|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||35 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 12-Oct 12, 2014|
|Start city:||Heidelberg, Germany|
|End city:||Strasbourg, France|
This cycling tour touches three very different regions in Europe: Alsace, France and Pfalz and Baden in Germany. Each region has a different history, climate and landscape, but they all share one thing: wine. Alsace is known for its white wines, Baden's Black Forest is home to the popular rose wine Spatburgunder Weissherbst, while Pfalz is Germany's largest wine producing region with many small vineyards committed to quality. Culinary speaking, this tour touches three of Europe's great regions.
During this trip, lovely countryside interchanges with cultural highlights. How did the Romans bring the wine-growing culture into this region? What testimonies did the German Emperors leave in Worms, Speyer and Strasbourg? These are only some of the questions which will be answered during this tour. Look forward to great ambiance and scenery on this diverting tour!
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Day 1: Heidelberg
Individual arrival in Heidelberg; tour information and bicycles distributed. In the evening you will have enough time to stroll to Heidelberg's famous castle, down to the banks of the Neckar River and through the idyllic old university town.
Overnight in Heidelberg.
Day 2: Heidelberg – Worms (28 miles/45 km)
Today's route bikes along the Neckar River to Ladenburg, with a beautiful and historic old town. After going through the Rhine-plane you arrive at Worms, an old imperial town. Highlights of Worms includes the 12th century Cathedral of Worms, old town, fortification walls, Martin Luther Monument, and oldest well-preserved Jewish cemetery.
Overnight in Worms.
Day 3: Worms – Bad Dürkheim (28 miles/45 km)
The day starts on the banks of the Rhine, heading into the northern part of the German Wine-route. Cycling along the Wine-route, you will visit lovely wine-growing villages, offering quality wines directly from the vineyard. From there the route heads to Freinsheim's beautiful medieval center and old fortifications. Today’s destination is Bad Dürkheim, a health-spa town boasting the world's largest wine-barrel. The health-spa offers a variety of facilities at your disposal.
Overnight in Bad Dürkheim.
Day 4: Bad Dürkheim – Germersheim (44 miles/70 km)
Cycling through Deidesheim and its medieval town hall, you head to the secret wine capital of Neustadt. Highlights of Neustadt include the collegiate church, town hall, and town hall market. Leaving the vineyards, the route continues through the Rhine-planes to Speyer. Enjoy Speyer's old town, cathedral, and historical museum. On the banks of the Rhine you travel through the Old-Rhine Nature Reserve to Germersheim, the day's final stop.
Overnight in Germersheim.
Day 5: Germersheim – Bad Bergzabern (31 miles/50 km)
After crossing the beautiful Hördter Rhine meadows Nature Reserve and tobacco growing areas, the route returns again to the vineyards. Because of its lovely climate and special ambiance, this region is known as the “German Tuscany.” Get to know the changing German-French history in Landau and enjoy amazing views of the vineyards before reaching Bad Bergzabern. A optional side-trip to the Landeck Fortification and Klingenmünster Monastery is recommended.
Overnight in Bad Bergzabern.
Day 6: Bad Bergzabern – Rastatt (41 miles/65 km)
Only a short distance from Bad Bergzabern the German Wine-route comes to an end. The route crosses the German Wine Gateway in Schweigen entering France's Alsace region, where you stop to visit Wissembourg's historical old town. Cycling on the banks of the idyllic Lauter River, you visit Lauterbourg before leaving the Alsace to head to Baden and Rastatt, the day’s destination.
Overnight in Rastatt.
Day 7: Rastatt – Strasbourg (38 miles/60 km)
Today's route cycles through the soft Rhine-planes directly to the Rhine River with charming and idyllic meadow landscapes. After crossing the Rhine you head to Strasbourg, the 2,000-year old artistic and cultural town with a unique town center and cathedral.
Overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 8: Strasbourg
Individual departures or additional nights.
Options are available for an alternative 5 or 6-night tour. Please inquire with BikeToursDirect to learn more.
Daily: Apr 12-Oct 12, 2014
|Low Season:||Apr 12-May 2; Sep 29-Oct 12, 2014|
|Shoulder Season:||May 3-May 30; Jul 27-Aug 31, 2014|
|High Season:||May 31-Jul 26; Sep 1-Sep 28, 2014|
|Carefully selected 3- and 4-star hotels.|
|Carefully selected 3-star hotels or winegrowers.|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Category A: carefully selected 3- and 4-star hotels
Day 3: Hotel Kurpark, Bad Dürkheim
Day 4: Hotel Germersheimer Hof, Germersheim
Day 5: Hotel Pfälzer Wald, Bad Bergzabern
Category B: Carefully selected 3-star hotels or winegrowers
Day 1: Hotel Ibis Styles, Heidelberg
Day 2: Hotel Asgard, Worms
Day 3: Pfälzer Landhotel, Bad Durkheim
Day 4: Hotel Germersheimer Hof, Germersheim
Day 5: Hotel Wasgau, Bad Bergzabern
Day 6: Hotel Da Franco, Rastatt
Day 7 : Hotel All Seasons Strasbourg Gare, Strasbourg
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
The bikes available for rent on this tour are:
Equipment included with the bike rentals:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please make sure it will be compatible with a 27.2 to 31.4 mm seat post. If necessary, you may also need to bring your own adapter. The tour company will assist in switching the seat post for you.
