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NEW for 2011<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>s<br />

Austrian Wine &<br />

<strong>the</strong> Danube Cycle Tour<br />

Allgäuer Alps<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> Holiday<br />

Experience Guide 2011<br />

Germany - Austria - France - Czech Republic - Switzerl<strong>and</strong><br />

25<br />

Years<br />

• 1986 - 2011 •<br />

of Quality Cycling & <strong>Walking</strong> Holidays<br />

We’re proud to be celebrating our 25th anniversary.<br />

So you might raise a glass with us, we are giving away<br />

FREE Champagne* with every booking this year.<br />

*Terms <strong>and</strong> conditions apply - see page 42


As cycling <strong>and</strong> walking<br />

holiday experts, <strong>Bents</strong><br />

lead <strong>the</strong> way…<br />

We’re proud to be celebrating our 25th<br />

year organising quality cycling <strong>and</strong> walking<br />

holidays. As a thank you <strong>and</strong>, so you might<br />

raise a glass with us, we are giving away<br />

free champagne* with every booking this<br />

year.<br />

We take care of everything – from flights<br />

<strong>and</strong> hotels, to <strong>the</strong> choice of route. Best of<br />

all, we ensure that you have <strong>the</strong> freedom<br />

to explore at your own pace.<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong> is a member<br />

of AITO, <strong>the</strong> Association of Independent<br />

Tour Operators. All members of AITO are<br />

fully bonded, so you can book your holiday<br />

with confidence. We also guarantee that<br />

<strong>the</strong> price of your holiday shown on our<br />

booking confirmation is <strong>the</strong> price you'll pay<br />

– no surcharges or o<strong>the</strong>r nasty surprises.<br />

Each of our centres are carefully chosen to<br />

offer a wide variety of activities, from<br />

mountain walking <strong>and</strong> water sports to<br />

visiting historical monuments <strong>and</strong> castles.<br />

Most importantly, excellent cycling <strong>and</strong><br />

walking excursions are available in each<br />

area with carefully researched itineraries to<br />

suit everybody.<br />

2011 brings two exciting additions to<br />

our programme. A beautiful ride through<br />

Austrian wine country <strong>and</strong> along The<br />

Danube (p20) <strong>and</strong>, an enchanting walking<br />

holiday in The Allgäu (p34).<br />

Two of our favourite cycling holidays<br />

make a return this summer: <strong>the</strong><br />

picturesque Carinthian Lakes (p22) <strong>and</strong>,<br />

<strong>the</strong> magical Alsace (p30).<br />

All except one of our tours are available in<br />

two formats. The ‘Original <strong>Bents</strong><br />

Formula’ of two night stays at each hotel,<br />

moving on alternate days, is available for all<br />

departure dates. Our ‘One Night Stops’<br />

<strong>itinerary</strong>, where you stay two nights in your<br />

first hotel, followed by just a single night in<br />

each subsequent hotel, is offered on<br />

selected dates. Our Moselle Tour (p18),<br />

has a specially chosen <strong>itinerary</strong> tailored to<br />

<strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>scape.<br />

In response to many requests, we have<br />

added electric bicycles to our fleet. These<br />

are available at a small supplement <strong>and</strong>,<br />

should you choose to ride one, will help<br />

you ride up hills with ease <strong>and</strong> keep going<br />

longer <strong>and</strong> fur<strong>the</strong>r with minimal effort.<br />

All our holiday prices include flights from<br />

<strong>the</strong> UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers. We offer<br />

scheduled flights from an array of regional<br />

UK airports to all our destinations. We are<br />

also very happy to arrange your flights<br />

using low cost carriers from any airport in<br />

<strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong>, we will research<br />

<strong>the</strong> best options for you.<br />

Ready to go? We look forward to hearing<br />

from you soon.<br />

Stephen Bent<br />

*Terms <strong>and</strong> conditions apply - see page 42<br />

2 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Welcome to<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> Cycling &<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong> 2011<br />

We take care of everything for you<br />

The AITO Quality Charter<br />

AITO is <strong>the</strong> Association for independent <strong>and</strong><br />

specialist holiday companies. Our member<br />

companies, usually owner-managed, strive to<br />

create overseas holidays with high levels of<br />

professionalism <strong>and</strong> a shared concern for quality <strong>and</strong> personal<br />

service. The Association encourages <strong>the</strong> highest st<strong>and</strong>ards in all<br />

aspects of tour operating.<br />

EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP<br />

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance <strong>and</strong> quality which<br />

must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to<br />

membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of<br />

Business Practice which encourages high operational st<strong>and</strong>ards <strong>and</strong><br />

conduct.<br />

FINANCIAL SECURITY<br />

An AITO member is required to protect money paid by customers<br />

to <strong>the</strong> member for any holiday sold under <strong>the</strong> AITO logo. This<br />

protection applies to customers who are in <strong>the</strong> UK at <strong>the</strong> time of<br />

booking or to overseas customers who have booked directly with<br />

<strong>the</strong> member. Members have to comply with UK Government<br />

Regulations in this respect. Members submit details of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

bonding or guarantee arrangements to <strong>the</strong> Association on a regular<br />

basis.<br />

ACCURATE BROCHURES <strong>and</strong> WEB SITES<br />

All members do <strong>the</strong>ir utmost to ensure that all <strong>the</strong>ir brochures <strong>and</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r publications, print or electronic, clearly <strong>and</strong> accurately<br />

describe <strong>the</strong> holidays <strong>and</strong> services offered.<br />

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND CONTINUAL<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

All members are committed to high st<strong>and</strong>ards of service <strong>and</strong><br />

believe in regular <strong>and</strong> thorough training of employees. Members<br />

continually seek to review <strong>and</strong> improve <strong>the</strong>ir holidays. They listen<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir customers <strong>and</strong> always welcome suggestions for improving<br />

st<strong>and</strong>ards.<br />

MONITORING STANDARDS<br />

AITO endeavours to monitor quality st<strong>and</strong>ards regularly. All<br />

customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire <strong>the</strong> results<br />

of which are scrutinised by <strong>the</strong> Association.<br />

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM<br />

All members acknowledge <strong>the</strong> importance of AITO’s Responsible<br />

Tourism guidelines, which recognise <strong>the</strong> social, economic <strong>and</strong><br />

environmental responsibilities of tour operating. Those<br />

demonstrating <strong>the</strong>ir achievements beyond <strong>the</strong> pure acceptance of<br />

this principle are recognised by <strong>the</strong> award of 2 to 5 star status.<br />

CUSTOMER RELATIONS<br />

All members endeavour to deal swiftly <strong>and</strong> fairly with any issues<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir customers may raise. In <strong>the</strong> unlikely event that a dispute<br />

between an AITO member <strong>and</strong> a customer cannot be settled<br />

amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement<br />

Service may be called upon by ei<strong>the</strong>r side to bring <strong>the</strong> matter to a<br />

speedy <strong>and</strong> acceptable conclusion.<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong> is a member of <strong>the</strong> Association of<br />

Independent Tour Operators. To contact <strong>the</strong> Association, visit<br />

www.aito.com or call 020 8744 9280.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


"Before I came on this cycling holiday, I didn’t know what to expect but it’s<br />

been absolutely fantastic – if you want a holiday combining fresh air,<br />

sightseeing <strong>and</strong> exercise, this is perfect." Tris Payne,<br />

Wish you were here...?<br />

Striving for <strong>the</strong> highest st<strong>and</strong>ards in customer satisfaction<br />

We at <strong>Bents</strong> take great pride that all tours featured in this brochure are our own creation <strong>and</strong> are run <strong>and</strong><br />

supported by <strong>Bents</strong> carefully trained staff. Being in control of all aspects of our holidays helps us maintain <strong>the</strong><br />

highest st<strong>and</strong>ards of customer service, which you deserve.<br />

Discover Bavaria <strong>and</strong> Austria<br />

Snow-capped peaks, rolling green meadows, crystal clear lakes<br />

<strong>and</strong> babbling brooks, picture postcard villages <strong>and</strong> historic old<br />

towns… Bavaria <strong>and</strong> Austria share many distinctive assets.<br />

Bavarians <strong>and</strong> Austrians are friendly <strong>and</strong> warm-hearted – proudly<br />

independent, many speak an incomprehensible dialect <strong>and</strong><br />

frequently sport <strong>the</strong>ir traditional costume. Bavaria also includes<br />

<strong>the</strong> stunning region of The Allgäu, a hidden gem bordering<br />

Austria.<br />

Typically, <strong>the</strong> summer wea<strong>the</strong>r is several degrees warmer than in<br />

<strong>the</strong> UK (perfect for cycling in shorts <strong>and</strong> a T-shirt, <strong>and</strong> warm<br />

enough to enjoy a refreshing dip in <strong>the</strong> many inviting lakes). Long<br />

periods of sunshine, only punctuated by occasional evening<br />

thunderstorms, are <strong>the</strong> usual conditions – an ideal combination<br />

to enjoy <strong>the</strong> stunning scenery.<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> Moselle Valley<br />

