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
Great hotels in interesting towns, all located within strolling distance of a great choice of bars and restaurants
Take theÂ 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 most historic towns. Kaysersberg with its medieval streets and old fortress ruins is perfect for a day's exploring. Your home for the night in Selestat 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, in a tranquil spot but close enough to explore Selesat. Your final hotel is the one-time home of the Barons of Gail, tucked away in the centre of historic Obernai, a fascinating town which sits between the vineyards of Alsace and the Vosges mountains.
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 1 evening meal
||Fly to Strasbourg Airport, then taxi to Strasbourg railway station (pay locally) Strasbourg to Colmar 13:21/13:53, Mon-Fri (14:05 pick up); 13:04/13:29 Sat & Sun (14:05 pick up) and transfer to hotel, 25 mins, provided.
||Return: Obernai train station 12:08 (5 min, taxi, pay locally).
||Strasbourg to Colmar, 13:21/13:53, Mon-Fri; 13:04/13:29 Sat & Sun (14:04 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 $93 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)