Alsace.
Why make a detour to Kaysersberg? This village was elected Favorite Village of the French in 2017. Kaysersberg is located between vineyards and mountains at the foot of the ruins of its castle during the 4 weeks before Christmas. The village is known for its Christmas exhibition which is renewed each year. At the church secular or religious songs resonate during free concerts, every Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Kaysersberg Christmas market is also renowned for its authentic and traditional character. At nightfall, the village is adorned with its most beautiful illuminations. Real fresh fir branches decorate the windows. The most of the village, the small chalets of the market are located at the foot of the ruins of the castle.
A little craving for hot chestnuts? Come with us to discover one of the historic stands of the village. The very nice side of this little Christmas market is that you can chat with the exhibitors. They are delighted to be able to discuss their know-how with purists.
The medieval market of Ribeauvillé is also highly appreciated by onlookers. This beautiful fortified wine-growing village takes on its finest assets in December. The city of minstrels makes you live moments steeped in history. On the 2nd and 3rd weekends of Advent, dancers and dragons roam the streets and squares of the city. The Christmas market is like a real show that plunges young and old into the heart of the Middle Ages. Beer and wild boar on the spit can be tasted there under the lights of the arts of fire. You can take the time to discover medieval amusements (turn everything upside down, games of skill).
In Extra: Accommodation, Transport, breakfast, drinks package, bike rental
Sanitary conditions and measures
In case of partial cancellation:
Up to 30 days before the arrival of the group: 30% of the canceled quota will be due
30 to 15 days before the arrival of the group: 50%
14 to 9 days before the arrival of the group: 75%
8 to 0 days before the arrival of the group: 100%
Free for children under 4 years old.
In the event of a dispute, the client may contact the Tourism and Travel Agent but must propose an amicable solution to the service provider before any procedure.
Covid-19 barrier gestures:
Hydroalcoholic gel available and respect for social distancing.
Disinfection of audioguides and vehicles before and after visits.
Mandatory mask wearing.
Catering to take away during the health crisis.