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Day tours from Colmar

Hi my mother and I are going to France this sept/Oct. We will be spending 5 night's in Colmar using it as a base to do day trips.

We don't have a car so I'm looking to do organised day tours. Has anyone done any tours that they can recommend?

I've been looking at ophorus tours any alsacesafari tours any feedback from anyone who has used these companies?

Or has anyone done touring using the local buses? how did you find it and tips, tricks and recommendations.

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If you aren't planning to stay in Strasbourg on this trip, take the train there for a day.

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Take the bus from outside the train station to Kayserberg, a beautiful Alsatian town at the foot of the Vosges. Home town of Albert Schweitzer. Also Turckheim, a short ways by local train to visit the Colmar Pocket Museum (Musee du Memorial des Combats de la Poche de Colmar) if WWII history is of any interest.

There is Chateau Haut-Koenigsbourg outside of Selestat. Restored Medieval castle on a mountaintop. The bus from Selestat train station is only available on weekends in September and October.

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We used Ophorus in 2015 for the "Pearls of Alsace Tour" from Strasbourg. We only spent two nights in Strasbourg, and this tour allowed us to see most of the area's highlights. Excellent, well-organized guide who kept us on schedule without making us feel rushed.

I plan to use this company again if we ever make it to Bordeaux.

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We spent a week in Riquewihr w/o a car, and I remember getting there from Colmar, probably by bus. Riquewihr is a charming town, and would be worth a visit.

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Colmar is a wonderful base in the Alsace region. There was a wine festival in town the week we were in Colmar. Check out the Colmar Tourism web site for events.

My husband and I usually take public transportation when we travel. While in Colmar, we enjoyed the 10 min. train ride to the village of Turckheim. Also, we took a shuttle bus from the train station to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg and visited the Monkey Mountain on the way back where you can hand feed Barbary macaques. Another day we took a bus to the town Riquewihr. The TI in Colmar helped us with all of the schedules. We had a wonderful time.

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Viator offers a day long trip "visit the ‘4 wonders of the Alsace—the picturesque villages of Eguisheim, Kayserberg, Ribeauvillé, and Riquewihr." That's just a start for the Route de Vin Alsace, one of the great road trips in EU (most of the suggested villages. in replies are on the Route de Vin.

Depending on your pace, one day each may not be enough for Strasbourg & Colmar.

Something a little different, Freiburg. Germany.

If seen a good argument that the Unterlingen is the best museum in France

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We were just in Colmar last week for two nights, and we took a half day tour with Ophorus tours. Our tour guide was excellent, showing us sites related to WWII, the villages and shared about the area. We highly recommend it.