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Five Waterways of Bavaria Cycling

Five Waterways of Bavaria Cycling

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Five Waterways of Bavaria Cycling

  • Scenic cycling along the five waterways of Bavaria - perfect for those looking for longer cycling days
  • An abundance of flora and fauna: scented pines, fruit orchards and poppies; deer, boar, hawks and kingfishers
  • Beautiful towns and quaint hamlets, including the spa town of Bad Abbach and Kallmunz with its fairytale castle
  • Traffic-free, well-signed cycle paths
  • Fantastically different accommodation, including spending two nights in a restored prison!
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2015 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed leader
  • Headwater beer service
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Welcome to the Funf-Flusse-Radweg, one of Bavaria's long-distance cycle routes. This circular route starts in the UNESCO mediaeval city of Regensburg and takes you on a 10-night journey through the north-east of Bavaria. You'll follow a series of well-networked paths along a mix of waterways: the majestic Danube, the stunning Altmuhl, the Main-Danube Canal, the tiny Pegnitz and the beautiful Naab.

Along the way you'll pass a series of beautiful towns and quaint hamlets. Each waterway brings its own scenery, from the wide rolling valleys of the Danube, the narrow high valleys of the Altmuhl, the fruit orchards along the canal, the old railway cycle route along the Pengitz, and the beautiful churches found along the Naab. On each day you'll find your own favourite jewel, from the spa town of Bad Abbach to completely walled Berching, to lovely Lauf that straddles the Pengitz to Kallmunz at the confluence of the Pengitz and Naab rivers, with its fairytale castle towering above.

As meadows turn to forests, you'll admire a cornucopia of flora - heavily scented pines, silvering birch, orchards of fruit, wild orchids and poppies. Deer and boar scarper through the woods whilst eagles, buzzards and hawks circle above, and herons and kingfishers enjoy their surroundings along the waterways. The cuisine is rich in tradition with hearty meats and local vegetables - it's not just bratwurst and beer on offer, in the north of the region one of the most popular dishes is Spatzle, a pasta dish covered in a creamy sauce and deep-fried onions. There are also lovely white wines available.

Your accommodation en route is special too: the modern *** hotel Jakob, a converted **** brewery in Beilngries, a traditional hotel in the pretty main square, a riverside hotel just metres from the old walls of Nuremberg, and a restored prison in charming Amberg.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Regensburg

Head out for dinner in this charming city, perhaps in a traditional beer garden, which is often the best place to sample the local food. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Regensburg to Beilngries 84km/52mi

You take the Danube Cycle Way today, which follows the river. Cycling through the wide verdant valleys of the Danube, you'll pass pretty hamlets, stunning cliffs and lovely churches. Passing through the spa town of Bad Abbach with its relaxing gardens and lively cafes, you'll leave the Danube at Kelheim then follow the Altmuhl river that meanders its way through the stunning Altmuhl valley with its high peaks on either side. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers and the 'Tatzelwurm' - a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m. Take time to wander around riverside Reidenburg and stop off in one of the beer gardens en route. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half board)

Day 3 Beilngries

Either relax in the pretty town of Beilngries - there's a small toy museum to visit - or walk up to the Schloss Hirschberg, where you'll find the rock cellar brewery museum. Alternatively, pick the Altmuhl river and follow to the Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot. Continuing along the river you'll arrive at Kipfenburg, the geographical centre of Bavaria, with its famous mediaeval castle. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half board)

Day 4 Beilngries to Neumarkt 44km/27.5mi

After following the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal to the beautiful walled town of Berching, from here you'll head through pretty villages and small farming communities, passing woodlands and meadows on your way to Freystad with its pretty walled old town, where you'll stop off for lunch. It's then a short climb to Neumarkt and your hotel for the next two nights. (Staying at Hotel Lehmeier, Breakfast only)

Day 5 At Neumarkt

Today you could follow a walk around the Weinberg to the ruined castle or mooch around the only museum dedicated to the Maybach. Alternatively, take a train to Regensburg to spend more time in this city, or take your bike on the train to Parsberg and cycle back along the Schwarze Leber river cycle route. (Staying at Hotel Lehmeier, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Neumarkt to Nuremberg 48km/30mi

