Bavarian Beer Trail Cycle

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traveller reviews

  • This is a wonderful trip. I loved seeing Germany this way. Riding through the quiet countryside and through tiny towns was priceless. It was a great mix of that along with some busier, larger cities. My husband and I will do a trip like this again and we will absolutely book with this company. We had no problems and everything was fantastic. C. Fleischhauer. Raleigh, NC, USA.
Beer brewing traditions are an art form in Bavaria and the region of Franconia in the north of the state is home to a third of Germany's breweries. Following the Beer Cycle Route in the Aisch Valley - which has an average of one brewery per kilometre, making it the area with the highest concentration of breweries in the world - there is ample time to take in the laid-back atmosphere in lively beer gardens. However there is much more to the region than beer. UNESCO heritage listed Bamberg with its half timbered houses lining the river, Rothenburg which was spared bombings during WWII by the US Secretary of War and is the most medieval city in Germany, and Nuremberg with its colourful history are all explored along the way. The stages on this circular route can be shortened by using trains, and electric bikes can be hired for a supplement. After the cycle day, sample a smoky beer, experience the hospitality of your Franconian hosts and try a variety of sausages for which the region is famous.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Rothenburg DAY 2 Cycle through Tauber Valley to Ansbach (55km/34mi) DAY 3 Cycle to Nuremberg - option to take train to shorten (55 or 75km/34 or 46.5mi) DAY 4 On to Bamberg (70 or 80km/43.5 or 50mi) DAY 5 Cycle to Neustadt (55 or 70km/34 or 43.5mi) DAY 6 Complete loop returning to Rothenburg (60km/37mi) DAY 7 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 21 Apr to 7 Oct
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High season is from 5 May to 2 Jun and 30 Jun to 24 Aug. Mid season is from 3 to 29 June and 25 Aug to 15 Sep. A supplement applies to mid and high season departures and the season is determined by the start date.

what's included
MEALS: *6 breakfasts ACCOMMODATION: *6 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer (max 20kg) *emergency hotline EQUIPMENT: *24 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (electric bikes available on request - supplement applies) PLUS: *guided tour of Rothenburg with the night watchman *entrance to Franconian open air museum (closed Mondays) *5 vouchers for 500ml of beer - per room booked (to be used in Bamberg)
Bavarian Beer Trail Cycle
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trip grading:
moderate to challenging
7 days
trip code:
US $920
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