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Route:

Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Medium.  You will ride mainly on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic.  Three stages are a little bit hilly.

Distance: 300 km

Travel Season: Departures daily from April 9 to October 8, 2022
Season 1 : April 9 – May 20 and October 1 – October 8
Season 2 : May 21 – September 30

Accommodation:

Category A: Hôtel The Passage 4* Executive Room

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.

Category B: Hôtel Schweizerhof 3*S Ambiente Room

Experience and enjoy is a unique, harmonious combination of history and modernity in an ideal location. In 1864, the Hotel Schweizerhof Basel opened as the first hotel at Basel SBB train station. The hotel was sold in 1896 and has been in the same family for four generations. Enjoy spacious, bright and high rooms, wide stairs, and artistically forged banisters, framed by pleasantly warm colors. For those who value warm, dedicated and individual service in a modern environment with traditional roots, the Hotel Schweizerhof Basel is the perfect choice.

Category C: Hôtel Rochat 3* Premium Room

Hotel Rochat is located in a classified building in the historic center of Basel. It enjoys a central and extremely quiet location, a 2 minute walk from the city center. The hotel has 50 rooms with 95 beds and a nice garden.

Directly on the border with France, Germany and Switzerland awaits the three border region, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe! Time out in a beautiful hotel in Saint Louis on the French side of the Rhine – cycling without limits!  Discover the Basel lifestyle where cosmopolitan activities combine with coziness and urbanity meets tradition.  During your cycling trip you will visit Mulhouse and its automobile museum, Rhine pastures and its old town or the Roman town of Augusta Raurica in Augst.  On the German side you will cycle through the Markgraflerland: wine country between the Rhine and the Black Forest.  With a glass of Markgrafler wine in hand, sweeping views over the Rhine plain, the Vosges and the Black Forest, you experience true moments of happiness of wine enjoyment.  Discover the three border region with all your senses!

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Basel

Welcome to Basel. Check in at the hotel and free time for sightseeing around the town. With the tram line you can reach the Barfusserplatz in Basel center in only 15 minutes or continue to Weil am Rhein on the German side. You can also visit three countries at the same time, all very conveniently with public transport and without having to travel long distances.

Day 2

Basel – Rheinfelden – Basel 40 or 60 km

First you cross the Rhine and cycle through Weil am Rhein with its Vitra Design Museum and Lorrach: the culture and shopping city in the border triangle, the city of voices and sculptures, and the home of purple chocolate. After 35 km, arriving in Rheinfelden in Switzerland, discover the hidden gems that the old town has to offer. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine (by yourself) to reach Basel again or continue by bike through Augst where you can visit the Roman city of Augusta Raurica.

Day 3

Mulhouse – Basel 70 km

This day starts with a train transfer from Basel to Mulhouse. Getting into a culinary journey through the land of the “baked carp”! The bike path will take you along the Rhine-Rhone Canal on the Eurovelo 6 to Illfurth. Then you will cycle through small villages such as Carspach and Hirtzbach, in the quiet Sundgau region: a paradise for cyclists who want to explore this typical Alsatian region away from mass tourism and combine nature and cultural experience. Laundry facilities, typical Sandgau half-timbered houses, fountains, crosses, landmarks, Wilhelminian architecture remind us of the old and turbulent history of Sundgau.

Day 4

Between Canals and Forests 70 km

Water, water and water again… you cycle through two countries and along four different waters. In the nature reserve of the small Camargue, you can relax watching the waterfowl along the Rhine. You continue via two locks to Niffer and Ottmarsheim. From there you will find the abbey church of St. Peter and Paul, replica of the palatine chapel of Aachen. You continue on paved forest roads through the Hardt forest and along the channels “Rhone au Rhine” and “Huningue” to the marina to Kembs (crossing the canal). Continue along the canal until the first dam of the “Grand Canal d’Alsace” and on the Rhine Island back to Weil am Rhein and Basel.

Day 5

Three bath tour from Bad Bellingen or Mullheim 60 - 70 km

Today you cycle from your hotel to Weil am Rhein train station. There you can buy your train tickets and go to Bad Bellingen or Mullheim. From Bad Bellingen it goes through the idyllic winemakers Schliengen and Auggen, then to Mullheim. You cycle in Badenweiler and its roman bath ruins to Bad Krozingen, again and again through the vines and small wine villages. In Bad Krozingen you can expect a lot of historic treasures, such as the Glocklehof, Fridolins and Joseph Chapels, as well as the Bad Krozinger Castle. Then the route leads you back to Bad Bellingen along the Rhine. At the end of the bike tour, you can visit the spa museum in Bad Bellingen or take a refreshing dip in the healing “balinea thermal baths”! From Bad Bellingen back by train.

Day 6

Through the Markgraflerland with the Kandertalbahn 45 - 60 km

For centuries the people of Basel like to make their way into the Markgraferland, to eat, to drink – just to enjoy. By bike we choose the same way! From Saint-Louis or Basel, cross the Rhine and cycle to Haltingen. From there continue through well-kept villages and lively landscapes or with the Kandertalbahn to the pottery town of Kandern. Continue through Efringen churches. Stop at the winery Markgraflerland, then continue on a very good dirt road, which is marked as a bike path. It goes back along the Rhine to Basel.

Day 7

Departure or prolongation of your stay

Prices

    Included:

    • Accommodation in the selected category
    • Breakfast
    • Signposted tour
    • Well prepared route guidance
    • Train ticket Saint Louis - Mulhouse
    • Detailed travel documents 1 per room (route or overview maps, route description, important telephone numbers)
    • GPS data available
    • Rental bike insurance
    • Service hotline

    Not Included:

    • Lunch and Dinner
    • Visits and Park fees
    • Local taxes

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