Many quaint villages such as Eguisheim, France. Photo via Flickr with permission from Espace Randonnee
Along quiet roads on this bike tour of Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr with permission from Espace Randonnee

Shopping and sightseeing in Turckheim, 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, Freiburg, Mulhouse, Basel, or Colmar!

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Where You’ll Stay

Comfortable 2 star and 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations - 2 nights is 2 star hotels and 5 nights in 3 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome meeting at your first hotel
  • Roadbook in English (also available in French and German)
  • GPS tracks (GPS device can be rented for €40)
  • Map and Travel Documentation
  • 21-speed or 7-speed Bike Rental

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Departures every day except Sundays from April 1 to October 1, 2016

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.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route Map

Day 1: Arrival Strasbourg
Day 2: Strasbourg - Obernai, 23 miles (37 km)
Day 3: Obernai - Riquewihr, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 4: Riquewihr - Colmar, 23 miles (38 km)
Day 5: Colmar - Ottmarsheim, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 6: Ottmarsheim - Mulhouse, 11 miles (18 km)
Day 7: Mulhouse - Basel, 33 miles (53 km)
Day 8: Departure from Basel

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

Day 2: Strasbourg to Obernai, 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, 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-laVille, 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: Colmar - Ottmarsheim, 31 miles (50 km)
From Colmar, you go south to Mulhouse along a cycle path through sleepy villages and forests. After visiting NeufBrisach, you reach Ottmarsheim. There you can admire the unique Romanesque church from the 12th century before taking the canal cycle path into the heart of the town.

Day 6: Ottmarsheim - Mulhouse, 11 miles (18 km)
The cycle path runs through the Hardt wald to the canal and then on to the historic city center of 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!

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Customer Feedback

  • Marcus O'Neill 11 months 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 11 months 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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