Rhine Valley Cycle

Rhine Valley Cycle

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Rhine Valley Cycle

8 Days Starting and ending in Strasbourg

Visiting: France, Germany

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

URV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 15

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

Explore the Rhine River from both the German and French sides to indulge in the very best this enchanting region has to offer. With seemingly endless picture perfect landscapes lining the meandering Rhine, dedicated bike paths for safe and easy cycling and a swathe of beautifully preserved villages to inspire you each day, there are few cycle trips that offer so many 'bells and whistles'. From the EU capital of Strasbourg to the art city of Frieburg, traditional Colmar to the moated, UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Neuf-Brisach, the Romanesque and Baroque architecture as well as medieval castles will keep you captivated. The gastronomic delights are plentiful in this part of Europe and you can sample some of the regions finest produce as you cycle through undulating farmland, orchards and vineyards. This itinerary soaks up the relaxed and jovial atmosphere of one of the most picturesque parts of the Alsace Wine Route, which can only be described as a wine-lovers' wonderland, taking in the routes most famous villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, where you will witness delightful examples of traditional half-timbered Alsatian architecture. With so many highlights your pedals will seem to turn themselves during this simply stunning ride along the Rhine River and its various valleys in Germany and France.

Highlights

  • Cycling through the heart of the Alsatian vineyards

  • Exploring the timelessness of the Rhine River landscape with its' authentic villages full of historical intrigue

  • Experiencing the EU capital of Strasbourg, the art city of Frieburg and the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Neuf-Brisach

  • Enjoying the culinary specialties and sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Strasbourg

Arrive in the University and port town of Strasbourg and settle into your hotel. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and home to some great museums which are worth visiting. The old city is dominated by the Cathedral made out of pink sandstone from the Vosges. There are many interesting narrow streets where you can find some interesting churches, restaurants and shops and the city has a number of covered bridges which cross the Ill River. Overnight Strasbourg.

Day 2 : Cycle Along The Rhine And Through Forest To Ettenheim (Or Surrounds) In Germany (60Km/37.5Mi)

An easy and flat stage takes you from Strasbourg on a dedicated cycle path through deep forests along the Rhine bank. Some short sections along the Rhine are on unsealed paths. Overnight in Ettenheim, a picturesque town in Germany, or a surrounding town.

Day 3 : Cycle To The Art City Of Freiburg In The Black Forest Region (50Km/31Mi)

A flat stage leads you through villages to Freiburg in the Black Forest region, officially Germany's warmest town. Medieval Freiburg has fairy tale gabled houses, cobblestone lanes, picturesque squares and a beautiful cathedral. It is an old university town with many pubs and cafes and a busy nightlife, making it a great night stop.

Day 4 : Cycle To The Fortified Neuf-Brisach And On To The Beautiful Town Of Colmar (60Km/37.5Mi)

Leave Freiburg this morning and cycle west towards the Rhine again. The stage is mainly on cycle paths and minor rural roads. The 13th century Breisach Cathedral towers imposingly over the banks of the Rhine. Cross the river and border here to Neuf-Brisach in Alsace, a 17th century octagonal fortified town. Continue to the beautiful town of Colmar, one of the most delightful cities along the French wine route.

Day 5 : Cycle The Foothills Of The Vosges Mountains To Riquewihr (Or Surrounds) (40Km/25Mi)

There's time to further discover Colmar before cycling along tracks and quiet roads to Riquewihr. It's a little hilly between Eguisheim and Wettolsheim for about 1 km, and from Kientzheim to Riquewihr there are two short but quite hard climbs of about 1km each. At the foot of the Vosges mountains, Riquewihr nestles among the other Alsatian Grand Cru wine-making villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim and Kaysersberg. Your accommodation this evening may be in Riquewihr or a nearby town.

Day 6 : Continue Along The Wine Road Through Picturesque Villages To Obernai (Or Surrounds) (35 Or 50Km/31 Or 22Mi)

Cycle along the wine road and discover the villages of Barr, Andlau with its abbey, Bergheim, Ribeauville and Hunawihr. It's a little hilly as you ride on cycle paths and quiet rural roads, and through the vineyards there are a few climbs. Continue to Obernai, an important centre for wine and beer production. This was the birthplace of St Odile, daughter of the Duke of Alsace and the Patron Saint of Alsace - and of good eyesight! Your accommodation this evening may be in Obernai or a nearby town.

Day 7 : Along The Banks Of The Bruche Canal To Strasbourg (40 Or 55Km/25 Or 34Mi)

On your last cycle day you ride back to Strasbourg. Leaving Obernai there's a climb of approx 100m then some small hills to Bischoffsheim (about 2km). After Molsheim you ride on the cycle path along the canal into the city centre of Strasbourg. The strong German influence over the past centuries has given Strasbourg a distinctive style, and it has many historical and cultural sights. Its Cathedral is the highest medieval building in Europe and its channels encircle the city centre, providing a peaceful and picturesque ambiance.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes In Strasbourg

Trip concludes after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • 21 speed rental bike with handbrake equipped with panniers, pump, lock and repair kit (7 speed bike with backpedal brake on request - please specify at the time of booking. Electric bikes are available on request - supplement applies)

  • Luggage transfer, 1 piece max 20kg per person, supplement applies for excess

  • Information pack including map and route notes per room book plus Navigational App

  • Signposted route

  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Strasbourg

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Helmet - rental is not available, please bring your own helmet

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What's Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner daily, and all beverages

  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees

  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip

  • Transfers

  • hotel taxes payable locally - allow 1-3 Euros per night

  • Helmet rental not available - please bring your own helmet or purchase locally.

  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
During the trip you will be accommodated in 3 & 4 star hotels on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities.
Additional nights can be booked in Strasbourg (pre/post) and Colmar (rest day) or elsewhere on request (rest day) for an additional cost. Please ensure you advise us your rest days at time of booking as any changes after booking will incur additional fees. Pre and post tour accommodation can be added on or after booking. Please see our terms and conditions or contact us for more details.

Grading

The cycle is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of between 37 and 59km (23 to 36.5mi) on mainly flat terrain. Days 5 and 6 will involve some hill ascents and descents. You will ride mainly on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on small secondary roads without much traffic. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for fit beginners and children (children’s bikes and trailers available on request). If you are not used to cycling then we recommend that you include as much cycling on roads in your pre trip training. This is to get used to cars passing you at times and will be invaluable practise for when you are entering and leaving towns and cities when on the trip. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

K. Moran(Elizabeth Bay, Australia)  

Rhine Valley Cycle

5 Sep 2023

I thought the first two days were a bit boring. I was thoroughly fed up with cornfields! However, things improved after that and I loved most of it subsequently.

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