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Alsace Picture Book: Wine, Food, Culture, and Tradition

  • 4.3

    (9)

  • 5 nights | 28 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €638
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

On the borders of the Latin and Germanic civilizations, Alsace offers astonishing cultural wealth. A region proud of its identity, Alsace is a great wine-making region. It's white wines are delicious accompanied with one of the countless local specialties. In the evening, sit and relax in the charming hotels along the route.

Cycling along the route, you will discover the beauty of the region in a relaxed manner, as you travel along trails suitable for cycling and numerous purpose-built cycle tracks. Villages adorned with flowers and imposing medieval castles dot the route. There is ample time to visit the beauitful cities of Strasbourg and Colmar.

Daily program

Day 1: Strasbourg
After arriving in Strasbourg, settle into the hotel and spend the evening exploring the town.
Overnight in Strasbourg

Day 2: Strasbourg – Area Sélestat (Category A: 34 miles/55 km; Category B: 16-34 miles/25-55 km; Category C:  22-34 miles/35-55 km)
Leaving Strasbourg, you cycle along the Rhône-Rhine canal,which will lead you along its very pretty cycle track into the heart of the Ried.
Overnight in Sélestat area

Day 3: Area Sélestat – Colmar (Category A: 24 miles/38 km; Category B: 24-42 miles/38-68 km; Category C: 24-36 miles/38-58 km)
You will travel through the landscapes and villages of the Alsatian Ried that is rich in aquatic flora and fauna. You arrive in Colmar, the capital of the wine of Alsace and the town of art, by the cycle track along the channel of Colmar.
Overnight in Colmar

Day 4: Colmar – Riquewihr area (24 miles/39 km)
You have more time to visit the art city Colmar. You drive through cycle tracks and sometimes on low traffic side roads and will get to Riquewihr. At the foot of the Vosges nestle the winemaking villages responsible for the reputation of the Alsatian Grands Cus: Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg, and Riquewihr.
Overnight in Riquewihr area

Day 5: Riquewihr area – Obernai area (31 miles/49 km)
Along the wine road you will discover the villages of Barr, Andlau and its abbey, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr.
Overnight in Obernai area

Day 6: Obernai area – Strasbourg(23 miles/37 km)
You cycle along the banks of the Bruche canal, you will reach the capital of Europe: Strasbourg.

Please note that this tour ends on a cycling day. We recommend adding on an additional night in Strasbourg. See prices under the "Dates and Prices" tab.

Dates

Daily: Mar 24-Oct 6, 2018 (no welcome briefing on Sundays)
Low Season: Mar 24, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018, Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 06, 2018
Shoulder Season: Apr 28, 2018 - May 24, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018
High Season: May 25, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Category A: 4- and 5-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€828
Shoulder season surcharge
€30
High season surcharge
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€430
Optional dinner package
€235
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
21-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
7-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
7-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Extra Nights, Strasbourg
Per person, double occupancy
€110
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€195
Category B: 3-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€638
Shoulder season surcharge
€30
High season surcharge
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€215
Optional dinner package
€130
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
21-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
7-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
7-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Extra Nights, Strasbourg
Per person, double occupancy
€68
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€110
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Espace Randonnée Terms and Conditions

Cancellation -- Changes to the booking
The cancellation has to be declared in written form. Cancellation fees:

  • Up to 28 days before tour start: 20% minimum €50 fee;
  • 27 to 14 days prior to tour start: 30% of the total price;
  • 13 to 8 days prior to tour start: 50% of the total price;
  • 7 to 4 days prior to tour start: 70% of the total price;
  • from 3 days prior and no show: 90% of total price;
  • By travel expensen: 100%

Any changes regarding to the number of participants, number or type of rooms, hotel category or catering are basically acceptable up to 29 days before start of the tour – if this is possible in the hotels and the capacity is available. An administration fee of € 50,- for each amendment is due.

Any cancellation due to illness must be accompanied by a certificate médiacle.

All photos used by permission. ©Espace Randonnée

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

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  • 4 Star 6
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.3

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.9
  • Value 4.1
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 3.9
  • Hotels or boat 4.2
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 3.4
  • Tour documents 3.6
  • Local tour company services 3.9
  • Route selection 4.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 2

Reviews

Allen December 19, 2017

Fabulous

The villages are incredibly beautiful; the biking is either on lovely canal paths or quiet roads in the wine country; and the inns and restaurants are terrific. It is a well organized and well supported trip.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 18, 2018
Allen, thanks for your kind review. We're so glad to hear you had a great time on tour! We look forward to helping you in the future.
Croissant Lovers October 9, 2017

