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Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling

Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling

    NEW FOR 2017

Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling

  • 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-Koenigsbourg Castle and the UNESCO listed Selestat Humanist Library
  • Fantastic views of the Vosges Mountains and the Alsatian Plains, with sections along the famous Camino de Santiago
  • Great hotels in interesting towns, all located within strolling distance of a great choice of bars and restaurants
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • Please call for prices per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 20 Jun '17 to 24 Sep '17
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 84%
  • Headwater wine service
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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This gentle seven-night 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 most historic towns. Kaysersberg with its mediaeval streets and old fortress ruins is perfect for a day's exploring. Your home for the night in Selestat 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, in a tranquil spot but close enough to explore Selesat. Your final hotel is the one-time home of the Barons of Gail, tucked away in the centre of historic Obernai, a fascinating town which sits between the vineyards of Alsace and the Vosges mountains.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Rouffach

Arrive in Colmar and transfer (25 mins) to the village of Rouffach on Alsace's famous Route des Grands Vins.(Staying at A La Ville de Lyon, Breakfast only)

Day 2 - Rouffach to Kaysersberg 33km/20.5mi

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. (Staying at Le Chambard, Kaysersberg, Breakfast only)

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. (Staying at Le Chambard, Kaysersberg,Breakfast only)

Day 4 - Kaysersberg to Selestat 27km/17mi

Highlights today include Riquewihr, still enclosed by its mediaeval walls; Ribeauville, with its Renaissance fountains and hillside ruins (the most impressive being the crumbling Chateau 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.(Staying at Hostellerie la Pommeraie, Breakfast only)

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 Selestat 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.(Staying at Hostellerie la Pommeraie, Breakfast only)

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.(staying at Hotel a la Cour, Breakfast only)

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.(staying at Hotel a la Cour, Breakfast only)

Day 8 – Departure

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

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own..

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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 (***)

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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). 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £14

All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Supplement price per person per night, based on two people sharing.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £70 £94

All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Le Chambard, Kaysersberg (*****)

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Located in an authentic 18th-century residence, in the centre of historic Kaysersberg is the incredible family run Hotel le Chambard. The hotel, part of the Relais & Chateaux group, has been welcoming guests for over a century but in 2000 it was acquired and transformed by the Nasti brothers. 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”.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Superior Junior Suite Suite
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £46 £58 £86

All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The Deluxe Superior is a large room (45m2) with lounge area with Nespresso coffee machine and offers a view of the château, the vineyard or the village. The Junior Suite are 50m2, have spa bath and lounge area with Nespresso coffee machine and offers a view of the vineyard. The Suite is larger still, has spa bath and lounge area with Nespresso coffee machine and offers a view of the vineyard or village.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie, Selestat (****)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Suite
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £24 £56

All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The Deluxe rooms are all decorated in Florentine style and have marble bathrooms. The Suites are very spacious at 60-75m2.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

A la Cour d'Alsace, Obernai (****)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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 (****)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Single room Standard Double Room Privilege Room
01/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £119 £85 £90

All prices shown above are valid from 25/05/2017. Extra nightrices are per person per night including breakfast.
Single rooms are double rooms for single use.
The Privilege rooms are larger than standard rooms and also have tea/coffee making facilities and an Ipod docking station. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Travel

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.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures

Meals
Buffet breakfast

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Colmar train station at 15:05 Mon-Fri, 16:04 Sat & Sun. Return transfer 5 mins payable locally.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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