Three countries, three cultures and a wonderful climate await you in the Rhine valley between the Alps, Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains on this self guided cycling trip. From Basel in Switzerland cycle along the Rhine River and along the edge of the Black Forest through beautiful natural landscapes towards Mullheim in Germany. Cross the Rhine into France to the colourful and character filled town of Colmar, the capital of Alsace's wines. Situated on the River Lauch, its canals flow through the beautifully preserved old town with its cathedral, tanners' quarter and 'Little Venice' providing a wonderful distraction away from the bikes. At the foot of the Vosges Mountains, cycle along the French wine route through dreamy villages filled with timber-framed houses and well preserved medieval centres to the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg, home to the official seat of the European Parliament.
DAY 1 Arrive Basel DAY 2 Cycle along the Rhine through Markgräflerland to Mullheim (42km / 26mi) DAY 3 Cycle via Heitersheim and Bad Krozingen to Freiburg in the Black Forest (34km / 21mi) DAY 4 Cross the Rhine to fortified Neuf-Brisach and continue to the beautiful town of Colmar (55km / 34mi) DAY 5 Cycle along the foot hills of the Vosges mountains past Grand Cru wine villages to Riquewihr (38km / 23.5mi) DAY 6 Continue along the wine road through picturesque villages to Obernai (50km / 31mi) DAY 7 Along the banks of the Bruche canal to Strasbourg (37km / 23mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily except Sunday from 1 Apr to 1 Oct
Mid season is from 29 Apr to 02 Jun and 26 Aug to 25 Sep and High season is from 03 Jun to 25 Aug - and supplements apply Itinerary available in reverse following slightly different itinerary. Due to Art Basel, we cannot accomodate clients in Basel from the 15-18 June 2017. Please take this into account when requesting dates on this trip.
*7 breakfasts, 7 dinners *7 nights 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (Upgrade to Category A - 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *21 speed rental bike equipped with panniers, pump, helmet, bike lock, repair kit & GPS (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *emergency hotline