Gliding 300 miles on a leisurely journey from France via<br />

Luxembourg to Germany, <strong>the</strong> Moselle River snakes through<br />

stunning scenery <strong>and</strong> historic towns. But <strong>the</strong> 150 mile stretch<br />

towards Koblenz in Germany is unquestionably <strong>the</strong> most<br />

romantic <strong>and</strong> celebrated region: rolling hills, dense stretches of<br />

forest <strong>and</strong> gr<strong>and</strong> medieval castles preserve a peaceful, romantic<br />

atmosphere seemingly from a bygone age.<br />

Of course, <strong>the</strong> Moselle Valley is one of Germany's finest<br />

wine-producing regions – famous for white varieties, especially<br />

crisp, fruity Rieslings. Many of its vineyards are situated on steep<br />

inclines for maximum sun exposure which means harvesting<br />

grapes by h<strong>and</strong>. In fact, <strong>the</strong> friendly locals sometimes joke that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y were born with one leg shorter than <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r to work <strong>the</strong><br />

vines. The climate here is generally warm <strong>and</strong> sunny throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> summer.<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic & Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Bohemia<br />

These l<strong>and</strong>s have been at <strong>the</strong> centre of things for over a thous<strong>and</strong><br />

years. During its turbulent history, <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic has acted<br />

as <strong>the</strong> crossroads of Europe. After 300 years under <strong>the</strong> Austrian<br />

Empire, independence from <strong>the</strong> Hapsburgs was achieved after<br />

World War I. Then almost 42 years of Communist rule ended<br />

with <strong>the</strong> ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989. And, while <strong>the</strong> last 20 years<br />

have seen huge changes, <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic remains a place of<br />

myth <strong>and</strong> mystery.<br />

South Bohemia, more than any o<strong>the</strong>r part of <strong>the</strong> Czech<br />

Republic, conforms to <strong>the</strong> image of Bohemia as a rural<br />

backwater. Indeed, industrialisation <strong>and</strong> destruction from wars<br />

appear to have passed it by <strong>complete</strong>ly. The region is <strong>the</strong> second<br />

largest region in <strong>the</strong> country with <strong>the</strong> lowest population density.<br />

Not only is it blessed with remarkable scenery, South Bohemia is<br />

rich in unique historical sights. The regional hub of Ceské<br />

Budéjovice, for instance, is <strong>the</strong> famous home of Czech<br />

Budweiser Beer <strong>and</strong> a Gothic-Renaissance tower.<br />

The rest of <strong>the</strong> idyllic countryside is dotted with beautiful<br />

medieval walled towns, known as Rose Towns. The most<br />

renowned is exquisite Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World<br />

Heritage Site, which boasts one of Europe’s largest castles.<br />

The climate here is usually mild <strong>and</strong> warm during <strong>the</strong> summer.<br />

Discover Switzerl<strong>and</strong><br />

At <strong>the</strong> cultural <strong>and</strong> geographical heart of Europe, Switzerl<strong>and</strong>’s<br />

magnificent mountain scenery is world famous.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>ast is Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong>, a beautiful soft l<strong>and</strong>scape of<br />

Alpine meadows beneath towering jagged peaks. Fairytale<br />

villages of colourful wooden houses populate <strong>the</strong> valleys, where<br />

farming is <strong>the</strong> economic mainstay. The pride of <strong>the</strong> region is <strong>the</strong><br />

wonderful Appenzeller cheese:<br />

´<br />

straw-coloured with tiny holes<br />

<strong>and</strong> a golden rind, it has a distinctive smell <strong>and</strong> nutty or fruity<br />

flavour.<br />

To <strong>the</strong> north, <strong>the</strong> countryside gently undulates towards <strong>the</strong><br />

shores of Lake Constance. Charming fishing villages <strong>and</strong> chic<br />

resorts are dotted along <strong>the</strong> ´ coast, linked by traffic-free cycle<br />

routes.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> south-western corner of <strong>the</strong> country, stunning lakeside<br />

scenery also dominates <strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>scape. The majestic snowcrested<br />

peaks of <strong>the</strong> Alps <strong>and</strong> Swiss Jura Mountains are reflected<br />

in <strong>the</strong> tranquil waters of Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Murten <strong>and</strong> Lake<br />

Genèva. Medieval villages clinging to <strong>the</strong> vertiginous hillside<br />

gradually lead down towards <strong>the</strong> elegant resorts nestled along<br />

<strong>the</strong> fashionable Swiss Riviera.<br />

With stable periods of warm sunshine occasionally interrupted by<br />

evening thunderstorms, temperatures during <strong>the</strong> summer are<br />

generally slightly higher here than in <strong>the</strong> UK. Bathing in <strong>the</strong> lakes<br />

is an especially pleasant experience. Swiss traditions are<br />

enthusiastically upheld <strong>and</strong> locals can often be spotted proudly<br />

wearing <strong>the</strong>ir folk costumes.<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> Alsace<br />

Cradled by <strong>the</strong> Vosges Mountains <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> River Rhine, <strong>the</strong> Alsace<br />

occupies a narrow ribbon stretching from <strong>the</strong> Swiss border in <strong>the</strong><br />

south to <strong>the</strong> German border just to <strong>the</strong> north of Strasbourg.<br />

Sheltered by <strong>the</strong> Vosges Mountains, <strong>the</strong> province enjoys a<br />

semi-continental climate with hot summers <strong>and</strong> long warm<br />

autumns – ideal for market gardeners, wine growers <strong>and</strong><br />

holiday-makers alike. The Alsace is improbably beautiful. In <strong>the</strong><br />

medieval villages strewn across its gorgeous l<strong>and</strong>scape, <strong>the</strong>re are<br />

half-timbered houses with cascading geraniums <strong>and</strong> petunias<br />

brightening every window box. South facing slopes host row<br />

upon row of carefully manicured vines, producing exceptional<br />

wines from a diverse variety of grapes.<br />

ˆ<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> centuries, <strong>the</strong> Alsace has frequently changed h<strong>and</strong>s<br />

between France <strong>and</strong> Germany, creating a unique combination of<br />

Germanic reliability <strong>and</strong>, French ‘joie de vivre’ in <strong>the</strong> Alsation<br />

people.<br />

Contents Page<br />

About our Holidays 2-3<br />

Accommodation <strong>and</strong> Cuisine 4-5<br />

Happy Holidaymakers 6-7<br />

Cycling <strong>Tours</strong><br />

Cycling with <strong>Bents</strong> 8-9<br />

GERMANY<br />

Garmisch <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Romantic Castles 10-11<br />

Ludwig’s Versailles<br />

<strong>and</strong> Mozart’s Salzburg 12-13<br />

Bavarian Lakes <strong>and</strong><br />

Austria’s Tyrol 14-15<br />

Bavaria’s Allgäuer Alps 16-17<br />

Magical Moselle Wine Route 18-19<br />

AUSTRIA<br />

NEW!<br />

Austrian Wine <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> best<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Danube 20-21<br />

Carinthian Lakes<br />

Austria’s Cycling Paradise 22-23<br />

SWITZERLAND<br />

Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

Lake Constance 24-25<br />

Gruyères <strong>and</strong> Lake Genèva 26-27<br />

THE CZECH<br />

REPUBLIC<br />

Beautiful Bohemia 28-29<br />

FRANCE<br />

The Alsace -<br />

Route du Vin 30-31<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong><br />

<strong>Walking</strong> with <strong>Bents</strong> 32-33<br />

GERMANY<br />

NEW!<br />

An Amble through <strong>the</strong><br />

Allgäu 34-35<br />

The Chiemgau <strong>the</strong> jewel<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps 36-37<br />

A Bummel through<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps 38-39<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> <strong>the</strong> Wettersteins 40-41<br />

Travel Information<br />

Booking Conditions <strong>and</strong><br />

Travel Details 42<br />

How to Book <strong>and</strong><br />

Booking Form 43<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 3<br />

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Charming Accommodation<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> highlights of your holiday will be <strong>the</strong> marvellous hotels <strong>and</strong> guesthouses in which you<br />

stay. Mostly small <strong>and</strong> family-run, <strong>the</strong>y are h<strong>and</strong>picked for <strong>the</strong>ir comfort <strong>and</strong> individual character,<br />

not to mention <strong>the</strong> warmth of <strong>the</strong>ir welcome. All rooms have private bathrooms.<br />

“We have just <strong>complete</strong>d<br />

our 10th cycling holiday<br />

with <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>and</strong> as we<br />

have come to expect,<br />

everything was, once<br />

again, ‘spot on’. The<br />

scenic rides, excellent<br />

hotels, friendly reps <strong>and</strong><br />

good organisation<br />

always leave us wanting<br />

more <strong>and</strong> waiting eagerly<br />

for next years brochure.<br />

It is hard to beat <strong>the</strong><br />

friendly, personal service<br />

of a small firm <strong>and</strong> I<br />

would say to anyone<br />

thinking of taking a<br />

cycling holiday, ‘you<br />

can’t beat <strong>Bents</strong>’.”<br />

H. Powers, South Yorkshire.<br />

4 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Freedom to Roam<br />

Two to three weeks before your holiday, we’ll send your travel<br />

documents, toge<strong>the</strong>r with a comprehensive information pack of<br />

daily maps highlighted with our suggested routes, accompanied by<br />

detailed written instructions.<br />

You are now free to explore<br />

each day at your own pace,<br />

leaving plenty of time to absorb<br />

<strong>the</strong> atmosphere of charming<br />

villages, enjoy leisurely picnics<br />

among <strong>the</strong> cornfields, <strong>and</strong> swim<br />

in <strong>the</strong> many inviting lakes. All<br />

secure in <strong>the</strong> knowledge that a<br />

comfortable bed awaits at <strong>the</strong><br />

end of each exhilarating day.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


