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Alsace Intense: The Best and the Excellent

Most Alsace cycling tours start from your hotel in the town of Strasbourg 5
Most Alsace cycling tours start from your hotel in the town of Strasbourg Your cycling trip will take you through beautiful villages The charming village of Ribeauville is on the itinerary of this bike tour Wine tasting along your bike route on the wine road Cycling through little alsatian villages with half-timbered houses

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Alsace, click here to see the Alsacian regional page.

  • Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 6th through October 5th, 2019
  • 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+)
  • Level: 1/2 (Very Easy/Easy)
  • From 890 euros per person sharing a double room
Most Alsace cycling tours start from your hotel in the town of Strasbourg

Alsace Intense: The Best and the Excellent

  • Level
  • PriceFrom 890 euros
  • DAY5 nights / 6 days

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Description

Alsace is known for its excellent gastronomy and wines particular to its mix of French and German cultures, but there is so much more to this region! For cyclists, its exceptional bike paths make Alsace one of the best cycling destinations in France. You can cycle uninterrupted from Strasbourg to Colmar through fairytale villages and gorgeous vineyards, appreciating the region’s history and peaceful atmosphere. Over ninety percent of this tour’s itinerary is on bicycle paths and small, low-traffic routes! 

Slightly longer than a short escape but shorter than a week, you will experience the perfect combination of enjoyable biking routes, charming hotels, and fantastic restaurants during your “intense” tour of Alsace. Experience the utmost luxury if you choose our “Option A+” hotels — the incredibly charming "Option A" hotels won't leave you disappointed either!

 

For travel and cycling tips to Alsace, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrive 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!

D2Option A+: Strasbourg — Obernai or Option A: Strasbourg — Barr or Obernai Option A+: 37 km/23 miles; Option A: 47 km/29 miles, 305 meters/1,000 ft of climbing 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 with 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.

D3Option A+: Obernai — Ribeauvillé or Option A: Barr or Obernai — Kaysersberg or Riquewihr 43 km/27 miles or 44 km/27 miles or 47 km/29 miles, 575 meters/1,880 ft of climbing

 

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. MittelbergheimDambach la VilleRibeauvillé, 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.

D4Option A+: Ribeauvillé — Colmar or Option A: Kaysersberg or Riquewihr — Colmar 38 km/23 miles or 29 km/18 miles or 29 km/18 miles or 38 km/23 miles, 185 meters/615 ft of climbing

 

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.

D5Colmar — Strasbourg: Train or Bike 25 km/15 miles, 95 meters/320 ft of climbing + 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.

D6Departure

 

After breakfast, depart Strasbourg at the time of your choice. 

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 5 nights in 3-star hotels of charm

  • 890 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 275 euros
  • 910 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 285 euros
  • 940 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 300 euros
  • Option A+
  • 3 nights in 5-star hotels and 2 nights in 4-star hotels of charm

  • 1,190 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 480 euros
  • 1,250 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 490 euros
  • 1,295 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 515 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel (total of approx. 5-25 euros, depending on the chosen option).
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 175 euros per bike.

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 105 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 200 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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