Germany

Lakes and Mountains of Bavaria Cycling

Trip code: C07BL 4 (2 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Explore the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiring Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty's Castle, and uncover the region's rich royal history in Hohenschwangau.
  • Cycle through lush meadows, serene lakes, and alpine backdrops, discovering Baroque churches and the UNESCO-listed Pilgrimage Church of Wies.
  • Immerse in pristine lakes for refreshing swims, and indulge in Bavarian culinary classics, adding a touch of nature, history, and architecture to your adventure.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • GPS navigation app

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Prepare for an exhilarating self-guided cycling trip through the heart of Upper Bavaria, where each day promises excitement and discovery. Pedal along meandering paths through emerald meadows and by the shimmering lakes set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Traverse routes that lead you to the very pages of German history, where you'll uncover the secrets of kings at Neuschwanstein Castle which translates to 'New Swan Stone' which inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

Explore the charming town of Hohenschwangau, tracing the footsteps of ancient Romans along the legendary Via Claudia Augusta. Your journey takes you to the famous Andechs Abbey, where Baroque grandeur meets the art of brewing. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of secluded lakes and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Pilgrimage Church of Wies, an architectural marvel nestled in nature.

Embrace the thrill of sailing on Lake Ammersee's tranquil waters aboard a vintage paddle steamer and follow the trail of the Romantic Road to the historic city of Augsburg. Delve into the town's medieval canals and marvel at the ingenious Water Management System, a testament to human engineering brilliance, recognised by UNESCO.

Delight in simple, traditional Bavarian cuisine during your cycling journey. Experience the hearty schweinshaxe, a slow-roasted whole pork knuckle marinated to perfection. Satisfy your sweet cravings with Kaiserschmarrn, caramelised fluffy pancakes enriched with raisins and seasonal fruits. For a beverage with a twist try German sweet sparkling wine, known as sekt, as you toast to your memorable journey.

Retreat to carefully selected 3-star hotels, offering comfort, welcoming Bavarian hospitality, and easy access to local wonders. Unravel the tapestry of the region's history, nature, and castles on this thrilling cycling holiday, where every moment is an adventure waiting to unfold.

And if you find yourself craving more adventure, consider extending your trip to the vibrant Bavarian capital, Munich. Immerse yourself in the postcard-like charm of the old town, explore the mystical Baroque wonders of Nymphenburg Palace, or marvel at the grandeur of Fraunkirche cathedral. Munich's worldwide fame is well-deserved, thanks to its stunning medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Augsburg

Arrive at your hotel in the historic city of Augsburg, founded in 15 B.C. on the orders of Emperor Augustus.

You stay at Selected hotels.

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Hotels, Bavaria


You will stay in a selection of 3 star hotels. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites as well as their welcoming Bavarian hospitality. All rooms have en suite facilities.



Extra nights can be booked in Augsburg.

Day 2: Augsburg to Worthsee (65km/40.4mi)

From Augsburg cycle through traditional Bavarian villages, surrounded by lush meadows, before reaching the shores of Lake Ammersee. Relax by the lakeside or enjoy a boat trip on a paddle steamer before continuing to Lake Worthsee.

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Day 3: Worthsee to Murnau (60km/37.3mi)

Today you will pedal along Lakes Worthsee and Pilsensee to Andechs Abbey - famed for its Baroque church and brewery! Enjoy swimming opportunities along the way at Lakes Ammersee, Staffelsee and Riegsee before arriving in the artist's town of Murnau.

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Day 4: Murnau to Fussen/Schwangau (60km/37.3mi)

Cycle from village to village in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Visit the UNESCO listed Pilgrimage Church of Wies, a beautifully preserved oval church and a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo before continuing to the pretty town of Fussen.

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Day 5: Fussen/Schwangau to Schongau (50km/31.1mi)

In the morning visit King Ludwig's fairytale castles, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, before cycling along the scenic Via Claudia Augusta to Schongau. The town has a long history of settlement and is surrounded by fortified walls built in the Middle Ages.

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Day 6: Schongau to Landsberg am Lech (35km/21.7mi)

Today your route follows the course of the River Lech with many attractions to visit en route to Landsberg. Take in St Michael's Basilica in Altenstadt, the Abodiacum Roman Museum in Epfach and the pilgrim church in Vilgertshofen.

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Day 7: Landsberg am Lech to Augsburg (45km/28.0mi)

Explore the medieval city centre of Landsberg am Lech with its historic city hall and the Gothic Bavarian Gate. Your cycle route takes you via Kaufering am Lech, to Konigsbrunn, enjoying 11km on the best-preserved section of the Via Claudia. Continue to Augsburg with its famous social housing complex from the year 1516.

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Day 8: Leave Augsburg

Leave Augsburg

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Opera, Munich.

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Hotel Opera, Munich

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The Hotel Opera is situated in the Lehel district of Munich, the area has a village feel to it, but is just a 15 minute walk to the main centre of Munich and a 20 minute walk to the Englischer Garten, Munich's huge leafy park.

The hotel has a wonderful Romanesque facade, and the building itself dates back to the 19th century, damaged in the war the building was bought in 1968 by the present owners who took 8 years to painstakingly restore and renovate the building.

Today's hotel is a nice mix of modern and old, with lovely airy rooms and and a relaxing tranquil garden patio. Rooms have all mod cons and some come with balconies, the hotel also owns a couple of superb restaurants close by.

Breakfast is served at your table with a choice of cold meats and cheeses or croissants and fruit and the option to order freshly cooked eggs.

Please call for prices and details

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £308.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £308.

Twin-bedded rooms in German resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Munich with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Electric bikes
  • Travel options
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Munich then rail Munich Hbf to Augsberg Hbf and taxi to hotel payable locally Return: Taxi to train station payable locally then rail Augsberg Hbf to Munich Hbf then British Airways Munich to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

The holiday was fantastic, with the convenience of baggage transfer, available bike support, and the opportunity to utilize local routes to explore the region's highlights—truly brilliant.

Alyna Agnew, 15 Jun 2024

 

We enjoyed this cycling route through hills, forests, attractive villages and around the Bavarian lakes and Alps. Our e-bikes were excellent, though we would have appreciated a more detailed introuduction from the Eurobikes rep. The hotels were all very comfortable and welcoming, while the luggage transfers worked smoothly. As far as route finding was concerned, the Guibo mapping app was essential and very reliable but the written route instructions (translated from German) were not easy to understand or relate to the actual route, while some of the cycle way signposting was hard to spot, especially in towns and villages. We took a few wrong turnings!

All in all, though, a most enjoyable tour of Bavarian landscapes, food and architecture.

Mr Perry, 4 Sep 2022

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

7 nights from £1479

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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