Altmuhltal Panorama Walk

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Walk from the Spa town of Treuchtlingen to Belngries through the Altmuhltal Nature Park. Walks are above the river valley through heathland, with the area dotted with historic and natural monuments.

Travel
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Munich 09:00/11:55 then rail Munich Hbf to Treuchtlingen 13:35/15:20 and taxi to hotel payable locally approx. 10 euros for a 10 min journey. Return: Taxi to train station payable locally approx. 50 euros for a 35 min journey then rail Ingolstadt to Munich Hbf 12:01/12:38 then British Airways Munich to Heathrow 16:25/17:30.
Accommodation
Hotels ()
You will stay in a mixture of HHH and 3 star hotels, all en suite. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities. You will mainly be staying in villages with most offering some shops and restaurants and an ATM machine. Extra nights can be booked in Treuctlingen, Eichstatt and Beilngries.

Single Supplement
Add 130 single supplement
Meals
All breakfasts
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Bavaria
Tour Types
  • Self Guided
  • Walking
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1: Arrive in Treuchtlingen
Arrive in the heart of the Altmuhltal Nature Park in the idyllic town of Treuchtlingen, known for its Thermal Spa.

Day 2: Treuchtlingen to Pappenheim 14km/9mi (4 hr)
Today starts with a short ascent to a viewpoint with views onto the river Altmhl meandering through the valley which you soon descend to follow. Continue via the Devils Pulpit and the Hollerstein viewpoint to finish with a leisurely walk along the course of the river to the medieval town of Pappenheim. You will be greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former Reichserbmarschlle.

Day 3: Pappenheim to Dollnstein 25km/16mi (6.5hr)
A mountain trail leads you through heathland to Solnhofen, known for its limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument, the Twelve Apostles, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route then leads you to the market town of Dollnstein, into the primeval Danube valley.

Day 4: Dollnstein to Eichsttt 15km/9.5mi (5hr)
Todays tour leads you through the historic town gate and on to the juniper heath. You walk above the river Altmhl past the rock tower Burgsteinfelsen and via a lovely mountain path onwards to Obereichsttt. Continue on with great views all the way to Eichsttt with Willibalds castle towering over the town. Enjoy a stroll around the town and head to the Altmhltal Nature Park Visitors Centre.

Day 5: Eichstatt to Kipfenberg 26km/16.5mi (6hr)
With a lovely view onto the striking Osterberg mountain and the Roman fort Vetoniana, you walk to the Buchenhuller mammoth cave. You will walk across wonderful alpine paths above Altmuhl and you will get fantastic views of the valley and the rock faces whilst walking along the panoramic path. You will walk through the Gugoldinger Wacholderheide, which is a fantastic nature protection area before you will go past the Arnsberger Leite and the Limes watch tower to Kipfenberg.

Day 6: Kipfenberg to Beilngries 24km/15mi (5.5hr)
Todays walk starts on forest paths with stunning views from the clearings onto the beautiful Anlauter valley. Reach the village of Kinding with its impressive fortified church. Continue along the panorama path, which keeps its promise: magnificent views into the Altmhl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. Descend to reach the Main-Danube canal and your overnight stop, Beilngries.

Day 7: Leave Beilngries


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Touring with Headwater

In 1985, Richard and Christine Bass made the life-changing decision to turn a passion into a business and thus Headwater was born at their kitchen table.

The first Headwater tours were launched in summer 1986 and modestly comprised three holidays in the Upper Loire Valley in France: a canoeing holiday and two self-guided walking holidays.

Their vision for Headwater was clear, right from the start. Richard and Christine wanted to offer their customers exactly what they loved in a holiday – family-run, friendly hotels, an authentic experience of a region, including culture, cuisine and fine wines, and above all a fantastic level of personal service, with staff on hand in resort to help and guide as required.

After a successful 10 years specialising in France, Headwater launched a new Great Walks in Europe brochure in 1995, offering a selection of hand-picked guided walking holidays in eight countries. As a result of the phenomenal success of this, a year later the first self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Italy were launched.

In 1999, Richard and Christine decided to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and sold Headwater – but not before ensuring it was in the safest of hands to continue their legacy.

Today, they enjoy taking customers (new and loyal) on journeys on foot or by bike throughout 18 countries worldwide. Whilst they have embraced modern technology and changing times since 1985, Richard and Christine’s ethos remains key to all of their holidays and they consider it their mission to ensure that the same detail, knowledge and passion goes into delivering each and every trip.

With more than 32 years’ experience, their collection now includes 59 self-guided and 12 guided walking holidays and 62 cycling holidays. Their canoeing holiday in the Dordogne remains as popular as ever, as well as their choice of winter snow holidays (cross-country skiing and winter walking) that run between December and April in Austria and Norway.

They are particularly proud of their Headwater-employed representatives (reps) who are on-hand in 15 regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Bavaria. Burgundy is their longest-standing “repped region” – Richard and Christine researched the holidays and they have been running them since 1992. Their reps provide 24-hour support in resort including: briefing you on arrival, transporting your luggage from hotel to hotel, offering a ‘Wine Service’ where they collect any bottles you’ve purchased en route and transport them to your final hotel for you, and giving you tips and advice and sharing their knowledge of the local area, the routes, the best views and generally helping you to make the most of your trip. Each year, before the season starts, the reps have an in-depth training session at Headwater HQ to make sure they’re ready for the summer ahead.

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