This amazing France and Germany bike tour takes you through Breisgau, a region in southwestern Germany between the Rhine River and the Black Forest that is known for its fruit orchards and wine. Directly west of Breisgau is Alsace, a region in eastern France also a world-famous wine region.
Whereas Strasbourg is the largest city in Alsace, Freiburg is the largest city in Breisgau. Freiburg’s sunny climate, scenic location, colorful streets, and marketplace have made it a favorite among regional tourists. Its largest square, the Münsterplatz, is home to the famous red sandstone Gothic Münster Cathedral built from 1200-1530.
- St. Hippolyte (castle)
- Colmar, known as “Little Venice”
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Day 1: Arrival in Freiburg
Day 2: Freiburg – Malterdingen/Endingen, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 3: Malterdingen/Endingen – Rust/Ringsheim, 21/29 mi. (34/47 km)
Day 4: Rust/Ringsheim – Strasbourg, 29/32 mi. (47/52 km)
Day 5: Strasbourg – Obernai, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 6: Obernai – St. Hippolyte, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: St. Hippolyte – Colmar/Eguishelm, 14/18 mi. (23/29 km)
Day 8: Colmar/Eguishelm - Freiburg, 37 mi. (60 km) Departure.
All distances are approximate
DAY 1: Arrival in Freiburg
Your bike tour in Germany begins with the arrival in Freiburg. The sunny city at the foot of the Black Forest has a lot to offer: the old part of town with picturesque lanes and the famous Freiburger brooks, cultural monuments like the Abbey and numerous wine and Vesper lounges for epicureans. Overnight in Freiburg.
DAY 2: Freiburg - Malterdingen/Endingen, 20 mi. (33 km)
Today's route takes you to the foot of the vineyards of the sunny Kaiserstuhl (emperor's chair). The region is one of the sunniest in Germany and the volcanic earth guarantees good grapes for excellent wine. Your destination is the medieval town of Endingen. Overnight in Endingen or Malterdingen.
DAY 3: Malterdingen/Endingen – Rust/Ringsheim, 21/29 mi. (34/47 km)
Passing the wine village Sasbach, you’ll start cycling the Rhine. You’ll bike through the green Rhine meadows, sometimes on the embankment of the Rhine, towards Rust. The European Park is located in Rust, which is an amusement park with many attractions. Overnight in Rust.
DAY 4: Rust/Ringsheim – Strasbourg, 29/32 mi. (47/52 km)
Today you’ll cycle again through the alluvial land of the Rhine. On the right side, the scenery of the northern Black Forest will accompany you. The beautiful Alsatian metropolis of Straßbourg with its attractive old part of town is the highlight of the day. Overnight in Straßbourg or Kehl, the frontier town on the German side of the river. From Kehl, you can easily go with public transports to Straßbourg.
DAY 5: Strasbourg – Obernai, 35 mi. (57 km)
You can take your time in the morning for a visit to Straßbourg’s many great attractions. The cycle tour leads you on the euro-cycle track to Molsheim, the hometown of the famous car dynasty Bugatti. Here your route starts along the Alsatian Wine Road. The destination is the wine town Obernai. Overnight in Molsheim or Obernai.
DAY 6: Obernai – St. Hippolyte, 25 mi. (40 km)
You continue your bike tour in France on the “Route du Vin” in direction to the South. You cycle through green vineyards and past a few Alsatian villages with multicolored half-timbered houses. Passing Dambach-la-Ville, you’ll reach St. Hippolyte, which lies at the foot of the famous, majestic castle. Overnight in St. Hippolyte.
DAY 7: St.Hippolyte - Colmar/Eguisheim, 14/18 mi. (23/29 km)
Your last day of cycling Alsace Wine Road takes you through the romantic towns of Ribeauville and Riquewihr. Finally, you’ll come to Colmar. Discover the picturesque town that is often called “Little Venice” and the beautiful half-timbered houses in the Gerber-road or the world-famous Issenheimer Altar in the Unterlinden Museum. Overnight in Colmar or in the neighboring Eguisheim.
DAY 8: Colmar/Eguisheim - Freiburg, 37 mi. (60 km). Departure.
Today you cycle the Rhine lowlands passing Breisach with its powerful cathedral and the Tuniberg to go back to Freiburg. After returning the bicycles and retrieving your luggage, your Germany/France bike tour ends.
Accommodations in 3 star and 4-star hotels and guesthouses
- Accommodations for 7 nights in middle-class hotels or good to very good inns and guesthouses, mainly centrally located
- Breakfasts (buffet)
- 21/24 or 7-speed touring bicycle equipped with pannier bag
- 1 x handlebar bag per room
- GPS data on request
- Luggage transportation
- Detailed route descriptions with maps
- Service hotline
- 1 cup of coffee or hot chocolate + 1 piece of Black forest cherry tart in Freiburg
- Bicycle protection
What’s Not Included
- Train ticket Frankfurt to Freiburg
- Lunches and dinners
- Possible visitor’s tax, payable onsite
- Travel insurance
Dates & Pricing
Every Sunday from April 20 to October 5, 2020
Double/twin: $ 1170 £ 637 $ 1,115 € 694 $ 1259 kr 7282 $ 832
Single room: $ 1617 £ 880 $ 1,541 € 959 $ 1740 kr 10062 $ 1,150
Season supplement (arrivals from May 1 to May 31): $ 169 £ 92 $ 161 € 100 $ 181 kr 1049 $ 120
Season supplement (arrivals from June 1 to Aug 31): $ 287 £ 156 $ 273 € 170 $ 308 kr 1784 $ 204
Season supplement (arrivals from Sept 1 to Oct 5): $ 202 £ 110 $ 193 € 120 $ 218 kr 1259 $ 144
E-bike rental: $ 177 £ 96 $ 169 € 105 $ 190 kr 1102 $ 126
Extra night Freiburg (price is per person/night): $ 126 £ 69 $ 121 € 75 $ 136 kr 787 $ 90
Single room: $ 184 £ 100 $ 175 € 109 $ 198 kr 1144 $ 131
Komoot navigation system: $ 51 £ 28 $ 48 € 30 $ 54 kr 315 $ 36
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
This Germany and France bike tour is classified as an easy (with some rolling hills) self-guided hotel tour. Distances per day range from 19 to 40 miles.
Fly to Frankfurt.
Train from Frankfurt airport to Freiburg, 2 hr.
Average high/low temp in °F for Freiburg is 58/41 in April, 67/48, May, 72/53, June, 76/57, July, 74/56, August & 67/51, September. Please check local conditions before arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com
Extra night after tour in Freiburg!
Additional Travel Details
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