Vosges & Black Forest

The Rhine’s best-kept cycling secrets

The mountains of the Vosges and the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine are similar in geological formation and are characterized by forests on their lower slopes, above which are open pastures and rounded summits, but don’t let this fool you into thinking they don’t present a challenge for the cyclist.

They may not have the grandeur of their more famous Alpine cousins but they offer some hugely worthwhile cycling in some stunning scenery.  When we originally looked at this region to design a tour it was with a point-to-point trip in mind, but having researched the area we thought there was more value in riding out from a single base each side of the border with a linking flatter day in between to provide a little respite and a chance to relax in the famous restorative baths of Badenweiler.  This tour is a chance to sample some of the area’s best kept cycling secrets away from the crowds - and, as always, with a touch of Viva Velo comfort.

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The Itinerary:

This tour fits neatly into a long weekend.  You will fly to the nearby Basel Mulhouse airport just over 30 minutes away on Thursday evening and return Monday evening.

Day 1: Arrive Guebwiller, Alsace.  Prepare bikes
Day 2: Grand Ballon ride (97 km 2100M ascent)
Day 3: Route des Crêtes (109 km 2500M ascent)
Day 4:  Transition day - Guebwiller to Badenweiler (43 km 430M ascent)
Day 5: Black Forest  (64 km 2100M ascent).  Depart Badenweiler

For more detailed information check out our online brochure

Bespoke Cycle tours

What’s Included:

  • Quality accommodation in distinctive 4 star hotels
  • Return transfer to Basel Mulhouse airport
  • Full vehicle support to transfer your baggage as required
  • A qualified mechanic to support you
  • Our experienced ride leaders to guide you all the way
  • Full itinerary and route information in advance
  • GPX files on request

Cost: From £945

This is based on two sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis and does not include flights, drinks or evening meals although the following are available on request:

  • Single room supplement - £155 pp
  • Halfboard option - £35 pppn

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 participants.  If you are enquiring as an individual or smaller group then we are always happy to introduce you to others to make up the required party size.


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