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

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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  • 2019 Prices

    Basel to Strasbourg:

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1 £ 689 $ 1,181 863 NOK 8270 kr 7634 $ 992 £ 633 $ 1,086 793 NOK 7600 kr 7015 $ 912
    Season 2 £ 721 $ 1,236 903 NOK 8654 kr 7988 $ 1,038 £ 665 $ 1,140 833 NOK 7983 kr 7369 $ 958
    Season 3 £ 745 $ 1,277 933 NOK 8941 kr 8253 $ 1,073 £ 689 $ 1,181 863 NOK 8270 kr 7634 $ 992
    Single supplement £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362 £ 200 $ 342 250 NOK 2396 kr 2212 $ 288
    7 x dinners included £ 140 $ 240 175 NOK 1677 kr 1548 $ 201 £ 128 $ 219 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184

    Cat A: 3 and 4 star hotels

    Cat B: 2 and 3 star hotels

     

    Round Trip from Freiburg

     8 Day7 Day
    Season 1 £ 665 $ 1,140 833 NOK 7983 kr 7369 $ 958 £ 553 $ 949 693 NOK 6641 kr 6130 $ 797
    Season 2 £ 697 $ 1,195 873 NOK 8366 kr 7723 $ 1,004 £ 577 $ 990 723 NOK 6929 kr 6396 $ 831
    Season 3 £ 729 $ 1,250 913 NOK 8750 kr 8077 $ 1,050 £ 601 $ 1,031 753 NOK 7216 kr 6661 $ 866
    Single supplement £ 268 $ 459 335 NOK 3210 kr 2963 $ 385 £ 208 $ 356 260 NOK 2492 kr 2300 $ 299
    Dinners included* £ 136 $ 233 170 NOK 1629 kr 1504 $ 196 £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161

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

    Season 1: April 6 to April 26 and September 28 to October 5, 2019
    Season 2: April 27 to May 24 and August 31 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: May 25 to August 30, 2019 

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    GPS rental: £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58

    Extra nights:

    Basel 3 star: On request

    Freiburg 4 star: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92

    Single room: £ 108 $ 185 135 NOK 1294 kr 1194 $ 155

    Strasbourg 3 star: £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    Single room: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    please note

    Rates are per person 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 €50)
  • 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
From863 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily departures from April 6 to October 5, 2019


Season 1: April 6 to April 26 and September 28 to October 5, 2019
Season 2: April 27 to May 24 and August 31 to September 27, 2019
Season 3: May 25 to August 30, 2019 

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, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 5: Colmar - Riquewihr area, 24 mi. (38 km)
DAY 6: Riquewihr area - Obernai area, 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 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, 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 area, 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 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, 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, 25 mi. (41 km)
DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse area, 22 mi. (36 km)
DAY 5: Mulhouse area - Basel area, 33 mi. (53 km)
DAY 6: Basel area - 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, 25 mi. (41 km)
DAY 4: Guebwiller - Mulhouse area, 22 mi. (36 km)
DAY 5: Mulhouse area 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 2 years 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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