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Alsace - cycling

One of France's top cycling destination
Colourful half-timbered villages
Scenic Vosges hills or valley cycling


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Oak Hall Holidays

A beautiful region

The region of Alsace is popular with cyclists in the know, offering attractive scenery as you pass through vineyards and past rivers. With 2500km of cycle routes available in the region, some suggest that it is France's top cycling destination.

Seemingly every village is a beautiful kaleidoscope of colourful half-timbered houses. The scenic Vosges hills await those who want to challenge themselves. The plains between the hills and the river Rhine are ideal for those looking for more gentle cycling along cycle paths and quiet roads. Also, a number of our rides have options to shorten or lengthen the distance to allow for a range of cycling levels.

Our campsite is located on the edge of one of the region's most attractive villages, Ribeauvillé. Good quality bikes are available for hire.

Cycling through two countries

Each ride takes us to an interesting location for our lunchtime stop. Our first ride visits the village of Kintzheim, which sits in the plain, with the striking Haut Koenigsbourg chateau towering high above. From Kintzheim, those who wish to challenge themselves can take on the 535m altitude climb to reach the chateau. Most people though will probably opt to take the bus to the chateau and back, before returning to the campsite along the cycle paths through the vineyards. 

Another ride takes us south to the stunning town of Colmar. Part of the town is referred to as 'Petite Venise' (Little Venice) because of its canals and colourful houses.

Our longest ride takes us across the border to the Black Forest region of Germany. We cycle alongside the Rhine before exploring the interesting town of Breisach and then returning into France. 

Pre-arranged routes

We will follow a range of carefully selected routes, which gradually increase in length. With options to extend or shorten most of the rides, the exact length will vary but the first ride is around 15 miles and the last ride is 30 - 50 miles. All the rides are of course optional but by increasing the length of the rides through the week, the groups build up their fitness and you may well be surprised to find how far you can cycle! 

"Excellent leaders, well-led evening meetings, great cycle routes and a good camp site. Thank you! "

Choose your pace

We will split into different groups depending on the type of cycling you are looking for. Each one will be led by an Oak Hall team member. The first group take everything at a relaxed pace, admiring the scenery, while the fastest group enjoy the chance to prove their fitness! With other groups in between as well, the cycling holidays are ideal for everyone looking for an active and refreshing break.

An ideal end to each day

At the campsite, we provide the tents and you can bring whatever makes you comfortable for sleeping, such as an airbed (for more information about what to bring, please see the summer section of our FAQs). We generally allocate two people per tent but they are large enough to sleep three people if you would prefer. 

After a day’s cycling we enjoy an energising meal prepared by the Oak Hall team, as well as a Bible talk that is always a highlight. We can then relax and share stories of the day’s cycling or take part in games and activities.