Alsace Villages

Alsace France: (PG-FRA8)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_alsace_villages.aspx

Introduction
Alsace France
The Alsace region has many well-maintained trails and tracks, allowing riders to discover it from the back of a horse.
From the mountains of the Vosges to the plains of Alsace, this trip has you wandering from South to North, passing through the vineyards, quaint villages (Riquewihr, Ribeauville, Kayserberg...), forests and mountain passes. Your guide will tell you everything there is to know about the local flora and fauna and his trained endurance horses.
You will ride fit Anglo-Arabs allowing for many fun gallops on the way! This is a fast paced ride that will satisfy any experienced rider.
During the trip, you will stay in small, traditional and typical French hotels / guesthouses or country inns and enjoy the famous French cuisine to the fullest.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip.

Description
The overnight stays take place in small, traditional and typically French hotels / guesthouses or country inns.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Wintzfelden
Night 2: Gite near mountain Orbey
Night 3: Gite in Aubure
Night 4: Auberge in Ranrupt
Night 5: Gite in Oberhaslach
Night 6: Hotel in Birkenwald

Hotel in Wintzfelden 
This small hotel offers 22 rooms of different sizes (1 to 4 pax per room). Each room features an ensuite bathroom, cable TV a phone and internet access. Some rooms have a balcony with a magnificent view over the Vosges mountains and the garden. Facilities include a patio, a small garden and an indoor pool.

Gite near mountain Orbey
Located at an altitude of 850m, this lovely gîte will offer you a comfortable accommodation for the night in their guest room (capacity 2-6 people), located on the second floor. The guest room is made up of a spacious bedroom with a double bed and 2 single beds, a living room with a sofa bed for 2 people (with a real mattress and a real box spring), a bathroom and an independent WC. A TV corner is available in the common room and there is a library in the bedroom. There is also free Wi-Fi access at this property.
From the patio, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Orbey Valley.
Breakfast and dinner is taken in common with the other holidaymakers and with your hosts, in the former stable, now converted into a dining room.
The meals are made with fruits and vegetables from our orchards and vegetable gardens, supplemented by a weekly organic basket. The region's traditional cheeses (munster, organic barikass, goat, etc.) come from local breeders.

Gîte in Aubure
Opened and renovated in 2019, this former hotel built in 1879 offers a stopover gîte for up to 25 people. You will be staying in one of the 6 private rooms with a beautiful wooden floor reminiscent of mountain chalets.
There are 4 bathrooms shared between the guests.
Guests also have access to a relaxation room (with books, games and Wi-FI), a patio and a garden.

Auberge Du Climont in Ranrupt
This Charming 'Auberge' has 4 recently renovated bedrooms (capacity of up to 12 people), located just above the restaurant. Each room has its own shower and toilet.
There is also a common room with a TV and free Wi-Fi, games for kids, and an outdoor lounge.

Gîte in Oberhaslach
This beautiful country house located on the edge of the forest offers cozy guestrooms. Each room is uniquely decorated with original wooden furniture, typical of the region. Bathrooms are shared.
Guests are welcome to take a dip in the swimming pool or to relax in the garden. Internet access is available and some rooms have Wi-Fi.

Hotel in Birkenwald
This family owned hotel welcomes you in its charming rooms surrounded by nature. All rooms are equipped with heating, TV, free Wi-Fi access and private facilities with hairdryer and toiletries. Guests can enjoy a relaxing walk through the garden and around the pound.

Room Occupancy
Single rooms are sometimes available (based on availability) and a single supplement fee applies. The single supplement fee does not apply if we cannot find another rider to share a room with you.



Meals
All meals are included with this trip.
Evening meals and breakfasts will be taken at the hotel. Lunch will be generous, inspired by traditional country cooking, warm or cold according to the weather. 
At noon, it is always a pleasure to see from far away a well-dressed table, in the middle of a field, waiting for us.

Alcoholic beverages are not included with this trip but you can purchase your own at the local restaurants.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

Riding


Horses
We know that the key to a horse trip is the horses.  That is why we have chosen and breed our own. They are all born in the Morvan region and they have lived all their life in the same region.  They are calm, well in their heads but when need be or when requested, they are fast and generous.  They are capable of anything, they will surprise you and they will allow you to experience a unique riding trip.

Pace
We will cover about 30 to 40 mile journeys every day with long and frequent canters and, at times, abrupt downhill sections.

