Alsace & Black Forest Biking
- World-class Rieslings, gewürztraminers and pinot gris
- Step back into 18th-century life at the Bauernhausmuseum
- Cross the Rhine from Germany into France on two wheels
- Pedal the famous Route des Vins in Alsace
- Savor Michelin-starred cuisine at the riverside Auberge de L'Ill
France's Wine-Rich Valley & Germany's Fabled Woodland
It's full of familiar names like Black Forest, gewürztraminer, Rhine, Strasbourg and Colmar. But have you ever tasted perfectly chilled Riesling after climbing the hills to Ribeauvillé or stopped at a streetside café in 500-year-old Riquewihr? Have you ever watched red clay rooftops of tiny French hamlets sprout out of the lush green vineyards and grow as you approach? Have you ever crossed the Rhine listening as it quietly flows beneath you? Have you ever had Black Forest cake in the Black Forest? Oh, you will.
Days 1-2 The spa town of Badenweiler, a Roman settlement back in A.D. 75 - care for a soak? Pedal through thick woods, along soothing streams and past typical Black Forest hamlets with miles of unparalleled vistas The Bauernhausmuseum, an authentic regional abode built in 1696, reveals how people lived and worked centuries ago.
Day 3 Cross the Rhine from Germany into France after spinning through sun-soaked vine-laden Markgräflerland Your eyes aren't deceiving you: the 17th-century fortified town of Neuf-Brisach is a perfect octagon Rhine River Valley cornfields make way for alpine meadows and rows of vineyards en route to 8th-century Benedictine Murbach Abbey.
Day 4 Alsace's famous Route des Vins: glorious riding through rolling vineyards and quaint villages, brimming with half-timbered houses and geranium-fringed canals Linger in picturesque villages, like colorful Eguisheim, beautifully preserved Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, with stunning Gothic churches and ancient walls Stroll the winding lanes of Colmar's ancient town center, where splashes of blue and ochre lift the façades and dance on the waterways.
Days 5-6 Sample world-class Rieslings and gewürztraminers at a charming family-run winery Pedal across a sea of grape vines that rises and falls gracefully against the Vosges Mountains Spin up the winding road to the splendidly restored Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a 12th-century fortress strategically set overlooking the valley End your day with a flourish - an incredible Michelin-starred meal at Auberge de l'Ill Rise early for one last spin through the lush countryside, where rolling wine land meets rural plain.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Our best trip ever. Absolutely perfect. A fascinating region, incredibly scenic, challenging but not overwhelming cycling, some of the best food we’ve ever had. I would highly highly recommend this particular trip to anyone.- San Francisco, CA
Once again, Backroads has delivered! This was our third trip and it was fantastic. From the scenery, the biking, the leaders, the food and wine, and the inns - it was a phenomenal experience in every way. We feel we’ve become Backroads ambassadors as we tell everyone we know how unbelievable these trips are. It is the ideal way to vacation for us - great places, great food, lots of exercise and all we need to do is make our way over to the start location!
As in the past, TERRIFIC! Cannot say enough good things about the leaders both individually and as a REAL team. This was our 4th trip with Backroads and we have never been in the least way disappointed in the leaders. Quite the contrary. They are just fabulous, and these three were no exception. Whoever is responsible for choosing and training leaders should feel really proud. I ran a company--consistent excellence does not happen by chance.- Steamboat Springs, CO
Badenweiler (1 night) A luxurious hotel with a prime location in the town center and a history spanning nearly 200 years. (pool, spa)
Rouffach (2 nights) Described by the Hideaway Report as a "hilltop medieval château-hotel overlooking vineyards and the ancient village of Rouffach in a charming corner of the Alsatian wine district." (pool, spa)
Hôtel des Berges
Illhaeusern (2 nights) This stylishly renovated 18th-century farmhouse is beautifully situated on the Ill River.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,298 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle