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Cycling tour in Alsace

Bike tour to discover Alsace from North to South
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme countryside, wineries
760€

Information : Cycling tour in Alsace

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Presentation

Along carefully selected cycle tracks and little roads, make your way over the vineyards of Alsace, across the broad cereal-crop plain, or again through the forests of the Vosges hills. At each stage you see charming little villages with cobbled streets, dotted with lovely colourful half-timbered houses. You also stay in towns steeped in history, such as Strasbourg, Sélestat, Colmar and Mulhouse. And with plenty of opportunities to stop off in wine cellars and breweries where you get a true taste of what this region has to offer... At day's end you can sit round a table, enjoy tasty local dishes and talk over your adventures with family or friends.

You'll love

  • cycling through those so-typical villages
  • the wide variety of scenery
  • advice on feeding mind and body!
  • the visit to the Ecomusée (fab!)
  • the welcome you get from warm-hearted Alsatians

Program : Cycling tour in Alsace

  • D1 Arrival in Strasbourg

    Arrival late afternoon in the Alsatian capital. You might like to enjoy visiting the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame with its fascinating astronomical clock, or the various parks and museums.

    You eat out.
    Night in 3 star hotel with bed and breakfast, in the heart of the town.

  • D2 Ride from Strasbourg to Obernai

    41.5 km stage. Total uphill 140 metres. Level 1/5. Approximate time 4hrs00.
    First you cycle through the historical heart of the old city of Strasbourg with its typically Alsatian architectural style. Gradually, you will go away from the city and you will drive along the canal to come closer to the Vosges Mountain.You will go through beautiful traditional villages by the cycle path to join Obernai.
    Obernai, a partly fortified town, is your stopover point for the night. Birthplace of the patron saint of Alsace, Saint Odile, it's a superb town to visit, all monuments and half-timbered houses!

    You eat out.
    Then room and breakfast in a characteristic 2 star Alsace hotel.

  • D3 From Obernai to Sélestat

    30km stage. Total uphill 321m. Level 2/5. About 3hrs 30.
    When you leave Obernai you soon return to the vineyards and follow a succession of tracks and narrow country roads through a series of typical small villages.
    We do recommend you to take a 2km detour to get to the village of Saint-Pierre, so you may visit the brewery of the same name. Do try the local beverage (in moderation!) before you continue along the route towards Sélestat.

    Dinner and night in charming guest house.

  • D4 From Sélestat to Colmar

    40km stage. Total uphill 419m. Level 3/5. Around 4hrs.
    Today you pass from North to South Alsace along narrow winding roads through vineyards and meadows. There are several chateaux lining the way: built up on the heights of the Vosges Range, those of Kientzheim, Haut-Koenigsbourg and others dominate the valley.
    Enter Colmar at a leisurely pace to appreciate the unique architecture of this emblematic town.

    You eat out - plenty of choice..
    Bed and breakfast in 3 star hotel in the heart of the town.

  • D5 Around Colmar

    (1) Longer option.
    40.2 km stage with total uphill 665m. Level 3/5, around 4hrs.
    This stage takes you up above the vienyards along the winding roads of the Vosges Range. The coolness of the air in the shade of the trees will be welcome after your efforts. Not to speak of the lovely views over the plain of Alsace.
    (2) Shorter option.
    24km stage with total uphill 207m. Level 2/5. About 3hrs.
    Through the vineyards and the colourful villages whose balconies are typically decked with flowers. You cycle along nice little-frequented country roads and have the time to saunter whilst taking in the sights!

    You eat out.
    Bed and breakfast in 3 star hotel in the heart of the town.

  • D6 From Colmar to the Ecomuseum at Ungersheim

    58 km stage. Total uphill 546 metres. Level 3/5. Around 5 hours.
    A ride that brings you the rich heritage and gastronomy of South Alsace. And what a great little journey! From the "Little Venice" (so-named due to the houses lining the banks of the river Lauch that flows through Colmar) to the slopes of the vineyards of Equisheim (castle), passing through Gueberschihr (historic monuments) and not forgetting to taste (in moderation) the grand cru of Goldert (Gewurztraminer). After that, you pedal through Rouffach with its infamous 'Witches' Tower', before coming to Guebwiller (textile mills - spinning, weaving and washing). Refreshment may be had at the Cave du Vieil Armand (wine shop) of which you may like to visit the museum of winemaking . Finally, cycling along quiet little roads you come to the wonderful Ecomusée d'Alsace.

    Dinner and night in a traditional Alsatian house in the Ecomuseum.

  • D7 From Ungersheim Ecomuseum to Mulhouse

    29km stage with total uphill 71 m. Level 2/5. About 3hrs.
    The holiday ends with a short stage over the fields along small dedicated tracks. This is so that you can enjoy visiting the Ecomusée in the morning, and go on to a pleasant evening in the streets of Mulhouse.

    All along the way you can't fail to notice the former mineworks which were once the major industry of this region.

    You eat out.
    Bed and breakfast in 2 star hotel.

  • D8 Departure from Mulhouse

    In the morning you get the train back to Strasbourg to pick up your vehicle.
    The end of a memorable trek along the roads of Alsace.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 755 €
Junior (12-17) : 755 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult : 795 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  795 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

1015 €

Solo traveller

1135 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 720 €
Junior (12-17) : 720 €
Baby (0-1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult :  760 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 760 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

980 €

Solo traveller

1100 €

What's included?

  • 5 nights with breakfast in 3 or 2 star hotels + 1night half-board in guest house + 1 night half-board at the Ecomuseum.
  • Entry to the Ecomusee d'Alsace.
  • Transfer back from Mulhouse to Strasbourg or Colmar.
  • Baggage transfers.
  • Roadbook and way-marked maps provided.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 160 €
    • Bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 250 €
  • Extra charge if you leave your bike in Mulhouse: €85 per reservation for 8 day hire.

What's not included ?

  • Parking for the duration of your holiday (€13 per day payable at car park).
  • Dinners on days 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Self-guided cycle holiday.
  • Daily stages between 28km and 54km, 3hrs to 5hrs cycling per day at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill: between 55metres and 546m.
  • Overall altitudes between140 metres and 787m.
  • Road types: cycle tracks, farm tracks (vines and arable), little country roads.
  • Bike recommended: country bike (broad tyres)

Organisation

These holiday rides are more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage from lodging to lodging, and a detailed roadbook will guide you all through your stay. We also provide logistical and technical support.

Accommodation (2 and 3 star hotels, guest houses) has been chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural quality.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Some of the stages are without an evening meal. ("You eat out...") There is a wide variety of eating places available.

Access

By car

Highway A35, A4, A351, A352

By air

Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport

By train

Gare TGV in Strasbourg (station): trains from Stuttgart, Zurich, Paris, Lille, Munich, Nantes, Rennes, Avignon, Bordeaux...

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