Highlights of the Alsace Wine Route

Eguisheim to Kaysersberg
 
This self-guided cycling break along the Alsace Wine Route reveals much more than prestigious vineyards: as you pedal, you will discover famously pretty villages, including Eguisheim, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé; gentle countryside; and hill-top châteaux – all while your luggage is transported ahead to the next hotel.
Highlights of the Alsace Wine Route. 4 nights
Highlights of the Alsace Wine Route. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A short cycling break in Alsace

Stretching for 170 kilometres and connecting over 100 outrageously pretty villages, the Alsace Wine Route is packed with highlights. This short cycling break explores our favourite section of the Route: where you’ll find such exquisite villages as Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, as well as peaceful countryside perfect for pedalling.
Our cycling routes are flexible – a combination of gentle rides along the valley floor and through celebrated vineyards, and more challenging options in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. On every route, there’s a wealth of things to see and do, including the chance to visit the exceptional city of Colmar – with its cobbled lanes, historic timber-framed houses and excellent Unterlinden museum – as well as a beautiful conservation park where you can meet the majestic storks that are the symbol of this remarkable region.
 
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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.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Eguisheim
    Night 1: at Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Choice of routes from Eguisheim: 29km or 40km
    Take time to explore the town before setting out on your bike. Eguisheim was the birthplace of wine-growing in Alsace and its magnificent cobblestone streets of 16th and 17th-century timberframe houses radiate out from the village square in concentric rings.

    Circular route from Eguisheim: 29km
    Our suggested cycle ride is a varied route to the south of the town through lovely forests, vineyards and floral villages which makes a good introduction to the many delights that this region has to offer.

    Circular route from Eguisheim via Turckheim: 40km
    A longer option follows undulating countryside to Turckheim, whose beauty belies a poignant World War II tragedy. From here, the route heads along pleasant riverside tracks to historic Munster – named by the Irish monks who founded an abbey here in the 17th century, and famed for the only cheese produced in Alsace.
    Eguisheim
    Circular route from Eguisheim: 29km
    Circular route from Eguisheim via Turckheim: 40km
  • Eguisheim to Kaysersberg: 25km; shorter option: 22.5km
    Leaving Eguisheim, you follow a delightful riverside route to the historic centre of Colmar, a beautiful city with a network of canals lined with pastel-coloured houses adorned with spectacular flower displays. Take time to explore before continuing through vineyards to Kaysersberg, where you stay at Hotel Les Remparts for two nights.

    To allow for longer in Colmar, we also provide notes for a shorter, more direct route between here and Kaysersberg.
    Colmar
    Eguisheim to Kaysersberg: 25km
    Eguisheim to Kaysersberg shorter option: 22.5km
  • Circular route from Kaysersberg: 24.5km
    Your final ride features many of the highlights of La Route des Vins: the wine villages of Bennwihr and Beblenheim; Hunawihr, where the views from the fortified hill-top church extend all the way to the Alps; Ribeauvillé, with its three ruined castles; and medieval Riquewihr, perhaps the most renowned and attractive of all the Alsatian wine villages. En route you have the chance to visit a remarkable stork sanctuary.
    Visit the stork sanctuary
    Circular route from Kaysersberg: 24.5km
 

Accommodation

Although very different, your two hotels both enjoy an excellent location, and offer a warm and friendly welcome.
 

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  • 4 nights: 10 April 2024 - 10 October 2024 & 10 April 2025 - 10 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 Apr - 19 May 2024 £810 £210
    20 May - 30 Sep 2024 £835 £215
    1 - 6 Oct 2024 £810 £210
    10 Apr - 19 May 2025 £845 £220
    20 May - 30 Sep 2025 £870 £225
    1 - 6 Oct 2025 £845 £220
    3rd & 4th person discount -£140 to -£145
    Single traveller supplement £140 to £150

    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 £55pp

    Included travel: return taxi transfers from Basel airport (1h), or transfer Kaysersberg-Turckheim (if driving)

    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.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £18
    Superior: 10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £19

    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 £19pp per day.
    Hostellerie de la Ferme du Pape, Eguisheim (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £91 £145
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £95 £151
    Hotel Les Remparts, Kaysersberg (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £86 £122
    10 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £89 £126
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel or Paris CDG
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Basel (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
    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
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    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 for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Basel airport to hotel (1h) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Basel airport (1h) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris CDG

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Paris CDG airport to Colmar SNCF (3h30), direct taxi Colmar SNCF to hotel (0h20) £31 1500 (1400 Sat)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Colmar SNCF (0h30), rail Colmar SNCF to Paris CDG (3h30) £23 1430
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • high-quality bicycle
  • transfers from Basel
 
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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. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • 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, which remain the principal means of navigation).
  • 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.

    For more detailed information, see our cycling holidays in Europe page.
  • You are responsible for damage to or loss of the rental bike while it is hired to you. Always be careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and remove all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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