Biking the Rhine VALLEY ACROSS SWITZERLAND, Germany & France 

This Rhine Valley bike tour is a mix of Europe at its best as you will ride three of the most beautiful countries in Europe: Switzerland, Germany and France. Whether it is in Basel, on the way to the Black Forest or in Alsace, come and feel the opulence of its flowery villages, the influence of its big cities, the splendor of its landscapes, the richness of its gastronomy and finally … by the diversity of its grape varieties! You will undoubtedly have the choice between history, culture, nature and leisure without ever going far away from the course of the Rhine.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beautiful cities of Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar and Strasbourg
  • Alsace Wine Route
  • Black Forest Panoramic Route
  • Baden Wine Route
  • Alsace Wine Tasting
  • Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

 

Dates 2020

PRICE/PERSON IN
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
(2 persons per room)

PRICE/PERSON IN
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
(1 person per room)

July 26 – 4 August

from 4290€

from 5010€

PriCE / person

from 4290€

BIKe itinerary

Welcome to THE RHINE VALLEY

We meet you to Basel-Mulhouse airport at 2 pm before taking you to our hotel in the center of Basel. We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes and talk about the tour and explore Basel, the third largest city in Switzerland by its population. This place is a city in full cultural turmoil. Its forty museums, its university, the oldest in Switzerland, and its taste for design and contemporary art in a trendy city, dynamic, but also aware of the wealth of its heritage and standing.

Loop around Basel 

This getaway full of surprises around Basel follows empty back roads of the Baselbiet area. The change of scenery is on the agenda of this tour.

You will start through the old town along the Rhine. Then the path rises through green hills and forests, In Liestal, the capital of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft, a visit to the lively historic old town is a must. This ride is particularly interesting in May when the many open-wind trees are in bloom.

BASEL TO FREIBURG IM BREISGAU

Our cycling trip leads us today through the Markgraferland, nicknamed the Tuscany of Germany for its mild and sunny climat, and part of the Baden Wine Route. It runs through a welcoming, hilled landscape composed mainly of meadows, orchards and vineyards.

Later on we reach Freiburg-im-Breisgau, which exudes a unique sweetness of life, at the foot of the Black Forest hills, with its village tunes with cobbled streets in the old center. Capital of ecology, a pioneer in solar energy and energy-saving architecture, the city seems at the same time full of future.

FREIBURG TO TITISEE (via BLACK FOREST)

The Black Forest Panoramic Route is a mountain road that runs mainly along the green peaks of the Black Forest. From the beginning, you will have to conquer the curves that follow each other up to the Kandelpass (1242 m with a breathtaking view at the top). This itinerary includes many views of the Black Forest valleys, which we will discover from one detour to another. After all, it is not always a question of getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible: you have to get there in the best possible way! You will finish your ride at Titisee, the largest natural lake in the Black Forest unless you want to ride back to Freiburg.

Freiburg to COlmar 

The Kaiserstuhl, a small volcanic massif, called “throne of the emperor” is famous for its sunshine. As a result, it has become a land of choice for fruit trees and vines. Award-winning viniculture is the dominant characteristic of this region. With picturesque wine villages, quaint little towns and breathtaking panorama, today’s route is a real hidden cycling treasure.

Day OFF in Colmar

Whether you visit Colmar on foot or by boat on the canals of “Little Venice”, its fountains, its half-timbered houses, its geraniums balconies say everything about its membership of Alsace … But Colmar can not be summed up to its postcard décor. Cultural hub and Gastronomic step, it is also a good starting point towards the wine route.

Optional ride possible.

Colmar TO Ribeauvillé (VIA Riquewihr)

Today we enter the heart of the Alsace Wine Route. You will sail in an ocean of vineyards and through some of the most beautiful villages of France: Eiguisheim, Kayersberg, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé. These magnificent villages have for centuries combined the quality of their architecture with that of their world-renowned wines. Riquewihr, one of Alsace’s most popular places to visit, is an “open-air museum” that has managed to preserve its authenticity, behind its surrounding walls that only vines now besiege.

Tonight and tomorrow we spend the night in Ribeauvillé, ideally located to explore the most beautiful roads and villages in this region of character.

LOOP AROUND Ribeauvillé (VIA HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG)

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 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 Alsatian wines: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer… 

RIBEAUVILLé to Strasbourg (VIA Obernai)

For this last ride, we bike to Strasbourg along the Alsace Wine Route and through Obernai, an essential stop. We can also detour and encounter in the middle of the forest the holiness of Mont Saint Odile.

Seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Strasbourg is one of the two European “capitals”. An avant-garde city since the Middle Ages, it has succeeded in aesthetics and environmental protection, thanks to the choice of trams and bicycle paths, and has maintained a human size around its cathedral Gothic and its old quarter La Petite France.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Basel-Mulhouse Airport after breakfast to end this Rhine Valley bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay with Veymont Travel.

WHAT
THEY
SAID

WHAT THEY SAID

ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

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

Basel – 2 nights

The Passage 4*

The Passage,in downtown Basel, is a boundary between the old town and the new city. The Passage creates a bridge between epochs.

Freiburg Im Breisgau – 2 nights

The Alex Hotel 4*

Privately run, individual, small & luxurious. Adjoining Freiburg’s old town, and thanks to its location in a side street, The Alex Hotel in Freiburg is ideally situated for quiet nights.

Colmar – 2 nights

James Boutique Hotel 4*

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.

Ribeauvillé – 2 nightS

Le Clos Saint Vincent 4*

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.

Strasbourg – 1 night

Les Haras 4*

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”.

equipment / bikes

Included

Hybrid Bike

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

Supplement + 50 €

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

Supplement + 90 €

Hybrid E-bikeTrek Dual Sport + or equivalentSize: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)Tyres: 700x38c

Supplement + 175 €

Road E-bikePinarello Nytro or equivalentSize: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

Supplement + 250 €

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

Supplement + 930 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk CompactPinarello F12Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5Crank: 50-34Cassette: 11-32

Equipment / dEtails

You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
Equipment provided with the rental of an Hybrid Bike
  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet

Equipment Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 2 rear panniers

WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

Included
Not Included

Accomodation

  • 9 nights in 4* hotels in double occupancy

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Snacks and refreshments

Equipment

  • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)

Guiding

  • Certified and experienced guides
  • 1 cycling guide
  • 1 driving guide

Activities

  • 7 road/hybrid bike rides
  • Alsace wine tasting
  • Visit of Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg

Support & Transfer

  • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
  • Transfer of people
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Transfer of bikes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
Non Inclus
  • Travel and repatriation insurance
  • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
  • Accomodation before and after the stay
  • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
  • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
  • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants