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Alsace

Alsace Wine Road cycle trail from Strasbourg to Colmar

Be charmed by Alsace and its generous flair. Over the vineyards, half-timbered houses orned with geraniums and castle ruins, discover varied and mind-blowing landscapes!

Reviews (2) :
4.50 / 5
Reference AL0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 12 years
889€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • On this cycle tour you discover the Alsace region very at your own pace. You start your bike tour in Strasbourg, a dynamic city listed on as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic downtown is perfect for cycling. Do not miss the Notre Dame cathedral, the covered bridges and the picturesque medieval quarter "Petite France". Then follow the Bruche Canal, which leads to the Alsatian vineyards. You meander through the vineyards on the Alsace wine road cycle trail and pass charming villages with half-timbered houses, adorned with geraniums. On your way you will pass through the beautiful small towns Rosheim, Obernai, Barr and Bergheim. Overlooking the bike paths, you can admire the proud castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg on its rocky outcrop.
    Ride further to the most beautiful Alsatian mountain villages, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Hunawihr before reaching Colmar, also called "the little Venice" , a city rich of architectural heritage. From Colmar on you can also take a day trip to the beautiful village of Eguisheim.
    A rich and varied cycling holiday combining culture, nature and gastronomy. The perfect equation for a great holiday!

    Day 1

     
     

    Strasbourg

    You start your cycling holidays in the capital of the Alsace region: Strasbourg. This city has a rich cultural heritage, so do not miss its architectural treasures including the majestic Notre Dame cathedral, the covered bridges and the Palais Rohan. Then take the time to stroll in the picturesque district of "Petite France" (Little France) with the beautiful half-timbered houses, where once fishermen and tanners lived.

    Day 2

     
     

    Strasbourg - Molsheim

    Bike
    25km
    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 3

     
     

    Day tour around Molsheim

    Bike
    31km
    This day tour takes you north of Molsheim. You start the tour by passing the charming village of Avolsheim. We advise the little detour to admire the Dompeter church isolated in the middle of the fields. The building is considered the oldest church in Alsace. Then you leave the Alsace Wine road cycle trail and explore the Alsatian countryside. Through vineyards and apple orchards, you pass typical Alsatian villages: Dangolsheim and its wash house dating from the sixteenth century, Westhoffen, capital of the Alsatian cherry or Wangen and its medieval walls. Then in Marlenheim, you reach again the bike path to leisurely return to Molsheim along the Mossig river.

    Day 4

     
     

    Molsheim - Barr

    Bike
    27km
    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.

    Day 5

     
     

    Barr - Sélestat area

    Bike
    ~30km
    Choice between 2 itineraries
    Take small country roads that meander through vineyards, old railway lines and segments of the former Roman road. Near Blienschwiller 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.
     

    Extension: Visit of the castle château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

    You can extend your stay one more day in the Selestat area by visiting the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. A shuttle takes you from Sélestat to the castle and also stops at two animal parcs: the Eagle Park and the Monkey Mountain. A beautiful day full of discoveries!
       

    Visit and wine tasting 1h

    Included

    Day 6

     
     

    Sélestat area - Colmar

    Bike
    ~37km
    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

    Included

    Day 7

     
     

    Day tour around Colmar

    Bike
    35km
    You leave Colmar and reach the shady banks of the Thur river. Then keep biking in the Alsatian countryside until Eguisheim, ranked among the most beautiful French villages and many times awarded for its flowers. Admire its beautiful 16th century-old houses with their bright colors and stroll through its cobbled streets. Continue through vineyards to the pretty village of Turckheim where a night watchman continues every night to make his rounds from May to October. You can pause in Ammerschwihr to enjoy a glass of Kaefferkopf, before returning to Colmar.

    Day 8

     
     

    Colmar

    Enjoy a last stroll in Colmar. Stroll in the neighborhood of "Little Venice" and admire the "house of heads" and the "Pfister house".
  • 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

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

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


    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


    GPS tracks


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

  • 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 12.90€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

     
  • Reviews
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    2 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    “ Burgundy and Alsace ”

    On the 2017-10-19 by kathy
    We would highly recommend Le Velo Voyageur for a future cycling trip. They are very organized, the maps and directions are easy to follow, their recommendations for dining, groceries, and places to visit most helpful and excellent! If we needed to communicate by email, text or phone, they were quick to respond. We like the fact they are a small company and pay attention to detail. We enjoyed both the Burgundy and Alsace routes, especially because we were mostly on bike paths or small, quiet country roads. We were constantly stopping to take photos of the scenery, picturesque towns and historic sites. And of course the food and wine were wonderful! We did enjoy the food more in Burgundy as Alsace food is quite "heavy". This is just a personal preference.

    “ Magnifique randonnée ”

    On the 2017-10-14 by Hélène
    C'est la première fois que nous avons réservé cette randonnée avec Vélo Voyageur et définitivement pas la dernière! Tout était merveilleusement bien organisé y compris la livraison des bagages, l'itinéraire très bien détaillé, les hôtels bien confortables et propres, etc. Je recommende à tous!
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