|Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 1st, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 33 km (21 miles) to 55 km (33 miles)
Starts from and ends in Strasbourg (Strasbourg is serviced by train from Paris)
Closest major gateway is Basel-Mulhouse Airport, a short train ride from Strasbourg
Accommodation in 3- and 2-star properties (Option A) or in 3-star properties (Option A+)
From per person sharing a double room
Classic Alsace: Beautiful Villages Along the Wine Route — 7 nights/8 days
|Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg
Arrive in Strasbourg at the time of your choice. This multilingual city, home to the European Parliament, will no doubt seduce you with its charm, sincerity, and flavour. Your hotel is located in the Petite France district — the historic town centre surrounded by water — a perfect base for strolling through the narrow cobbled streets. With its 430-kilometer network of bicycle paths, Strasbourg is a city built for bikes, and respect for cyclists is not merely a slogan here — it’s a way of life!
|Day 2: Strasbourg — Sélestat area (55 km/33 miles, 220 meters/710 ft of climbing)
Following the “Rhone to Rhine Canal” on a traffic-free bikeway, you will leave Strasbourg behind and head toward Sélestat, an important arts and architecture hub in Alsace. The bikeway will take you all the way to Sand in the heart of the Alsatian Ried, referring to the humid area bordering the Rhône. Rich in fauna and flora, part of the Ried has been turned into a nature reserve. Depending on the hotel option you choose, you’ll lodge in Sélestat or one of the quaint villages nearby.
|Day 3: Sélestat area — Colmar (38 km/23 miles, 130 meters/425 ft of climbing)
Today’s ride takes you through some beautiful villages overflowing with distinctly Alsatian houses, whose trademark window boxes are filled with seasonal flowers. One of the many villages worth stopping in is Ebermunster, where you’ll discover a German-baroque church considered by many to be the best example of this style. Your destination is Colmar, one of the most well-known jewels of Alsace.
|Day 4: Colmar — Guebwiller (35 km/22 miles, 240 meters/780 ft of climbing)
Ride through the enchanted forest along the Ill River. The cycling path will carry you toward Guebwiller, in the foothills of the Vosges’ tallest mountain, “Le Grand Ballon.” If you arrive early, it’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch in a café or to buy picnic supplies, as the surrounding countryside is full of idyllic picnic spots. Late risers may wish to grab lunch in a small bakery along the route. Guebwiller is home to an open-air wine museum, so save some time in your schedule for a visit!
|Day 5: Guebwiller — Riquewihr (48 km/30 miles, 335 meters/1,110 ft of climbing)
Although today’s ride is short, we recommend an early start if you want to see it all! The pretty villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim, and Kaysersberg are on your way and all three are worth a stop. Lock your bike and walk around… you’re bound to find a terrace to linger in and what’s better than sipping a bit of Riesling while admiring the bountiful beauty all around?!
|Day 6: Rest day in Riquewihr
Of all the villages you’ll see on this ride, Riquewihr might just be your favourite! Riquewihr has been deemed so beautiful that it is “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France”, one of France’s prettiest villages. It is so sensational that you may actually wonder if it’s real, or if you've stepped on to a movie set! You’ll have the whole day to enjoy it, so you may wish to arrange a visit to a local vineyard — but you can also choose to kick back and relax at your hotel.
|Day 7: Riquewihr — Obernai or Barr (49 km/30 miles, 515 meters/1,685 ft of climbing)
The Wine Route will take you through even more beautiful villages today, including Hunawihr, Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Andlau, Barr, and Boesh, each more charming than the previous. Ride carefully, for you may be craning your neck to get a good view of everything. Your final destination is yet another Alsatian favorite, either Obernai or Barr, depending on availability.
|Day 8: Obernai or Barr — Strasbourg (37 km/23 miles, 235 meters/775 ft of climbing)
If you haven’t yet had time to do so, make sure you take a short walking tour though Obernai today. Circle its medieval walls and meander through the city to discover its remarkable sites such as the city hall, the Kapelturm (the belfry), and much, much more. Your ride from Obernai will take you to Strasbourg, your final destination and resting point. Although this is the end of your tour, you may choose to stay an extra night or two in Strasbourg, which we can arrange for you beforehand.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 780 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 3 nights in 3-star hotels of charm and 4 nights in 2-star hotels
Option A+: 7 nights in 3-star hotels of charm
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Please Note: Additional nights in Strasbourg can be arranged in a 3-star hotel at the rate of 65 euros per person based on double occupancy, or 110 euros in a single room; 5-star hotel arrangements can be made at the rate of 115 euros per person based on double occupancy, or 195 euros in a single room. All rates include breakfast. Additional nights anywhere along the route can be arranged as well.
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