Colorful architecture in Eguisheim, Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr:Kiefer

Bikes on the ferry in Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr:Rob124

Alsace - Colmar and Osthouse Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

A Glorious Wine Region Tour

  • On this bike tour into the heart of Alsatian wine country, you will overnight in two of the most beautiful towns of the wine route, Colmar, at the very heart of the region and picture postcard, Osthouse with its charming houses resplendent in the colors typical of the Alsace. The route weaves its way through the thousand-year-old wine producing area in the beautiful French countryside. Climbing vineyards will be your backdrop as you cycle along the foothills of the Vosges Mountains.

    Colmar, with its distinctive red and green tile roofs, was mostly spared from destruction during World War II. Many of the region’s villages were not but have been reconstructed. What appears old is not always as it seems!

    There are also about 50 wines classified 'grand cru' that are produced along the route and you will never lack an opportunity to try fine wines, with the most noted, the dry Rieslings and the highly aromatic Gewürztraminer wine.

    Highlights:

    • Cities of Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar
    • Alsace Wine Route and its typical villages
    • Lovely itineraries on the Wine Route cycle paths and along the Rhine
    • The amazing architecture of the city of Neuf-Brisach, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage
    • The welcoming and convivial hotels in Colmar and Osthouse

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     Category ACategory B
    Season 1 $ 1481 £ 771 $ 1,343 898 $ 1543 kr 9618 $ 1,013 $ 1316 £ 685 $ 1,193 798 $ 1371 kr 8547 $ 900
    Season 2 $ 1530 £ 797 $ 1,388 928 $ 1594 kr 9939 $ 1,047 $ 1365 £ 711 $ 1,238 828 $ 1422 kr 8868 $ 934
    Single supplement $ 543 £ 283 $ 492 329 $ 565 kr 3524 $ 371 $ 493 £ 257 $ 447 299 $ 514 kr 3202 $ 337
    7 x dinners included $ 388 £ 202 $ 351 235 $ 404 kr 2517 $ 265 $ 355 £ 185 $ 321 215 $ 369 kr 2303 $ 243

    Season 1: April 4 to May 29 and September 5 to October 10, 2020
    Season 2: May 30 to September 4, 2020

     

    Cat. A: 3 and 4 star hotels
    Cat. B: 3 star hotels

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 181 £ 94 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1178 $ 124

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest airport for international arrivals is Strasbourg (SXB). Another option is Basel/Mulhouse (about 60 km from Colmar).

    Local Travel

    From SXB, take a shuttle to the train station of Strasbourg and then continue by train. Travel time is one hour and 21 minutes.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your departure. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations available in 3 star or 4 star hotels.

Colmar: Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol**** Category A In front of the train station, the Best Western Grand Hôtel Bristol is a perfect base for exploring the historic city center, a five minute walk from the hotel.

Colmar : Hotel Beauséjour*** Category B From this prime location, you can be in the town center in just 8 minutes by foot to discover the areas rich cultural history. Enjoy traditional and regional cuisine in the candlelit dining room or in the garden during the warmer months.

Osthouse: Hôtel à la Ferme*** Category A/B The Alsatian residence and the outbuildings of this old 18th century farm have been transformed into a hotel of outstanding charm combining tradition with modernity. All the rooms overlook the formal garden.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in the selected category
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Signposted tour
  • 1 train ticket Mulhouse-Colmar
  • Luggage transfer from Colmar to Osthouse
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions with tourist information
  • GPS tracks
  • 7 or 21 speed bicycle rental

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible every day from April 4 to October 10, 2020

Season 1: April 4 to May 29 and September 5 to October 10, 2020
Season 2: May 30 to September 4, 2020

