Central Alsace Basel
Price : £630
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
FranceGermany
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Leisurely
Distance : 149m/240km
Tour Code : EB009
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

The region of Central Alsace is well known for its picturesque landscapes, and with over 2500km of cycle paths, provides the perfect setting for this scenic and inspiring cycling holiday. The capital city of Strasbourg, awash with historic monuments and architecture, was the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988. Immersed in Franco-German culture, there seemed no more an appropriate place from where to begin this exquisite bike tour through this highly diverse and influential European country.

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The region of Central Alsace is well known for its picturesque landscapes, and with over 2500km of cycle paths, provides the perfect setting for this scenic and inspiring cycling holiday. The capital city of Strasbourg, awash with historic monuments and architecture, was the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988. Immersed in Franco-German culture, there seemed no more an appropriate place from where to begin this exquisite bike tour through this highly diverse and influential European country.

The diverse history of the region is ever evident at a number of stops on your route. From the 11th century Saint Margaret’s Chapel at Epfig – to the battered remains of the old city wall in Lahr – there’s plenty of time to explore the many delights for which the region is renowned. As always the route has been chosen for its location within the natural surroundings of the region too. Although a predominantly flat tour, mountains flank you on both sides of the Rhine, and of course you’ll peddle through some of the regions luscious and welcoming vineyards.

The cuisine in Alsace is somewhat based on Germanic culinary tradition, with hearty stews and lots of pork both blessing most menus. For the wine lovers (we couldn’t miss you out!), the Rieslings of the region are particularly well celebrated. So we’re confident there’s something for everyone on this well travelled, semi challenging cycling tour.

  • Strasbourg – the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988

  • 11th century Saint Margaret’s Chapel at Epfig

  • Wine lovers – celebrated local Reislings

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg

Day 2: Strasbourg – Ettenheim: 60km

Day 3: Ettenheim – Freiburg: 45km

Day 4: Freiburg – Colmar: 55km

Day 5: Colmar – Riquewihr: 40km

Day 6: Riquewihr – Obernai: 50km

Day 7: Obernai – Strasbourg: 40km

Day 8: Departure from Strasbourg

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg

Individual arrival in Strasbourg. Check in to your hotel, and time permitting, wander the marvellous streets of the celebrated city centre, before settling down and preparing for tomorrow’s first stage.

Day 2: Strasbourg – Ettenheim: 60km

The first stage of your tour is nice and flat, easing you into your ride. Out of Strasbourg you’ll enter the deep surrounding forest and peddle your way along the Rhine Riverbank before reaching Ettenheim.

Day 3: Ettenheim – Freiburg: 45km

Today’s stage feels fairly long but is so flat it’ll be a real pleasure to rife. Skirting through the quaint villages that flank the Rhine you’ll finish this stage in the city of Freiburg.

Day 4: Freiburg – Colmar: 55km

Heading to Colmar today, you have the opportunity to explore the Alsatian city of art at length. Highly recommended is a wonder among the canals of the river Lauch and the renowned old town, and a visit to the Unterlinden Museum – home to the 16th century Isenheim Altarpiece.

Day 5: Colmar – Riquewihr: 40km

Enjoy a leisurely morning and visit anywhere in Colmar you didn’t have the chance to get to on the previous day. Then you’ll head to Riquewihr, another popular tourist destination for its historical architecture – looking today pretty much the same as it did in the 16th century!

Day 6: Riquewihr – Obernai: 50km

Today is all about the wine!! Awaiting your arrival are numerous wine-growing villages and vineyards en route to Obernai – a beautiful commune at the foot of the Vosges mountains.

Day 7: Obernai – Strasbourg: 40km

Peddling out of Obernai you’ll come to Rosheim, the regions greatest remaining example of Alsatian Romanesque architecture. Then on to Molsheim, where the vineyards get left behind and you follow the beautiful cycle path alongside the Canal de la Bruche for the final stretch of your route back to Strasbourg.

Day 8: Departure from Strasbourg

Today your tour comes to an end. However, it is possible to extend your stay with extra nights available upon your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation B&B

  • If half board is booked: 3-course-dinner (last night in Strasbourg only breakfast)

  • Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)

  • GPS tracks available

  • En-route signposting

  • Emergency hotline

  • Trip with the nostalgic train “Red Thunderbolt” from Sóller to Palma

  • Extensive city tour in Palma de Mallorca

  • GPS tracks available

  • 24hr emergency number;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Extras:

  • Half board upgrade, includes dinner each night

  • Extra B&B night in Beaune

  • Extra night in Cluny 2*

  • Extra B&B night in Macon

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Basel

From Basel Airport get a bus to St Louis train station where the train is direct to Strasbourg (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train from London St Pancras via Lille Europe to Strasbourg (approx 6 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Basel

From Strasbourg get a train to St Louise where a bus is direct to the airport (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train to London St Pancras via Lille Europe from Strasbourg (approx 6 hours).

