Cycling Hamburg to Berlin

Cycling Hamburg to Berlin

Starting your cycling in Germany's wealthiest city, Hamburg, whose slogan is "gateway to the world" is sure to delight! You'll meander along the Elbe River to important trading towns of the Hanseatic League which from 1400-1800 dominated the trade routes and economies of the Baltic countries. Pedal through rural countryside to reach Lüneburg, while we finish up the tour at the Prussian kings' summer resort (Potsdam). The grand finalé is the bicycle ride into Berlin.

If this tour sounds great but you prefer a longer ride, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Jul 6-13, 2018
Guaranteed to Go!
Jul 27-Aug 3, 2018
Just a Few Spaces Left.  
Aug 17-24, 2018
Sold Out - Wait List Available
Jun 14-21, 2019
Jul 5-12, 2019
Jul 26-Aug 2, 2019
Aug 16-23, 2019

* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 58km (36 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Germany
  • Price / From USD$4095
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Daily Ride Summary


1 No cycling today.
2 No cycling today.
3 44 mi / 71 km
4 34 mi / 55 km
5 43 mi / 69 km
6 36 mi / 58 km
7 25 mi / 40 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Guided tour of Hamburg, Luneburg saltwater pools and nature reserve, Iron Curtain, Overnight at the Castle of Lenzen, Hanseatic League Cities, Water - birds abound, Potsdam - Sanssouci Palace and Park, Berlin

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available. Separated twin beds are rare in many places instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; van support; all breakfast, 5 dinners with wine; guided tour of Hamburg

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
  • Begin/End
    Hamburg / Berlin
  • Arrive / Depart
    Hamburg (HAM) / Berlin (BER)
  • Total Distance
    291km (180 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    58km (36 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    Mostly flat rides with some longer mileage days.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to Hamburg

Highlights: Free and Hanseatic City, "Gateway to the world"

"The gateway to the world" might be a bold claim, but Germany's second-largest city and largest port (despite being on a river and 100 km from the coast) has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages, and this "harbourpolis" is now the nation's premier media hub and its wealthiest city. We'll enjoy a special welcome dinner tonight.

DAY 2: Hamburg

Highlights: Guided harbor cruise of the Hamburg Port

Enjoy a harbor cruise this morning and some free time to visit some of the local attractions like the impressive Rathaus (city hall) or one of the museums in the newly popular warehouse district. Or perhaps you'd like some shopping in the main streets around the train station, or a stroll along the Alster River and harbor to see the bustle.

DAY 3: Hamburg to Lüneburg

Highlights: Storybook German brick gothic town Lüneburg, town hall

Take a ferry out of Daily Hamburg and find yourself transported to another world - the "Alte Land" a rural paradise famous for its orchards. As the landscape changes we'll ride through the Lüneburg Heath, a nature reserve, on our way to Lüneburg town whose prosperity for centuries came from its salt. The town sat upon a massive salt dome which was mined, sold/traded throughout Northern Europe. Though salt is no longer the primary economic driver, Lüneburg has more than that going for it. For instance our hotel is the location for the German TV series, "Red Roses". Stroll around and enjoy this fairy tale setting.

DAY 4: Lüneburg to Hitzacker and shuttle to Tangermünde

Highlights: Elbe River, Iron Curtain, Baroque gardens at our lodging

Today’s ride follows the Elbe river along a natural area of the Lower Saxony Elbtalaue. With such a picturesque landscape it's difficult to imagine that you are traveling along the Iron Curtain. We'll regather in Hitzacker and take a 1.45-hour shuttle to the final destination of the day, Tangermünde. Our hotel for the night is the former residence of the emperor of Tangermünde, the castle’s unforgettable charm casts a spell on all who visit. Enjoy the pool or spa this afternoon.

DAY 5: Tangermünde to Brandenburg

Highlights: Romanesque Jerichow "monastery", Havel river

Stop for mid-morning coffee at the misnamed Jerichow Romanesque Monastery – one of northern Germany’s most impressive remaining brick buildings from the Romanesque period. The monastery’s name is misleading because it was actually a church that housed secular priests who interacted extensively with the local population, not monks living in seclusion. Continue along the "Romanesque Road," we will follow a scenic route that links churches and cathedrals from 950-1250 AD. You’ll also ride along the Havel River and its nearby lakes as you enter the town of Brandenburg.

DAY 6: Brandenburg to Potsdam

Highlights: Havel River Bike Path, Sanssouci Palace and Park

Today you will follow bike paths along the Havel River to the final destination for the day, Potsdam. This was the royal residence for Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. The palace's name Sans Souci, translates to "without concerns". King Frederick set-up his summer residence here in the 18th century to relax and escape the spectacle of the Berlin court. You'll pedal through the city’s impressive park itself to reach our hotel in the center of town. Take the rest of the day to enjoy the town, its many palaces, and parks.

DAY 7: Potsdam to Berlin

Highlights: Cycle to our final destination: Unified Berlin

Today we cycle to our final destination and Germany’s largest city, Berlin. Our route will take us across the bridge of spies, through the Grunewald, past the Olympia Stadium of 1936, and along bike paths to the Victory Column, through the Tiergarten Park to the Brandenburg Gate and back on bike paths to the Reichstag!

DAY 8: Berlin

Highlights: Berlin guided visit

Your cycling adventure is complete, but we will spend our last morning together with a guided visit through the city. Once we finish our tour back at the hotel at around 1 p.m., we hope you have a bit more time to spend in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. It offers a little of everything for its many visitors -- Happy travels!

If you must depart, we recommend you book your home bound flight for the next day as most international flights leave in the morning.

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  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Arrows, bike paths, arrows, meals, arrows! Special, unreal, an experience not to be missed. Great adventure, an unreal experience.

    Phillip R., Beverly Hills, NSW - August 2017
  • This entire trip far exceeded my expectations. The guides were fantastic in every way, and made the trip absolutely seamless and stress-free. I am hooked.

    Peter P., Rockville, MD - June 2017
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