Embark on a 3 day/2 night cycling trip in charming Alsace.
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: $925 per person (rail not included)
Alsace Biking Tour Itinerary
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.
What's Included on this Tour?
- Transportation to and from the Colmar rail station
- Two nights hotel in a charming two-star hotel
- Breakfast and dinner
- Guided cycling services
- Bicycles, safety helmets, toe clips, a new water bottle (filled daily with mineral water), and energy snacks
- Area maps and regional information
- Daily morning briefings given by our guides along with detailed itineraries prepared for your trip
- Baggage transfers between each hotel on the tour's circuit
- Assistance of a guide and a support vehicle for guided tours
- Personal Shopping
- Biking gloves
- Drinks at dinner
Why we love Alsace - Alsace is one of the most under-appreciated tourist regions in France. The region has changed hands between the French and Germans 5 times since 1872, which means beer as well as wine, local cheese and hearty food. Villages are right out of a Swiss postcard. I loved it. The biking was easy with only a few tough hills along the way. - John