Backroad Discovery – Alsace self-guided cycling & walking holidays.
Alsace is defined by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east. It’s glibly been called France with German accent and while control has passed back and forth between France and Germany, the people have remained proudly Alsatian. Its unique mix of cultures, enchanting cobbled villages, scenic vineyards, gourmet cuisine and medieval art, making it a picture-postcard cycling destination.
- Alsace for Everyone – 7 nights. Easy terrain. Linear route cycling from Strasbourg to Colmar through the best part of Alsace, featuring the picture-postcard wine villages.
- Wine Route – 5 nights. Moderate terrain. Circular route cycling from Strasbourg for a short visit to the picturesque wine villages of Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Eguisheim and Colmar’s famous museum and Petite Venise district.
- Pearls of Alsace – 7 nights. Moderate terrain. Linear route cycling from Strasbourg to Basel, featuring picture-postcard wine villages, castles, Colmar’s famous museum, the Petite Venise district and the Grand Ried and Sundau regions of the Rhine Valley.
- Basel to Strasbourg – 7 nights. Moderate terrain. Linear route cycling from Basel to Strasbourg via Germany, featuring picture-postcard wine villages, castles, Colmar’s famous museum and Petite Venise district. •
- Strasbourg to Luxembourg – 7 nights. Easy-Moderate terrain. Linear route cycling from Strasbourg to Luxembourg, via Germany, mainly following cycle paths beside the canal or river through beautiful countryside with a remarkable boat lift, World Heritage sites and natural wonders.
- Ste Odile Mountains – 4 nights. Moderate/hills. Circular route walking from Barr. Highights include convent and pre-historic wall on Mt Ste Odile, lovely wine villages, vineyards and castle ruins.
- Vosges Mountains & Vineyards – 6 nights. Moderate/hills. Circular route walking from Eguisheim. Highights include the wine villages of Eguisheim, Turckheim and Kaysersberg, the donjons of the Trois Chateaux and Munster of cheese fame.
- The Medieval Trail is divided into three itineraries that can be booked separately or combined into a long walking holiday and rest days can be added.
- Medieval Trail, Part 1 – North. 7 nights. Moderate/hills. Linear route walking from Wissembourg to Saverne. Highights include Four à Chaux on the Maginot Line, Chateau de Fleckenstein, Grand Wintersberg (highest point in the Northen Vosges at 581m) and the fortified village of La Petite Pierre.
- Medieval Trail Part 2 – Middle. 6 nights. Moderate/hills. Linear route walking from Saverne to Barr. Highights include the castle ruins at Haut Barr, forest walk to Cascade du Nideck, the abbey at Mont Ste Odile and lovely wine villages and vineyards.
- Medieval Trail Part 3 – South. 7 nights. Moderate/hills. Linear route walking from Barr to Kaysersberg. Highights include the wine villages of Andlau, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg, the spectacular Chateau de Haut Koenigsbourg and wonderful views.
Backroad Discovery – Champagne self-guided cycling holidays.
Champagne conjures up images of celebrations and good times everywhere – and the festive drink does underpin the region’s wealth and prosperity. Champagne is part of the Ile de France basin and so is relatively flat, apart from the grandly named Montagne de Reims; a modest 287m above sea level and located between Reims and Epernay. The ‘mountain’ is really a limestone plateau and is largely covered in forest and heath with vineyards around the perimeter, but the multitude of wineries, large and small, make it a special cycling destination.
- Champagne Vineyards – 6 nights. Moderate/Plus terrain. Circular route cycling from Epernay with 2 nights in Reims. Highlights include the Cote de Blanc vineyards, Faux de Verzy woodland, Reims Gothic cathedral and Hautviller; home of Dom Perignon.
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