Tilting at Windmills

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11 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
890 Km
avg 99 Km
Guided

Description

The German city of Munich, with its famed Hofbräuhaus, which was established in 1589, is the start for the third and last section of The Odyssey. The route will take the riders out across Bavaria's numerous bucolic towns, past grazing cows, through cool green forests and into quaint village squares. You may see farmers working the fields while wearing the region's distinctive Lederhosen-a sight you will not soon forget.

The first rest day is in Heidelburg, a famed university town whose academic institution dates from the 14th century. Riders will also enjoy exploring the imposing Heidelburg castle that overlooks the city and the Neckar River from atop Königstuhl hill. A short ride will take the riders into Mannheim and the shores of the Rhine River. Here the cyclists will be pleased to discover the Rhine River bike path-a perfect way to ride alongside one of the world's great rivers. A vital transportation route in the Middle Ages, the 'Romantic Rhine' is now more known for its sightseeing riverboats, historic cities and the many castles and fortresses perched along its waters.

Pedalling north the cyclists will be well-advised to stop in Mainz for a taste of some of the world's best Riesling wines. A little further along, the ancient city of Koblenz, some 2000 years old, marks the beginning of the Rhine Gorge and the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Its attractive triangular-shaped old city is situated below the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Another day's ride brings the riders to Cologne and its incredible twin-spired Cologne Cathedral.

On their last rest day, the cyclists can climb up Cathedral's South Tower's 533 steps for a sweeping view over the Rhine River, looking back from whence they came and then forward towards the Dutch border and the end of their journey. First, however, they spin back to the Rhine River and head north through the industrial city of Dusseldorf before leaving the river just before they enter the Netherlands. The last stretch takes them through Arnhem, the site of a decisive World War 2 battle in 1944, before heading across the pretty Dutch countryside and into Amsterdam and the end of this romantic section.

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Tour Location

Country:
Germany|Netherlands
From:
Munich, Germany
To:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
11 Days
Level:
Easy-Moderate
Terrain:
Cycle Paths/Trails
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
EUR 3100

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
890 Km
Riding Days:
9
Month(s):
June
Departure:
18-Jun-19

Additional Information

Booking Conditions:

A registration fee of $150 USD must first be paid to hold your place

Inclusions

Vehicle to carry your bags;
Experienced Tour Leader;
'Sweep' Rider;
Bike Mechanic;
Local support

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