Alsace and Cycling

Colmar Wine Tasting

Colmar Wine Tasting © C. Fleith

At a glance

Region: Alsace
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: from £341 to £497 per person
Number of Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 light lunch and 1 dinner (3 days)
3 Beakfasts, 1 light lunch and 1 dinner (4 days)
Number of Winery Visits: 3 Wineries (3 days)
6 Wineries (4 days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 14 wines (3 days)
Approximately 20 wines (4 days)
Tour Transport: Cycling to your visits (29km, 3 days)
Cycling to your visits (29km on day 1 + 31km on day 2, 4 days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

What better way to explore the beautiful Alsace countryside than by bike? Our Alsace and Cycling break includes accommodation in a 4* hotel in the quaint town of Colmar, the capital of Alsace wines and one or two days of relaxed cycling with tastings throughout.

As part of the standard Grape Escapes service, we will organise your bike hire and provide you with the addresses of each visit alongside a link to a European cycling route planner, and you can plan your own specific routes. Alternatively, some guests prefer to have a cycling guide accompany them throughout the tour, and this can be included in your package (for an extra cost) – just let us know when we are planning your trip that you wish to be accompanied by a local guide.

After settling in at your hotel on day one, you may wish to explore the lovely town of Colmar, famous for its charming half-timbered houses in the area know as Little Venice or do some shopping in the quaint little boutiques. We have also arranged an introductory tasting session of five Alsatian wines which will take place in the caveau of a premium local estate.

Colmar Wine Tasting - credits Tourisme Colmar
Bollinger tour- credits Grand Barrail

On the morning of day two, pick up your bikes at a central location. The itinerary will go ahead in all weather conditions, and electric bikes are available if preferred. Just contact us for the supplement. Your day of cycling will take you along a pretty route out of Colmar into true Alsatian wine country and in total, you will cycle approximately 29 kilometres. You will firstly cycle for around 40 minutes along the Route des Vins, to a small, family-run Domaine, which boasts no less than four centuries of wine-making.  As well as having a full tour of the property where you will learn the fascinating history of the winery and see the centuries old wooden casks, you will taste at least four of the famous Alsace grape varieties and sample a local pastry.

You will then continue onwards to the next winery near the historic village of Riquewehr at the foot of the Vosges mountains on the Belle Côte. This producer is known as the inventor of Crémant d’Alsace, the famous sparkling wine of the region, and here you will sample this delicious wine along with two still wines and platters of cheese and foie gras. Following your tour, cycle back to your hotel at your own pace. Or if you wish, you can explore the town of Riquewehr. Once back at your hotel, time to relax before enjoying a three-course dinner served with a further two glasses of local wines.

Colmar Wine Tasting - Credits Meyer and ADT Alsace
Colmar Wine Tasting - credits Alain Doire_Bourgogne Tourisme

For those booking the four-day package, we will arrange bike hire for a second day, this time discovering the scenic routes of the Haut Rhin on a 30-kilometre circuit. First stop will be in the picturesque village of Pfaffenheim, to a family run estate for a full tour and tastings. Time then to get back on your bikes where your route will take you to a vineyard which boasts an exceptional 360° panoramic view over the vineyards, extending to the Black Forest and the Swiss Alps! Here you will enjoy a guided cellar tour and taste a selection of wines, paired with local food in the spectacular tasting room with a view.

In the afternoon, homeward bound, stop at what is said to be one of France’s most beautiful villages. At an organic winery, where the grapes are harvested by hand, delight in Grands Cru wines, and visit the family estate.  At the end of the afternoon, cycle back to your hotel, where the evening is yours to do as you please. We would be more than happy to recommend restaurants for your evening meal.

Colmar Wine Tasting © C.Fleith (2)
Colmar Wine Tasting - Credits Infra and ADT Alsace

Region Map

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Colmar, check into your preferred room at Hôtel Le Maréchal
  • After settling in, an introductory tasting session of five Alsatian wines will take place in the cellars of a premium local estate.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, pick up your bikes from a central location. Your 29km cycling itinerary will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a family-run winery.
  • A tour and tasting with local delicacies at a second winery.
  • In the evening, a three-course traditional French dinner including drinks will be served in Colmar.
Colmar Wine Tasting credits Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar

Day Three (Optional)

  • Your second day of cycling (30km total) will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a family run estate.
  • A tasting session paired with platters of cheese and meats in a beautiful panoramic tasting room.
  • A tour and tastings at an organic winery.
  • The evening is free for you to do as you please, however we would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Colmar Wine Tasting ©Philippe Sautier_RVB_HD
Colmar Wine Tasting

Accommodation

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March). Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore, if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer, and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hostellerie Le Marechal - Colmar Classic 4* 3 days £375 Book Now
Hostellerie Le Marechal - Colmar Classic 4* 4 days £520 Book Now
Colmar Wine Tasting © JK Graeber
Colmar Wine Tasting © C. Fleith

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know if you would like to spend any extra nights at the hotel, and we are more than happy to provide the relevant supplements to stay longer.
  • Visit Strasbourg. Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, is only 50 minutes by car / half an hour by train from Colmar. Why not treat yourself with a night or two in this charming bicultural city? We work with a wide range of hotels in the city centre and would love to recommend some great activities to make the most of your stay. Please contact us for details.
  • Riquewihr tour extension. We offer a great value, flexible break based in the picturesque village of Riquewihr, which lies on the Alsace wine route. Full details can be found on our website.
  • Discover Paris. We offer a whole host of accommodation options and tours/activities in the City of Love and itineraries can be tailor-made to your specific requirements.
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Champagne, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Colmar Wine Tasting
Colmar Wine Tasting - credits Denis Betsch

Further Information

Travel

The price of this package does not include travel to Alsace. Please contact us for further information or find out more on our website.

Active Breaks

For more information on our Active tours please see our Active Tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

 

Bollinger tour

We are just back from our holiday at the weekend and wanted to say thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip. We are no experts but found the tour of the vineyards really interesting and we were impressed that it was solely for our benefit. The hotel was lovely and we also used your meal guide to dine at two wonderful restaurants also.

Hannah - Essex, UK

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