Forget the long lines and expensive tickets of traditional tourist sites. There’s a better way to explore the French countryside—on foot. Grab your backpack and lace up your walking shoes for a four-day stroll on the Alsace Wine Route, a 40-mile (64-km) path just southwest of Strasbourg through one of France’s most popular wine-growing regions. On this mostly flat route, you’ll pass through a series of pretty vineyards, admire ancient castles that perch on the cliffs above you and discover a different medieval village every 3 miles (4.8 km). This route guide helps you make your dream trip a reality, describing the trail in detail, helping you find food and accommodations along the way and making sure you stay on trail with walking directions and GPX tracks.
This route guide includes:
– For the Alsace Wine Route as a whole: a route preview, with narrative description, map, elevation profile, important stats and suggested stages
– Helpful trail information including difficulty, signage, directions to the trailhead, tips on making the daily stages shorter and links to additional resources, including Explore on Foot’s flagship book, “Explore Europe on Foot”
– Planning tips like how best to find accommodations in the small French villages along the way and what nearby tourist activities are worth a visit
– For each day on the Alsace Wine Route: a narrative description of that day’s route, map, elevation profile, walking directions, information on culturally significant things you encounter along the way, the services each medieval town on the route has (ex. accommodations, toilets, tourist information offices, public transportation, wineries)
– Labeled and easy-to-follow GPX tracks
– Plenty of photos of what you’ll experience on trail
Note: Although these books are available on the Kindle platform, you don’t need a Kindle to purchase and read them. The Kindle app, which is free and can be downloaded to any smartphone, works great too!
Username and password info are trail-specific and can be found in the “How to Use the GPX Tracks” section of each route guide.