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Trek through the Vosges Rounded Mountains

Sentiers de France - 7 days

  • Trek through the Vosges Rounded Mountains
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Starting Point
Packing List
FAQ
Trip Dossier
Safety
Sentiers de France
How to Book

Overview

> Enjoy the gorgeous views from le Grand Ballon
> Walk along the Vosges Massif and enjoy its breathtaking landscape
> Includes luggage transfer from one hotel to the next

The Vosges Massif is divided into two areas: the Northern Vosges, made of red sandstone, and the Southern Vosges, crystalline rocks with rounded summits called Les Ballons. Higher up, these rounded mountains were once covered by glaciers, which smoothed down the summits and widened the surrounding valleys to give place to wonderful lakes that we can still admire today. The forest grows up from every stretch of land, consisting primarily of beeches or coniferous trees, such as firs, spruces or pines. They give the whole area a dark and mysterious ambiance. On the heights, the forest yields to fields, where flocks of animals graze from June to October and are the base of the region’s cheese industry. In winter, the skiers take over the slopes. What a pleasure to admire these undulating crests, rolling on as far as the eye can see!

Important: All our walking holidays are available from March to the middle of November.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1 - Arrival at GUEBWILLER near Mulhouse
Located at the beginning of the valley, Guebwiller is described as a long street nestling in the valley and holding on each extremity a square and a nice rose-sandstone church. Enjoy a visit of the city and its monuments: Notre-Dame Church, the 18th century quarter, Saint Léger Church (12th-century Romanesque church) and the ancient Dominican Convent with its very nice cloister. Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a 3-star hotel. 

Day 2 - GUEBWILLER - THANN(25 km – alt. gain: 1000 meters)
Walking through the forest, you will reach the Peternitand the Jadenhut Passes before arriving at le Grand Ballon (1424 m – the highest point of the Vosges). From the summit, the panorama is exceptionally beautiful and, on a clear day, you will discover the whole of the Vosges, the Black Forest, and the Alps. Walking the path that follows the crest (the famous “Route des Crêtes”), you will descend to the Sudelkopf and then the Amic Passes. You will pass by the ruins of the Château de Freunstein and arrive at the SilbelochPass. You will continue to Le Vieil Armand, name given by the French soldiers to the Hermanns-Willerkopf, one of the most devastating battlefields of World War I. From the top, you will have a sprawling view of the Alsacian plain, the Vosges and the Alps. Retracing your steps, you will arrive at the Monkelrain before coming to the forest and continuing the descent towards Thann, passing the Grumbachkopf, the Grumbach Pass and l’Oeil de la Sorcière (Witch’s Eye), remains of a round keep resembling an eye! From here, you will have a gorgeous view of Thann and its lovely Saint Thiebaut Church - Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a two-star hotel. 

Day 3 - HUNDSRUCK PASS - LE BALLON D’ALSACE (25 km – alt. gain: 1100 meters) 
Escort by taxi to Hundsruck Pass. Walking through the forest you will head to the Refuge de Waldmatt and then, walking on the “chaumes” (grassy area on the summits) and passing over the Vogelstein and the Belackerkopf Summits you will reach the Belacker Farm and Inn. You will cross through the forest of the Rimbach Pass and pass by Le Mittelrainkopf and Le Rimmbachkopf to the Perches Pass and the Lake Perches. From there, you will have a wonderful view of the lake below. The path passes around it and continues to le Ballon d’Alsace by way of la Tête des Charbonniers, the Charbonniers Pass, the Morteville Pass and la Ronde Tête. You will then start walking up to Le Ballon. After admiring the amazing view from the top, you will continue on to your hotel, located a few hundred meters beyond - Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a two-star hotel. 

Day 4 - LE BALLON D’ALSACE - KRUTH (29 km – alt. gain: 600 meters)
Though long, this stage is not a difficult one. You return to the Lake Perches and climb up to la Tête des Perches. You are now on the Chaumes, from where stretches a beautiful view of the Vosges. Once beyond la Tête du Rouge Gazon, you will again arrive at the forest and, by way of le Chalet de Saint Hubert, you will attain the Bussang Pass. You will skirt around the Steinkopf and will arrive at the farm-inn near the Drumont’s summit, which presents a lovely panorama from the viewpoint indicator on the top. The path runs along the crests, passes through the Hasenkopf and la Tête de Fellering before going down to the Oderen Pass. From there you will arrive at the Felsach Farm and Inn and will finally walk down to the hamlet of Frenz, where your hotel is located - Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a two-star hotel. 

Day 5 - KRUTH - LE COLLET (28 km – alt. gain: 1150 meters)
From the hotel, you will walk down to the banks of the Kruth Lake, dominated by the Schlossberg and the remains of Château de Wildenstein. You will walk up to the crests by way of the Petit Ventron’s summit. You will pass through the “chaumes” to the Grand Ventron summit and the cross through the forest to the Bramont Pass. You will skirt around la Ronde Tête to arrive at the l’Etang Pass and will walk up to the Rainkopf where wonderful views of the Vosges and the Blanchemer Lake await you. Through the “chaumes”, you will pass around the Kastelberg and arrive immediately at Le Höhneck, one of the most famous summits of the Vosges. Outstanding panorama of the Vosges Massif. You will walk down to the Falimont Pass and, finally, to Le Collet, where your hotel is located - Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a 3-star hotel. 

