With a focus on local and sustainable cuisine, the week-long program offers guests a small-group walking vacation with a chance to engage with farmers and vintners while savoring regional specialties. Expert tour guides lead participants along windy trails and through picturesque villages, introducing local experts who share more about the area’s culture and customs. Group size averages from eight to 10 participants. Wayfarers’ programs include all accommodations, meals and trail snacks, wine with dinner, entrance fees, guides, van transport for moving luggage and resting walkers, and taxes and gratuities at hotels and restaurants. The France tour is priced $3895 US/Cdn per person, double. A single supplement is available. 2011 prices apply to all 2012 tours secured by deposit by December 31, 2011. All prices are guaranteed in U.S. dollars.
France: Alsace Tour – September 4-10, 2011; June 17-23, 2012; September 9-15, 2012
This new 7-day adventure introduces walkers to French foods and wines while exploring the best of Alsace, from feudal castles and historic villages to famous farms and lush vineyards. Starting in Strasbourg, the journey begins with a welcome dinner of Alsatian cuisine. Breathtaking views throughout the tour include the Alsace plain, the Rhine Valley and Germany’s Black Forest. The walk then makes its way to Alsace’s Wine Trail and stops at local vineyards where guests taste renowned Grands Crus including Pinot Gris, Tokay, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Walkers become further skilled in the art of wine tasting in Bernardville and sample world-famous Munster cheese. A 12th-century church, castle ruins, and Riquewihr – a village famous for its medieval courtyards and historic houses – are among the historical highlights of this comprehensive cultural vacation. Named by National Geographic Traveler as purveyor of one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” and by National Geographic Adventure as one of the “Best Hiking Companies. Immerge yourself in culturally rich regions of the world that are best experienced on foot. Challenge Rating: 3 – Priced $3,895; $575 Single Supplement. The Wayfarers offers an eco-sensitive “walking” holiday of both culture and fitness in 15 countries with 39 itineraries and 76 departure dates. Walks cover South Africa, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, France, New Zealand, Alaska, Maine and Southwest USA, and a barging/walk combination in Burgundy. Now in its 28th year, The Wayfarers offers exclusive entrées into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. For more information go to: www.thewayfarers.com. 800-249-4620.