|Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 1st, 2017
5 nights/6 days
Daily mileage: From 25 km (16 miles) to 48 km (30 miles)
Starts from and ends in Strasbourg (Strasbourg is serviced by train from Paris)
Closest major gateway is Basel-Mulhouse Airport, a short train ride from Strasbourg
Accommodation in 3-star properties (Option A) or in 5- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
From per person sharing a double room
Alsace Intense: The Best and the Excellent — 5 nights/6 Days
|Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg
Strasbourg has its own international airport with connections to other European cities. The city is also easily accessible by TGV from Paris (just over 2 hours), and from airports in cities such as Basel, Switzerland and Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Once you arrive in Strasbourg, check in at your hotel, located close to all the major attractions. Afterward, you can enjoy the city by night as you wish!
|Day 2: Option A+: Strasbourg — Obernai (37 km/23 miles) or Option A: Strasbourg —
Barr or Obernai (45 km/28 miles or 37 km/23 miles)
Regardless of the hotel option you choose, you’ll follow the same route (although staying in an Option A hotel in Barr involves a bit more cycling). Your itinerary will make good use of one of the prettiest cycling paths in all of Alsace, along the Canal de la Buche, a former horse-path for barges on the canal. You’ll pass dreamy rolling hills and green vineyards on an idyllic warm-up ride. Along the way, you may stop in Molsheim for an eyeful of fine examples of Alsatian architecture spanning centuries. Continue on to your quintessential Alsatian destination, whether it’s Obernai, near the Vosges Mountains, or the pretty town of Barr. Both are picture-perfect, with traditional houses and neat cobblestone streets.
|Day 3: Option A+: Obernai — Ribeauvillé (43 km/27 miles) or Option A: Barr or Obernai
— Kaysersberg or Riquewihr (44 km/27 miles or 47 km/29 miles)
Far from the traffic of the Wine Route, you will set out on a ride across the vineyard region on well-paved roads. You will pass through villages made up of half-timbered houses whose window boxes overflow with geraniums and other flora. Mittelbergheim, Dambach la Ville, Ribeauvillé, and Riquewihr are among the most beautiful villages of France — and you may stop in all of them today. Observe the finely preserved medieval architecture of Dambach la Ville, or maybe catch a tune from the traveling musicians in Ribeauvillé.
|Day 4: Option A+: Ribeauvillé — Colmar (38 km/23 miles or 29 km/18 miles) or Option
A: Kaysersberg or Riquewihr — Colmar (29 km/18 miles or 34 km/21 miles)
The Wine Route and its stunning chain of villages lead you to Colmar, the Alsatian capital of wine and art. Artists who have called Colmar “home” include respected names such as Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, and Renaissance painters Martin Schoengauer and Mathias Grüneweld. You may spend some of your time visiting the Unterlinden Museum of Renaissance Art if you wish. Definitely do not miss “Little Venice,” an artisanal quarter located on the canal. Tonight, revel in the ambiance of Colmar, as tomorrow’s ride is optional.
|Day 5: From Colmar — Strasbourg: Train or Bike (25 km/15 miles) + Train
If you want to make the most of your time and rest, you may do so and skip our optional 25 km ride! We won’t question you if you prefer to wander through Colmar and discover the splendors of both the old city and its more modern neighborhoods. We will provide you with comprehensive information on TER train travel, including your scheduled departure. Bring your bicycle on board and be in Strasbourg in 30 minutes! If you wish, you can disembark at Erstein station and cycle back to the capital of Alsace.
|Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, depart Strasbourg at the time of your choice.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 795 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 5 nights in 3-star hotels of charm
Option A+: 3 nights in 5-star hotels and 2 nights in 4-star hotels of charm
These prices include:
These prices do not include:
Please Note: Additional nights in Strasbourg can be arranged in a 3-star hotel at the rate of 65 euros per person based on double occupancy, or 110 euros in a single room; 5-star hotel arrangements can be made at the rate of 115 euros per person based on double occupancy, or 195 euros in a single room. All rates include breakfast and taxes. Additional nights anywhere along the route can be arranged as well.
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