Gastronomic Wine Villages of Alsace

From $2106 per person

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  • Wonderful cycling along Alsace's 'Route des Vins' wine road through world-famous vineyards and mediaeval villages full of brightly painted half-timbered houses
  • Rich historic interest: visit places such as mediaeval hilltop Haut Konigsberg Castle and the UNESCO listed Selestat Humanist Library
  • Fantastic views of the Vosges Mountains and the Alsacian Plains, with sections along the famous Camino de Santiago
  • Wonderful cuisine including Michelin-starred restaurants in Kaysersberg and Obernai, and tasting opportunities at Domaine Jean Sipp and prestigious Maison Trimbach

What's included?

  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '17 to 24 Sep '17
  • Buffet breakfasts and four gastronomic evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 84%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Gastronomic Wine Villages of Alsace

This gentle seven-night gastronomic cycle follows Alsace's incredible 'Route des Vins' (wine route), on a linear ride through mediaeval villages and vineyards, between the great Rhine river and the timeless Vosges Mountains. Bordered by Switzerland to the south and Germany to the east, Alsace offers a delicate balance of French and German, which combine to give it its own unique culture and a truly fascinating history.

Just a short distance from one of Europe's great modern cities, Strasbourg, you'll discover traditional unspoilt towns and villages such as Kaysersberg and Selestat, full of half-timbered houses - painted bright as candy and lifted straight from the pages of a story book. Take your time to visit atmospheric hilltop ruins and fortresses such as the crumbling Chateau St Ulrich and the mighty Haut-Koenigsbourg, once home to great lords, but whose empty halls and towers now watch silently over the fertile plains below. The almost continental weather provides the ideal environment for the area's all-important wine production and this, in turn, gives rise to the wine route that runs the length of the region.

At the end of each day you will be rewarded with some of the region's finest hotels and, on alternate nights, with restaurants that really highlight the gastronomic aspects of the holiday. In Kaysersberg you'll dine at your hotel in the truly magnificent two Michelin starred Restaurant 64°. In Selestat your home was once a Cistercian abbey, then the stately former home of a colonel in Napoleon's army. Today it is the Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie, and evening meals will be taken in its wonderful restaurant Le Prieure. Your final hotel is the one-time home of the Barons of Gail, tucked away in the centre of historic Obernai. Your last night's meal will be taken at another two Michelin starred restaurant; this time La Forchette des Ducs, where you'll be treated to such delicacies as blue Breton lobster roasted in coral butter or Challans duck with pear compote. To round off a truly wonderful experience, your last night will even include some of the region's top-notch wine!

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Rouffach

Arrive in Colmar and transfer (10 mins) to the village of Rouffach on Alsace's famous Route des Grands Vins.

Day 2 – Rouffach to Kaysersberg 30km/19mi

Set off along the “Wine Route” through the vineyards, enjoying spectacular views. Stop in beautiful and ancient Eguisheim, once voted ‘Favourite French Village’ to explore the narrow streets before heading on to pretty mediaeval Turckheim and picking up the Camino de Santiago to Kaysersberg. Tonight’s meal will be at the incredible ** Restaurant 64°.

Day 3 – At Kaysersberg

Spend the day exploring the mediaeval streets and take a stroll up to the ruins of the old fortress. Alternatively, take a taxi to Colmar whose historic old town and riverside ‘Petite Venise’ area feature half-timbered, half-painted houses, offering a picture of Alsace as it was hundreds of years ago.

Day 4 – Kaysersberg to Selestat 29km/18.5mi

Highlights today include Riquewihr, still enclosed by its mediaeval walls; Ribeauvillé, with its Renaissance fountains and hillside ruins (the most impressive being the crumbling Château St Ulrich, offering spectacular views) and home to many of the region’s best wine producers; and Kintzheim, dominated by the remains of its C13-C15 castle, once property of the Merovingian kings, now home to numerous eagles, falcons and vultures.

Day 5 – At Selestat

Explore the mediaeval streets of this one-time Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire, taking in the wonderful architecture, listed buildings and traditional shops, as well as the Sélestat Humanist Library – the greatest of its type, one of the three treasures of Alsace and a site inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. There is also the option to take a taxi to mighty Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle for a visit along with some unforgettable views.

Day 6 – Selestat to Obernai 31km/19.5mi

Following tranquil lanes through the vineyards, stop for coffee in pretty mediaeval Dambach-la-Ville and visit the Chapel of St. Sebastian, parts of which date to C12. For lunch, Barr makes a perfect place to stop, full of impressive half-timbered houses, typically dating from the C16-C18.

Day 7 – At Obernai

Take some time to explore the fascinating town of Obernai that sits between the three main features of Alsace; the vineyards, the Vosges mountains and the Alsatian Plains. The town’s numerous historic architectural features are well worth investigating but for spectacular views take a ride (perhaps by taxi) up Mount St Odile to Hohenburg Abbey.

