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France & Germany Bike Tour
France & Germany Bike Tour

It's full of familiar names like gewürztraminer, Rhine, Strasbourg and Colmar. But have you ever tasted perfectly chilled Riesling after climbing the hills to Ribeauvillé, with its authentic half-timbered houses, 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 lush woodland, along sparkling streams and past typical Black Forest hamlets with miles of inspiring vistas A peek inside the Bauernhausmuseum, an authentic regional abode dating back to the 1600s, reveals how people lived centuries ago  Bid auf Wiedersehen to Germany as you cross the Rhine River - from Breisach on the German side to the World Heritage site of Neuf-Brisach in France.

Day 3 Stunning views of the Rhine Valley, the Black Forest and, on a clear day, Swiss peaks  Cornfields make way for alpine meadows and rows of vineyards en route to the 8th-century Benedictine Murbach Abbey  Choose to pedal the lush slopes of the Vosges Mountains or return to the hotel for some R&R - maybe even a body treatment at the spa.

Day 4 Alsace's famous Route des Vins: glorious riding through rolling vineyards and quaint towns, brimming with half-timbered houses and geranium-fringed canals Some of the most beautiful villages in France are yours to explore Linger in colorful Eguisheim, beautifully preserved Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, with stunning Gothic churches and ancient walls Stroll 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 gew├╝rztraminers at a charming family-run winery  Pedal through a sea of grapevines 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 with an enviable vantage point high above the valley  Sit down to an incredible meal at Auberge de l'Ill, the only Michelin three-star restaurant you'll find on any Backroas trip! Perhaps rise early for one last spin through the lush countryside, where rolling wine land meets rural plain. 


Trip Highlights  
  • Discover idyllic wine villages and a compelling blend of two distinct, authentic cultures
  • Venture on two wheels across the mighty Rhine from Germany into France
  • Pedal the famed Route des Vins, hugging the tranquil Vosges foothills
  • An exclusive tasting of Riesling, pinot gris and gewürztraminer at a family-run winery
  • One of the most memorable meals ever - three Michelin stars at Auberge de l'Ill
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Premiere Inns

Grandhotel Römerbad (1 night): A luxurious hotel with a prime location in the town center and a history spanning nearly 100 years. (pool, spa)

Château d'Isenbourg (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 (2 nights): This stylishly renovated 18th-century farmhouse is beautifully situated on the Ill River.


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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 18 1600 22 2200
27 4300
2 24* 100 36* 300 46 300 57 2100
3 23* 800 35 1100 45 1300 56 2700
4 18* 500 28 1200 39 1300 55 1400
5 17* 200 23* 300 36 500 45 1600
55 1600
6 13 100
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 9/7-12 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1160 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1160 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1160 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

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.
Bill Mellin - San Francisco, CA

Once again, Backroads has delivered! This was our 3rd 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!
Lori Hess - Simsbury, CT

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.
Rick Dowden - Steamboat Springs, CO