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Backroad cycling FranceHEART OF THE ALSACE Leisurely cycling through vineyards and villages on the border between France and Germany

Hopla Geiss ! Let’s go ! En route to discover one of the most endearing regions of France. The course of history has left its mark on the Alsace, caught between two world wars, two cultures, and two often belligerent countries. Alsace's terrific human and cultural richness is drawn from this permanent “yo-yo” between France and Germany. When in Alsace, one feels neither one side of the border, nor the other. Simply in Alsace! And what if we allowed ourselves to be drawn in by the clichés? With its numerous quaint flowered villages, its orderly and neat vineyards covering the slopes of the Vosges foothills, its vast meadows on the Alsatian Ried, it’s easy to see why the region has such a strong identity. And of course everything looks better from the saddle of a bicycle! This trip takes us between Strasbourg and Colmar, passing on our way through some of the “most beautiful villages of France”. One of the France Bike Trips team’s favourite areas...

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Highlights

  • Some of the most beautiful villages in France
  • The prestigious wines of the Alsace
  • The charm of medieval towns and villages
  • The gentle slopes of the Vosges foothills

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Day 1 : Strasbourg - Obernai

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the baggage transfer representative is on day 1 at 10am at Strasbourg SNCF train station. Your tour will start directly from the train station. Please arrive in your cycle clothing. On request we can book the previous night’s accommodation for you in Strasbourg.

Several days of cycling that begin in the Alsatian and European capital of Strasbourg. Strasbourg has a unique atmosphere. The city is large and very cosmopolitan, yet the local Alsatian culture remains prominent. Our destination for this trip is Colmar, in "the south"!  We leave behind us the small medieval streets of the "petite France" neighbourhood, the Ill River, and the immense Notre Dame Cathedral. Our route takes us west along a cycle path that runs through the Bruche Valley, alongside the Bruche, a river that flows in to the Ill in Strasbourg. As with many of the villages during this tour, Molsheim is full of wonderful flowers. Don't miss the superb géranium displays which decorate the imposing buildings in the town centre. Molsheim is also steeped in history: a Merovingian tomb, a Gallo Roman tombstone, and the ruins of the town's 14th century fortifications make for an interesting visit. From Molsheim we join the "route des vins" (wine road), which runs between the famous Alsatian vineyards. Our route south takes us along small country roads, past the residence of the Bugatti family (the family of the famous car manufacturer is from a small village to the south of Molsheim), before joining our overnight stop: Obernai. A beautiful village with its fine half-timbered houses and its abundance of flowers. Once settled in to our hotel, we take the time to discover the medieval streets of Obernai… Night in a hotel.

Distance covered: approx. 37 km / altitude gain: approx. 200 m.

Day 2 and day 3: Obernai - Riquewihr - Colmar

From wine villages to vintage wines, and some of the most beautiful villages in France, the area between Molsheim and Colmar has plenty to offer! Today, our route takes us along the foothills of the Vosges mountains, through vineyards and pretty medieval villages. The Alsace wine producing area is actually very narrow: a mere 3 kilometres wide, and a hundred kilometres in length, protected from the wind and the rain by the Vosges. We join the village of Barr, producer of the vintage Kirchberg wine, with its forty hectares of vineyards overlooking the village. But Kirchberg is just the first of many! Other great vintages await us along our route, in Mittelbergheim (Zotzenberg) and Andlau (Kastelberg and Wiebelsberg). Each peaceful and quiet village is marked by its slender church steeple and its beautiful tall houses. Characteristic of the Alsace is the proximity between one village and the next, offering a varied and rythmical feel to each day. As we gain altitude in the foothills of the Vosges, the plains of the Rhine and the Ried slowly open up before us. We pass through the pretty village of Dambach la Ville: with its colourful facades and multicoloured flower arrangments, the fortified town is a typical example of Alsatian architecture. As we head south, we ride through numerous great Alsatian wine destinations! It would be impossible to name them all, but the most famous are Rodern, Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr… Aside from the prestige the famous vineyards bring to the Alsace, they also provide ample work for the local population, helping to keep villages from falling into decline. For the fittest members of the group, there is the opportunity to ride to the Haut Koenigsbourg Château. The 12th century château is perched at 757 metres, high above the Alsace plain (our route is at only 200 metres above sea level…). Visible since leaving Sélestat, the château watches over us for the best part of the day. We stop off in Bergheim, one of the most beautiful villages in the Alsace: the 14th century Porte Haute, the parish church with its Gothic centre that dates back to 1347, as well as its ramparts and numerous turrets… On the riding side, although the tour is relatively gentle, today offers its fair share of climbs. As we approach Colmar, we gradually leave the vineyards behind us, arriving in the town mid afternoon. Colmar is well worth an extended visit, and our early arrival leaves plenty of time to explore the town.  Colmar is considered the capital of the Alsace wines, as well as the most Alsatian of the Alsace towns! The 17th century Maison des Têtes, the Dominican Church, and the collegiat Saint Martin Church are not to be missed. The "Little Venice" quarter, on the banks of the Lauch, is an ideal spot for a peaceful and romantic stroll…

Day 2: Distance covered: approx. 50 km / altitude gain: approx. 300 m. Night in a hotel in or near Riquewihr

Day 3: Distance covered: approx. 38 km / altitude gain: approx. 350 m.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Itinerary end: The trip ends in Colmar at around 4pm. The return train journey to Strasbourg is included in the price.