Skill Level

This is an 8-day self-guided tour in which you will cycle between 256 and 368 km total distance. Route will entail riding the majority of your itinerary on cycle paths and small back roads with little traffic. On days 2 and 6, there are hills to contend with.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Colmar
Day 2: Round-trip to the famous wine villages,  37 or 27 mi. (60 or 43 km)
Day 3: Colmar – Mulhouse, return to Colmar by train, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 4: Colmar – Sélestat - Osthouse, 41 or 21 mi. (66 or 30 km)
Day 5: Osthouse - Strasbourg - Osthouse, 16 or 41 mi. (25 or 67 km) 
Day 6: Osthouse - wine villages including Obernai - Osthouse, 31 or 39 mi. (50 or 62 km)
Day 7: Osthouse - east through Rhine river valley - Osthouse, 26 or 39 mi. (42 or 62 km)
Day 8: Departure or extension

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to conditions on the path, roadwork, or other circumstances.

Day 1: Colmar
Arrival in Colmar, check-in at the hotel and free time to explore the town.

Day 2: Colmar – famous wine villages – Colmar,  37 mi. or 27 mi. (60 or 43 km)
Cycling from Colmar, you head north through Houssen and ride to Ribeauvillé, before returning to Colmar through the beautiful wine villages of Riquewihr, Turckheim, entrance to the Fecht Valley,  and medieval Eguisheim. It is a picturesque itinerary for sure, almost storybook like!

Day 3: Colmar – Mulhouse, return to Colmar by train, 41 mi. (66 km)
Today's route leads east to Neuf Brisach, then continues south to the village of Ottmarsheim, with its impressive 12th-century abbey church. Although Ottmarsheim is quite small, there are several medieval half-timbered houses to be seen in the streets close to the church. You will pedal on the Hardt’s forest cycle path and then along the Huningue’s canal to reach Mulhouse. You will return to Colmar by regional train.

Day 4: Colmar – Sélestat - Osthouse, 41 or 21 mi. (66 or 30 km)
You will pedal along the canal to Marckolsheim on the Rhine, and then on to charming Sélestat, with its  2 great churches, a Romanesque and Gothic basilica. On your way there, in the Alsace region, there’s the unique Baroque church in Ebersmunster that is worth a visit. After the many rural villages along the way, the larger city of Benfeld will be an impressive change. It contains a beautiful Town Hall in the Renaissance style. It’s possible to travel directly from Colmar to Sélestat on the train (bikes are allowed for free), taking the simple direct connection (38 km) if you want to shorten the cycling itinerary.

Day 5: Osthouse - Strasbourg - Osthouse, 16 or 41 mi. (25 or 67 km) 
Over an asphalt cycle path along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, you will cycle northward to Strasbourg. The cycle path ends at the 17th century Barrage Vauban. From its panoramic terrace, you have an amazing view of the old city, which you can explore via bicycle or on foot. Strasbourg owns one of France’s unique networks of bike paths. The picturesque neighborhood ‘La petite France’ and the magnificent Gothic cathedral are only some of the many great treasures you will come across in Strasbourg. If you'd like, you can also go to Strasbourg by train (bikes are allowed for free) for more time to sightsee.

Day 6: Osthouse - wine villages including Obernai - Osthouse, 31 or 39 mi. (50 or 62 km) 
This roundtrip tour takes you west to the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Here the famous vineyards start. The small but picturesque old city of Obernai is worth exploring, as is the wine-village of Barr! On the return leg you have the choice to reach other beautiful wine villages on the wine route such as Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, and Nothalten, or to shorten your itinerary, to the flowered village of Stotzheim. From the many rural villages along the way, the larger city of Benfeld will be an impressive change.

Day 7: Osthouse - east through Rhine river valley - Osthouse, 26 or 39 mi. (42 or 62 km) 
This route takes you east through the marshlands of the Rhine River Valley.  Via a large lock complex, you’ll cycle to the other side into Germany. Through a landscape with the same character as ‘Le Grand Ried’, you can make a round trip to the old town of Lahr. Lahr lies at the foot of the wine hills that form the start of the mountains of the Black Forest. Over the Rhine dyke, you’ll cycle along the marsh-forests to where you can cross over with the ferry to the French border town of Rhinau. From here, it’s not too far to return to the hotel.

Day 8: Departure or extension

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