Strasbourg on the Alsace Wine Route, France. Photo via Flickr:Caroline ALEXANDRE

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

Colmar and Osthouse

France Bike Tours

A tour in the Alsace Wine Region

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, Obernai 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.


  • 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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Where You’ll Stay

3 and 4 accommodations

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in the Grand Hotel Bristol 4 Colmar
  • 4 nights in the Hotel La Ferme 3 Osthouse
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Dinners (7 dinners with half board supplement)
  • Signposted tour
  • 1 train ticket Mulhouse-Colmar
  • Luggage transfer from Colmar to Osthouse
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions with tourist information
  • GPS tracks

What’s Not Included

  • Meals other than those included
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From818 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible every day from April 1 to October 1, 2017
Season 1: April 1 - June 2 / August 26 - October 1
Season 2: June 3 - August 25

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 Day 2 and Day 6, there are hills to contend with.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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

*All distances are approximate

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

Day 2: Round-trip to the famous wine villages,  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, 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 km 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: Strasbourg, 25 km or 50 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 like, you can always also go to Strasbourg by train (bikes are allowed for free) for more time to sightsee.

Day 6: Wine villages including Obernai, 62 or 50 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: East through Rhine river valley, 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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