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Romantic Alsace

 

From Basel to Strasbourg amidst the vineyards and ancient villages with colored houses

Dates upon request

An easy path from Basel to Strasbourg, through the most picturesque places in Alsace

In this area the inhabitants feel to be a little German and a little French: the two 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 flows through Basel and Strasbourg. We bike on its side during only one day, but the topic of the water interests us longer: we will bike on the bridge of the three countries as we pedal out of Basel and we will follow the relaxing course of old and new channels.

The vineyard is a recurring element that we find along all the way. The smooth hills of the southern Alsace 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 and enjoy the gentle fairy-tale atmosphere of the medieval houses and the gardens full with flowers.

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.

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, chimney pots and factory chimneys have big nests to host the long birds.

Sites of interest

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Strasburg, Grande Ile.

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 – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

Services included in our previous tours

  • 6 nights with breakfast in three and four stars hotels.
  • 5 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.
  • 5 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).
  • 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.

Extra services

Bike renting. We can provide excellent quality bikes for the entire duration of the tour. Bikes are given and handed in on the spot.

 

How to Book

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 biking days.

When: upon request

Difficulty: beginners

Where: Switzerland > Basel – France > Alsace

Tour description: The tour is a 5 days bike route with start in Basel (Switzerland) and arrival in Strasbourg (France). 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, wine tasting.

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel with arrival at Basel.

Day 2
Basel > Mulhouse

About 48 km – plat path

Day 3
Mulhouse  > Colmar
about 58 km – plat path

Day 4
Colmar > Selestat
About 40 km – path with some up and downs

Day 5
Selestat > Molsheim
About 42 km – path with some up and downs

Day 6
Molsheim > Strasburg
About 40 km – flat path

Day 7
Breakfast at the Hotel and day off the bikes.


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