No-hassle travel<br />

Getting to your holiday destination couldn’t be simpler. We offer<br />

scheduled flights with British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian,<br />

Air France, Czech Airlines <strong>and</strong> KLM to Munich, Frankfurt,<br />

Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Genèva, Strasbourg <strong>and</strong> Prague from a<br />

choice of up to 15 UK departure airports: Heathrow, Gatwick,<br />

Stansted, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds,<br />

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff,<br />

Bristol <strong>and</strong> Jersey.<br />

Using scheduled flights, we tailor your <strong>itinerary</strong> to your needs –<br />

allowing you to extend your stay in Germany, Austria, France,<br />

Switzerl<strong>and</strong> or <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic, before or after your holiday.<br />

We will be happy to advise you on possible arrangements.<br />

Onward transfer to your base hotel is made as easy as possible.<br />

Our representative will meet you at your arrival airport <strong>and</strong> you<br />

will be driven to your base hotel by minibus. For those wishing<br />

to drive to Germany, Austria, Switzerl<strong>and</strong>, France or <strong>the</strong> Czech<br />

Republic, <strong>the</strong>re is ample safe parking at all our base hotels. We<br />

provide detailed instructions on how to find your base hotel <strong>and</strong>,<br />

at <strong>the</strong> end of your holiday, we arrange transport back to your<br />

starting point to pick up your car.<br />

We are also able to arrange your Channel crossing with Brittany<br />

Ferries, Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel.<br />

Traditional<br />

Cuisine<br />

Enjoying au<strong>the</strong>ntic regional cuisine is an important element of our tours. During a day’s cycling<br />

or walking, a little local flavour always adds to <strong>the</strong> overall experience.<br />

Throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic, first-time visitors are<br />

pleasantly surprised by <strong>the</strong> quality, quantity <strong>and</strong> variety of <strong>the</strong> food. France, of course, enjoys<br />

an excellent reputation for its food <strong>and</strong>, <strong>the</strong> Alsace is renowned as a magnet for gastronomes.<br />

Surprisingly, even areas renowned for <strong>the</strong>ir meat dishes still cater well for vegetarians. In every<br />

location, £10-£18 purchases a tasty meal to satisfy <strong>the</strong> heartiest appetite. For alfresco dining,<br />

picnickers will find an extraordinary selection in even <strong>the</strong> smallest village shop.<br />

The culinary possibilities are limitless... Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s three–cheese fondue in <strong>the</strong> Swiss Alps,<br />

tarte flambée in <strong>the</strong> Alsace, Bavarian Weisswurst (white sausage) with Weissbier, roast pork<br />

with dumplings in Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Bohemia or Austrian Weichselstrudel (sour cherry strudel), you’ll<br />

discover classic regional specialties <strong>and</strong> new gourmet sensations throughout your tour. And, of<br />

course, you’ll also sample <strong>the</strong> finest wines <strong>and</strong> beers from each region. Cheers!<br />

Our information pack includes an extensive translation section to help you choose from <strong>the</strong><br />

exciting menu options available.<br />

For travellers arriving independently, we provide information on<br />

how to find your base hotel using public transport.<br />

Holidaymakers arriving by air from a country o<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> UK,<br />

may also be able to join our normal airport-to-hotel transfer.<br />

All holidaymakers making <strong>the</strong>ir own travel arrangements qualify<br />

for a price reduction – please refer to <strong>the</strong> price details for each<br />

tour<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast<br />

array of flights from regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights<br />

with any airline from any airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we<br />

will research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we are able to<br />

obtain flights at a price lower than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our<br />

brochure prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving on to you.<br />

Convenient luggage transfers<br />

While you are cycling or walking <strong>the</strong> route each day, one of our<br />

representatives will take all your belongings in our minibus to <strong>the</strong><br />

next hotel – ensuring <strong>the</strong>y are in your room by mid-afternoon.<br />

Our bicycles come equipped with a rack <strong>and</strong> pannier bag, so<br />

anything you may need during <strong>the</strong> day can be easily carried. We<br />

recommend that walkers bring a small daypack.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 5


Happy Holidaymakers<br />

“An opportunity to step<br />

into ano<strong>the</strong>r world. To<br />

cycle - mostly off road -<br />

through beautiful<br />

countryside <strong>and</strong> villages<br />

staying at comfortable<br />

hotels, enjoying Bavarian<br />

cuisine <strong>and</strong> meeting like<br />

minded fellow travellers.<br />

Thank you for a<br />

wonderful holiday.”<br />

D. Morgan, Maidenhead.<br />

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“Beer, cake, schnitzel, coffee,<br />

exercise, scenery, ice cream,<br />

chocolate – what more could you<br />

want?”<br />

S. Ford, Northumberl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

“It really is <strong>the</strong> best – <strong>the</strong> hotels you<br />

choose are perfect in <strong>the</strong>ir location.<br />

If I won <strong>the</strong> lottery I would just be<br />

permanently on your cycling<br />

holidays!”<br />

J. Halfyard, Stockport.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


“A <strong>Bents</strong> holiday to us, is like an addiction. Having done 11 tours with <strong>Bents</strong>, we keep thinking<br />

we should do something else, but can’t honestly find anything we would like as much. The<br />

exercise, fresh air, great scenery <strong>and</strong> friendship of <strong>the</strong> group, plus perfect organisation can’t be<br />

beaten.”<br />

S.Wilson, Essex.<br />

“We felt <strong>the</strong> Moselle was one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> best cycling holidays<br />

from <strong>the</strong> point of view of<br />

tranquillity, excellence of<br />

hotels <strong>and</strong> cycle paths. So<br />

many thanks again for<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r ‘wonderful holiday<br />

from <strong>Bents</strong>.”<br />

D. Stokes, Southampton.<br />

“Incredible scenery, lovely<br />

hotels, very well planned. It<br />

was a real holiday to<br />

remember – we loved it!”<br />

C. Johnson, Loughborough.<br />

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Cycling with <strong>Bents</strong><br />

Take to your bike, enjoy <strong>the</strong> feeling of freedom <strong>and</strong> experience European hospitality at its best...<br />

“Superb cycling with great<br />

company, comfortable<br />

hotels, great scenery <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> satisfaction of being<br />

near a <strong>Bents</strong> rep if<br />

required! A reliable small<br />

company who provide<br />

excellent cycling holidays.<br />

We WILL be back.”<br />

A. Gamon, Derby.<br />

8 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Established in 1986, we at <strong>Bents</strong> are celebrating our 25th summer<br />

offering <strong>the</strong> very best European cycling holiday experience.<br />

Our winning formula balances freedom <strong>and</strong> independence with a high level<br />

of service <strong>and</strong> support. Our routes are <strong>the</strong> result of detailed research – we<br />

have found quiet lanes <strong>and</strong> forest paths that lead you off <strong>the</strong> beaten track<br />

<strong>and</strong> steer you around any big hills.<br />

We have chosen wonderful hotels in<br />

excellent locations, so places of local<br />

interest are accessible by bike or on foot. At<br />

each hotel you spend two nights (except on<br />

our ‘One Night Stops’ option <strong>and</strong> our<br />

Moselle tour), allowing you time to unwind<br />

<strong>and</strong> get to know <strong>the</strong>se interesting towns<br />

<strong>and</strong> villages.<br />

Our representatives ensure that everything<br />

runs smoothly. Each is fluent in <strong>the</strong> local<br />

language <strong>and</strong> has a keen interest in <strong>the</strong><br />

region. From meeting you at <strong>the</strong> airport to<br />

preparing <strong>the</strong> bicycles <strong>and</strong> transferring<br />

luggage between hotels, <strong>the</strong>y are on h<strong>and</strong><br />

to offer advice <strong>and</strong> insight.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


Suitable for all levels of fitness<br />

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to really enjoy all <strong>the</strong> benefits of<br />

a leisurely cycling holiday <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> great places it can take you...<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> cycling holidays - available in two formats<br />

All except one of our tours are now available in two formats. The<br />

‘Original <strong>Bents</strong> Formula’ of two night stays at each hotel,<br />

moving on alternate days, is available for all departure dates. Our<br />

‘One Night Stops’ <strong>itinerary</strong>, where you stay two nights in your<br />

first hotel followed by just a single night in each subsequent hotel,<br />

is offered on selected dates. Our Moselle Tour (p18), has a<br />

specially chosen <strong>itinerary</strong> tailored to <strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>scape.<br />

How difficult is a <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> Tour?<br />

A <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> Tour is no Tour de France! Instead, imagine a<br />

gentle potter at your own pace through <strong>the</strong> lush German,<br />

Austrian, Swiss, French <strong>and</strong> Czech countryside with time to<br />

savour all <strong>the</strong> atmosphere of <strong>the</strong>se friendly regions.<br />

In Upper Bavaria, we take you to <strong>the</strong> mountains but not over<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. Immediately south of Munich, <strong>the</strong> rolling hills of <strong>the</strong> alpine<br />

forel<strong>and</strong> rise up, gradually growing until <strong>the</strong>y reach <strong>the</strong> Alps at <strong>the</strong><br />

border with Austria. Once in Austria, majestic mountains are all<br />

around – however, where <strong>the</strong>re are hills <strong>and</strong> mountains, <strong>the</strong>re are<br />

valleys <strong>and</strong> lakes, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>se are <strong>the</strong> ways we have found for you.<br />

