FROM SUCH MEDIEVAL CITIES AS FREIBURG – KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY to the Black Forest – to castles along the Mosel River, Germany is criss-crossed with gorgeous trails and well-marked paths that are ideal for hiking and biking enthusiasts. Several companies are selling biking and walking trips that give participants time to linger in small villages, browse the shops and dine on some of the local specialties. Following are a few of the latest selections.
Euro-Bike Tours lists several programs that either stay exclusively in Germany or combine it with such neighbors as Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Hungary. Prices cover land arrangements, most meals, accommodations, taxes, service charges and rail transfers.
Biking and Hiking Tours
The six-day ‘Mosel Magic’ explores castles, villages and churches along the route known as the Wine Road. Participants can land in Luxembourg and take a 45-minute train ride to the starting point of Trier, or they may land in Frankfurt and board the train for a three-hour ride. The program ends in Koblenz.
Travelers sample the fine wines and foods of the region and visit such historic cities as Neumagen, the former summer capital of Emperor Constantine; Zell, which dates to the Romans; and Beilstein. Per-per-son prices based on two sharing a room start at $1,645.
An Eastern Europe itinerary winds through some of the most fetching countryside in Bavaria and follows the Danube River. The tour starts in Munich and ends in Budapest. En route, participants visit Lake Chiemsee and Herrenchiemsee Island, where there is a tour of King Ludwig’s Palace. The 10-day program combines Austria and Hungary; prices start at $3,185 per person double.
The company is also selling ‘Bavarian Walk,’ which takes hikers along alpine trails, with overnight stays in small inns and hotels. The eight-day program, which begins and ends in Munich, costs $1,995 per person double.
Departures for these programs
They are scheduled from June through October. Backroads takes cyclists on an eight-day biking trip across Bavaria to the Danube, starting in Traunstein, Germany, and ending in Vienna. Accommodations are offered in either country inns or in campgrounds.
The trip offers three levels of difficulty: moderately easy, traveling 24 miles a day; moderate, 37 miles a day; and challenging, 55 miles a day. The terrain is gently to moderately rolling hills; rental bikes are available for $150. The cost of the inn trip is $2,598 per person double, and the camping trip costs $1,198. Included are most meals and support van services.
Uniquely Europe has a trio of seven-day biking and walking adventures in Germany. Each is a self-guided program priced to include accommodations, daily breakfasts, luggage transfers, boat journeys where indicated, detailed route notes and maps, and, in some cases, a local contact. Departures are through October.
A seven-day walking program, takes walkers from Triberg through the watershed between the Rhine and Danube rivers, with stops in Vohrenbach, the walled city of Villingen and Konigsfeld. The price is $795 per person.
Walking along King Ludwig’s Trail in Bavaria takes participants through small villages, churches and castles. The price is $925 per person.
A biking trip through the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley starts in Lossburg and ends in Kohl-Kork. The price is $753 per person double, and distances range from 10 to 32 miles a day.
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