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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  • 8 day tour from Basel:

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1 £ 792 $ 1,232 818 NOK 8316 kr 7677 $ 998 £ 724 $ 1,127 748 NOK 7605 kr 7020 $ 913
    Season 2 £ 831 $ 1,292 858 NOK 8723 kr 8052 $ 1,047 £ 763 $ 1,187 788 NOK 8011 kr 7395 $ 961
    Season 3 £ 860 $ 1,337 888 NOK 9028 kr 8334 $ 1,083 £ 792 $ 1,232 818 NOK 8316 kr 7677 $ 998
    Single supplement £ 305 $ 474 315 NOK 3203 kr 2956 $ 384 £ 271 $ 422 280 NOK 2847 kr 2628 $ 342
    7 x dinners included £ 169 $ 264 175 NOK 1779 kr 1642 $ 214 £ 155 $ 241 160 NOK 1627 kr 1502 $ 195

    Cat A: 3 and 4 star hotels

    Cat B: 2 and 3 star hotels

    8 day from Freiburg: 

    Season 1: £ 763 $ 1,187 788 NOK 8011 kr 7395 $ 961

    Season 2: £ 802 $ 1,247 828 NOK 8418 kr 7770 $ 1,010

    Season 3: £ 840 $ 1,307 868 NOK 8825 kr 8146 $ 1,059

    Single supplement: £ 324 $ 505 335 NOK 3406 kr 3144 $ 409

    6 x dinner included: £ 165 $ 256 170 NOK 1728 kr 1595 $ 207

    7 day from Freiburg: 

    Season 1: £ 627 $ 976 648 NOK 6588 kr 6081 $ 791

    Season 2: £ 656 $ 1,021 678 NOK 6893 kr 6363 $ 827

    Season 3: £ 686 $ 1,066 708 NOK 7198 kr 6644 $ 864

    Single supplement: £ 252 $ 392 260 NOK 2643 kr 2440 $ 317

    5 x dinner included : £ 136 $ 211 140 NOK 1423 kr 1314 $ 171

    Season 1: April 1 to April 28 + Sep. 26 to Oct. 1
    Season 2: April 29 to June 2 + Aug. 26 to Sep. 25
    Season 3: June 3 to Aug. 25

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110

    GPS rental: £ 39 $ 60 40 NOK 407 kr 375 $ 49

    Extra nights:

    Basel 3 star: £ 116 $ 181 120 NOK 1220 kr 1126 $ 146

    Single room: £ 189 $ 294 195 NOK 1983 kr 1830 $ 238

    Basel 3 star (July and August): £ 82 $ 128 85 NOK 864 kr 798 $ 104

    Single room: £ 126 $ 196 130 NOK 1322 kr 1220 $ 159

    Frieburg 4 star: £ 77 $ 120 80 NOK 813 kr 751 $ 98

    Single room: £ 131 $ 203 135 NOK 1373 kr 1267 $ 165

    Strasbourg 3 star: £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79

    Single room: £ 107 $ 166 110 NOK 1118 kr 1032 $ 134  

    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°.


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
From708 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily departures (except on Sundays) from April 1 to October 1, 2017

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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