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Cycling through the Heart of Alsace
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Highlights

  • Inn to inn cycling through the vineyard of Alsace.
  • Eguisheim, Kayserberg, Strasbourg and Colmar.
  • Staying in Obernai, where dukes once ruled and where the patron Saint of Odile was born
  • Excellent cycling on cycle paths and quiet country roads.

Enjoy an inn to inn cycling holiday through the Alsace, staying in comfortable family run hotels. Discover Colmar, Strasbourg, Kayserberg as you cycle through the beautiful vineyards of Alsace. The Alsace region is tucked away in the east of France between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River and a great destination to explore by bike.

A beguiling mix of Germanic and French culture the Alsace is a delight to explore by bike. With 2500km of dedicated cycling trails, this area provides a profusion of routes, alongside the Rhine, canals and through quaint wine villages whose vineyards create famed Rieslings and Gewurztraminers.

DAY 1: Arrive Strasbourg

Arrive in Strasbourg, located close to the German border and the capital of Alsace. Visit the old city where you will be captivated by the incredible Gothic cathedral made from pink sandstone from the Vosges Mountains. There area also many interesting museums and narrow streets to amble through and you may see intriguing churches and cross pretty covered-bridges over the River Ill.


Overnight: Hotel du Dragon***, Strasbourg


This charming hotel occupies a 17th century building and provides a haven of peace in the heart of the city being only a 5 minute walk from “La Petite France”. The rooms are decorated in a modern style and are fully quipped with WiFi and ensuite bathrooms.  


DAY 2: Cycle to Sélestat Area

This morning head out of Strasbourg on the Rhône-Rhine Canal. This traffic-free cycleway discovers pleasant countryside and forest alongside the Rhine and eventually leads you to 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.


Overnight: Hôtel Au Relais de l'Ill**, Sermesheim


This family-owned hotel is located in a attractive small village, in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. There are 22 rooms all with modern conveniences. Relax in the orchard, the gardens and by the beautiful pond. There are plenty of local restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a typical Alsatian meal.


Cycle: 55km


DAY 3: Cycle to Colmar

Today take a relaxing ride through the traditional villages and landscapes of the Alsatian Ried. The villages here have beautiful architecture and flower-filled window boxes. It is also an area rich in aquatic flora and fauna and part of the region has been declared a nature reserve. The first part of your ride is flat, then you will experience some elevation gains in hilly areas.


Arrive in the city of Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine region. Pedal into the city on a traffic-free cycle path and then take the time to wander down the quaint cobbled streets, of the old town, lined with medieval half-timbered houses. 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.


Cycle: 38km


DAY 4: Cycle to Riquewihr

If you wish you can spend more time exploring Colmar, the city of art, before setting off on cycle paths that take you along the Alsace Wine Route and through 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 in 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 de la Couronne**, Riquewihr


This hotel occupies 16th century building which has been carefully restored and located in the centre of town. All the rooms have exposed beams and ceilings which still boast their 16th century paintings!


Cycle: 38km


DAY 5: Cycle to Obernai

Revel in another day cycling along the Alsace Wine Route and discover many other picturesque and traditional villages such as Barr, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. Oberanai is worth stopping in Andlau to view its magnificent abbey. Built in the 12th century this abbey has the richest ensemble of Romanesque sculpture in Alsace.  


Arrival in Obernai, the property of the Dukes of Alsace in the 7th century and the birthplace of St. Odile, daughter of the Duke. It is a much-visited town and located at the crossroads of the three main regions of Alsace, The Vosges, the Wine Route and the Alsace River Plain.


Overnight: Hotel Gouverneur**,  Obernai


The rooms in this well-located property are all individually decorated and surround a central courtyard. Ideally located in the heart of the town, you can enjoy a buffet breakfast on the terrace.


Cycle: 49km


DAY 6: Cycle to Strasbourg

Before leaving Obernai you may wish to discover more of what this very attractive town has to offer, such as the medieval walls, the city hall and the belfry which is covered with grotesque gargoyles. Then cycle north and west back to Strasbourg and alongside the Bruche Canal.


Arrive back in Strasbourg, where you will spend your last night.


Overnight: Hotel Dragon***, Strasbourg


Cycle: 37km


DAY 7: Onward Travel

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


Accommodation

On your 7 day, 6 night self-guided cycling tour in Alsace, France you will stay 6 nights in 2* and 3* hotels. Below are examples of some the hotels we work with. On occassion, particulary in busy season, we often book hotels of an equivilant standard.



 

 

 




Hotel du Dragon - Strasbourg

This charming hotel occupies a 17th century building and provides a haven of peace in the heart of the city being only a 5 minute walk from “La Petite France”. The rooms are decorated in a modern style and are fully quipped with WiFi and ensuite bathrooms.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel au Relais de l'Ill - Sermesheim

This family-owned hotel is located in a attractive small village, in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. There are 22 rooms all with modern conveniences. Relax in the orchard, the gardens and by the beautiful pond. There are plenty of local restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a typical Alsatian meal.


 

 

 


 

 

 




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.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel de la Couronne - Riquewihr

This hotel occupies 16th century building which has been carefully restored and located in the centre of town. All the rooms have exposed beams and ceilings which still boast their 16th century paintings!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Gouverneur - Obernai

The rooms in this well-located property are all individually decorated and surround a central courtyard. Ideally located in the heart of the town, you can enjoy a buffet breakfast on the terrace.


 

 

 

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

6 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.



Grade & Terrain


This cycle is graded easy to moderate and includes daily distances of up to 55km.
Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be a little exposed to the elements, you should have a degree of experience, technical knowledge and fitness for all cycling trips.


You can download a profile of the cycle (ascent/descent). 



Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


The route is well signposted and waymarked and your info pack along with maps will suffice for directions to your every destination. There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.



Baggage Transfer


Daily door to door baggage transfers is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).



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 Strasbourg 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.


There are also electric bikes available for rent. Please ask your Destination and Adventure Specialist for details or book online.

Getting to Strasbourg

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.


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 Strasbourg (which leave hourly and take just over an hour). The cost is approx. €25.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 2* and 3* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Orientation meeting
  • Detailed information pack, route notes , guide book and local maps
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our team 24/7

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Strasbourg
  • 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

Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

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 easy to moderate as there are limited elevation gains. Two of the cycling days are however a bit hilly. This tour is ideal for people who are experienced everyday cyclists but would like to extend their cycling experience by trying 5 days of consecutive cycling!

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes cycling gear and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

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 Strasbourg 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.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


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