Eguisheim in Alsace, France is a gorgeous town. Photo via Flickr:Kiefer

Signs mark the way in Eguisheim, Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr:Kiefer
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Southern Alsace Bike Tour

Switzerland, Germany, France Bike Tours

Border Triangle Bike Tour through Switzerland, France and Germany

  • Three countries, three cultures, and a wonderful Mediterranean climate are waiting for you in the Rhine rift between the Alps, the Black Forest, and the Vosges. The blending of these cultures has richly enhanced this region to the benefit of all with a distinctive cuisine and superb wines. Wine production has been the the mainstay for the locals for centuries and the expertise and success has built prosperous and colorful villages. Come and cycle your way through this unique region.

    Highlights

    • Landscape and nature by the Rhine
    • Cities of Basel, Colmar, and Strasbourg or Colmar, Freiburg, and Mulhouse
    • Alsace Wine Route and its typical villages
    • The welcoming and convivial hosts
    • The lovely Wine Route cycle paths and along the Rhine and its canal villages

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  • Basel to StrasbourgCategory ACategory B
    Season 1 $ 1611 £ 809 $ 1,396 898 $ 1666 kr 10007 $ 999 $ 1485 £ 746 $ 1,287 828 $ 1537 kr 9227 $ 921
    Season 2 $ 1683 £ 845 $ 1,458 938 $ 1741 kr 10453 $ 1,043 $ 1557 £ 782 $ 1,349 868 $ 1611 kr 9673 $ 965
    Season 3 $ 1755 £ 881 $ 1,521 978 $ 1815 kr 10899 $ 1,088 $ 1611 £ 809 $ 1,396 898 $ 1666 kr 10007 $ 999
    Single supplement $ 644 £ 323 $ 558 359 $ 666 kr 4001 $ 399 $ 483 £ 242 $ 418 269 $ 499 kr 2998 $ 299
    7 x dinners included $ 314 £ 158 $ 272 175 $ 325 kr 1950 $ 195 $ 296 £ 149 $ 257 165 $ 306 kr 1839 $ 184

    Cat A: 3 and 4 star hotels

    Cat B: 2 and 3 star hotels

    Round Trip from Freiburg8 Day7 Day
    Season 1 $ 1557 £ 782 $ 1,349 868 $ 1611 kr 9673 $ 965 $ 1306 £ 656 $ 1,132 728 $ 1351 kr 8113 $ 810
    Season 2 $ 1647 £ 827 $ 1,427 918 $ 1704 kr 10230 $ 1,021 $ 1360 £ 683 $ 1,178 758 $ 1407 kr 8447 $ 843
    Season 3 $ 1719 £ 863 $ 1,489 958 $ 1778 kr 10676 $ 1,065 $ 1414 £ 710 $ 1,225 788 $ 1462 kr 8782 $ 876
    Single supplement $ 644 £ 323 $ 558 359 $ 666 kr 4001 $ 399 $ 501 £ 251 $ 434 279 $ 518 kr 3109 $ 310
    Dinners included* $ 314 £ 158 $ 272 175 $ 325 kr 1950 $ 195 $ 260 £ 131 $ 225 145 $ 269 kr 1616 $ 161

    *6 x dinner included in 8 day tour and 5 x dinner included in 7 day tour.

    Season 1: April 4 to April 24 and September 26 to October 10, 2020
    Season 2: April 25 to May 29 and September 5 to September 25, 2020
    Season 3: May 30 to September 4, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 188 £ 95 $ 163 105 $ 195 kr 1170 $ 117

    Extra nights:

    Basel 3 star: On request

    Freiburg 4 star: $ 152 £ 77 $ 132 85 $ 158 kr 947 $ 95

    Single room: $ 260 £ 131 $ 225 145 $ 269 kr 1616 $ 161

    Freiburg 3 star:  $ 126 £ 63 $ 109 70 $ 130 kr 780 $ 78

    Single room: $ 206 £ 104 $ 179 115 $ 213 kr 1282 $ 128

    Strasbourg 3 star: $ 124 £ 62 $ 107 69 $ 128 kr 769 $ 77

    Single room: $ 196 £ 98 $ 169 109 $ 202 kr 1215 $ 121

    Strasbourg 4 star: $ 135 £ 68 $ 117 75 $ 139 kr 836 $ 83

    Single room: $ 206 £ 104 $ 179 115 $ 213 kr 1282 $ 128

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Basel International Airport. (BSL) Another major international airport close to Basel is the Zurich Airport (ZRH), located 49 miles/79 km from Basel.

