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 £ 644 $ 1,145 793 NOK 7732 kr 7137 $ 928
    Season 2 £ 669 $ 1,189 823 NOK 8024 kr 7407 $ 963
    Season 3 £ 693 $ 1,232 853 NOK 8317 kr 7677 $ 998
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 240 $ 426 295 NOK 2876 kr 2655 $ 345
    7 x dinners included £ 138 $ 246 170 NOK 1658 kr 1530 $ 199

    Season 1: March 24 to April 27 and September 29 to October 6
    Season 2: April 28 to May 24 and September 1 to September 28
    Season 3: May 25 to August 31

    extra options

    Electric Bike Rental  £ 85 $ 152 105 NOK 1024 kr 945 $ 123

    GPS device: £ 41 $ 72 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59

    Extra Nights

    Strasbourg B&B  £ 55 $ 98 68 NOK 663 kr 612 $ 80

    Single room: £ 89 $ 159 110 NOK 1073 kr 990 $ 129

    Basel: On request

    please note

    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


    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 11 and 31 miles (18 and 53 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

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From793 Rates
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Tour Dates

Departures daily from March 24 to October 6, 2018

Season 1: March 24 to April 27 and September 29 to October 6
Season 2: April 28 to May 24 and September 1 to September 28
Season 3: May 25 to August 31

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

*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, 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
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, 82 km
Day 8 : Departure or prolongation

All distances are approximate.

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Customer Feedback

  • 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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