The Moselle is a joy for those wishing to take it easy. The journey<br />

follows <strong>the</strong> me<strong>and</strong>ering river downstream <strong>and</strong>, whilst <strong>the</strong> scenery<br />

is spectacular with vineyards <strong>and</strong> castles clinging to steep hillsides,<br />

<strong>the</strong> only ascents en route are <strong>the</strong> bridges as you hop from one<br />

river bank to <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

The Alsace is perfect for cycling, <strong>the</strong> beautiful rolling l<strong>and</strong>scape is<br />

blessed with a vast network of quiet lanes. Our route follows <strong>the</strong><br />

lower contours of <strong>the</strong> Vosges, traversing gently undulating<br />

vineyards.<br />

Bohemia in <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic is a wonderful patchwork of lakes,<br />

rolling pasturel<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> wooded hills. Our tour follows valleys <strong>and</strong><br />

contours for a relaxing journey through <strong>the</strong> unspoilt l<strong>and</strong>scape.<br />

Switzerl<strong>and</strong> is a mountainous country <strong>and</strong> certainly <strong>the</strong> scenery is<br />

spectacular. However, our routes through Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong>,<br />

from Gruyères to Lake Genèva, are no more strenuous than<br />

those in Bavaria or Austria. Gently undulating alpine meadows,<br />

me<strong>and</strong>ering valleys <strong>and</strong> lakeside cycle paths are <strong>the</strong> routes we have<br />

chosen.<br />

Who can enjoy a <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> Tour?<br />

Anyone who is healthy <strong>and</strong> can ride a bike will enjoy our<br />

holidays. We try particularly hard to cater for children, so that<br />

<strong>the</strong> whole family can cycle toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

We have a range of lightweight bicycles for <strong>the</strong> over 8s, <strong>and</strong> we<br />

find that most children from this age have no difficulty in wearing<br />

out <strong>the</strong>ir parents! For infants <strong>and</strong> toddlers, we have <strong>the</strong> latest in<br />

child-seats from Kettler (probably <strong>the</strong> safest <strong>and</strong> most<br />

comfortable on <strong>the</strong> market) <strong>and</strong> suitable for children under five.<br />

For children aged between 4 <strong>and</strong> 10, we also have top-of-<strong>the</strong><br />

range Burley trailer bikes which attach to <strong>the</strong> back of an adult<br />

bicycle <strong>and</strong> effectively transform it into a t<strong>and</strong>em. The child can<br />

pedal while remaining <strong>complete</strong>ly under <strong>the</strong> control of <strong>the</strong> adult<br />

bicycle. With your luggage carried for you, you won’t find it a<br />

chore to bring <strong>the</strong> children along.<br />

For 2011 we have added electric bicycles to our fleet. These are<br />

available at a small supplement <strong>and</strong>, should you choose to ride<br />

one, will help you ride up hills with ease <strong>and</strong> keep going longer<br />

<strong>and</strong> fur<strong>the</strong>r with minimal effort.<br />

Fit <strong>and</strong> healthy gr<strong>and</strong>parents can also come along for <strong>the</strong> ride!<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating<br />

� Easy<br />

�� Easy - Moderate<br />

��� Moderate<br />

���� Moderate+<br />

NEW<br />

Electric Bikes<br />

for 2011<br />

Top of <strong>the</strong> range<br />

bikes for your<br />

enjoyment<br />

Premium quality bicycles<br />

We pay particular attention to <strong>the</strong><br />

quality of <strong>the</strong> bicycles provided.<br />

After thorough testing, we have<br />

decided upon <strong>the</strong> Sonoran, a Dawes<br />

top-of-<strong>the</strong>-range trekking bike.<br />

The bicycle is perfectly suited to <strong>the</strong><br />

terrain encountered on our tours,<br />

designed for both roads <strong>and</strong> tracks. It<br />

combines lightness with robust<br />

dependability <strong>and</strong> features 24 gears,<br />

comfortable sprung saddle, mud<br />

guards, rear carrier, pannier bag, <strong>and</strong><br />

chain guard.<br />

We have limited numbers of Dawes<br />

mountainbike t<strong>and</strong>ems <strong>and</strong> Giant<br />

electric trekking bicycles. The electric<br />

bicycle will help you ride up hills with<br />

ease <strong>and</strong> enable you to keep going<br />

longer <strong>and</strong> fur<strong>the</strong>r with minimal effort.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>ems <strong>and</strong> electric bicycles may<br />

be booked on a first-come, first<br />

served basis for a small<br />

supplement.<br />

Dawes bike available in mens <strong>and</strong><br />

ladies frame<br />

Top of <strong>the</strong> range mountain bike<br />

t<strong>and</strong>em available at a small<br />

supplement<br />

Top of <strong>the</strong> range children's<br />

mountain bikes from Giant<br />

Top of <strong>the</strong> range Giant electric<br />

trekking bicycles available in mens<br />

<strong>and</strong> ladies frames at a small<br />

supplement<br />

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9 or 13 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

6 or 8 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Lenggries, Bad Tölz <strong>and</strong> Kochel –<br />

beautiful Bavarian towns <strong>and</strong><br />

villages<br />

• Garmisch-Partenkirchen – one<br />

of Germany's premier resorts,<br />

combining elegance with rustic<br />

charm<br />

• Germany's highest mountain:<br />

The Zugspitze<br />

• ‘Mad’ King Ludwig's Romantic<br />

Castles: Neuschwanstein <strong>and</strong><br />

Linderhof<br />

• Fabulous frescoes at <strong>the</strong> Wies<br />

Church<br />

• Oberammergau – famous for<br />

wood carving <strong>and</strong> wonderful<br />

murals<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

10 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Garmisch <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Romantic Castles<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ��<br />

What makes Bavaria such an inspiring<br />

destination? Discover <strong>the</strong> secrets of this<br />

fascinating region while freewheeling via pine<br />

forests, magnificent lakes <strong>and</strong> spectacular alpine<br />

scenery, including Germany’s highest peak.<br />

Spa towns, beer-brewing 8th century monasteries,<br />

fairytale castles, royal mountain retreats, <strong>and</strong> Rococo<br />

art… Bavaria will surprise you at every twist <strong>and</strong> turn.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

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21ºC<br />

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May June July Aug Sep<br />

Oberammergau<br />

Neuschwanstein<br />

Munich •<br />

Bernried<br />

Garmisch-<br />

Partenkirchen<br />

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Salzburg<br />

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Lenggries<br />

Kochel


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to<br />

our base hotel in Lenggries.<br />

Day 2: Lenggries. After breakfast we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The rest of <strong>the</strong> day<br />

is yours to explore <strong>and</strong> enjoy Lenggries <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding<br />

countryside. In winter Lenggries is an excellent ski resort; by<br />

summer it becomes a popular mountain walking centre. Situated<br />

on <strong>the</strong> Isar Valley, majestic mountains rise up on all sides; <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

easily accessible by foot <strong>and</strong> cable car, with many splendid walks to<br />

choose from. For those who wish to make an excursion by bicycle,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are plenty of paths <strong>and</strong> quiet lanes that wind <strong>the</strong>ir way along<br />

both sides of <strong>the</strong> valley. Just a few miles to <strong>the</strong> north is <strong>the</strong><br />

picturesque spa town of Bad Tölz; <strong>the</strong> beautiful cobbled old town<br />

is well worth a visit. Munich is also easy to reach, just a short train<br />

ride away.<br />

Day 3: Lenggries to Kochel. Cycling out of Lenggries you<br />

branch away from <strong>the</strong> River Isar <strong>and</strong> follow a tributary, <strong>the</strong><br />

Jachen. This wide lush green valley rises gently to one of Bavaria’s<br />

jewels, Lake Walchen. A short climb from <strong>the</strong> lakeside is<br />

rewarded by a long winding descent to Kochel, a town oozing<br />

with Bavarian charm. 20 miles (32km).<br />

Day 4: Kochel. The town of Kochel lies on <strong>the</strong> shores of one of<br />

Bavaria’s most pleasant bathing lakes: <strong>the</strong> Kochelsee. To <strong>the</strong> north<br />

extends a flat moorl<strong>and</strong> plain, crisscrossed by cycle tracks. On <strong>the</strong><br />

eastern edge of <strong>the</strong> plain lies Benediktbeuern Monastery, originally<br />

founded in <strong>the</strong> 8th century. The remarkable architecture <strong>and</strong><br />

lavish decorations, with a strong Italian influence, provide an<br />

attractive focus for a day out cycling. To <strong>the</strong> south, <strong>the</strong> Alps rear<br />

up steeply, offering an enormous variety of interesting day walks.<br />

The nearby Herzogst<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> Jochberg Mountains are easily<br />

climbed in a day <strong>and</strong> will reward you with spectacular views.<br />

Day 5: Kochel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Your route today<br />

follows <strong>the</strong> River Loisach along its broad glaciated valley. Nearing<br />

Garmisch you will be treated to even more spectacular views of<br />

<strong>the</strong> towering Alps that form <strong>the</strong> backdrop for this popular resort.<br />