Day 6 - LE COLLET - ORBEY (22 km – alt. gain: 300 meters) 
From Le Collet, you will arrive at the La Schlucht Pass, and, walking along the path that follows the line of the crests, you will come to the chaumes known as “Gazon”. Once passed the Tanet Summit you will discover Le Lac Vert (The Green Lake), which owes its unique color to the lichens suspended in the water. You will then make your way through Le Gazon de Faîte and Le Gazon de Faing, and will pass above the Truites Lake and the Lac Blanc (White Lake) before arriving at the Calvaire Pass. You will take the Freppet Path, which follows the other bank of the Lac Blanc, walk up to Le Rocher du Château Hans, and will arrive at the wild and isolated Lac Noir (Black Lake), by crossing through La Forêt des Deux Lacs. You will finally walk down to Orbey, consisting of several different hamlets - Dinner, lodging, and breakfast in a 3-star hotel. 

Day 7 - ORBEY
Tour ends after breakfast.

What's Included

Included:

√ Luggage transfer
During the trek, we will make sure that your luggage gets from one hotel to the next before you get there. You will leave your bags at the hotel lobby at the beginning of the day and you will find them at your next hotel upon arrival.

√ Sentiers de France's Dossier
Before the trek, you will be given a Dossier prepared by Sentiers de France. This dossier includes a set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail. It also includes a daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.

√ Meals
6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included during this trek. These will be provided at the hotels. The other meals during the trek are not included. Sentiers de France will give you a list of nearby good restaurants for you to go out and enjoy the traditional Frech cuisine!

√ Accommodation
You will spend your nights in 2 star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. 

√ Transfer
You will take a taxi between Thann and the Hundsruck pass. This transfer is included in the price of the trek.

√ Emergency assistance
Sentiers de France will be available for you in case of an emergency. You can always contact them by phone or email and they will be there to solve any inconvenience that you may face during your trek.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from France. You will also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek on your own.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to France.

× Entrance fees
The entrance fees to museums, castles, or any other point of interest along the way are not included in the price of this trek.

× Drinks
The price of the trek includes the meals along the way. The drinks, however, are not included.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this 7-day trek through the Vosges Rounded Mountains, you will spend your nights in 2-star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. Sentiers de France will take care of all the arrangements. On the Dossier, you will find all the information regarding your accommodation. Also, your luggage will be taken from one hotel to the next, you only have to worry about enjoying your trek!

You will be staying in the following hotels. Should any of the hotels be fully booked, you will be accommodated in another hotel of the same category.

Day 1 – Guebwiller
Day 2 – Thann
Day 3 – Le Ballon d’Alsace
Day 4 – Kruth
Day 5 – Le Collet
Day 6 – Orbey

Starting Point

Getting there and away

By train: The nearest station is Mulhouse, well-served from the majority of the larger train stations in France. A taxi will bring you to the hotel. To return, a bus or taxi will bring you from Orbey to Colmar, from where several trains leave daily.

By car: Mulhouse is at the junction of the A35 (Strasbourg-Bâle) and A36 (Beaune-Mulhouse) motorways.

Where to park: Several free, unguarded car parks in Guebwiller. For the return, a train will bring you back to Mulhouse, from where a taxi will escort you to your car.

Packing List

Packing List

We encourage you to travel lightly and don’t have too many bags and clothes. It’s up to you to decide what additional things to bring. Depending on your total trip time in France, you may have bags that you won’t need on the walking tour. We suggest you make arrangements to store bags during the hike if you won’t need them (you can leave them in a locker room in railway stations for example). This short list is for the walking side of the tour and we presume you will bring comfortable casual wear to use during the evenings or on a free day:

– The most essential items of equipment are a good pair of walking boots and a suitable daypack.
– Waterproof jacket and over-trousers (rain gear)
– Thick socks for use inside walking boots
– Comfortable trousers and/or shorts
– Extra sweater
– Sun hat
– Trekking poles or walking sticks

FAQ

FAQ

Best Season
From May to October but be careful this area is very crowded in summer. We recommend you (if you can) to come outside this period. Nevertheless, this area attracts a lot of tourists and you have to reserve earlier to get the best rooms.

Arrival in Europe
We suggest you consider arranging your travel so that you arrive in Europe at least two days before your hike is scheduled to start. By planning to arrive early, you safeguard against potential delays or cancellations of flight and you have extra time to adjust to the new time zone so you’ll feel more relaxed when your hike begins.

Getting to the starting place
We explain in the detailed itinerary and in more detail in the Route Notes how to reach the starting point and the first hotel where you will stay. We shall send you all these details if you take your trip dossier at the reception desk of the first hotel.

Transfer between the airport or the nearest station and the starting and finishing points of the tour are not included in the tour price. We shall be pleased to help you. Feel free to e-mail us if you are facing difficulties.

