Alsace Driving Holidays - 5 days
Our Alsace driving holiday includes three days driving through the beautiful vineyards and fast / sweeping trails of the Alsace region in France, combined with overnight stays in iconic hotels, allowing you to perfectly combine driving and discovery.
Day 1 - Arrive Zurich
Arrive Zurich and check into the Hotel B2. Take the tram to the old town (5mins) and spend the afternoon exploring the cafes and boutiques of Zurich's old town, or take a stroll along the world famous Bahnhofstrasse.
Overnight: 4* Hotel B2 boutique hotel & Spa
Room type: B2 room
Day 2 - North to Strasburg via the German Black Forest
Your car will be delivered to the hotel and you will be given a detailed walk through of controls and navigation unit, you will then be on your way. You will then be met by your Ultimate Drives drive concierge who will provide you with a full walk through of the driving tour, handover the driving notes, maps and itinerary and answer any questions you might have.
The drives then take you north from Zurich to the Rhine (natural border between Switzerland and German) where you cross the border at the beautiful village of Kaisersthul (castles on either side of the river). You now burst into the southern Black Forest with a run up one of sweeping lower mountain passes, then down to the beautiful Lake Schulesee where you will stop up for your first break of the day. After a quick coffee, continue driving deeper into the forest with a run up and around Mount Feldberg (the highest peak in the forest) then up to the town of Triberg. At Triberg you will stop up to visit the Triberg Falls, the highest waterfall in Germany, that cascade down to the village some 300M below. From here continue your driving tour into the northern Black Forest, along several panorama strasses, before stopping to enjoy a traditional Black Forest lunch. Afterwards, complete your drive to Strasbourg by picking up Route 500 / The Schwarzwald Hochstrasse - probably the greatest "drivers" road in the black forest, set high above the forest with views down to the Rhine Valley. A couple of kilometres after, you will reach the famous German “Autobahn” for a small stretch before crossing the Rhine river to France and cruising across the old town of Strasbourg to your hotel.
After arriving in Strasbourg and checking into your hotel, head to the old town which is wonderful to visit by foot or by boat before going to dinner! That evening we recommend you dine at Les Haras restaurant - set on the old royal stud farm, it's our favourite restaurant in Strabourg with a lively atmosphere serving modern European food and Alsatian food.
Overnight: 4* Les Haras Hotel, Strasbourg
Room type: Superior room
Day 3 – Strasbourg to Colmar via the Alsatian Wine route and the Vosges mountains
After a good relaxing night in the hotel “Les haras” built in the middle of the 18th century, you are ready for your second day of driving that will bring you to Colmar through wonderful vineyards hills and mountain roads of the Vosges. This drive is offering various visits and a great variety of roads. You will head south to discover Alsatian Castles, Vineyards and forest, completing the visit with some of the famous pretty villages of Alsace. First you will take the highway for a couple of kilometres before entering the sweeper Vosges forest roads. Heading up to the top of one of the most famous fortified middle age castle of the region, the Haut Koenigsbourg. After visiting the castle, you can admire the great views over the valley, the mountains and the vineyards that will be your playground for the day ahead! From there continue your journey towards little villages nestled in the middle of vineyards and stop for some wine tasting before going for lunch in one of the best place around and spend some times in the magnificient villages of Bergheim, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg. After lunch hit the road to the mountains, discovering fantastic deserted roads offering small passes, mountain lakes and some very good turns. Stop for a coffee at the top of the mountains and make your way to Colmar where you will stop for your 3rd night. Arriving at your hotel right in the middle of the city, you can start exploring one of the most beautiful Alsace city offering very romantic places. We recommend that you dine that evening at the restaurant “Wistub La Petite Venise” just a hundred meters from the doorstep of your hotel.
Overnight: 4* Le Colombier Suites, Colmar
Room type: Deluxe room
Day 4 – Colmar to Zurich via Vosges mountains and Automobile Museum
Today’s drive will start in romantic Colmar. After breakfast in the old town, continue South through vineyards and mountains. Stop at the highest point of the Vosges mountains (Grand Ballon 1,424m) for a coffee break. You will then head to Mulhouse to Visit the largest car museum in Europe, offering a fantastic racing cars collection and the largest Bugatti collection (Collection Schlumpf) in the world! Visit the museum and have lunch there then continue the road and cross the Rhine river again to enter Germany. The final drive to the border (and Rhine) is along the Wehr River Valley, the valley was carved out during the ice age, and has gorge like rock formations on either side, the sound of the car engine reverberating off these walls is a perfect way to complete the run back to the border. At the border, stop up at the beautiful village of Bad Säckingen (set on the Rhine) where you can visit the famous Holz Brucke (the longest covered wooden footbridge in Europe) for drinks / sightseeing, before completing your run back to Zurich where the car will be collected that evening at your hotel by our team.
Overnight: 4* Hotel B2 boutique hotel & Spa
Room type: B2 room
Day 5 - Final day in Zurich
Spend the last day taking in the sights and attractions of Zurich, a compact yet international city, with a wonderful old town (on either side of the Limatt river) the world famous shoppping street, Bahnhofstrasse, with its collection of watch and designer stores, then down to the chill out shores of Lake Zurich, where you can take a coffee at one of the lakeside cafes with views all the way down to the Alps on a sunny day.