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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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

Overnight accommodations in quality 2 to 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations in 2 star to 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents - 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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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 5 months 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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