Alsace's Route du Vin Cycling

From $1695 per person

****# Based on 44 customer reviews
(C) Alsace Tourist Board
  • 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

What's included?

  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 12 Sep '16 to 24 Sep '16
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 82%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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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, Ammerschwihr   (2 acorn)

Aux Armes de France, Ammerschwihr

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.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

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!

Each of the 48 rooms are tastefully decorated with white washed walls and pretty, wooden furniture.

Philippe Bohrer is your host and is a Michelin starred chef. He has won several awards and has even cooked for French presidents!

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, Breisach-am-Rhein   (2 acorn)

Hotel Kapuzinergarten, Breisach-am-Rhein

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.

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

Local facilities:

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

Nearby facilities:

  • Swimming pool

Hostellerie Le Verger des Châteaux, Dieffenthal   (3 star)

Hostellerie Le Verger des Châteaux, Dieffenthal

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.

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

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed



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   (4 Star)

Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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 5 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)

Hotel St Louis, St Omer

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, 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

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

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

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Cook on 09/09/2016

*****
Varied cycling, welcoming hotels with a difference and excellent cuisine!

Reviewed by Mr Hotchkiss on 22/08/2016

***#.
Cycling in Alsac was great the standard of the accommodation particularly the location was not up to the standard of previous Headwater Holidays we have been on.The Verger De Chateau was particularly disappointing with one morning having to clear a table before sitting down for breakfast and then finding they had run out of yogurt, fruit juice most cheeses, fruit and coffee mugs.The evening meals were also poor here.
Headwater response:
Dear Mr Hotchkiss, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback, we were pleased to read you found the cycling great, although were sorry to read of your disappointment with the Verger du Chateau. We have discussed your feedback with the hotelier and implemented improvements as appropriate. Please be assured, we will continue to monitor the feedback we receive from our customers regarding this hotel, and if we do not see an immediate improvement, we will review the situation for future customers. In closing, we would like to thank you for travelling with Headwater this summer and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Kind regards, Headwater customer service team

Reviewed by Mr Bowman on 30/05/2016

*****
everything was as promised

Reviewed by Mr Lee on 30/05/2016

***#.
Having been on a number of Headwater Cycling holidays in the past, I think the standard of hotels and bikes have greatly improved since we last cycled with you. The bikes have always been good Giant, La Lapierre, but these latest bikes are lighter and are easier to handle. The weather temperature was about right for the region, had we cycled in the height of the season it may have proved difficult.

Reviewed by Mrs Wiser on 05/11/2015

***#.
On the whole our holiday was very enjoyable and we were happy with it. However, we were unfortunate enough to have heavy rain on our second day of cycling and that was the day we had to cycle to Germany along the Rhine and through the maize fields. Even without the rain it would have been a hard slog and not that interesting and quite a lot of cycling on roads with traffic. And then of course we had to return on our third day of cycling. As a group of 4 I think we all would have preferred to stay in the pretty countryside and picturesque villages of the Alsace and drink more excellent wine. Our reception at the hotel Ville de Lyon was very disappointing, unhelpful and our bathroom was not functioning properly and was not sorted out during our stay. Le Verger's rooms were comfortable but one certainly worked on their schedule which was rather perfunctory.

Reviewed by Mrs Cowell on 02/10/2015

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and particularly like the opportunity to explore further on our days off.September is an ideal time to go, during the vendange, with the heady smell of wine everywhere and the villages full of flowers. The people in the villages are very friendly and appreciate one's attempt to speak French, however poor.The maps supplied however are not much use for the country districts and if you want to explore the more mountainous area you should buy a larger scale.

Reviewed by Mr Donaldson on 01/10/2015

*****
An excellent holiday which lived up to our expectations of a Headwater holiday ; well planned with very good support. The countryside was very attractive and the towns and villages were beautiful. The cycling was well guaged. Margaret was able to provide a more suitable bike than the one meant for me.

Reviewed by Mrs Denyer on 29/09/2015

***#.
Great cycling venue - lots of interest - very pretty villages - but do not expect a gastronomic feast in all Headwater hotels !

