The Alsace wine road cycle route - 7 days

From Colmar to Strasbourg

Highlights

The most beautiful villages of Alsace
The Alsace wine road from Colmar to Strasbourg
Shorter and longer options each day

 

Cycling the alsace wine road

Alsace bike territory and an exceptional vineyard

Alsace is famous throughout France for its floral decorations, Christmas markets and vineyards. Now it’s time for the reputation of its bike routes to gain ground. Alsace has one of the most dense network of green ways and bike lanes in France, offering a great playground for cyclists. It has all the ingredients make your cycling trip a success : narrow quiet bike paths crisscrossing small hills, a rich gastronomy to discover, a range of excellent quality wines, a climate protected by the nearby mountains of the Vosges and a rich historical culture.

You discover, on the wine route from Colmar to Strasbourg, the heart of Alsace. You cycle through villages, each more charming than the next, under the dominant gaze of the green mountains of the Vosges on one side and the plain of Alsace on the other. On the road, you stop to enjoy some local “Bretzels”. Later, you knock on the door of a winemaker who welcomes you with a beautiful Alsatian accent and invites you to discover Alsatian wines such as a Riesling or a fresh and sweet Gewurztraminer.
The many half-timbered houses and church steeples punctuate your visits to villages such as Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Obernai, Itterswiller, etc … Cars no longer have a place in Alsatian villages, to the delight of cyclists !

Restaurants featuring Alsatian cuisine such as Sauerkraut, meats, flambé pies (“Flamenkuch” if you want to speak like a local), cakes, garnish the hearty plates. It is not uncommon to not finish them!

Fortunately your cycling rides offers you a way to eliminate the excesses of the table!

Carte La route de vins Alsace à vélo - Abicyclette Voyages
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

COLMAR

Meet your guide at the hotel in the late afternoon. Take advantage of the rest of your day to discover the city of Colmar.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

COLMAR EGUISHEIM LOOP 25km 113m Niveau Facile

An easy loop ride to take the time to enjoy Eguisheim, one of the most beautiful villages of France and one of the most famous in Alsace. 

  • For a few more km 40km 352m Niveau Loisir

    Before going to Eguisheim, you rie your bike in the south direction to Ruffac. On you way back to Colmar, you take a short climb to reach Hussereau les chateaux and admire the impressive panoramic view from this village. You ride between chateaux, vineyards, short hills and scenic view to the Vosges mountains.

Day 3

From COLMAR to RIBEAUVILLE 30km 403m Niveau Facile

Cycle on the wine road from Colmar to Ribeauvillé, you cycle through these emblematic villages of the Alsace Wine Route. Kaysersberg, imperial city overlooked by the remains of his castle, Ammerschwihr, Riquewihr, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France with its Dolder Towera and finally Ribbeauvillé, with its 3 chateaux overlooking the village and its many half-timbered houses

  • For a few more km 58km 658m Niveau Forme

    On this longer version, you first start your ride to the most famous cheese area of the Vosges mountain region: Munster. Rounded summits, thatched farms and glacial lakes make up the varied landscape of the Munster Valley.

Day 4

From RIBEAUVILLE to OBERNAI 48km 334m Niveau Loisir

You follow the route of the “Alsace wine route”. You meet many winegrowers along your journey. The occasion for a gourmet, friendly and enthusiast tasting. Your ride follows the hillsides among the vineyards and you cross many beautiful villages like Orschwiller, Kintzeim or Dambach. The village of Itterswiller is undoubtedly one of the most interesting stops with an architectural heritage typical of Alsace.

  • For a few more km 61km 870m Niveau Forme

    This longer option involves a challenging climb to the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle. It is a rewarding climb of 17km for 500m elevation.Since its construction in the 12th century, the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle has been a constant witness to both European conflicts and rivalry between lords, kings and emperors. Its strategic position, quite easy to defend in former times, now provides visitors with an exceptional panoramic view over the Alsace plain, the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest and even -on a clear day- the Alps.

Day 5

OBERNAI 34km 215m Niveau Facile

Today you are leaving to discover the surroundings of Obernai

This varied itinerary takes you to the plains of Alsace and through some picturesque villages such as Ottrot, Rosheim. A relatively short day of cycling to fully have the time to enjoy Obernai.

  • For a few more km 51km 690m Niveau Forme

    A rewarding climb takes you to Mont Saint Odile, a well-known spiritual center of Alsace located at an altitude of 753m. At Mont Sainte-Odile, you enjoy an extraordinary panorama and discover an exceptional natural and archaeological environment. Continue your ride to the Alsatian valley for a flatter ride through picturesque villages.

Day 6

From OBERNAI to STRASBOURG 37km 147m Niveau Loisir

After a short passage through the vineyards along the Alsace wine route by bike, the road winds through the long Bruche valley. An easy, calm and flat ride takes you directly into the city center of Strasbourg. Strasbourg was one of the first cities in France to adapt to cycling and you will love riding in this city which accompanies your day beautifully.

Day 7

STRASBOURG

End of your adventure in Strasbourg. If you want, you can extend your trip with an extra free day in Strasbourg.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Restaurant Beauséjour - Colmar Hôtel La Cloche Hôtel le Grillon

Starting from 835€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Saint-Martin - Colmar Le Gouverneur - Obernai

Starting from 990€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Cour de l'hôtel Le quatorze à Colmar

Starting from 1305€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a Double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including maps & restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    Homemade and fully tested itineraries
    • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
    • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
    • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

    Close assistance
    • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
    • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
    • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

    Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
    • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

     


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    On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
    • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
    • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
    • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Trekking bike

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 2 back bag 15L
    • 1 front bag 3L with plastic map holder
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bottle

    Ebike

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 2 back bag 15L
    • 1 front bag 3L with plastic map holder
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bottle

    Child bike

    from 1.20 meters
    with or without gears

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bottle

    Getting here

    Departure city : COLMAR

    Coming by car

    • at 5h30 from PARIS
    • at 8h from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h15 from LYON

    Parking*

    • Lacarre – COLMAR

    Coming by train

    • Colmar train station - 2h45 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Bâle airport
    • Strasbourg airport

    Arrival city : STRASBOURG

    Coming by car

    • at 4h45 from PARIS
    • at 9h from BORDEAUX
    • at 4h45 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Strasbourg train station - 2h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Strasbourg airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Strasbourg to Colmar in 30 min (hotline)
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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