Tour de France, Alsace Wine Route and Vosges Crest Route

Fan of the Tour de France? Fan of famous vineyards? Fan of charming villages and scenic roads? Let us take you to one of the most beautiful regions in Europe on the occasion of the Tour de France’s visit to Alsace next July!

Colmar, Riquewihr, La Planche des Belles Filles, Haut-Koenigsbourg, Kayersberg, Belfort, le Col du Grand Ballon… Based in the heart of the Alsace vineyard, you will be ideally located to explore the most beautiful roads and villages in this region of character. On top of that, the program promises to be truly exceptional with no less than 3 stages of the Tour de France that we invite you to experience with us for a stay that smells like Riesling!

 

Highlights

  • Stay in a 4-star hotel on the heights of Ribeauvillé, with a view over the vineyards of Alsace

  • Ride on the final of the 5th stage of the 2019 Tour de France which takes the panoramic Alsatian wine route

  • Climb the slopes at 20% of La Planche des Belles Filles and experience the first mountain stage of the 2019 Tour de France in the heart of the Vosges

  • Attend the start of the 7th stage in Belfort

  • Get on your bike for a ride on the Crest and Balloon Route of the Vosges

  • Take the time to taste and appreciate the finesse and elegance of Alsatian wines: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer…

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Tour de France 2019

Alsace & Vosges

Itinerary

Day 1

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Welcome to Alsace 

We welcome you to Basel-Mulhouse airport before taking you to our hotel, a green jewel in the heart of Alsace’s vineyards on the heights of Ribauvillé. It is from this base camp that we will travel around every day during this week with a highly attractive program!

We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes and discover Riquewihr, ranked among the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. This magnificent village has for centuries combined the quality of its architecture with that of its world-renowned wines, hence its name “Pearl of the Alsatian vineyard”. 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.

We will however keep a close eye on the final stage of the 4th stage of the Tour which ends today in Nancy!

Hotel: Le Clos Saint Vincent, 4*, Ribeauvillé

Meals included: Lunch – Diner

Day 2

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Enjoy the Tour on the Alsace Wine Route

A few hours before the peloton passes, we are now setting our wheels in the setting of the Alsace Wine Route, which is the most famous gastronomic route in France! Here, the slopes, even the steepest, but well exposed, host 80% of the vineyard. 

The 5th stage of the Tour ends today in Colmar: its traditional houses, canals and flowers make it an idyllic Alsace condensate. In the morning, we will go through the tortuous final of this stage from our hotel. From an ambiance and landscape point of view, it will undoubtedly be one of the most beautiful stages of the 2019 Tour de France ! Not to be missed under any circumstances.

Route: 26 km / D+ 350 m ou 55 km / D+ 1100m

Hotel: Le Clos Saint Vincent, 4*, Ribeauvillé

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Diner

Day 3

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Aiming for the Beautiful Girls

We leave early this morning to get closer to the Planche des Belles Filles (1st category). A folk etymology, in contrast, holds that the mountain took its name from the time of the Thirty Years’ War. According to legend, young women from Plancher-les-Mines fled into the mountains to escape Swedish mercenaries as they feared being raped and massacred. Rather than surrender, they decided to commit suicide and jumped into a lake far below. One of the soldiers then took a board on which, with his dagger, he engraved an epitaph for the “beautiful girls”

For us, the objective is simple: climb the 20% slopes that lead to this resort of the Vosges and vibrate during the final explanation between the favourites for the general classification.

Theatre of the first finish at the top of this 2019 Tour, the ascent of the Planche des Belles Filles has become in just a few years an essential event of the competition. During the first appearance here in 2012, Chris Froome won. Vincenzo Nibali raised his arms two years later before his compatriot Fabio Aru did the same in 2017. For 2019, we are counting on Thibaut Pinot, one of the most active French riders in recent years, and a favourite of the Vosges public because he is competing here on his training roads. Come on, Thibaut!

Route: 27 km / D+ 1000 m or 41 km / D+ 1150 m

Hotel: Le Clos Saint Vincent, 4*, Ribeauvillé

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Tour de France’ stage Departure in Belfort & Vosges Crest & Balloon Route

We are in Belfort this morning to attend the start of the 7th stage, the longest of the 2019 Tour (230 km). It is at the start of the stages that the riders have the most time to give to the public: at the foot of the team buses, you have plenty of time to admire the equipment and even to exchange a few words, take a picture or ask your favourite rider for an autograph.

As the peloton heads towards Burgundy, we head for the Route des Crêtes for an epic south-north crossing of the Massif des Vosges from Thann to the Col du Bonhomme. Created during the Great War, this road offers us a breathtaking panorama. From the Col du Grand Ballon (1343 m altitude and 16 km at 6%), the highest and hardest pass in the massif, used the day before by the Tour, we have a splendid view over the Vosges, the Black Forest and on clear days over the Jura mountains and even the Alps. This is the kingdom of wide open spaces.

Route: 70 km / D+ 1600 m or 108 km / D+ 2200m

Hotel: Le Clos Saint Vincent, 4*, Ribeauvillé

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

From the Alsatian Wine Route to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

No Tour de France for us today but a final challenge awaits us 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: 39 km / D+ 800m

Hotel: Le Clos Saint Vincent, 4*, Brussels

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Goodbye Alsace! A Black Forest for dessert?

Unless you want to continue your adventure to Strasbourg or Basel via the Black Forest or even in the Alps for the grand finale of the Tour de France with Veymont, it is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. This morning we will take you back to Basel-Mulhouse airport to close this colourful bike trip on the Tour de France, Alsace Wine & Vosges Routes ! 

Meals included: Breakfast