Ride your bike through the heart of Europe !

This bike tour is a mix of Europe at its best ! 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 away from the course of the Rhine.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the charming cities of Basel, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Colmar and Strasbourg
  • Stroll along the sumptuous and promising Alsace Wine Route, Black Forest Panoramic Route and the Baden Wine Route 

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Map

Rhine River

Black Forest

Alsace

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Basel, cultural capital of Switzerland !

We meet you to Basel-Mulhouse airport 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.

Night in Basel, Switzerland

Meal included: Dinner

Day 2

Green hills and forests of the Baselbiet

 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.

Route 1: 58 km / 820 m D+

Route 2: 68 km / 970 m D+

Night in Basel, Switzerland

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3

Along the Baden Wine Route

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.

Route 1: 57 km / 650 m D+

Route 2: 75 km / 850 m D+

Night in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4

The Black Forest Panoramic Route

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.

Route 1: 36 km / 440 m D+

Route 2: 64 km / 1520 m D+

Route 3: 105 km / 1900 m D+

Night in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5

Reaching Alsace through the Kaiserstuhl vineyards

The Kaiserstuhl, a small volcanic massif (557 m), 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.

Route 1: 48 km / 400 m D+

Route 2: 74 km / 500 m D+

Night in Colmar, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 6

Rest day in Colmar

Whether you visit the 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.

Night in Colmar, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 7

The Alsace Wine Route – Part 1 & its beautifull villages

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.

Route 1: 30 km / 500 m D+

Route 2: 48 km / 920 m D+

Night in Ribeauvillé, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 8

Up to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

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. 

From the top of its bastion, one transforms into a contemplative dreamer moved by the mosaic of vineyards, and passing through the rooms, towers, footbridges, courtyards and narrow spiral staircases, one remembers the castles that one drew at school.

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… In short, you have understood,  that the hotel being not very far away is quite fortunate !

Route 1: 35 km / 780 m D+

Route 2: 54 km / 1200 m D+

Night in Ribeauvillé, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9

The Alsace Wine Route – Part 2 & Mont Saint Odile

For this last ride, we can go straight to Strasbourg along the second part of the Alsace Wine Route and through Obernai, an essential stop on the wine route thanks to its particular charm that emanates from its medieval and Renaissance centre.
But we can also detour and encounter in the middle of the forest, the holiness of Mont Saint Odile that inspires believers. The pink sandstone cliffs serve as a pedestal for a convent composed of a convent church, four chapels and a terrace from which a large part of Alsace can be discovered. The famous pagan wall is a colossal work of art with a mysterious origin.

Route 1: 58 km / 850 m D+

Route 2: 79 km / 450 m D+

Route 3: 94 km / 1000 m D+

Night in Strasbourg, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

 

 

Day 10

Free day in Strasbourg, Alsatian and European Capital

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.

Night in Strasbourg, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Dinner

 

 

Day 11

“It’s because it all has to end that everything is so beautiful”

Iit is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. This morning we will drive you to Strasbourg TGV or to Basel-Mulhouse airport to close this colourful bike trip along the Rhine River, through the Black Forest and  in Alsace ! 

Meals included: Breakfast