Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Friday, May 18, 2018
The Alsace region is nestled between France's beautiful Vosges Mountains and the border with Germany. This charming area, which is a combination of both cultures, is known for fine wine and gourmet cuisine. After a tour of the notable city of Strasbourg we will trek for 10 days mostly on well-maintained long distance trails through vineyards and along ridges with panoramic views of the Rhine Basin and the Black Forest. Medieval villages, ancient fortresses, and historic churches will be explored. Evenings will be spent in quaint villages with traditional architecture featuring "half timbered" houses decked with brilliantly colored flowers. Lodging is in two and three star hotels of local character with traditional Alsatian cuisine. The trip is co-led by a semi-professional photographer who will lead optional walks and discussions on photographic composition and technique. Typical day traverses 7-14 miles with 1,000' - 2,700' elevation gain/loss.