Reviewed by Mr Fraser on 21/09/2015

*****
Cycling was excellent (though we got good weather!). For us, it was an undiscovered area with lots of interesting landscapes. Amazing villages. We really enjoyed our day in Colmar and cycling in the Kaiser Stuhl. Links with the land are still strong in Alsace - we were fortunate in seeing the grape harvest in progress, both hand-picking and machines. We need to brush up our French so we can enjoy it even more next time!

Reviewed by Mr Haines on 17/09/2015

*****
We have now done 6 Headwater Holidays and the standards are consistently high. Alsace was beautiful in September as the grapes were harvested and the window boxes were wonderful in the small towns.

Reviewed by Mr Patterson on 15/09/2015

*****
Excellent cycling in a beautiful area.

Reviewed by Mrs Tulloch on 29/08/2015

*****
Have used Headwater for years and have never been disappointed. This Alsace cycling trip provided a good variety of hotels with excellent food in a stunning location. There were hills amongst the vineyards which needed occasional pushing of bikes but no hills no views! The flat cycling to Germany was in contrast and gave a good sense of space and perspective. Cycling is a good way to get to know the area and see how the local people live. Everyone was welcoming and helpful, a slow pace of life and restful holiday. Map reading during the day to the destination gives a real sense of achievement rewarded with good food and wine. A winning combination and I look forward to the next Headwater holiday.

Reviewed by Mr Dwyer on 27/07/2015

*****
An excellent, well organised trip that gave all the relevant information for cycling days and also allowed us the flexibility of doing our own thing during off days, giving useful notes for potential activities as well as alternate cycling routes. A very welcoming representative who was sensitive to our needs and responded quickly to any calls and queries. I would definitely recommend this highly enjoyable holiday as a more (but not *too*) active way of exploring a new place.

Reviewed by Ms Henderson on 22/07/2015

*****
The organisation was seamfree and I was really impressed with the fact that I had decided on a cycling holiday on a Friday and I was able to leave for a holiday on that coming Monday. The lady that I spoke to at Headwater on that Friday afternoon worked extremely hard to 'get me sorted ' and spent time in describing the area and what to expect on the holiday bearing in mind that I was a female travelling alone. She was extremely helpful , honest and efficient. The arrangements went like clockwork . I had to buy my own train ticket for Colmar because it was too late to send anything but that was easy . Margaret O' Neill met me at Colmar on time and was very thorough and helpful and charming. Although I had not really planned for a cycling holiday on my own, it just happened that way and I had a wonderful time . The heat was brutal but I felt a great achievement when I completed the trip . The irrigation contraptions in the vineyards or corn fields was a welcome sight to me and I threw myself in their path on many a day. I had chosen a week when the temperatures were in the 40 s most days , the last day of cycling was slightly cooler. I loved the Alsace region and never felt lonely, I met some wonderful people and the hotels were very welcoming . The food was excellent in all of the hotel restaurants but I was not too keen on the food in the Hotel Kapuzinergarte. Perhaps it was just personal taste. I loved the quiet and solitude of the daily rides into the Alsace countryside and was certainly rejuvenated by this holiday. I managed a fabulous trip into Freiburg and an exciting trip into Strasburg . I was not so impressed with the particular area of the Rhein that I visited on a boat . However, I did meet some interesting people. This holiday will stay with me for quite some time and I have some perfect and some imperfect photographs to remind me. I do have some wonderful close ups of storks.

Reviewed by Ms Pepper on 19/06/2015

*****
If you are considering this type of holiday you can rely on the information that is provided, the bikes are easy to use all aspects 6700d of the equipment are explained , the planners are very useful, and the rep is available if required.

Reviewed by Mrs Mackman on 17/06/2015

***#.
Overall a great holiday. Good idea to look up before you go as to whether any local events on in the towns. We happened by chance upon a Venetian day at a village which was spectacular although no rep advice as to the event. Food was great at first two hotels but below expectations and little choice at the German venue. We upgraded rooms in Germany and that was worthwhile for the accommodation. When looking at the holiday online it appears easier than it was in reality. A 2Km climb on the last day was tough for social cyclists.

