The Alsace wine road cycle route - 7 days
From Colmar to Strasbourg
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!
Meet your guide at the hotel in the late afternoon. Take advantage of the rest of your day to discover the city of Colmar.
COLMAR EGUISHEIM LOOP 25km 130m
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 45km 390m
After Eguisheim, you carry on riding 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.
From COLMAR to RIBEAUVILLE 35km
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 55km
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.
From RIBEAUVILLE to OBERNAI 48km 380m
Today, 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 830m
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.
OBERNAI 33km 250m
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 725m
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.
From OBERNAI to STRASBOURG 39km 150m
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.
End of your adventure in Strasbourg. If you want, you can extend your trip with an extra free day in Strasbourg.
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.
Starting from 675€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
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.
Starting from 825€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
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.
Starting from 1280€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
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.
- 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
- 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)
You can also
- Rent a high end quality bike for real comfort, cycling pleasure and reliability a long trip requires.
- Suscribe to a Cancelation or Multi Risk insurance policy which cover you in case something unexpected comes up.
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.
A layed out and dynamic position
Supplied equipment per bike
With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!
Supplied equipment per bike
20″ or 24″ bike
Colmar, Strasbourg (67)
Colmar by car
- From Paris (550 km 5H30)
- From Lyon by the (400 km 4H)
- From Zurich (150 km 1H50)
Colmar by train*
- Train Station in Colmar (from Paris : 2H aprox.)
Colmar by plane*
- Airport in Bâle and Strasbourg
*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.
- Trekking or hybrid bike
- 21 to 30 speeds
- 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
- Helmet (included with the rental)
- Clothing suitable for cycling
- Warm jacket (eg fleece)
- Rain proof jacket
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 pair of cycling shoes
- 1 small backpack or panniers
- 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
- 1 lock (included with the rental)
- Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
- 1 night see fluorescent vest
- Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
- Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
- Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
- Change of clothes for the evening
- Warm jacket for the evenings
- Set of toiletries
- Mobile phone and charger