Alsace is filled with twisting vineyards, and fabulous food, and a multitude of picturesque flowered villages with difficult-to-pronounce names that are fantastic to explore by bike.
2022 per person price
|CLASSIC TOUR||1090 €|
|CLASSIC + TOUR||1210 €|
|DELUXE TOUR||1630 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
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Strasbourg, seat of the new European Parliament, is an ancient and lively city, filled with treasures to explore. It was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first city to be honoured with the title in its entirety. Meander the canals, cobblestoned streets, and small boutiques of Strasbourg. Visit the old town, its picturesque quarters and half-timbered houses in the neighbourhood known as "The Petite France". Visit the Gothic cathedral and its famous astronomical clock, and the European Parliament. Be sure to sate your appetite as well with the pastries, tartes flambees and fresh cheeses at every corner!
The first half of today's ride follows the very easy riding along the Bruch Canal, one of the prettiest bike paths in Europe. It will lead you out of Strasbourg and towards the vineyards, in Molsheim (a lovely town, which is also the home of Bugatti), where you can stop to explore. From there you ride through vineyard villages (such as Rosenwiller, with its ancient and haunting Jewish cemetery, Rosheim, with its three arched town gates, and Bischofsheim, with its abbey, perched high above the village), before arriving in Obernai itself. All of the villages will seduce you with their half-timbered houses and typical Alsatian feel. Be sure to stop to have your camera handy! Obernai, a wine-growing village itself, is nestled at the base of the vineyard covered hills. During the summer it's decked out with flowers; you’ll love its winding cobblestone streets that challenge motorists and enchant pedestrians and cyclists.
Today's ride is quite stunning, as you spend the day riding through the many villages of the Alsace wine region. Winemaking in Alsace has a long history; it is a region that produces primarily white wines, with its famous Rieslings and aromatic Gewurtzraminers, but you can also get a very drinkable and inexpensive red pinot noir here. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and taste wine, as you hop from village to village (you actually ride through 19 different villages over the course of the day! The route also takes you through the lovely town of Selestat, where you can explore with the walking tour we provide, and find lunch. Tonight you stay in tiny Ribeauville, with beautiful half-timbered buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a variety of shops, wineries, and historic sites. Dinner is included this evening.
The beginning of today's ride has you pedalling along the Alsace Vineyard route again, through more tiny vineyard villages, starting almost immediately with Riquewihr. This town has much of its Medieval fortifications and a castle still intact; it largely escaped damage during the Second World War, and is quite beautiful. You'll also want to stop for some explorations in both Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. The route then turns away from the vineyards and across the plains, entering the town of Colmar on a tranquil bike path. The center of this town, where you are based, reveals its charm: the colors and atmosphere of streets still embody much of the Middle Ages. Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, and edifices from the Renaissance abound. The shorter distance today allows you plenty of time for explorations once you arrive.
After a final delicious breakfast, there are very easy train connections out of Colmar for your continued travels. Bon Voyage!