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Alsace

Wine cycling tour : from Strasbourg to Colmar

Discover Alsace along the Alsace Wine Route cycle path and the picturesque villages from Strasbourg to Colmar.

Reviews (17) :
4.88 / 5
Reference AL0301
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Moderate
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 14 year
GPSGPS application available
399€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Through this 4-day bike tour you will discover the treasures of Alsace. You begin your journey discovering Strasbourg and its beautiful timbered houses. Then you leave the city to reach the heart of the Alsatian vineyards along the Bruche canal. The Alsace wineroute bike path will lead you meandering among the vineyards and flowering villages. Enjoy leisureley the postcard landscape and cross the most beautiful villages of Alsace: Rosheim, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Hunawihr ... You end your cycling tour in Colmar, nicknamed "Little Venice", where you stroll through cobbled streets and enjoy a one more time the very peculiar Alsatian way-of-life. Finally, enjoy a last loop-tour to Egusisheim, listed among the most beautiful villages of France.

    Day 1

     
     

    Strasbourg - Obernai

    Bike
    39km
    You’ll leave the cobblestone streets of Strasbourg’s old city center to follow south of the city the channel "Canal de la Bruche". The canal was built by Vauban to transport the sandstones of the Vosges to Strasbourg for the construction of the city’s fortifications. You ride on a bike path along the shady banks and the old locks. This scenic route will take you to charming Alsatian villages with their colorful and blooming facades. Then reach to the famous Alsace Wine Route cycle path in Molsheim, a very pretty wine town, birthplace of the Bugatti automobile brand. You continue your ride on the hillside through the Alsatian vineyards and wine villages to reach Obernai and its belfry.

    Day 2

     
     

    Obernai - Sélestat area

    Altitude
    ±230m
    Bike
    ~40km
    Choice between 2 itineraries
    Leave Obernai behind and visit in Gertwiller the Gingerbread House and later the pretty village of Barr. Take small country roads that meander through vineyards, old railway lines and segments of the former Roman road. Near Blienschwiller 2 routes options lies before reaching Selestat.

    You can continue through the vineyards passing the charming villages of Blienschwiller, Dambach-la-Ville and Scherwiller, where you can see above you the ruins of the castle of Ortenbourg.

    The other route is a little sportier. You leave the vineyards and discover the Vosges towards Val de Villé. Ride on wooded slopes and pass the villages Saint-Pierre-Bois and Thanvillé. From there, you take the former Salt Road, a beautiful cycle path through the forest to Sélestat.

    Day 3

     
     

    Sélestat area - Colmar

    Altitude
    ±350m
    Bike
    ~37km
    You leave the Selestat area overlooked by the famous 12th-century-old castle of Haut-Koeningsbourg, then ride into the fortified village of Bergheim, one of the few Alsatian villages which has preserved almost all of its medieval fortifications. Then you leave the Alsace Wine Route cycle path and ride up the hill to Ribeauvillé and its picturesque streets, Riquewihr, the "Pearl of the Alsatian vineyards," and Hunawihr, both referred to as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Do not miss the detour to Kaysersberg, one of the most charming towns in Alsace. Finally, you ride quietly down through the vineyards and apple orchards to reach the beautiful city of Colmar, capital of Alsace wines.

    Day 4

     
     

    Day-trip to Eguisheim

    Altitude
    ±165m
    Bike
    35km
    You leave Colmar and reach the shady banks of the Thur river. Then keep biking in the Alsatian countryside until Eguisheim, ranked among the most beautiful French villages and many times awarded for its flowers. Admire its beautiful 16th century-old houses with their bright colors and stroll through its cobbled streets. Continue through vineyards to the pretty village of Turckheim where a night watchman continues every night to make his rounds from May to October. You can pause in Ammerschwihr to enjoy a glass of Kaefferkopf, before returning to Colmar.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.



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    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
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    Category C

    You will enjoy a higher level of service in these ***/**** hotels. Breakfast is included.
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  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:
    • a touring bike adjusted to your size
    • equipped : front rack pack, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Strasbourg
    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Gare de l'Est. The duration of the trip is between 2h20. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Strasbourg, you can park your car in a secured car park located close to the train station. The weekly rate is 55€. The location and contact details of the car park will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 15€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 10am and 11am. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.


