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Bavarian Rivers Walk

Bavarian Rivers Walk

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
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  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Every two days from 4 May '19 to 13 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Beer Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Local beers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, vegetarian meals, couples, families, lake & river routes
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Bavarian Rivers Walk

  • Start and finish in UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg
  • Scenic walks following the Altmuhl and Danube rivers
  • Stunning fairytale castles peeping from green woodland
  • Fascinating flora and fauna: eagles, hawks, deer, wild boar, flowers
  • Beautiful spa town of Bad Abbach, with its sulphurous springs
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Bavarian Two Rivers Walk

This seven night holiday starts with 2 nights in the UNESCO recognised World Heritage city of Regensburg, famous for its beautiful 13th century Gothic cathedral, the oldest boy's cathedral choir in the world and also the longest continually serving sausage kitchen in the world (since the 12th century and still serving around 6,000 sausages a day!). It's well worth spending time strolling around Regensburg to discover this Bavarian gem.

Bavaria, as a region, is simply stunning - criss-crossed by beautiful rivers that meander through deep valleys and contrasting dark Alpine forest, pretty towns and villages are home to quaint traditional inns and eateries, and onion-domed church towers peep above lush green meadows.

This walking holiday takes you on a stunning journey, following the well-marked Jurasteig path, through the rich Bavarian countryside, covering riverside paths, flowering meadows, and pine-scented forests. Your walk follows the Altmuhl river with its steep valleys rich with castles and pretty towns, crossing Europe's longest wooden bridge to arrive at the confluence with the mighty Danube. After visiting the spa town of Bad Abbach, you'll leave the Danube behind and climb into the lower German Jura Mountains to arrive at Eilsbrunn, finishing at the world's oldest inn.

En route you'll marvel at the fascinating flora and fauna: eagles and hawks swoop overhead, whilst deer and wild boar roam the forests. A mix of northern European and Mediterranean flora lines the route and springtime brings out an abundance of flowers. Later in the year, a mix of fruit and grapes come in to season.

Traditional German favourites - bratwurst and beer - are on most menus along the way but you'll also find fresh foods made using the local produce from fresh seasonal vegetables to superb grilled meats. Look out for the local pasta, Spatzle, served with a rich cheese sauce and deep fried onions.

You'll stay in a mix of hotels: a modernised town house in Regensburg, a lovely **** boutique hotel in the centre of Kelheim and a small aparthotel ran by the extremely welcoming Simone in Bad Abbach.



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Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Walks are on well marked paths - a mix of tarmac, stone and woodland paths.




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Day 1 Arrive in Regensburg

Arrive in medieval UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg and maybe head to a local beer garden for dinner. (Staying at the Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 2 At Regensburg

Today, discover the delights of medieval UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg. stroll around the narrow cobbled streets to discover the Dom, the 13th century Gothic cathedral of St Peter, founded in 1275, with it's famous boys choir - the Regensburger Domspatzen (literally 'cathedral sparrows'), the world's oldest boys choir that dates back as far as 975AD. Other sights include the 12th century stone bridge, used by the 2nd and 3rd crusades to cross the Danube, the 12th century Romanesque Basilica of St James, the botanical gardens of the University of regensburg and the famous riverside sausage kitchen. Located right next to the Danube this remarkable little restaurant has been open for business since the 12th century and with queues normally coming out of the door, they serve in the region of 6,000 sausages a day! (Staying at the Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 3 Riedenburg to Kelheim 19km/12mi/5.5hrs or 22km/14mi/6.5hrs

Today's route leads over the slopes at the side of the Altmuhl to the enchanting rocky compound of the Klamm nature reserve (gorge). On its highest point you have a most impressive view of the castle of Prunn on the opposite side. Crossing the bridge across the Altmuhl near Einthal you'll reach the other side of the river, where the trail leads up to the castle of Prunn and an inn of the same name. You are rewarded for the strenuous ascent with a spectacular view of the Altmuhl valley. Continuing, with a view of the massive Jura walls above Essing, you cross the Altmuhl for a last time on one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe, the so-called Tatzlwurm (winged dragon). Soon, you reach the ascent to the Keltenwall (Celts' rampart) which leads over the hill down into the valley of the Danube. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 4 At Kelheim

Kelheim sits in the confluence of the Danube and Altmuhl rivers. You can wander around the pleasant town or take a boat trip along the Danube to the C7 Benedictine abbey Kloster Weltenburg. Complete with its own brewery and brewery museum, from here you can walk back on a lovely route passing the Weltenburger Enge, or take the boat back. Alternatively, take a trip up to the Hall of Liberation (Befreiungshalle) of King Ludwig I or to the Archeological Museum. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Kelheim to Bad Abbach 22km/14mi/6hrs

The Jurasteig trail leads up to the Goldberg. Shortly before you reach Kapfelberg, there is a gorgeous view over the Danube valley with the Devil's Rock (Teufelsfelsen) near Bad Abbach, before the Jurasteig crosses the Danube near Poikam to the river's other side. The route follows a scenic pathway through an idyllic sloping forest directly into the spa park, where in former times Emperor Charles V bathed in the salubrious waters of Bad Abbach. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

Day 6 At Bad Abbach

Maybe take a spa to refresh the muscles from the previous days or relax in the lovely park. There are a series of well-marked circular trails you can follow, including an easy path along the Danube. You can also take the local bus to Regensburg to spend the day there. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Bad Abbach to Regensburg (Eilsbrunn) 17km/11mi/5hrs

Today you follow the idyllic Danube shores to the pedestrian bridge north of Bad Abbach, after which the Jurasteig follows the route through the nature preserve of the slopes above Oberndorf. The route ascends through the settlement of Kalkofenring, following a changing woody landscape with beautiful views of the Danube valley. In Matting, a cable ferry boat takes you to the other side of the Danube. With its steep rocky walls, the nature preserve of the slopes of Mattinger Hange offers impressive scenery and the opportunity to watch the peregrine falcon hunt. On top of the slope, a pathway leads to a marvellous viewpoint that offers a last outlook over the Danube valley. Passing the Zuylen chapel, you will reach Alling in the valley of the Schwarze Laber. Scenic beech forests nature trails lead to Eilsbrunn, and after having a beer in the world's oldest inn (closed Tuesdays) you take a bus back to Regensburg for your last night. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 8 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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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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.


Room upgrades: First Room.
First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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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.


Room upgrades: Superior Room.
The superior room is a larger room offering some seating.


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Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Bad Abbach

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The Parkresidenz is an aparthotel offering well decorated rooms with separate sitting areas. The rooms are of a good size and have balcony or a terrace. Breakfast, weather allowing, can be served in the nice garden. Frau Ritter will make you feel at home with her warm and friendly welcome.


Room upgrades: Junior Suite.
The junior suite offers a separate living area and a terrace to the garden.

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.


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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.


Room upgrades: First Room.
First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

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.

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Holiday details

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

Departures

Meals
All buffet breakfasts

Other details
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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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