Biking along the canal in Colmar, Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr:Kiefer

Along quiet roads on this bike tour of Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr with permission from Espace Randonnee
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Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route

France, Switzerland Bike Tours

Explore Alsace!

  • This bike tour in France and Switzerland will lead you through a beautiful region full of art and culture, excellent wines, and world renowned cuisine which will fascinate gourmets and bon vivant alike.

    The Wine Route is a cyclists dream and Alsace region has the longest cycling paths in all of France. You will bike through several small towns where time seems to have stood still since the Middle ages. The well preserved town walls and gates, the picturesque half-timbered houses, the impressive Roman and Gothic churches testify to an eventful past. Of course, the main focus is on wine; Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, and Silvaner.

    But there is more than wine to enjoy on this bike tour in France: the idyllic landscape is dominated and protected by the mountain range of the Vosges, on whose mountain tops sit castles and ruins. The starting point of this romantic Alsace cycling route is the European city of Strasbourg. In the city center, which is surrounded by the canals of the River Ill, you will get an idea of what lies ahead. At the end of the tour, you will have a hard time deciding what has been the highlight: Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Basel, or Colmar!

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    Season 1 £ 649 $ 1,113 813 NOK 7791 kr 7192 $ 935
    Season 2 £ 665 $ 1,140 833 NOK 7983 kr 7369 $ 958
    Season 3 £ 697 $ 1,195 873 NOK 8366 kr 7723 $ 1,004
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362
    7 x dinners included £ 160 $ 274 200 NOK 1917 kr 1769 $ 230

    Season 1: April 6 to April 26 and September 28 to October 5, 2019
    Season 2: April 27 to May 24 and August 31 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: May 25 to August 30, 2019

    extra options

    Electric Bike Rental  £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    GPS device: £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58

    Extra Nights

    Strasbourg B&B  £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    Single room: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    Basel: On request

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Strasbourg International Airport

    Local Travel

    From the Strasbourg airport, take the shuttle to the main station, then a taxi to your hotel

    Climate

    Average high/low for Strasbourg: Jan 39/30, Feb 42/30, Mar 51/36, Apr 57/40, May 66/48, Jun 72/54, Jul 76/57, Aug 76/56, Sep 69/51, Oct 58/44, Nov 47/36, Dec 41/32 °F


Skill Level

This is a moderate self guided hotel tour with averages distances between 37 to 66 km. You will cycle mainly on cycle paths or secondary roads with little traffic. There are significant climbs on days 3 and 4. All routes are signposted. There is a "sportier" version offered with longer daily distances.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star or 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome meeting at your first hotel (not available on Sundays or public holidays)
  • Roadbook in English (also available in French and German)
  • GPS tracks (GPS device can be rented for €50)
  • Map and travel documentation
  • 21-speed or 7-speed bike rental
  • Signposted route

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Departures daily from April 6 to October 5, 2019


Season 1: April 6 to April 26 and September 28 to October 5, 2019
Season 2: April 27 to May 24 and August 31 to September 27, 2019
Season 3: May 25 to August 30, 2019

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route Map

Day 1: Arrival Strasbourg
Day 2: Strasbourg - Obernai or surrounding, 23 miles (37 km)
Day 3: Obernai - Riquewihr or surrounding, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 4: Riquewihr - Colmar, 23 miles (38 km)
Day 5: Rest day in Colmar or loop ride to Guebweiller/Mulhouse, 31.47 miles (50/76 km) + return by train
Day 6: Colmar - Mulhouse or surroundings, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 7: Mulhouse - Basel or surroundings, 33 miles (53 km)
Day 8: Departure from Basel area

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival to Strasbourg 
Check-in to your hotel

Day 2: Strasbourg to Oberna or surroundings, 23 miles (37 km)
The Canal de la Bruche once served to transport wine from the wine-growing areas to the capital. Today, the cycle path runs along this canal from Strasbourg to Molsheim on the wine route. It continues past the 12th century Romanesque church at Rosheim to Obernai.

Day 3: Obernai to Riquewihr or surroundings, 31 miles (50 km)
The cycle path runs through the famous vineyards and their wine-growing villages, which are among the most beautiful in Alsace: Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Dambach-la-Ville, Ribeauville and Riquewihr.

Day 4: Riquewihr - Colmar, 23 miles (38 km)
Today there are more vines and beautiful wine-growing villages. Ammerschwihr and its famous Kaefferkopf watches over the wine-growing villages of Turckheim and Eguisheim, where time stands still. You reach Colmar in the early afternoon. 

Day 5: Rest day in Colmar or roundtrip to Guebwiller/Mulhouse, 31 or 47 mi. (50 or 76 km) + return by train 
From Colmar you go to the south along the Alsace Wine Route and its typical villages. From Guebwiller, you cycle to Bollwiller and take the train or continue to Ungersheim, until the Ecomusee d’Alsace. From there, the cycle path guides you directly to Mulhouse. Return to Colmar by train.

Day 6: Colmar – Area Mulhouse, 41 mi. (66 km)
From Colmar head east to Neuf Brisach, then continue towards the south to reach the gentle village of Ottmarsheim with its 12th century nice church. Next you enter the Hardt’s forest then you go along the Huningue’s canal to reach Mulhouse.

Day 7: Mulhouse - Basel area, 33 miles (53 km)
Today's route takes you along the Rhone-Rhine Canal to Basel. The cycle path of EuroVelo route 6 runs over the Three Countries Bridge to Basel.

Day 8: Departure from Basel area.
Departure or extend your stay!

Sporty version:

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg
Day 2: Strasbourg – Obernail, 75 km
Day 3: Obernai – Riquewihr, 85 km
Day 4: Riquewihr – Colmar, 82 km
Day 5: Rest day in Colmar or Roundtrip to Munsterr, 40 km
Day 6: Colmar – Area Mulhouse, 111 km
Day 7: Area Mulhouse – Basel area, 82 km
Day 8 : Departure or prolongation

All distances are approximate.

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Customer Feedback

  • Lise H. 2 weeks ago

    First of all we had spectacular weather on our 8 days of riding on the Alsace Wine Route, from Strasbourg to Basel in late September. +/- 30 miles a day was perfect. It allowed us to get to our destination in the early afternoon, rest up and then go and explore the villages. The scenic beauty was off the charts. It was early fall and the grapes were still on the vine with the leaves turning an autumn yellow color. That with a backdrop of the green hills set us up for some beautiful photographs. The backroads that we took were frequented by locals out for a walk and when passing by, everyone would say bonjour to each other. We loved that! We are already looking at other trips through Tripsite. Great memories.

  • Marcus O'Neill 3 years ago

    Only real complaint was the signage throughout the route. More route markers would have been very helpful and prevented us from getting lost several times.

  • Kenneth Larsen 3 years ago

    We started with the book with maps and directions. Although it was pretty good, we got lost a couple times with that. I think on the 3rd day we met the woman who wrote the directions and she got us the file for my Garmin. That gave us turn by turn directions with no mistakes. Everyone we met was very pleasant. The trip was great. The bikes were a bit heavy.

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