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Relaxed Cycling along the Alsace Wine Route Alsace

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New for 2019

Relaxed Cycling along the Alsace Wine Route

Gentle cycling through the iconic villages of the Alsace

New for 2019

Relaxed Cycling along the Alsace Wine Route

Alsace is an ideal cycling holiday destination. The “green” routes run along Alsace’s many canal towpaths and disused railways which are appropriately surfaced and well-maintained for comfortable, safe cycling. Our new holiday, following the Wine route, combines everything the Alsace has to offer - picturesque villages and well-known wine producing towns, vineyards, rich, beautiful and diverse landscapes, comfortable hotels. With short distances each day you will have more time for relaxation and visits and all the family can join in.

Holiday Highlights

  • Alsace Wine Route
  • Short cycling distances to allow time for visits
  • Three star hotels
  • 132 km on 90 % tarred and separate tracks
  • Towns of Strasbourg and Colmar
  • Three “Plus beaux Villages de France”: Hunawihr, Riquewihr and Eguisheim
  • GPS available on request
  • Electric bikes available on request

What's Included

  • 5 nights half board
  • 6 days cycling
  • Bike hire
  • Belle France Support
  • Comprehensive route notes

Starting Days

Any day except Sundays and public holidays

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Strasbourg day 1

    Summary

    Arrive in Strasbourg. Settle into your hotel and meet with your rep for an introduction to the route. We strongly advise having an extra night here; there is so much to see and do... visit the Cathedral and its incredibly picturesque surroundings and then wander through La Petite France, the historic centre by the canal. If you have time, visit the Alsatian Museum. We have recommendations for a memorable visit. Don’t hesitate to ask.

    Hotel
    • Le Grand Hôtel - Strasbourg
    • Le Grand Hôtel - Strasbourg
    • Le Grand Hôtel - Strasbourg

    Le Grand Hôtel
    Strasbourg

    With its 92 rooms the modern and stylish Grand Hôtel has the ideal location, right in front the TGV train station, in the centre of Strasbourg and just 5 minutes walk from the historic area 'La Petite France' and 10 minutes from the main tourist attractions. With its simple setting, brightened with a touch of pop art, the Grand Hotel prepares to give you a warm welcome.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with shower
    • Complementary toiletries
    • Hairdryer
    • Satellite TV
    • Telephone
    • Desk
    • Mini-bar
    • Safe
    • Free wifi
    • Air conditioning
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Bar
    • Lift
    • Terrace
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Public parking possible nearby

    Board

    Cuisine

    Client are booked in on a BB basis as Strasbourg offers a wonderful variety of restaurants to choose from.

  • 2

    Strasbourg to Obernai day 2

    Summary

    This first day of cycling is mainly flat terrain. The Bruche cycle trail leaves Strasbourg to go south along a cycle running alongside the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built in 1681 by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. After approximately 25 km and 11 old locks, you reach Molsheim, birthplace and seat of the Bugatti cars, on the Alsatian Wine Road cycle trail. Continue to Obernai, miraculously unscathed by the last two world wars. It has retained almost its entire rampart system, as well as street after street of carefully maintained medieval houses.

    Hotel
    • Le Gouverneur - Family Room
    • Le Gouverneur - Bedroom
    • Le Gouverneur - Bedroom

    Le Gouverneur
    Obernai

    The Hotel Le Gouverneur is a quaint and interesting 16th century building with a very pretty courtyard. The location is in the centre of town only 400 meters from Saints Pierre and Paul Church.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with bath or shower
    • Hairdryer
    • TV
    • Telephone
    • Desk
    • Mini-bar
    • Safe
    • Free wifi
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Bar
    • Terrace
    • 24-hour front desk

    Board

    Cuisine

    The Gouverneur Hotel serves a buffet breakfast, which can be taken on the terrace during summer time. The dinner is booked in either “La Dîme” or “La Halle aux Blés”, typical “winstubs” with nice atmosphere and good food, mainly Alsatian, in the heart of Obernai.

    23 mi
    (37 km)

  • 3

    Obernai to Andlau day 3

    Summary

    Today the distance is very short. You will be in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard, with a few attractions on the way. You will be cycling through Gertwiller (“Museum of Gingerbread and Folk Art”), Barr (“Musée de la Folie Marco” a big house with Alsatian furniture, earthenware, porcelain and tins), Mittelbergheim (an oldwine press and oil mill) to arrive in Andlau, a popular tourist stop cradled in a beautiful setting of vineyards and forests. This historic town is also a centre for wine and food, with its three Grands Crus - Kastelberg, Moenchberg and Wiebelsberg. The nearby Spesbourg Castle, a ruined castle that dominates the valley, is being restored and has become more accessible.

    Hotel
    • Le Kastelberg - Family Room
    • Le Kastelberg - Bedroom
    • Le Kastelberg - Restaurant

    Le Kastelberg
    Andlau

    The hotel Le Kastelberg is located in the famous Kasterlberg Grand Cru vineyard, at the edge of a forest and tucked away from the traffic. You will enjoy the peace and friendliness of the place. The 29 room hotel features a garden, playground and summer terrace.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with bath or shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
    • Telephone
    • Desk
    • Free wifi
    • Balcony with all rooms
    • Restaurant (except Tuesday) with vegetarian options
    • Bar
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Packed lunches on request
    • Free public parking

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant serves traditional Alsatian cuisine and offers half-board menus for dinner every evening, except Tuesday. A vegetarian menu is available. Breakfast (buffet) served in the morning is very nice, including both savoury and sweet, everything you need to start a beautiful day.

