Wonderful cycling along Alsace's 'Route des Vins' wine road through world-famous vineyards and medieval villages full of brightly painted half-timbered houses
Rich historic interest: visit places such as medieval hilltop Haut Konigsberg Castle and the UNESCO listed Selestat Humanist Library
Fantastic views of the Vosges Mountains and the Alsacian Plains, with sections along the famous Camino de Santiago
Wonderful cuisine including Michelin-starred restaurants in Kaysersberg and Obernai, and tasting opportunities at Domaine Jean Sipp and prestigious Maison Trimbach
Take the high speed TGV from Paris or fly to Strasbourg
This gentle seven-night gastronomic cycle follows Alsace's incredible 'Route des Vins' (wine route), on a linear ride through medieval villages and vineyards, between the great Rhine river and the timeless Vosges Mountains. Bordered by Switzerland to the south and Germany to the east, Alsace offers a delicate balance of French and German, which combine to give it its own unique culture and a truly fascinating history.
Just a short distance from one of Europe's great modern cities, Strasbourg, you'll discover traditional unspoiled towns and villages such as Kaysersberg and Selestat, full of half-timbered houses - painted bright as candy and lifted straight from the pages of a story book. Take your time to visit atmospheric hilltop ruins and fortresses such as the crumbling Chateau St Ulrich and the mighty Haut-Koenigsbourg, once home to great lords, but whose empty halls and towers now watch silently over the fertile plains below. The almost continental weather provides the ideal environment for the area's all-important wine production and this, in turn, gives rise to the wine route that runs the length of the region.
At the end of each day you will be rewarded with some of the region's finest hotels and, on alternate nights, with restaurants that really highlight the gastronomic aspects of the holiday. In Kaysersberg you'll dine at your hotel in the truly magnificent two Michelin starred Restaurant 64 Degrees. In Selestat your home was once a Cistercian abbey, then the stately former home of a colonel in Napoleon's army. Today it is the Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie, and evening meals will be taken in its wonderful restaurant Le Prieure. Your final hotel is the one-time home of the Barons of Gail, tucked away in the centre of historic Obernai. Your last night's meal will be taken at another two Michelin starred restaurant; this time La Forchette des Ducs, where you'll be treated to such delicacies as blue Breton lobster roasted in coral butter or Challans duck with pear compote. To round off a truly wonderful experience, your last night will even include some of the region's top-notch wine!
This tour is rated "1 bike+" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging that the overall rating of '1 bike'.
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 4 gastronomic evening meals
||Fly to Strasbourg Airport, then taxi to Strasbourg railway station (pay locally) Strasbourg to Colmar 13:51/14:33, Mon-Fri (15:05 pick up); 14:51/15:32 Sat & Sun (16:04 pick up) and transfer to hotel, 25 mins, provided.
||Return: Obernai train station 12:08 (drop off).
||Strasbourg to Colmar, 13:51/14:33, Mon-Fri; 14:51/15:32 Sat & Sun (16:04 pick up). Return: Obernai to Strasbourg 12:08/12:41.
||Prices staring from $29 round trip per person, standard class. Rail from Paris to Colmar (schedules on request), inquire for prices.
||Add $116 per night.
||Room upgrade:not available on this holiday. Extra nights: We recommend Rouffach or Strasbourg. Prices from $132 per person, B&B, based on 2 sharing.
||**** (6 nights), *** (1 night)