Reviewed by Mr Wagstaff on 27/12/2014

***#.
The notes gave the impression that you would meet your rep every night. This was not the case. The grading system was probably accurate. However, there was, in JM's opinion inaccuracies in the descriptions of the routes particularly in the Vosges (see below). The food at La Ville de Lyon in Rouffach was over the top: might be Michelin starred but two nights of that was too much - the novelty wore off! The Hotel Kapuzinergarte was generally good but it would have been helpful to know that (a) you needed to speak German, (b) there was no bar area to sit in before dinner and (c) that they wouldn't take credit card for the bar bill and didn't know that the accommodation had already been paid for. Le Verger des Chateau claimed not to have received any notification about JM's cheese allergy and JM got served with cheese the first night which she delicately picked off the salad. Fortunately JM was able to muster enough French to ensure that she didn't get cheese again but that was hard work. This feedback has been done jointly. JM has various reservations about the holiday and the 'hills' which were not mentioned: in the route booklet only one hill is mentioned - the highest point you reach on the tour which is on Day 1. The fact that both of us were in bottom gear almost from the start of the first day came as rather a surprise although JM had realised that there might be a problem when reading the route before leaving the UK and checking it to the map provided. She had mentioned that she had arthritis as she required a low step over bike. She was unable to push down hard enough to get up anything but the shortest hill and spent far too long on cycling days 1 and 4 pushing her bike - something which was extremely difficult as the arthritis makes going up hill on foot difficult. Cycling days 2 and 3 were wonderful (no hills to speak of). DW really enjoyed the cycling once he had got used to the bike and had very few problems with hills after the initial surprise of the steepness. The hotel Aux Armes de France was brilliant. They did a special breakfast tray for us on our last morning as we had to leave before the normal serving time. They were really helpful and it felt the nicest place we stayed. If you wish to discuss our comments further, please contact us. Apologies for the delay in doing the feedback but various things have happened meaning we have only just got round to is.

Reviewed by Mrs Powell on 06/10/2014

*****
Excellent and varied cycling in a beautiful part of France.

Reviewed by Dr Luton on 15/09/2014

*****
Excellent if quite hilly cycling in a very pretty area. Selestat is worth diverting to en route from Breisach. Colmar is very worthwhile visiting but incorporating it into day 2 ( turn off at Niedermorschwir and return to Turkheim) gives day 3 free for walks /cycling in the hills.

Reviewed by Mrs McLynn on 14/09/2014

*****
We have enjoyed many cycling holidays with Headwater. This was by far the best one yet!! A good friendly rep, well maintained bikes, excellent, detailed route guides, great hotels in lovely locations and superb dinners! Well done Headwater!

Reviewed by Mr Sherriff on 10/09/2014

**#..
This has previously been a very attractive formula for us in Tuscany but in Alsace the routes were a bit boring to and from Germany. Kilometres of flat maize fields get a bit tiresome. The locations of two hotels, in Breisach and Dieffenthal were poor. Breisach had great views from the top of the hill which did not make up for the fact that the hotel was relatively isolated from the town and whatever it might have had to offer. We weren't sure what the point was in going there any way. We did visit the Kaiserstühl which was good cycling and not enough was made of it in your notes. It didn't help that the hotel food is awful and the service dreadful. It took me 45 minutes to check out! In Dieffenthal the hotel was out of the village which itself was less than interesting. Any of the neighbouring villages would have been good, especially as Dambach la Ville was very close and had a rail station for a visit to Strasbourg. Equally, Riquwihr Hunawihr and Ribeauville would have been better. So, in all 2/4 decent hotels, boring routes. Not sure about value for money.

Reviewed by Dr Austin on 09/09/2014

***#.
This is our seventh Headwater Holiday and as usual we enjoyed it greatly although the hills on the first and last cycling days were much steeper than we expected. Colmar is delightful and it was really interesting to go into Germany to compare German Alsace wines with French Alsace ones.

Reviewed by Mr Keeling on 03/09/2014

***#.
Enjoyable itinerary and the distances were very manageable. Scenery similar with lots vineyards and fields of maize. Many of the shops closed and villages deserted in August because of the French holidays.

Reviewed by Mrs Jackson on 26/08/2014

***#.
A good holiday with a balance of cycling and sightseeing opportunities. The hills were underplayed and I wouldn't recommend non cyclists to try this holiday unless they want to walk up every hill. Two of the hotels had excellent food, which was a treat. The guide instructions were mostly good although they were wrong on one of the days causing the majority of our group to find themselves on a main road. The route could do with being cycled by the rep and the notes adjusted to avoid confusion to future cyclists. We enjoyed our holiday and would consider another headwater holiday in future, although we would treat the grading of the route with caution.