    9 mi
    (14 km)

  • 4

    Andlau to Saint Hippolyte day 4

    Summary

    Enjoy a short stage through the villages and vineyards to arrive in Saint-Hippolyte, at the confluence of two rivers. It is a sleepy town dating back to the time of Charlemagne. This wine producing town, Rouge de Saint Hippolyte, is very picturesque with its fortified walls, 14th century church, ancient convent and houses along the water. The place is dominated by Alsace’s most grandiose castle, the Haut-Koenigsbourg, sitting majestically 700 metres on high.

    Suggestion: Arrive early in Saint-Hippolyte or book an extra night to visit the Haut Koenigsbourg Castle (English guided tour daily in summer).

    Hotel
    • Aux Ducs de Lorraine - Room
    • Aux Ducs de Lorraine - Restaurant
    • Aux Ducs de Lorraine - Dinner

    Relais du Siclence Aux Ducs de Lorraine
    Hippolyte

    This family and very welcoming hotel, with beautiful views on the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and the vineyards, is a quiet and charmingly old fashioned hotel. Spotlessly clean, the hotel does not try to be modern or minimalist but relies on extremely fastidious attention to making the guest feel special.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with bath
    • Hairdryer
    • Flat screen TV
    • Telephone
    • Desk
    • Safe
    • Free wifi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    Highly recommended restaurant (closed on Tuesdays) with regional dishes. The hotel produces its own wine. Let the menus speak for themselves…

    15 mi
    (24 km)

  • 5

    Saint Hippolyte to Kaysersberg day 5

    Summary

    Today’s program is again relatively short and you continue through the beautiful villages of the Alsace Wine Route. A few hills on the way, some small some steep but short. The rewards are Ribeauvillé with its “Vineyards Museum” and its chocolate factory, Hunawihr with “NaturOparC”, a Storks and Otters Reintroduction Centre, and a butterfly garden, Riquewihr, “Plus Beau Village de France”, Kientzheim with its “Museum of the Alsace’s Vineyard and Wine”. Finally Kaysersberg, where you are staying tonight, is the birthplace of the Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The small town, also voted “Favourite Village by the French” in 2017, has a castle and a museum. So much to see….

    Hotel
    • Les Remparts Kaysersberg - exterior view

    Hotel Les Remparts
    Kaysersberg

    Informal rooms with free WiFi & upgraded quarters with balconies, plus a game room, a sauna & a bar.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Room service
    • Bar
    • Sauna

    Board

    Cuisine

    Your breakfast is a continental buffet breakfast made of regional or local products. There is no on site restaurant but the hotel works in partnership with some very good restaurants in its immediate proximity and they will book you a table and point you in the right direction. This meal will be included as part of the package.

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 6

    Kaysersberg to Eguisheim day 6

    Summary

    Time this morning to enjoy more of Kaysersberg before setting off on the cycle paths. After Sigolsheim you reach Ingersheim then Turckheim and finally Eguisheim. Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Since 1985, this passion has been rewarded with the "4-flower" rating of France's National Floral Award. Stroll along its streets and fall in love with the character of this most typical Alsatian village.

    Hotel
    • L’Auberge Alsacienne - exterior

    L’Auberge Alsacienne
    Eguisheim

    Relaxed 16th-century inn offering colorful rooms with free Wi-Fi, plus a restaurant with a terrace. 

    Facilities

    • TV in each room
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    Dinner, Bed and Breakfast included

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 7

    Eguisheim to Colmar day 7

    Summary

    This short stage will leave you some time to discover Colmar. The Alsatian wine capital is a must-see and your final stage. Colmar is a town with many attractions and an undeniable charm of its own including half-timbered houses, canals and the flower-decked town centre. It offers all the intimacy of a medium-sized town and a remarkably diverse range of heritage sites. Come along and see the historical town centre with its famous "Petite Venise" or the “Unterlinden Museum” for culture lovers. A town definitely worth visiting for anyone keen to discover the gentle Alsatian lifestyle!

    Hotel
    • Hôtel Beauséjour - Family Room
    • Hôtel Beauséjour - Double Room
    • Hôtel Beauséjour - Lounge
    • Hôtel Beauséjour - Reception

    Hôtel Beauséjour
    Colmar

    In a residential and quiet district and only a short walk from the historic centre of Colmar, this charming family-run (since 1913) Logis Hotel features 40 bedrooms and a restaurant with a view of the summer garden.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with shower or bath
    • Hairdryer
    • Satellite TV
    • Radio
    • Telephone
    • Desk
    • Safe
    • Free wifi
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • Terrace
    • Garden

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental buffet breakfast. The hotel has an excellent restaurant but you are booked on a B&B basis and you are free to choose your restaurant either at the hotel or in Colmar.

    11 mi
    (18 km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • Extra nights reccomended

    If you have time we highly recommend an extra night at Strasbourg either at the end of beginning of the holiday. Extra nights en route possible too if you want to slow down the pace... please ask for details.

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  • From£1264per person

  • Outward Depart St Pancras International, change in Paris or Lille for TGV to Strasbourg arriving late afternoon.

    Return Depart Colmar and change trains in Strasbourg, change trains in Paris or Lille, arrive St Pancras International early evening.

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