Lodging and food
One of the best things about these tours! You will discover and enjoy the cuisine of the region you visit. Sentiers de France books and pays for your accommodation, normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities.

All breakfasts are included. We also include evening meals as specified in the brochure and dossier only when the restaurant attached to the hotel has a good reputation, otherwise, we invite you to have dinner outside and give you a list of nearby good restaurants. When we include dinners, these are from a menu of 3 or 4 courses (menu du terroir for CL tours and gourmet or degustation menu for LU tours) For each course you can choose between different suggestions. Drinks and coffee are not included.

Lunches or picnic lunches are not included, but many overnight stops are in small towns and villages where picnic material can be bought from local shops before you start your day’s walk; alternatively, a packed lunch can be ordered the evening before from your hotel.

Luggage
Be careful, baggage-handling services are not available in the French hotels. Be prepared to carry you your own bags up narrow staircases, many hotels or inns do not have elevators. We strongly advise you pack adequately but lightly and limit baggage to an amount that you can easily handle.

We arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. We ask you to leave your luggage at the reception desk on setting out each morning.

Sentiers de France passport
You will receive a nontransferable passport delivered by Sentiers de France (it looks like a credit card). It replaces the traditional voucher. You will have to show it at the reception desk of the hotels or to the taxi driver… Take care of it!

Training
It is very important to be in good physical shape when you start the tour. We strongly recommend you to go for a number of walks of the same length of the tour’s stages during the weeks before the departure wearing the boots that you will use during the tour. You will make sure your boots are well broken-in and that they fit properly.

Trip Dossier

Trip dossier

We shall send this dossier to you within 2 weeks before the departure date after receipt of the balance or total payment if you live in Europe. An additional special delivery (UPS, DHL) fee is requested for people living outside Europe who want receive the dossier at home. Otherwise, you will find the dossier at the first hotel and we send you all the details to reach it by e-mail.

This trip dossier includes:
– detailed walk route notes and interesting background information about the area
– detailed local information about places to visit en route, recommendations for places to eat in the evening when dinner is not included
– a comprehensive list of what to take with you
– information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, for different taxis that carry your luggage and that can escort you a day if you are tired or injured
– Labels to tie to your luggage in the tour
– Sentiers de France Passport instead of accommodation vouchers.

Safety

Safety

Our treks in France are absolutely safe. In our dossier you will find a detailed map of the route you have to follow and information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, and for different taxis that will carry your luggage, Moreover, a 24-hour helpline is available for you during the whole trek in case of an emergency. We will be there for you every step of the way!

Sentiers de France

Sentiers de France

For more than 20 years, Sentiers de France has helped lovers of walking to explore France’s most beautiful landscapes.

The company was born from the travels enjoyed by Jean-Marc and his wife, Katie. A keen walker, but lacking the time to create his own itineraries, Jean-Marc searched for an agency to provide what he wanted: great walks, restaurant and hotel recommendations, taxi services to transport the bags to avoid being laden down all day and above all maximum freedom and comfort.

He searched in vain. Rather than admit defeat, he decided to create Sentiers de France to explore France, but on his own terms. No guides, or groups, so he could set off when it suited him and above all be completely free during his walk. Hotels, with two or three stars, to offer the best conditions in which to relax after a long day of walking and above all great restaurants in which to recharge energy levels, while savouring the gastronomic riches of each region being explored.

We often forget it, but France, a key tourist destination, offers an incredible variety of landscapes. Each region has its riches, whether gastronomic, œnological, cultural or historical.

All the walks have been created and tested by Jean-Marc, and then later given the seal of approval by our hundreds of walkers who by filling in our customer satisfaction surveys help us to improve and enrich what we offer. Every year, new circuits are born as we discover them and as they are requested. We all want different things, which is why all our routes are à la Carte. Nothing is carved in stone, Jean-Marc wants Sentiers de France to evolve constantly.

We evolve as required. This is how, a little while later, our cycling and scenic car routes were born. There is more than one way to visit France, which is why for many years, we have offered cycling holidays in the Loire Valley. The area’s rich history has left its traces here, with magnificent châteaux created by our kings. And of course, let us not forget Touraine’s many wines, renowned around the world.

So as not to miss anything, we have travelled France’s most beautiful routes through the most beautiful regions. Often, due to a lack of time or information, you can pass by magical places without realising. Our scenic car tours will ensure that you do not miss a thing and you will discover the very best.

Now, Sentiers de France has evolved once more. Eugénie,has joined the Sentiers de France team. Jean-Marc is working on a daily basis to pass on his incredible know-how and his experience of the paths and routes of France.  In this digital era, Sentiers has launched on Facebook and Instagram so that you can always stay up to date with our latest finds. Finally, we have developed our website, to modernise it, so it better reflects our great company and so you can join our great community of walkers, cyclists and drivers as easily as possible.

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the treks in France, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Important: This trek must be booked at least one month before the departure day of the trek. This has to do with the fact that the trekking company needs that time to make the hotel reservations for you and prepare the trekking notes for your trek.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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