BIKING THE ALSACE AND ITS WINE ROUTE

 

Biking in Alsace is a deep cultural experience. You ride your bicycle rom Strasbourg to Colmar, throughout a region that proudly reveals its medieval castles, Renaissance houses and the flowered alleys of its charming villages.

 

The Alsace Wine Route is the most famous wine route in France. Known for its remarkable itinerary, Alsace is a land of tradition and wine, offering a unique cycling adventure. It winds through sloping valleys along the foothills of the Vosges.

highlights :

  • Visit the charming cities of Strasbourg and Colmar and discover Obernai, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kayersberg, Eguisheim which are part of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Cycle along the sumptuous and picturesque Alsace Wine Route
  • Take a look up and visit Mont-Saint-Odile and the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
  • Take time to taste and appreciate the finesse and elegance of Alsatian wines: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer

Dates 2020

Price / Person*
Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy supplement

20 – 26 June

23 – 29 August

From € 3190*

From € 3190*

+ 480 €

+ 480 €

Price / Person

From € 3190*

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen

*Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

*If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

bike tour itinerary

ARRIVAL IN STRASBOURG

We will meet you at Basel-Mulhouse airport at 2 pm before taking you to your hotel in the centre of Strasbourg. We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes, discuss the stay and explore the city. As the seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Strasbourg is one of the two European “capitals”. A pioneering city since the Middle Ages, it has managed to preserve its former splendour, to protect its natural spaces, thanks to the choice of trams and cycle paths, and to preserve a human scale around its Gothic cathedral and its old quarter of La Petite France.

STRASBOURG – OBERNAI

The change of scenery is on the agenda of this bike ride From Strasbourg, we follow the Canal de la Buche before reaching the first vineyards which will lead us along pleasant cycle paths to Obernai. This village is an essential stopover on the Alsace Wine Route because of its particular charm, which emanates from its Medieval and Renaissance centre.

Did you know that Alsace is the most flowery region in France! The Alsace Wine Route includes countless villages enriched by the presence of traditional geraniums suspended from balconies. A postcard image, further accentuated by the warmth of the cobbled streets and fortified villages straight out of the Middle Ages.

OBERNAI – RIBEAUVILLE

For this second stage, we can bike directly to Ribeauvillé by following the vineyards that are becoming more and more present in the foothills of the Vosges as we progress. But we can also make a detour and discover in the middle of the forest, and at the cost of a beautiful effort, the holiness of the Mont Saint Odile, a source of inspiration for the devotees. The pink sandstone cliffs serve as a pedestal for a monastery, composed of a convent, four chapels and a terrace where we can discover a large part of Alsace. The famous pagan wall is a colossal work of art of mysterious origin.

Tonight and tomorrow we will spend the night in Ribeauvillé, ideally located in the heart of the vineyards.

HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG LOOP

This morning we tackle the slopes of the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg. This surprising stone vessel dominates the immense horizon from the top of its 750 m of altitude and made it possible to monitor all the roads crossing Alsace and Lorraine.

And to recover from our emotions, we stop at the Cave de Ribeauvillé. We take the time to taste and appreciate the finesse and elegance of Alsace wines: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer… In short, you have understood,that the hotel being not very far away is quite fortunate !

RIBEAUVILLE – COLMAR

Today, you will sail through an ocean of vineyards and through some of France’s most beautiful villages such as Kayersberg and Riquewihr. These magnificent villages have for centuries combined the finesse of their architecture with that of their world-famous wines. Riquewihr, one of the most appreciated places in Alsace, is an “open-air museum” that has managed to preserve its authenticity, behind its surrounding walls that only vines nowadays besiege.

EGUISHEIM LOOP

Whether you visit Colmar on foot or by boat on the canals of the “Little Venice”, its fountains, its half-timbered houses, its geranium balconies are as many testimonies of its belonging to Alsace… But Colmar is not just about its postcard decor. A cultural centre and a gastronomic stopover, it is also a good starting point for cycling to conquer Eguisheim and its “Three Castles”! Located on a hill overlooking the Colmar region, the ruins of the Three Castles are part of the symbols of Alsace. Their silhouettes standing out above the vineyard have become one of the most famous representations of the region. We will finish this loop with a stop in Eguisheim, a medieval village surrounded by vineyards and nestled in a green setting.

DEPARTURE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Basel-Mulhouse airport after breakfast to end this bike tour in Alsace, unless you want to extend your biking holidays and bike the Rhine Valley with Veymont,

accomodations / hotels

Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Strasbourg – 1 night

Les Haras – 4 stars

In an outstanding setting, in the heart of Strasbourg, on the banks of the “Petite France” historical district, rediscover the unique charm of “Les Haras”. A prestige hotel with a contemporary flair, in the stirling spirit of the original site, A magical and secret place, built in the middle of the 18th century, sheltered in the former National Stud Farm, classified as a historical monument since 1922. Welcome to a place of excellence!

Obernai – 1 night

Hotel du Parc – 4 stars

The 4-star hotel has a unique architecture, rich in half-timbering, oriels and sloping roofs, which make it a charming establishment typically Alsatian.
The establishment has two restaurants, two chic bars, two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), a gym and three terraces. The spa houses hammams, a light therapy sauna and an infrared cabin.

Ribeauvillé – 2 nights

Le Clos Saint Vincent – 4 stars

Located in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, you will have access to the Clos Saint-Vincent wellness centre, which includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. You can also take advantage of the fitness centre, massage service and, on request, spa treatments. A lounge and a garden are also at your disposal.

Colmar – 2 nights

James Boutique Hotel – 4 stars

The 4-star James Boutique Hotel is, above all, a refined and welcoming family establishment perfectly suited to the tranquillity and pleasure of each of its guests. (a 2-minute walk from the historic centre).

equipment / bikes

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent
Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)
Crank : 48-32Cassette: 11-34
Tyres: 700x32c

Supplement + 45 €

Hybrid E-bike
Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent
Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)
Tyres: 700x38c

Supplement + 30 €

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact
Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport
Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62
Crank : 50-34Cassette: 11-28

Supplement + 90 €

Road E-bike
Pinarello Nytro or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

Supplement + 160 €

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact
Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5- 62
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

Supplement + 550 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk Compact
Pinarello F12
Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

equipment / gears

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip.
Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Road bike rental equipment
Hybrid bike rental equipment
  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Equipment Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:Size S – M – L – XL

what’s included / what’s not included ?

Included
Not Included

Accomodations

  • 6 nights in 4* hotels

Food

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (picnic or menu of the day type)
  • 6 dinners
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride

Guides

  • Certified and experienced guides:
  • 1 guide on the bike
  • 1 guide who drives the support vehicle

Activities

  • 5 days of cycling on scenic roads
  • Entrance ticket to Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
  • Alsace Wine tasting

Assistance & Transfers

1 van support following the group and offering to guests:

  • Refreshments
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Luggage & Bike transfer
  • Mechanical assistance 
  • Lifts during the tour
  • Pick-up and drop-off from predetermined meeting points
Not Included
  • Airfare and transport to the place of departure and arrival of the stay
  • Accommodation before and after the stay Personal effects purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Meals not mentioned in the “Included Meal” section
  • Wine & Beverages at bars, hotels and restaurants Travel protection