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Enjoy cycling along pretty lanes that meander through one vineyard after another, stopping off in historic towns bursting with colour and history, dotted all the way along the famous Alsace wine route. With spectacular scenery throughout, grapes dripping off the vines wherever you pedal, it’s easy to work up an appetite for the region’s distinctive cuisine - and a thirst for its world-famous wines. Fortunately, there are plenty of superb restaurants and rustic wine bars en route, so your cycling effort will be rewarded by the region's sublime gastronomic scene.
Arrive at Strasbourg or Basel. Transfer to your base hotel in the centre of Strasbourg and explore this vibrant medieval city. Distinctly French and German all at once, one minute you’ll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys and marveling at its Gothic Cathedral; the next you’ll be enjoying a glass of wine in a typical Alsatian tavern in Petite France. Then before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant, you will meet your local representative for your bike fitting and orientation.
Saverne: 30 miles (48km). After breakfast, your first cycle of the holiday will take you along a flat bike path out of Strasbourg to the medieval town of Saverne, following the Canal of the Rhine which leads to the Rhone. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities to stop off for a coffee or a delicious tarte flambee in one of the typical Alsatian villages before reaching Saverne nestled up by vine covered hills. Enjoy a stroll around the town to see the half-timbered houses and the Castle of Rohan before taking the train (included) back to Strasbourg.
Strasbourg to Obernai: 26 miles (41km). Today’s route follows ‘La Bruche’ canal cycle path, formally used to transport wine to the regional capital. On the way, we suggest a stop in Mulheim, one of the larger towns on the wine route and also home to the Bugatti museum. Then it’s on to lovely Rosheim with its splendid 12th century Romanesque church before arriving in Obernai home to ancient timbered buildings, a lovely cobbled market square and houses bursting with flowers.
Mont Saint-Odile or Rest Day: 26 miles (41km). Today you may choose to relax in Obernai or if you prefer we have a wonderful round-trip cycle route into the beginning of the Vosges Mountains, to the Pilgrimage site of Mont Saint-Odile, the patron of the Alsace. The ascent is well worth the effort for the extraordinary panoramic views of the Alsatian plains before a ride back to Obernai for a well-earned dinner of Choucroute Garnie!
Obernai to Ribeauville: 26 miles (42km). Pedalling your way along the Route de Vins through more glorious vineyards, with the Vosges mountains and hilltop castles in view, there are plenty of opportunities to stop off to taste some delicious local wines. A lunch stop in Dambach or Bergheim is highly recommended en route to Ribeauville with its beautiful half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th Centuries and charming shops and restaurants.
Ribeauville to Colmar: 20 miles (32km). Revered vineyards and enchanting medieval villages, including the gorgeous Riquewihr, Turkheim and Equisheim are on the route today, situated at the foot of the Vosges mountains. The route then heads towards Colmar, one of the most beautiful towns on the wine route. Bold hues are splashed across the magnificent half-timbered houses that line the streets and canals. History is rampant, with museums, churches and medieval buildings liberally scattered throughout the town. And the choice of food and wine is to die for.
Breisach or Rest Day: 32 miles (50km). Colmar is a superb place to explore on foot or take to your bike and enjoy the ride east of Colmar through small farming villages and across the border to Germany. On the way you will pass through the Vauban designed fortified town of Neuf-Breisach, now a UNESCO World Heritage site before crossing the River Rhine to the German town of Breisach for a spot of lunch. The return ride the takes you back to Colmar along another lovely bike path along a canal.
Enjoy your last petit dejeuner before we say “Au Revoir.”
A fine selection of options to choose from
The hotel is a 16th Century traditional Alsatian building situated in the heart of Obernai. Each room is individually decorated and they surround a central courtyard.
The hotel was once a winery and a 17th Century building decorated in a warm Alsatian style. There is access to a sauna, hammam and hot tub.
Located in the centre of Strasbourg, only a short walk to the sights, this laid-back theme has 34 rooms each decorated in a rose theme.
This charming hotel is situated at the entrance to Colmar’s old town and has warm contemporary rooms in a traditional Alsatian building.
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Adult Price|
|April to September||7||£1585|
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Adult Price|
|April to September||7||£1365|
Please note that the prices with travel included include a train transfer from Colmar to Strasbourg centre. Private transfers are available on request.
Single Supplement: £36 per night
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