Like on a string of pearls one picturesque small town follows the other along the 170 km long Alsatian Wine Route. Looking at the well-preserved town walls, the impressive town gates, the picturesque half-timbered houses decorated with geraniums, the Romanesque and Gothic churches and at the eventful past, the times in many of these towns seems to have stood still since the Middle Ages. Of course, the focus is on wine - on Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Silvaner. To make you feel like heaven is a place on earth - or rather in France, we make you follow the traces of the famous Munster cheese, of the Choucroute, Baeckeoffe, Gugelhupf and Flammekuech. The idyllic landscape is dominated and sheltered from the west winds by the hills of the Vosges Mountains. On the mountain tops - just like pearls on the string - one impressive castle or castle ruin follows the other. From the most beautiful castles like the Haut-Koenigsbourg and the monastery of Saint Odilie on Mont Sainte-Odile you can enjoy a beautiful panorama view - but only when you go there by car. Starting point of this romantic bike tour is the European city of Strasbourg. In the city center surrounded by the canals of the river Ill, you can get in the right mood for this tour. At the end of this tour you will have great difficulty in naming the most beautiful "pearl" of the journey - Obernai, Andlau, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Colmar or Eguisheim. You can look forward to a cycling tour through a wonderful region characterized by plenty of culture and art, excellent wines and a world-famous cuisine which fascinates gourmets and bon vivants alike!
Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg
The European city of Strasbourg awaits you romantically, with a wonderful, very medieval city center, surrounded by picturesque canals of the River Ill. Between the historical tanner’s district and the modern European Parliament you experience history and stories of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Perhaps you climb the tower of Strasbourg Cathedral and enjoy the view of the Vosges and the Black Forest.
Day 2: Strasbourg - Obernai, ~40 or 60 km/25 or 37 miles
Along the typical French canal system you start your tour enjoying the panorama of the Vosges Mountains. You pass through picturesque villages and you encounter numerous locks of the historical canal system until you reach the small, romantic town Wasselonne. The small river Bruche leads you to the Alsatian Wine Route. There, you find the typical wine-growing villages and their historical, well-preserved town centers which are often surrounded by the old walls. The final destination of this day is Obernai, the first "pearl" of the Wine Route.
Day 3: Obernai - Riquewihr, ~45 or 50 km/28 or 31 miles
The Wine Route is your companion for today. You can look forward to the beautiful view across the endless vineyards and of the numerous castles of the Vosges. You can expect Alsatian treasures such as the towns Andlau, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr. Here the time since the Middle-Ages seems to have stood still. The lovely, well-preserved little towns are authentic and make you re-live this former time.
Day 4: Riquewihr - Colmar, ~30 or 55 km/18 or 34 miles
Today there are more "pearls" of the Alsatian Wine Route to discover. In the dreamy Kaysersberg you can follow the traces of Albert Schweitzer and of the Irish monks and their famous cheese. Eguisheim belongs to the most beautiful villages in France. Here, everything centers on wine and Pope Leo IX. The grand finale of the day is Colmar, the metropolis of the Wine Route. In the contemplative town center you find many artworks of Martin Schongauer or the American Statue of Liberty by August Bartholdi.
Day 5: Colmar - Guebwiller, ~30 or 40 km/18 or 25 miles
Maybe you start your day with a sightseeing tour through the picturesque town of Colmar and its quarter "Little Venice". You should also visit the famous Musée Unterlinden. Also the dreamy wine villages of Turckheim, Rouffach and Westhalten are worth visiting. Along the Route Romane you find many impressive Romanesque buildings from the 11th/12th century. At the end of the day you can relax in Guebwiller situated at the bottom of the Grand Ballon, the highest of the Vosges Mountains.
Day 6: Guebwiller - Mulhouse, ~30 or 50 km/18 or 31 miles
Today you reach the South end of the Alsatian Wine Route. The small towns of Cernay and Thann are the last "pearls" of the Wine Route. The visit of the abbey Notre-Dame d'Oelenburg, a Trappist monastery shortly before Mulhouse, is very impressive. In the European metropolis of technical museums your tour comes to an end. But Mulhouse is not only famous for its collection of Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Panhard and Karl Benz. You can also enjoy the beautiful Place de la Réunion with the church Temple Saint-Etienne and the colorful town hall.
Day 7: Mulhouse - Basel, ~40 km/25 miles
Following the typically French canal system to Basel, the Swiss metropolis of art.
Day 8: Individual departure from Basel
7 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels in cat. A
7 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels in cat. B
7x breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
sat-nav GPS data
detailed tour documentation with road description, plans and maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (698 €/person in double in cat. B and 798 €/person in double in cat. A)
season II (supplement 120 €/person in cat. B and 125 €/person in cat. A)
season III (supplement 150 €/person in cat. B and 155 €/person in cat. A)
season IV (supplement 165 €/person in cat. B and 175 €/person in cat. A)
route (2)-(3): ~215-295 km/134-184 miles
on cycle paths in slightly hilly terrain, sometimes with quite demanding sections, two different routes for each day-stage
how to get there
by car: motorway to Strasbourg
by train: station Strasbourg, direct from Paris, Zurich and Bern with TGV
by plane: airport Strasbourg, Karlsruhe or Basel/Mulhouse, direct flight from London to Mulhouse with Easy Jet and from London and Dublin to Karlsruhe with Ryan Air
in supervised public car park ~20 €/day, no reservation possible
from Basel to Strasbourg 125 €/person (only if reserved)
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