Wheels of Thrill

Route

Day 1 - 12/05/17

STRASBOURG

In the course of Friday evening, the Wheels of Thrill team will welcome you in the imposing Hôtel Les Haras in the centre of Strasbourg. After the official welcome and short acquaintance, a delicious dinner will be served in the authentic restaurant. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to enjoy some drinks and get to know each other. Finally, wonderful new deluxe rooms will be waiting for you for your well-deserved rest!

HOTEL
Hôtel Les Haras (4*)
Strasbourg (FR)

Hôtel Les Haras  

Day 2 - 13/05/17

STRASBOURG - JUNGHOLTZ

On Saturday it's finally time to start our trip! After leaving Strasbourg, we will head to the northern part of the Vosges. On our way we are able to catch a glimpse of the Bugatti factory in Molsheim. While arriving at the Vosges mountains, the widespread countryside will make place for the curvy mountain roads through the magnificent forests the Vosges region is famous for. On our way we will pass the only Nazi-German concentration camp on French territory during the Second World War: Natzweiler-Struthof. Around noon we will arrive at the Mont-Saint-Odile monastery, which is located on a 760m high rock formation and whose origin reaches back to the year 690. Here we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch while having view on the Vosges mountains. After lunch there will be time to further explore the monastery and enjoy the stunning view on the widespread countryside of the Alsace region! Afterwards we will continue our route downhill where we will exchange the Vosges back for the Alsace region. Here we will follow the famous wine route towards the south. Countless small villages with characteristic architecture will come by while driving on the undulating roads surrounded by vineyards. Halfway the 'Route des Vins' we will stop at the Bott Frères wine domain in Ribeauvillé. This family-based wine domain has been producing delicious wines since 1835. Mr Bott himself will give us a private tour through his wine cellars and let us taste some of his finest wines. Afterwards we will continue southwards on the 'Route des Vins' where we will finally arrive at our rally hotel 'Les Violettes Hôtel & Spa'. Here the hotel will welcome us with a nice glass of bubbles and some tasty snacks. We will finish the day with a delightful private dinnner as well as some good drinks in the lounge afterwards. Also here, spacious deluxe rooms will be waiting for you to come to rest and prepare for the next day. Sleep well...

Distance:
208 km

Approx. travel time:
5 h 00 min

Max. height:
1020 m

START
Hôtel Les Haras (4*)
Strasbourg (FR)

Hôtel Les Haras

 

LUNCH
Mont Sainte-Odille
Ottrott (FR)

Mont Saint Odile

 

CHECKPOINT
Bott Frères' vineyard
Ribeauvillé (FR)

Bott Frères' vineyard

 

HOTEL
Hôtel Les Violettes (4*)
Jungholtz (FR)

Hôtel Les Violetes

Day 3 - 14/05/17

JUNGHOLTZ - ROUFFACH

After a deep sleep and delicious breakfast, we are ready to continue our trip to the north following the natural border between the Alsace and Vosges region. Shortly after we will head westwards to exchange the undulating Alsace landscape for the meandering mountain roads and hairpin corners of the Vosges mountains. After passing the beautiful mountain lake 'Lac Blanc' we will continue to Gérardmer. Here we will drive around the 'Lac de Gérardmer': the largest lake in the Vosges region located at 660m above sea level. Just outside Gérardmer we will arive at Hôtel Les Bas Rupts, a Relais & Chateux hotel with a Michelin star restaurant. You can imagine that a gastronomic masterpiece will be served here for lunch. After lunch we will head to the most beautiful and most famous road of the Vosges mountains: 'Route des Crêtes'. This stunning route takes us along the three highest peaks of the Vosges: the Hohneck (1364m), the Storkenkopf (1366m), and the Grand Ballon (1424m). In the meantime you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramas that will come by while driving over the top of the Vosges! At the end of this route, we will leave the Vosges region and head to Mulhouse. Here we will visit the largest car museum of the world, Cité de l'Automobile, which holds more than 500 vehicles. The showpiece of the museum is the famous Schlumpf collection that holds no less than 123 (!) old Bugatti's. After this visit we continue with the final part of the rally by driving to Rouffach, a little town located on the wine route. Here we will arrive at Château d'Isenbourg, an old castle situated on a hill overlooking the town of Rouffach, where we will be welcomed for the closing drink of this rally. After the closing drink we offer the possibility to enjoy a private dinner together in the characteristic castle's cellar and when desired, to stay the night in one of the authentic castle rooms. Can we entice you with all this beauty...?

Distance:
224 km

Approx. travel time:
4 h 45 min

Max. height:
1325 m

START
Hôtel Les Violettes (4*)
Jungholtz (FR)

Hôtel Les Violettes

 

LUNCH
Les Bas Rupts (1* Michelin)
Gérardmer (FR)

Relais & Châteaux Les Bas Rupts

 

CHECKPOINT
Cité de l'Automobile
Mulhouse (FR)

Cité de l'Automobile

 

FINISH
Château d'Isenbourg (5*)
Rouffach (FR)

Château d'Isenbourg

ROUTE | ALSACE-VOSGES RALLY