Your biking adventure starts on the edge of an Alsatian vineyard and continues through beautiful valleys, overlooked by magnificent castles perched high in the mountains. You will visit the villages of Riquewhir, Turckheim, and Eguisheim, and of course we'll visit the village of Voegtlinshoffen, which some think produces the best white wines in all of France!
Price: $800 per person (not including rail)
Day 1: Transfer from Colmar train station to the beautiful medieval wine village of Gueberschwihr, with its half timbered houses, cobbled streets and a beautiful Romanesque church.
There will be a tour introduction before you are fitted with bikes and safety equipment.
After a warm-up ride on small vineyard roads, which will include some of the Tour de France routes, you will enjoy a crèmant (champagne) and wine tasting.
Overnight and dinner in Gueberschwihr.
Biking Distance: Up to 30 km (18-19 miles)
Day 2: You'll cycle to Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in France. En route you'll enjoy a wine tasting in the charming village of Voegtlinshoffen. It is then downhill to Eguisheim, where it's a must to stop and explore. Eguisheim, interestingly, was home to Pope Leon IX in the 11th century. Yes, the Pope did once live in Alsace! In quaint Turckheim. Just imagine, there is still a night watchman patrolling the ramparts. A highlight is the stroll through the cobbled streets of Riquewhir to dine at a prestigious 1* Michelin-rated restaurant.
Certainly not required, but there is an option to ride the “Cinq Châteaux” Challenge through the Vosges Mountains on a winding forest road, passing five castles. This route has been included in the Tour de France and is good fun for confident cyclists.
Overnight and gastronomic dinner in Riquewihr. Dinner in Riquewhir at a top gastronomic restaurant.
Biking Distance: 35 km or 40 km (24-25 miles). Longer ride is possible based on interest and fitness.
Day 3: Time permitting before your outbound train, there is an option for a relaxing cycling ride to Colmar, a small city that is full of beauty, culture and history. The maze of cobbled streets give the impression that one is walking in a bygone age. Perfect picture postcard spots such as “Petite Venise” (Little Venice) and Grunwald’s 15th century masterpiece at the Unterlinden Museum are among the highlights. On the way, you will visit the medieval town of Kaysersberg, early home of Albert Schweitzer. Run (or stroll) up the 113 steps to the top of the castle that dominates the town for some great views.
Top cyclists may also want top sample the “Welch Country” Challenge, up into the mountains through the stunning countryside, returning through the wine town of Ribeauvillé. This quiet ride is for people who want a bit of solitude with their challenge. Spectacular scenery. Distance: 30 km or 50 km
Tour ends. Train to Paris or your next destination.
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All prices quoted in US dollars unless otherwise marked. Tour available all year-round. Single supplement of $125 for solo travelers or groups booking separate rooms.
LinkParis.com will book your rail to and from Colmar separately.
Multi-day extensions into more delights of Alsace, are available by request.
The routes on the tour are mainly smooth with some gentle hills. Tour routes use back roads wherever possible in order to avoid traffic and congestion. Some routes have more than one option available. All bike paths on the tour are either tarred or paved. The weather in Alsace is normally dry and sunny during the spring, summer and fall.
Welcome to Alsace! Alsace is nestled on the border of Germany and Switzerland, separated from the rest of France by the beautiful Vosges mountains. Insiders know Alsace as a wine, gastronomy, and biking paradise. The famed "Route du Vin" wine road in fact winds along more than 100 wine producing villages and towns.
Alsace has a fascinating and intriguing history. Since the year 1870, Alsace has changed nationality five times. Believe it or not, there are some French people in Alsace that still see the land as belonging to Germany (and vice versa!).
Unknown to many, Alsace offers more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region of France.
Come and discover this enchanting region in the best way possible – on an outstanding cycling tour with us!
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