Champagne & Alsace Bike Tour New!
- Partake in an exclusive tasting at a world-famous Maison de Champagne
- Hallowed ground for champagne lovers—pedal amid idyllic Dom Pérignon vineyards
- Bike the famed Route des Vins, hugging the peaceful Vosges foothills
- Revel in the beauty and tranquility of the Rhine River valley
- One of the most memorable meals ever—three Michelin stars at Auberge de l'Ill
From Sparkling Wine to the Romantic Rhine & Route des Vins
This trip bubbles over with names like Dom Pérignon,Veuve Clicquot, Gewürztraminer and Strasbourg. But have you ever ventured to the very spot where the kingdom of France was born? Or biked vine-latticed hills to the town where Napoleon was treated to lavish soirées? Have you ever stopped at a streetside café in 500-year-old Riquewihr or watched the red rooftops of tiny French hamlets sprout out of the lush green vineyards as you approach? Pedaled by the Rhine listening as it quietly flows alongside you? Have you ever tasted champagne in Champagne? Oh, you will.
Days 1-2 Reims, a historic gem where 33 French kings were crowned Perfectly manicured and world-famous vineyards, such as Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, provide an idyllic backdrop as you pedal in the Coteaux de Champagne Visit the Abbaye d'Hautvillers, where monk Dom Pierre Pérignon revolutionized the winemaking process Partake in a private tasting in Epernay, self-proclaimed capital of the region On the Avenue de Champagne, marvel at the splendid properties of prestigious négociants (wine merchants) It's said that this avenue is the most expensive street in the world, thanks to its many miles of underground champagne cellars!
Day 3 Soak up stunning views of the Rhine Valley Pedal easygoing terrain through the heart of Alsace, skirting the graceful Vosges foothills With its profusion of Alsatian-style half-timbered houses and window boxes bursting with geraniums, photogenic Obernai is a heavenly place to explore on foot No wonder Travel + Leisure states, "If you linger in one medieval town in the region, Obernai should be it."
Days 4-6 The famous Route des Vins of Alsace —glorious riding through rolling vineyards and quaint towns The splendidly restored Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a 12th-century fortress perched on a rocky spur overlooking the Rhine River Valley Some of the most picturesque villages in France are yours to discover—wander in beautifully preserved Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, with stunning Gothic churches and medieval fortifications Sit down to an incredible meal at Auberge de l'Ill, the only Michelin three-star restaurant you'll find on any Backroads trip! Enjoy one last morning ride in the valley, with views of the Alsace range on one side and Germany on the other.
Hostellerie La Briqueterie
Vinay (2 nights) Set in the heart of Champagne vineyards, this elegant manor features beautiful gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Hostellerie des Chateaux
Ottrott (1 night) Set amid lush vineyards and dense forests, this charming 17-century family-owned château is the epitome of Alsatian style and hospitality. (spa)
Hôtel des Berges
Illhaeusern (2 nights) This stylishly renovated 18th-century farmhouse is beautifully situated on the Ill River.
Guest Reviews About This Trip
It is a unique opportunity to ride through the prestigious vineyards of Champagne - an area representing only four percent of all the vineyards in France. The terrain is rolling, beautifully manicured and simply perfect for bicycling. Our Alsace experience is highlighted by gentle riding along rivers and foothills and a visit to the stunning Alsatian town of Obernai. And don't forget - this trip features dinner at the incredible Auberge de l'Ill, the only Michelin three-star restaurant you'll find on any Backroads trip!- Regional Manager, France
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2015 CLASSIC DATES
- 5/17 - 5/22 ( $4848 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 6/7 - 6/12 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 6/21 - 6/26 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 6/28 - 7/3 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 7/12 - 7/17 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 7/19 - 7/24 ( $4848 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 8/23 - 8/28 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
- 8/30 - 9/4 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$900 for single occ.
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
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
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|