Colmar

Colmar is 40 miles south of Strasbourg and is the capital of the Alsace wine region, it is also fameous fot being the driest town in France being directly to the East of the Vosges mountains.

Beautifully preserved gothic and early renaissance architecture with cobbled streets and half timbered houses with added character provided by its "little Venice".

Since June 2007 journey times to Colmar have been slashed to just 2hours 45 minutes from Paris. (Paris Eurostar terminal 10 minutes walk from Paris Est station for departures to Colmar.) French Travel Service offers rail and hotel holidays to Colmar, a lovely old town at the heart of the Alsace wine region.

Excursions from Colmar

Ribeauvillé - Kaysersberg

Morning: Stopover at Kaysersberg, birthplace of Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Peace Prize in 1952) before driving through more picturesque villages along the Wine Route, with  a stop at Ribeauvillé, charming 13th century town with many Renaissance fountains.

Haut-Koenigsbourg, Riquewihr - Wine tasting

Afternoon: Visit of the famed Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg before conyinuing along the Wine Route to Riquewhir, the "pearl of the vineyard" listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. To end the trip, a Grands Crus wine tasting in a typical cellar in the heart of the village.

Departures every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from April to December 2012.

Morning Excursion departs Colmar at 09.15 and returns at 12.15. Cost £43

Afternoon Excursion departs Colmar 13.45 and returns at 18.30. Cost: £56

All Day Excursion departs Colmar at 0915 and returns at 18.30. Cost: £95

Grand Hotel Bristol

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4 stars

handily situated opposite Colmar's picturesque station and just a short walk from the old town.

This hotel offers everything a discerning traveller could want. There is a lounge, bar, brasserie and truly gastronomic restaurant which has been awarded one Michelin star. Free use of the gymn and sauna. Rooms are all ensuite with hairdryer, TV, telephone and minibar. Standard rooms are at the front overlooking the station, rooms in the modern annexe are soundproofed, air-conditioned and have a personal safe. Free Wi-Fi. American buffet breakfast.

Rooms in the new annexe: £16 pppn

Grand Hotel Bristol
Grand Hotel Bristol Prices
Dates 1 Nov 13 - 31 Mar 14
1 Nov - 31 Dec 14
1 Jul - 31 Aug 14 1 Apr - 30 Jun 14
1 Sep - 31 Oct 14
No. of Nights 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sgl Nt 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sng Nt 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sng Nt
Price (£) 343 398 453 55 41 388 457 526 69 45 450 537 624 87 59
Terms Prices per person in £GBP and include Eurostar and TGV. Hotel Supplements may also apply and will be advised on booking. Check 1st class and peak travel supplements here.

Hotel Ibis Styles Colmar

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3 stars

Ideally situated in the very heart of town, this superior 3 star, a converted 18th century malt-house, makes a very welcoming and comfortable base for exploring Colmar's lovely "Petite Venise"

It has 47 tastefully decorated and furnished rooms overlooking the courtyard, all sound-proofed and air-conditioned and with bath, shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, safe deposit box and wifi. There is a convivial wood-panelled bar, comfortable lounge and breakfast room (cold buffet breakfast)

Supplements apply during Christmas Market in December

Hotel Ibis Styles Colmar
Hotel Ibis Styles Colmar Prices
Dates 1 Nov 13 - 31 Mar 14
1 Nov - 31 Dec 14
1 Jul - 31 Aug 14 1 Apr - 30 Jun 14
1 Sep - 31 Oct 14
No. of Nights 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sgl Nt 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sng Nt 3 4 5 Ex Nt Sng Nt
Price (£) 309 357 405 48 33 344 399 454 55 47 382 446 510 64 54
Terms Prices per person in £GBP and include Eurostar and TGV. Hotel Supplements may also apply and will be advised on booking. Check 1st class and peak travel supplements here.