|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||29 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily (except Sundays): Apr 5-Oct 12, 2014|
|Start city:||Haguenau, France|
|End city:||Haguenau, France|
On this tour through France's Alsace region, you will cross the Saint Forest situated on the outskirts of Haguenau. Passing through countless pottery villages, enjoy a visit to the “Parc Naturel” in the Vosges du Nord, one of the world’s biosphere reserves, with excellent views of the castles built by the imperial family in the 12th century.
Geraniums flourish in abundance in Outre-Foret, while the charming villages of the Pays de Hanau feature wonderful wine and cuisine. Seize the opportunity to discover such sites in Alsace, as you cycle through the famed region creating an unforgettable stay!
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Day 1: Haguenau
Individual arrival to Hageunau; settle into the hotel.
Overnight in Hageunau.
Day 2: Haguenau – Ingwiller (32 miles/52 km)
The Saint Forest in the north of Haguenau was the home of the hermit Saint Arbogast, who was the first bishop of Strasbourg. On the outskirts, the emperors had churches and abbeys built in the 11th and 12th centuries, just like those in Walbourg. You will reach Ingwiller by passing through discrete and peaceful villages.
Overnight in Ingwiller.
Day 3: Ingwiller – Saverne (25 miles/41 km)
You will discover the rural countryside of Alsace with villages and perfectly aligned farms decorated with beams and geraniums. You will visit Marmoutier Saint Pierre and Paul’s Church, which are excellant examples of the Roman architecture of Alsace. You will finally reach Saverne, the capital of roses, that features an 18th century chateau sitting proudly at the foot of the Vosges.
Overnight in Saverne.
Day 4: Saverne – Niederbronn les Bains (31 miles/50 km)
After cycling along the foot of the Vosges Mountains and its charming villages, you will reach Neuwiller-lès-Saverne. This charming village is a destination for pilgrims in honor of Bishop St. Adelphe. Because of that, you will visit one of the gems of the religious architecture in Alsace. A short distance later, you reach the city of Bouxwiller. You can take a step back in history as you walk through its streets, its many splendid houses and its rich past as the old capital of the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg.
Overnight in Niederbronn les Bains.
Day 5: Niederbronn les Bains – Lembach (28 miles/45 km)
You will cycle through the country of castles, as the route continues through the forests of the “Parc Naturel of the Vosges du Nord.” You will pass forgotten villages and countless, remarkable natural sights. In Lembach, the day's final destination, you will be given the chance to visit the lime kiln, an old underground fortress of the Maginot line.
Overnight in Lembach.
Day 6: Lembach – Wissembourg (19 miles/31 km)
Lembach is situated a short distance away from the German border. Today's stage takes you to the top of the Litschhof and to Schönau, the heart of the villages. Following a bicycle track on the German side you arrive in Wissembourg, a beautiful medieval town.
Overnight in Wissembourg.
Day 7: Wissembourg - Hageunau (36 miles/49 km)
The bicycle track leaves from Wissembourg and takes you to Seebach. Seebach, just like Hoffen, is known to be the most beautiful of the beam-house villages in Alsace.
*Please note that this tour ends on a cycling day. We recommend adding on an additional night in Hageunau. If you want to add an additional night in Hageunau, please let us know on the booking form (please see prices under the "Dates and Prices" tab).
Daily (except Sundays): Apr 5-Oct 12, 2014
|Low:||Apr 5-May 9; Sep 27-Oct 12, 2014|
|Shoulder:||May 10-Jun 20; Aug 30-Sep 26, 2014|
|High:||Jun 21-Aug 29, 2014|
|Please note that bookings for this tour can take up to two weeks to confirm.|
Espace Randonnée takes care of the luggage transfer. Your personal belongings need to be packed up and ready at 9:00 am each day to be transferred to the next stage, where you’ll have them at 5:00 pm at latest. (Should you choose to transport your luggage with you, this won’t decrease the price of the tour).
When you will be back to Hageunau, you will arrive at the hotel you stayed in for the first night and get back your luggage anytime after 1:00 pm. You will be asked to return the bikes in the dedicated space and padlock the bikes. Keys and plastic-coated maps need to be given to the hotel reception.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Les Pins, Haguenau
Aux Comtes de Hanau, Ingwiller
Hotel de l'Europe, Saverne
Hotel au Heimbach, Lembach
Hotel Alsace-Marine, Wissembourg
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
The available bikes for this tour are:
All rentals are equipped with:
Helmets are not included in rental. Please bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.
Overall, this tour is flat with occasional hills. Therefore it’s adapted to a large public and to children aged 14 and up. Nevertheless two portions are kind of undulating: from Niederbronn to Haguenau and from Haguenau to Niederbronn. Approximatley 80% of the tour is on cycle tracks and minor agricultural tarred roads.
This tour is leisurely and is for cyclists in average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Strasbourg, France
Nearest train station: Haguenau, France
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Espace Randonnee has set out for 20 years across the Alsace region to discover and to share the wealth of their beautiful region to clients, with a family and warm spirit. The company stems from a narrow collaboration with quality providers (hotels and restaurants) having ends in the creation in 2010 of an association of people working in the biking tourist industry.
Our detailed knowledge of the ground (better roads, better establishments, better spots) as well as our narrow collaboration and relation with our providers is a guarantee of the quality of our services. We attach a particular attention on every new customer, and this throughout its stay! Personalized and warm welcome, hotline 24/7. Our customers, your customers, will have the best of Alsace!!
Espace won the Prix de l'innovation touristique 2007 (Award of the tourist innovation in 2007).
The customer can constantly cancel his contract of reservation. This cancellation will have to be done in writing (email). Penalties are:
If a change in the services is required, there will be a charge of 50 euros.