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Alsace Discovery

Villages, vineyards & forested hills
 
Sample Alsace’s fine gastronomy and world-class wines, and combine cycle rides on quiet lanes amid rolling vineyards, with woodland walks, on this self-guided walking and cycling holiday on which your luggage is transferred from one exquisite medieval village to the next.
 

Holiday information

 

A walking & cycling holiday in Alsace

This sunny corner of eastern France, nestling between the Vosges Mountains and the mighty River Rhine, is known for its picture-postcard villages, great wines and fine gastronomy. The varied scenery – rolling hills carpeted with vineyards against the backdrop of higher, forested slopes – suits this mixture of easy cycling and moderate walking just perfectly.
Alsace’s valleys are dotted with picturesque villages and criss-crossed with country lanes, which makes perfect terrain for your days on two wheels. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for pootling around on a bike.
The celebrated route des vins leads you from one unutterably charming settlement to another, with half-timbered buildings sprouting colourful displays of geraniums and remarkable storks’ nests balanced on the chimney pots.
But the beauty of our ‘wheels and wanderings’ approach means that you can also enjoy our moderately strenuous walking routes to explore the very different – but equally rewarding – foothills of the Vosges Mountains, too.
Here, scintillating viewpoints and crumbling castle ruins provide a remarkable contrast; so that the overall experience, when combined with the fine traditions of gastronomy and hospitality for which Alsace is so famous, is a multi-dimensional and tremendously varied exploration of all that this fabulous region has to offer.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Eguisheim
    Night 1: at Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of activity.
  • Cycle from Eguisheim to Kaysersberg: 25km; shorter option: 22.5km
    First explore the beautiful village of Eguisheim – the birthplace of winemaking in Alsace – whose magnificent cobblestone streets of 16th and 17th-century timber-frame houses radiate out from the village square in concentric rings. Then embark on a delightful riverside cycling route leading you into the centre of historic Colmar, a beautiful city with a network of canals lined with pastel-coloured houses adorned with spectacular flower displays. Again, take time to explore, before continuing through vineyards and handsome villages to reach Kaysersberg and the Hotel Les Remparts, where you stay for two nights. If you have spent a long time visiting Colmar, you may like to follow our shorter, more direct route from here to Kaysersberg.
    Vineyards and villages en route from Eguisheim to Kayersberg
  • Circular walk from Kaysersberg: 13.5km, 4.5hrs
    Today’s walking circuit begins with a gradual ascent of forested slopes to emerge in a delightful pasture clearing where you will find an ancient chapel and Auberge St Alexis, whose terrace overlooking a flower garden makes a fine stop for lunch. Your return to Kaysersberg takes in an excellent viewpoint, a formidable oak tree in a charming forest clearing and an impressive rocky outcrop before you reach Kaysersberg Castle itself, resplendent on its hilltop, from where you enjoy a final descent into the village.
    The view over Kaysersberg from the castle
  • Cycle from Kaysersberg to Bergheim: 16km to 31km

    Recommended route: 19km
    Leaving Kaysersberg on your bike, you set out along quiet country lanes, enjoying lovely views to the west across rolling vineyards towards the Vosges Mountains beyond. Our preferred option passes through vineyards and the wine villages of Bennwihr and Beblenheim to reach Hunawihr, where you can visit a stork sanctuary and butterfly house. Your destination is the fortified town of Bergheim, where you stay for the next three nights at La Cour du Bailli, a working domaine viticole.

    Shorter route: 16km
    For a very easy day, you could take the direct route.

    Longer route: 31km
    For different scenery, take the longer option which includes a meander through the dappled forest of Colmar before reaching the pretty riverside village of Illhaeusern – the perfect spot for lunch.
    On the route from Kaysersberg to Bergheim
  • Choice of routes from Bergheim

    Circular walk from Bergheim via St Hippolyte: 11.5km, 3hrs
    A gentle circuit from your hotel which offers an opportunity for wine tasting in pretty St Hippolyte – the village is famous for its pinot noir (red) wines, which is something of a rarity for Alsace, although it also produces some excellent whites. Your return takes in a fine viewpoint above Bergheim and the German military cemetery.

    Linear walk from Bergheim via Kintzheim: 10km, 3hrs
    Walk to the village of Kintzheim and up to the castle which has excellent birds of prey displays, before catching the bus back to Bergheim (pay locally).