    Local Travel

    If arrival airport is Basel, take airport bus to Basel Bahnhof (central train station). Alternatively, passengers can travel by tram from the airport to the main train station in central Basel. Then, taxi to first hotel. If arrival is Zurich, train from Zurich airport to Basel. The SBB travel center is located beneath the Airport Center in the Check in 3 area. It is about a 1 1/2 hour train ride to Basel with no transfers or one transfer, depending on departure time. From train station, taxi to hotel at about Euro 15.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are: April: 65°/47, May: 66°/48°, June: 72°/54°, July: 76°/57°, August: 76°/56°, September: 69°/51°, October: 58°/44°.


Tour Dates

2020

Daily departures from April 4 to October 10, 2020

Season 1: April 4 to April 24 and September 26 to October 10, 2020
Season 2: April 25 to May 29 and September 5 to September 25, 2020
Season 3: May 30 to September 4, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided bike tour along the Rhine River. The route follows cycle paths and secondary roads with little traffic outside the towns and villages. More traffic is naturally encountered entering and exiting towns and villages. There are a few days that you will have some hills to climb.

Where You’ll Stay

Both the 8 day and 7 day tours from Freiburg offer 3 and 4 star accommodations. From Basel, two categories are offered. Category B, 2 and 3 star hotels are included and in Category A, 3 and 4 star hotels. We are happy to provide sample hotel lists on request.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations according to booked category
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents consisting of route book with route descriptions, maps, tourist information (one per room)
  • GPS tracks
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bike equipped with handlebar bag, one pannier, and repair kit
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Signposted route

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern Alsace Map

8 Days from Basel

DAY 1: Basel area
DAY 2: Basel area - Müllheim, 26 mi. (42 km)
DAY 3: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
DAY 4: Freiburg - Colmar, 36 mi. (58 km)
DAY 5: Colmar - Riquewihr area, 24 mi. (40 km)
DAY 6: Riquewihr area - Obernai area, 31 mi. (50 km)
DAY 7: Obernai - Strasbourg, 24 mi. (40 km)
DAY 8: Departure from Strasbourg or extend your stay!

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Basel area
Arrival in Basel, check in to the hotel and take the opportunity for sightseeing. 

Day 2: Basel area – Müllheim, 26 mi. (42 km) 
The Rhine it is ideal to cycle. Your daily objective is the Markgräfler country. 

Day 3: Müllheim – Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
After the visit of the villa Urbana and the Maltese’s Castle in Heitersheim you will cycle to Bad Krozingen and his Mineral Thermal springs, before you arrived to Freiburg in the Black Forest. 

Day 4: Freiburg – Colmar, 36 mi. (58 km)
The 13th century Breisach Cathedral towers imposingly over the bank of the Rhine. You cross the Rhine here to Neuf-Brisach in Alsace, a 17th century, octagonal fortified town. The day ends wonderfully in the beautiful town of Colmar, one of the most delightful cities on the French wine route 

Day 5: Colmar – Riquewihr area, 24 mi. (40 km)
You have some more time to visit the art city of Colmar. You drive through cycle tracks and sometimes on traffic-poor side roads and will get Riquewihr. At the foot of the Vosges nestle the winemaking villages responsible for the reputation of the Alsatian Grand Crus: Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr. 

Day 6: Riquewihr area – Obernai area, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Along the wine road you will discover the villages of Barr, Andlau and its abbey, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr. 

Day 7: Obernai – Strasbourg, 24 mi. (40 km)
From there, along the cycle track on the banks of the Bruche canal, you will reach the capital of Europe: Strasbourg. 

Day 8: Departure
End of tour or extend your stay. 

DAY 1: Freiburg
Arrival in Freiburg, check in at the hotels and opportunity for free sightseeing.

