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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1390USD

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Overview

Trip Code: ABB

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the heart of the Alsatian vineyards
  • Exploring the authentic villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Vosges landscape
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties and sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’

One of the most picturesque regions of France, Alsace is also one of the most cycle-friendly. Designated bike paths and quiet country backroads 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 the 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.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Arrive in the University and port town of Strasbourg and settle into the hotel. There is free time to explore the town. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and home to some great museums which are worth visiting. The old city is dominated by the Cathedral made out of pink sandstone from the Vosges. There are many interesting narrow streets where you can find some interesting churches, restaurants and shops and the city has a number of covered bridges which cross the Ill River. Later this afternoon (usually between 4-6pm) you will be met by our local partner for a welcome briefing* at the hotel, and your information pack will be distributed at this time. *except for arrivals on Sundays and public holidays, in which case your information pack will be available from reception.

Meals:  Nil

The Canal de la Bruche was once a transport route for wine from the wine-growing areas to the capital. Today the cycle path runs along this canal from Strasbourg to Molsheim along the wine route. It continues past the 12th century Romanesque church at Rosheim to Obernai. Wine sampling is the theme of the day interspersed with some great cycling in the shadow of the Vosges. Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 75km. Route notes - a short and easy stage allowing you to spend time in Strasbourg before you set out. A small climb from Rosheim to Obernai but otherwise flat.

Meals:  B

The cycle path runs through the famous vineyards and their wine-growing villages, which are among the most beautiful in Alsace: Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Dambach-la-Ville, Ribeauville and Riquewihr. The route takes you past these villages with opportunities to sample wines, before reaching the Middle Ages town of Riquewhir and your hotel. Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 85km. Route Notes - 2 hard climbs, route mainly on dedicated cycle paths through vineyards.

Meals:  B

Today there are more vineyards and beautiful wine-growing villages. Ammerschwihr and its famous Kaefferkopf watches over the wine-growing villages of Turckheim and Eguisheim, where time stands still. Situated in the heart of the Alsace Plain, our destination Colmar, is close to the foothills of the Vosges. The old town is worth exploring with narrow cobbled streets, flanked on either side by sixteenth and seventeenth century half-timbered houses. Colmar is the birthplace of F.A. Bartholdi famous for the Statue of Liberty of New York (1866). Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 82km. Route Notes - a hilly route with two hard but short climbs (1km/0.6mi each), and 1.5km/1mi of the route is on a good dirt road.

Meals:  B

Today you can enjoy a rest day, exploring the pretty town of Colmar. If you're feeling energetic you can explore the surrounding area by bike. From Colmar you head south along the Alsace Wine Route, passing its typical villages. From Guebwiller, you cycle to Bollwiller and take the train or continue to Ungersheim, until the Ecomusee d’Alsace. From there, the cycle path guides you directly to Mulhouse. Return to Colmar by train. (Train ticket costs are not included). Route Notes - little hilly until Guebwiller, then flat terrain to either Bollwiller or Mulhouse. Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 76km/47mi

Meals:  B

Today you head east to Neuf Brisach, then continue towards the south to reach the small village of Ottmarsheim with its 12th century church. Next you enter the Hardt’s forest then continue cycling along the Huningue’s canal to reach Mulhouse. After enjoying the historic town center of Mulhouse, you have a choice of numerous museums to visit this afternoon. Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 111km. Route Notes - flat route mainly on dedicated cycle paths.

Meals:  B

The cycle path takes you along the Rhone-Rhine Canal and is part of the EuroVelo route 6 which runs over the Three Countries Bridge to Basel (Bâle). The city of Basel is located where the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland meet. Although the main city is in Switzerland, some of the suburbs are in France and Germany. With a large number of theatres and museums (including the world renown Fine Arts Museum), the city is a centre of culture. Optional longer cycle route (same night stop) - 82km. Route Notes - flat or gently undulating (30km/18.5mi), largely on cycle paths but also on low traffic roads.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast. There are regular direct trains which take 1 hour and 18 minutes to return to Strasbourg (fare not included).

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer
  • 21 speed rental bike, equipped with panniers, pump, helmet, anti-theft device & repair kit (electric bike available on request - supplement applies). Option to do longer cycle route between each town of between 75-111km per day – standard bikes may be used, or road bikes (subject to availability – supplement applies) – advance reservation required. Road Bike routebook will be provided for the longer cycle route (per room).
  • Welcome briefing (except on Sundays and public holidays)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked - GPS data available on request.
  • Emergency hotline
  • Bike insurance

  • Travel to Strasbourg and from Basel
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Train tickets for cycling options on day 5
  • hotel taxes may apply - these are payable locally and range from €0.8-€3 per person per night
  • bike repairs

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycle is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of between 18 and 53km (11 and 33mi), or you can choose the more challenging 'sports' option should you want longer rides (between 75 and 111km / 46.5 and 69mi) between the same towns. The terrain is mainly flat, with days 3, 4 and 7 involving some hill ascents and descents. You will ride mainly on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for fit beginners and children (children’s bikes and trailers available on request). If you are not used to cycling then we recommend that you include as much cycling on roads in your pre trip training. This is to get used to cars passing you at times and will be invaluable practise for when you are entering and leaving towns and cities when on the trip.


Departure dates

Thursdays and Saturdays 9 Apr to 8 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
Mid season is from 23 Apr to 20 May and 17 to 30 Sep. High season is from 21 May to 16 Sep - a supplement applies for both high season and mid season.
DN2
Option to do longer cycle routes between each town of between 75-111km per day - standard bikes may be used, or road bikes (subject to availability - supplement applies) - advance reservation required. Road Bike routebook will be provided for the longer cycle route (per room).
DN3
The Basel Art Fair is 13-19 June - trip is on request only at this busy time.

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Total Priceper person from

$1390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$460
*Prices listed are per person

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