In Vino Veritas
Above all, Alsatians are proud—proud to be Alsatian, and proud of what that means. But they are not a cloistered people. Historically, they took what they liked from the people who passed through, making war or staking a claim. Setting aside the question of who “owns” it, Alsace is much more than a land between Germany and France. It is the result of a 2000-year experiment, of the mixing of cultures with the catalysts of time and the indomitable character of the Alsatian people. We’ve paired Alsace with Champagne, allowing you to experience not only two traditions—and arguably, two visions—of France, but also two tastes. We’ll compare the wines of these two distinct regions, and experience firsthand the unexpected differences between them.
This is a signature B&R Biking trip—expertly guided, small groups, premium hotels.
Easygoing to Moderate
Strasbourg to Reims
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price per person from: $5,995
Single supplement: $1,100
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Day by Day
As we bike through the medieval villages that line the border between France and Germany prepare for one of your most memorable meals ever, to be had at Auberge de l’Ill with wine hand-picked by Serge Dubs, previously named “Best Sommelier in the World”.
Today, Colmar is ours to explore. This delightfully picturesque town is home to, what is considered to be, the most dramatic artistic work of the early 16thC, as well as an excellent restaurant scene.
This morning’s ride leads you through several small villages, each representing Alsace perfectly. Enjoy the landscape as you pedal winding valley roads towards your vineyard lunch spot. Finally reaching Obernai, another Alsatian jewel, experience the local charm once more during our last night in the region.
Out of Riesling country and into Champagne, our introduction to bubbly begins. Hosted by luminaries, Anselme Selosse and Agnès Corbon at their individual estates, we will learn the “Dégorgement à la Volée” and sample some of the best bottles (that are also favourites of Chez Daniel in New York).
Today, stroll along the “Avenue de Champagne” and enjoy the countryside. Any famous maison in Épernay is yours to discover—including Moët & Chandon, where we will meet for a tasting and tour. This evening’s events are one of the most exclusive offered by B&R…and well-worth keeping secret.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’re heading off together for the Gare TGV of Champagne Ardenne-Reims train station, where you can catch a train to Paris or beyond. Bon voyage!
Hotel des Berges, Illhaeusern
Next door to Auberge de l’Ill, this Relais & Châteaux hotel is the stylish creation of the Haeberlins, the chefs and owners of the world famous restaurant. Set amid willow trees on the banks of the River Ill, it’s hard to imagine a finer hotel. View hotel website »
A La Cour d’Alsace, Obernai
Elegant and comfortable, this hotel has tastefully decorated spacious rooms, and a beautiful garden that rubs shoulders with the town ramparts. A La Cour d’Alsace is built as a village within the city and is made of old traditional homes. We stay in the most recently renovated wing, which has an indoor pool. View hotel website »
Hotel les Avisés, Avizé
Hosts Anselme and Corinne Selosse welcome B&R as the first and only biking company to stay in their prestigious Champagne estate and the most exclusive Independent Wine Domain of Champagne. There are only 10 rooms in the property, each of which are unique and illustrate their relationship to the "Joie de Vivre" of Champagne. View hotel website »
Easygoing to Moderate
This trip is rated as Moderate. The biking is exceptional, starting on gentle rolling hills along bike paths in the Alsace and building up to moderate (with some good climbs) through the vineyards. More relaxed for the final leg in Champagne, where we will encounter a few climbs but nothing strenuous. Most rides average 40 km (25 mi.) but there is always extra mileage (and the van!) available.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
All breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners, including wine
Use of a customized Cannondale bike: a hybrid, a racing bike with drop bars, or a racing bike with flat bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
All baggage transportation
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Travelling with B&R is what being alive all about. It’s action packed and incredibly invigorating with so many personal and group highlights that it’s hard to single out just one.”
— Andrew Crowe
Notes from the Road
- USA TODAY: World-Famous Wines in BordeauxPublished at USAToday.com “The bicycle tour company Butterfield & Robinson calls its Bordeaux bike trip through the region “Dordogne,” as the tour concentrates on the Dordogne River. Guests stay in chateaux that qualify for the special Relais & Chate …
- Where to Eat: Beaune RestaurantsAh, Beaune. It’s our medieval jewel and our French home, the heart of Burgundy wine country. Fortunately, a varied and distinguished contingent of Beaune restaurants make the local fare served on a plate almost as enjoyable as that served in a bottle …
- The White Storks of AlsaceYou’ll see them high above the village squares, perched precariously atop slanted rooftops in their huge nests, or roaming fields of newly cut grass. For many centuries, these graceful white birds have been a yearly presence in Alsace during the warm …