Alsace's Route du Vin Cycling

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  • Wonderfully varied cycling, off the beaten track through world-famous vineyards and cherry orchards; traffic-free riverside trails
  • Rich historic interest: Gothic cathedrals, mediaeval castles, Renaissance squares and cosy winstubs (wine bars)
  • Wonderful cuisine including a Michelin-starred restaurant at Rouffach; superb French and German vintages
  • Optional visits to Strasbourg, Colmar or Freiburg

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Alsace's Route du Vin Cycling

This varied cycling holiday takes you along the wine route that runs north to south between the Vosges mountains and the Alsace plain, bordered on the east by the Rhine, with a trip across the river into Germany for two nights.

Pedalling along traffic-free country lanes, through vineyards and orchards, you'll take in some of Alsace's most beautiful villages. There's Eguisheim, where wine making began, mediaeval Rouffach whose beautifully preserved centre is listed as an historical site, and half-timbered Turckheim where a night watchman still walks the streets. In Germany, vineyard cycling trails are replaced by quiet riverside tracks as you enjoy vistas along the mighty Rhine and discover the mediaeval walls of Breisach am Rhein, home to one of Germany's finest Gothic cathedrals. Almost every village has its own cave (cellar) and there are wine tasting opportunities every day. Seven types of grape are grown in Alsace and some villages have their own vintages that aren't produced anywhere else, such as Kaefferkopf from the storknesting village of Ammerschwihr. Your two nights in Germany provide even more variety. In Kaiserstuhl, the 'Tuscany of Germany', wines from the Silvaner, Muller Thurgau and Grauburgunder grapes are produced. Rest days are particularly exciting - Colmar, Strasbourg and Freiburg can all be reached within an hour by train.

Your accommodation is special too. In Rouffach your hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant (there are, incidentally, more Michelin-starred restaurants in Alsace than anywhere else in France) and, in Breisach am Rhein, your hotel is adjacent to the cathedral, affording stunning views over the terraces of the Kaiserstuhl wine hills.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Ammerschwihr

Arrive at your first hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Ammerschwihr to Rouffach 25km/16mi

A freewheel through the Kaefferkopf vineyards leads to the cobbled streets and geranium-decked, half-timbered houses of Turckheim. Then it's along country lanes bordered by the Vosges hills, each peak crowned by a ruined castle, to Eguisheim; this is the birthplace of Alsatian wine (the Romans started it all off), and every grape variety grows here so there's lots to try. Then it's on to Rouffach for the next two nights.

Day 3 - At Rouffach

You could simply relax in the hotel's indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi but the town itself merits a visit. Surrounded by oak forest and fruit orchards, its idyllic setting is matched only by its marvellously preserved mediaeval centre. You can also visit its stork sanctuary to see the region's emblem up close. Colmar (the 'Venice of Alsace') is a honeycomb of canals and pastel houses, reachable by bike, bus or local train. Don't miss the Unterlinden Museum, a treasure trove of Rhine Renaissance art.

Day 4 Rouffach to Breisach am Rhein 44km/27.5mi

Oak forest gives way to swaying cornfields as you leave the vineyards behind and cycle to Neuf Brisach. Commissioned by Louis XIV, the 'Sun King', this rose coloured star-shaped fortress town guarded the border in the C17. Today it's a fascinating museum. Then it's across the Rhine and into Germany. St Stephan's Cathedral dominates the horizon as you reach the half-timbered houses of Breisach am Rhein on the riverbank.

Day 5 - At Breisach am Rhein

After admiring Breisach's Gothic cathedral and mediaeval walls, why not follow one of the waymarked cycling trails to the wine terraces of Kaiserstuhl, just behind the town? Known as the 'Tuscany of Germany' for its mild climate, you'll find terraces of vines and a wealth of wild flowers (33 different orchids flower in June). Alternatively, take the train (25 mins) to Freiburg, capital of the Black Forest, to see one of Germany's finest Gothic cathedrals; or you might opt for a cruise on the River Rhine - there's so much to choose from.

Day 6 Breisach am Rhein to Dieffenthal 47km/29.5mi or 56km/35mi

Cycle through pine forest to Burkheim, with its half-timbered houses crowned with a mediaeval castle, then it's an easy freewheel along the mighty Rhine. Go past long boats and stone bridges before crossing back into France at Marckolsheim, one of the towns on the Maginot Line (WW2 defences). Then take quiet lanes through tobacco and cornfields to pretty Dieffenthal amongst the vines, and our hotel on the edge of the village.