DAY 2: Freiburg - Colmar, 34 mi. (55 km)
The imposing 13th century Breisach Cathedral towers over the bank of the Rhine. You will cross the Rhine there to Neuf- Brisach in Alsace, a 17th century, octagonal fortified town. The day ends wonderfully in beautiful Colmar, one of the most delightful cities on the Alsace Wine Route.

DAY 3: Colmar - Guebwiller, 25 mi. (41 km)
From Colmar you follow the French Wine Route. The dreamy wine-growing villages, with many Alsatian timber-frame houses, and magnificent mediaeval town centres in the midst of extensive vineyards are areas for unwinding, enjoyment a simply relaxing.

DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse area, 22 mi. (35 km)
From Guebwiller, you ride to Ungersheim, until the Ecomusee d’Alsace. From there, the cycle path guides you directly to Mulhouse. The largest automobile collection in the world and the Rail & Electricity Museum will inspire everyone, not just technology fans.

DAY 5: Mulhouse area - Basel area, 33 mi. (53 km)
The cycle path leads you along the Rhone-Rhine Canal on EuroVelo 6 until Illfurth. Then you will cycle through little villages in the area called Sundgau to Basel.

DAY 6: Basel area - Müllheim, 26 mi. (42 km)
The Rhine is ideal for cycling. The goal of the day is Müllheim in the region of Markgräfler.

DAY 7: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
After the visit to the Villa Urbana and the Malteserschloss in Heitersheim, we head into the Breisgau. In the treasure chest of Bad Krozingen the mineral and thermal springs await you, before the day fades away in Freiburg, the gateway to the Black Forest.

Day 8: Departure

DAY 1: Freiburg
Arrival in Freiburg, check in at the hotels and opportunity for free sightseeing.

DAY 2: Freiburg - Colmar, 34 mi. (55 km)
The imposing 13th century Breisach Cathedral towers over the bank of the Rhine. You will cross the Rhine there to Neuf- Brisach in Alsace, a 17th century, octagonal fortified town. The day ends wonderfully in beautiful Colmar, one of the most delightful cities on the Alsace Wine Route.

DAY 3: Colmar - Guebwiller, 25 mi. (41 km)
From Colmar you follow the French Wine Route. The dreamy wine-growing villages, with many Alsatian timber-frame houses, and magnificent mediaeval town centres in the midst of extensive vineyards are areas for unwinding, enjoyment a simply relaxing.

DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse area, 22 mi. (35 km)
From Guebwiller, you ride to Ungersheim, until the Ecomusee d’Alsace. From there, the cycle path guides you directly to Mulhouse. The largest automobile collection in the world and the Rail & Electricity Museum will inspire everyone, not just technology fans.

DAY 5: Mulhouse area to Müllheim, 17 mi. (28 km)
We ride to Mulhouse along the typical canal and pedal through extensive woodland to the Rhine. The old fortress at Neuenburg welcomes you to the German side, before continuing to idyllic Müllheim at the foot of the Black Forest.

DAY 7: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
After the visit to the Villa Urbana and the Malteserschloss in Heitersheim, we head into the Breisgau. In the treasure chest of Bad Krozingen the mineral and thermal springs await you, before the day fades away in Freiburg, the gateway to the Black Forest.

DAY 7: Departure from Freiburg

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Tour Reviews

  • K. Hagan 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is our third trip with Tripsite and this was our least favorite so far. The scenery was not particularly stunning and in France we were on more roads than we would have preferred. We also stayed in larger cities such as Basel and Freiburg than in previous trips. It is a personal preference, but we prefer the smaller towns such as the ones we encountered on our trip from Amsterdam to Brugge and from Prague to Dresden.

    On the positive front, the lodging and equipment were the best that we have had from the three trips. The hotels were quite nice and truly were 4 star accommodations. The bikes had cushy seats and comfortable handlebars. Even the panniers were a step up with easy snap on and off functionality and very good water proofing.

    We enjoyed the trip and it was high quality as we have enjoyed with Tripsite. The scenery just wasn't as nice and that's why we rank this as our least favorite of our trips so far. Have no fear, we will go again next Read more… year and are already looking at the Barcelona/Girona trip. We love working with Tripsite and will be long-term customers!

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