Self-guided Cycling

Web code FR158

France / Alsace

The wine road

This tour will take you to the heart of Alsace, where you will be cycling among quiet villages surrounded by vineyards and beautiful towns rich in art and history. You will fall in love with the traditional food, the scented wines and people’s warm welcome.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Individual arrival in Strasbourg 

    Strasbourg is a city at Europe’s crossroad because of its strategical position, featuring a modern and cosmopolitan city centre next to which sits a listed downtown, with its impressive gothic cathedreal an its typical Tudor style buildings. Don’t miss the Petite France, the Palais Rohan and the European parliament. 

     

     2. Strasbourg – Sélestat and/or surroundings  (25/35/55 km)

    Leave Europe’s capital behind as you follow Rhine’s canal, which will lead you on a bike trail at the heart of the Ried, a floodplain featuring a rich vegetation and diverse fauna perfectly adapted to life in between the rivers. 

    Your day will end in Sélestat, displaying Tudor style houses and colourful shops.

     

    3. Sélestat and/or surroundings – Colmar (40/60/70 km)

    The wine road will lead you amomg cute cottages in typical  Alsacian style, vineyards and medieval towns. Cycling across the Reid area  you will arrive in Colmar, Alsacian wines capital.  

     

    4. Colmar – Guebwiller (35 km)

    Your morning will be dedicated to the  Unterlinden museum, a remarkable collection of artifacts ranging from Prehistory to modern times. From here you will cycle to the Grand Ballon’s top, the tallest among the Vosges mountains. It is not a long stretch so you can decide to either relax at the Marseillaise natural park, visit the romanic style church of Saint-Léger or maybe go for a walk on the Route des Crêtes.

     

    5. Guebwiller – Riquewihr and/or surroundings (50 km)

    The tradional Alsacian towns Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr nestled at the foot of the hills make the fame of the Grand Crus. Our advice is that you take a stroll in Riquewihr, surrounded by walls since the 16th century. This whole area revolves around  the production of refined wines. 

     

    6. Riquewihr and/or surroundings – Obernai (50 km)

    Follow the wine road across the Ribeauvillé villages and their castles. Explore Bergheim and  

    Andlau, peeping out of lush vineyards. Visit the 12th century cathdreal of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul featuring a gorgeous medieval engraved portal. The highlight of the day is Obernai,  the Alsacian pearl. 

     

    7. Obernai – Strasbourg (40 km)

    Padalling on cycling trails and country roads you will reach Rosheim. The Maison Romane, also called the Pagan House, an ancient medieval building dating back a thousand years, is among the highlights.   Continue towards Avolsheim and from here you will start following the Bruche canal leading you back to the European capital: Strasbourg. End of tour.

     

    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.

     

     

  • Route profile

     The itinerary unwinds mostly on cycling trails, paved country roads and low traffic roads. The first part of the tour will be on cycling trails and it will start varying from the fourth day when there will be a few ups and downs. The last stretch leaving Obernai will be uphill but the road will then go flat again by the canal. If you find the road too steep you can always walk and push the bike along. Therefore, we suggest that the cycletourist is a bit trained for this tour.

     
  • How to get there

    You will find the name of the hotel on your final tour details, which will be emailed to you a few days before departure. 

     

    The closest airports are Strasbourg, Basel and Baden-Baden.

    Ask us for a free airfare quote upon booking. 

     

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    The tour includes:

    • 6 overnights in a 3 star hotel for the A cat.
    • 2/3 star pensions/hotels dor the B cat. 
    • breakfast

     

    It is possible to book dinners on the side (drinks will not be included). They are ususally 3 course fixed meals or buffet meals.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

     

    Your bikes will be either:

     

    • KTM 21 gear (Shimano or Nexus) pedal break touring bikes
    • KTM 7 gear (Shimano or Nexus) pedal break touring bikes 
    • ebikes are available but need to be reserved ahead of time

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 one-sided saddlebag per bike
    • 1 lock per bike
    • 1 front bar bag per cabin
    • 1 repair kit and a pump per cabin

     

    In France bike helmets are mandatory for children under 12. However, we advise you wear one during the bike tours. 

     

     

  • Accompanying material

     

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    • Tour Notes
    • Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.

     

    Tour maps will be delivered on site.

     

  • By your side

    One of our representatives will be welcoming you on the first day of the tour, except on Sundays and public holidays, and will deliver the bicycles and give you the last suggestions before the beginning of the tour. 

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
     
  • 1 Client reviews
    • Monica

      Departure 08-14 August 2018

      Online from 23 August 2018

      Sconsigliamo la mezza pensione, comoda da un lato ma in alcuni posti abbiamo veramente mangiato male.

      giroliberoGirolibero risponde

      Grazie del feedback Monica! Sono i pro e contro della mezza pensione: è comoda dopo una bella pedalata, ma i menu sono poco flessibili. Controlleremo volentieri con gli hotel!

Tour details

 

from 580 €

hotel 3* cat A

Tour type
individual tour
 
Price per person

790 € hotel 3*,4*, 5* Deluxe

680 € hotel 3* cat A

580 € hotel 2/3* cat.B


Departures

Every day from 6.04 al 5.10.19

 

 
Included

  • 6 overnight stays B&B
  • luggage transport
  • GPS tracks
  • accompanying material
  • hotline service

 

Not included

  • transport to and from starting point
  • tourist tax
  • GPS 
  • speedometer and helmet
  • fees to enter local attractions

 

Supplements

440/280/220 € single room Deluxe/A/B

290/185/165 € half board cat. A/cat.B (drinks not included )

40 € mid season (from 27.04 to 24.05 and  from 31.08 to 27.09.19)

70 € high season (dal 25.05 al 30.08.19)

 

85 € rental bike

190 € E bike 

 

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

75/115 € hotel 3* Strasbourg

85/120 € hotel 4* Strasbourg (Deluxe)

 

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