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Rothenburg to Regensburg (Altmuhl) Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £599 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• A popular tour through the Altmuhl
• Through the beautiful Franconia Lake area
• Reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Regensburg
• Detour by boat through the famous Weltenburg Monastery
• Reach the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Cycle Route Profile
At the first two stages slightly hilly, afterwards mostly flat. Suitable for families.

The popular tour along Altmühl cycle path leads through beautiful Franconia lake area and the impressing valley. Before you reach the UNESCO world cultural heritage Regensburg you make a detour by boat to the famous monastery Weltenburg and during the cruise you pass two narrow points.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Rothenburg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the epitome of medieval town romantics and has been immortalized by artists such as Spitzweg and Richter. Be guided through the town in the evening by the night watchman and learn all kinds of interesting facts about life in Rothenburg back in the day.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Ansbach, approx. 50 km (cat A) /
Rothenburg – Herrieden, approx. 50 km (cat B)

You start in Taubertal valley. It doesn’t take long before you reach the Altmühl river. A lovely alternative is the route via the nearby Altmühl spring (approx. 10 km longer). Passing the Zollernburg castle in Colmberg, you pedal to Herrieden and Ansbach.

Day 3: Ansbach – Wettelsheim / Treuchtlingen, approx. 60 km (cat A) /
Herrieden – Weißenburg / Wettelsheim, approx. 55 / 65 km (cat B)

Today, you cross the former Roman border, the Limes, and on a pleasant ride, pedal through the Franconian Lake District to your destination, either Weissenburg, which accommodates Germany’s biggest treasure trove of Roman findings, or the peaceful town of Wettelsheim.

Day 4: Wettelsheim / Treuchtlingen – Eichstätt, approx. 50 km (cat A) / Weißenburg / Wettelsheim – Eichstätt, approx. 50 km (cat B)

On today’s section, the valley gets narrower. The Altmühl cuts its way deep into the rocks and the twelve apostles – an impressive formation of the rock here – is waiting to be admired! You will continue to pass magnificent castles on the way to Eichstätt, a former diocesan town, with delightful Baroque architecture.

Day 5: Eichstätt – Beilngries, approx. 45 km

In Eichstätt take the opportunity before you leave to visit the Jura museum, which has lots of fossils of dinosaurs from the area. Your cycle tour today takes you through a juniper heath in Altmühltal valley to your destination, the charming town of Beilngries.

Day 6: Beilngries – Kelheim, approx. 50 km

From Dietfurt, you follow the Altmühl in the bed of the Main-Danube canal and soon reach Prunn Castle, which towers majestically over the river. In Kelheim you reach the end of today’s section – which is also the end of the Altmühl. From here it flows into the Danube. If your legs aren’t wobbling too much, go and visit the Hall of Liberation, which offers great views of the area.

Day 7: Kelheim – Regensburg, approx. 40 km + boat trip

Today, you can look forward to one of Mother Nature’s wonders – the Danube Gap, which you sail through on a boat. In the beer garden of the Weltenburg monastery, fortify yourself before the boat takes you back to Kelheim whereupon you enjoy a pleasant cycle ride to Regensburg. This town is considered Germany’s best-preserved city and has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast, you start your individual return journey home or extend your stay.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile

At the first two stages slightly hilly, afterwards mostly flat. Suitable for families.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Rothenburg to Regensburg (Altmuhl) tour stays in comfortable middle class hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available Services

• 7 nights with breakfast in the local 3* category, cat A (BY-AT7a)•7nights with breakfast in the local 2* / 3* category, cat B (BY-AT7b)
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Regensburg, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20kg / piece
• Guided tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
• Boat trip Kelheim –Weltenburg and back excl. bike
• Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
• 7 day Service Hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!

E-Bikes are available on this holiday. For more information about the benefits of E-Bikes, please find out more here

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Your Prices

Rothenburg to Regensburg (Altmuhl), 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
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Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £769 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £829 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £879 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £959 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £179
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £119

Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £599 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £669 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £719 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £769 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £209
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £119

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: Hotels of 3*** level
Category B: Good guest houses and middle class hotels

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: From £599
Single Supplement: From £179

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