After offering this wonderful trip guided for years, we are now offering it self-guided from the end of May to the middle of October. You’ll be picked up at the train station in Colmar, France and delivered to your first lodge where you’ll receive your route guide and itinerary. Luggage is transferred to the next destination each day.
This trip is often done self-guided and is well organized. BUT, we suggest that you don’t attempt a trip overseas if you’ve never done a self-guided inn-to-inn trip before or have never been overseas. Best to start in Colorado.
You’ll be picked up at the Colmar train station and taken to Kaysersberg. You’ll have time to relax and take a walk around town and up to the chateau before your evening meal.
What a great way to start. Walk right out from the Hotel Les Remparts down through the cobblestone streets and up into the vineyards and forest. This is a leisurely day of vineyard roads and mountain paths.
Continue to Niedermorschwihr to the Hotel De L’Ange, one of my favorites. There’s a garden area in the back where you can enjoy an “arrival beer”. Across the street is the family-owned Justin Boxler Winery. The dining room is casual Alsacian and the food is good.
Today, work your way into the Vosges Mountains. There’s a pastry shop at Trois Epis- perfect for after lunch. This day is a mixture of forested hillsides and small towns ending in Labaroche and the Hotel La Rochette.
This is a shorter day of hiking through gentle forests to the mountain town of Orbey.
This is the longest day so eat a good breakfast and head out a little early. The route winds its way through meadows and farm houses to the col at the top where it joins the GR5, the Grand Randanee 5, a 1600-mile long-distance trail that goes from Holland to Nice. The route continues with a walk through history and the Tete de Faux before heading down to Lapoutroie for the night.
It’s back to Kaysersberg. Time to celebrate.