Today you'll follow the Ludwig-Main-Donau Canal for the whole day to arrive at Nuremberg. The canal passes through some wonderful scenery, pine-scented forests, apple, cherry and pear orchards, all wrapped up by beautiful mountains. En route you'll pass many quaint locks and a good choice of gasthofs to stop and enjoy a radler. The cycle track takes you right into the centre of Nuremberg. (Staying at Hotel Prinzregent, Breakfast only)

Day 7 At Nuremberg

'The most German of German cities', Nuremberg was named this after the beauty of the town (pre-war). One of the most important trading points under papal rule, Nuremberg grew from C10. Its huge castle still to this day hovers over the town and the old city walls are still complete. There is a good choice of museums to visit, from the German National Museum to the cute Nuremberg Toy Museum, or perhaps go on a tour of the subterranean beer cellars. You can stay longer in this city or add extra days to visit nearby Bamberg and Weurzberg. (Staying at Hotel Prinzregent, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Nuremberg to Amberg 77km/47mi

Today you'll enjoy a beautiful ride along the Pegnitz river, passing a series of pretty towns, including Lauf which is a highlight to stop off at. You'll then climb a little through stunning mountain landscapes, high meadows and small farms to the reach the beautiful town of Sulzbach. A long freewheel then takes you to Amberg and your prison cell for the next two nights. (Staying at Hotel Fronfeste, Breakfast only)

Day 9 At Amberg

Enjoy the sights of this walled town today - it is a lively place with many bars and restaurants and plenty of sights such as the C15 New Palace, the Gothic town hall and market square, the world's smallest hotel, 'Little Wedding House', and the town museum. A walk around the mediaeval walls is a popular local stroll. (Staying at Hotel Fronfeste, Breakfast only)

Day 10 Amberg to Regensburg 63km/40mi

Today you'll follow a beautiful old railway track along the Pengitz; sitting above the villages and meadows it offers wonderful views as you slowly make your way down Kallmunz, a quaint village that sits at the confluence of the Pengitz and Naab rivers. Let the castle lead you into town and then pick up the Naab river, following it through woodlands past the wonderful monastery at Pielenhofen to rejoin the Danube. Then it's back to your hotel in Regensburg for a final night. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 11 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 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.

Hotel Lehmeier, Neumarkt

The traditional, historic exterior of the centrally located Hotel Lehmeier belies the modern hotel that resides within.

All 27 rooms of the Hotel Lehmeier are elegantly decorated in warm colours offering a contemporary style and bright atmosphere. Each room is appointed with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, radio, flat screen television, safe and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel has won several awards for their cuisine, serving traditional local dishes in their restaurant. There is a good choice of shops, bars and restaurants nearby.

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.

Hotel Prinzregent, Nuremburg

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The Hotel Prinzregent sits on a leafy street overlooking the Pengitz river, just a 10 minute walk to the old town. Originally a Jewish merchant's art nouveau mansion, the hotel has been owned by the same family since 1951 and was restored from ruins. Today it manages to mix art nouveau elegance with boutique style room decor.

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

Dates Superior Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £11

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Room upgrades are per person per night. The superior room offers more floor space and has tea & coffee making facilities.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Fronfeste, Amberg

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The Hotel Fronfeste is a former 300-year-old prison built into the old walls of Amberg, just a short walk from the Englischer Garten. Today it has been restored very well to create a prison hotel. Each room is a former cell, the staff dress as prison wardens and each room has a welcoming 'bread and water'. This makes for a unusual and quirky stay.

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

Dates Themenzimmer Director's Suite
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £5 £22

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Room upgrades are per person per night. The Themenzimmer is larger and the rooms are themed, the Directors Suite has a separate living room with sofa.

Please contact us for extra night 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 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 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.

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Holiday details

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

Departures
Every two days from 13th May 2018 to 14th Oct 2018, for 10 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts and 2 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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