Reviewed by Mr Roberts on 23/08/2014

*****
Geat food and wines. Interesting and varied locations. Alsacian wine route is great.

Reviewed by Mr Reiners on 13/08/2014

*****
A very enjoyable holiday through a less visited (at least by English travellers) part of France. The one day cycling/ one day off works very well and the route gives an enjoyable mixture of different terrains, and countries. The accomodation is of an extremely high standard, though I the food at Ville do Lyons and Aux Armes de France stands out. Some stiff climbs, but no shame in walking up !

Reviewed by Mrs Provan on 06/08/2014

***#.
Well organised and enjoyable. A good mix of cycling and time to do other things.

Reviewed by Mr Walker on 21/07/2014

*****
An exciting 9 days in a quiet part of France with excellent accommodation in Rouffach and Ammerschwihr. A bit of a drag cycling to and from Breisach am Rhein

Reviewed by Mr Close on 14/07/2014

***#.
Lots of the little villages in France, which we passed through, seemed to have no bars or cafes, which seemed strange. 2 of the hotels gave us no choice in evening meals. We felt there should be at least a choice of 2 dishes at each course. The food at the hotel with the Mitchelin stared chef was, of course, wonderful. We didn't expect that everywhere, but the comparison with no choice at all (and sometimes pretty ordinary food) was too big a jump.

Reviewed by Mrs Luck on 11/07/2014

***#.
I love cycling around rural areas of Europe. You really get the feel of the area and take in and appreciate the views, smells and vibrant colours all around you. The Alsace is an attractive area with lots of lovely wines to try, flowers to enjoy and history to take in.

Reviewed by Mr Rea on 25/06/2014

*****
Up to usual Headwater high standards.Very enjoyable holiday, good food, hotels and biking. Last day somewhat strenuous with significant hill climbs. Some difficulty finding food and refreshment stops, en route and at some resorts. The French seem to close at will despite declared opening hours. C'est la vie!

Reviewed by Mr Simmons on 17/06/2014

*****
A really good holiday. The hotels were generally excellent with very good food. Cycling was varied with two days of very flat cycling on the Rhine plain, and two days in the Alsace hills. When staying next to the Rhine, I thoroughly recommend getting up very early and going for a ride along the Rhine, with a pair of binoculars. No-one around, but plenty of wildlife. Strasbourg is a wonderful place to take an extra few days at the end of cycling. One slight issue is that it can get very hot cycling in the hills of Alsace. There is very little shade amongst the vines. It was early June, and we were cycling on our last day in temperatures in the mid 30's.

Reviewed by Mr Henniker-Major on 17/09/2013

*****
A good holiday with the opportunity to take in some site seeing in between biking. The biking was much as advertised although with a few hills more onerous than billed in the route planner.

Reviewed by Mrs Flenley on 09/09/2013

*****
Lovely mix of gentle activity, cultural visits and picturesque landscape.

Reviewed by Mr Buckingham on 28/08/2013

*****
Lovely hotels, probably too much food, reasonable bikes, lovely area

Reviewed by Mrs Slater on 17/08/2013

*****
Really great holiday nicely paced. Make sure you try not to go to Strasbourg on a Sunday clock not working that day. Route plan on final day very difficult not so well written. Don't be tempted to ga a la carte in rouffach very slow rather poor meal

Reviewed by Dr Winter on 11/08/2013

*****
Well organised and routes easy to navigate: some information about the availability of a rep eg to collect wine from purchaser, a little exagerated

Reviewed by Mr Davey on 08/07/2013

*****
Excellent route with varied cycling and many interesting places to visit.

Reviewed by Mrs Scott on 06/07/2013

*****
This was our 8th holiday with Headwater and it was as good as ever. We liked the contrast between cycling through vineyards (with the occasional short hill) and the flat open plain of the Rhine. The vineyard hills are short and infrequent and are well rewarded with freewheeling downhill after a bit of a push. We are in our early seventies and those hills were not a challenge, as long as you accept pushing your bike for a few minutes. The hotels were all good. At Breisach-am-Rhein we had paid for an upgrade and it was well worth it, giving us a spacious room and a flower-bedecked balcony with stunning views over the Black Forest. Last year the hotel at Dieffenthal seems to have received some poor reviews. There has obviously been a marked improvement this year. The staff were friendly and welcoming, service excellent and the food very good indeed. Altogether, this was an excellent holiday, varied and interesting. We had a very good time. Thank you, Headwater!

