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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 1 night 4 star hotel
  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels
  • 2 nights in 2 star hotels
  • Option to upgrade to 3-4 star hotels (Category A)
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1460USD

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Overview

Trip Code: BTS

Trip highlights


  • Cycling between the Rhine river and the Alps, Black Forest and Vosges Mountains
  • Cycling across three borders: Switzerland, Germany and France
  • Visiting Freiburg in the Black Forest
  • Cycling along the Alsace wine road through Grand Cru villages

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.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

The picturesque city of Basel, Switzerland's third most populated city, is the starting point for your tour. Check into your hotel and take the opportunity to explore both sides of the Rhine river, the Old Town concentrated in Grossbasel on the south bank and Kleinbasel on the north bank.

Meals:  Nil

Today's cycling is ideal as you follow the Rhine river, heading north to Mullheim in Germany. You will cross the Swiss/German border into Markgräflerland. The region is known as 'the Tuscany of Germany' due to its mild climate. Between the Rhine and the Black Forest foothills to your east, this is vineyard country. The primary grape variety is Chasselas which makes an easy drinking white wine, and you'll find white asparagus and cherries (in season). Overnight Mullheim.

Meals:  B

Visit the Villa Urbana and the Maltese Castle in Heitersheim before cycling inland to Bad Krozingen, known for its mineral springs. Continue to Freiburg in the Black Forest, officially Germany's warmest town. Medieval Freiburg has fairy tale gabled houses, cobblestone lanes, picturesque squares and a beautiful cathedral. It is an old university town with many pubs and cafes and a busy nightlife, making it a great night stop. Overnight Freiburg.

Meals:  B

Leave Freiburg this morning and cycle west towards the Rhine again. The 13th century Breisach Cathedral towers imposingly over the banks of the Rhine. Cross the river and border here to Neuf-Brisach in Alsace, a 17th century octagonal fortified town. Continue to the beautiful town of Colmar, one of the most delightful cities along the Alsace wine route. Overnight Colmar.

Meals:  B

There's time to further discover Colmar before cycling along tracks and quiet roads to Riquewihr. At the foot of the Vosges mountains, Riquewihr nestles among the other Alsatian Grand Cru wine-making villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim and Kayserberg. Overnight Riquewihr.

Meals:  B

Cycle along the wine road and discover the villages of Barr, Andlau with its abbey, Bergheim, Ribeauville and Hunawihr. Continue to Obernai, an important centre for wine and beer production. This was the birthplace of St Odile, daughter of the Duke of Alsace and the Patron Saint of Alsace - and of good eyesight! Overnight Obernai.

Meals:  B

From Obernai, cycle along the banks of the Bruche canal to Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace and the official seat of the European Parliament. The strong German influence over the past centuries has given Strasbourg a distinctive style, and it has many historical and cultural sights. Its Cathedral is the highest medieval building in Europe and its channels encircle the city centre, providing a peaceful and picturesque ambiance. Overnight Strasbourg.

Meals:  B

Your trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, often eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights 3 and 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked, GPS tracks available on request
  • Route signposting
  • 21 speed rental bike equipped with panniers, pump, helmet, anti-theft device and repair kit (electric bikes available on request - supplement applies).
  • Emergency hotline
  • Rental bike insurance

  • Travel to Basel and from Strasbourg
  • Lunch and dinner daily, drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide - this is a self-guided cycle trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Hotel taxes may apply - these are payable locally and range from €1-€5 per person per night

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycle is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of between 34 and 55km/21 and 24mi on mainly flat terrain.You will ride mainly on cycle paths on well-marked trails over undulating terrain, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic. Days 5 and 6 are a little hilly. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. Electric bikes are available. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Saturdays from 9 Apr to 8 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
Mid season is from 23 Apr to 20 May and 17 Sep to 30 Sep. High season is from 21 May to 16 Sep - supplements apply.
DN2
Itinerary available in reverse following slightly different itinerary, see our 'Alsace by Bike' trip for details.

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Total Priceper person from

$1460USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$420
*Prices listed are per person

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Why travel with us

Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

Self-Guided Specialists

Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

Our Wide Range

With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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