Treat yourself to one of our private Alsace tours, one of Franceâ€™s most unique regions, with its own distinct history and culture, partly due to its position next to bordering Germany and Switzerland. From its history, cuisine, wine, architecture, and even its floral decorations, Alsace is different from the rest of France, yet is still quintessentially French. Few other regions of the country can match the areaâ€™s constellation of Michelin stars (40).
And when it comes to private Alsace tours, Paris Luxury Tours offers the ability to explore its myriad facets: charming rustic villages, cosmopolitan Strasbourg, the Ballon Park in the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest, Alsatian wine and cuisine, medieval Colmar, and fabulous Flemish art, to name a few of them. Our private Alsace tours are designed to let visitors sample what is uniquely Alsatian, assisted by a personal bilingual guide who speaks flawless English and knows the culture and history of Alsace intimately.
Your tour can begin with just over a two-hour high-speed train ride from Paris to Strasbourg, or it can start in Colmar, or virtually wherever you prefer in Alsace. We suggest residing in Strasbourg, where there is a wealth of choice for accommodations, but the same can be said for the ancient wine capital of Alsace, Colmar. Both cities are excellent choices as a base for your tour, and both offer a wide selection of categories of accommodations. If you are willing to forego having many choices, you might prefer to reside in a charming medieval village, such as Riquewihr.
We can start your private Alsace tour with a walking tour of the Old Town of Strasbourg and its charming 13-16th century houses, skirted around the cityâ€™s unique Gothic and pink Notre Dame Cathedral. We will be on hand to watch the complex astronomical clock display at 12:30 inside the cathedral. After lunch, we will visit the Rohan Palace and the Grand Appartements at the Decorative Arts Museum, and later we will wander through the La Petite France quarter. Visitors might consider dinner that evening at Au Crocodile, a landmark of authentic Alsatian cuisine.
Our second day of your private Alsace tour can begin with our guide driving you in an upscale vehicle to the Alsatian wine capital, Colmar. The morning can be spent visiting the Unterlinden (under the lime trees) Museum, where Matthias GrĂĽnewaldâ€™s Issenheim Altarpiece is not to be missed. After lunch we will stroll through the Old Town, stopping to admire the Koifhus and Maison Pfister, and continue on to the Little Venice quarter. Participants may wish to also visit the Bartholdi Museum, set in the home of the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty.
For an unforgettable dining experience, allow us to organize dinner on the second night of your Alsace tour at the sublime 3-star Auberge de lâ€™Ill, a 20â€˛ drive away in Illhaeusern. Several of our clients have characterized it as the most wonderful restaurant in the world. We are not fans of hyperbole, but they just might be right.
The last day of our Alsace tour can begin with a drive to the charming near-by village of Kaysersberg, delightfully nestled in a fold of the Vosges mountains. Home of Alfred Schweitzer and storied vineyards, there may not be a more beautiful village in all of Alsaceâ€”unless you are partial to Riquewihr, a few minutes away, and our next stop. Both are typical Alsatian wine villages in the heart of the Riesling region. Visiting them is a step back into the 16th century, since their appearances have not changed.
In the afternoon, our private Alsace tour visits ancient Haut-Koenigsburg Castle, with its panoramic views of the beautiful countryside and the Black Forest in the distance. We then drive on to Obernai, the last stop in our tour of Alsace wine villages. Your tour of Alsace finishes with a drive back to Strasbourg, where you can catch an early evening high-speed train back to Paris.
For more information about our private Alsace tours, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.