Alsace Wine Route

Alsace Wine Route - Cycling Tour

Alsace Wine Route
Alsace cycling travel is a unique experience as you explore a part of the region that is nestled between the beautiful Vosges mountains in France and the borders of Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is a region rich in tradition. Alsace is a combination of cultures and therefore charm. The famous Route du Vin (wine route) encompasses at least 100 wine producing villages between Strasbourg and Colmar, creating some of the best French wines. Also offers gourmet cuisine and has more Michelin star restaurants than any other region. Experience gastronomy in refined and traditional dishes like the famous baeckeofe. The beauty of its traditional architecture will surprise you with village after village of pretty half timbered houses decked with brilliantly colored flowers. Our bicycle tour in Alsace is very flexible, being self-guided, this bike tour can start any day you wish, April-October.

Tour Information

  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Price: from 1220
  • Level: Moderate
  • Activity: Biking - Self Guided
  • Date:Starts any day


Overview for your Cycling Trip

Available dates

This tour starts any day

Level

Moderate
Rolling countryside, occasional hills, possible short gradients of low percents. These are the most popular tours, available for most people with some cycling experience. Average distance: 45-60km (27-37Miles). Ascent: between 450m-650m (1480ft-2150ft)

Transportation Details

Arrival city is Strasbourg; TGV from Paris Est station is frequent and fast at 2 hours 20 min. Departure from Colmar to Paris Gare de l'Est 2H50min. Flights to Strasbourg from Paris 1H 10min. International flights to Frankfurt possible.

Optional Services

Travel insurance, Paris museum & metro passes, Paris day tours, Lido shows, and other services. Cell phone rental and luggage storage services.

This is a self-guided tour but you are not alone

We're with you from beginning to end

We will provide you with relevant information at each step of your trip.

Upon confirmation of your tour we will send you some general information about passports, training tips, reading lists, cell phone rental, travel insurance, and more!

Upon final payment you will receive hotel lists, contact numbers, itineraries, a packing list, regional information (sites, culture, regional specialities, important towns and historical sites), general France travel information, bike travel tips, vouchers, train travel tips, language phrases, holiday info, tour details, culture and customs tips, and much, much more!

Note: Prices subject to change based on hotel availability.
See terms and conditions.


Regional information

Spread on the plain of the Rhine and on the oriental side of the Vosges mountain range, Alsace offers diversified landscapes. Some old cities include: Obernai, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Colmar. Many nearby vineyards are conserved with their history of cygogne and their sculpted houses, as well as their ancient image/ spirit.

Testimonial

"Just a note to say thanks to all of you for setting up a great tour in Alsace. All the connections worked out great, and it was exactly the type of tour arrangement we were looking for, at a very reasonable price."
-R. Petrilli, Alsace

Biking itinerary for your cycling tour

  • Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg
  • Day 2: Strasbourg to Obernai - 45km (28mi)
  • Day 3: Orbernai Loop Tour - 34km (21mi)
  • Day 4: Ride to Riquewihr - 49.5km (31mi)
  • Day 5: Riquewihr-Colmar - 21 or 38km (13 or 23mi)
  • Day 6: Optional Ride or visit Colmar - 41km (25mi)
  • Day 7: Departure Day
Itinerary map for Alsace Wine Route

Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg

This city has easy rail access from Paris with the newly opened TGV line. Rail access from Frankfurt is also possible. Transfer to your Strasbourg hotel on your own and any free time is yours to explore this fantastic centreville. Orientation and bike set up with our local representative at your hotel. Old Strasbourg is typically cobbled walking streets, half timbered houses with carved stone porches and courtyards. Superior 4 star hotel and dinner on your own.

