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Cycling the Wine Route of Alsace

6 days
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£1,129
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Cycling
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C05AS
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Short Breaks
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Min group size:
1
Ages:
12+

Discover the famous Alsace vineyards along the Alsace Wineroad cycle trail. Between Colmar 'the Little Venice' and the 'Petite France' in Strasbourg (listed on as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will ride through the prestigious vineyards on the Alsace wine road cycle trail, which will guide you along a bucolic itinerary toward the charming villages and their vinicultural nuggets. Explore the secrets and flavours of the sylvaner, pinot blanc, noir or gris, riesling and gewurztraminer, not forgetting the beer and brasseries.

The half-timbered houses adorned with geraniums in Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Barr or Obernai immerse yourself in a very delightful atmosphere.

Highlights

  • Alsace's 'Route des Vins' wine road through world-famous vineyards
  • Rich historic interest: hilltop Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle and the UNESCO listed Selestat Humanist Library
  • Half-timbered houses adorned with geraniums in unspoilt villages

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Optional electric bikes
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

The route takes you through quiet country lanes, through vineyards on well marked paths and sleepy villages. Well marked cycling routes are used all along he tour.

Day by day breakdown
Day 231.0km/19.0miles
Day 326.0km/16.0miles
Day 438.0km/23.5miles
Day 539.0km/24.0miles

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Itinerary

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Colmar
to
Strasbourg
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Colmar

    Explore this picturesque town with half-timbered houses, romantic canals, flower-laden windowsills and a labyrinth of cobblestone lanes. Visit the scenic Fishmongers' Quarter or 'Little Venice', the Tanners' Quarter and the Place de L'Ancienne Douane. Discover plenty of shops and a covered market before you sample the fabulous local cuisine.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Colmar to Kaysersberg

    Set off along the 'Wine Route' through the vineyards, enjoying spectacular views. Stop in beautiful and ancient Eguisheim. This typical Alsatian small town waits for you to wander in the heart of the ramparts, in a maze of alleys lined with old half-timbered houses. Explore the mediaeval Turckheim and continue to Kaysersberg, elected the favourite village of France in 2017. You'll see why when you walk along its fortified bridge and through its medieval streets that lead up to the castle.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Kaysersberg to Selestat

    Highlights today include Riquewihr, still enclosed by its mediaeval walls; Ribeauville, with its Renaissance fountains and hillside ruins. Then, before reaching Selestat, you will have the opportunity to conquer the chateau Haut Koenigsbourg.

    The amazing Chateau of Haut Koenigsbourg perched on mountain summits offering spectacular panoramic views of the Alsatian countryside towards the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. The Haut-Koenigsbourg's beautifully refined rooms are decorated with mural paintings, Renaissance furniture and enormous cast-iron stoves - and there's an impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages in the basement. Towering at 757m above picture-perfect villages and colourful vineyards, it's one of France's most visited castles.

    In Selestat, do not miss a visit to the Humanist Library building designed by Rudy Ricciotti serves as a showcase for the outstanding collection of the humanist Beatus Rhenanus collection, composed of medieval manuscripts and documents of the fifteenth and sixteenth century.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Selestat to Obernai

    Following tranquil lanes through the vineyards, take a look at the chateau de l'Ortenbourg overlooking the vineyards before reaching the pretty village of Dambach-la- ville then Barr and its beautiful flowery square.

    In Barr, on the main square lies city hall, built on the ruins of a castle destroyed by fire, has a monument historical classification thanks to its Renaissance-style facade and its 1604-dated balcony.

    Continue to the medieval city of Obernai. Behind the ramparts of Obernai ancient medieval city are half-timbered houses painted in bright colours and windows bedecked with flowers and some unexpected architectural gems, including the Renaissance-style townhall and the sublime belfry made of pink sandstone, which the Alsatians call Kappelturm.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Obernai to Strasbourg

    Ride through the vineyards to Molsheim, a very pretty wine town. Then follow the bike path along the 'Canal de la Bruche': one of the most beautiful greenways in Alsace, with its shady banks and old locks! This bike path will lead you to Strasbourg.

    In Strasbourg the bicycle is king! Admire the town on two wheels along the canals, through the parks and gardens and through the historic centre. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there are delightfully twisting alleyways lined with half-timbered houses and a Gothic masterpiece of a cathedral, described by Victor Hugo as 'a gigantic and delicate marvel' and visible from miles around with its 142-metre spire. The 'Petite France' is a picture-postcard quarter once home to tanners, fishermen and millers, now a haven of peace at the city's heart.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Leave Strasbourg

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Alsace is also home to rich and fabulous cuisine. Grab a table at a 'winstub' (a traditional Alsatian restaurant) and try local dishes such as 'baeckeoffe' (a casserole of lamb or beef with potatoes and onions, marinated overnight in Alsatian white wine infused with juniper berries), or 'tarte flambee/flammekueche',a thin pizza-like creation with creme fraiche, onions and lardons. 'Sauerkraut'(pickled cabbage) is also iconic, widely celebrated in Alsatian villages and eaten with various types of sausage.

Weather

In Alsace, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy which makes it ideal for cycling. The winters are very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -0°C to 25°C and is rarely below -7°C or above 31°C.

The hottest month is July with daily average temperatures being around 24°C

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 35km
No. of days cycling: 4
Terrain and route: The route takes you through quiet country lanes, through vineyards on well marked paths and sleepy villages. Well marked cycling routes are used all along he tour.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and GPS route directions so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested the minimum age for this trip is 8yrs as we feel they will be able to ride the bikes we have to offer and complete the route. However our local partner is able to offer child seats for children aged 2-4yrs (max. weight 22 kg, hills will be tricky). These are all subject to availability, and therefore we ask that you enquire about these on booking. Please note due to the size of the bikes and distanced required to cycle, this trip is not appropriate for children aged from 5-7yrs (who are too big for the child seats, but not big enough to ride the children’s bike). As a guide we have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please bear in mind the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be very high in the middle of summer and the child seats provided do not have any shade. We therefore recommend going either earlier or later on in the season if you have young children.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Cycling the wine route of Alsace

Hotel in Alsace
Hotel in Alsace

Your accommodation reflects the best of Alsatian hospitality, ranging from small and friendly traditional hotels to historical properties with Alsatian style.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.
For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.


 

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]