Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace

Alsace to the Black Forest on bike
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$4795
  • Style/Level Classic 3.0
  • Countries France
  • Begin/End Strasbourg/Colmar
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Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands 5 times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now a cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto. Tucked between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River the region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. Although officially located in France, the Alsatians have a distinct identity and refuse to be grouped with neither the French from the “interior” or the Germans across the Rhine river. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace. The rides are beautiful, the villages delightful and the combination of French and German food perfect for cyclists.

If this sounds great, but you prefer a longer tour take a look at the 14-day option Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and the Black Forest.

Highlights

  • Some of France’s best cuisine, Parc Regional des Vosges du Nord, Alsatian villages, The Wine Road, Saverne, Colmar, Wine tasting.

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DateJun 23-30, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteCall for availability
DateJul 28-Aug 4, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteDeparture confirmed to go!
DateSep 8-15, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
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DateJun 22-29, 2025
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Private room feeUSD$550
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Private room feeUSD$550
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  • Total distance 272 km (170 miles)
  • Average daily distance 45 km (28 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.0

Highlights: Strasbourg, Capital of Alsace

We gather in Strasbourg this afternoon for a bike fitting at our starting hotel. As host to many of the European Union’s institutions, this town is bustling with activity and has been recognized by UNESCO for its historic city center. A crossroads between Germany and France, we encourage you to arrive early to visit this politically fascinating town. The famed Notre Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral was built in 1015 A.D. and now stands as one of France’s most famous architectural masterpieces. The glowing pink stone comes from the nearby Vosges Mountains and it was the world’s tallest building until 1874. Beyond its many architectural gems, Strasbourg is full of quaint neighborhoods such as La Petite France with its revolving bridges, canals and typical Alsatian-style buildings. We’ll suggest a warm-up ride this afternoon after we fit bicycles and before we meet for introductions and a welcome dinner.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Maison Rouge

Highlights: Canal de la Buche, Molsheim, Alsatian wine route, Obernai.

We pedal out of Strasbourg today via side streets, bike paths, and the peaceful Canal de la Bruche will lead us to one of the most importat WWI fortrification that had a key role to spare Alsace from destruction. We’ll then reach the heart of the Alsatian vineyards in Molsheim. From here the rest of our ride today is on a bicycle path along the famous Alsace Wine Route. You will have ample opportunities to do tastings at small family-run wineries, and we will visit one together in Obernai.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Le Colombier – Obernai

Highlights: Alsatian wine villages and vineyards, views of the Vosges Mountains

We’ll return to our hotel in Obernai tonight so spend the day following our recommended cycle route to Mont Sainte-Odile or wander around the town at your leisure. The ride takes you high into the Vosges Mountains with spectacular views. If you prefer to enjoy a day off the bike, Obernai has a beautifully preserved medieval city center that dates back to the Renaissance and plenty of sites to visit. This evening we will enjoy a special wine tasting at a local producer’s.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Le Colombier – Obernai

Highlights: Wine villages of Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and the Castle of Haut-Koenigsburg

We dive into in the heart of Alsace today, exploring its festive villages in the midst of vineyards, Renaissance house facades, expansive views across the Rhine River Valley, and the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Take some time to visit the castle and then explore any number of the sixteen villages (Bergheim is probably the best preserved) of the local consortium on the way to our hotel in the center of Riquewihr. Take note of the different charms of these villages with populations ranging from 400 people to 5,000 in the town of Ribeauvillé.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Le Schoenenbourg

Highlights: The festive villages of the Alsace Wine Road

We are in the same hotel again tonight so you can choose your ride again today. We’ll mark a beautiful route going up into the mountains with spectacular views around Labaroche. The ride takes us to the Col du Linge where you can visit the memorial of this World War I battlefield, testimony to the “war of the trenches”. An exhilarating downhill takes us through Orbey and back to Riquewihr.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Le Schoenenbourg

Highlights: Gorgeous Munster Valley, La Maison du Fromage

Perhaps the best known town on your route today is Munster, founded by evangelizing Irish monks in the 7th century A.D. Here the monks used their cheesemaking skills to create one of the most famous cheeses in France, Munster cheese. We’ll stop at the Maison du Fromage and learn how this distinctive cheese is made. Plan on a lunch stop here or continue on to Colmar to explore the canals, museums, and great shopping. Colmar has been a famous market and wine center since the 13th century.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Le Colombier – Colmar

Highlights: Alsatian wine villages and vineyards, views of the Vosges mountains

We’ll return to our hotel in Obernai tonight so spend the day following our recommended cycle route to Mont Sainte-Odile or wander around the town at your leisure. The ride takes you high into the Vosges Mountains with spectacular views. If you prefer to enjoy a day off the bike, Obernai has a beautifully preserved medieval city center that dates back to the Renaissance and plenty of sites to visit. This evening we will enjoy a special wine tasting at a local producer’s.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Le Colombier – Obernai

Highlights: Enjoy the city

Our tour ends after breakfast today enjoy the rest of your travels around Europe or have a safe trip home!

Meals : Breakfast

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