The Route des Cretes: a one day private journey in history over the top of the Vosges mountains, border of Alsace

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Tour Number

Activity Level

136635


Categories

Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4

Language(s)

explanation

Dutch (fluent), English (fluent), French (advanced), German (fluent)

See panoramas and history at elevations of over 3.000 feet; follow the border between Vosges and Alsace with a private guide.


Apart from our "Wine" and "Strasbourg" tours, one of our other (future) tours is: "Storybook villages in Alsace".
But there is more to be seen! How about exploring the Vosges moutains via the famous "Route des Cretes"? This is a route over the top of the mountains from North to South or vice versa. Most of this route is at an elevation in excess of 950 m (3, 117 ft), with the highest point being at the Col du Grand Ballon (1, 343 m (4, 406 ft)). You will see breath taking panoramas. We will pass silver mines, old farms, the Freundstein (the highest castle in Alsace) and a 1st Worldwar munument.

After your pick up we drive via Selestat to Sainte Marie aux Mines and its silver mines. Then we climb to the Col du Bonhomme and among others the Col de la Schlucht. Along the way we will have coffee, lunch and tea breaks at very photogenic points.
The route ends at the village of Thann. Via part of the wine route we will then drive back north and finally drop you off at your destination.

Itinerary

Pickup at your hotel in or near Colmar/ Ribeauville.

After your pick up we drive via Selestat to Sainte Marie aux Mines and its silver mines. Then we climb to the Col du Bonhomme and among others the Col de la Schlucht. Along the way we will have coffee, lunch and tea breaks at very photogenic points.

The route ends at the village of Thann. Via part of the wine route we will then drive back north and finally drop you off at your destination.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

In early season (April) and at the end (November) tour might be canceled because of snow on the Cols.
No Tours from end November - early April
For groups of 5-8 people I can rent a minibus and send you a customized tour proposal

Transportation

- Car <=4 persons
- Minibus >=5 persons
- Bus + driver >=9 persons

What’s Included

  • Private Transportation

Other: - My service as your local guide for 8 hours
- Pickup and drop off at your hotel in or near Colmar/ Ribeauville.
- Air-conditioned minibus (or car if <=4 people) for the whole day
- Drive partially through back roads and the wine fields
- Stops at multiple panoramic view points and monuments
- All explanations in English (or German, French or Dutch)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 euro - Lunch will be around 20 Euro (without drinks).

What’s Extra

Other: - A pickup in Strasbourg adds 30 Euro for the group
- Your lunch; normally we will have a 3 course lunch with a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian.
- If wished so we can visit the mines near St. Marie aux Mines
- Personal insurances and expenses
- On request we can rent a (mini) bus for larger groups than 4

Restrictions

I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.

A Recent Review of this tour

This is a stunning, scenic excursion. Our guide and driver, Pieter, has lived in the region for 30 years and was very knowledgeable about the area. He drove skillfully, and made sure we stopped in places of interest to us. He was punctual, friendly, and flexible in offering stops - and as he also does tours of the wine route, he arranged an additional stop at a winery for a tasting. It was a great day - I highly recommend Pieter and this tour.
Jeanne R.

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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    136635


    Categories

    Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town, City

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes.

    Friendly: No.

    Maximum travelers: 4

    Language(s)

    explanation

    Dutch (fluent), English (fluent), French (advanced), German (fluent)

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