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Strasbourg 7-Hour Christmas Markets Tour

1. Strasbourg 7-Hour Christmas Markets Tour

On this festive 7-hour program you’ll depart Strasbourg in the morning, and head to the village of Colmar. Christmas in Colmar’s historic town center is a magical experience featuring Christmas illuminations that blend perfectly with the lighting designed to enhance the town’s heritage. The pedestrian city center with its major architectural treasures dates from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. It is beautifully decorated, creating a veritable open-air theater where the warm Christmas mood envelops the heart of the town. Enjoy some free time in the area to visit your choice of the 5 different Christmas markets. Then you’ll take a drive along the famous Alsace Wine Route, passing through some of the region’s most beautiful villages. The afternoon program will depend on the date of your tour. Eguisheim, Riquewihr (Medieval market), Colmar and Strasbourg cities host a market every single day. Depending on when you go, discover the Christmas Market of Bergheim or the Ribeauvillé market. Almost every single day of this festive season, the market of Kaysersberg will be ready to show you all it has to offer. After the market visits you’ll return to Strasbourg.

Alsace: Wine Tasting and Gourmet Christmas Lunch

2. Alsace: Wine Tasting and Gourmet Christmas Lunch

Discover the traditional winemaking process of the Alsace region at a family-owned winery dating back to 1778, and that is now in organic conversion. Follow your guide into the cellar, which was built in 1850, where you will discover the traditional Alsacian winemaking process, from grape picking to bottling. Then sample the results of this process with a tasting of 5 different wines. After your tour, sit down to lunch in the beautifully renovated shop. Sample Alsatian specialties from a menu designed especially for the festive season, including an Alsatian tart with meat or vegetables and the exceptional foie gras. Dessert will be served after the main meal and you will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of wine as a souvenir of your time in Alsace. At the end of your experience, enjoy complimentary access to the gingerbread palace located next door to the winery. Here, follow a fun and interactive trail designed to delight all 5 senses.

Alsace: Christmas Wine Tour with Wine Tasting

3. Alsace: Christmas Wine Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience and learn about Alsatian wines in a beautiful family winery through a guided wine tasting during the Christmas period. Discover all the different types of wine produced in this region with the help of an experienced sommelier. You can taste various wines made in this area, including sparkling wine, red wines, dry and sweet white wines, and even rosés. Enjoy the region's distinct flavors while learning about their history and how to pair them with various foods. Visit the winery cellar and see the barrels made in 1850 that are still in use today. Everything will be showed and explained to you, from the facts and figures of Alsatian wines to the secrets of winemaking to the region's history. You can ask as many questions as you want and delight in your senses of smell and taste. Enjoy a scenographic experience with a small documentary film on personal and rich family history as well as a working philosophy. It is screened at 180° in the cellar, on a centenary old oak cask, with phenomenal sound effects that enable you to be in total immersion in the story. Your tour will end with a bottle of the winery's mulled wine and a free entrance ticket to the gingerbread house facing the winery.

Strasbourg Christmas Market tour

4. Strasbourg Christmas Market tour

Created in 1570, Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, or Market of the Infant Jesus, is the oldest Christmas market in Europe. Each November the city becomes the Capital of Christmas. Two million visitors come to visit the market, enjoy the famous flashing lights of the Christmas tree in Place Kléber and discover Alsatian culture. On this 1 hour and 30 minute tour, taste culinary specialties such as hot wine, pretzels and kugelhopf. Get in some holiday shopping with typical souvenirs such as religious statues, handmade toys, tablecloths, napkins, Christmas tree ornaments and jewelry. Visit this magical city, a blend of German and French culture, and experience an unforgettable Christmas.

Ribeauvillé: Treasure Hunt Smartphone Game

5. Ribeauvillé: Treasure Hunt Smartphone Game

Explore an emblematic village of the Alsace Wine Route! Located on the Wine Route, between vineyards and mountains, Ribeauvillé is a charming town that has managed to enhance its historical heritage. But would you like to know its mysteries ? Yes ? Then embark on this treasure hunt with unusual and sometimes timed questions! What are the themes? Alsatian gastronomic world records, local culture or the history of the Ménétriers. In this discovery, take up challenges (photos and videos) of all kinds in the typical streets of the city. Observation and audacity will also be required...! You are free to choose the order in which you want to pass through the streets. The only thing you need to bring? A smartphone (and comfortable shoes)!