22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 6: Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Lying in an open mountain<br />

basin, Garmisch sits beneath Germany’s highest peak, <strong>the</strong><br />

Zugspitze. For those keen to be active <strong>the</strong>re are a huge variety<br />

of walks, bike rides <strong>and</strong> enticing lakes in <strong>the</strong> area. Excellent shops,<br />

restaurants <strong>and</strong> cafés will encourage you to spend your day in <strong>the</strong><br />

town, while panoramic views of <strong>the</strong> Alps may tempt you to take<br />

a cable car to <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze summit.<br />

Day 7: Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Neuschwanstein. Much of<br />

today is spent in Austria. Leaving Garmisch you head to <strong>the</strong><br />

Austrian border post at Griesen, where a forest track will lead<br />

you to <strong>the</strong> Plan Lake, a narrow strip of crystal clear water, cradled<br />

by steep wooded slopes. From here you pedal through some<br />

magnificent Tyrolean scenery before crossing back into Germany<br />

at Neuschwanstein. 28 miles (45km).<br />

Day 8: Neuschwanstein. Just a few minutes’ walk from your<br />

hotel lies <strong>the</strong> fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. The most<br />

renowned of ‘Mad King Ludwig’s’ creations is set amongst<br />

towering peaks, making it one of Germany’s most striking images.<br />

Day 9: Neuschwanstein to Oberammergau. After a gentle<br />

morning me<strong>and</strong>ering down <strong>the</strong> Lech Valley you will head way off<br />

<strong>the</strong> beaten track, on roads reserved for <strong>the</strong> local farmers. A<br />

splendid highlight to this peaceful day is <strong>the</strong> ornate Wies Church,<br />

accepted as <strong>the</strong> finest example of Rococo art in Sou<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

Germany. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 10: Oberammergau. A charming picture postcard village<br />

whose inhabitants present a Passion play every 10 years in thanks<br />

for being spared <strong>the</strong> ravages of <strong>the</strong> plague in 1634. The village is<br />

also home to Bavaria's wood-carving school <strong>and</strong> many shops<br />

display <strong>the</strong> fruits of <strong>the</strong>ir craft. A gentle excursion by bicycle leads<br />

to Linderhof Castle; ‘Mad King Ludwig's’ mountain retreat. This<br />

small but ornamental palace is set in pretty gardens <strong>and</strong> a tour<br />

includes a trip underground where King Ludwig created a grotto<br />

<strong>and</strong> lake. Ettal Monastery lies on <strong>the</strong> return route where <strong>the</strong><br />

magnificent church is lavishly decorated <strong>and</strong>, <strong>the</strong> monks produce<br />

a richly flavoured beer <strong>and</strong> several aromatic Schnapps.<br />

Day 11: Oberammergau to Bernried. The day begins with a<br />

gentle descent following <strong>the</strong> fast-flowing River Ammer<br />

downstream. As <strong>the</strong> valley broadens, a myriad of quiet lanes <strong>and</strong><br />

tracks weave <strong>the</strong>ir way through beautiful rolling countryside to<br />

Bernried; a peaceful village nestling on <strong>the</strong> shores of Lake<br />

Starnberg. 28 miles (45km).<br />

Day 12: Bernried. Lake Starnberg is just 100 yards from your<br />

hotel, with excellent beaches <strong>and</strong> water-sports facilities nearby.<br />

The surrounding countryside; a mosaic of cornfields, wheatfields<br />

<strong>and</strong> pine forests, is knitted toge<strong>the</strong>r with a maze of quiet lanes<br />

<strong>and</strong> tracks; ideal for a final adventure on <strong>the</strong> bike. We suggest a<br />

route to Andechs, a famous beer-brewing monastery.<br />

Alternatively, Munich is just a short train ride away, offering a<br />

wealth of interesting attractions.<br />

Day 13: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Bernried to Munich airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong><br />

look forward to having you back again next year.<br />

9 DAY TOUR<br />

Days 1 to 8: see 13 Day Tour<br />

Day 9: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". Transfer direct from<br />

Neuschwanstein to Munich airport by train or minibus.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

13 Day Tour<br />

(12 Nights, 6 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 16, 18 £1189<br />

July 2, 4 £1189<br />

July 18, 20 £1229<br />

August 1, 3, 17, 19 £1229<br />

August 31 £1189<br />

8 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(7 Nights, 6 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 18 £899<br />

July 4 £899<br />

July 20 £929<br />

August 3, 19 £929<br />

August 31 £899<br />

9 Day Tour<br />

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 16, 18 £949<br />

July 2, 4 £949<br />

July 18, 20 £979<br />

August 1, 3, 17, 19 £979<br />

August 31 £949<br />

6 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 18 £769<br />

July 4 £769<br />

July 20 £799<br />

August 3, 19 £799<br />

August 31 £769<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Munich or<br />

Salzburg, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 11


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Wasserburg – a medieval town<br />

with a fascinating history<br />

• Bavaria's largest lake:<br />

The Chiemsee<br />

• ‘Mad’ King Ludwig's Isl<strong>and</strong><br />

Palace: Schloss Herrenchiemsee<br />

• Berchtesgaden – a pretty resort<br />

nestling beneath Germany's<br />

second highest mountain: <strong>the</strong><br />

Watzmann. Attractions include:<br />

Saltmines, <strong>the</strong> Eagle's Nest –<br />

Hitler's alpine retreat <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

spectacular Konigsee<br />

• Salzburg – an enchanting city<br />

steeped in history, famous as<br />

Mozart’s birthplace<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

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Ludwig’s Versailles <strong>and</strong><br />

Mozart’s Salzburg<br />

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From <strong>the</strong> cobbled streets of quiet fairytale towns<br />

dating back to <strong>the</strong> Middle Ages to <strong>the</strong> famous<br />

castles <strong>and</strong> museums of Mozart’s hometown, this<br />

region is an ode to history, culture <strong>and</strong> passion.<br />

Cycling through rolling farml<strong>and</strong>, dotted with pretty<br />

rural villages, <strong>and</strong> sun-drenched meadows <strong>and</strong> shady<br />

green forests, your spirits will be lifted – especially with<br />

<strong>the</strong> snow-capped blue of <strong>the</strong> Alps rising from golden<br />

wheatfields <strong>and</strong> lush green pastures.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

19ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

22ºC 23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

20ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Wasserburg<br />

Prien<br />

Munich •<br />

Inzell<br />

•<br />

Salzburg<br />

Salzburg<br />

Berchtesgaden<br />

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<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to<br />

our base hotel in Wasserburg.<br />

Day 2: Wasserburg. After breakfast we will personally equip you<br />

with your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. You are <strong>the</strong>n<br />

left free to explore Wasserburg <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding countryside.<br />

Situated on a promontory, encircled by a loop in <strong>the</strong> River Inn,<br />

Wasserburg dates back to <strong>the</strong> Middle Ages. The narrow cobbled<br />

streets <strong>and</strong> high facades conjure vivid images of fairy tales. The<br />

town is very atmospheric with a wealth of historic buildings,<br />

museums, pavement cafés <strong>and</strong> Keller bars. Set in rolling<br />

farml<strong>and</strong>, dotted with pretty rural villages, <strong>the</strong> area provides an<br />

excellent introduction to cycling in Bavaria. On <strong>the</strong> outskirts of<br />

<strong>the</strong> town is a large swimming pool complex with water slides <strong>and</strong><br />

every o<strong>the</strong>r facility imaginable.<br />

Day 3: Wasserburg to Prien. Peaceful lanes <strong>and</strong> immaculately<br />

maintained tracks weave <strong>the</strong>ir way through sun-drenched<br />

meadows <strong>and</strong> shady green forests, with <strong>the</strong> snow-capped blue<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Alps rising out of <strong>the</strong> horizon as you head south-east to<br />

Prien. 20 miles (32km).<br />

Day 4: Prien. Lying on <strong>the</strong> shores of Bavaria’s largest lake, <strong>the</strong><br />

Chiemsee, Prien is in <strong>the</strong> heart of Germany’s Riviera. The views<br />

across <strong>the</strong> lake are spectacular: colourful yachts follow <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

leisurely course between <strong>the</strong> two famous isl<strong>and</strong>s, framed by a<br />

majestic mountainous backdrop. An old paddle steamer operates<br />

as a ferry to <strong>the</strong> isl<strong>and</strong>s. The Herreninsel is home to Schloss<br />

Herrenchiemsee, built by ‘Mad King Ludwig’ between 1878 <strong>and</strong><br />

1885. The palace is set in magnificent gardens, <strong>and</strong> is a<br />

remarkable copy of Versailles. The Fraueninsel, a much smaller<br />

isl<strong>and</strong>, has a charming fishing village <strong>and</strong> a Benedictine monastery<br />

dating from <strong>the</strong> 13th century.<br />

Day 5: Prien to Inzell. Closer to <strong>the</strong> Alps now, <strong>the</strong> scenery<br />

becomes more dramatic. The route skirts <strong>the</strong> Chiemsee <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>n heads across a flat plain to Siegsdorf, a charming village<br />

nestling in a cradle of high peaks. The final few miles to Inzell<br />

follow a pretty path along <strong>the</strong> Rote Traun Valley, formerly a salttraders<br />

route. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 6: Inzell. A popular ski resort in winter, Inzell becomes a<br />

mountain walking centre in summer. The surrounding area is<br />

breathtakingly beautiful, with lofty peaks all around. A vast network<br />

of tracks <strong>and</strong> paths lead into <strong>the</strong> mountains, many accessible by<br />

bike. We have discovered two excellent round-trip cycle rides<br />

through <strong>the</strong> mountains as detailed in your information pack.<br />

