Alsace Cycling Break

A short but sweet 4 night cycling break exploring the beautiful Alsace wine region. Starting in Strasbourg, the route leads you through some of the region's most beautiful wine villages and towns to the medieval town of Colmar. Idyllic cycling through an undulating sea of vineyards

A great option if you can only spare a few days but want to see the most beautiful wine villages in Alsace, this cycling break packs an awful lot into just three days of cycling.

After enjoying a night in the beautifully preserved city of Strasbourg, you'll head out on your bikes into the Alsace wine region south of the city. The undulating terrain at the foot of the Vosges Mountains is a fairytale landscape of vineyards and charming old wine villages.

Colmar

Colourful ancient half-timbered buildings line the narrow streets of these iconic hamlets that seem to float on an ocean of vineyards.

Each day you will follow winding lanes through a succession of these gorgeous little towns and villages including Riquewihr, considered the prettiest village in Alsace, and Colmar the region's bustling capital.

Alsace is undulating so you will encounter multiple short climbs and descents along each of the daily routes. E-bikes are an available for option for anyone concerned about the the uphill bits!

The last night of the tour is spent in Colmar and your package includes a train ticket for the 30 minute journey back to Strasbourg the following morning.

Alsace Cycling Break

A short but sweet 4 night cycling break exploring the beautiful Alsace wine region. Starting in Strasbourg, the route leads you through some of the region's most beautiful wine villages and towns to the medieval town of Colmar. Idyllic cycling through an undulating sea of vineyards

A great option if you can only spare a few days but want to see the most beautiful wine villages in Alsace, this cycling break packs an awful lot into just three days of cycling.

After enjoying a night in the beautifully preserved city of Strasbourg, you'll head out on your bikes into the Alsace wine region south of the city. The undulating terrain at the foot of the Vosges Mountains is a fairytale landscape of vineyards and charming old wine villages.

Colmar

Colourful ancient half-timbered buildings line the narrow streets of these iconic hamlets that seem to float on an ocean of vineyards.

Each day you will follow winding lanes through a succession of these gorgeous little towns and villages including Riquewihr, considered the prettiest village in Alsace, and Colmar the region's bustling capital.

Alsace is undulating so you will encounter multiple short climbs and descents along each of the daily routes. E-bikes are an available for option for anyone concerned about the the uphill bits!

The last night of the tour is spent in Colmar and your package includes a train ticket for the 30 minute journey back to Strasbourg the following morning.

Itinerary

Day 1 : 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
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 - Riquewihr
50 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 village of Barr with its winding narrow streets and brightly painted medieval houses. A few kilometers further on the village of Mittelbergheim seems to float amongst a sea of vineyards. More gentle cycling leads you through the charming wine villages of Andlau, Dambach-La-Ville and Ribeauvillé nestled at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Your destination today is Riquewihr, considered to be teh prettiest village in Alsace.

Day 4 : Riquewihr - Colmar 39 kms

Your final ride leads you on a gentle arc through the vineyards to the delightful villages of Turckheim and Eguisheim and finally to 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 5 : Colmar - Strasbourg (train transfer)

After breakfast it's time to check out and head for home or your next adventure. Your package includes a ticket for the 30 minute train journey back to Strasbourg's main station.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

All rental bikes on this tour include bike insurance,

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

Superior: Good quality 3 and 4 star hotels.

Strasbourg: Regent Petite France

Obernai Area: La Cour D'Alsace

Ribeauville: KLE

Colmar: Les Têtes

Getting there

Fly to Strasbourg or Basel. There are regular, direct trains between Basel and Strasbourg, the journey time is 1 hour and 20 mins.

Research flights from the UK here

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.

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