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Set with canals, brick lanes, and pastel-hued medieval houses, Colmar looks like something straight out of a fairytale. You can peek inside the Musée Bartholdi, where the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty was born, or go further back in time at Gothic churches like the Église des Dominicains, which has a magnificent piece of art from the 15th-century. One part of town is known as Petite Venise (Little Venice), where you can hop on a boat for a glide past historic half-timbered homes, with window-boxes bursting with geraniums. 

Colmar makes an excellent base for forays into the Alsace. From here, you can explore iconic villages like Hunawihr, Riquewihr, and Eguisheim — all full of medieval charm — then cap the day’s excursion with a tour of the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, an impressively restored 12th-century citadel sitting high above the countryside. There are also wineries to visit, scenic valleys (Noble Valley, Munster Valley, Pays de Barr), and opportunities to discover lesser-known castles in rural Alsace.
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Map of Highlights of Eastern France: Reims, Strasbourg, & Colmar - 7 Days
Highlights of Eastern France: Reims, Strasbourg, & Colmar - 7 Days

Explore the highlights of Eastern France on this week-long itinerary. With Champagne tastings, wine routes, and historical villages galore, you'll get to experience the best of the region's offerings. Start in Reims to visit the famed Taittinger Champagne House, the head to the Alsace region to see the towns of Hunawihr and Riquewihr.

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Map of Highlights of Eastern France: Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, Annecy, & More  - 12 Days
Highlights of Eastern France: Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, Annecy, & More - 12 Days

Keep Moët & Chandon in a pretty cabinet and eat cake just like Marie Antoinette on this 12-day itinerary fit for a queen. You'll sample the Parisian pastries of Le Marais, artworks in the glass of the Louvre, and elaborate architectural facades of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Alsace. Sip wine with cheese pairings in Annecy before ending the trip on the beaches in Nice.