Bicycling Bavaria's Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps with Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle


Bicycling Bavaria's Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps with Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle



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11 Days/10 Nights


June - August


USD 4,900.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
Bicycling Bavaria's Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps with Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle
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We'll bicycle along Germany's famous Romantic Road which stretches from central Germany to the Austrian Alps. This route provides a link back in time, extending from the Roman occupation of Transalpine Gaul into the medieval & Renaissance periods. Today some of the best-preserved towns and villages from the 15th through the 18th century are strung out like pearls throughout Bavaria. You'll bicycle through the fairy tale landscape of the brothers Grimm and gain a better understanding of this historic part of central Europe. A visit to the extraordinary Neuschwanstein Castle and crossing the border into the Austrian Alps are memorable highlights. Join us for a perfect combination of cycling, nature, and the occasional spa hotel.

Highlights: Bad Mergentheim, Augsburg, Castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Würzburg, Rothenburg on the Tauber, Dinkelsbühl, Landsberg, Austrian Alps

***If this sounds great, but you prefer a shorter tour, join us on our 8-day Bicycling Bavaria's Back Roads tour.***


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Single Supplement*: $650

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.


Day 1: Arrive In Würzburg
Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Bicycle fitting, test ride, Würzburg baroque architecture

We gather today in Würzburg, a historic medieval center (dating back as early as the 7th century) that sits on the banks of the Main River. Come a day early to explore the exquisite Baroque palace, churches and gardens dating to the 18th century. After fitting bikes this afternoon we'll gather for introductions and dinner together.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Day 2: Bicycle From Würzburg To Bad Mergentheim
Bad Mergentheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Highlights: Hill rides and castles

Our ride today takes us through the hills of central Germany to the medieval town of Mergentheim. In the early 20th century the name was changed to Bad Mergentheim in honor of the discovery, a century before, of natural mineral springs in the area. Today the village is dominated by the castle complex on the edge of the historic town. Take time this afternoon to explore this wonderfully preserved medieval town. Our hotel tonight has one of the best restaurants in the city so be sure to save your appetite for dinner.

Distance: 58 km (36 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 3: Ride From Bad Mergentheim To Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Rothenburg's market and architecture

Today we continue through the rolling hills of central Germany to the medieval village of Rothenburg. Perched high above the meanders of the Tauber River, Rothenburg looks perfectly preserved but the town center surrounded by its 14th and 15th century walls was rebuilt after WWII. Enjoy exploring the market center and the streets lined with Gothic and half-timber houses, and take a tour on the walls of the city, or explore them on your own.

Distance: About 50 km (31 miles). Meals: B

Days 4 & 5: Pedal From Rothenburg To Dinkelsbühl
Dinkelsbuhl, Bavaria, Germany
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Day 4: Rest Day

Highlights: Rothenburg, wine tasting

Take your time to enjoy this fabulous medieval city and the views it offers of the Tauber valley. This afternoon we will take a tour of a special vineyard with a beautiful collection of rare varietals. After which we'll continue our wine education and meet one of the last vintners in Rothenburg, who just so happens to own our hotel, and enjoy some of his wines.

Distance: Optional loop ride. Meals: B, D

Day 5: Pedal from Rothenburg to Dinkelsbühl

Highlights: Medieval towns of Feuchtwangen and Dinkelsbühl

We ride over undulating farmlands from one fairy tale village to another today. In contrast to Rothenburg on the Tauber, Dinkelsbühl is indeed nearly perfectly preserved from the middle ages. As early as the 11th century, the town was a major center at the intersection of two medieval trade routes. Tonight is another opportunity to enjoy the rewards of a good handcrafted German kitchen at our top-rated hotel restaurant.

Distance: 45 km (28 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 6: Bicycle From Dinkelsbühl To Donauwörth
Donauworth, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Ries Basin meteor impact crater, medieval town of Donauwörth, Danube River

The landscape changes today as we pedal across the 12-17 mile wide, nearly circular Ries Basin. Unlike most of the areas we bike, which are a mixture of forests and farmlands, the geology of this area doesn't allow rich forest lands. We are back in the "typical" landscape of Bavaria as we approach historic Donauwörth on the banks of the Danube, western Europe's longest river.

Distance: 75 km (47 miles). Meals: B

Day 7: Ride From Donauwörth To Augsburg
Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Lech River, the Cassian Way, Augsburg, brewery visit

Our ride today takes us up the Lech River valley to Augsburg, which was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus in 15 BC. As you might expect, there is plenty to see here this afternoon. We will visit the award-winning Riegele Brauerei brewery and taste some of their modern beers before a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Distance: 62 km (39 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 8: Pedal From Augsburg To Landsberg
Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Landsberg, the "Bavarian Gate"

As we bicycle from Augsburg to Landsberg we are back in the forests and farmlands, which are densely settled with small villages and hamlets all along the way. Under the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, Landsberg was a fortified border town separating the duchy of Swabia from that of Bavaria. Historic walls, towers and gates define the architecture of the community, including one of the best town gates in Germany, the "Bavarian Gate."

Distance: 53 km (33 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 9: Bicycle From Landsberg To Rosshaupten
Fussen, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: The ancient Claudia Augusta Way, Rosshaupten

Today we continue to parallel the Lech River and the ancient Claudia Augusta Way, which eventually became the medieval trade route that gave its name to the "Romantic Way." Our destination is Rosshaupten, close to the Forggensee and King Ludwig's most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, at the foot of the Austrian Alps.

Distance: 58 km (36 miles)

Meals: B, D

Day 10: Crossing The Border Into Austria
Fussen, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Neuschwanstein Castle

The "faux" medieval Neuschwanstein Castle was built by mad King Ludwig in the late 19th century and is one of the most famous attractions in southern Germany. A predecessor and inspiration for the Disney-style castles that have captured the imagination of children for a century and a half. We'll pedal or walk to the castle for a 35 minute guided visit. After our visit we'll cross the border into Austria to Heiterwang, or nearby Reutte.

Distance: 39 km (24 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 11: Tour Ends Today In Ruette
Ruette, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Tour end

If you are headed home, the Munich airport is 3 1/2 hours away by train. Gute Reise!

Meals: B


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  • use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 11 days, 10 nights accommodation
  • 8 dinners with wine or beer
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 wine and beer tasting
  • a guided visit of Neuschwanstein castle
  • and more!


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Total Distance: 507 km (313 miles) Additional mileage available.

Daily Distance: Average per riding day 55 km (34 miles)

What to Expect: Rolling hills; some are steep but not long. Small roads or excellent bike paths with very little traffic.

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