Price : £630
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
FranceGermany
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Leisurely
Distance : 149m/240km
Tour Code : EB009
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

The region of Central Alsace is well known for its picturesque landscapes, and with over 2500km of cycle paths, provides the perfect setting for this scenic and inspiring cycling holiday. The capital city of Strasbourg, awash with historic monuments and architecture, was the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988. Immersed in Franco-German culture, there seemed no more an appropriate place from where to begin this exquisite bike tour through this highly diverse and influential European country.

Read More

The region of Central Alsace is well known for its picturesque landscapes, and with over 2500km of cycle paths, provides the perfect setting for this scenic and inspiring cycling holiday. The capital city of Strasbourg, awash with historic monuments and architecture, was the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988. Immersed in Franco-German culture, there seemed no more an appropriate place from where to begin this exquisite bike tour through this highly diverse and influential European country.

The diverse history of the region is ever evident at a number of stops on your route. From the 11th century Saint Margaret’s Chapel at Epfig – to the battered remains of the old city wall in Lahr – there’s plenty of time to explore the many delights for which the region is renowned. As always the route has been chosen for its location within the natural surroundings of the region too. Although a predominantly flat tour, mountains flank you on both sides of the Rhine, and of course you’ll peddle through some of the regions luscious and welcoming vineyards.

The cuisine in Alsace is somewhat based on Germanic culinary tradition, with hearty stews and lots of pork both blessing most menus. For the wine lovers (we couldn’t miss you out!), the Rieslings of the region are particularly well celebrated. So we’re confident there’s something for everyone on this well travelled, semi challenging cycling tour.

  • Strasbourg – the first entire city centre to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1988

  • 11th century Saint Margaret’s Chapel at Epfig

  • Wine lovers – celebrated local Reislings

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg

Day 2: Strasbourg – Ettenheim: 60km

Day 3: Ettenheim – Freiburg: 45km

Day 4: Freiburg – Colmar: 55km

Day 5: Colmar – Riquewihr: 40km

Day 6: Riquewihr – Obernai: 50km

Day 7: Obernai – Strasbourg: 40km

Day 8: Departure from Strasbourg

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg

Individual arrival in Strasbourg. Check in to your hotel, and time permitting, wander the marvellous streets of the celebrated city centre, before settling down and preparing for tomorrow’s first stage.

Day 2: Strasbourg – Ettenheim: 60km

The first stage of your tour is nice and flat, easing you into your ride. Out of Strasbourg you’ll enter the deep surrounding forest and peddle your way along the Rhine Riverbank before reaching Ettenheim.

Day 3: Ettenheim – Freiburg: 45km

Today’s stage feels fairly long but is so flat it’ll be a real pleasure to rife. Skirting through the quaint villages that flank the Rhine you’ll finish this stage in the city of Freiburg.

Day 4: Freiburg – Colmar: 55km

Heading to Colmar today, you have the opportunity to explore the Alsatian city of art at length. Highly recommended is a wonder among the canals of the river Lauch and the renowned old town, and a visit to the Unterlinden Museum – home to the 16th century Isenheim Altarpiece.

Day 5: Colmar – Riquewihr: 40km

Enjoy a leisurely morning and visit anywhere in Colmar you didn’t have the chance to get to on the previous day. Then you’ll head to Riquewihr, another popular tourist destination for its historical architecture – looking today pretty much the same as it did in the 16th century!

Day 6: Riquewihr – Obernai: 50km

Today is all about the wine!! Awaiting your arrival are numerous wine-growing villages and vineyards en route to Obernai – a beautiful commune at the foot of the Vosges mountains.

Day 7: Obernai – Strasbourg: 40km

Peddling out of Obernai you’ll come to Rosheim, the regions greatest remaining example of Alsatian Romanesque architecture. Then on to Molsheim, where the vineyards get left behind and you follow the beautiful cycle path alongside the Canal de la Bruche for the final stretch of your route back to Strasbourg.

Day 8: Departure from Strasbourg

Today your tour comes to an end. However, it is possible to extend your stay with extra nights available upon your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation B&B

  • If half board is booked: 3-course-dinner (last night in Strasbourg only breakfast)

  • Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)

  • GPS tracks available

  • En-route signposting

  • Emergency hotline

  • Trip with the nostalgic train “Red Thunderbolt” from Sóller to Palma

  • Extensive city tour in Palma de Mallorca

  • GPS tracks available

  • 24hr emergency number;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Extras:

  • Half board upgrade, includes dinner each night

  • Extra B&B night in Beaune

  • Extra night in Cluny 2*

  • Extra B&B night in Macon

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Basel

From Basel Airport get a bus to St Louis train station where the train is direct to Strasbourg (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train from London St Pancras via Lille Europe to Strasbourg (approx 6 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Basel

From Strasbourg get a train to St Louise where a bus is direct to the airport (approx 1 1/2 hours). Alternatively, get the train to London St Pancras via Lille Europe from Strasbourg (approx 6 hours).

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