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Classic Alsace: Beautiful Villages Along the Wine Route

On our Alsace cycling trips, most of the riding is done through vineyards or farmlands 6
On our Alsace cycling trips, most of the riding is done through vineyards or farmlands Ride your bike on a quiet itinerary along the Rhone au Rhin canal Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful and cycling friendly village in France Admire the typical Alsatian architecture from your bike saddle This tour starts and ends in Strasbourg listed as a UNESCO world heritage site Your cycling ride in Alsace will take you through typical villages, Colmar among others
On our Alsace cycling trips, most of the riding is done through vineyards or farmlands

Classic Alsace: Beautiful Villages Along the Wine Route

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Description

With more than 4,000 kilometers of greenways, bikeways, bicycle paths, and lanes, Alsace is France’s most bike-friendly region. Young, old, fast, and slow riders share this extensive network that links places of amazing beauty, making cycling the best way — by far — to visit this very unique region of France. 

And unique it certainly is! Long disputed over by France and Germany, Alsace has inherited characteristics of both cultures and countries and blended them together to create its own special world. Keep your ears open and you’ll hear not French… not German… but the Alsatian tongue.

Our Classic Alsace tour celebrates the elements that make Alsace one of a kind. Our route along regional waterways will carry you from picturesque town to postcard-perfect village. Since it’s the wine route, you can look forward to vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see! In the evening, you can search for the most appealing-looking bistro (or Michelin-starred restaurant!) to enjoy tarte flambéesausage, or choucroute, an Alsatian take on sauerkraut.

 

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

Itinerary

D1Arrive in Strasbourg

 

Arrive in Strasbourg at the time of your choice. This multilingual city, home to the European Parliament, will no doubt seduce you with its charm, sincerity, and flavour. Your hotel is located in the Petite France district — the historic town centre surrounded by water — a perfect base for strolling through the narrow cobbled streets. With its 430-kilometer network of bicycle paths, Strasbourg is a city built for bikes, and respect for cyclists is not merely a slogan here — it’s a way of life!

D2Strasbourg — Sélestat area 55 km/33 miles, 220 meters/710 ft of climbing

 

Following the “Rhone to Rhine Canal” on a traffic-free bikeway, you will leave Strasbourg behind and head toward Sélestat, an important arts and architecture hub in Alsace. The bikeway will take you all the way to Sand in the heart of the Alsatian Ried, referring to the humid area bordering the Rhône. Rich in fauna and flora, part of the Ried has been turned into a nature reserve. Depending on the hotel option you choose, you’ll lodge in Sélestat or one of the quaint villages nearby.

D3Sélestat area — Colmar 38 km/23 miles, 130 meters/425 ft of climbing

 

Today’s ride takes you through some beautiful villages overflowing with distinctly Alsatian houses, whose trademark window boxes are filled with seasonal flowers. One of the many villages worth stopping in is Ebermunster, where you’ll discover a German-baroque church considered by many to be the best example of this style. Your destination is Colmar, one of the most well-known jewels of Alsace.

D4Colmar — Guebwiller 35 km/22 miles, 240 meters/780 ft of climbing

 

Ride through the enchanted forest along the Ill River. The cycling path will carry you toward Guebwiller, in the foothills of the Vosges’ tallest mountain, “Le Grand Ballon.” If you arrive early, it’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch in a café or to buy picnic supplies, as the surrounding countryside is full of idyllic picnic spots. Late risers may wish to grab lunch in a small bakery along the route. Guebwiller is home to an open-air wine museum, so save some time in your schedule for a visit!

D5Guebwiller — Riquewihr 48 km/30 miles, 335 meters/1,110 ft of climbing

 

Although today’s ride is short, we recommend an early start if you want to see it all! The pretty villages of EguisheimTurckheim, and Kaysersberg are on your way and all three are worth a stop. Lock your bike and walk around… you’re bound to find a terrace to linger in and what’s better than sipping a bit of Riesling while admiring the bountiful beauty all around?!

D6Rest day in Riquewihr

 

Of all the villages you’ll see on this ride, Riquewihr might just be your favorite! Riquewihr has been deemed so beautiful that it is “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France”, one of France’s prettiest villages. It is so sensational that you may actually wonder if it’s real, or if you've stepped on to a movie set! You’ll have the whole day to enjoy it, so you may wish to arrange a visit to a local vineyard — but you can also choose to kick back and relax at your hotel.

D7Riquewihr — Obernai or Barr 49 km/30 miles, 515 meters/1,685 ft of climbing

 

The Wine Route will take you through even more beautiful villages today, including HunawihrRibeauvilléBergheimAndlauBarr, and Boesh, each more charming than the previous. Ride carefully, for you may be craning your neck to get a good view of everything. Your final destination is yet another Alsatian favorite, either Obernai or Barr, depending on availability.

D8Obernai or Barr — Strasbourg 37 km/23 miles, 235 meters/775 ft of climbing

 

If you haven’t yet had time to do so, make sure you take a short walking tour through Obernai today. Circle its medieval walls and meander through the city to discover its remarkable sites such as the city hall, the Kapelturm (the belfry), and much, much more. Your ride from Obernai will take you to Strasbourg, your final destination and resting point. Although this is the end of your tour, you may choose to stay an extra night or two in Strasbourg, which we can arrange for you beforehand.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 4 nights in 3-star hotels of charm and 3 nights in 2-star hotels

  • 885 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 275 euros
  • 905 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 285 euros
  • 945 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 300 euros
  • Option A+
  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels of charm

  • 1,095 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 420 euros
  • 1,115 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 435 euros
  • 1,140 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 460 euros
  • Option A++
  • 2 nights in 5-star hotels, 4 nights in 4-star hotels and 1 night in a 3-star hotel

  • 1,280 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 570 euros
  • 1,370 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 585 euros
  • 1,420 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 600 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 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. 10-35 euros, depending on the option chosen).
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per person. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike.

Please note: Additional nights in Strasbourg can be arranged in a 4-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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