Day 7: Inzell to Berchtesgaden. The route follows narrow,<br />

steeply-sided valleys passing through picture postcard villages <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> famous resort of Bad Reichenhall. Unforgettable view after<br />

view will keep your cameras clicking. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 8: Berchtesgaden. This bustling tourist town has a huge<br />

variety of attractions to offer. A guided tour of <strong>the</strong> local salt mines<br />

includes dressing up in miner’s clothing <strong>and</strong> crossing an<br />

illuminated subterranean lake on a raft. O<strong>the</strong>r sights to see are<br />

<strong>the</strong> Konigsee - a scenic mountain lake; <strong>the</strong> Eagle’s Nest - Hitler’s<br />

alpine retreat; Berchtesgaden Castle, situated in <strong>the</strong> centre of <strong>the</strong><br />

town; <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> church at Ramsau, probably <strong>the</strong> most<br />

photographed church in Germany.<br />

Day 9: Berchtesgaden to Salzburg. A pleasant morning’s ride as<br />

you watch <strong>the</strong> mountains slowly recede <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> valleys gradually<br />

widen. The farmers are once again able to impose <strong>the</strong>ir will on<br />

<strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>, painting <strong>the</strong> countryside with golden wheatfields <strong>and</strong><br />

lush green pastures. In <strong>the</strong> afternoon, <strong>the</strong> route follows <strong>the</strong> River<br />

Saalach downstream to Salzburg. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 10: Salzburg. Your hotel is located right at <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

of Salzburg old town on a quiet semi-pedestrianised street.<br />

There are countless things to see <strong>and</strong> do in Mozart’s birthplace:<br />

castles, museums, cafés <strong>and</strong> gardens will all compete for your<br />

attention. For those wishing to explore beyond <strong>the</strong> city, we<br />

suggest following <strong>the</strong> traffic free cycle routes along <strong>the</strong> banks of<br />

<strong>the</strong> River Salzach.<br />

Day 11: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Salzburg to Munich airport by train or by minibus,<br />

<strong>and</strong> look forward to having you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 21 £1049<br />

July 7 £1049<br />

July 23 £1099<br />

August 6, 22 £1099<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 21 £829<br />

July 7 £829<br />

July 23 £859<br />

August 6, 22 £859<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Munich or<br />

Salzburg, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

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11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Spitzingsee – a village enjoying a<br />

spectacular lakeside location<br />

surrounded by high peaks<br />

(a popular destination for cyclists<br />

<strong>and</strong> walkers)<br />

• Bayrischzell – considered one of<br />

Bavaria’s most beautiful villages<br />

• Rottach-Egern – a chic lakeside<br />

resort<br />

• The Hotel Post Wallgau – an<br />

exceptional old building with<br />

fantastic murals<br />

• The route passes along <strong>the</strong><br />

magnificent Leutasch Valley<br />

beneath <strong>the</strong> awe inspiring<br />

Wetterstein Range<br />

• Seefeld <strong>and</strong> Garmisch-<br />

Partenkirchen – two elegant<br />

resorts separated by <strong>the</strong><br />

Wettersteins <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Austrian/German border<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

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Bavarian Lakes<br />

<strong>and</strong> Austria’s Tyrol<br />

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Cycling through dramatic scenery of rolling alpine<br />

meadows, crystal clear lakes, majestic<br />

mountains <strong>and</strong> dense pine forests, you’ll encounter<br />

a series of idyllic hamlets <strong>and</strong> villages where <strong>the</strong><br />

excellent Gasthofs exude Bavarian charm <strong>and</strong><br />

hospitality.<br />

Best of all, a ride through <strong>the</strong> broad glaciated Leutasch<br />

Valley is a truly breathtaking experience.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

19ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Garmisch-<br />

Partenkirchen<br />

Seefeld<br />

Wallgau<br />

Munich<br />

•<br />

Spitzingsee<br />

Kreuth<br />

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•<br />

Salzburg


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to<br />

our base hotel in Spitzingsee.<br />

Day 2: Spitzingsee. After breakfast we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. You are <strong>the</strong>n free<br />

to explore Spitzingsee <strong>and</strong> its environs. Surrounded by<br />

spectacular peaks, Spitzingsee lies on <strong>the</strong> shores of a crystal clear<br />

lake bearing <strong>the</strong> same name. Gondola lifts reach into <strong>the</strong><br />

mountains on ei<strong>the</strong>r side <strong>and</strong> a network of tracks <strong>and</strong> paths<br />

create a ramblers paradise. Our suggested cycle ride is a little<br />

more strenuous than we would normally recommend on <strong>the</strong><br />

first day, but it is a truly spectacular tour. The route descends to<br />

<strong>the</strong> valley below, before passing through Bayrischzell, considered<br />

one of Bavaria's most beautiful villages. The height is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

gradually regained by climbing a small saddle on a glorious cycle<br />

track through <strong>the</strong> mountains.<br />

Day 3: Spitzingsee to Kreuth. A narrow lane closed to normal<br />

traffic follows <strong>the</strong> Rote Valepp River south through a mixture of<br />

rolling alpine meadows <strong>and</strong> dense pine forest. The o<strong>the</strong>r branch<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Valepp River, <strong>the</strong> Weisse Valepp, joins from <strong>the</strong> west <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> route turns upstream to <strong>the</strong> pretty lakeside resort, Rottach-<br />

Egern. Enjoying a wonderful location on <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn shores of<br />

one of Bavaria's most picturesque lakes, <strong>the</strong> Tegernsee, Rottach-<br />

Egern is endowed with a vast array of elegant cafés <strong>and</strong><br />

restaurants. Kreuth lies just a few miles to <strong>the</strong> south, along <strong>the</strong><br />

Weissach valley. 18 miles (29km).<br />

Day 4: Kreuth. A small village, Kreuth is an oasis of calm, where<br />

<strong>the</strong> appreciation of nature is <strong>the</strong> primary draw for its visitors.<br />

Surrounded by magnificent alpine scenery, cycling <strong>and</strong> walking<br />

opportunities abound. We suggest a marvellous route that<br />

circumnavigates <strong>the</strong> Hirschberg Mountain to <strong>the</strong> west. The loop<br />

travels back to Rottach-Egern <strong>and</strong> along <strong>the</strong> shores of <strong>the</strong><br />

Tegernsee, before following a track between <strong>the</strong> mountains to<br />

<strong>complete</strong> <strong>the</strong> circle. An enchanting gasthof lies along this quiet<br />

byway, offering simple fare in <strong>the</strong> most fantastic location.<br />

Day 5: Kreuth to Wallgau. A gentle climb from Kreuth takes <strong>the</strong><br />

route over a low saddle, <strong>the</strong> Achenpass. You <strong>the</strong>n continue along<br />

<strong>the</strong> shores of <strong>the</strong> sparkling Sylvensteinsee in <strong>the</strong> shadows of <strong>the</strong><br />

towering Karwendel Mountains. There are few villages along<br />

today's route, but <strong>the</strong>re is an excellent gasthof at Vorderiss, just<br />

after half distance. Beyond Vorderiss, <strong>the</strong> journey continues along<br />

a privately owned toll road (cyclists are free), which follows <strong>the</strong><br />

course of <strong>the</strong> River Isar. This shaded lane me<strong>and</strong>ers through<br />

picturesque countryside for nine miles, before emerging at<br />

Wallgau. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 6: Wallgau. This charming village is set in <strong>the</strong> broad glaciated<br />

valley of <strong>the</strong> River Isar. This is an area of unspoilt natural beauty,<br />

with rolling green meadows, crystal clear lakes <strong>and</strong> majestic<br />

mountains, all enhanced by <strong>the</strong> ornately painted buildings.<br />

Cyclists <strong>and</strong> walkers are spoilt for choice, with a multitude of full<br />

<strong>and</strong> half day trips available. We also suggest a cycle ride to <strong>the</strong><br />

beautiful Walchensee; Germany’s largest <strong>and</strong> deepest mountain<br />

lake.<br />

Day 7: Wallgau to Seefeld. The tour leaves Wallgau, heading<br />

south along <strong>the</strong> Isar Valley to Mittenwald. The town is one of<br />

Bavaria's best loved alpine resorts <strong>and</strong>, is squeezed tightly<br />

between awesome peaks at this narrowing of <strong>the</strong> valley. The<br />

tables of many gasthofs <strong>and</strong> cafés spill onto <strong>the</strong> pretty<br />

pedestrianised centre, inviting you to take a mid-morning break.<br />

Leaving Mittenwald you pass through <strong>the</strong> Leutasch Gorge, cross<br />

<strong>the</strong> border into Austria <strong>and</strong>, emerge into a broad glaciated valley<br />

of <strong>the</strong> same name. The ride up <strong>the</strong> Leutasch Valley is truly<br />

breathtaking, high peaks rear up on ei<strong>the</strong>r side <strong>and</strong>, a perfect little<br />

lane winds its way through a series of idyllic hamlets, each with at<br />

least one tempting gasthof. Seefeld is just a few miles to <strong>the</strong> south<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Leutasch. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 8: Seefeld. Situated on a mountain plateau above <strong>the</strong><br />

nor<strong>the</strong>rn side of <strong>the</strong> Inn Valley, Seefeld possesses <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

location for a summer cycling or walking holiday. Low-lying<br />

pastures, forested slopes <strong>and</strong> rugged peaks surround Seefeld in<br />

all directions, with an unrivalled network of tracks <strong>and</strong> paths with<br />

which to explore. The small town has also been host to <strong>the</strong><br />