Christmas tour in Strasbourg

6. Christmas tour in Strasbourg

Experience the Christmas holiday spirit In Strasbourg, France, on a guided walking tour. With a local professional guide, visit the most beautifully decorated places and learn miraculous Christmas stories and legends. Explore one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets with over 300 wooden chalets accompanied by fairy-like lights and holiday aromas. Enjoy time to shop and taste local Christmas products on this magical Christmas in Strasbourg. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere, something you can only experience this time of year.

Obernai : Christmas Market Smartphone Game

7. Obernai : Christmas Market Smartphone Game

Make Obernai, its illuminations and its Christmas market your playground! Do you want to venture into the second most visited city of the Bas-Rhin? Whether you want to visit it or you have always lived there, this team game is for you! Your mission? Get to the end of our questions; fun and funny challenges! What's on the agenda? Photos, videos, music, MCQs! Are you ready to discover your tasks ? The Christmas market is now open to you! The only thing you need to bring? A smartphone and your thirst for discovery!

Strasbourg: Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

8. Strasbourg: Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

Make the city and its sheds your playground! In teams, go through the streets and alleys lit up in Christmas colours and get as many points as possible. How do you do it? By carrying out all sorts of offbeat missions on the theme of Christmas or by answering unusual questions about its traditions around the world! Your mission? Solve multiple-choice questions, find an emblematic Christmas character, photograph the worst gift you could give, record your worst resolutions or demonstrate your lyrical talents by diverting Christmas carols under the big tree: that's your vast programme for this activity placed under the sign of good humour! You are free to move around the game area according to the missions and challenges to be carried out. The only thing you need? A smartphone!

Colmar: Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

9. Colmar: Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

The principle Make Colmar and its illuminations your playground! In teams, go through the streets and alleys of Colmar and its Christmas clothes to get a maximum of points while having fun. Your mission? Solve the quizzes and complete the challenges on the theme in the heart of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world (yes, it is!). The smell of mulled wine (or juice), gingerbread and all kinds of specialities will complete your colourful immersion in the alleys of the typical chalets in the centre. The only thing you need to bring? A smartphone and your thirst for discovery!

Mulhouse: Christmas Markets Smartphone Guide

10. Mulhouse: Christmas Markets Smartphone Guide

Discover Mulhouse and its Christmas magic! In teams, explore the streets of Mulhouse in the colours of Christmas. In this dedicated treasure hunt you will have to carry out all sorts of offbeat missions on the theme of Christmas and its traditions in Alsace and around the world! On the programme: unusual quizzes, emblematic Christmas missions, gifts to find or Christmas carols to revisit. Find a traditional Alsatian Christmas market in the heart of the historic centre of Mulhouse and discover its particularities thanks to this route full of surprises. The best part? Complete the stages with the scent of Christmas spices in the order of your choice to make the most of your visit. The only thing you need? A smartphone!

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 222 reviews

Not kidding, Florence is one of the best tour guides we ever had. She is so kind, and warm and full of stories. Oh, and always smiling. It was a pleasure to see Colmar and Ribeauville with her by our side. On a more technical side, everything was as expected: meeting point, transportation, group size, schedule etc. And the Christmas markets are definetely different from the ones in Strasbourg, much more ‘local’ and authentic. I would say this experience is a must-do. Would go again anytime.

Lots of information about the region and surroundings

Our tour was done in a van with driver/guide. The information and history were the big difference. Time very well spent. In addition to Colmar, visit the grape plantations and finally the Alsatian village.

Amazingly passionate guide who took good care of us and entertained us. Also enough freedom to explore each area. Only hesitant about the price but the experience itself was priceless.

very nice tour

We enjoyed the tour - especially the Christmas mart in Colmar and the wine tasting in Riquewihr. Our guide was very good and everything was on schedule.

A great way to spend the day in Alsace region and i plan to go back

Our guide was very good. The history, the scenery and the markets were all wonderful. I hope to return to this area some day.