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Picturesque fortified Alsatian wine villages
Superb scenery with vineyards, mountains and pine forests
Wonderful Alsatian cuisine, wine and beers
Ancient châteaux, castles and fortresses
Together with local resident and our walking guide in the area for the past five years, Glenn Ford, we have put together a wonderful cycling itinerary in one of France’s most beautiful and historic regions. Glenn’s first love is cycling and he has been organising tours in the area for many years. The average age of his regular customers is 60+ so the rides are designed to be informative and entertaining rather than a strenuous challenge. Electric bikes are also available at a reasonable supplement.
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris. On arrival, transfer the short distance to Gare de L’Est on foot for the onward TGV service to Strasbourg. Please note that there will be no tour manager to assist you on this transfer – taxis are available if you wish but it is a short walk of less than 10 minutes. On arrival in Strasbourg, you will be met and transferred to the beautiful wine village of Gueberschwihr. This medieval village of half-timbered houses and cobbled streets is our base for three nights, and there will be a tour introduction before we are fitted with our bikes and equipment. After a short warm-up ride (20km) on small vineyard roads we will enjoy a crémant and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Gueberschwihr.
Day 2: Circular ride to Rouffach.
Our route today takes us through the Grand Cru vineyards on quiet back roads. There are splendid views of the Vosges Mountains, the Plain of Alsace and the Black Forest Mountains as we pedal through flower decked wine villages such as Westhalten and Soultzmatt, and the town of Rouffach with its cathedral, witches’ tower and stork park. Overnight and dinner in Gueberschwihr.
Challenging Option: The “Little Switzerland” Challenge through pine forests and open countryside up to the quaint hilltop “Val du Pâtres” Chapel. Here we can drink the “healing waters” from its fountain. Extra 5km.
Day 3: Gueberschwihr to Riquewihr.
We cycle to Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in France, with en-route wine-tasting in Glenn’s home village of Voegtlinshoffen, a visit to the beautiful village of Eguisheim, home to Pope Leon IX in the 11th century and a stop in Turckheim. Please do not bump into the night watchman as he patrols the ramparts. Tonight is free to stroll through the cobbled streets of gorgeous Riquewihr to dine at one of its many restaurants.
Challenging Option: The “Cinq Châteaux” Challenge through the Vosges Mountains on a winding forest road passing five castles. Extra 5km.
Day 4: Circular ride to Colmar.
An easy, relaxing circular ride to Colmar, a beautiful, small city, whose picturesque cobbled streets are full of culture and history. Don’t miss “Petite Venise” (Little Venice) and Grunwald’s 15th century masterpiece at the Unterlinden Museum. On our way we also visit the medieval town of Kaysersberg. Climb the 113 steps to the top of the castle that dominates the town for some great views. Dinner and overnight in Riquewihr.
Challenging Option: The “Welch Country” Challenge takes us up into the mountains through the stunning countryside, returning via the wine town of Ribeauvillé. Extra 20km.
Day 5: Riquewihr to Ottrott.
Today we follow the famous “Route du Vin” on quiet roads through fortified villages such as Bergheim and Dambach-la-Ville, the lovely wine town of Ribeauvillé, also famed for its fabrics, overlooked by the majestic castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. Our destination is Ottrott, famous for its red wine and our hotel, situated in 100 acres of woodland, with a stream and scenic pond on the edge of the village. Dinner and overnight in Ottrott.
Challenging Option: The “Graveyard” Challenge take us up to a unique fortified 8th Century church. Extra 5km.
Day 6: Circular ride to Obernai.
A relaxing circular route today that takes in the charming medieval market town of Obernai and Rosheim with its fine Romanesque church and the oldest “boulangerie” in France! Dinner and overnight in Ottrott.
Challenging Option: The “Miracle” Challenge is a tough but rewarding ride, up to the convent of Sainte Odile that towers over the village. Extra 25km.
Day 7: Transfer to Strasbourg station to catch the return TGV to Paris. In Paris, transfer from Gare de L’Est to Gare du Nord on foot for the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
Please note: The routes are on tarmac or paved roads/paths, mainly undulating with some gentle hills. Back roads are used wherever possible in order to avoid traffic and various options are available on most routes, with a challenging option also available. The weather is normally dry and sunny at this time of year. Bikes are comfortable geared touring bicycles with electric bikes available as an option (supplement will apply).
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
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This tour is designed as a 'two centre' tour to ensure you get to see the most that this region has to offer. You begin in the beautiful wine village of Gueberschwihr where you stay for three nights before transferring to Riquewihr, justifiably classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France for another three nights:
Relais du Vignoble, Gueberschwihr
A friendly family hotel set in the heart of the Alsace vineyards on the edge of the medieval village of Gueberschwihr. The hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with private bath, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Rooms have views of either the Vosges Mountains to the west or the Black Forest Mountains of Germany to the east.
Relais du Vignoble Website
La Couronne, Riquewhir
Set in the heart of the village of Riquewhir, one of the most beautiful villages in France, this family run hotel built in 1550 offers traditional Alsatian hospitality, a stone spiral staircase and a labyrinth of corridors (Arno Claudel, the owner, assures us that the hotel isn't haunted!) Bedrooms offer traditional surroundings with private bath/shower, TV and telephone.
La Couronne Website
Domaine Le Moulin
Owned and run by the Schreiber family, it is situated on the edge of the village of Ottrott, famous for its red wine, at the foot of Mont St. Odile. The hotel offers comfortable rooms in an authentic Alsatian setting.
Domaine Le Moulin Website
Glenn Ford set up his company, Bicyclette Go! offering walking and cycling tours back in 2001. Originally from East London, Glenn now lives in the wine village of Voegtlinshoffen with his wife and children and operates tours all over France. He has a love for all things ‘Alsatian’ and can show you the beautiful villages of this region from a local’s perspective.
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