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Hartz

 

Hartz

The tour itinerary is based on a Northern crossing with the option* to use a Southern crossing which will shorten the tour by two days.

 For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities. A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 9.30am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to 'the best biking guesthouse in the whole region in the Eifel region(215miles).

 (260 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for an early morning departure for their journey to Germany. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet up at the first nights hotel in time for a drink and 'get to know session' with your fellow riders and guides, before sitting down for our evening meal.

 (280 miles): We get to ride some of the roads of the Eifel region, before passing Koblenz and heading northeast to the Harz Mountains. Your stay for the next three nights' will be at a brilliant family run biker guest house ideally located for touring the area. Your stay includes all evening meals.

 (free days): You have two days to explore the area, your guide will be able to advise you as to what to see and do, which will include medieval cities such as Goslar (a UNESCO World Cultural heritage site), the castles of Quedlinburg and Werigerodesuch, a mine visit toLautenhals Gluck or perhaps a fun day at the adventure Park ofSeilbahnenf Thale. If you prefer spending your day on the bike, the network of virtually empty roads twist and turn across the mountains providing some great riding. Visit Torfhaus, the site of Northern Germanys greatest bike meet before heading for theKyffhauser and its numerous hairpins.

 ( 238 miles): Using a combination of roads we make our way back to Boppard in the Rhine Valley. Our route gives you the opportunity to visit the Edar and Mohnesee dams both of which were breached during the famous Dambuster raid.  A  hotel overlooking the Rhine will be our tour base for the next two nights. Evening meals and secure garage parking are included.

 (free day): Although we have visited many times, we never tire of this part of Germany, with its vineyards, river valleys and fairy-tale castles. You can explore on your own, or join us for a guided ride-out of the Rhine and MoselValley.  If you want a day off the bikes, Boppard has lots to see, with parts of the town dating back to Roman times. The nearby chairlift takes you to the 'Vierseenblick', offering fantastic views of the Rhine below. Although at the time of writing, the dates are not yet available for 2014, the Nurburgring is generally open at some point over the weekend. For those interested, there is the opportunity to ride around the circuit or just to sit and enjoy the spectacle of watching others testing their skills to the limit!

 Following breakfast, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (310 miles) will be at Calais in time for an late afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern Crossing (275 miles) head for Rotterdam and their overnight ferry. 

 

Tour Details DURATION

8 Nights

TOUR AREA

Harz Mountains, Rhine & Eiffel region - Germany

TYPE

Escorted (E)

  MILEAGE

2