Headwater - Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

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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.

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
Food

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.

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* 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
Destinations visited
  • Europe
  • Germany
Tags
  • Cycling
  • New Cycling Holidays
  • Singles
Day 1

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)*



Day 2

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)*



Day 3

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)*



Day 4

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)*



Day 5

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)*



Day 6

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)*



Day 7

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)*



Day 8

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)*



Day 9

LEAVE REGENSBURG



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

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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