Nordic skiing events at two Winter Olympics <strong>and</strong> one World<br />

Skiing Championships. As a sophisticated ski resort, Seefeld,<br />

boasts elegant cafés <strong>and</strong> restaurants <strong>and</strong>, excellent leisure<br />

facilities. The historic city of Innsbruck is also easy to reach, just a<br />

short train ride away.<br />

Day 9: Seefeld to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A choice of two<br />

routes today, both equally scenic, but one a little longer <strong>and</strong><br />

more adventurous than <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r. Seefeld <strong>and</strong> Garmisch-<br />

Partenkirchen are separated by <strong>the</strong> Wettersteingebirge, <strong>the</strong> ridge<br />

of mountains that form <strong>the</strong> border between Austria <strong>and</strong><br />

Germany in <strong>the</strong>se parts. Both rides go around this forbidding<br />

range, which includes Germany's highest mountain, <strong>the</strong><br />

Zugspitze – one to <strong>the</strong> west, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r to <strong>the</strong> east. The western<br />

passage continues up <strong>the</strong> Leutasch Valley on a cycle track,<br />

traversing a small pass <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>n downhill all <strong>the</strong> way, via Ehrwald,<br />

to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The eastern choice retraces part of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Leutasch Valley, almost to Mittenwald, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>n heads west<br />

on a marvellous lane past Schloss Elmau to Klais, before dropping<br />

down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 28 or 35 miles (45 or 56km).<br />

Day 10: Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a<br />

rich blend of old <strong>and</strong> new, part modern, part traditional. The<br />

hyphen gives <strong>the</strong> clue that it is two towns joined toge<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

Garmisch fully embracing <strong>the</strong> twentieth century <strong>and</strong><br />

Partenkirchen preferring to cling to <strong>the</strong> past. The combined town<br />

has grown <strong>and</strong> prospered as a consequence of its fantastic<br />

location. Lying in a broad open basin formed by glacial erosion,<br />

<strong>the</strong> town is surrounded by mountains to <strong>the</strong> south, east <strong>and</strong><br />

west. The skiing is superb, <strong>the</strong> cycling <strong>and</strong> walking equally<br />

superlative. There are innumerable things to do, but on a clear<br />

day, a mountain railway ride to <strong>the</strong> summit of <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze is<br />

hard to beat.<br />

Day 11: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich airport by train or<br />

minibus, <strong>and</strong> look forward to welcoming you back again next<br />

year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 26 £1049<br />

July 12, 26 £1099<br />

August 11, 25 £1099<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 26 £829<br />

July 12, 26 £859<br />

August 11, 25 £859<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Munich or<br />

Salzburg, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 15


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Discover exquisite Bavarian<br />

villages <strong>and</strong> towns like Bad<br />

Bayersoien, Füssen <strong>and</strong> Bad<br />

Oberstaufen<br />

• Pedal your way through <strong>the</strong><br />

verdant Vils Valley beneath<br />

towering Alpine mountain ranges<br />

• Admire Neuschwanstein, <strong>the</strong><br />

renowned fairytale castle created<br />

by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig<br />

• Visit <strong>the</strong> friendly beer gardens,<br />

chic shops <strong>and</strong> interesting<br />

museums of Oberstdorf, a top<br />

German ski resort<br />

• Experience <strong>the</strong> thrilling cable car<br />

ride up to <strong>the</strong> awesome<br />

Nebelhorn Peak<br />

• Enjoy spectacular views along<br />

traffic-free cycle lanes carved<br />

through <strong>the</strong> mountains<br />

• Indulge in rustic culinary delights<br />

at Michelin-rated restaurants in<br />

<strong>the</strong> gourmet enclave of Hittisau<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

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Bavaria’s Allgäuer Alps<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ���<br />

Prepare to fall in love with <strong>the</strong> Allgäu! Situated in a<br />

remote south-west corner of Bavaria, this stunning<br />

region remains something of a hidden gem. Few cyclists<br />

have so far discovered <strong>the</strong> delights of this unspoilt <strong>and</strong><br />

spectacular l<strong>and</strong>scape between Germany <strong>and</strong> Austria.<br />

As always in Bavaria, you can expect <strong>the</strong> famous hospitality<br />

<strong>and</strong> passionate spirit of a distinctive culture that holds its<br />

traditional language, food, music, architecture <strong>and</strong> customs<br />

dear. From <strong>the</strong> natural majesty of <strong>the</strong> Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Alps to <strong>the</strong><br />

regal fantasy creation of Neuschwanstein, <strong>the</strong> dramatic<br />

countryside here includes a range of exhilarating cycling<br />

routes …<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

19ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

22ºC 23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

20ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Bad Oberstaufen<br />

Hittisau<br />

Pfronten<br />

Oberstdorf<br />

Munich •<br />

Bad Bayersoien<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

• Salzburg


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> itinery...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to<br />

our base hotel in Bad Bayersoien.<br />

Day 2: Bad Bayersoien. After breakfast, we personally equip you<br />

with your bicycles ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is<br />

<strong>the</strong>n yours to explore Bad Bayersoien, a picture-perfect Bavarian<br />

village set beside <strong>the</strong> Soiener See, a pretty bathing lake. With <strong>the</strong><br />

dramatic backdrop of <strong>the</strong> Ammergauer Alps rearing up from <strong>the</strong><br />

south, a maze of cycle routes traverse a picturesque nature<br />

reserve to <strong>the</strong> east.<br />

Day 3: Bad Bayersoien to Pfronten. Quiet lanes reserved for<br />

<strong>the</strong> local farmers lead west through lush alpine meadows to <strong>the</strong><br />

Lech Valley. En-route, you’ll pass Wies Church, a Rococo<br />

masterpiece. To <strong>the</strong> south, <strong>the</strong> imposing splendour of <strong>the</strong><br />

Allgäuer Alps becomes yet more breathtaking as sleepy country<br />

lanes take us to Pfronten. 32 miles (54km).<br />

Day 4: Pfronten. A charming Bavarian town nestling in <strong>the</strong><br />

verdant Vils Valley beneath <strong>the</strong> towering Aggenstein Mountain,<br />

Pfronten features traditional Bavarian houses, decorated with<br />

murals <strong>and</strong> colourful window-boxes, lining <strong>the</strong> main street. A<br />

cycle route along <strong>the</strong> Vils Valley leads to Füssen, a pretty medieval<br />

town crammed with historic buildings. On a nearby outcrop,<br />

st<strong>and</strong>s <strong>the</strong> fairytale vision of Neuschwanstein, <strong>the</strong> renowned<br />

castle built by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig.<br />

Day 5: Pfronten to Oberstdorf. To <strong>the</strong> southwest of Pfronten,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Vils Valley narrows <strong>and</strong> me<strong>and</strong>ers between wooded slopes.<br />

A traffic-free cycle route follows <strong>the</strong> valley before crossing <strong>the</strong><br />

border into Austria <strong>and</strong> emerging near <strong>the</strong> gorgeous Tyrolean<br />

village of Schattwald. A winding descent <strong>the</strong>n leads to Bad<br />

Hindelang, a prominent spa resort with traditional houses<br />

bedecked with summer blooms. From here, <strong>the</strong> glaciated Iller<br />

Valley stretches south to Oberstdorf. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 6: Oberstdorf. A lively town full of unique Bavarian character,<br />

Oberstdorf is one of Germany’s premier ski resorts. In summer,<br />

lovers of <strong>the</strong> great outdoors enjoy <strong>the</strong> fantastic cycling <strong>and</strong> walking<br />

available around here. Cosy cafés serving delicious cakes, gasthofs<br />

with shaded beer gardens, chic shops <strong>and</strong> interesting museums all<br />

compete for your attention. Best of all, <strong>the</strong> thrilling cable car ride<br />

to <strong>the</strong> towering Nebelhorn Peak will simply take your breath away.<br />

Day 7: Oberstdorf to Hittisau. Today’s ride is an absolute gem<br />

– a narrow traffic-free lane carves through <strong>the</strong> mountains to <strong>the</strong><br />

west of Oberstdorf to offer <strong>the</strong> ultimate enchanting ‘away from it<br />

all’ route through a nature reserve with spectacular views at<br />

every twist <strong>and</strong> turn. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 8: Hittisau. Hittisau nestles in a beautiful Austrian valley amid<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bregenzer Alps. Close to <strong>the</strong> Swiss border, <strong>the</strong> architecture<br />

resembles that of its near neighbour – picture-perfect chalets clad<br />

with intricate wood tiles <strong>and</strong> vivid flower boxes. Although <strong>the</strong><br />

village is home to just a few hundred residents, Hittisau boasts<br />

three Michelin-rated restaurants (rustic venues with <strong>the</strong> emphasis<br />

on delicious local specialities ra<strong>the</strong>r than pretentious cooking <strong>and</strong><br />

star ratings). Explore <strong>the</strong> superb scenery of this peaceful corner<br />

of Austria along its numerous quiet lanes <strong>and</strong> tracks.<br />

Day 9: Hittisau to Bad Oberstaufen. Fortunately for us, <strong>the</strong><br />

pure serenity of this area still remains a well-kept secret – its<br />

tranquillity <strong>and</strong> exceptional beauty is truly inspiring: a cycling<br />

paradise of lush valleys dotted with chocolate box farmhouses<br />

<strong>and</strong> immaculate villages linked by peaceful lanes. Our route<br />

continues north through this beguiling l<strong>and</strong>scape to <strong>the</strong> spa town,<br />

