One of the most picturesque regions of France, Alsace is also one of the most cycle-friendly. Designated bike paths and quiet country back-roads provide a perfect passage along the Rhine passing Hansel and Gretel style houses overlooked by imposing medieval castles. There is plenty of opportunity to explore the cobblestone streets of quaint villages and marvel at the impressive Romanesque and Baroque churches. Gastronomic delights are plentiful in this corner of France and you can sample some of Alsace's finest produce as you travel through undulating farmland, orchards and vineyards. The unusual and stunning 'balloons' or round topped hills provide beautiful vistas of the Alsatian region. This itinerary soaks up the relaxed and jovial atmosphere of what can only be described as a wine-lovers' wonderland.
DAY 1 Arrive Strasbourg DAY 2 Cycle to Sand, Huttenheim or Sermersheim along the Rhône-Rhine canal (29, 32 or 37km) DAY 3 Cycle to Colmar via Ebersmunster (69, 66 or 62km) DAY 4 To Ottmarsheim (50km) DAY 5 Cycle to Guebwiller in the foothills of the Vosges (36km) DAY 6 Cycle to Riquewihr (46km) DAY 7 To Obernai (47km) DAY 8 To Strasbourg via Avolsheim and the banks of the Bruche Canal (37km), trip concludes
Daily departures except Sunday from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
For details of a shorter cycle trip in Alsace based in charming hotels, see "Wine Road Cycle" on our website.
*7 breakfasts, 7 dinners *4 nights in 2 star hotels and 3 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps *21-speed rental bike, equipped with panniers, pump, helmet, anti-theft device & repair kit *emergency hotline