The perfect base for a go-as-you-please cycle tour around the Vosges vineyards and Rhine plains of Alsace, Strasbourg is France’s most cycle friendly city, clocking up over 500 kms of cycle paths. Staying here means easy cycling getaways in all directions plus plenty of scope to explore the city whole-heartedly by bike, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, ‘La Petite France’, to the iconic European Parliament buildings. From your hotel in the historic old town, circular day rides head out west to the Vosges, east across bridges and borders, north to Rheinau and Château de Pourtalès, around Strasbourg itself or combine train and two wheels to explore the Wine Road villages between Sélestat and Colmar.
is in Strasbourg in a 3 star hotel.
For 5 star hotel accommodation please see Tour FASD7. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
Stay at the heart of Strasbourg old town and get a real taste of what Alsace has to offer with a varied selection of scenic day rides using cycle paths, canal-side cycle routes and small rural roads. Flavours to savour include flower-filled Sélestat, colourful Colmar and the ‘Grand Crus’ Wine Road around Riquewihr; the fertile Ackerland and the La Bruche wine route canal; the deep forests of the German Rhine borderlands; Rheinau and the impressive woodland gardens of the Château de Pourtalès Robertsau.
There is a choice of excellent circular rides exploring the historic towns and villages, castles and vineyards of the Alsace Wine Road and Franco-German borderlands of the Rhine. Train tickets are included for you and your bike to travel down into the heart of vineyard country (out to Sélestat/return from Colmar) and are valid for use on any one day of your stay.
Your base on this holiday is the Hotel du Dragon, a 3 star hotel on the main island in the heart of old Strasbourg town. Conveniently situated close to the cathedral and the waterways of the historic Petite-France, it combines tradition and comfort and has a charming courtyard terrace.
Extra nights can be booked in Strasbourg to allow more time to explore Alsace at your leisure.
Day One - Arrive and explore Strasbourg
With over 130,000 cyclists of its own, you’re sure to be amongst friends in Strasbourg. Exploring the city by bike couldn’t be easier, but your hotel in the heart of the old city is also just a few minutes’ walk away from both the cathedral and the historic Petite-France area. A boat trip down the River Ill around the islands of the old town is a great way to get your bearings, or you might fancy braving the 332 steps up to the cathedral’s panorama platform. Clock up a museum or two; admire the cathedral’s amazing astronomical time-piece or just sit and sip the day away, drinking in the atmosphere and identity of this fascinating city.
On your first day, you will receive your bikes at the hotel late afternoon.
Day Two to Six – CHOICE OF CIRCULAR RIDES
Distances (Min-Max) Miles: 18-34 Kms 30-55
Each route has been carefully selected to combine great scenic cycling with worthwhile places to visit and pleasant local refreshment stops.
WEST ALONG THE WINE ROUTE
Set out along the cycle paths of the Canal de la Bruche, the important waterway which once served to transport wine from the vineyards at the foothills of the Vosges into the heart of the city. Stop for lunch around the rural villages of Ergersheim and Furdenheim and enjoy pedalling through vineyard landscapes punctuated by beautiful, historic Alsace farmsteads all the way to Vendeheim in the area known as the Ackerland. Canal-side paths along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin lead back into Strasbourg past locks and the European Parliament buildings, before meeting the River Ill for the final stretch along the river bank into the old centre.
Miles 34 Kms 55
SOUTH TO SELESTAT, COLMAR & 'GRAND CRU’ COUNTRY
Pop your bike on the train for a 20 minute ride to Sélestat, the floral town right in the middle of the ‘Ried’ – the Rhine plain. Check out the 13th century clock tower and witches’ tower and the remains of the double belt of fortifications in this fascinating historic town before taking to the cycle paths of the wine route through famous vineyards and wine-growing villages, renowned as some of the prettiest in Alsace. Don’t miss Ribeauvillé with its Butcher’s tower bedecked with colourful coats of arms and delightful fountain on the main square, or Hunawihr with its famous stork and butterfly parks. Riquewihr is the stuff that fairytales are made of too – one of France’s most favourite villages, it’s full of tiny cobbled streets lined with higgledy-piggledy houses with brightly painted shutters and ornate cast-iron signs. Finally, head via Turckheim to Colmar for half-timbered and pinnacle delights on a different scale and perhaps a boat trip around the charming old market gardeners’ quarter known as ‘La Petite Venise’. A 40 minute train journey back to Strasbourg completes your day.
Train tickets from Strasbourg valid for use on any one day of your stay are included for you and your bike to travel to Sélestat and return from Colmar.
Miles: 24 Kms: 40
EAST TO THE RHINE & RHINE CANAL
Head out from Strasbourg through the German borderlands towards Kehl on the cycle path by the deep forests along the German bank of the Rhine. Close to Altenheim cross back into France near Eschau over the 957m long Pierre Pflimlin Bridge which includes a dedicated cycle path, then pick up a relaxing route along the Rhône-Rhine canal back into Strasbourg.
Miles: 24 Kms: 40
NORTH ALONG THE RHINE, A WORLD OF WOODLANDS & WATERWAYS
Follow cycle paths leading out of Strasbourg, through picturesque gardens across the Rhine by the Passerelle de Deux Rives Bridge to the German suburb of Kehl. Continue on up to Rheinau to cross back over the river by the dam - don’t forget to check out the visitor centre - to Gambsheim in France. The route leads back along the Rhine through Kilstett, the Watzenau woods and picturesque Bois de la Robertsau, the extensive ‘gardens’ by the Château de Pourtalès Robertsau (now a hotel) with its ponds and waterfalls.
Miles: 31 Kms: 50
IN & AROUND STRASBOURG CITY
Enjoy a comprehensive self-guided tour of the Strasbourg by bike, making the most of the city’s excellent cycle path network. What better or more relaxing way to really get to know the old quarters and contemporary sectors, parklands and waterways of this vibrant borderland metropolis!
Miles: 18 Kms: 30
Day Seven - Depart after breakfast
Time for one last look around this memorable city, unless you’d like to stay a little longer…?
Fancy a slightly shorter stay? Our 6 day, 5 night Alsace: Strasbourg Star tour (Tour FAS6) includes each one of our five day ride options from the FAS7 Tour. Pick and choose a few rides to follow or pack them all in within a tighter timescale – the rest is up to you.
Only a few days to spare? Why not check out our Alsace: Strasbourg Star ‘Petite’ Tour (Tour FAS4)? This 4 day, 3 night stay might have harder choices when it comes to which day ride to pick, but it has plenty of potential!
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