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Alsace

4-days bike ride from Strasbourg to Colmar

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5.00 / 5
Reference AL0401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 12 years
430€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • From Strasbourg to Colmar, discover in 4 days the Alsatian vineyards. The cycle route takes both scenic bike paths along the Bruche canal and small country roads with little traffic surrounded by vineyards. You start your tour in Strasbourg, a city with a rich cultural heritage with its cathedral Notre Dame, its covered bridges and its old medieval district "Petite France". Then join the Wine road cycle trail in Molsheim that leads you through many wine villages: Rosheim, Andlau Itterswiller, Châtenois, Bergheim ... On your way enjoy the view on old medieval castles including the famous Haut-Koenigsbourg, the most visited monument in Alsace. Then you ride to the hilltop villages of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Hunawihr, little gems of the Alsace Valley. Finally, end your tour in the beautiful city of Colmar, capital of Alsace wines. An Alsatian glass of wine with a bretzel (local pastry) brings your stay to a close with style!

    Day 1

     
     
    You’ll leave the cobblestone streets of Strasbourg’s old city center to follow south of the city the channel "Canal de la Bruche". The canal was built by Vauban to transport the sandstones of the Vosges to Strasbourg for the construction of the city’s fortifications. You ride on a bike path along the shady banks and the old locks. This scenic route will take you to charming Alsatian villages with their colorful and blooming facades. Then reach to the famous Alsace Wine Route cycle path in Molsheim, a very pretty wine town, birthplace of the Bugatti automobile brand.

    Day 2

     
     
    You reach the Alsace Wineroute cycle path and ride on the hillside through the Alsatian vineyards and wine villages.
    Pass Rosheim and its Roman-style church, Obernai and its belfry, Gertwiller and its Gingerbread House and later the pretty village of Barr. Take small country roads that meander through vineyards, old railway lines and segments of the former Roman road. Todays ride ends in Itterswiller, a beautiful flowery village nestled in the heart of the vineyards.

    Day 3

     
     
    2 routes options lies before you to reach Selestat.

    You can continue through the vineyards passing the charming villages of Blienschwiller, Dambach-la-Ville and Scherwiller, where you can see above you the ruins of the castle ofOrtenbourg.

    The other route is a little sportier. You leave the vineyards and discover the Vosges towards Val de Villé. Ride on wooded slopes and pass the villages Saint-Pierre-Bois and Thanvillé. From there, you take the former Salt Road, on which salt was transported from Lorraine to Germany and then you reach Selestat.
       

    Visit and wine tasting 1h

    7,00 € / adult

    Day 4

     
     
    You’ll leave the Selestat area and overlook the famous 12th-century-old castle Haut-Koeningsbourg, witness to the various rivalries that moved the Europe’s history over the centuries. Then ride into the fortified village of Bergheim, one of the few Alsatian villages, which has preserved almost all of its medieval fortifications. Then you leave the Alsace Wine Route cycle path and ride up the hill to Ribeauvillé and its picturesque streets, Riquewihr, the "Pearl of the Alsatian vineyards," and Hunawihr, both referred to as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
    Finally, you ride quietly down through the vineyards and apple orchards to reach the beautiful city of Colmar, capital of Alsace wines.
       

    Visit and wine tasting 1h

    6,00 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.



    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Strasbourg
    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Gare de l'Est. The duration of the trip is between 2h20. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Strasbourg, you can park your car in a secured car park located close to the train station. The weekly rate is 55€. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 12.60€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    If you chose luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.



  • Reviews
  • 2 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    “ Jeff ”

    On the 2016-06-04 by Jeffrey
    Very immpressed with Velo Voyager, this was our first European cycling trip, as we were booking trip from Australia, we weren't sure how it would turn out. Everything worked as planned by Velo Voyager, bikes were excellent, route notes and maps were easy to follow. Baggage transport between accomodation worked perfectly. Accomodation was to a very good standard. The Alsace was a great area to cycle in and the planned days cycling allowed for plenty of sightseeing.

    “ Pierre le p'tit Suisse ”

    On the 2016-05-11 by Pierre le p'tit Suisse
    Contacts agréables, renseignements précis, itinéraires bien choisis, logements de qualité, tout est bien préparé. C'est une solution de confort pour découvrir et voyager à vélo.
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