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Alsace Cycling Holidays

France and Germany have played ‘pass-the-parcel’ with Alsace for centuries, and the fusion of French and German cultures makes Alsace unique.   And it works - Alsace boasts beautiful medieval villages, some of the world’s finest white wines, and a cuisine unique within France.

The best-known  villages lie on the ‘route des vins’, a fantastic cycle route that winds along tiny roads and paths through vineyards and villages between Colmar and Strasbourg.   Cycling through these vineyards is delightful, but even if there were no vineyards, the route through villages like Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Obernai would make Alsace a cyclist’s dream.

We’ll visit Strasbourg with its magnificent cathedral, we’ll cross the Rhine into Germany, and finish our week in Colmar, the capital of Alsace wine.  The wines are worth exploring, mostly white, based on Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Gris grapes, and we’ll explore all these varieties at vineyards and winetastings throughout our week.

What are you looking for?  Scenery, great cycling, great wines, fascinating history, unique culture?  Alsacez-vous!   (I borrowed this from the French Tourist Board, loosely translated I think it means book a Chain Gang cycling tour to Alsace).  

Trip details

An exploration of vineyards, beautiful medieval villages, and a sneaky trip across the Rhine into Germany; 8 days / 7 nights

Tour dates

Our guide led us expertly on each day's ride of 30 miles or so, selecting quiet roads and tasty lunch stops and, at the end of every afternoon, a comfortable hotel with a menu to do justice to the region's rich gastronomy. He carried a repair outfit, a first aid kit and a sense of humour, which coped with almost every eventuality.

Michael J Woods, The Financial Times

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