8 days /6 nights
2018 Tour dates
Sept 9th – Sept 15th
Start/End Location – Strasbourg
Tour Starts – Sept 9th after airport pick up
Tour ends – Sept 15 after transfer to Strasbourg airport hotel Airport -Strasbourg
3-4 Star hotels
1 night at the airport hotel
1 night in Kayserberg
2 nights in Le Hohwald
2 nights in Gerardmer
4 group dinners and all breakfast is included
Price Per Person(Double Occupancy)
Intermediate to strong Intermediate
Daily Ride Averages
1,500 – 6,500ft
Rolling to Mountainous Terrain
Non Rider discount (20%)
$450 per tour
(Limited sizes and availability)
7 days / 6nights fully supported and accompanied trip
4 out of 6 dinners
Pick-up at Strasbourg Airport
Drop-off at Strasbourg Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Support and services of our expert guides
Breaking Away Bicycle Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation proﬁles
What’s Not Included
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
Looking for a cycling vacation with routes that will take you to an unspoiled and undiscovered part of France then look no further then cycling in ‘the blue line of the Vosges” and the Alsace region on the Lorraine Alsace border in north-eastern France. Historic Alsace and The Vosges Mountains are roads are typiﬁed by low level passes that rarely emerge from the dark dense forrest and consist of near perfect and smooth road surface to cycle on and make perfect partners for a week of food, wine, and sublime cycling. This cycling vacation is a picture perfect mixture that offers variety of landscapes which include medieval castles and villages on the Rhine plains , glacier lakes, high altitude meadows with deep valleys & pine forests in the mountains . Neither as high nor with passes as long as the Alps or the Pyrenees, this is nevertheless a mountain environment with alpine views and long descents through ancient forests on perfect roads which is your reward for all the hard work of climbing up. Please join us for this fantastic seven day cycling vacation while having legendary Breaking Away staff supporting you every step of the way.
Sept 8th: Leave the USA
Sept 9th: Welcome to Strasbourg, France. Airport pickups and hotel check-in. Our mechanic will be happy to help you unpack and build your bike and do the ﬁnal adjustments for rental bikes. Tonight meet your fellow guests at our “Welcome Meeting/ Group Dinner Party”
Sept 10th: After breakfast and a short transfer the ﬁrst part of today’s route will take us in and out of Germany and then continue south towards Kaysersberg into picture perfect countryside that is clustered with villages, castles, and vineyards along the way to Vosges Regional Park. This region of also happens to be one of the ﬁnest wine growing areas in Alsace.
50mi /1250 ft or 72mi /1,500 ft.
Sept 11th: Today’s route will feature a classic day of cycling through ancient forests and plenty of up and as many downs. Striking views of French Chateau’s littered with vineyards and the serpentine roads that snake through Black Forest are just some of the scenery that we will be passing through today on our ride to hillside village of Le Hohwald Climbs on this route are Mt Ste Odile and the climb to Le Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Hotel check in for 2 nights.
60mi / 4,500 ft.
Sept 12th: Wake up to the smell of freshly baked croissants . Today you’ll have a choice between two loop rides . We will start our journey with a ride past vibrant sunﬂower ﬁelds and rolling hills today.s routes take us along quiet mountain roads and historic medieval villages. Climbs on this routes include Col du Donon, Col Champ du Feu.
47mi. /4,000 ft or 60 mi / 5,500 ft.
Sept 13th: After hotel check out and breakfast on today’s ride we will be heading towards Lake Valley and the heart of the Vosges Mountains where the crossroads of Lorraine and Alsace meet . Nestled in a splendid verdant setting , amongst lakes , forests and mountains is the town Gerardmer where we will be staying for two nights . Climbs -Col de Fouchy , Col du Bonhomme , Col de Schlucht , Col du Calvaire. Hotel check in for 2 nights.
65 mi/6,500 ft
Sept 14th: After a petit-dejeuner of warm pastries and fresh fruit you’ll choose between an easy riding scenic ride with the last climb up to Col de Sapois the only climbing challenge of the day or choose a longer more challenging loop that adds more elevation to your day before heading back to our hotel in Gerardmer . Col de Sapois and ski resort of Super Basse.
35mi / 3,000 ft or 55mi / 5,500ft.
Sept 15th:Breakfast and hotel check out. Our ﬁnal ride of this cycling vacation takes us back down the fertile Lorraine valley, past ancient chateaux’s and local vineyards. Half way though this route you will have your ﬁnal challenge of this tour -the Col du Grand Ballon. After lunch we will transfer back to our airport area hotel . Our mechanics will assist you in packing your bike for your ﬂight home that evening or you can stay an OPTIONAL NIGHT and ﬂy out the following day.
50mi / 3,500 ft.