Alsace Easy Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishStrasbourg / Colmar
Distance82 miles/132 kms
An easier version of our Alsace Cycling Holiday with shorter daily rides that allow plenty of time to explore the beautiful wine villages that punctuate this sublime cycle route. Quiet lanes, vineyards stretching to the horizon and quaint, colourful, medieval villages. Suitable for newcomers to cycling holidays and families.
This relaxing cycle route leads you along the famous Alsace Wine Route from Strasbourg to Colmar. The easy daily rides lead you along quiet vineyard-lined lanes to the most beautiful wine villages in Alsace.
Your first night is spent in Strasbourg where you can visit the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, with its intricate astronomical clock, the baroque style Opera House and ‘Petite France’ – a picturesque area between the two rivers crammed with half-timbered houses and narrow cobbled streets. You then cycle beside the meandering Canal La Bruche out into the wine region and begin following the famous wine route south.
You’ll stay in beautiful wine villages each night and cover, on average, around 22 kms each day (more on some days, less on others). These short daily rides are designed to give you plenty of time to explore the plethora of gorgeous Alsatian villages that pepper the route. Half-timbered, brightly painted medieval houses line the narrow winding cobbled streets of these well preserved villages where little has changed for centuries.
Highlights of this trip include Strasbourg and the villages of Obernai, Barr and Andlau. The village of Riquewihr is especially charming and Eguisheim was recently voted the country’s favourite village by the French themselves. You’ll also love the simple pleasure of the daily rides through the endless vineyards with the green flanks of the Vosges Mountains in the distance and the stone church spires rising above the vines.
The final night in the bustling town of Colmar with its picturesque ‘Little Venice’ centre is a fitting finale to this very enjoyable route.
This route is easy and can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness. There are some undulations along the way but they are always mercifully short. You’ll be riding on quiet lanes and cycle paths most of the time. E-bikes are an available option on this route.
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Arrive Strasbourg
Make your way to your hotel in Strasbourg and check-in. The rest of the day is yours to explore this wonderful old city. The beautifully preserved centre is perfect for exploring on foot and must-sees include the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral with its intricate and mesmerising astronomical clock and the baroque style Opera House. Petite France is a picturesque area between the two rivers, crammed with half-timbered houses and narrow cobbled streets. In the evening we recommend preparing yourself for the following day’s exertions with a plate of Sauerkraut and sausages accompanied by a glass of fortifying Alsace beer!
Day 2: Strasbourg – Obernai, 23 miles/ 37 kms
Your first ride will lead you out of the city on an idyllic cycle path beside the canal “La Bruche”. The canal was built in 1692 and was used to transport wine from the outlying regions to the city. Navigation is easy so enjoy the ride and let the meandering canal lead you past open farmland, forests and small villages to the charming Alsatian town of Molsheim. We recommend stopping for a snack or refreshment in the town’s beautiful old square before heading south, past the villages of Dorlisheim and Bischoffsheim, to the beautiful old town of Obernai where you will spend the night. Enjoy a stroll along the narrow winding streets lined with traditional half-timbered houses. Eventually you’ll find yourself in the town’s bustling and picturesque square.
Day 3: Obernai – Andlau, 9 miles/ 14 kms
Today’s ride is quite short and is so-designed to give you plenty of time to explore the succession of delightful wine villages you’ll pass through along the route. A quiet, cycle-friendly lane leads you south from Obernai into the glorious countryside. Meadows and fruit orchards line the path and it’s not long before you reach the peaceful village of Goxwiller. A little further on the extensive vineyards on either side of the lane indicate that you have arrived in the famous Alsace Wine Region. Stop for a wander around the traditional wine village of Barr with its winding narrow streets and brightly painted medieval houses. A few kilometers further on the pretty village of Mittelbergheim seems marooned in a sea of vineyards. In all these villages you will find many wineries offering tours and tasting sessions of their products. More gentle cycling through the vineyards brings you to the charming wine village of Andlau, nestled at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, and here you will stop for the night.
Day 4: Andlau – Saint Hippolyte, 15 miles/ 24 kms
Today’s ride unveils more glorious wine villages adrift in the vineyard sea. The Vosges mountains provide an impressive backdrop to this pleasant scene which has changed little in centuries and the gently rolling terrain entices you to to see what’s over the next brow or around the next bend. Settle into the rhythm and enjoy the vineyard-lined lanes, interrupted every now and then by pretty medieval villages. The brightly painted houses with their traditional, steep tiled-roofs are reminiscent of the illustrations from children’s’ fairy tale books. You’ll spend the night in the delightful village of Saint Hippolyte
Day 5: Saint Hippolyte – Kaysersberg, 12 miles/ 19 kms
By now you are firmly in the rhythm and can look forward to another day of pedalling through the vineyards and villages of Alsace. Bergheim is a nice little place to stop for a look around and perhaps a coffee. From there, a lovely, quiet lane guides you through the vineyards to Ribeauville, another impossibly picturesque village where you might also be tempted to enter the decadent Chocolate Factory of Daniel Stoeffel!
