Alsace wine cycle route from Colmar to Strasbourg - 5 days

5 days between vineyards and villages

Highlights

The most beautiful villages of Alsace : Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr...
The Alsace wine road from Colmar to Strasbourg
The local gastronomy and the famous Alsace wines : Gewurztraminer, Riesling

Alsace home of biking

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.

Cycling the wine road

Discover the emblematic villages of Alsace and its most beautiful landscapes

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 des vins de Colmar à Strasbourg
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.

Day 2

From COLMAR to RIBEAUVILLE 35km 441m Niveau Loisir

First, you start south to discover Eguisheim. Then 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 63km 716m Niveau Forme

    On this longer version, after your visit of the village of Eguisheim, 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. Then 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.

Day 3

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 4

From OBERNAI to STRASBOURG 39km 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 5

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 575€/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 645€/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 Hôtel Régent Petite France - Façade

Starting from 1000€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a double room
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Orientation by phone
  • Taxes
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

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
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette Voyages team 7/7 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • A luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 AM and deliver them before 4:00 PM)

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)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)

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
  • 1 back bag 15L
  • 1 front bag 6L 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
  • 1 back bag 15L
  • 1 front bag 6L 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

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

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

How to get back to the starting point

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

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • 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

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers (limited to one per person when possible)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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