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(Tour code: CMM18)

Take a festive short break in the Alsatian wine capital

Ancient half-timbered houses with timeless charm clamour for attention in the beautiful Alsatian towns of Colmar and Strasbourg, which come alive with Christmas atmosphere during their annual 'Marchés de Noël'.

  • Historic Colmar
  • Colmar Christmas Market
  • Journey through the Black Forest
  • Freiburg and its Christmas Market
  • UNESCO-protected Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg Christmas Market
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Colmar & the Black Forest 2017Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar Winter
Eurostar Winter

London to Colmar

We depart London by Eurostar to Paris, where we change trains and continue to Colmar, a delightful Alsatian city. Here we stay for four nights at the Grand Hotel Bristol.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Colmar Markets
Colmar Markets

Colmar and its Christmas Market

Rich in history and culture, Colmar is brimming with architectural treasures, and today is free for you to discover them at your leisure. At this time of year, the city hosts a charming Christmas Market, with delightful stalls nestled between the half-timbered houses. After a day to explore, this evening we enjoy a guided walking tour. As darkness descends during our 'Magic of Christmas' walk, we take in the wonderful buildings of the Old Town as well as the festive lights and aromas of the Market.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Day 3 Black Forest
Black Forest

Black Forest and Freiburg

We cross into Germany through the lush woodlands and wintry landscapes of the Black Forest, and continue through magnificent countryside to the fairytale city of Freiburg. Here we enjoy a guided walking tour before free time to discover the enticing Christmas Market. Held in the heart of the city's historic quarter, beneath the backdrop of the grand Town Hall and the ornate Merchant's Hall, the stalls offer a selection of local crafts and culinary treats.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Freiburg
Days 4-5 Strasbourg

Strasbourg Christmas Market and home

We visit Strasbourg, the attractive capital of Alsace, where German and French influences can be seen in abundance. The Grande Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the ancient heart of the city. Strasbourg's historic Old Town is dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, with its famous astronomical clock.

Discover the city's historic Christmas Market, which has been held outside the cathedral since 1570. Lanterns and sparkling decorations illuminate the quaint wooden houses, while themed stalls twinkle with fairy lights, and the smell of mulled wine fills the air. There are also other Christmas Markets held in the city, including one from a 'guest of honour' - each year a different country brings some of their festive gifts and customs to Strasbourg. We return to Colmar for dinner.

On Day 5 We check out of our hotel after breakfast before saying farewell to Colmar as we depart by train for Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we change trains, joining the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International, where our tour concludes on arrival.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol in Colmar

Delicious meals included

  • 6 meals, including 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Colmar 'Magic of Christmas' evening walking tour
  • Excursion to Freiburg in the Black Forest, including a guided walking tour
  • Chance to visit Strasbourg's Christmas Markets

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
Lori Mcclaren
Kathryn Cambridge
Phil Conde
Lynne Broadley
Colmar & the Black Forest

Take a festive short break in the Alsatian wine capital


Winter & Spring 2017/18

A superb range of Christmas Markets, Christmas, New Year and Winter rail tours.

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