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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.
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Day 1 | 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.
Day 2 | Round trip to Saverne | Distance 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.
Day 3 | Cycle Strasbourg to Obernai | Distance 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.
Day 4 | Cycle Obernai to Dieffenthal | Distance 15 miles (25km)
Continuing south along the Rhine valley, todays ride takes you through swathes of pristine vineyards and the picturesque towns of Barr and Andlau, nestled at the foot of the Vosges. With a relatively short distance to ride, you will have ample time to explore and get under the skin of this intriguing part of Europe. Your destination is Dieffenthal, a sleepy, peaceful village on the wine route.
Day 5 | Cycle Dieffenthal to Ribeauville | Distance 13 miles (20km)
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 Saint-Hippolite 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.
Day 6 | Cycle Ribeauville to Kientzheim | Distance 15 miles (25km)
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 Kientzheim, a charming small town of cobbled streets and half timber houses. A visit to the wine museum here is highly recommended.
Day 7 | Cycle Kientzheim to Colmar | Distance 17 miles (28km)
An easy ride, mostly on a slight downhill, takes you into Colmar a city bursting at the seems with character. It's centre is criss-crossed by canals, lined with bold, colourful half timber houses. We recommend arriving here in time for lunch at a canalside bistro before a walk around the town in the afternoon. Colmar is known as the capital of Alsatian wines, so an evening tasting here is the perfect way to end your tour.
Day 8 | Departure
Enjoy your last petit dejeuner before we say “au revoir.”
Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.
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.
Tour Only Prices
|2019 Departure Dates||Nights||Adult Price|
|April to September||7||£1565|
Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)
|2019 Departure Dates||Nights||Adult Price|
|April to September||7||£1815|
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
Ebike: £20 per day
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