Headwater - Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

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Trip code: 
C08BA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
12

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Key information

  • 8 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 4 Days cycling
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • GPS route navigation provided 
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • GPS route navigation provided 
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Optional electric bikes
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

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.

Day by day breakdown
Day 238.0km/24.0miles
Day 446.0km/29.0miles
Day 642.0km/26.0miles
Day 855.0km/34.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Regensburg to Kelheim

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Kelheim to Beilngries

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Beilngries to Parsberg

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Parsberg to Regensburg

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Leave Regensburg

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Germany

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 evening meals included.

What is your first thought when you think of German food, Bier und Bratwurst or Beer and sausages, and if this is what you want then you will not be disappointed. However there is much more to Bavarian cuisine. Meat and freshwater fish are heavily used but vegetarians are also well catered for. Germans tend to follow similar eating patterns to the UK, with breakfast, followed by a small lunch, and large evening meal, dinners tends to be taken fairly early and restaurants will start serving from 6pm. Throughout the towns there are a good choice of differing places to eat, the most traditional of these are the beer halls, these are not just places to
drink the local brew, they are also offer traditional cuisine, they can be nice for lunch as they offer small plates of tasty morcels, you will also find the local bratwurst in served them. The most social of places are the beer
gardens, these offer really good food in an outdoor setting many have indoor eating areas as well, don’t let the name put you off they also normally have a fairly good wine list too. Then there are the restaurants you will find in most towns a good choice of both German and International cuisine.

Weather

Average temperatures in summer are in the region of 25'C-30'C. The warmest month is usually July whilst the coldest is mainly January. Every month has its share of precipitation on an average of 14 days per month.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 45km (28 miles). 
No. of days cycling: 4
Terrain and route: 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.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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.


Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936