6 Days
Duration
1800 miles
Miles
Yes
Pillions?

CASTLE ROUTE
SELF-GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR

A romantic Trail of Castles – Ideal for all riders due to its more relaxed pace and plenty of time off and on the bikes to visit the stunning castles and roads along one of Germany’s most romantic routes


HOTELS

Quality Hotel accommodation is included.

FOOD

Breakfast is included each morning

SELF-GUIDED

Choose your own dates

 

GROUP OPTIONS

Go as a solo rider or with friends

GPS MAPS

Daily GPX Map Files for sat navs Included

EURO TUNNEL

Euro tunnel return Fare included

Overflowing with sagas, myths, fairy tales and legends, the Castle Route is already over 60 years old and is one of Germany’s most tradition-steeped scenic routes. The route plunges visitors straight into the Middle Ages, leading them from one castle to the next, from pinnacle to pinnacle – and always on the trail of emperors, kings and princes, knights, count palatines and romance.

The name of this route speaks for itself – castle after castle and a never-ending number of romantic medieval towns line this route that runs for almost 1200 km from the chessboard city of Mannheim where the Neckar meets the Rhine to the Golden City of Prague. The Castle Road is the east-west running themed route in Germany and makes an excellent motorcycle tour for riders and pillions

The castles with the best views

Over 70 castles, fairy tale palaces and stately homes line the Castle Road like a string of pearls, impressive monuments to the past. We will get the opportunity to see some of the greatest ones on this route but to visit all of them would take many weeks. At the same time, medieval towns, abbeys, sacred and secular architecture from a huge variety of eras, historic sites and innumerable cultural treasures ensure that any trip on the Castle Road is a vivid experience. Just as diverse as the region’s history is its breathtakingly beautiful countryside.

Dream-like castles

An abundance of medieval masterpieces await you on the Castle Road. This route is virtually unsurpassed in terms of architecture and hospitality. Visitors can watch period costume performances at festivals amongst authentic surroundings, visit medieval markets and secluded castle courtyards, go on ghost tours, dine at medieval banquets or sample historical recipes within ancient castle walls.

The many faces of the Castle Road

Make sure you set aside a little time to really get to know the varied faces of the Castle Road. The Castle Road also has plenty of activities for everyone and every age!

Included

Euro tunnel Return 
All Hotels Included
Breakfast Each Morning 
GPX Route Maps 
Professional 24/7 Tour Guide/Leader 
Distance 1400 miles approx

 

1

DAY 1 - CALAIS TO SAARBRUCKEN

On the first day you’ll leave on the Euro tunnel in Folkestone for 08.00, then head for France. You will then head through Belgium, Luxembourg and finally into Germany passing through the Ardennes Valley on route to Saarbrucken. Staying in a wonderful hotel amongst a beautiful backdrop of hills and forests before you head off to see your first castle of the tour the following day

  Approx 340 (transit day)
  Riding time – 6.5 hrs
  Roads – Motorway (No tolls) and A roads

2

DAY 2 - SAARBRUCKEN TO SCHWABISCH

The day is filled with some impressive looking castles, lakes and historical towns as you shall make your way through mid Germany on this little known route called “Castle Road” which, takes you into the heart of Germany and in a loop so you’ll eventually come back on yourself but via different roads also populated with Castles, medieval towns and historical monuments

Highlights today:
Heidlberg
Castle Hirschhorn
Hornberg Castle
Burg Schadeck Castle
Vorderburg Castle
Karmeliter Klosterkirche
Burg Hornberg
and more…

  180 miles
  4 hrs 
  Short motorway ride and A, B roads

3

DAY 3 - SCHWABISCH TO BAYREUTH

Bayreuth is a town on the Red Main river in Bavaria, Germany. At its center is the Richard Wagner Museum in the composer’s former home, Villa Wahnfried. Wagner’s operas are performed at the Bayreuther Festspielhaus, home of the annual Bayreuth Festival. On the eastern outskirts, the Hermitage Gardens surrounds the Altes Schloss Eremitage palace and the Temple of the Sun (Sonnentempel), honoring the god Apollo

Highlights today:
Bamberger Dom
Altenburg Castle
Medieval Architecture
Medieval Castles

  138 miles
  4 hrs 
  A & B roads, Country scenery

4

DAY 4 - BAYREUTH TO ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken, the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is a worldwide symbol of German romance. Artists have long taken inspiration from the unique location of this medieval town whose skyline with its 42 gates and towers is quite unmistakable. Nestling amidst beautiful, unspoiled countryside and still with a largely intact walkable town wall with medieval fortifications surrounding the historic centre, Rothenburg with its winding alleyways and artistic treasures is the ideal place to relax.

Next up, you head for Burg Pottenstein, a 1000-year-old castle, in a very beautiful location with a wonderful view over the city and landscape of the park owned once by, Count of Pottenstein 1027 – 1104

More Highlights of the day
Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg Nurnberg)
Faber-castell-schloss
Veste Lichtenau Castle and town

–  137 miles
   3.5 hrs 
  A & B roads, Country scenery

5

DAY 5 - ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER TO PONT-A-MOUSON

You begin heading west towards France today and stay near the town of Pont-A-Mouson for the evening riding through the beautiful countryside you will have a more relaxed day on the bikes taking in the scenery and surroundings

   256 miles
  4.5 hrs 
  motorway, A & B roads

6

DAY 6 - PONT-A-MOUSON TO CALAIS

Sadly, today head for the Eurotunnel to catch the train back home at 16.20 hours

   280 miles
  5 hrs 
  motorway, A & B roads

Tour itinerary may change slightly to that advertised due to hotel availability etc

DATES

From; 27th April 2020 – 30th October 2020 (flexible to suit you)

PRICES

Book this tour before 2020 to avoid price increases

2 x Rider sharing a twin or double room: £499.00 per rider
Rider & pillion with twin or double room: £929.00
Single rider private room: £799.00

Rider and pillion; please state which room you would prefer in the option on the checkout form (twin or double)

  • Euro tunnel return fare
  • Good quality hotel accommodation
  • Buffet style breakfast each morning
  • Full itinerary and tour pack
  • FREE Limited Edition Neck Tube
  • FREE Limited Edition Key Ring
  • Gpx files for your sat nav
  • Full support from our Dorset, UK based office
  • Assurance you are booking with a reputable established company

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tour leader
  • Repatriation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hotel parking fees (if any)
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Meals or drinks other than stated
  • Fuel
  • Tolls or Vignettes (if required)
  • Premium hotel services (such as premium wifi, spa)
  • Mini bar usage
  • Local Tourism Tax (1 – 3%)

Any additional costs incurred at the hotel must be paid for before check-out. Failure to do so may result in a £50.00 admin charge in addition to the cost of the extra services you received. Customers shall be liable to costs for any items taken without authorisation from the hotel or any damage caused and not reported. It is your responsibility to ensure that there are no outstanding payments to be made prior to leaving the hotels

It is a requirement that you ensure you have suitable repatriation cover and travel insurance on the tour. Please note, we do not allow customers to add purchases within the hotel onto their room for payment later as this causes us problems at check-out. All drinks or meals are to be paid for at the time of consumption or at the end of the meal.

We highly recommend a helmet camera on this tour, a particular favourite of ours is the GoPro Hero 7, see here

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