  • Reviews
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    17 bike travelers reviews 4.88 / 5

    “ Vélo alsacien ”

    On the 2021-09-24 by Thomas et Eve
    Aucun regret! Parcours clair et complet avec précisions sur travaux en cours. beaucoup d'indications sur des lieux à visiter, des pauses, et sur les terroirs à déguster...Nous sommes alsaciens et voulions faire la route des vins depuis longtemps. L'assistance électrique nous a permis de faire ce voyage, et nous sommes ravis! Nous avons pris la demi pension et avons trouvé que c'était un vrai luxe. Les vélos sont de qualité et le circuit dépaysant et facile grâce à l'aide électrique et au gps. Nous avons hâte de recommencer !

    “ Des vacances inoubliables ”

    On the 2021-08-09 by Valérie
    Un séjour parfait pour découvrir les charmants villages de l'Alsace, avec ce sentiment de liberté qu'apporte le vélo!

    “ velo voyageur en Alsace ”

    On the 2021-08-07 by veronique et Jean
    Très belle organisation et très beau parcours. Nous sommes des cyclistes randonneurs néophytes. Nous avons loué des vélos électriques. Au début il a fallu s'habituer au poids du vélo chargé, ce qui se fait très rapidement. Tout s'est très bien passé. L'application est parfaite, le parcours superbe et les hôtels très agréables et conviviaux. C'est une belle expérience que je recommande à tous. Et nous avons très envie de repartir.

    “ Super WE sur la route des vins en Alsace ”

    On the 2021-07-04 by Guéno
    Superbe itinéraire à vélo entre Strasbourg et Colmar : très bonne organisation de vélo voyageurs. Les bagages étaient transportés d'hôtel en hôtel, le vélos étaient de bonne qualité et les hôtels très biens. Le parcours passe par de magnifiques villages, ainsi qu'au milieu des vignobles. Je recommande vivement.

    “ Magnifique séjour la route des vins d'Alsace en automne ”

    On the 2020-11-15 by Baptiste
    Nous étions 3 amis partis pour faire un court séjour en Alsace à vélo de 4 jours en Strasbourg et Colmar. La route à travers les vignobles dorés à cette saison et les villages alsaciens était superbe, le temps était idéal. L'organisation du Vélo Voyageur était impeccable, Sarah nous a beaucoup aidé et répondu à nos questions. Merci encore !

    “ Alsace ”

    On the 2020-08-21 by Richard
    Super souvenir.

    “ Fine Time in the Vines. ”

    On the 2020-08-04 by Paul
    What a joy, From the tranquility of the canal, the cute villages, the sweeping vineyards, the great food and fine wines.Obernai is a gem and the Hotel Gouvernor is perfect. We cycled up to the castle at Haute Koonigsbourg, from where the vistas were stunning, but to visit the castle you need to book online the previous day ( we did not ). Ribeauville and Riquewir are truly beautiful with super cellars to visit and helpful tasting staff. Who would have thought it would have been so wonderful spending time in a fantastic place called Barr :). Thanks to LVV for running this trip - chapeau.

    “ Parfait! ”

    On the 2019-11-09 by Philippe
    Organisation, parcours, vélos, hébergements parfaits!

    “ Loved Alsace wine region tour ”

    On the 2019-11-03 by Philip Boddington
    We loved our bike tour through the wine region of Alsace. The countryside is beautiful, the towns and villages charming and the cuisine and wine excellent. The cycling is generally flat and easy and very compatible with enjoying the local cuisine at lunch time. Our wine tour of Domain Dussourt was outstanding. The accommodation arranged for us by velovoyageur was very convenient, comfortable and the hotel staff friendly and helpful. The handbook and gps maps we received are excellent, really informative and helpful. Only hiccup was that the bike supplier forgot our booking and we had to wait the morning in Strasbourg for him to arrive with our bikes. Not a major disaster but an incovenience. He was very apologetic and velovoyageur were straight on to him when I rang them but in future I hope that they will double check the bookings shortly before to avoid such problems. If you decide to publish my opinion and want some photos then let me know

    “ Beautiful trip on quiet side paths ”

    On the 2019-08-11 by Anders
    The route was well laid out almost only on paved paths with no motorized traffic. The choice of hotels was nice - cozy local small hotels, with friendly service. Bikes and luggage transport also worked as it should.

