Home > Tour of Alsace: Vosges mountains and Alsatian wine villages
Come and uncover France’s hidden facets with a tour in Alsace! A slice of two cultures, this populated French region has a strong Germanic influence. Tucked away in the western banks of the Rhine River, Alsace is complemented with views of the Vosges Mountains. Despite being small in size, Alsace takes pride in its individual charm: old-fashioned Aleman houses, rich gastronomy, sprightly annual festivities, and a fusion of two cultures that created its distinction.
Sharing borders with Germany and Switzerland, Alsace has a wide variety of landscapes for you to soak up. The bustling metropolis may be among the most crowded areas in France, but off-road pathways create a quiet sanctuary for bikers. Wheeling through Alsace is like stepping into a pop-out story book, where rolling hills, green grasslands and blue skies pervade the area, especially in summer. The continental climate produces a crisp, fragrant air, inviting you to start your own adventures on one of the region’s many roads.
This bike tour gives you a fresh take on Alsace, where you will be led into the tree-covered Vosges Mountains. Heading south, you can take a satisfying sip, or two, in some of the country's best wine villages. We recommend this tour for seasoned bike riders who are geared to face a number of climbing rides (averaging 1,700 meters/5,600 feet).
For travel and cycling tips to Alsace, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.
We advise starting your adventure early if your schedule permits. With so many things to see in Strasbourg, you may run out of time before you run out of breath! Among its must-see highlights: La Petite France — which offers views of cobblestone streets and nostalgic buildings, the Cathédrale Notre Dame — a historic architectural work considered one of France's tallest structures, and Palais des Rohan — a palace with strong French flavor, housing a number of art museums.
After a day’s stroll, you’ll be introduced to our local renter who will provide you with your traveling companion—a bike!
Say goodbye to the city and take the trail of Channel de la Marne du Rhin. Slowly, the view of the crowded metropolis will transform into dense forests and farmlands, topped off with humble homes occupying distant villages.
Take your time; soak in the scenery as you please. Plan a few stops to rest your feet, and look forward to your next destination: a relaxing spa at Niederbronn-les-Bains.
The challenge only gets better. Today, you will trudge into the Northern Vosges Mountains, a hidden route covering elevated back roads. Forested areas will welcome you with open arms, revealing a rocky path adjacent to the German border which offers views of the fortifications erected after World War I.
Today's adventure leads you into the town of Saverne, nestled at the foot of the Vosges' pass. Perhaps you will be lured to visit its principal sight: the Château des Rohan, featuring collected relics and antiques. If you're a plant lover, don't miss the famous La Roseraie, a sprawling farm which features more than 500 varieties of roses.
Use your GPS to track the road to Molsheim, which showcases an array of Bugatti cars, sheltered in the Chartreuse Monastery. From here, you can take the Route des Vins, Alsace's wine road, as you journey towards Obernai.
From Obernai, take the steep road to the Mont Sainte-Odile, a Romanesque structure perched atop 800 meters of elevation. Take in the view, breathe in the fresh air, and then proceed to enjoy a few passes over Route des Crêtes. A downward slope will take you to Riquewihr, an untouched medieval village set within the Riesling vineyards.
Dig into the local gastronomy and enjoy the rest of the night with good food, and good company.
It's another winery adventure as you head to Guebwiller from the village of Riquewihr. A glass of pinot gris, the town's best variety, is a pleasant offering to quench any nomad's thirst and pleasure. Keep on trailing the Route des Crêtes, and get ready to climb Col des Bagenelles to reach Le Honeck (about 1,363 meters above).
Take a necessary stop, and then start biking southward again, where your next destination awaits.
Topping off your final ride is a trip to Colmar, one of Alsace's well-loved towns. The route isn't easy...but it’s nothing you can't overcome! Taking Route des Crêtes, climb the highest peak in the Vosges range, the Ballon de Guebwiller (also called Grand Ballon). This is your moment of achievement!
Take time to admire the views of Alsace from the top and embrace the memory of your stay before making the journey down.
Wake up to your breakfast in your hotel. Let the whole experience sink in. Whether you decide to explore Alsace some more or leave for your next adventure, it's all up to you!
Make sure you take time to shop for souvenirs to take home to your friends and family.
3 nights in 4-star hotels and 4 nights in 3-star hotels of charm
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. Additional nights in Colmar can be arranged in 4-star hotel arrangements at the rate of 70 euros per person based on double occupancy, or 95 euros in a single room. All rates include breakfast. Additional nights anywhere along the route can be arranged as well.