Castles, Rivers & Mountains Tour

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You will be greeted by your Castles Rivers & Mountains tour guides at the channel tunnel terminal in Folkestone ready to start this amazing touring adventure. We then ride to Meerbusch just over the German border for a cuppa and a briefing of your next ten days riding. The following morning we ride through Germany to the historic town of Hameln via the Mohnesee reservoir with a walk over the Mohne Dam.

We then continue our ride through Germany into the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein and Switzerland before we head back through Germany and the French countryside for the port of Calais on what will be the most memorable experience you could imagine. The tour will travel through the most spectacular scenery and experience the most stunning riding roads and attractions that the regions have to offer.



2018 – 25 July to 5 August

Costs:
£1,645 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£1,295 – Rider sharing a twin room
£2,590 – Rider & Pillion Double Occupancy


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Euro Tunnel logo

Day 1 map

 

We meet in Folkestone at the Eurotunnel for the start of the Castles, Rivers and Mountains Tour.

 

After a short 35 minute crossing we begin our journey along the motorway through France, Belgium, The Netherlands and into Germany to our first hotel situated on the banks of the river Rhein.

Day 1 Hotel

After a welcoming briefing our guests can choose either to dine in the hotel for the evening or to join the tour guides in taking a short trip across the river for a stroll to a local village eatery, which offers traditional German cuisine, pizza and the tour guide’s old favorite, gyros.

Situated conveniently on the banks of the Rhine, our hotel overlooks a quick and efficient car ferry service (4 Euros per person) for those wishing to explore or dine in the neighbouring village.

 

Our second days ride welcomes the sight of our first major attraction: the Mohne Dam. After a fuelling breakfast in the hotel we cross the Rhine by ferry, beginning our journey to the town of Hameln.

Day 2 Mohne Dam

We ride into the town of Mohne on the banks of the Mohneesee reservoir, home to the famous dam that was successfully bombed by Guy Gibson and his colleagues with the bouncing bomb during WWII. Today the reservoir is used as a recreational area by both locals and holiday makers alike.

Day 2 food

Scheduled arrival is around 1130hrs (just in time for lunch!), where you can treat yourself to a traditional bratwurst/currywurst and pommes (sausage and chips) at a superb, little imbis.

Parking at the dam is at a cost of 1 Euro and if you are in need of a toilet stop, there is a 70 cent charge so please have some small change on you if you want to spend a penny!!

Leaving here at 1300hrs we will ride up into the Weserbergland area of Germany to the town of Hameln, termed as Hamelin by us Brits.

Pied PiperHere you will have time to explore the square and watch the bells on the gable of the Hochzeitshaus at approx 16.30. Plenty of cafes and ice cream parlors can be found in the square if you fancy an afternoon snack or drink.
Meal options here are similar to the first night.

There is a restaurant within the hotel or the option to walk down into the town centre where there is a wide variety of food choices.

 

Belsen

After breakfast in the hotel another 8.30 start on the bikes and our 154 mile journey to the Harz Region town of Goslar will begin. The featured stop today will be at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Visitors Centre. Arriving at around 10.45 with a planned leaving time of 12.45 you will have plenty of time to wander through the large visitor centre/museum and walk into the memorial area. Although a somber place it’s a really worthwhile visit in our opinion.

 

There is a small café on site for drinks, hotdogs and sandwiches for anybody who wishes to have an early lunch.

Leaving Bergen-Belsen at around 12.45 our journey to Goslar in the Harz Mountain region should take around 2 and a half hours giving us an mid afternoon arrival at our hotel for the night.

Leaving Bergen-Belsen at around 12.45 our journey to Goslar in the Harz Mountain region should take around 2 and a half hours giving us an mid afternoon arrival at our hotel for the night.

A five minute walk from the hotel is Goslar main square. There is a wide choice of food outlets, cafes and bars here giving you plenty of evening meal options. The ice creams come highly recommended here.

 

After breakfast in the hotel we start out at 8am. We will cover 196 miles to our end point of Colditz Castle. Our morning ride will meander through the beautiful Harz Mountains giving you some early indications of what to expect with the Austrian mountain roads. (Look at it as a practice ride).

Riding into what was once East Germany you will notice a subtle change in the housing and feel of the country, but then with the unexpected surprise of Sussersee where we will be stopping for lunch, a beautiful inland lake and castle nestled by the side of our route to Leipzig.

Day 3 Sussersee

ColditzThe afternoon ride leads us into Colditz where the impressive castle stands on the hill Known better to us Brits as a POW camp for WWII officers. It is now a German Youth Hostel and where we will be staying for the night. The museum is well worth visiting, the ingenuity of the officers that tried to escape will amaze you. We will be parking the bikes in the POW courtyard for the night, you even get your own key to the main wooden gates of the Castle.

After parking the bikes, it’s a quick shower and a walk down to the town square for our evening meal and a well deserved coffee.

Breakfast is taken in the hostel this morning. Don’t worry about your past experiences of hostel food. There is a wide selection of breakfast items and a good supply of teas and coffee. As we are in a hostel they do ask that you leave your bed stripped, please be mindful of this when leaving the room. Towels are provided, however, you will need to bring shampoo!

Colditz Castle tunnelColditz Castle glider

 

 

After breakfast, we start our relaxed day with a 2 hour guided tour of Colditz Castle (which is not to be missed).

