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Alsace Tour


7 days, 6 nights.

This trip is in the Colmar region of Alsace France and is designed for a rider that can comfortably handle riding 30 to 40 miles a day on roads with the possibility of a good hill climb or two each day. We have designed the following itinerary to show our guests a multitude of aspects of riding in this region. Many of the areas we ride are rarely experienced by visitors to the region and others are through the heart of what many picture when they think of Alsace. Rides will generally range from about 30 to 45 miles. Routes will generally be on small back roads or bike paths and only infrequently will we need to ride on busier roads. We have designed our itinerary in such a way that we are able to make changes easily to it depending on how each group is doing with the rides or the weather or with whatever else may come up. We have also hand-picked some lovely hotels and restaurants for your pleasure and we have chosen a smattering of cultural and historic sites that are sure to catch your interest.

Day 1: Trois Epis

Trois Epis

We can pick you up at the Colmar train station. High speed trains from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport (CDG) or from Gare de l’est in center of Paris are easy to catch and take about three hours to get to Colmar when going through Strasbourg. The Basel airport (BSL) is another easy way to get to Trois Epis and is approximately a one hour drive to Trois Epis. We can assist you in arranging your transportation from there, as well. From the train station, we will transfer you to the Hotel Alexain and will help you get your bike ready. We will be hosting and preparing the welcome dinner for you at my mother’s home, which is right next door to the hotel.

Day 2: Trois Epis to Trois Epis

After breakfast, we will ride a 25 mile loop that has long been a family favorite. It will take us along beautiful back roads traveling through the picturesque landscapes surrounding Trois Epis. We will ride by rich pasture land, forests and past WW 1 battlefields, enjoying great views and about a 2000 foot vertical gain. We will stop and explore Le Linge battle field, with its labyrinth of bunkers and block houses and the museum explaining what a significant role the region played during World War 1. We will be lunching at one of the area’s beautiful “ferme auberges”. After we return to Trois Epis the rest of the afternoon will be free but we will happily take anyone interested for a the classic short hike to the monument above Trois Epis called "Le Galtz". From here you can see views of much of where we will be riding for the rest of the week.

 

Our evening will be spent in a small Alsatian village called Niedermorschwirh. We will attend a wine tasting at the Boxler cellar. These close family friends have had their vinyards and cellar in this region for seven generations and in 2007 were awarded the distinction of having the best reisling in the world. Dinner will be at an authentic "caveau" across the street from the cellar called Les Chevaliers de Malt, where you will enjoy typical Alsacian cuisine.


Trois Epis

 

Day 3: Trois Epis to St Hippolyte

There are many beautiful roads to go to St Hippolyte from Trois Epis. The shortest route is less than 30 miles on bike paths through the vineyards and the medieval villages of Riquewirh and Ribeauville. Lunch will be on your own, but not to worry, there are plenty of restaurants, bakeries and auberges to choose from on route. (And we will certainly suggest our favorites to you!)  After leaving Ribeauville you will have the choice of doing the 2000 foot climb up to the spectacular Haut Koenigsbourg castle or we can just have a short ride to St Hippolyte and drive up to tour the castle. That evening you will be staying at the Hotel du Parc, where dinner will be at one of the hotel’s exquisite restaurants.

Day 4: St Hippolyte to St Hippolyte

Trois Epis

Our ride this day will be across the lovely plains of Alsace (stopping at the Maginot Line Memorial), across the Rhine river (where you will be able to observe the fascinating lock system) and into the Kaiserstuhl region of Germany. You will be riding through German vineyards and lunch will be on your own in the lovely town of Burkheim, Germany. This day has almost no vertical gain but it is a long 40 mile day. Or your group can opt to take the day off and tour the lovely city of Colmar. Colmar offers one of France’s best museums, lovely sightseeing, great shopping and, (big surprise!) great restaurants. Your dinner will be at the Hotel du Parc’s other restaurant, which serves wonderful gourmet Alsatian cuisine.

Day 5: St Hippolyte to Eguisheim


This is our shortest riding day; approximately 20 miles. It starts out on the old Roman route, which has been made into a lovely bike path. We will follow the path to the lovely town of Kintzheim where we have an opportunity for a wine tasting and we will be visiting a fascinating museum about the region’s history of wine making. From here we will follow the bike path through the vinyards to the ancient walled city of Turkheim for lunch. (Our favorite spot to take our guests for the infamous “Tarte Flambe” or Alsacian pizza. After lunch we have a short ride to Eguisheim, where you will spend that and the following night in the Hostellerie du Chateau. If you are looking for a bigger ride that day, we can send you over the Route de Cinq Chateaux. This quiet forested road takes you up a 2000 ft vertical climb and will deposit you right above Eguisheim.  Eguishiem is one of Alsace’s most beautiful villages and you will have time to wander through its cobblestone streets that afternoon. Dinner will be on your own, but we will happily help you with your reservations.

Day 6: Eguisheim to Eguisheim

Today the group will have the opportunity to choose from several rides. The first option would be to ride the very challenging  3000+ ft climb to the top of Grand Ballon (4200ft) and then the famous "routes des cretes," which follows the crest of the Vosges Mountains. This is 70 mile loop is not for the feint at heart! For the group looking for something a little less strenuous, we offer a wonderful tour of La Valle du Munster. This 40 mile ride takes us up a gorgeous pastoral valley to the foot of the Vosges Mountains. We have a favorite family picnic spot where we will lunch on the goodies we have picked up that morning on our ride through the Turkheim Farmers Market. That evening, we will pick the group up and drive 15 minutes to Colmar. We will take a little tour of the streets and canals of Colmar and then dine in one of our favorite restaurants.

Day 7:  Departure

After breakfast we will drive you to the train station in Colmar. We can also help you arrange your transportation if you need to go elsewhere.

Pricing and Additional Information:

Trip Cost:
$2850 per person based on double occupancy (single occupancy $650 additional)

Included:

  • 6 nights lodging
  • Pick up at Colmar train station Transfer to the hotel
  • 6 breakfasts 5 dinners with local wine
  • Wine tasting
  • 5 lunches
  • Baggage transfers from hotels to hotels
  • Bicycle
  • A map  of the region
  • All taxes
  • Mechanical help
  • Entry to the museums and castle

Not Included:

  • 1 dinner
  • Beverages except wine with dinner as listed above
  • Trip insurance

Tour Dates for 2017

our 2017 summer is full, please contact us for 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

  • We will have a car and driver available everyday to assist anyone anytime.
  • My wife and/or I will ride with you and we will be able to split our group in order to accommodate different route choices.
  • The minimum per trip is 2 riders and the maximum is 6 riders.
  • We can suggest hotels in Colmar for anyone wishing to spend a few days in Alsace before or after the trip.

High Passes Tour Route

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Map of High Passes Route

Alsace Tour Route

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Map of Alsace Route

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(970) 708-2661
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bertrand@
cobblesandcorks.com

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