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A journey not just through France, but Switzerland and Germany too - this wine-drenched tour of the Alsace and Rhine Valley features stunning scenery all the way - from the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains to brightly coloured historic towns scattered along the famous Alsace wine route. And of course, fabulous cuisine and superb local wine will fuel you every pedal of the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We say “Au Revoir” before transferring you direct from Strasbourg to Basel by train, taxi or minibus.
A fine selection of options to choose from
The calm, quiet setting of the ALS Hotel is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of pedalling. We recommend making use of the bar and terrace to taste some samples of the local produce.
The old home of the Baron of Gail has been transformed into this beautiful hotel, tucked away on a quiet street close to the historic centre of Obernai. The building itself is an example of the traditional timber framed Alsatian architecture, but inside you will find artworks of a more contemporary style hanging alongside the exposed beams. Be sure to visit the Winstub for a chance to sample some exquisite local wines from the well-stocked cellar.
With a prime location in the centre of town, 200m from the centre historique, the Hotel de la Bourse makes a great base for exploring Mulhouse. The rooms are light, airy and beautifully decorated and the breakfast is fantastic.
Nestled in a perfect, central location in the charming town of Colmar, the Grand Hotel Bristol offers 4* standard rooms, a roof terrace with views of both the Vosges mountains and traditional town square and a range of spa facilities. There’s a gym too, but you may not need that after cycling here!
Located in the heart of the Alsatian wine territories, the Chambard is a stylish, contemporary themed hotel, with the added bonus of a Michelin starred restaurant, Winstub brasserie and spa facilities. All stops have been pulled out by the owners to guarantee you a unique experience.
Charming hotel in the centre of Strasbourg, located 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and 2 minutes’ walk from “la Petite-France”. You can feel the charm of the city centre of Strasbourg as soon as you enter the small courtyard of the Hotel. The hotel has an air of calm and peace about it, perfect for the start of your holiday.
In the heart of Basel, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars, Hotel Schweizerhof was completely renovated in 2009 and now offers stylish, modern rooms with beautiful walnut flooring. Having been owned by the same family for four generations (since 1896), you can expect exceptional service from staff who want you to feel at home.
Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||
|21st April - 27th April||7||£1195|
|28th April - 24th May||7||£1235|
|25th May - 31st August||7||£1269|
|1st September - 28th September||7||£1235|
Tour Only Prices
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||
|21st April - 28th April||7||£935|
|28th April - 24th May||7||£975|
|25th May - 31st August||7||£995|
|1st September - 28th September||7||£975|
Dates are subject to availability, please call for more information
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