    “ Lovely Spring Trip in Alsace ”

    On the 2019-04-23 by Horace
    This was our first time doing a cycle tour like this and we had a great time. All of the communication and service from Le Velo Voyageur was very organized and thorough. We were a little nervous going in because so much was out of our hands (from hotels to bike pickup to luggage drop-off), but everything went off without a hitch! We met our luggage pickup on the first day at exactly the right spot and time, the bikes we picked up from a rental company were brand new and came with all the equipment we needed, and the directions and route were very well-made and easy to follow. The hotels they selected were all very charming and comfortable, and they seemed very familiar with the Velo Voyageur program, so that when we arrived they were expecting us, had places for us to leave the bikes, and had our luggage waiting. We also appreciated how carefully thought-out the route was. Most of our riding was on dedicated bike paths that were paved and well-maintained. So we rarely had to worry about dealing with car traffic. The route for Alsace went through a variety of lovely terrain, from small villages to vineyards to canal-side paths. There were a few steep climbs on our route that took some serious effort to get over, but mostly the riding was pretty flat and comfortable. We took a bit of a gamble going early season in April, and ended up having some wet and cold weather a few of the days. So definitely come prepared with rain gear and a variety of layers that you can adjust to the temperature. In many of the towns we visited, it was definitely clear that the tourist season still hadn't really gotten started -- many of the wineries and cafes were still closed, or very empty. We were more concerned with the cycling, so this didn't really matter for us, but if you do care about these things it might make more sense to go during a busier part of the season. Overall a great trip, and we hope to have the chance to do another in the future!

    “ Alsace 3 day Tour ”

    On the 2018-09-01 by GAIL
    We were very pleased with the organization and the information we received for our self guided cycle through the vineyards and towns/villages of Alsace, the bikes are in very good condition and the luggage transportation was first class, we would use this company again for sure

    “ Bel itinéraire ”

    On the 2018-06-26 by Thérèse
    Bel itinéraire dans une magnifique région. Découvrir les vignobles de l'intérieur, admirer les paysages de la plaine alsacienne, pédaler le long du canal de la Bruche, prendre le temps d'un sympathique repas dans des restos typiques ou encore flâner dans un village, voilà le programme de 3 journées plus qu'agréables.

    “ Inoubliable voyage en Alsace ”

    On the 2018-06-24 by YANDA
    Nous avons bénéficié d'un temps idéal pour un séjour magnifique dans une région magique où chaque village est un enchantement, où les pistes cyclables sont nombreuses et parfaitement entretenues. Notre suggestion, organiser un séjour identique de tous les maires de France pour qu'ils s'en inspirent dans leurs propres communes......

    “ Great days in Elsass ”

    On the 2018-06-09 by Felix and Lucia
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    “ Découverte vignoble alsacien à vélo ”

    On the 2017-10-22 by Léa
    Nous avons été enchantés par ces 3 jours passés à parcourir le vignoble alsacien. La quasi totalité du parcours se fait sur des pistes cyclables bien aménagées, les vélos étaient de bonne qualité et la météo quasi estivale pour ce week-end d'octobre a rendu la découverte encore plus sympathique. Le descriptif fourni était très clair permettant une autonomie agréable. Nous recommanderons ce séjour à nos amis

    “ Perfekte Radtour mit exzellenter Organisation ”

    On the 2016-09-26 by Levent
    Wir hatten eine sehr gut organisierte Radtour 3 Tage durch das Elsass - sehr zu empfehlen mit toller Routenführung, netten Hotels, sehr guten Rädern und zum Glück auf perfektem Wetter
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