Riding Experience
Riders need to be confident and in control at all paces on varied terrains. They also need to be physically fit, as this is a demanding ride.
You should have ridden regularly for more than 5 years and also feel comfortable trotting and galloping for a long time. There are some downhill canters. 

Itinerary


Sample itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in the late afternoon to Wintzfelden (southwest of Colmar). Guests arriving by train to Colmar can be picked up at the train station at 6:30 pm. Welcome dinner and trip briefing in the evening.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Wintzfelden


Day 2: Wintzfelden to Orbey
After breakfast, we finally get into the saddle for a full day ride. This will take you through some of the most beautiful Alsatian villages, such as Riquewhir and Kayserberg, with their colorful half-timbered houses. Today, we cross a well-known wine-growing area that extends to the mountain Orbey. In the evening, relax with a glass of wine.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite near Orbey Mountain (single room possible in the village)


Day 3: Orbey to Aubure
Today's stage is rather hilly and leads us across various summits of the Ballons des Vosges. Beautiful views will accompany you on your way up to Aubure, where you spend the night.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite in Aubure (single room possible in the village)


Day 4: Aubure to Champ du Feu
Strengthened by breakfast, you will follow the former Vosges border on beautiful paths that invite you to a gallop. Up to the summit of Climont, over the Champ du Feu, you reach your accommodation.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at an Auberge in Ranrupt


Day 5: Champ du Feu to Oberhaslach
Today's beautiful riding day leads you back to the plain near Oberhaslach. Tonight, you are accommodated in a beautiful house with a pool. The dinner takes place in a family-like atmosphere: let yourself be pampered by the French cuisine.
Riding approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite in Oberhaslach


Day 6: Oberhaslach to Birkenwald
After breakfast the horses are saddled and we continue our ride through Alsace. Today, we will cover 30 or 37 km (two possible paths) to Birkenwald.
There are quite a few canter opportunities and longer gallop routes can be found on this tour again and again. The endurance horses are excellently trained and guide you reliably to your destination. In Birkenwald, you stay in a hotel that is known for its delicious cuisine.
Riding approx. 30-40 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Birkenwald


Day 7: Birkenwald to Ernolsheim les Savernes
The last riding day offers a smooth ride. Via Saverne, you enter the nature park of the northern Vosges. Enjoy the beautiful landscape until you reach Ernolsheim les Savernes. Departure in the evening after the ride, around 5:00 pm, from the train station of Strasbourg. If you want, you can book an extra night (not included - inquire for more info) and relax the next day.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Rates and Dates for Alsace Villages

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals, 6 riding days, Luggage transfers, French and English speaking guide & Transfers

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20217 day trip, AP€1650$1965
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Pick-up from Colmar train station included at set time 0 $0
2021 Drop off to Strasbourg train station included at set time 0 $0
2021 Single supplement 245 $295

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 05/23 - 05/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Colmar or Wintzfelden
Airport: Basel, Freibourg or Mulhouse
Transfer: Colmar train station

Climate:
                                                Kayserberg area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

40 

44 

53 

60 

69 

74 

79

78

70 

60

48 

42 

Average Low Temperature (°F)

29

29 

34 

39 

47 

53 

56 

55 

49 

42 

34 

31

Average High Temperature (°C)

5

7

12

16

20

24

26

26

21

15

9

6

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-2

-2

1

4

9

12

13

13

9

6

1

-1

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

7

8

9

11

10

9

9

7

9

9

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Alsace is one of the regions of France with less the rainfalls. This is because it is protected by the Vosges mountains. For instance, Colmar, with about 550 mm of rain a year, is the second driest city of France.

Spring
There may be some snow left on the Vosges mountains, but the plains are starting to warm up and flowers are starting to bloom.

Summer
Summer in Alsace is usually quite warm with many sunny days. If you want to find cooler weather, you can always go up the Vosges mountains.

Autumn
This season is usually very sunny with comfortable temperatures. However, in the morning, mist is quite frequent and can bring a small chill in the air.

Winter
Winter sees the arrival of snow, mainly in the Vosges mountains, but also in the plains from time to time. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

Wear layers of clothing so that you are ready for cooler mornings and hotter afternoons. Waterproof outer layers are wise on longer day trips if the weather forecast is changeable.

What To Bring:
Preferably, you will carry several small bags, not exceeding 10 kg each.  Please no large, hard shell suitcases. Saddlebags are provided. 
 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap