Cycling 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 away from the course of the Rhine.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Basel & its countryside
  • Freiburg-im-Breisgau
  • Colmar
  • Strasbourg
  • Alsace Wine Route
  • Black Forest Panoramic Route
  • Baden Wine Route 
I BOOK NOW I WANT TO GO CUSTOM / PRIVATE

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

DAY 1 - Arrival in Basel, SWITZERLAND

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.

 

Night in : Basel, Switzerland

Meal included: Dinner

DAY 2 - Basel Loop

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 - BAsel - Freiburg im B.

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 - Black Forest Loop

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 - Freiburg im B. - COLMAR

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 - Day off 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.

 

Optional ride possible

Night in Colmar, France

Meals included:  Breakfast – Dinner

Day 7 - Colmar - Ribeauville

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 - Haut-Koenisgsbourg 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 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 - Ribeauville - Strasbourg

For this last ride, we cycle 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.

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.

Route 1: 58 km / 850 m D+

Route 2: 94 km / 1000 m D+

Night in Strasbourg, France

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 10 - 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 along the Rhine Valley and , unless you want to extend your cycling holidays and bike the Champagne & its WWI Battlefields with Veymont.

 

Meal included: Breakfast

Rhine Valley

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

 

Basel, Switzerland- 2 nights

The Passage – 4*

The Passage, a four-star hotel in downtown Basel, welcomes you. Come discover this modern, elegant, welcoming world.

It is the hotel’s location that gives it its name, for it stands upon Basel’s ancient fortifications, the boundary between the old town and the new city. The Passage creates a bridge between epochs, combining a unique interpretation of refined living in a designer environment.

 

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany – 2 nights

The Alex Hotel – 4*

Lean luxury for leisure guests. Privately run, individual, small & luxurious. Adjoining Freiburg’s old town, on foot only five minutes away, and thanks to its location in a side street, The Alex Hotel in Freiburg is ideally situated for quiet nights.

 

Colmar, France – 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. (a 2-minute walk from the historic centre).

 

 

Ribeauvillé, France – 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. 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.

 

Strasbourg, France – 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”. 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!

BIKES

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent

Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

Crank : 48-32

Cassette: 11-34

Tyres: 700x32c

 

 

Supplement + 90 €

Hybrid E-bike

Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

Tyres: 700x38c

 

 

Supplement + 50 €

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport

Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

Supplement + 175 €

Road E-bike

Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

 

 

Supplement + 250 €

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 + 930 €

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

 

 

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.

Included with a road 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

 

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
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy supplement

 

July 26 – 4 August, 2020

 

 

   from 4290€* 

 

 

 

+ 720 €

 

*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.

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