Day 2: Strasbourg to Obernai - 45km (28mi)

Start your tour by riding out of Strasbourg on a well marked bicycle path which makes getting out of this city easy. You ride south to Obernai through charming small villages and the start of the wine route. Discover some of the many castles and vineyards in the surroundings. Lodging in charming 4 star hotel with dinner on your own. Breakfast included

Day 3: Orbernai Loop Tour - 34km (21mi)

Today is a loop tour in the countryside around Obernai including Ottrot and the Mont St Odile. To visit: Mont Saint Odile monastery: during the Merovingian periods, Saint Odile, daughter of the Duke Adalric, founded a monastery here, which flourished. In the Middle Ages, the monastery was destroyed, then rebuilt by Herrade of Landsberg. Return to same hotel with dinner on your own. Some hills. Breakfast included

Day 4: Ride to Riquewihr - 49.5km (31mi)

Today you will cycle to Riquewihr, a medieval town right in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, classified among the 'Most Beautiful Villages in France'. For centuries this magnificent town has managed to combine the quality of its architecture with the quality of its world-famous wines, from where it gets its nickname 'The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards'. Nice 3 star hotel in the old town, dinner on your own. Breakfast included

Day 5: Riquewihr-Colmar - 21 or 38km (13 or 23mi)

Ride from Riquewihr to Colmar, passing by Turckheim. Turckheim is a former fortified town. You can still see the remparts, which are exceptionnally well preserved. The village also has several half-timbered houses, typical of the region. A nice ride through flowered villages like Kaysersberg including at the end, Colmar. You spend the night in a charming 3* hotel in the center of the city. Challenging option to ride to the area of the 5 chateaux. Dinner on your own. Breakfast included

Day 6: Optional Ride or visit Colmar - 41km (25mi)

Ride a loop tour into the countryside to little charming village of Eguisheim and part of the Alsace wine route. Back to Colmar, this is home town of sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (best known for the Statue of Liberty). The well-preserved old city center houses several, sometimes large-scale buildings in German Gothic and early Renaissance style, as well as a number of old churches, among which the collegiale Saint-Martin (13th-16th Century) is the largest and most noteworthy. Same hotel, dinner on your own. Breakfast included

Day 7: Departure Day

You have easy rail access from Colmar to Strasbourg, from where you can catch a train back to Paris or Frankfurt. Breakfast included

Hotels for your Biking Tour

The hotels listed below are for the Standard version. We will send you the Upgraded and Basic versions on request.

Day 1

Regent Petite France: Day 1 - Alsace Wine Route

Regent Petite France 5 stars

Strasbourg

Situated on the riverside in the picturesque Petite France part of the Old Town, this highly contemporary hotel complex is housed in buildings going back three centuries. A quiet hotel room overlooking the river in the heart of Strasbourg is the rare privilege reserved to the guests of the Regent Petite France Hotel Strasbourg *****, the most exclusive four-star hotel in the city.

Day 2

Hotel La Cour d'Alsace: Day 2 - Alsace Wine Route

Hotel La Cour d'Alsace 4 stars

Obernai

The stylishly renovated buildings of the hotel provide for a cozy atmosphere. Original wooden-beamed ceilings, the painstakingly refurbished half-timbering, and the artistic witnesses of centuries past create a link between the guest and the culture and history of Alsace, its cuisine and hospitality. Hotel la Cour d'Alsace is located in the meticulously restored Medieval old town of Obernai in Alsace. This former manor house and wine cellar of the distinguished Baron De Gail family gave rise to a hotel whose refined courtly character conveys an atmosphere of intimacy to its guests.

Day 3

Hotel La Cour d'Alsace: Day 3 - Alsace Wine Route

Hotel La Cour d'Alsace 4 stars

Obernai

The stylishly renovated buildings of the hotel provide for a cozy atmosphere. Original wooden-beamed ceilings, the painstakingly refurbished half-timbering, and the artistic witnesses of centuries past create a link between the guest and the culture and history of Alsace, its cuisine and hospitality. Hotel la Cour d'Alsace is located in the meticulously restored Medieval old town of Obernai in Alsace. This former manor house and wine cellar of the distinguished Baron De Gail family gave rise to a hotel whose refined courtly character conveys an atmosphere of intimacy to its guests.

