The starting point of this romantic journey is the city of Strasbourg, European capital. Then the picturesque little towns follow each other like pearls along the Alsace Wine Route for about 170 km. In many of these villages, time seems to have stood still in the middle Ages. Naturally, everything here revolves around wine – Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner – and culinary delights such as munster, sauerkraut, baeckeoffe, kougelhopf and tarte flambée. You will also pass through the beautiful cities of Colmar and Mulhouse before discovering Basel, its life style and its gentle cosmopolitan bustle.
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Tour Profile: Medium. You will ride mainly on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic. Days 3, 4 and 7 are little bit hilly.
Distance: Regular Tour 325 km
Travel Season: Departures Thursdays and Saturdays from April 1 to October 7, 2023
Season 1 : April 1 – April 14
Season 2 : April 15 – June 2 and September 30 – October 7
Season 3: June 3 – September 29
Overnight stays in 3* and 4* hotels
The starting point of this romantic journey is the city of Strasbourg, European capital. Then the picturesque little towns follow each other like pearls along the Alsace Wine Route for about 170 km. In many of these villages, time seems to have stood still in the middle Ages. Naturally, everything here revolves around wine – Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner - and culinary delights such as munster, sauerkraut, baeckeoffe, kougelhopf and tarte flambée. You will also pass through the beautiful cities of Colmar and Mulhouse before discovering Basel, its life style and its gentle cosmopolitan bustle.
Arrival in Strasbourg
Arrival in Strasbourg. Drop off your luggage at the hotel and take time to visit the city, its sumptuous Gothic cathedral and its World Heritage city center.
Strasbourg – Obernai Area 40 km
The Bruche Canal was once used to transport wine from the wineries to the Alsatian capital. Today, the bike path runs along the canal from Strasbourg to Molsheim. You will pass by the Roman church of Rosheim, dating from the 12th century, before staying in the Obernai region
Obernai Area – Riquewihr Area 50 km
The bike path passes through the famous vineyards and their wine villages, among the most beautiful in Alsace: Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Dambach-la-Ville, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr. Each of these villages offers numerous possibilities for visits dedicated to biodiversity, culture and local folk arts and traditions.
Riquewihr – Colmar 39 km
You will continue your journey on the Wine Route, at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. It will make you discover charming villages that make the fame of the Alsatian great wines. Among them, Eguisheim and Kaysersberg were elected "Favorite Village of the French" in 2013 and 2017. You will stop in Colmar, capital of Alsace wines. Do not miss a walk in its exceptionally well-preserved historic center and a visit to the Unterlinden Museum, which houses the Issenheim Altarpiece, a masterpiece of Western art.
Rest day in Colmar or Loop to Guebwiller/Mulhouse 51 – 78 km + return by train
From Colmar, you will drive along the south of the Alsace Wine Route to Guebwiller. From Guebwiller, you can ride to Bollwiller to catch a train or continue riding to Ungersheim to visit the Ecomusée d'Alsace, an open-air museum organized like an early 20th century Alsatian village. From there, the bike path will lead you directly to Mulhouse. Return by train to Colmar.
Colmar – Mulhouse Area 65 km
The bike path will take you from Colmar to Neuf-Brisach, a Vauban stronghold listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then continue south to reach the village of Ottmarsheim and its beautiful Roman church. Through the Hardt forest and along the Rhone-Rhine Canal, you will arrive in Mulhouse, which dynamically combines tradition and modernity. This industrial and technical city awaits you with its famous automobile museum.
Mulhouse Area– Basel Area 53 km
You will follow the Rhone to Rhine canal by the EuroVelo 6 to Illfurth and then cross the peaceful Sundgauregion. Located in the extreme south of Alsace, itis characterized by its beautiful half-timbered country houses, its numerous ponds and its shimmering landscapes. You will eventually reach the Swiss city of Basel, with its strong artistic identity and its high quality cultural offerings.
Departure or prolongation of your stay in Basel
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Signposted tour
- Well prepared route guidance
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Personal tour information
- Detailed travel documents 1 per room (route or overview maps, route description, important telephone numbers)
- GPS data available
- Rental bike insurance
- Service hotline
- Meals not included in itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Visitors’ taxes, payable locally
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