Helmets are NOT included with the bike rentals. You can by a helemt (not rent) from the tour company for 35 Euros. It will be a high quality, brand new UVEX I-VO helemt. You must let us know your helmet preference upon booking*. If you do not buy a helmet through the tour company, we recommend you bring your own well-fitted helmet.
*Please note that helmets must be purchased at the time of booking, and in the case of short time frame bookings, they may not be available to be purchased.
Additional specifications on the hybrid touring bikes:
The route along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers run completely in the valley, without any ascents. A few hills exist on the German Wine-Street. The Alsace is known to be hilly; however, non-experienced cyclists can tackle this route. The tour route was planned in such a way that the hilly parts interchange with flat parts.
This tour is leisurely and is for cyclists in average physical condition.
Nearest Airport: Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) (easy train or bus shuttle to Heidelberg)
Nearest Train Station: Heidelberg, Germany
Nearest Airport: Strasbourg, France (SXB)
Nearest Train Station: Strasbourg, France
For the return journey, numerous railway connections are available. According to the train selected, the duration of the journey takes about 2 to 3.5 hour with fare around €30, not including bicycle.
Transfer by mini-van from Strasbourg to Heidelberg is available for €50 per person, reservation required, payable locally.
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Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
Eurofun Touristik, also known as Eurobike, was founded in 1993. The company stands for long-term experience in tourism, specializing in cycle holidays. The company has continued to expand over the years, adding "Rückenwind Reisen” in Oldenburg/Germany to the Eurofun group in 2002 and "Eurohike" was founded to service the growing demand for hiking holidays in 2004.
Eurofun's strenths include professional and meticulously researched routes, modern and regularly maintained bicycles, tour guides who know the country accompanying group tours and very detailed travel documentation for individual tours. Along with these aspects, Eurofun offers excellent working support service, luggage transfer and accommodation in hotels with a comfortable ambience and cozy atmosphere.
I. Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The Customer may withdraw from the agreement at any time prior to the start of travel. We recommend that the Customer communicate his or her cancellation in writing. In the event of a cancellation or no-show, we shall be entitled to charge the following fees (percentages refer to the price of travel):
In each case a cancellation insurance is recommendable. We recommend a travel withdrawal insurance, please note that the insurance doesn't work for travel expenses. For that case you shall take an additional insurance.
For bike and boat tours offered through EUROFUN, the following cancellation penalties apply:
2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. EUROBIKE may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge € 50,- for change fees.
3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will however have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50,-.
II. Signing the travel agreement
1. By registering, the Customer undertakes to enter into a travel agreement with EUROFUN TOURISTIK GMBH (hereinafter referred to as EUROBIKE). Registration shall take place in writing on the form designated for this purpose. A telephonic, oral or other form of registration with us or one of our partner agencies shall be equally binding. Registration shall be carried out by the registering party for all co-named participants. The registering party firmly agrees to these conditions of travel, including on behalf of and for the co-named participants.
2. The agreement shall come into being upon acceptance by EUROBIKE or its partner agencies upon sending the booking confirmation.
3. Subsidiary agreements and amendments to the concluded travel agreement shall require our written confirmation.
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current EUROBIKE catalogue shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours.
Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.
2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double bed room. If available, a single bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels however there are only a limited number of single bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two bed room. In this case you will of course receive a prorated refund.
3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%
V. Liability and restriction of liability
1. EUROBIKE shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.
2. Travellers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.
4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.
5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).
6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.
7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.
8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.
Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the Đustoŵer’s oǁŶ risk oŶly. The settiŶgs of our ĐyĐle Đarriers are fitted to our reŶtal ďiĐyĐles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.
9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.
1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. EUROBIKE can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognise claims.
2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by EUROBIKE. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveller, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.
3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.
VII. Cooperation Obligation
1. If the traveller does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform EUROBIKE without delay.
2. The traveller is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimise or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.
1. The Customer shall be responsible for complying with all passport, visa, customs and health regulations.
2. We must reserve the right to make changes to prices and services and to correct any mistakes and typographical errors.
3. The invalidity of individual provisions in the travel agreement shall not invalidate the rest of the agreement.
IX. Legal domicile/applicable law
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.
2. The Customer may only bring legal action against EUROBIKE at its registered place of business.
3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.
For all journeys designated as original tours, a member of the EUROFUN-group (Eurobike, Eurotrek, Rückenwind, SE-Tours, Espace Randonnée, Radreisefreunde) is the operator. For all other tours, EUROBIKE – EUROFUN TOURISTIK is the travel booking agent.
Subject to changes to the offering and mistakes, typographical errors and calculation errors.
Insurance of customer funds
Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by EUROBIKE - EUROFUN TOURISTIK GMBH (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth, customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured.
The guarantor or insurer is Volksbank Braunau, 5280 Braunau (bank guarantee no. 5746). Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.
Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation.