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Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

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Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

  • Beautiful, unspoilt landscapes of archetypical Germany: four rivers, fairytale castles, pretty towns and villages
  • Stunning German Jura Mountains backdrop
  • UNESCO-listed charming city of Regensburg
  • A great mix of *** and **** hotels, including a converted brewery
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1765 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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This eight-night holiday is situated in beautiful unspoilt Bavaria. Like Andalucia to Spain, Bavaria is very much the archetypical Germany. Bratwurst, beer and Lederhosen are still the mode of fashion. Behind this caricature of German psyche lies a stunning region surrounded by the German Jura Mountains, dissected by a network of beautiful rivers, pine-clad hills, hilltop castles and pretty towns and villages around every turn in the road.

Starting and finishing in the mediaeval UNESCO city of Regensburg, which lies on the banks of the imperious Danube, you'll cycle past four rivers: the majestic Danube, the stunning Altmuhl, the Sulz and the Schwarze Leber.

Following the Danube Trail right along the riverside, you'll visit the spa town of Bad Abbach with its mix of relaxing gardens and lively cafes. Along the way you can immerse in the local culture and cycle or enjoy boat trips from the pretty towns to stop off at traditional breweries - it is Bavaria, after all!

Cycling along the stunning Altmuhl river, which cuts through a deep beautiful valley, there are wonderful vistas of high- perched castles and the 'Tatzelwurm', a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m to admire. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers splashing in the waters en route. Pfraundorfer See is a popular local swimming spot you can pedal to, where you can cool off and dip your toes.

Along the way you'll pass through scented pine forests, green meadows and quaint towns complete with fairytale castles and friendly locals. Your final stretch takes you from the charming town of Parsberg along the Schwarze Laber back to the jewel that is Regensburg, where you can marvel at the architecture, take part in the custom of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and a large portion of cake) or enjoy lunch and a beer in one of the gasthofs.

En route, sample the famous bratwursts that appear on every menu, as well as fresh, local dishes. You can wash these dishes down with the great beers and excellent wines from slightly north of the region.

The routes are mostly on dedicated cycle tracks that are a mix of tarmac and gravel, with the occasional short stretch of hard packed earth.

You'll stay in a good mix of accommodation styles: the modern *** Hotel Jakob, the boutique **** Dormero Hotel in Kelheim, a converted **** brewery in Beilngries and a classic Bavarian **** upscale hotel.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Regensburg

Head out to choose from one of the many restaurants in this charming city, maybe visiting a traditional beer garden, which are often the best places to sample the local food. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Regensburg to Kelheim 38km/24mi

You take the Danube Cycle Way today which follows the river for the whole of the day's cycle. You cycle through the wide verdant valleys of the Danube, passing pretty hamlets, stunning cliffs and lovely churches. En route you pedal through the spa town of Bad Abbach, with its relaxing gardens and lively cafes. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 3 At Kelheim

Kelheim sits in the confluence of rivers Danube and Altmuhl. The town itself is a nice place to wander, or either cycle or take a boat trip along the Danube to the C7 Benedictine Abbey Kloster Weltenburg, complete with its own brewery and brewery museum. Alternatively, cycle to Abensburg to the Kuchlbauer brewery complete with crazy art deco tower! (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Kelheim to Beilngries 46km/29mi

You follow the Altmuhl river today, which meanders its way through the stunning Altmuhl valley with its high peaks on either side. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers, and for the 'Tatzelwurm' - a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m. Take time to wander around riverside Reidenburg and stop in one of the beer gardens en route. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half Board)

Day 5 Beilngries

The pretty town of Bielngries is nice place to relax; there is a small toy museum or you can walk up to the Schloss Hirschberg , where you will find the rock cellar brewery museum. Alternatively, take a boat ride along the canal to pretty Berching, or pick the Altmuhl river and follow it to the Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half Board)

Day 6 Beilngries to Parsberg 41.5km/26mi

Following the Sulz river out of town to the stunning village of Berching, you'll leave the waterways behind. Climbing a little you'll pass through pine forests, high meadows and small farming communities. You'll then descend through Dasswang and continue downwards to Parsberg and your upscale Bavarian-style hotel for the next two nights. (Staying at Romantik Hotel Hirschen, Half Board)

Day 7 At Parsberg

Parsberg is a quaint town and you can visit the castle close to the hotel. Alternatively, leave the bikes today and take the train to Nuremberg, where you can explore the streets and walk along the completely walled old town. Admire the stunning Schloss that looms over the town and sample the Nuremberger sausage, perhaps the most famous in the region. (Staying at Romantik Hotel Hirschen, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Parsberg to Regensburg 55km/34mi

Today you mostly follow the Schwarze Leber, as it flows into the Danube, passing through forests, beautiful villages and along lovely meadows. Look out for the popular climbing rocks and lunch at one of the gasthofs en route. Finish the day following the majestic Danube as you return to Regensburg for your last night in this jewel of Bavaria. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 9 - Leave Regensburg

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Jakob, Regensburg

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The Hotel Jakob is in an ideal location for old town Regensburg - the hotel is actually built into one of the old gates to the town and the building itself dates back to C18 and was used for over 100 years as a police station.

The hotel offers contemporary styled rooms with warm wood tones in silver ash and shades of green, all with an ensuite bathroom, TV, high-speed internet connection and air conditioning. The friendly staff offer a warm welcome and professional service and the hotel's extensive continental breakfast buffet is a great start to the day.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates 'First' Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £11

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.

Dates Standard Double/Twin Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £73 £103

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Dormero, Kelheim

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The Hotel Dormero is located in the semi-pedestrianised area of Kelheim just inside the old gates. The old building has been transformed inside to create a modern stylish hotel with boutique style rooms and a cool panorama bar.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room
01/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £12

All prices shown above are valid from 04/12/2017. Prices are per person per night based on on two people sharing. The superior room is a larger room offering some seating.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Fuchsbrau, Beilngries

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The Fuchsbrau has been owned for five generations by the same family. Until the late seventies it was a brewery but has since been turned into a quality hotel. Still run by the same family, it offers a small pool and sauna area. Dinner, in good weather, can be taken in the hotel's beer garden. The hotel is located right in the centre of bustling Beilngries.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Goldfuchs room Junior Suite Kaiserbeck Suite
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £12 £28 £52

All prices shown above are valid from 05/12/2017. Prices are per person per night based on two people sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Romantik Hotel Hirschen , Parsberg

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First opened in 1883 on the site of a brewery and farmyard, the Romantik Hotel Hirschen has remained in the same family ever since. The hotel was heavily renovated in 1998 and been continuously upgraded since. You will find a hotel that manages to mix traditional Bavarian with a modern spirit, with excellent traditional dishes with a modern twist. The hotel has a large wellness area with sauna, steam bath and whirlpool, with an indoor swimming pool at the Garden Hotel (sister property) just 100m away. Look out for the hotel's own 'oxygen spring water'! It is ideally located in the middle of Parsberg, a short walk from the castle.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £58 £105

All prices shown above are valid from 11/12/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

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 C19, 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

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

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Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Jones
03/06/2017

Cycling in Bavaria provided us with a lovely holiday with very pleasant cycling along the Danube and other rivers. Good scenery along the way and some interesting towns to explore. Opportunities to visit other towns and attractions on 'rest days'. Good hotels, all well located.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 13th May 2018 to 14th Oct 2018, for 8 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Regensburg train station at 16:11 and back to Regensburg train station at 11:30.

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