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Bavarian Lakes

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,155 P.P.
Germany

Bavarian Lakes

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,155 P.P.
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A gently paced cycling vacation in Germany exploring the lakes of Bavaria. Enjoy your time cycling through tranquil secluded valleys, lush Alpine scenery with the ever-present dramatic backdrop of the Karwendel massif.
 
This tour starts and finishes in Munich, which is easily accessed from airports throughout the UK and Europe. On this Bavarian Lakes cycling tour there are only a few short climbs where you can walk if you wish, after all, there’s no rush!
 
On a combination of cycle paths and quiet roads you'll meander along lake shores and through valleys with unspoilt natural beauty. Cycling through various ancient, picturesque Bavarian villages and towns, such as the richly decorated town of Bad Tolz and village of Wallgau, will give you an insight into the local, traditional way of life. This is altogether a charming landscape.
 
Our cycling tour of Bavaria takes you along the River Loisach through the Murnauer Moos nature reserve to the Winter Olympic Games town of Garmisch Partenkirchen. Here you can leave your bikes behind and take a cable car up Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, from where there are breath-taking views of the surrounding Alps.
 
Contact us with your preferred dates and let Skedaddle show you the best way to enjoy a cycling vacation in Germany. If you're interested in doing this vacation with children, do check out the family version of this trip, where you may find the information more relevant to your needs.
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Highlights

  • Lake Starnberger See – one of Munich’s most beautiful lakes
  • The famous Olympic town of Garmisch Partenkirchen, former home of the Winter Olympics
  • Taking a cable car up Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2962 m) with breathtaking views of the Alps
  • Cycling alongside the crystal clear, turquoise-blue waters of the young Isar to the marvellous lake Sylvenstein
  • Riding through the sunny high-lying Isar valley with wonderful panoramic views of the Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains

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An amazing adventure and a good character builder. A lovely way to spend a week with your partner – working as a team and feeling a great sense of achievement at the end of it.

Julie, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Munich

Today you’ll arrive in Munich. Depending on flight times, you may have time to explore this great city! Perhaps a visit to the fortress museum, Fortress Grünwald or Bavaria Film City is on the cards?

You will be met at the hotel in the evening, by a local representative, and there you will be fitted for your hire bikes, should you be hiring. You’ll also have the chance to discuss your upcoming ride, as well as receiving your route notes and maps for the week ahead.

Day 2
Munich to Murnau am Staffelsee
40 Miles / 65 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

You’ll leave Munich by crossing Forstenrieder Park, heading towards Lake Starnberger See (one of the most illustrious addresses around Munich).

From Starnberg you’ll find yourself travelling along the lakeside cycle path to Seeshaupt. Your cycling starts off on beautiful roads through ancient Bavarian villages, past lake Ostersee and lake Riegsee to Murnau on lake Staffelsee.

Day 3
Murnau to Garmisch Partenkirchen
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

In the morning you’ll cross Middle-Europe’s largest moor and swamp area, the Murnauer Moos nature reserve. You’ll follow the river Loisach through areas of unspoilt nature to the famous Olympic town of Garmisch Partenkirchen, former home of the Winter Olympics.

As today’s stage is quite brief, you could choose to take the cable car up Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2962 metres / 9700 feet) which provides breathtaking views of the Alps.

Day 4
Garmisch Partenkirchen to Wallgau
28 Miles / 45 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

You’ll start the day with a climb of 300 metres / 984 feet of altitude to Scharnitz … don’t worry, it’s by train! From here you’ll continue slightly uphill through wildly romantic gorges and lush Alpine fields to the source of the Isar. The riding continues through the sunny high-lying valley with wonderful panoramas of the Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains through Mittenwald (forest) to Wallgau – a village which still resonates with Bavarian tradition.

Day 5
Wallgau to Bad Tölz
31 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll ride past Isarwinkel on one of the more remote sections of the route, following the crystal clear, turquoise-blue waters of the young Isar to the marvellous lake Sylvenstein, via the little town Lenggries and through lovely rural countryside to Bad Tölz.

This once important trading place, situated at the crossing of two old trading routes (the river Isar and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu) still manages to impress with imposing, richly decorated old buildings.

Day 6
Bad Tölz - Loop Ride
28 Miles / 45 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Todays circular ride will take you through the charming landscape of Lake Tegernsee to Gmund am Tegernsee with a wonderful panoramic lake view to keep you company. Then it’s along Gaißbach Valley back again to Bad Tölz.

Day 7
Bad Tölz to Munich
37 Miles / 60 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Your last day’s cycling will take you along the Isar cycle path via Geretsried and Wolfratshausen to Grunwald. Only a few brief climbs on the route today before your return to Munich where you can spend the evening relaxing and reflecting on your past few days.

Day 8
Departure from Munich
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today it’s time to say tschüss to this beautiful part of Germany and head back to the airport for flights home. If you’d like a few more days however to explore Munich please do let us know and we can help organise this for you.

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The Cycling

Terrain

You’ll be riding mainly on cycle paths, with only very short sections on roads shared with traffic, (generally when riding through towns and cities, getting to and from your accommodation.) The majority of the route will be on tarmac or well surfaced cycle paths, with some short sections on hard packed gravel / dirt roads and farm tracks. Overall a relaxing cycle tour with only a few short ascents, which can easily be tackled by pushing the bike if needed! We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2-3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

2021 Daily departures available between 03 Apr and 30 Apr.

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 03 Apr and the 30 Apr: $1155 pp.

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01 May and the 11 Jun: $1250 pp.

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 12 Jun and the 04 Sep: $1295 pp.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 3 and 4* hotels

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) (Day 4) Tickets for train transfer (As bikes cannot be paid for in advance these are not included and cost approx 5 euros per bike)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day

J) Travel from final hotel on departure day

K) City or visitor’s tax where applicable.

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Munich on arrival and onwards from Munich at the end of the trip. Please aim to arrive before 17.30 if possible.

The most convenient airport for this trip is Munich airport (MUC). Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Your hotel is just one underground stop from Munich Central Train Station, from where it is approx. 100m/330ft to the hotel. Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi directly from the station which will take about 10 minutes.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying in upmarket 3 and 4* hotels. You have the choice between bed & breakfast and half board.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses. If you are opting for a twin room, we will pass your request for separate beds onto the hotels, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to hire. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although men’s frames are often available on request. We also have premium hybrid bikes (black photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position. E-bikes are available to hire, these are limited in availability so are on request. Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes. Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, tool kit, puncture repair kit, cycle computer, pump and combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets. It is possible to bring along your own saddle or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters. There are also child bikes, trailers, tag-alongs and seats available to hire.

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