Day 7 - At Dieffenthal

Why not cycle to Dambach-la-Ville, one of the prettiest villages in Alsace, and leave your bike to follow the sentier viticole (path) through the vineyards? A possible cycling circuit takes in flowerdecked Itterswiller and Andlau with its Romanesque church - there's plenty of wine tasting en route. Or you could take the train (50 mins) to Strasbourg, with its pink-stone Gothic cathedral, mediaeval streets, canals and Renaissance squares

Day 8 Dieffenthal to Ammerschwihr 30km/19mi

Today's route retraces in part a Roman wine road. Cycling through vineyards and cherry orchards past Scherwiller with its lavoirs on the River Aubach, and the curious Witches' Tower at Chatenois, you reach Ribeauville in time for lunch (its cobbled streets hide tempting winstubs and a wine museum). Make time to explore flower-decked Riquewihr, 'Pearl of the Vineyard', before cycling back to Ammerschwihr

Day 9 - Leave Ammerschwihr

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 and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Aux Armes de France

Aux Armes de France, Ammerschwihr (2 Acorn)

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Here you stay at the traditional Aux Armes de France hotel in the centre of the village of Ammerschwihr. With just 10 rooms (all with ensuite), it's a small but very much family affair, father Pierre originally founded the hotel although his son, Philippe, has now taken over the day to day running of the hotel.

The hotel's restaurant is of some repute locally and in good weather, their excellent cuisine is served on the flower bedecked terrace.

Dates Suite
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £10

All prices shown above are valid from 02/11/2016.

Dates Single room Executive double room
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £102 £84

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Extra night prices are per person per night including evening meal.

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


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
Hotel Kapuzinergarten

Hotel Kapuzinergarten, Breisach-am-Rhein (2 acorn)

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Engelbert Hau will make you feel very welcome at his charming hotel in a quiet street in the old part of Breisach, close to the former Kapuziner convent. As befits their name, the ‘Kloster' or convent rooms here have been simply but beautifully furnished with original wooden pieces from the convent.

The hotel benefits from a sauna and solarium, and massages are also available.

The restaurant at the Kapuzinergarten is of particular note: it has lovely views over the town and the Kaiserstuhl, and it can be opened up so that on balmy nights, you are eating dinner under the stars.

Dates Comfort room
13/05/2016 - 30/09/2016 £11

All prices shown above are valid from 02/11/2016.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

Hostellerie Le Verger des Châteaux

Hostellerie Le Verger des Châteaux, Dieffenthal (3 star)

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This modern hotel has been built to mirror the architecture of the local area. It has a large, welcoming reception area and just off this, you will find a cosy 'winstub' bar, where you can relax with a drink before dinner.

The rooms here are all very spacious and look out over the vineyards. All rooms have a bath or shower, telephone and television.

It's a lovely peaceful setting, on the edge of the tiny village of Dieffenthal, and is in an excellent location for exploring some of the wine villages of the Bas Rhin.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

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 Le Senat , Paris   (****)

Hotel le Senat

The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel St Louis, St Omer   (2 Star)


A traditional hotel in the town centre - very convenient for the channel ports and also for exploring St Omer itself - an aristocratic town that boasts the finest Cathedral in Northern France.

The hotel has two restaurants. One of these has an airy modern feel, the other is more intimate with low lighting and a brick 'cellar' feel. There is also a residents' bar: le Flo.

The rooms are furnished in a simple but appealing style and all have an en suite bathrooms.

The hotel also has private parking for its guests.

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

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

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

Hotel Gutenberg, Strasbourg (4 star)

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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.

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 01/12/2016. 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.

Travel options

Transfers included from Colmar train station at 15:05 Mon-Fri, 15:57 Sat & Sun and back to Colmar at 13:20

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Holiday details

Holiday type

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


Please call for departure dates, for 9 days (8 nights). This holiday departs every 2 days, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.


All continental breakfasts and evening meals included.

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.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Colmar train station at 15:05 Mon-Fri, 15:57 Sat & Sun and back to Colmar at 13:20

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