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Cycling holiday based in Colmar, Alsace
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Highlights

  • Exploring the highlights of Alsace by bike
  • Based in the historic city of Colmar
  • Pedalling down trails at the foot of the Haut-Koenigsbourg
  • Enjoying alluring landscapes in the valleys of the Vosges Mountains
  • Riding alongside the Rhone-Rhine Canal into the heart of Strasbourg
  • Exploring the Ried, an area full of exceptionally rich natural heritage

Explore the best of Alsace by bike on this short cycling break to Alsace. Based in Colmar you will explore Colmar, Strasbourg and the vineyards and villages of Alsace.

This cycling tour is based in Colmar, a great city to explore with its narrow medieval streets and half-timbered houses. Throughout the spring, summer and autumn you’ll see a profusion of flowers overflowing from window boxes everywhere you turn. With 2500km of dedicated cycling trails, this area provides a profusion of amazing routes, alongside and through quaint wine villages whose vineyards create famed Rieslings and Gewurztraminers.

Follow cycle paths along the famous Alsace Wine Route and through villages such as Riquewihr, one of France's “100 Most Beautiful Villages”. Also explore the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, a city with an impressive Gothic cathedral and the lovely area of "La Petite France" with its narrow cobbled streets and small canal bridges.

DAY 1: Arrive Colmar

Arrive in the city of Colmar, capital of the Alsace wine region. Take the time to wander down the quaint cobbled streets of the old town, lined with medieval half-timbered houses and admire the architecture that is testament to an illustrious past.


Overnight: Hotel Beausejour***, Colmar


The Keller family offer a warm welcome to this 3* hotel that has 14 charming rooms in the old part and 24 rooms in the modern extension. In the summer, breakfast is served in the garden and with only an 8-minute walk to the old town, it is in a perfect location.


DAY 2: Loop Cycle on Alsace Wine Route

This morning head north out of Colmar to Houssen, then onto Ribeauville and through many traditional wine-making villages. The local vineyards here, nestled at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, are responsible for the best Alsatian Grand Crus, such as Eguisheim, Turkheim, Kayserberg and Riquewihr. There are plenty of opportunities to sit on a restaurant terrace and sip a fine Reisling while admiring the view. These villages are very pretty and are the jewels of the wine route. Riquewihr, has been deemed “One of the 100 Most Beautiful Villages in France”.


Overnight: Hotel Beausejour***, Colmar


Cycle: 62km


DAY 3: Cycle Colmar to Sélestat

Today you cycle down serene canalside paths to Marckolesheim, located on the Rhine River.  From here carry on to Sélestat via the villages of the Ried. This Alsace region has an exceptionally rich natural heritage. The term “Ried” comes from the Alemannic German “Rieth”, which means rush (reed). Here there are flood plains, lush forests and the landscape is also criss-crossed by a thousand small rivers.  An area also rich in aquatic flora and fauna, it has been declared a nature reserve.


If you wish you can cycle all the way back to Colmar through beautiful vine-covered countryside, or it is possible to take a train from Sélestat to Colmar in order to shorten the cycling distance.


Overnight: Hotel Beausejour***, Colmar


Cycle: 74 or 37km


DAY 4: Train to Erstein. Cycle to Strasbourg.

After breakfast make your way to Colmar Train Station where you board a train to Strasbourg (running every half an hour).  Leave the train in Erstein and from here cycle all the way into Strasbourg along a traffic-free cycle path which is next to the Rhone-Rhine Canal. Upon arrival there will be time to explore the  impressive Gothic cathedral and the lovely area of "La Petite France" with its narrow cobbled streets and small canal bridges. After your discovery of Strasbourg you can stay here for the evening if you wish, or you can make your way back to Colmar by train in time for dinner (the train from Strasbourg to Colmar takes approximately 30 minutes).


Overnight: Hotel Beausejour***, Colmar


Cycle: 25km


DAY 5: Onward Travel

The tour finishes after breakfast. Make your way to the train station or the airport for your onward journey.    


Accommodation

On your 5 day, 4 night self-guided cycling tour in Alsace, France you will stay 4 nights in a 3* hotel.



 

 

 




Hotel Beausejour - Colmar

The Keller family offer a warm welcome to this 3* hotel that has 14 charming rooms in the old part and 24 rooms in the modern extension. In the summer, breakfast is served in the garden and with only an 8-minute walk to the old town, it is in a perfect location.


Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the main daily description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo cyclists are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

4 Breakfasts are included. All the other nights you can eat dinner at your accommodations, or in the local town or village. For lunches there are plenty of villages that you cycle through where you can buy goods for a packed lunch.



Time of Year

This tour is best enjoyed from April to October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans.


Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. You will also be provided with city maps of Colmar and Strasbourg, a leaflet about the Alsace Wine Route and an Alsace region guidebook.


You will ride mainly on cycle paths and minor agricultural tarmac roads or on little secondary roads with next little traffic.


Experience & Fitness

This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition. It is rated moderate as on one of the days the distance is far. But on the other days there is an option to take a train to shorten the distance covered and the final day is quite short. There are a few elevation gains. This tour is ideal for people who are experienced everyday cyclists.


Bike Hire

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. A good quality KTM 21-gear hybrid bike may be rented. Your bike will be delivered to you at the first hotel in Colmar between 4-6pm and you’ll also have an orientation meeting at the same time. 


All rentals include (flat) pedals, lock, tool-kit, pump, inner tubes, handle-bar bag and also a rear bag. It is also possible to rent a helmet as part of the bike hire. You need to let us know if you also need a helmet.


Please note that if you do want to rent a bike you need to provide us with your height so that we can make sure that the bike is going to be a good fit.

Getting to and from Colmar

The best airport to fly into is Strasbourg Entzheim (SXB) Airport, which is served by low cost airlines, such as Easyjet and Ryanair. It is also served by KLM and Air France, plus other European airlines.


From Strasbourg Airport catch the train (9min/approx €2.30/3 per hour) to Strasbourg Main Train Station. From here you can take another train direct to Colmar, which takes approximately 30 minutes.


It is also possible to fly into Basel Mulhouse EuroAirport, which is also served by several low cost airlines. From here you can take a bus to St Louis (Haut-Rhin) Train Station (7 minute ride and approx €2 fare) and then a train direct to Colmar (which take just under an hour).


In order to get more information regarding train times and schedules please search the SNCF website.


Included

  • 4 Nights in a 3* hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Orientation meeting
  • Train tickets from Colmar to Strasbourg
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, guide book and local maps
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our team
  • 24/7 Emergency Support

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Colmar
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Bike rental
  • Admissions or entrances
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if single room required
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
  • Bike rental

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is very popular, especially over the summer months. We will always try to our best to accommodate your plans

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition. It is rated moderate as on one of the days the distance is quite far. But on the other days there is an option to take a train to shorten the distance covered and the final day is quite short. There are a few elevation gains. This tour is ideal for people who are experienced every day cyclists.

When is the best time of year to go?

Anytime between April and October, although the weather will be warmest in July and August. Throughout the season there will be window boxes and fields full of flowers.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed packing list which includes standard cycling gear, including waterproof jackets and trousers.

 


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