Freiburg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:rolohauck
Bakery in Colmar, Alsace Wine Route, France. Photo via Flickr:anne arnould

Corner house in Alsace, France. Photo via Flickr:print57
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Southern Alsace

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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  • 2018 Prices

    8 day tour from Basel:

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1 £ 796 $ 1,270 843 NOK 8360 kr 7717 $ 1,003 £ 730 $ 1,164 773 NOK 7666 kr 7076 $ 920
    Season 2 £ 834 $ 1,330 883 NOK 8756 kr 8083 $ 1,051 £ 768 $ 1,225 813 NOK 8062 kr 7442 $ 967
    Season 3 £ 862 $ 1,375 913 NOK 9054 kr 8357 $ 1,086 £ 796 $ 1,270 843 NOK 8360 kr 7717 $ 1,003
    Single supplement £ 298 $ 474 315 NOK 3124 kr 2883 $ 375 £ 236 $ 377 250 NOK 2479 kr 2288 $ 298
    7 x dinners included £ 165 $ 264 175 NOK 1735 kr 1602 $ 208 £ 151 $ 241 160 NOK 1587 kr 1465 $ 190

    Cat A: 3 and 4 star hotels

    Cat B: 2 and 3 star hotels

    Season 1: April 21 to April 27 and September 29
    Season 2: April 28 to May 24 and September 1 to September 28
    Season 3: May 25 to August 31

    8 day from Freiburg: 

    Season 1: £ 768 $ 1,225 813 NOK 8062 kr 7442 $ 967

    Season 2: £ 806 $ 1,285 853 NOK 8459 kr 7808 $ 1,015

    Season 3: £ 843 $ 1,345 893 NOK 8856 kr 8174 $ 1,063

    Single supplement: £ 316 $ 505 335 NOK 3322 kr 3067 $ 399

    6 x dinner included: £ 161 $ 256 170 NOK 1686 kr 1556 $ 202

    7 day from Freiburg: 

    Season 1: £ 636 $ 1,014 673 NOK 6674 kr 6161 $ 801

    Season 2: £ 664 $ 1,059 703 NOK 6971 kr 6435 $ 837

    Season 3: £ 692 $ 1,104 733 NOK 7269 kr 6710 $ 872

    Single supplement: £ 246 $ 392 260 NOK 2578 kr 2380 $ 309

    5 x dinner included : £ 132 $ 211 140 NOK 1388 kr 1282 $ 167

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 99 $ 158 105 NOK 1041 kr 961 $ 125

    GPS rental: £ 47 $ 75 50 NOK 496 kr 458 $ 60

    Extra nights:

    Basel 3 star: On request

    Frieburg 4 star: £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95

    Single room: £ 128 $ 203 135 NOK 1339 kr 1236 $ 161

    Strasbourg 3 star: £ 64 $ 102 68 NOK 674 kr 622 $ 81

    Single room: £ 104 $ 166 110 NOK 1091 kr 1007 $ 131  

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • 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

8 Days from Basel: Daily departures from April 21 to September 29, 2018

Season 1: April 21 to April 27 and September 29
Season 2: April 28 to May 24 and September 1 to September 28
Season 3: May 25 to August 31

7/8 Days from Frieburg: Daily departures from March 24 to October 6, 2018

Season 1: March 24 to April 27 and September 29 to October 6, 2018
Season 2: April 28 to May 24 and September 1 to September 28
Season 3: May 25 to August 31

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

8 day tour from Freiburg and 7 day tour from Freiburg are in 3 and 4 star accommodations. 2 star hotels are included in Category B 8 Day tour from Basel. Please ask us for sample hotel list.

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 (GPS can be rented on request for €40)
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bike equipped with handlebar bag, one pannier, and repair kit

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
DAY 2: Basel - Müllheim, 26 mi. (42 km)
DAY 3: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
DAY 4: Freiburg - Colmar, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 5: Colmar - Riquewihr, 24 mi. (38 km)
DAY 6: Riquewihr - Obernai, 31 mi. (50 km)
DAY 7: Obernai - Strasbourg, 23 mi. (37 km)
DAY 8: Departure from Strasbourg or extend your stay!

*All distances are approxiamate.

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

Day 2: Basel – 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, 34 mi. (55 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, 24 mi. (38 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 – Obernai, 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, 23 mi. (37 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. 

8 Days from Freiburg

DAY 1: Freiburg
DAY 2: Freiburg - Colmar, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 3: Colmar - Guebwiller, 20 mi. (33 km)
DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse, 22 mi. (36 km)
DAY 5: Mulhouse - Basel, 33 mi. (53 km)
DAY 6: Basel - Müllheim, 26 mi. (42 km)
DAY 7: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 8: Departure

7 Days from Freiburg

DAY 1: Freiburg
DAY 2: Freiburg - Colmar, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 3: Colmar - Guebwiller, 20 mi. (33 km)
DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse, 22 mi. (36 km)
DAY 5: Mulhouse to Müllheim, 19 mi. (29 km)
DAY 6: Müllheim - Freiburg, 21 mi. (34 km)
DAY 7: Departure from Freiburg

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Customer Feedback

  • K. Hagan 1 year ago

    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 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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