This trip bubbles over with legendary names like Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Gewürztraminer and Strasbourg. But have you biked vine-laced hills to the town where Napoleon enjoyed lavish soirées? Or pedaled alongside French canals, listening as they quietly flow by you? Have you ever tasted champagne in Champagne? Oh, you will.
1-2 World-famous vineyards, such as Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, provide an idyllic backdrop as you cycle in the Coteaux de Champagne Visit the Abbaye d'Hautvillers, where monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried 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, due to its many miles of underground champagne cellars! Savor an exclusive Moët & Chandon dinner, where each course comes with its own champagne pairing.
3 From the charming town of Marlenheim, spin along the Route des Vins (Wine Route), beloved for its fine vintages, lovely canals and picturesque villages lining the bike paths 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, colorful Obernai is a heavenly place to explore on foot.
4-6 Gear up for glorious riding through rolling vineyards and quaint towns The splendidly restored Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a 12th-century fortress that overlooks the Rhine River Valley, is yours to discover Wander in beautifully preserved Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, both listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France), 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.