Riquewihr, has to be one of the prettiest Alsatian villages – and that is really saying something – so plan to stop here for a good look around its beautiful, quaint, cobbled streets. It would also be a good spot for a leisurely lunch as from here it’s just a pleasant 5km ride to your overnight stop in the pretty village of Kaysersberg nestled in a valley at the foot of the Vosges.
Day 6: Kaysersberg – Eguisheim, 12 miles/ 20 kms
After breakfast mount up and continue south on your wine-village adventure. Vineyards cascade down the slopes of the Vosges to your right while ahead, church spires give away the location of more quaint villages on your route. First up is Ammerschwihr with its many wineries, a couple of kilometers further on the small village of Katzenthal sits in its own secluded valley. 8 more kilometers of peaceful cycling bring you to the larger town of Turckheim – a good choice for a lunch break maybe?
From Turckheim it’s an easy 6km pedal to your overnight stop at Eguisheim. This beautiful village was voted the country’s favourite in 2013 and you’ll really enjoy wandering around its quaint streets. The central square with its fountain surrounded by medieval houses sums up the essence of what makes this region so appealing.
Day 7: Eguisheim – Colmar, 11 miles/ 18 kms
Your final ride is relatively short and after a few kilometers of countryside riding you arrive in the charming old town of Colmar. The town is the capital of the Alsatian Wine Region and has a wonderfully preserved, historical centre called ‘Little Venice’ – so named because of the Lauch river that flows through it. The ancient, bustling streets are packed with artisan shops selling local delicacies and artwork – this is the place to purchase something typically Alsatian to take home with you. You’ll spend the night in this lovely old town
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure. Catch the train from Colmar back to Strasbourg – the journey takes about 30 minutes and there are trains every hour. The train ticket is included in your package.
Dates & Prices
|2020 Arrival Dates|
|Arrival daily from 04 April to 10 October|
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|Deposit per person||£150|
7 x Breakfast
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing (except Sunday and Bank Holiday arrivals)
Train ticket Colmar - Strasbourg
GPS route data
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)
Half board, superior (£226)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£83)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£198)
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 21-gear hybrid bikes with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.
The bikes also come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock.
Electric bikes are also available for hire. This popular option enables the rider to engage varying levels of assistance depending on the terrain.
Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.
Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.
Strasbourg: Best Western Monopole Métropole
Obernai: La Cour d’Alsace
Andlau: Le Kastelberg
Saint Hippolyte: Le Parc
Kaysersberg: Les Remparts
Eguisheim: Auberge Alsacienne
Colmar: Grand Hôtel Bristol
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night
Fly to Strasbourg or Basel. There are regular, direct trains between Basel and Strasbourg, the journey time is 1 hour and 20 mins.
At the end of the holiday the train journey from Colmar back to Strasbourg takes 30 minutes and is included in your package – trains run roughly every hour and more frequently at certain times of the day.
- Date - 21/09/2019
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Friendly, helpful staff. Looked into queries quickly, and phoned back when they said they would.
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Hotel selections good, clean and friendly staff.
One of us not a experienced cyclist glad we changed to a e-bike as there were some hills more than expected. Scenery fantastic as was not the same everyday, villages picture perfect.
Overall maps , directions, route choice spot on and by the end loved a orange arrow, peace of mind we were heading the right direction as choice was self guided.
As a first cycle holiday Could not have asked for anything more and would not hesitate to book with yourself again.
Thanks you Flexitecks for a great holiday.
- Date - 16/06/2019
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Booking with Flexitrecs was handled efficiently and professionally
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - When we were given our bikes Julian appeared to be in a hurry and tried giving us all the information in Gernan, assuring us it was in English, it wasn't, luckily we noticed before he left and new information was left in the reception for us. My friend had trouble with her bicycle and we didn't feel that it was dealt with as efficiently as expected. We wasted 2 days and on the 3rd day they couldn't supply an e bike and so my friend had to settle for an ordinary bike and she's 68, this really isn't acceptable but we had no choice.
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Excellent - that is what we strive for.
Product : Oh dear, sorry to hear about the problems with the bikes. This is highly unusual as the bikes are serviced after each ride and are therefore usually working perfectly.
- Date - 07/06/2019
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Everything arrived on time and complete. It would have been good to know that an Alsace guidebook was to be included.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - The espace randonee rep did not inspire confidence at the start - she did not check the bikes at all but left that up to us. She did not know what to do about light not working, which did not matter and only showed us the toolkit when we asked about it. Luckily we know a bit about bikes but not great if you were not confident. However bikes were good and luggage transfers all worked perfectly. One hotel we felt was not up to standard and a much better map is required to get out of Strasbourg. Overall very good week!
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thank you we're glad everything went well.
Product : Thank you for the feedback, I'm glad the bikes and the luggage transfer worked well.