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

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  • 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 Type: Guided Self-guided

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)
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)
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 of 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 Crus: 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 & Prices" tab.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 6-Oct 5, 2019 (no welcome briefing on Sundays)
Low Season: Apr 06, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019, Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019
Shoulder Season: Apr 27, 2019 - May 24, 2019, Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
High Season: May 25, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019

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)
€390
Optional dinner package
€235
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
21-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Helmets
€6
Extra Nights, Strasbourg
Per person, double occupancy
€115
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€200
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)
€260
Optional dinner package
€140
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid men's frame bike
€75
21-speed hybrid unisex frame bike
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Helmets
€6
Extra Nights, Strasbourg
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€105
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 7
  • 3 Star 2
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 1

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.9
  • Value 3.7
  • Included meals 3.7
  • Bikes & equipment 3.7
  • Hotels or boat 3.9
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 3.2
  • Tour documents 3.4
  • Local tour company services 3.6
  • Route selection 4.2
  • Guides (if applicable) 2

Reviews

Bluenose October 1, 2018

Alsace in September

Great time of year to do this trip as the vineyards are being harvested. The weather is perfect for cycling! Much of the trip is on dedicated cycle paths which reduces the amount of riding in traffic.
We took the dinner package which saved us the hassle of trying to find dinner each night. A couple of the meals were terrific but most were average.

Chris118 October 1, 2018

Lovely, but there were problems

A friend and I just completed the Alsace trip. We had perfect weather and it was lovely to ride through the vineyards while the grapes were being harvested. Accommodations and dinners ranged from superb (Osthouse) to “meh”. It seemed to us that the quality declined with each successive day.

The tour company rep who met us in Strasbourg was very rushed and did not give us a particularly warm welcome. We only discovered the next morning that the mileage computer on one of our bikes was faulty because an electrical lead had been pulled out. This is the bike he used to “demonstrate” so he should have known that it was faulty. We were never able to fix it because it required too small a screwdriver. This inhibited our route-finding throughout the week since the computer was on the navigator’s bike.

On the flip side, I had a crash (someone ran into me) and I called from the destination hotel and the company rep arranged for someone at the hotel to swap out my bent wheel. I was interested that the company rep didn’t ask if I had sustained any injuries.

The route instructions were sometimes difficult to follow. We were lucky to also have a personal GPS and it helped us know whether we were on track. I think part of the problem is that the North American interpretation of some navigation terms may differ from the the European. I urge the company to consider a separate sheet/map to help people find heir way out of Strasbourg. It is actually simple but not at all obvious.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany December 17, 2018
Chris, thank you very much for your review of the Alsace. I'm sorry to hear of your bike accident but thankful you are okay! I'll reach out to you about your accident, your Category B accommodations, and the directions so we can work with the tour operator to improve services.
Joaney September 10, 2018

Really sorry we took this trip

While we knew we signed up for a self-guided trip, we had no idea just how little this tour company would provide to us. Starting with bikes that have no water bottles moving quickly onto very poorly written directions and a GPS that was outdated years ago, the trip proved a disappointment each day. Most of the hotels had no a/c (in the middle of the summer) and we had paid for the more upgraded choices. While I must admit that we were guided onto mostly non-traffic bike paths whenever possible, we felt that all we did was ride all day long, with no pointers of what we might be passing of interest. We got lost a fair amount of times, and luckily we had a 23 yr.old, engineering graduate, who helped us decipher where we were vs. the directions. The weather could not have been more beautiful, thankfully, since there was no "back-up" should it turn terrible. We had to have our luggage ready by 9am, there went those leisurely mornings we thought we would have, only to notice that they were never picked up before we finished breakfast at 10am. The bikes were of good quality and thankfully also, we had no flat tires or breakdowns. I know I am spoiled from having taken many bike trips with reputable companies like Backroads and Duvine, etc. This trip was suggested by the friends we traveled with and the woman was smart in getting an e-bike. The rest of us had to walk our bikes up to one of the hotels that was perched on the highest point of the town. Only to finally reach the destination and to be told by the desk manager that if we had intended to eat there, he was sorry they were full for the evening...and that "he constantly tells the bike trip organizers that they should warn their bikers to make arrangements in advance." Clearly we were given no such instructions. We were LUCKY the manager was able to find us a taxi to take us to town for dinner. It was rather surreal. The food in this region was boring and repetitive. How many tart flambees does one want to eat?

Buffalo September 7, 2018

Simply Fantastic

The trip was excellent. The hotels selected were generally good (one was exceptional, one was mildly disappointing, the rest were all just good). The tour was well planned and pretty easy to follow. The first leg of the trip was in the valley. This helped to acclimate our group for the wine hills to come. The little villages and wine were exceptionally beautiful. We found the customer service of bike tours and the partner tour operator were also very good. We will definitely use bike tours sometime in the not too distant future.
Important note: with an E-Bike the trip was pretty easy (according to my wife). However, with a standard bicycle, I found some of the hills to be quite challanging. The second to last day I burned roughly 2900 calories.

Dennis July 17, 2018

Alsace Canals & Vineyards

The countryside and towns of Alsace are a great bicycling experience. The roads and trails are fairly flat and well marked. There is a bakery in every village!

Generally, we had excellent meals and accommodations. We had one hotel with a four star rating that was not air conditioned. We also had another hotel that did not offer any choices on the half-board menu.

We found our hybrid bicycles not quite up to climbing the few hills. We needed more low gears! Overall the turn-by-turn directions were adequate but sometimes confusing as our route did not always follow the posted bicycle travel signs.

We had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery and people along our tour and we will definitely come back to France for more.

WalkersAdventure July 3, 2018

Beautiful villages - beware of hills and train strikes

The tour operator is unusually cooperative about modifying the standard itinerary. I requested many changes to suit our interests and abilities and they fulfilled them all. We requested and received GPX tracks to load onto our own Garmin devices. The GPX and the map and the tour materials had been revised to reflect the changes I'd requested, which I appreciated very much.

Colmar is an exceptionally good place to center the trip. I recommend staying there several days and taking day trips by bicycle, or train plus bicycle, to nearby villages.

All of the hotels booked for us were high quality, and thoughtfully positioned for convenient access.

Segments of the trip are quite hilly: two chevrons on the map. We evaded the hills by planning alternate routes in the flat part of the valley. These routes presented a different view, still valuable and entertaining.

We had trouble with the SNCF train strike. Of course, that situation was beyond the tour operator's control, but it detracted from the experience.

One of the e-bikes was delivered with a bad battery. They replaced it the next day. That was okay for us, as I had an extra day planned for local sightseeing, so our overall schedule was not affected.

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 December 17, 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 December 17, 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 December 17, 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.