Tour the Loire with cycle expert Harvey Downard
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Wonderfully easy cycling through vineyards bearing great treasures
Enjoy cycling along pretty lanes that meander through one vineyard after another, stopping off in historic towns bursting with colour and history, dotted all the way along the famous Alsace wine route.
With spectacular scenery throughout, grapes dripping off the vines wherever you pedal, it’s easy to work up an appetite for the region’s distinctive cuisine - and a thirst for its world famous wines. Fortunately, there are plenty of superb restaurants and rustic wine bars en route - from Michelin-starred to rustic and characterful, so your cycling effort will be rewarded by the region's sublime gastronomic scene.
We love: Sparkling Crémant d’Alsace and the Riesling wines, a visit to the Maginot Line, the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, storks’ nests on the church roofs, a tarte flambée for lunch, the tranquillity of a gentle cycling holiday.
• Delicious restaurant meals each night
• Bed and breakfast accommodation
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage carried between your hotels
• Fully serviced touring bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
This tour is operated by our preferred local partner
SUGGESTED 7 NIGHT TOUR
DAY 1 Arrive at Strasbourg or Basel. Transfer by train to our base hotel in Strasbourg and explore this vibrant medieval city. Distinctly French and German all at once, one minute you’ll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys and marvelling at its Gothic Cathedral; the next you’ll be enjoying a final glass of wine in a typical Alsatian tavern in Petit France.
DAY 2 Strasbourg to Obernai. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The route then starts along ‘La Bruche’ canal cycle path, formally used to transport wine to the regional capital. Heading south past the splendid 12th century Romanesque church at Rosheim, you will arrive in the attractive town of Obernai. You’ll have plenty of time to wander its cobbled streets that lead off the market square framed by ancient timbered buildings painted in vibrant colours in typical Alsatian style. (23 miles/37km)
DAY 3 Obernai to Andlau. It’s quite a short ride today to your next stop, so you can take your time and enjoy the sights along the way, as you weave through famous vineyards and wine villages including Barr and Mittelbergheim. Your destination is Andlau, a hidden gem in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, founded in the 9th Century. A lovely town surrounded by lush green forested hills, its beautifully preserved Romanesque abbey is well worth a look. (9 miles/14km)
DAY 4 Andlau to Saint Hippolyte. Pedalling your way through more glorious vineyards, with the Vosges mountains and hilltop castles in view, today you follow the route to the wine-producing village of Saint Hippolyte. A glass of local Pinot Noir will make the perfect accompaniment to your evening meal. (15 miles/25km)
DAY 5 Saint Hippolyte to Kayersberg. Revered vineyards and enchanting medieval villages, including the famous Ribeauville and Riquewihr, are on the route today, which takes you to the thriving and opulent town of Kayersberg. Here, brightly coloured houses spilling geraniums from their window boxes line the beautiful old cobbled streets. (12 miles/20km)
DAY 6 Kayersberg to Eguisheim. You’ll cycle to yet another classically beautiful Alsatian village today - Eguisheim. Colourful and quaint, this is a great place to enjoy another wine tour. (12miles/20km)
DAY 7 Eguisheim to Colmar. Your final day in the saddle leads you to Colmar, one of the most beautiful towns on the wine route. Bold hues are splashed across the magnificent half-timbered houses that line the streets and canals. History is rampant, with museums, churches and medieval buildings liberally scattered throughout the town. And the choice of food and wine is to die for. (10 miles/16km)
DAY 8 Enjoy your last petit déjeuner before we say “Au Revoir”.
Not to be missed:
Sampling Riesling wines and sparkling Cremant d’Alsace
Choucroute a L’Alsacienne (sauerkraut and sausages) at Caveau St Pierre
Colmar’s ‘Little Venice’
A fine selection of hotels to choose from
The old home of the Baron of Gail has been transformed into this beautiful hotel, tucked away on a quiet street close to the historic centre of Obernai. The building itself is an example of the traditional timber framed Alsatian architecture, but inside you will find artworks of a more contemporary style hanging alongside the exposed beams. Be sure to visit the Winstub for a chance to sample some exquisite local wines from the well-stocked cellar.
A family run hotel for 4 generations, the Hotel Le Parc prides itself on excellent customer service and elegant rooms. The hotel has excellent facilities, including a Winstub, spa, gym and pool, making it a great place to unwind after a day on the bike. It’s also an excellent base for exploring the medieval town, with its fortified walls, the “Storks Tower” and 14th century church containing the remains of St Hippolyte himself.
This hotel offers modern, designer rooms in a grand listed building with a picturesque central location. Just a short walk from the medieval quarter of the town and its cobbled streets and traditional architecture, the hotel comprises 21 unique rooms, some contemporary and some more traditional, but all with extra comfortable beds and air conditioning.
Situated in Kayserberg, one of the most stunning towns of the region, the Hotel Le Chambard is a family run establishment offering a Michelin star restaurant alongside a well-stocked wine cellar. The rooms are modern and comfortable, with views of the beautiful red Alsatian buildings and cobbled streets of this quaint medieval town.
Run by and named after the Zinck family, this stunning boutique hotel is an architectural marvel. Located on the site of an old mill, the water wheel of which is still an integral part of the décor, the building has been heavily redesigned and subsequently nominated for architectural awards. Make the most of the peaceful garden area, perhaps for a siesta beneath the fruit trees, before retiring to the stylishly decorated rooms.
Located in the heart of the historic quarter of La Petite France, on the banks of the River Ill. This stylish and sophisticated hotel offers rooms with views of the river and the quintessentially Alsatian timber framed buildings. Breakfast is served in a colourful dining area and consists of local organic produce. The hotel also features a range of spa facilities to unwind and a well-equipped gym to warm up for the next few days cycling.
April to September
|Group/Period||7 nights Apr & Sep||7 nights May & Sep||7 nights Jun, Jul & Aug|
|Child (7-12)||On request||On request||On request|
|Child (2-6)||On request||On request||On request|
All prices per person, based on two people sharing and two nights per hotel. Includes breakfast, gourmet evening meal, bikes and equipment and luggage transfers unless otherwise stated. Travel not included. Single supplement: £75 per night. E-bike supplement: £20 per day.
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