Alsace and The Rhine Valley

8 Day Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Basel. Transfer to our base hotel in Basel and explore this fantastic, colourful Swiss city set on the edge of the Rhine river. There's plenty going on here, with lots of museums, art exhibits and an endearing old town to explore.

Day 2

Basel to Müllheim: 26 miles (42km). After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. Your
route then begins following the much-loved Rhine cycle path across the border to Germany. Imagine idyllic, flat riding with a lush green mountain backdrop. Your destination is the town of Müllheim, located between the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest. Surrounded by undulating hills covered in vines, this attractive town is ripe for wine-making - you're bound to taste some delightful tipples during your stopover.

Day 3

Müllheim to Freiburg: 21 miles (34km). Today the route continues into the Black Forest, beside beautiful wooded slopes and through lush vineyards, past the the spa town Bad Krozingen. This sun-filled dwelling is the perfect place to stop if you're after some true relaxation - the town's natural thermal springs have been attracting visitors for decades. From here, it's on to Freiburg. This cheerful university town is known as the jewel of the Black Forest, with its gabled town houses, cobblestone lanes and plazas full of lively cafés. Blessed with 2000 hours of sunshine a year, it's likely you'll find yourself catching a few rays as you rest your legs and enjoy an ice-cold glass of wine.

Day 4 

Freiburg to Colmar: 34 miles (55km). After a re-invigorating stay in Freiburg, you will cross over the Rhine to Neuf-Brisach, a 17th Century fortified town shaped like an eight-pointed star. It was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1697 to strengthen French defences and prevent the area from falling to the Habsburgs. Moving on from this unique little bit of history, you'll cycle to Colmar - one of the most beautiful towns on the French wine route, and known as the capital of the Alsace wine region. Wonderfully preserved, Colmar is a riot of colour, looking as if it has jumped out of a medieval book of fairy-tales. Cobblestone alleys weave through the town, half-timbered houses painted in bold chalk box colours line the streets and bridge-laced canals. History is rampant; museums, churches and medieval buildings are liberally scattered throughout the largely traffic-free town. As if that weren't enough to keep you happy, there are several Michelin starred restaurants and rustic wine bars to entice you in and fill you with extraordinarily good food and drink.

Day 5

Colmar to Riquewihr: 23 miles (38km). Today’s route to the gorgeous village of Riquewihr
takes you through yet more vine-coated hills, through some of the most famous wine-making
villages of the Alsace region, such as Eguisheim and Kaysersberg. Riquewihr itself lies at the foot of the Vosges mountains, and has been described as the most enchanting town on the Route des Vins. A true chocolate box cluster of twisting medieval lanes, hidden courtyards and half-timbered houses, this colourful town is the perfect place to sample the Alsatian Grand Crus and enjoy fabulous local cuisine.

Day 6

Riquewihr to Obernai: 31 miles (50km). From Riquewihr the cycle path heads to Obernai (we
suggest a visit to the 12th century Romanesque church at Rosheim along the way). Obernai’s cobbled market square is framed by ancient timbered buildings painted in vibrant colours in the typical Alsatian style. Narrow streets radiate from the square, lined with vine-draped buildings and houses bursting with flowers. A lovely, serene spot to spend your penultimate night.

Day 7 

Obernai to Strasbourg: 23 miles (37km). On the final day of cycling, you'll follow 'La Bruche' cycle path along a canal, formerly used to transport wine. Your final destination is the medieval city of Strasbourg. Distinctly French and German all at the same time, one minute you'll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys and marvelling at its Gothic Cathedral; the next you'll be enjoying a final glass of wine in a typical Alsatian tavern in Petite France. A glorious end to your journey through Alsace.

Day 8

We say “Au Revoir” before transferring you direct from Strasbourg to Basel by train, taxi or minibus.