Basel - based in one hotel

Three countries – through nature and culture.

Directly on the border with France, Germany and Switzerland awaits you the three border region, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe! Time out in a beautiful hotel in Saint-Louis on the French side of the Rhine - cycling without limits! Discover the Basel lifestyle where cosmopolitan activities combine with cosiness and urbanity meets tradition. During your cycling trip you will visit Mulhouse and its automobile museum, Rhine pastures and its old town or the Roman town of Augusta Raurica in Augst. On the German side you will cycle through the Markgräflerland: wine country between the Rhine and the Black Forest. With a glass of Markgräfler wine in hand, sweeping the view over the Rhine plain, the Vosges and the Black Forest, you experience true moments of happiness of wine enjoyment. Discover the three-border region with all your senses!

Challenging

Challenging
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

Welcome to Saint-Louis. Check-in at the hotel and time for free sightseeing around the town. With the tram line 3 you can reach the Barfüsserplatz in Basel centre in only 15 minutes or continue to Weil am Rhein on the German side. You can also visit three countries at the same time, all very conveniently with public transport and without having to travel long distances.

Today you will leave Saint Louis through the three countries. First you cross the Rhine and cycle through Weil am Rhein with its Vitra Design Museum and Lörrach: the culture and shopping city in the border triangle, the city of voices and sculptures, the home of purple chocolate. After 35 km, arriving in Rheinfelden in Switzerland, discover the hidden gems that the old town has to offer. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine (by yourself) to reach Basel again or continue by bike through Augst where you can visit the Roman city of Augusta Raurica.

This day starts with a train transfer from Saint-Louis to Mulhouse. Getting into a culinary journey through the land of the "baked carp"! The bike path will take you along the Rhine-Rhône Canal on the Eurovélo 6 to Illfurth. Then you will cycle through small villages such as Carspach and Hirtzbach, in the quiet Sundgau region: a paradise for cyclists who want to explore this typical Alsatian region away from mass tourism and combine nature and cultural experience. Laundry facilities, typical Sundgau half-timbered houses, fountains, crosses, landmarks, Wilhelminian architecture that remind us old and turbulent history of Sundgau.

Water, water, and water again ... you cycle through two countries and along four different waters. In the nature reserve of the small Camargue, you can relax watching the waterfowl along the Rhine. You continue via two locks to Niffer and Ottmarsheim. From there you will find the abbey church of St. Peter and Paul, replica of the palatine chapel of Aachen. You continue on paved forest roads through the Hardt forest and along the channels "Rhône au Rhin" and "Huningue" to the marina to Kembs (crossing the canal). Continue along the canal until the first dam of the “Grand Canal d'Alsace” and on the Rhine Island back to Weil am Rhein and Saint-Louis.

Today you cycle from your hotel to Weil am Rhein train station. There you can buy your train tickets to go to Bad Bellingen or Müllheim. From Bad Bellingen it goes through the idyllic winemakers Schliengen and Auggen, then to Müllheim. You cycle in Badenweiler and its Roman bath ruins to Bad Krozingen, again and again through the vines and small wine villages. In Bad Krozingen you can expect a lot of historic treasures, such as the Glöcklehof, Fridolins and Joseph Chapels, as well as the Bad Krozinger Castle. Then the route leads you back to Bad Bellingen along the Rhine. At the end of the bike tour, you can visit the spa museum in Bad Bellingen or take a refreshing dip in the healing "balinea thermal baths"! From Bad Bellingen back by train.

For centuries the people of Basel like to make their way into the Markgräferland, to eat, to drink - just to enjoy. By bike we choose the same way! From Saint-Louis, cross the Rhine and cycle to Haltingen. From there continue through well-kept villages and lively landscapes or with the Kandertalbahn to the pottery town Kandern. Continue through Efringen churches. Stop at the winery Markgräflerland, then continue on a very good dirt road, which is marked as a bike path. It goes back along the Rhine to Saint-Louis.

Tour character

You will mainly ride on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic. Three stages are a little bit hilly.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 6, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019
Arrival daily
Season 2
May 25, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
Arrival daily
Basel - based in one hotel, 7 days, Hotel La Villa K, FR-ELRSB-07A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board 7x (evening meal: mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
Basel - based in one hotel, 7 days, Hotel Ibis Aeroport, FR-ELRSB-07B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board 7x (evening meal: mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
699,00
510,00
155,00
559,00
360,00
140,00
729,00
510,00
155,00
589,00
360,00
140,00

Category A: 4****-Hotel La Villa K

Category B: 3***-Hotel Ibis Aeroport

Price
Rental bike 21-gear unisex
Rental bike 7-gear unisex
Electric bike
75,00
75,00
180,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected hotel
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • Best elaborated route
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English, French, with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • Train journey Saint-Louis - Mulhouse
  • Signposting
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Basel or Saint Louis train station
  • Basel airport or Basel/Mulhouse airport then shuttle service for free to the hotel
  • Underground parking in the hotel, € 10,- per day. Public outdoor parking or public car park with costs.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Cruise on the Rhine at 2nd day from Rheinfelden to Basel approx. € 45,- per person (duration approx. 3h)
  • Train ride at 5th day from Weil am Rhein to Bad Bellingen approx. € 5,- per person and ride or from Weil am Rhein to Müllheim approx. € 8,- per person and ride
  • Kandertalbahn at 6th day approx. € 10,- per person and ride (€ 6,- for the ride per person and € 4,- per bike, Attention: limited space for bikes, E-Bikes cannot be taken on the train)
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