Explore the Rhine River from both the German and French sides to indulge in the very best this enchanting region has to offer. With seemingly endless picture perfect landscapes lining the meandering Rhine, dedicated bike paths for safe and easy cycling and a swathe of beautifully preserved villages to inspire you each day, there are few cycle trips that offer so many 'bells and whistles'. From the EU capital of Strasbourg to the art city of Frieburg, traditional Colmar to the moated, UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Neuf-Brisach, the Romanesque and Baroque architecture as well as medieval castles will keep you captivated. The gastronomic delights are plentiful in this part of Europe and you can sample some of the regions finest produce as you cycle through undulating farmland, orchards and vineyards. This itinerary soaks up the relaxed and jovial atmosphere of one of the most picturesque parts of the Alsace Wine Route, which can only be described as a wine-lovers' wonderland, taking in the routes most famous villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, where you will witness delightful examples of traditional half-timbered Alsatian architecture. With so many highlights your pedals will seem to turn themselves during this simply stunning ride along the Rhine River and its various valleys in Germany and France.
DAY 1 Arrive Strasbourg DAY 2 Cycle along flat cycle paths by the Rhine and through forest to Ettenheim in Germany (59km / 36.5mi) DAY 3 Cycle to the art city of Freiburg in the Black Forest region (46km / 28.5mi) 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 (49km / 30.5mi) DAY 7 Along the banks of the Bruche canal to Strasbourg (37km / 23mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Apr to 1 Oct
Mid season is from 29 Apr to 2 Jun and 26 Aug to 25 Sep. High season is from 3 Jun to 25 Aug - a supplement applies for both high season and mid season.
*7 breakfasts, 6 dinners *7 nights in 3 & 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *21 speed rental bike, equipped with panniers, pump, helmet, bike lock & repair kit (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *emergency hotline *welcome briefing (except Sundays and Public Holidays)