Cross the French-German border several times to explore both the French region of the Alsace and the German Black Forest area. Indulge in fine wine and delicious cuisine of these gourmet regions. Along with beautiful churches and romantic castles, visit scenic towns with half-timbered medieval houses like Speyer, Kehl and Strasbourg, not to forget the magical “Student Prince” town of Heidelberg. Finish this exciting week in Strasbourg.
- 2 countries with their distinctive features
- Half timbered houses, Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture
- Visit Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region
- Taste the famous wines of the Alsace & Rhine regions
Day 1: Arrive Mainz
Allow time to see the Old Town with its wonderful half-timbered houses and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin.
Day 2: Mainz – Nierstein – Worms (20 or 60 km)
Cycle along the Rhine Cycle Route to Nierstein, one of the largest wine-growing communities on the Rhine. Visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses. Cruise with the barge or cycle to the imperial city of Worms.
Day 3: Worms to Heidelberg (45 km)
Leave the Rhine River and follow the Neckar River up to Heidelberg, with a stop in the historic Roman Old Town of Ladenburg. You’ll see the ruins of Heidelberg castle from afar – perched on the slopes of Mr Konigstuhl. Wander the cobbled lanes and soak up the atmosphere of the ‘Student Prince” town.
Day 4: Heidelberg – Mannheim, Cycle Tour (47 km)
Cycle via Eppelheim and Plankstadt partly along the so-called “Castle Road”. Before reaching Mannheim stop at Schwetzingen Castle, with its beautiful gardens. In Mannheim you will find one of the worlds’ largest Baroque palaces and the unique and distinctive water tower.
Day 5: Mannheim – Speyer (20 km)
Cycle past oxbow lakes of the Old Rhine till you reach the city of Speyer, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its’ 1,000 year old cathedral, city gate and Old Town. Afternoon free to wander the town.
Day 6: Speyer – Karlsruhe (50 km)
Cycle a tranquil natural landscape to the old fortified town of Germersheim. Continue to Karlsruhe, with its Baroque Palace in the heart of the city. Karlsruhe is a verdant city with gardens, an abundance of parks, lakes and woods.
Day 7: Karlsruhe - Gambsheim – Strasbourg (22 km)
Cruise to Gambsheim then ride beside the river through the gentle Rhine plain to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, with its countless canals. In the afternoon you have the option to visit the small German town of Kehl or see the famous historic squares like Cathedral Square and the Suckling Pig Market. Take a canal cruise through the area known as “La Petite France”.
Disembark in Strasbourg at 9 am.
The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable for all levels of cyclists. cycle between 20 to 50 km per day.