Bicycle Tours in France: Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace

   
 

Bicycle Tours in France: Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace

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DURATION

8 Days/7 Nights

SEASON

July & August

RATES

USD 3,850.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2018
Bicycle Tours in France: Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace
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Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands 5 times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now a cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto. Tucked between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River, the region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. Although officially located in France, the Alsatians have a distinct identity and refuse to be grouped with neither the French from the "interior" or the Germans across the Rhine river. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace. The rides are beautiful, the villages delightful and the combination of French and German food perfect for cyclists.

Highlights: Some of France's best cuisine, Parc Regional des Vosges du Nord, Alsatian villages, The Wine Road, Pedal from France to Germany and back to France, Saverne, Colmar, Wine tasting

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Single Supplement*: $550.00

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Meet In Strasbourg
Strasbourg, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Strasbourg, Capital of Alsace

We gather at our starting hotel this afternoon and fit bicycles. As host to many of the European Union's institutions, this town is alive with activity and has a UNESCO classified historic city center as well. A crossroads between Germany and France, we encourage you to arrive early to visit this historic and politically vibrant town. The Notre Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral was started in 1015 AD and now stands as one of France's most famous architectural masterpieces. The glowing pink stone comes from the nearby Vosges Mountains and it was the world's tallest building until 1874. Strasbourg is full of architectural gems as well as quaint quarters such as the La Petite France, often called the little Venice of the north with its canals, revolving bridges, and typical Alsatian-style buildings. We'll suggest a warm-up ride this afternoon after we fit bicycles and before we meet for introductions and a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Ride To Saverne
Saverne, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Alsatian Countryside, bike paths

We leave Strasbourg today via side streets, bike paths, and the serene Canal de la Marne au Rhin - part of the vast network of canals that crisscross Europe north of the Alps. Pedaling west over rolling hills, you'll pass through several beautiful villages, including Issenhausen and Bouxwiller, where you'll want to stop for some pictures and perhaps and Alsatian lunch. Our route then leads us to the charming town of Saverne, laced by canals and the Zorn River. Saverne boasts an impressive Neo-Classical chateau, formerly a fortress and now the residence of the bishops of Strasbourg. After admiring the quaint streets and half-timbered architecture we'll enjoy a special Alsatian dinner together tonight. Daily Mileage: about 61 km (about 38 miles).

Day 3: Ride The Bike Path To Molsheim And Beyond To Obernai
Obernai, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Marmoutier, Molsheim, Marlenheim, Alsatian "Wine Road"

We enter the heart of the Alsatian vineyards today as we leave the pasture lands of the north. First we pass through the village of Marmoutier with its 12th Century Romanesque Church and head on to Marlenheim and Molsheim. The majority of our ride today is on a bicycle path along the famous Alsace Wine Route. You are entering rich wine country today, so you'll have ample opportunities to taste at small family-run wineries, but be sure to save yourself for our guided winery tour in Obernai this evening. Daily Mileage: 53 km (33 miles)

Day 4: Rest Day Visiting Obernai Or Ride To Mont Ste Odile
Obernai, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Alsatian wine villages and vineyards, views of the Vosges Mountains

We'll be back in the same hotel tonight so you can follow our recommended route to Mont Ste Odile, high in the Vosges Mountains with spectacular views, or enjoy a rest day off the bike. Obernai has a beautifully preserved medieval and Renaissance city center with plenty of sites to visit. Dinner is on your own this evening. Daily Mileage: 37-58 km (23-36 miles)

Day 5: Bicycle The Alsace Wine Road
Ribeauville, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Wine Villages of Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and the Castle of Haut-Koenigsburg

We really are in the heart of Alsace today, with its festive villages in the midst of vineyards, Renaissance house facades, and expansive views across the Rhine River Valley, and the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. Those who want to can visit the castle and then explore any number of the 16 villages of the local consortium, on the way to our hotel in the center of Riquewihr. (Bergheim is probably the best-preserved while Thannenkirch is famous for its wood working.) The villages have populations that range from 400 people to the 5,000 in the town of Ribeauvillé. Dinner is together. Daily Mileage: 51-71 km (32-44 miles)

Day 6: Pedal The Rhine Plain Today Or Into The Vosges Mountains
Riquewihr, Alsace, France
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Highlights: The festive villages of the Alsace Wine Road

We are in the same hotel again tonight so you can choose your ride again today. We'll mark an easy route to Turckheim. Those wanting a more challenging ride will continue on into the mountains, visiting Munster (famous for its cheese) and climbing to spectacular views up around Les Trois Epis. An exhilarating downhill takes us through Ammerschwihr and back to Riquewihr. Dinner on your own this evening. Daily Mileage: 42 km (26 miles)

Day 7: Colmar
Colmar, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Gorgeous Munster Valley, La Maison du Fromages

Perhaps the best known town on your route today is Munster, founded by evangelizing Irish monks in the 7th century A.D. They brought their cheese making skills with them and created one of the most famous cheeses in France. We'll stop at the Maison du Fromage and learn how Munster cheese is made. Plan on a lunch stop here, or continue on to Colmar to explore the canals, museums, and great shopping. Colmar has been a famous market and wine center since the 13th century. Daily Mileage: 45 km (28 miles)

Day 9: Tour Ends In Colmar
Colmar, Alsace, France
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Highlights: Colmar

Our ride ends today in the wonderful town of Colmar. Famous as a market and wine center since the 13th century, Colmar has rich art and architecture. If you have the time, you may wish to spend an extra day to enjoy the rich, historic city center. Trains will take you from Colmar to Strasbourg or Geneva or Zurich where you can catch your international flight. Alternatively, you may wish to pick up a rental car and head on to the Black Forest just across the Rhine. Bon voyage!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 dinners with Alsatian wine & 7 breakfasts
  • 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders
  • van support
  • Gruyere cheese tasting

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Total Distance: 252 - 343 km (156- 212 miles)

Daily Distance: Average per day 42 - 57 km (26 - 35 miles)

What to Expect: A truly unique part of France with a blend of French and German cultures. World famous wines and traditional Alsatian architecture. Quiet country lanes and bike paths perfect for cycling. Longer days but with gentle hills.


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