On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Colmar or Strasbourg.

There are regular trains between the towns of Colmar and Strasbourg (30 minutes journey time). If you arrive by car, you can either leave your car in Strasbourg, and return from Colmar to Strasbourg at the end of the circuit, or you can leave your car in Colmar early on the first day of the circuit, then take the train to Strasbourg, thus enabling you to recover your car in Colmar at the end of the circuit.

Day 1 : Strasbourg - Obernai

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the baggage transfer representative is on day 1 at 10am at Strasbourg SNCF train station. Your tour will start directly from the train station. Please arrive in your cycle clothing. On request we can book the previous night’s accommodation for you in Strasbourg.

Several days of cycling that begin in the Alsatian and European capital of Strasbourg. Strasbourg has a unique atmosphere. The city is large and very cosmopolitan, yet the local Alsatian culture remains prominent. Our destination for this trip is Colmar, in "the south"!  We leave behind us the small medieval streets of the "petite France" neighbourhood, the Ill River, and the immense Notre Dame Cathedral. Our route takes us west along a cycle path that runs through the Bruche Valley, alongside the Bruche, a river that flows in to the Ill in Strasbourg. As with many of the villages during this tour, Molsheim is full of wonderful flowers. Don't miss the superb géranium displays which decorate the imposing buildings in the town centre. Molsheim is also steeped in history: a Merovingian tomb, a Gallo Roman tombstone, and the ruins of the town's 14th century fortifications make for an interesting visit. From Molsheim we join the "route des vins" (wine road), which runs between the famous Alsatian vineyards. Our route south takes us along small country roads, past the residence of the Bugatti family (the family of the famous car manufacturer is from a small village to the south of Molsheim), before joining our overnight stop: Obernai. A beautiful village with its fine half-timbered houses and its abundance of flowers. Once settled in to our hotel, we take the time to discover the medieval streets of Obernai… Night in a hotel.

Distance covered: approx. 37 km / altitude gain: approx. 200 m.

Day 2 and day 3: Obernai - Riquewihr - Colmar

From wine villages to vintage wines, and some of the most beautiful villages in France, the area between Molsheim and Colmar has plenty to offer! Today, our route takes us along the foothills of the Vosges mountains, through vineyards and pretty medieval villages. The Alsace wine producing area is actually very narrow: a mere 3 kilometres wide, and a hundred kilometres in length, protected from the wind and the rain by the Vosges. We join the village of Barr, producer of the vintage Kirchberg wine, with its forty hectares of vineyards overlooking the village. But Kirchberg is just the first of many! Other great vintages await us along our route, in Mittelbergheim (Zotzenberg) and Andlau (Kastelberg and Wiebelsberg). Each peaceful and quiet village is marked by its slender church steeple and its beautiful tall houses. Characteristic of the Alsace is the proximity between one village and the next, offering a varied and rythmical feel to each day. As we gain altitude in the foothills of the Vosges, the plains of the Rhine and the Ried slowly open up before us. We pass through the pretty village of Dambach la Ville: with its colourful facades and multicoloured flower arrangments, the fortified town is a typical example of Alsatian architecture. As we head south, we ride through numerous great Alsatian wine destinations! It would be impossible to name them all, but the most famous are Rodern, Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr… Aside from the prestige the famous vineyards bring to the Alsace, they also provide ample work for the local population, helping to keep villages from falling into decline. For the fittest members of the group, there is the opportunity to ride to the Haut Koenigsbourg Château. The 12th century château is perched at 757 metres, high above the Alsace plain (our route is at only 200 metres above sea level…). Visible since leaving Sélestat, the château watches over us for the best part of the day. We stop off in Bergheim, one of the most beautiful villages in the Alsace: the 14th century Porte Haute, the parish church with its Gothic centre that dates back to 1347, as well as its ramparts and numerous turrets… On the riding side, although the tour is relatively gentle, today offers its fair share of climbs. As we approach Colmar, we gradually leave the vineyards behind us, arriving in the town mid afternoon. Colmar is well worth an extended visit, and our early arrival leaves plenty of time to explore the town.  Colmar is considered the capital of the Alsace wines, as well as the most Alsatian of the Alsace towns! The 17th century Maison des Têtes, the Dominican Church, and the collegiat Saint Martin Church are not to be missed. The "Little Venice" quarter, on the banks of the Lauch, is an ideal spot for a peaceful and romantic stroll…

Day 2: Distance covered: approx. 50 km / altitude gain: approx. 300 m. Night in a hotel in or near Riquewihr

Day 3: Distance covered: approx. 38 km / altitude gain: approx. 350 m. Night in a hotel in Colmar.

Day 4: Colmar - Erstain - Strasbourg

Today's route has only 25 km of cycling, leaving plenty of time to visit Colmar in the morning. We then head to the railway station for a short train journey with the bikes towards Strasbourg. We get off at the village of Erstein before joining the Alsatian capital by bicycle on the cycle path that follows the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. The afternoon offers the opportunity to discover the many treasures of the town of Strasbourg by bike.

Distance covered: approx. 25 km; altitude gain: less than 100 m.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Itinerary end: The tour ends in Strasbourg at between 4pm and 6pm. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Strasbourg.

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