Reviewed by Mrs Phelan on 24/09/2012

*****
Although we have had many DIY cycling holidays, this our first holiday with Headwater - It was excellent. The route notes and directions were really good and the bikes comfortable and well maintained. The level of cycling was mostly pretty easy (especially without the luggage!) but with one or two more challenging days on the vineyard slopes. We particularly liked the contrast of routes through the vineyards, maize fields and along the Rhine path taking in some impossibly pretty villages along the way. We had two non cycling days visiting Colmar and Freiburg, the latter well worth a visit. The choice of hotels was for the most part excellent and meals delicious, the exception being the Verger des Chateaux in Dieffenthal which did not quite measure up to the others - in particular they seemed to be rather short staffed in the kitchen and the 'Headwater menu' rather uninspiring. We would have preferred to have stayed in Dambach la Ville the next village which was a bit more lively. The biggest revelation though was the wonderful wine of the Alsace. Old prejudices about sweet wines were completely demolished.

Reviewed by Mr Smith on 28/07/2012

*****
This was our eighth Headwater cycling holiday and as usual it was first class. Such a pity Headwater have no control over the weather! Our thoughts about Headwater are that they are by no means cheap. Yes you can find much cheaper cycling holidays but not with the excellent standard of service, the excellent routes and instructions, the friendly staff and the well selected high class hotels and restaurants. What Headwater provide is a holiday with higher than normal standards.AS an example the alsace cycling (Rivers and Vineyards) holiday that we have just returned from provided a michelin starred restaurant where my wife and I ate the best meal I think we have ever had in. There are not enough superlatives to do this restaurant justice! One of the other hotels had a chef who up until a short while ago had a michelin star (Ammerschwihr Les Armes de France) and here the food was of similar standard. Well done to Headwater!

Reviewed by Mrs Hutchison on 11/07/2012

*****
As ever, an enjoyable and interesting holiday.

Reviewed by Mrs Dietz on 07/07/2012

***#.
Excellent choice of routes and hotels.

Reviewed by Mr Kirkham on 16/06/2012

*****
Overall another great success, where do we book next! Could do better with flight bookings though.

Departure dates & prices

May 2016 departuresTour only 
May 13$1695
May 15$1695
May 17$1695
May 19$1695
May 21$1695
May 23$1833
May 25$1833
May 27$1833
May 29$1833
May 31$1833
June 2016 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$1749
Jun 4$1749
Jun 6$1749
Jun 8$1749
Jun 10$1749
Jun 12$1749
Jun 14$1833
Jun 16$1833
Jun 18$1833
Jun 20$1833
Jun 22$1833
Jun 24$1833
Jun 26$1833
Jun 28$1833
Jun 30$1833
July 2016 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$1833
Jul 4$1833
Jul 6$1833
Jul 8$1833
Jul 10$1885
Jul 12$1885
Jul 14$1885
Jul 16$1885
Jul 18$1885
Jul 20$1885
Jul 22$1885
Jul 24$1885
Jul 26$1885
Jul 28$1885
Jul 30$1885
August 2016 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$1885
Aug 3$1885
Aug 5$1885
Aug 7$1885
Aug 9$1885
Aug 11$1885
Aug 13$1885
Aug 15$1885
Aug 17$1885
Aug 19$1885
Aug 21$1885
Aug 23$1885
Aug 25$1885
Aug 27$1833
Aug 29$1833
Aug 31$1833
September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1749
Sep 4$1749
Sep 6$1749
Sep 8$1749
Sep 10$1749
Sep 12$1695
Sep 14$1695
Sep 16$1695
Sep 18$1695
Sep 20$1695
Sep 22$1695
Sep 24$1695

Holiday details

Holiday type

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

Departures

Every two days from 12 Sep '16 to 24 Sep '16, 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.

Meals

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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