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8 days
  • self guided cycle
  • 8 nights in 3 star hotels
  • 1 Dinner
  • 8 Breakfasts



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Trip Code: BEE

Trip highlights

  • Cycling along the Beer Cycle Route in the Aisch Valley
  • Experiencing the various beer gardens en route
  • Exploring medieval towns and delving into the fascinating history of the region
  • Enjoying the hospitality of the family run hotels

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.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

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On arrival in the medieval city of Rothenburg (or Rothenburg ob der Tauber), immortalised by artists such as Spitzweg and Richter, make your way to the first hotel. Take the time to walk through the historic centre with its impressive town hall, massive fortifications, towers, churches and patrician houses to gain an appreciation of the town's rich history. There are a number of good museums including the Imperial City Museum, the Craftsman's house, the Crime Museum and the Historical Vaults and the Doll and Toy Museum. Your bike will be available at the hotel either this afternoon or first thing in the morning.

Meals:  Nil

You leave the romantic Taubertal valley and follow the 'Burgenstrasse' (Castle Route) cycle path. In Colmberg, the mighty castle towers over the town. From here you follow the Franconian Rezat river to Ansbach, a splendid margrave (nobleman) residential town. Continue along the Burgenstrasse to Wolframs-Eschenbach, a lovely medieval town with a lot to see.

Meals:  B

Today you continue along the Burgenstrasse cycle path, passing the moated castle in Lichtenau, and reach the town of Roth. Here you can visit the the Ratibor castle before following the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. The castle, which has accommodated numerous emperors and kings, overlooks the imperial city majestically. Nuremberg was once the preferred residence of many German kings and is full of architectural wonders. It was the birthplace of artist Albrecht Dürer and site of the Nuremberg Trials.

Meals:  B

If you'd like to explore Nuremberg this morning or prefer the shorter distance, we recommend taking the train to Forchheim (ticket not included, payable locally). Or if you choose to cycle to Forchheim, the stage is quite demanding. Again on the Burgenstrasse, there are some inclines and descents - but it's well worth the effort! Beautiful landscapes and numerous castles along the way make today's stage very diversified. At the end of the cycle the impressive Rabenstein castle welcomes you and dinner is included tonight.

Meals:  B,D

Soon after setting out today you will reach Aufsess. It's a small town that has made it to the Guinness Book of Records - for the most breweries per resident! Perhaps take a break here to try some of the local beer. Continue to Bamberg (when ready!)

Meals:  B

There are numerous sights that shouldn't be missed in Bamberg. Visit the imperial cathedral and wander through the beautiful old town with its town hall, located on an artificial island in the middle of the Regnitz river. A guided visit through one of the many local breweries is also very interesting, as is the brewery museum.

Meals:  B

At first you cycle a few kilometres back along the path from yesterday. If you want to shorten today's section you can take the train to Hirschaid (ticket not included, payable locally). Next, follow the valley of the little river Aisch to Neustadt, with its quaint town hall clock.

Meals:  B

Your last day of cycling leads you to Bad Windsheim, where you can admire the beautiful old town as well as the Franconian Open-Air Museum with its reconstructed historic buildings. In the pub or the town's several beer gardens you can taste the locally brewed beer. Return to Rothenburg, where there is time to explore further attractions before a tour with the Night Watchman. If you have room for dessert you should try a Schneeball (snowball - a traditional pastry).

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


  • 8 breakfasts and 1 dinner. Breakfast us generally buffet style with cereals, bread, cheese, meats, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juice, but will change from hotel to hotel. The included dinner is 3 courses.
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 27 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (electric bikes available on request - supplement applies).
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kgs / 44lb per piece)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Guided tour of Rothenburg with the night watchman
  • Entrance to Franconian open air museum (closed Mondays)
  • 4 vouchers for 500ml of beer - per person (18yrs+, to be used in Bamberg)

  • Travel to and from Rothenburg
  • Lunches, dinners except at Rabenstein castle and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance - this is compulsory
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Entrance fees unless specifically advised as included
  • Transfers unless specifically advised as included
  • Optional trains to shorten stages: Nuremberg to Forchheim (allow EUR15pp including bike) and Bamberg to Hirschaid (allow EUR10pp including bike) (prices subject to change)
  • City or visitors tax (where applicable)
  • Helmets

Bike information


moderate to challenging  

During the 7 days of cycling a total of 295 to 340km (183 to 211mi) is covered with daily routes of between 55 and up to 95 kilometres (34 to 50mi), with options to take the train to shorten the trip. The route has hilly stretches with lots of small ascents, mostly along quiet rural roads, sometimes along forest and agricultural tracks. In order to prepare for this trip you will need to be comfortable cycling for extended periods, sometimes with traffic around you (sometimes unavoidable going in to and leaving towns).

Departure dates

Daily from 14 Apr to 16 Oct


Mid Season
High Season
High season is from 15 May to 17 Sep. Mid season is from 14 to 23 Apr, 30 Apr to 14 May and 18 Sep to 8 Oct - a supplement applies for mid and high season departures.
We suggest adding a rest day in Bamberg to explore the sights - extra night rate applies.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike supplementUSD$140
  • Single SupplementUSD$310
*Prices listed are per person

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