Day 4

Hotel Le Schoenenbourg: Day 4 - Alsace Wine Route

Hotel Le Schoenenbourg 3 stars

Riquewihr

Located along the historic wine route, the Hotel Le Schoenenbourg combines tradition, comfort and modernity. It is open all year long to provide you with a quiet stay in Alsace. You'll be in the best place to enjoy the Alsatian gastronomy and wines. To relax, the hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool (from May to October), a sauna, a solarium and a fitness room. The hotel staff are always ready to make your stay the most delightful day, week end or week in this beautiful country.

Day 5

Hotel St Martin: Day 5 - Alsace Wine Route

Hotel St Martin 3 stars

Colmar

Welcome to the Hotel Saint-Martin, a truly patrician residence standing in the heart of Colmars historic centre, with its Louis XVI facade, turret, Renaissance staircase and charming inner courtyard.
The locations charm and character is echoed in its decor, from reception to rooms, providing a truly restful and calm atmosphere.
The Hotel Saint-Martins privileged location in the very centre of Colmar, in the middle of Alsace, gives you a wide choice of cultural and gastronomic excursions.

Day 6

Hotel St Martin: Day 6 - Alsace Wine Route

Hotel St Martin 3 stars

Colmar

Welcome to the Hotel Saint-Martin, a truly patrician residence standing in the heart of Colmars historic centre, with its Louis XVI facade, turret, Renaissance staircase and charming inner courtyard.
The locations charm and character is echoed in its decor, from reception to rooms, providing a truly restful and calm atmosphere.
The Hotel Saint-Martins privileged location in the very centre of Colmar, in the middle of Alsace, gives you a wide choice of cultural and gastronomic excursions.

Bikes available for your tour

Scott Sportster

Our lead bike on all DFA tours is the Scott hybrid. The Sportster emphasizes comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. The frame design offers the user a smooth ride and plenty of standover clearance for safety and confidence.

All bikes are turned over every year to 2 years and is the reason for different models on what is essentially the same bike. Of note: this model is a superior quality all terrain bike that we call a hybrid. It is meant for the road or dirt surfaces that are relatively wide and free of obects.

Technical specifications See other bikes available

Rental Rate: 105€/bike for the duration of the tour. This includes all the gear shown as well as bike delivery, set up, and bike return. Every bike is given an inspection by our mechanics in the bike shop before they go out again. Pedals with or without straps available. Clients can bring their own Clipless pedals to be changed over.

Accessories included with your bike rental

  • Helmet
  • Computer
  • Frame pump
  • 1 bottle cage and bottle
  • Rear rack
  • Rear pannier
  • Handlebar bag containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit
  • Lock

Pannier & handlebar bag included with bike rental

A rear pannier and a front handlebar bag are provided with the Scott Sportster to carry all your equipment and gear.
You can take those bags with you when you stop, so you don't to carry a backpack.

Roadbooks included on all tours

Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristical information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

GPS included on all tours

Garmin GPS 450T

We invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of our tours.
The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to folow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy."

1 GPS is provided for every 2 people

Back to top

Bikes available on this Tour

Hybrid Bike
Smooth ride
Hybrid Bike
Electric Bike
Extra comfort
Electric Bike
Road Bike
Fast ride
Road Bike
ModelScott Sportster
Technical specifications
Scott E-Venture
Technical specifications
Look 566
Technical specifications
HelmetYesYesYes
OdometerYesYesYes
Spare tube/toolkit/tyre levers/patch kit/pumpYesYesYes
LockYesYesYes
1 rear Pannier
& 1 handlebar bag
YesYesNo
Saddle bagNoNoYes
Water bottle (to keep with you after the trip)112
PedalsFlat, cages or ownFlat or own Flat, cages or own
Price105€160€160€

Rates for the Alsace Wine Route Biking Trip

Double Occupancy - per person
Standard 1190€
Upgraded 1550€
Single Occupancy (part of a group) from1690€
Solo Traveler (travelling alone) from1980€
Bike rentals from 105€

Triple occupancy rates on request

What's included

  • 6 nights of accommodation: 3 & 4 star superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Bikes available for rental, see EQUIPMENT
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON 450T for 2 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Bike rental. Bikes are available for rental.
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.