Day 8 – Departure

Morning transfer (5 mins) to the station for your onward journey.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hostellerie à La Ville de Lyon, Rouffach   (3 star)

Hostellerie à La Ville de Lyon, Rouffach

The Hostellerie started life as a C16 staging post but has been transformed into a comfortable hotel with excellent facilities, including a sauna, jacuzzi and an indoor pool, perfect for the modern traveller! The hotel also boasts its own winstub (a traditional Alsatian bar). Philippe Bohrer is your host here and is a Michelin starred chef; he has won several awards and has even cooked for French presidents! Each of the 48 rooms has been tastefully decorated with white washed walls and pretty, wooden furniture. The Hostellerie has an excellent location for exploring this lovely little town, with Rouffach's historic centre just a 10 minute walk away.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Le Chambard, Kaysersberg   (4 Star)

Le Chambard in Kaysersberg

Located in an authentic 18th-century residence, in the centre of historic Kaysersberg is the incredible family run Hotel le Chambard. The hotel has been welcoming guests for over a century but in 2000 it was acquired and transformed by brothers Olivier and Emmanuel Nasti. In 2004 the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star and three years later chef Olivier received the prestigious title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”. In 2009 they added a spa featuring an infinity pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and treatment rooms, then finally, in 2014, the restaurant was honoured with a second precious star in the “Guide Rouge”.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Abbaye de la Pommeraie, Selestat   (4 Star)

Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie in Selestat

Just a stone's throw from the centre of Sélestat is the wonderful Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie. The hotel was once a Cistercian abbey, then the stately former home of a colonel in Napoleon's army. Today it has new owners (having been recently taken over) and is enjoying a new lease on life. The refined rooms and suites feature period furnishings and some offer patios or balconies, living rooms with sofas, marble bathrooms and/or flat-screen TVs. Evening meals here can be taken in the wonderful glass-enclosed restaurant Le Prieuré, with terrace seating, and a well-stocked wine cellar.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

A la Cour d'Alsace, Obernai   (4 Star)

A la Cour dAlsace in Obernai

Situated in the centre of the mediaeval town of Obernai, in the former home of the barons of Gail, is the Hotel A la Cour d’Alsace. A large entrance with wrought-iron gates leads into the courtyard where the hotel can be found leaning against the old ramparts of Obernai. Exposed beams, half-timbering and works of art provide the backdrop, with rooms being elegantly styled. The hotel also offers a wine cellar, a terrace and a spa with a swimming pool and a sauna. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose between the 'Le Jardin des Remparts' gourmet restaurant (depending on the day of the week) and the charming, traditional 'Caveau de Gail' winstub.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Gutenberg, Strasbourg   (4 star)

Hotel Gutenberg, Strasbourg

This is a brilliantly situated hotel in a quiet side street just off the lively Place Gutenberg and a stone's throw from the Cathédrale de Notre Dame.

The 42 rooms are a good size and individual in style. All rooms are en-suite, with hairdryer, flat screen television and free Internet access in each room.

There is no bar or restaurant, except for the little breakfast room next to reception; however, you have a good choice of places to eat and drink on right on your doorstep.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Air conditioning

Travel options

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Customer reviews

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Departure dates & prices

May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 13$2200
May 15$2200
May 17$2200
May 19$2200
May 21$2200
May 23$2200
May 25$2200
May 27$2200
May 29$2200
May 31$2200
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$2245
Jun 4$2245
Jun 6$2245
Jun 8$2245
Jun 10$2245
Jun 12$2245
Jun 14$2260
Jun 16$2260
Jun 18$2260
Jun 20$2260
Jun 22$2260
Jun 24$2260
Jun 26$2260
Jun 28$2260
Jun 30$2260
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$2260
Jul 4$2260
Jul 6$2260
Jul 8$2260
Jul 10$2325
Jul 12$2325
Jul 14$2325
Jul 16$2325
Jul 18$2325
Jul 20$2325
Jul 22$2325
Jul 24$2325
Jul 26$2325
Jul 28$2325
Jul 30$2325
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2325
Aug 3$2325
Aug 5$2325
Aug 7$2325
Aug 9$2325
Aug 11$2325
Aug 13$2325
Aug 15$2325
Aug 17$2325
Aug 19$2325
Aug 21$2325
Aug 23$2325
Aug 25$2325
Aug 27$2325
Aug 29$2325
Aug 31$2325
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2245
Sep 4$2245
Sep 6$2245
Sep 8$2245
Sep 10$2245
Sep 12$2200
Sep 14$2200
Sep 16$2200
Sep 18$2200
Sep 20$2200
Sep 22$2200
Sep 24$2200

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Every two days from 13 May '17 to 24 Sep '17, for 8 days (7 nights).

Meals

Buffet breakfasts and four gastronomic evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

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