Early Fall Wine Country Tour

Beautiful countryside, quaint towns, idyllic bike paths along canals, vineyards forever. Lodging was excellent even on the lower priced end. Included breakfasts were excellent. Found that opportunities for lunch were nonexistent or limited so we learned to buy lunch food & wine first thing in the morning. Route finding was challenging at times as we were self guided. Local tour operator provided good orientation. 21 speed bikes were very heavy and awkward with handlebar pack.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 18, 2018
We're glad you had a great time on tour and great advice for future clients regarding lunch along the way! I love the handlebar bag but I understand it isn's for everyone as they can be bulky. We hope to help you plan a future tour.
mamacababy October 6, 2017

One of our best bike tours ever

This bike tour was way more than we expected. Espace Randonnee gave us wonderful maps, directions, and bikes. I had an ebike for the first time and it was awesome. We rode down beautiful canal paths, and into picture book villages, laced with window boxes of geraniums. The accommodations were good to excellent, and we opted for the meal plan which we love because dinner was always arranged for you, and local specialties were served. The weather was perfect - all things considered, this was one of our top 2 bike tours ever!

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 18, 2018
We're delighted to hear you had a great time in the Alsace region! We think slow travel is the best way to enjoy the local experiences. Thank you very much for your review and please let us know when you're ready to take another bike tour.
Allen September 20, 2017

Fabulously beautiful towns and good routes

Bike Tours was excellent. Very helpful.
E bikes helped. Good bikes
Routes were varied and interesting with few busy roads.
Route maps were frustrating at times because some roads poorly marked.
Escape Rondonne's Thomas was poor for the introduction meeting- rushed and confusing; but the company did handle our bags well.

ozfamily September 20, 2017

Beautiful Trip Needs Logistics Tweaks

The positive: The route after the first day is spectacular - beautiful canals, villages, vineyards. Accommodations mostly fine, but see the needs improvement section. We especially liked the hotel in Sermersheim - tiny town but lovely place to stay. Bikes were great.
Needs Improvement: The first day out of Strasbourg is mostly a wasted day. Even the person who gave us our orientation the first day said there is really nothing to see this first day. Coupled with the fact that it is a hellacious route to get out of Strasbourg - very complicated and not well explained by the guide or by the instructions given to us, I would have started the tour on day two (save for the accommodations that first night). Also, the instructions are not always accurate. Sometimes they said we could eat lunch in certain towns, but there were not places available, based on day of the week closures. It would be helpful to note towns where train stations are available in case someone is sick or injured.... I would not have people stay in Barr - there was absolutely nothing to do and most places to eat were closed.

Seawise September 6, 2017

Post card scenery

Self guided 5 day tour- very happy with "c" class accommodation. Views and overall ambience great. We were frustrated at times with directions and missing green indicators especially for detours into towns - ended up following what we thought was logical route but lack of green arrows caused us to get lost- sometimes came across a green arrow but it was wrong one and ended up on another route- had to back track. Selestat and Ingersheim particularly bad and finding Riquewihr also hard. When travelling on bike paths- magic. Overall we had great time.

YQT1 August 11, 2017

Made me love cycling again.

Great trip. Hotel choices were quaint but only one had Air conditioning which was unfortunate after long sweaty ride in 35C heat. Would definitely revisit the accommodation choices next time especially in hot summer.

T and T October 6, 2016

alsace

As advertised. This was a picture book trip if there ever was one. Towns, hotels and luggage delivery were perfectly arranged. Days1 & 2 & 5 were flat. Days 3 & 4 were a little more than level 2 hills, however, the gears on the bikes were good enough to get through the climbs. This is our 3rd trip through Biketours and their service is perfect. I would do this trip again. I would upgrade from B to A hotels next time but the B hotels were good enough for our short time in each.

Heather July 5, 2016

Alsace Cycling Vacation

Bike Tours Direct is a very organized company that has good connections in the area. They provide a consultation on the first day of the trip to go over maps, routes, lodgings, and recommendations (for self-guided tours). They also spend some time making sure the bike is in good condition and is adjusted to fit you comfortably. We upgraded to road bikes, I would strongly recommend this as there are some steep hills on days 3-5.
We chose B hotels. The accommodations were comfortable.
The first 2 days of cycling are peaceful and flat, riding along a canal. Starting in Colmar, the ride is along the Alsatian wine route. It becomes hilly, and this is where the picture book starts. We cycled up and down hills, though vineyards, and medieval towns. Each town has beautifully preserved architecture, historic monuments, cobble stone streets, not to mention delicious local food and wine. The Alsace region is a perfect mix of French countryside, and small medieval towns with rich history and culture.