Categories: Germany

Top 4 tours for a Taste of Germany

by Jessie Beyer - Monday, January 7, 2019

These tours will give you a true taste of Germany’s rich history and varied cultural traditions across its many regions. You will not only experience the diversity of German cultures and customs, but from this gem nestled in the heart of Europe, you’ll be cycling into its neighboring countries and experience first-hand how cultures have been coming together for centuries to sprout and cultivate unique traditions and cuisines!

Bicycling Bavaria’s Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps

Bicycling is a huge part of German culture and Bavaria is about as scenic as you can get. Cycle along quiet roads and soak in the history and traditions still thriving in villages sprinkled throughout southern Germany. Explore some of the best-preserved towns and villages from the 15th through the 18th century, as Bavaria lends itself to the many charming German clichés. Along the way you will pass by fairy tale castles sitting in the clouds, cows roaming in green pastures… And don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the company of a local gentleman sporting a pair of lederhosen while enjoying a delicious, frothy beer.

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

2019 Departure Dates:

Bicycling Bavaria’s Back roads (8-day)

Jun 30-Jul 7
Jul 28-Aug 4

Bicycling Bavaria’s Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps (11-day)

Jun 30-Jul 10
Jul 28-Aug 7


Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace Plus! the Black Forest

Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands 5 times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now a cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto. Tucked between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River the region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. Although officially located in France, the Alsatians have a distinct identity and refuse to be grouped with neither the French from the “interior” nor the Germans across the Rhine river. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace.

At the end of the tour we get a full-fledged taste of German culture as we cycle into Germany and enjoy 2,000 year old thermal baths, the center of Germany’s haute cuisine, wineries, beer gardens, and some spectacular rides through magical villages.

Highlights: Some of France’s best cuisine, Parc Regional des Vosges du Nord, Alsatian villages, The Wine Road, Pedal from France to Germany, Saverne, Colmar, Wine tasting, Freiburg, Baiersbronn – Center of Germany’s Haute Cuisine, Baden Baden

2019 Departure Dates:

Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace Plus! the Black Forest (13-day)

Jul 7-19
Aug 11-23

**If this sounds great but you don’t have time for the full tour, check out the first 8 days of this itinerary Cycling the Vineyards of Alsace tour. Though you won’t cycle into Germany, you’ll still experience a great taste of Germany’s influence on near-by France.


Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin

A Northern European tour extraordinaire, cycling from one vibrant city to another, with both capitals renowned for their urban cycling culture and lifestyle, our Copenhagen to Berlin cycling tour promises to be a winner. Spend four days in Denmark, pedaling across some of the country’s quintessential islands and along the Baltic Sea before traversing it to reach the “Continent.” Your cycling route will connect some of the most important trading towns of the Hanseatic League which from 1400-1800 dominated the trade routes and economies of the Baltic countries. Our ride in Germany touches upon several important cities including Hamburg which considers itself a trendsetter for the rest of Germany (perhaps all of Europe), and Lübeck (home of the Hanseatic League), Potsdam, and finishes with epic and history-laden Berlin!

Highlights: Copenhagen and its cycling path network, Beaches along the Baltic, Lübeck – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Best marzipan in the world, Guided tour of Hamburg harbor, The Iron Curtain, Birding opportunities, Potsdam’s Sanssouci Palace

2019 Departure Dates:

Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin (14-day)

Jun 8-21: 2 More to Guarantee Departure
Jun 29-Jul 12
Jul 20-Aug 2: Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 10-23

Cycling Copenhagen to Hamburg (8-day)

Jun 8-15: 2 More to Guarantee Departure
Jun 29 -Jul 6
Jul 20 – 27: Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 10-17

Cycling Hamburg to Berlin (8-day)

Jun 14-21: 4 More to Guarantee Departure
Jul 5-12
Jul 26-Aug 2: Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 16-23


Bicycling the Danube Plus! Czech Republic and Prague

Pedal off the beaten track past gently rolling countryside, lakes, and through tiny towns as you bicycle from Germany’s Passau, nestled like a little treasure in a valley where three rivers meet, through Austria and the Czech Republic ending in the majestic city of Prague. Every day is an opportunity to explore the colorful towns and impressive historical sites including a stop in the town of Melk to visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river. You’ll get a flavor for the local food and landscape while pedaling past vineyards (and stopping to taste some fantastic wine!), through forbidden forests along the Austrian/Czech border, and into late Renaissance towns unchanged since the 17th century. Gently rolling cycling, bicycle-friendly paths and roads in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic make this region enormously popular for cyclists of all stripes.

Highlights: Cycling bike paths, Boat ride on the famous Danube river, Crossing three borders, Wine tastings, Historic abbeys and castles.

2019 Departure Dates:

Bicycling the Danube Plus! Czech Republic and Prague (14-day)

Jun 21-Jul 4
Jul 26-Aug 8
Aug 9-22
Aug 23-Sep 5

Bicycling the Danube Passau to Vienna (7-day)

Jun 21-28
Jul 26-Aug 2
Aug 9-16
Aug 23-30

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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