Tour de France through Alsace wine country region. Photo via Flickr:Salim Shadid

Bike tour through the wine route of Alsace. Photo via Flickr:olibac
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Heart of Alsace

France Bike Tours

Cycling in Alsace, a delicious France bike tour!

Osthouse will be the central point of this beautiful bike tour in France. From there you will cycle the Rhine in the heart of Alsace in northeastern France. The hotel in Osthouse for this tour is a stylishly restored half-timbered blue farmhouse (see picture). In the evening, you shall dine in an excellent restaurant nearby. In addition to the many authentic half-timbered houses in Osthouse, there’s also an impressive 16th century water-castle. These Alsace bike routes ride over country roads, towpaths and dike roads through a diverse landscape of woods, stream valleys, arable fields and meadows. Directly south of Osthouse via many quaint villages, you can visit the unique Baroque church in Ebersmunster.

On the horizon, you regularly see the mountains of the Vosges and the Black Forest. Some of the great towns en route that are very much worth noting and spending some extra time in are Strasbourg, Obernai, Barr, Sélestat and the German town of Lahr.

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Where You’ll Stay

Beautifully restored farmhouse, Hôtel à la Ferme

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
  • Breakfasts & excellent 3-course dinners
  • 4 x lunch packet
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Route descriptions & maps

What’s Not Included

  • Train ticket Paris to Erstein, ± $81
TypeSelf Guided
Length6 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible Sundays from April 1 to October 31, 2016

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided based tour. You can choose how much to cycle each day from the various routes available.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Heart of Alsace Map

Various routes from Osthouse:
A – To Strasbourg, 19 or 32 mi.
B – To wine villages (including Obernai!), 27 or 31 mi.
C – South to Sélestat, 25 or 34 mi.
D – East through Rhine river valley, 29 or 40 mi.

A – To Strasbourg, 19 or 32 miles
Over an asphalt hunting-path along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, you will cycle northward to Strasbourg. The hunting-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 ‘Le 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 return to Strasbourg by train (bikes are allowed for free) for more time to sightsee.

B – To wine villages (including Obernai!), 27 or 31 miles
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, which you can visit on the extended route. On the return leg, you’ll ride along forests and meadows, past old half-timbered houses and the 12th century chapel St. Ulrich, where 14th century frescos can be seen!

C – South to Sélestat, 25 or 34 miles
This tour runs south in the direction of Sélestat. This charming old town has 2 great churches: a Romanesque and Gothic basilica. On your way there in the Alsace region, there’s the unique Baroque church in Ebersmunster worth a look. If you like, you can spend more time here and shorten the bike route. From 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.

D – East through Rhine river valley, 29 or 40 miles
This route takes you east through marshlands to the creator of this beautiful flat landscape: the Rhine. 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 roundtrip 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 dike, 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 far to the hotel.

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Customer Feedback

  • Lynn Tindula 11 months ago

    I would recommend the trip only if the biking instructions we changed. Alsace is a wonderful area and the people, food, and accommodations were great! But the instructions for the bike routes were too confusing and unclear and not in English. They were in Dutch - not even French or German!

  • Eileen Traykovski 11 months ago

    We were not able to bike because I broke my arm 2 weeks before our trip but nevertheless had a wonderful time. The accommodations were first rate, as well as the food, matched by the friendliness of the inn keepers. We found plenty of things to do other then biking; hiking along the bike path as well as hikes in the countryside, museums and train trips to interesting towns.

  • Eileen Schuler 12 months ago

    I broke my arm 3 weeks before our trip to Alsace so was not able to bike; instead of cancelling my husband and I decided to go anyway and we are so glad we did. We would never have discovered the lovely town of Osthouse and especially the beautiful renovated Hotel de la Ferme; we discovered some beautiful walks in the region, over meadows, woods and rivers. L'Hotel de la Ferme is very charming with a lovely garden and a ping pong table which we had fun with. The dining area at the hotel was very comfortable with a delicious, plentiful breakfast buffet; fruit of every kind, cheeses, breads and cakes. Lunch was always a hearty piece of french bread with butter and cheese! And dinner, 2 nights at the hotel and the rest of the evenings at the Aigle d'Or, a 4 star restaurant which has been in the family for 40 years, were always a fun surprise and delicious.
    Our room was on the second floor with a balcony and was very spacious, especially by European standards. Bathroom, sitting area, beds, everything comfortable, clean and very quiet. Our hosts could not have been nicer. They offered to pick us up and bring us back to the train for a small fee and took us to an amazing modern museum in Erstein. All in all a wonderful vacation!

  • Susan Prest 3 years ago

    We would rank our bicycle trip to Alsace/Lorraine based at the Hotel a la Ferme in Osthouse, France with 4 stars out of 5 stars.

    The accommodations and staff rate a 5 star ranking. The rooms were immaculate, spacious, and well-appointed with every modern convenience. Meals are elegantly prepared, rich with sauces, and skillfully served. Dinners were wonderful but one choice, whatever was being served that night. No low calorie alternatives were offered.

    Osthouse is a delightful beautifully restored rustic village, complete with working farms, an ancient chateau, and a beautiful 16th century church with a bell tower. The villagers were friendly. There were no stores or other restaurants in the village. We felt safe waking the streets at any hour.

    Only local French language TV, sporadic Internet and cell phone connections, no local entertainment. The only place to go in town are the hotel and their very elegant/fine restaurant 2 blocks away. If you are looking for a place to relax, get away from it all, and disconnect, this is the place. You will do it in style.

    You will need to bring your own metric bicycle tools, and a slim-valve (Presta) hand tire pump. There were eight 10-speed bicycles available to choose from. Ample saddle bags and adequate lunches were provided. Be patient with the English translation Route Instructions as they can be confusing at times. The actual bicycle routes had us sharing roads with cars as well as beautiful bicycle paths along many of the rivers and canals.

    For your own peace of mind, if you are relying on the hotel transportation back to the train station in Erstein, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes beyond the agreed upon pick-up time.

    Susan and Allen

  • chris kopet 4 years ago

    We absolutely loved Alsace, Osthouse, Hotel la Ferme and the bike rides. The villages, canals, tree-lined tow paths and the the wonderful stay at Hotel la Ferme. We did not want it to end.

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