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Alsace Intense: The Best and the Excellent

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 685 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1145 Euro (EUR)

Alsace is known for its excellent gastronomy and wines, particular to the mix of French and German culture found here, but there is so much more to this region! For cyclists, its exceptional bike paths make Alsace one of the best cycling destinations in France. You can cycle uninterrupted from Strasbourg to Colmar through fairy-tale villages and gorgeous vineyards, appreciating the region’s history and peaceful atmosphere. On this tour, you will experience the perfect combination of enjoyable biking routes, charming hotels, and fantastic restaurants. Over ninety percent of this tour’s itinerary is on bicycle paths and small, low-traffic routes.

This tour comes in two options depending on the standard of hotels you wish to use.

This tour starts any day, except Sunday, April 5th to October 12th.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg

Strasbourg has its own international airport with connections to other European cities; Strasbourg is also easily accessible by TGV from Paris (in just over 2 hours), and from airports in cities such as Basel, Switzerland and Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Once you arrive in Strasbourg, we will transfer you to your four-star hotel; afterwards, you can enjoy the city by night as you wish!

Day 2: Option A+: Strasbourg to Obernai (approx. 37 km or 23 miles) or Option A: Strasbourg to Barr or Obernai (approx. 45/37 km or 28/23 miles)

Regardless of the option you choose, you’ll follow the same route. Barr being a bit a bit further south, Option A involves a bit more cycling. Your itinerary will make good use of one of the prettiest cycling paths in all of Alsace, along the Canal de la Buche, which used to be a horse-path for barges on the canal. Your route will take you through rolling hills and green vineyards, making this the ideal warm-up ride and an exceptional introduction to the next few days’ program. Along the way, you may stop in Molsheim which contains fine examples of Alsatian architecture throughout the ages. Your destinations: Obernai which sits at the crossroads of the Alsatian vineyards and the Vosges mountains or the pretty town of Barr, are both very scenic and picture-perfect: colorful in the summer with traditional houses and neat cobblestone streets.

Day 3: Option A+: Obernai to Ribeauvillé or Kaysersberg (approx. 43/53 km or 27/33 miles) or Option A: Barr to Kaysersberg or Obernai to Riquewihr (approx. 44/47 km or 27/29 miles)

On paved roads, far from the traffic of the Wine Route, you will set out across the vineyard region. You will pass through villages made up of half-timbered houses where the geraniums overflow from their window boxes. Mittelbergheim, Dambach la Ville, Ribeauvillé, and Riquewihr are among the most beautiful villages of France. Observe the finely preserved medieval architecture of Dambach la Ville, or maybe catch a tune from the traveling musicians in Ribeauvillé.

Day 4: Option A+: Ribeauvillé or Kaysersberg to Colmar (approx. 38/29 km or 23/18 miles) or Option A: Kaysersberg or Riquewihr to Colmar (approx. 29/34 km or 18/21 miles)

The Wine Route and its stunning chain of villages will bring you to Colmar, the capital of wine and art in Alsace. Artists such as Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, and Renaissance painters Martin Schoengauer and Mathias Grüneweld, have called Colmar home. You can take some time to visit the Unterlinden Museum of Renaissance art, and definitely don’t miss “Little Venice”, an artisanal quarter located on the canal. Tonight, stay at a three-star hotel, and enjoy the ambiance of Colmar.

Day 5: From Colmar to Strasbourg: Train or Bike (25 km or 15 miles) + Train

If you want to make the most of your time and rest: you can do so and skip our optional 25 km ride to wander through Colmar’s old city and its more modern quarters and discover its splendors. We will give you full information on the TER train station and the departure time of your train; bring your bicycle on board, and be in Strasbourg in 30 minutes! If you wish, you can disembark at Erstein and cycle back to the capital of Alsace. Whether you choose Option A or Option A+, you’ll be accommodated in the center of town.

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, depart Strasbourg at the time of your choice.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
Two options for this trip:
Option A with 5 nights in 3-star hotels of charm or Option A+ with 5 nights in 4-star hotels of charm
-685 €/person (A+ 1,095 €/person) April and October. Single supplement is 255€ (A+ 495€).
-715 €/person (A+ 1,125 €/person) May, June, and September. Single supplement is 265€ (A+ 500€).
-735 €/person (A+ 1,145 €/person) July and August. Single supplement is 275€ (A+ 505€).

Price Includes:
-5-night accommodations
-Daily breakfast
-4 dinners (drinks are not included)
-Meeting with our local representative
-Marked maps and/or cue sheets
-Tourist information
-Luggage transfers
-Assistance if necessary
-All tax and service charges

Price Excludes:
-Expenses of personal nature
-Travel insurance
-Bike rentals.Hybrids available at the rate of 80 euros each.

Note: Additional nights in Strasbourg can be arranged.

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