Alsace, Freiburg and Basel
A round tour along the Rhine valley among canals and vineyards
This is an easy path that touches three nations: Germany, France and Switzerland. This is an area where the inhabitants feel to be a little German and a little French, their cultures influence each other and their history is common. Basel is said to be the corner of the three countries, and Strasbourg, open cosmopolitan city, has been a crossroad of the continental Europe and more recently has been chosen as base of the European Parliament.
The wide Rhine basin is the common geographic element of this vast area. It crosses Basel and Strasbourg. We bike on its side during only one day, but the topic of the water interests us longer: we will follow the relaxing course of old and new channels.
Beyond the fluvial landscape, the vineyards are another element that we find along all the way. The smooth hills of the southern Alsace and the Breisgau area all around Freiburg of Breisgau are places where the sun so often shines and it is possible to grow fine wines.
The villages of Hunawihr, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé are beautifully set on the hills between the towns of Colmar and Sélestat. We will bike some up and downs to visit them.
Our trail touches the four most important cities in the area: Basel, Colmar, Strasburg and Freiburg, which are welcoming cities with rich cultural life and interesting museums. We visit their lovely old centers and their Roman-Gothic cathedrals with sandstone bricks, which color is warm-yellow or dark red. In Alsace we can admire the unique medieval houses, which are painted pastel colors and give the landscape the look of a fairytale.
Above us, long white storks fly. The tip of their wings is black. Sometimes they halt on a field and walk with majestic moves. It is always nice to stop for a moment and look at them. The stork is the symbol of Alsace, and a lot of roofs, chimneypots and factory chimneys have big nests to host the long birds.
Sites of interest
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Strasburg, Grande Ile.
Services included in our previous tours
- 7 nights with breakfast in three and four stars hotels.
- 6 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, many of which with fish, with a drink (one glass of wine or 250 cl beer), tap water and bread included.
- 6 packed lunches, which include sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
- 3 tour guides, two by bike and one driving the agency van (two guides in case of groups from 12 to 17 people).
- Short train transfer from Selestat to Obernai with bike transportation.
- Hotel city tax.
- Visits (see the program).
- The agency van follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks, the availability and the assistance during the tour.
- Insurance for medical matters, insurance in case of loosing the luggage, and for the risk of tour cancelation.
- Color tour handbook with historical and artistic information, and information about the tour itself.
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
(*) On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days.
When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.
Where: Switzerland > Basel, France > Alsace, Germany > Breisgau
Tour description: The tour is a 6 days bike route with start and arrival in Freiburg (Germany). The trail follows mostly bike paths, but also secondary roads with low traffic, some of them with medium car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, with the exception of some short stretches of smooth dirt roads. The path is mostly flat, only seldom it goes uphill.
Visits: Guided visit of Strasburg and wine tasting.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Independent travel with arrival at Freiburg.
Freiburg > Basel
About 78 km – plat path
Basel > Colmar – about 80 km
Colmar > Selestat
About 48 km - about 270 meters height difference.
Short transport by train from Selestat to Obernai.
Obernai > Strasburg
About 54 km – flat path
Strasburg > Breisach am Rhein
About 80 km – flat path
Breisach am Rhein > Freiburg
About 38 km – flat path
Breakfast at the Hotel and day off the bikes.