    Linear walk from Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle: 18km, 6hrs
    Take a taxi (pay locally) to visit the most prominent and best-restored of the region’s castles before walking back to Bergheim along a forested track that offers a number of viewpoints, passing a thought-provoking German military cemetery and a haven for wildflowers along the way.

    Linear walk from Thannenkirch: 20km, 6.5hrs
    Take a taxi to Thannenkirch (pay locally), from where you can embark on a very rewarding walk through the evocative and mysterious area around the summit of Taennchel. Although it represents the longest distance – and reaches the highest point (950 metres) – of the holiday, this route comes highly recommended and takes in some amazing rock formations. The area is home to a ‘pagan wall’ and is strewn with curiously named outcrops imbued with a special kind of magic – telluric waves of magnetic charges that are said to have a spiritual quality but which lend the landscape an undeniable stillness.

    Out-and-back cycle from Bergheim: 35km; longer option: 44km
    This easy two-wheeled option is a leisurely there-and-back ride north to the flower-filled town of Dambach-la-Ville, cycling beneath imposing castles perched on rocky outcrops. Take time to relax and, perhaps, stop for a lunch of local game and Munster cheese accompanied by a chilled Gewürztraminer or Tokay Pinot Gris. On your way back, you may wish to visit the castle at Kintzheim which holds spectacular demonstrations of free-flying birds of prey.
    For those who prefer a longer day in the saddle, there is the option to continue beyond Dambach-la-Ville to the highest point of the holiday before a well-earned downhill stretch overlooking the very pretty Giessen Valley, after which you follow an ancient Roman trading route (now a cycle path) through woodland.
    Beautiful Bergheim landscapes
    Views from Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
  • Cycle from Bergheim to Kaysersberg: 18km
    Your final route is a fitting climax: a bike ride that takes you into the very heart of the Alsatian vineyards where you earn the great views with some short, steep climbs. Pass through Ribeauvillé, with its three ruined castles, as well as medieval Riquewihr, perhaps the most renowned and beautiful of all the villages and towns on La Route des Vins. You eventually return to Kaysersberg and the Hotel Les Remparts, anticipating a final, memorable meal at a restaurant of your choosing, no doubt accompanied by another glass or two of ambrosial Alsatian wine.
 

Accommodation

Three wonderful, yet very different, hotels, offer a real taste of Alsace.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £875 £350
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £915 £360
    25 Sep - 3 Oct 2020 £875 £350
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £100 per person
    If twin room required in Bergheim, ADD £96pp all dates.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1135 £350
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £1170 £360
    25 Sep - 3 Oct 2020 £1135 £350
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £100 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Colmar (TGV), approx duration 6h & taxi transfer (out 0h25/home 0h40).
    If twin room required in Bergheim, ADD £96pp all dates.

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 10 April 2020 - 10 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 21 May 2020 £960 £350
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £995 £360
    25 Sep - 3 Oct 2020 £960 £350
    3rd & 4th person discount -£115
    Single traveller supplement £115

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Electric bikes available: add £100 per person
    If twin room required in Bergheim, ADD £96pp all dates.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £47 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £12
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim
    Junior suite: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £32
    'Privilège': 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £32
    Suite: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £55

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £14pp per day.
    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £82 £132
    Hôtel Les Remparts, Kaysersberg (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £78 £112
    Hotel La Cour du Bailli, Bergheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2020 £82 £140
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel-Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Paris CDG

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Strasbourg Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Basel-Mulhouse airport to hotel (1h) £60 flexible
    bus Basel-Mulhouse airport to St Louis (0h10) pay locally, rail St Louis to Colmar (0h35), taxi Colmar to hotel (0h20) £26 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Basel-Mulhouse airport (1h20) £68 flexible
    taxi hotel to Colmar (0h40), rail Colmar to St Louis (0h35), bus St Louis to Basel-Mulhouse airport (0h10) pay locally £30 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Paris CDG airport to Colmar SNCF (3h30), taxi Colmar SNCF to hotel (0h20) £80 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar SNCF (0h40), rail Colmar SNCF to Paris CDG (2h40-3h) £85 1500

    Connecting travel options - flying via Strasbourg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Strasbourg to Colmar (0h30), taxi Colmar to hotel (0h20) £25 1700
    direct taxi Strasbourg airport to hotel (1h) £70 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar (0h40), rail Colmar to Strasbourg (0h30) £30 1100
    direct taxi hotel to Strasbourg airport (1h) £65 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 18 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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