 

This is followed by a great ride to our next hotel in the town of Mariánské Lázně in the Czech Republic. More stunning scenery and switchbacks await you here. Pillions be ready with your cameras.

Mariánské Lázně

 

After riding through the austerity of the Czech countryside and run down villages you will be in for an amazing sight in the most unexpected terms as we ride into where you will be taken aback by its grandeur and magnificence, certainly not what you are expecting to see in the middle of nowhere! There will be plenty of downtime to explore this delightful town before dinner.

 

Bavarian town of Altotting

 

Today sees us heading back as we ride into Germany south to Bavarian town of Altotting which will be our destination for lunch in a restaurant that doubles up ice cream parlor (Oh Boy!).

 

 

Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden

 

On route to our final destination for the day we will visit the world famous Kehlsteinhaus, which is better known to us Brits as the “Eagles Nest” in Berchtesgaden. Here you can opt to take the bus tour up to Hitler’s home on the mountain or simply sit with a coffee sucking up the wonderful views. It is simply stunning and well worth the visit to the top.

 

 

Today’s ride is slightly more challenging in terms of the miles we ride, however the smiles will last all day long and make the mileage worthwhile!

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

After a hearty breakfast we will ride into Austria and head south to ride the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, it is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. This is a toll road so have your Euros at the ready.

 

 

Day 7 Hotel

 

We will then cross into Italy for more great riding before entering Austria again to experience more truly spectacular riding through the Austrian mountains and countryside. Your reward for the days riding will become all too clear to see once we arrive at our hotel where we will be staying for the next three nights. You will be greeted with a glass of snaps and a four course evening meal.

 

 

Day 8 to 9 mountain ridingBased for three nights in Austria there are options for guided tours during each day or you may wish to do your own thing. Our Castles Rivers Mountains tour will include rides covering Austria, Italy and Switzerland and of course the famous Stelvio pass.

For those choosing to do their own ride outs, we have a number of mapped route options that promises to get the maximum out of your chosen ride showing you the best views possible. You can plan to ride up to 250 miles a day knowing that it will be 250 miles of spectacular roads and scenery.

Day 8 to 9 mountain lake

 
Be ready to have sun in the valleys and snow on the mountains. The contrasts between upper and lower mountains is remarkable and the roads just outstanding. There is an excellent garage facility within the hotel where our bikes will be kept overnight and there is even an option to jet wash your bike if you feel you need to. We guarantee you will not want to leave this hotel!

 

 

We have a 7:30am start to our days riding covering approximately 269 miles. Riding through Austria and into Switzerland, we travel south of the Bodensee another vast inland lake which straddles both Switzerland and Germany.

Day 10 valleyLeaving the mountains of Austria we will enjoy the rolling hills that are of grape vines. After stopping for lunch break we then ride north into Germany’s Black Forest along the famous B500 and onto tree lined roads over hill tops revealing amazing valley views. Our penultimate rest stop is on a hillside popular with paragliders, as the hillsides and air streams provide good gliding conditions, so don’t be surprised if you see and hear one or two over your head.

 

Oberkirche

 

Our stop for the night will be in Oberkirche at a family run, very biker friendly hotel.

Evening meal can be purchased in the hotel restaurant where you can relax on the balcony overlooking the vineyards.

 

 

Our final day of the Castles Rivers Mountains tour riding takes us up to the Belgium border covering 242 miles. Part of our riding will take us into France for a short period. Heading north we will go via the Nurburgring, the world famous racing track. This place is vast and given the time of year it will be very busy so it is unlikely you will be able to see too much of it unless you choose to spend more time there and meet up at the hotel later that evening.

VogelsangOur final planned stop will be to Vogelsang.

This is part of the Eifel National part and home to a former Hitler Youth School, a place with major historical influence on the German people. Currently under redevelopment, but all the main buildings remain and show the lifestyle that young fit German teenagers were subjected to in the aim of making them elite, fit national socialists, Government indoctrination as such.

As this is officially the end of the tour a farewell evening dinner will be enjoyed by all.

Today is where the Castles Rivers Mountains tour ends. It is a relaxing day where you decide what to visit/ride. The tour guides will be having a relaxing morning before heading back along the Autobahn to Calais where they will board the train back to the UK. You are welcome to join us if you wish.
♦ Includes standard Channel Tunnel return crossing (optional upgrade to flexi ticket at extra cost only available at time of booking)
♦ Ten nights of Hotel Accommodation
♦ All group breakfasts (some evening Meals)
♦ Any tolls (any gratuities are additional)
♦ Our experienced tour guides will provide daily summaries and inform you of the history of route.
  • Meals (Other than Breakfast or specified evening meals) and snacks, tips, refreshments and your alcoholic beverages
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Souvenirs
  • Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
  • Any necessary riding gear and or personal effects.
  • All Fuel and Oil for your Motorcycle.
  • Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
  • Parking fees
 

 
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Great Tour !!!

Just got back from the Castles-Rivers-Mountains Tour. The guide Mark Lamploughwas very informative and spoke fluent German which helped a lot. I cant thank Mark and his back up team in the UK enough for their hard work in making this trip very memorable and interesting. I met some great new friends and I will certainly be using their services again for future trips. Thanks again guys !!! Martyn