Alsace & the Black Forest by Rail

6 nights from £859

Start:St Pancras
Finish:St Pancras
Duration:6 Nights
Group size:0 - 36
Meals:Bed and Breakfast

Overview

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Character hotels - stay in a 16th century converted coaching inn
  • Regional cuisine - Alsatian food it delicious 
  • Wine - sample the local produce 
  • Medieval streets - Strasbourg's are particularly atmospheric
  • Picturesque villages - the traditional wine villages are beautiful 

Highlights include the beautiful city of Strasbourg, which boasts a stunning Cathedral, atmospheric “Petit France” district and a wealth of sights.  Elsewhere we visit the wine town of Riquewihr, the quintessentially Alsace town of Colmar and venture into neighbouring Germany to visit Freiburg and the Black Forest and the spa town of Baden-Baden.

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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Highlights
  • Characterful hotel – stay in a 16th century converted coaching inn

  • Regional cuisine – Alsatian food is delicious

  • Superb wine – sample the local produce

  • Medieval streets – Strasbourg’s are particularly atmospheric

  • Picturesque villages – Alsace’s traditional wine villages are beautiful

Accommodation

Le Gouverneur Hotel, Obernai
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 2-star) is a stylish and comforable 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 but 5 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 then 50m from the hotel but there are a range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Obernai itself is a lovely town for a pre- or post-dinner stroll - a walk around the ramparts will certainly build up an appetite!

Hotel Le Gouverneur Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
This hotel belies its 2-star status and is a stylish and comfortable hotel, completely renovated from an historic coaching inn dating back to 1550, with rooms arranged around a lovely courtyard. There is no lift as stated but there are 5 rooms on the ground floor and is not air-conditioned though this is not usually a problem here. As well as its historic setting, the hotel's other great asset is the lovely town of Obernai with its host of bars and restaurants within 3 or 4 minutes' walk. 

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.

Places of Interest

Obernai
Among the vineyards at the foot of the sacred mountain of Mont-Ste-Odile, Obernai is the epitome of an Alsace wine village with crumbling walls and ancient, narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses. In the Place du Marché stands the 15th century town hall, 16th century corn hall and Tour de la Chapelle. A walk around the medieval ramparts offes an excellent overview of the town.

Colmar and Riquewihr
Colmar is the town that quintessentially captures the character of Alsace with its immaculately preserved town centre that boasts high-gabled timber framed houses that front the charming streets and squares. Outstanding are the galleried Old Customs House, the Maison Pfister adorned with frescos and medallions and Colmar’s own“Little Venice”, the picturesque Krutenau district. Other highlights include the Musée d’Unterlinden where Grunewald’s masterpiece, the Issenheim Altarpiece, is displayed; the Dominican Church and Collegiate Church of St. Martin. Dating from 1049, Riquewihr owes its considerable prosperity to the wine industry and boasts a wealth of sumptuous houses and public buildings. Highlights include the Gothic Church of Our Lady, the Dolder Tower and Porte Superieure.

Strasbourg
The stunning city of Strasbourg is (in)famous as the headquarters of the European Parliament but is also a wonderful medieval city. Highlights include the towering Gothic cathedral, known as “the great pink angel” that also boasts a 19th century astronomical clock that draws the crowds for its midday performance, Chateau Rohan, the delightful “Petit France” district - the oldest part of the city dating from the 1100’s, Rhine Palace, the Palais de l’Europe and lovely cobbled squares flanked with timber-framed houses.

Freiburg and the Black Forest
A wonderful day of scenic and historic beauty as we head into Germany, first of all to one of the country's most beautiful and historic cities, Freiburg. Sights of this important university town include the university quarter, Rathausplatz, the Cathedral, and old town market square and morning market. After lunch we head to the stunningly beautiful Black Forest with an afternoon stop at picturesque Triburg, capital of cuckoo clock artisans and home of a wonderful cascading series of waterfalls.

Baden-Baden and Northern Alsace Villages
An elegant spa town, since the 19th century Baden-Baden has been one of the most fashionable resorts in Germany with splendid Belle-Epoque architecture, and a casino that is claimed to be the most beautiful in the world. It is a delightful place that retains the feeling of a more unhurried, leisured age.

More Info

PASSPORTS
Valid passport required by all, except:

(a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards;

(b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.

VISAS
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the French consulate (PO Box 57, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EW

Tel: (020) 7838 2000/1. Information Service: Tel: (0891) 887 733. Fax: (020) 7838 2046. Opening hours: 0900-1130 (and 1600-1630 for visa collection only) Monday to Friday (except French and British national holidays).

TRAIN
As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.  Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras.  The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat.  On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket. 

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website, there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions. We strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when you travel abroad.

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Start:St Pancras
Finish:St Pancras
Duration:6 Nights
Group size:0 - 36
Meals:Bed and Breakfast
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