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Alsace and the Vosges

Shortest Day - 58 km / 36 miles
Longest Day - 89 km / 55 miles
Total: 9 Days total / 7 Days cycling; 502 km / 313 miles

What you can expect

Historic Alsace and the unspoilt Vosges mountains; perfect partners for a week of food and exercise. This tour is a mixture of picture postcard villages on the Rhine plain, and some days spent in the beautiful and unspoilt Vosges mountains. You may see the grape harvest or the turning of the leaves in the forests and on the vines, both marvellous sights. A couple of hilly days mean that this tour is rated as difficult, but by no means beyond the reach of the regular recreational cyclist. 7 days' cycling; 8 nights’ half board with wine; luggage transport, full back-up and assistance throughout the day.

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Highlights include:

  • Virtually no traffic
  • Varied landscape with some hilly days
  • Fabulous views of the Rhine plain and Vosges
  • Mediaeval castles dotted along the route
  • Hearty food and local beer and wine
  • Immaculate vineyards
  • Character hotels in historic towns
  • Picture postcard villages
 
Day 1: Arrive Strasbourg and transfer to our hotel for the night. Pre-dinner briefing and bike checks.

 

Day 2: Leaving Strasbourg by the canal-side cycle path, we head north through Schiltigheim (home of French tour favourite Tommy Voekler) into unspoilt countryside and it’s not long before we are on singletrack lanes with fines views. Passing through Zinswiller the scene is set as this is the first of many unspoilt villages we will pass through during the week. Entering the Vosges Regional Park, our first overnight stop is at Bitche in a friendly hotel in a lovely setting. (77 km / 48 miles).

Day 3: Just outside Bitche is one of the best preserved forts of the Maginot Line, the French defensive line built between the wars. We thoroughly recommend taking a tour of the Simserhof fortifications. Once again our itinerary strikes out along quiet lanes, to the historic town of La Petite Pierre with its 12th century castle, and on to Saverne / Lutzelbourg / Haselbourg for the night. (59 km / 37 miles).

Day 4: Today we strike out into the high country. Visiting the chateau du Haut-Barr, there are views of the Black Forest off to the left. Neither as high nor with passes as long as the Alps or Pyrennes, this is nevertheless a mountain environment with alpine views and long descents through ancient forests to reward the work coming up. Our overnight hotel is a charming auberge in Mutzig. Typically Alsatian, a real gem of a hotel. (77 km / 48 miles).

Day 5: A classic day’s cycling through ancient forests with plenty of ups and as many downs. Interspersed in here are some lovely unspoilt villages and alpine pastures. Our hotel is in a rural location off the beaten track. (58 km / 36 miles).

Day 6: This is the big one with some tough climbs; three in total and the best known of the region; Col du Bonhomme (the pass which links Alsace to Lorraine), Col de la Schlucht and the Grand Ballon. The climbing is worth it for the unparalled views; from the top of the Grand Ballon you can see the Black Forest, the Jura mountains and the Alps on a clear day. Guebwiller is a pretty town for our overnight stop. As well as the advertised mileage there is an optional 13 mile decent down to our hotel for the night - no-one has refused it yet! (89 km / 55 miles).

Day 7: The mountains are behind us now but it is still undulating as we cross into prime wine country. Some of the finest white wines in the world are produced in Alsace from the Reisling, Gewurtztraminer, Sylvaner and Pinot Gris grapes grown here. The villages we pass through are familiar names to wine-lovers as we make our way to Ribeauville. Some of these villages are too pretty for picture postcards. A shorter day today as there is much to see and lpenty of photo opportunities and cafe breaks (62 km / 39 miles).

Day 8: One of the most famous sights awaits as we pass Haut Koenigsborg castle with its views over the Rhine plain and into Germany. Then an easy run back through pretty Selestat with its old centre, and a return to Strasbourg via the canal towpath to avoid the busy roads. (89 km / 55 miles).

Day 9: Depart for home.

Transfers included to / from Strasbourg airport / rail station

Requested Single Supplement (see our FAQ page): £375

SELF GUIDED OPTION £995

Very well done on the organisation of the Alsace trip I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. Great hotels, great food, great company, great back-up - nothing better! (June 2017)

Current dates for this tour:

Starts:
16.06.18
Ends:
23.06.18
Rating:
Difficult
Price:
£1,395

Travel Information

Start: Strasbourg
Finish: Strasbourg

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