Bad Oberstaufen. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 10: Bad Oberstaufen. Regarded as Allgäu’s most charming<br />

village, Bad Oberstaufen is a stunning retreat of traditional<br />

buildings decorated with stunning murals <strong>and</strong> vibrant flowers.<br />

Relax in hospitable inns <strong>and</strong> taste delightful Bavarian cuisine, or<br />

treat yourself to indulgent cakes in stylish cafés. It’s little wonder<br />

that this setting is equally appealing to cyclists <strong>and</strong> walkers. To <strong>the</strong><br />

north, a labyrinth of quiet lanes offer enjoyable rides through<br />

pristine alpine meadows; <strong>the</strong> majestic peaks to <strong>the</strong> south,<br />

meanwhile, can be reached by cable car.<br />

Day 11: Today we say “Auf Wiedersehen” <strong>and</strong> transfer you<br />

back to Munich airport. We look forward to welcoming you back<br />

again next year!<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 28 £1049<br />

July 14, 30 £1099<br />

August 13, 29 £1099<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 28 £829<br />

July 14, 30 £859<br />

August 13, 29 £859<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Munich or<br />

Salzburg, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 17


8 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Trier – Germany's oldest city –<br />

its roots go back to <strong>the</strong> Roman<br />

empire as you’ll see from <strong>the</strong><br />

remains of Black Gate <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> amphi<strong>the</strong>atre<br />

• Bernkastel – <strong>the</strong> romantic<br />

cobblestone streets of this small<br />

pedestrianised town <strong>and</strong> its<br />

picturesque market square<br />

featuring half-timbered buildings<br />

with bright flowers bursting from<br />

window boxes<br />

• Live like royalty during an<br />

overnight stay at Schloss Zell, a<br />

medieval castle in <strong>the</strong> quaint little<br />

town of Zell<br />

• Burg Eltz – regarded by many as<br />

Germany's finest medieval castle<br />

– a fairytale fortress of<br />

impenetrable walls, towers <strong>and</strong><br />

turrets<br />

• Sampling some of Germany’s<br />

finest wines, accompanied with<br />

traditional Zwiebelkuchen<br />

(savoury onion cake) – a unique<br />

gourmet treat<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

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Magical Moselle<br />

Wine Route<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: �<br />

Easy does it… Cycling <strong>the</strong> length of <strong>the</strong> splendid Moselle<br />

Valley, one of Germany's most renowned wineproducing<br />

regions, is effortlessly simple. As <strong>the</strong> Moselle<br />

River snakes down through <strong>the</strong> valley, you’ll find delight<br />

around every bend: enchanting medieval towns, craggy<br />

castles <strong>and</strong> charming vineyards which cover <strong>the</strong> sunny<br />

slopes. Need to quench your thirst? Head for <strong>the</strong> rustic wine<br />

bars <strong>and</strong> tasting cellars serving excellent dry white Rieslings <strong>and</strong><br />

Piesporters – <strong>the</strong>y’ve been enjoyed in <strong>the</strong>se parts since Roman<br />

times. Above all, <strong>the</strong> Moselle wine route offers a stress-free<br />

sojourn that’s ideal for cycling holiday beginners or anyone<br />

who craves <strong>the</strong> pleasure of a scenic l<strong>and</strong>scape, with no hills to<br />

climb!<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

20ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

25ºC 24ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Trier<br />

•Frankfurt<br />

Bernkastel<br />

Trittenheim<br />

Berlin •<br />

Cochem<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

Zell


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Frankfurt Airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or<br />

train to our base hotel in Trier.<br />

Day 2: Trier. After breakfast we personally equip you with your<br />

bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is <strong>the</strong>n yours<br />

to explore Trier <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding countryside. Trier is<br />

Germany's oldest city – <strong>and</strong> you’ll soon discover why. Its Roman<br />

heritage ranges from <strong>the</strong> remarkably well-preserved Porta Nigra<br />

(Black Gate) to <strong>the</strong> amphi<strong>the</strong>atre ruins where gladiators once<br />

battled. The Palastgarten (Palace Garden), a marvel of Baroque<br />

design, is also not to be missed. Choose to spend <strong>the</strong> whole day<br />

exploring historic Trier or an easy 10-mile ride into <strong>the</strong> Moselle<br />

Valley for a preview of <strong>the</strong> charming scenery you’ll soon enjoy.<br />

Day 3: Trier to Trittenheim. Today you’ll begin <strong>the</strong> gentle<br />

descent through <strong>the</strong> Moselle Valley <strong>and</strong> its famous wine route. As<br />

you weave your way alongside <strong>the</strong> river, <strong>the</strong> cycling is less than<br />

strenuous despite <strong>the</strong> ra<strong>the</strong>r hilly scenery. En route, you’ll pass<br />

small castle ruins <strong>and</strong> villages where <strong>the</strong> locals eat alfresco,<br />

enjoying Moselle wine with traditional savoury onion cake. And<br />

<strong>the</strong>re’s also <strong>the</strong> opportunity to take your bike onto <strong>the</strong> frequent<br />

boat services. (Please note: if you can’t resist purchasing some of<br />

<strong>the</strong> local vintage, our reps are always happy to transport your<br />

bottles of wine). 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 4: Trittenheim to Bernkastel. You’ll continue your journey<br />

with a similarly straightforward ride through picturesque wine<br />

country. Your destination today is a special one: Bernkastel, an<br />

atmospheric small town with charming historic buildings<br />

clustered toge<strong>the</strong>r on both sides of <strong>the</strong> river, connected by a<br />

bridge. Stroll along its cobblestone streets <strong>and</strong> admire <strong>the</strong><br />

medieval market square with half-timbered houses, Renaissance<br />

city hall <strong>and</strong> iconic Bärenbrunnen (Bear fountain), before retiring<br />

to a stylish hotel housed in a 17th Century building for a glass or<br />

two of Riesling in <strong>the</strong> original wine cellars. 20 miles (32km).<br />

Day 5: Bernkastel to Zell. Ano<strong>the</strong>r day, ano<strong>the</strong>r day’s cycling<br />

through some of Germany’s most alluring l<strong>and</strong>scapes. You’ll<br />

reluctantly leave <strong>the</strong> beauty of Bernkastel behind to continue<br />

making steady progress through <strong>the</strong> Moselle Valley. The reward<br />

for your exertions is a relaxing overnight stay at <strong>the</strong> amazing<br />

Schloss Zell: this medieval castle, located at <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong><br />

quaint little town of Zell on <strong>the</strong> Moselle River, houses an intimate<br />

hotel. You’ll be in good company – previous guests here have<br />

included Emperor Maximilian in 1521 <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Prussian King<br />

Friedrich Wilhelm IV in 1847. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 6: Zell to Cochem. Today you’ll be rewarded with more<br />

stunning scenery as your route continues along one of <strong>the</strong><br />

prettiest stretches of <strong>the</strong> Moselle. Out of <strong>the</strong> saddle, Arras Castle<br />

makes a worthwhile mid-morning detour: walk to an outcrop<br />

above <strong>the</strong> valley, where a castle has proudly stood for over<br />

1,000 years, for spectacular views from <strong>the</strong> elegant terrace<br />

restaurant or <strong>the</strong> ancient keep. There’s also <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

see <strong>the</strong> original dungeon <strong>and</strong> torture chamber, as well as a<br />

museum chronicling Moselle Valley history. 23 miles (37km).<br />

Day 7: Cochem. Surrounded by vineyards, Cochem is a<br />

quintessential Moselle town, dominated by <strong>the</strong> imposing<br />

Reichsburg Castle that rises high above. Never<strong>the</strong>less, <strong>the</strong><br />

famous Burg Eltz, arguably Germany's finest medieval castle, is<br />

<strong>the</strong> real star. Only a 10-mile ride from Cochem, we highly<br />

recommend that you visit this formidable fortress with its mass of<br />

towers <strong>and</strong> turrets. Dating back over a thous<strong>and</strong> years, <strong>the</strong> castle<br />

contains priceless treasures including Gobelin tapestries. Most<br />

remarkable of all, Burg Eltz is still inhabited by descendants of its<br />

founders, 33 generations on. Alternatively, you can take a direct<br />

train to Koblenz – <strong>the</strong> city that rests on <strong>the</strong> banks where <strong>the</strong><br />

Mosel <strong>and</strong> Rhine Rivers meet. The Old Town, painstakingly<br />

reconstructed after World War II, is worth a w<strong>and</strong>er. Meanwhile,<br />

Kaisserin Augusta Park provides a blissful spot for a riverside<br />

picnic.<br />

Day 8: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Cochem to Frankfurt Airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong>,<br />

look forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

8 Day Tour<br />

(7 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 15, 17, 23, 25 £899<br />

July 2, 4 £899<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Frankfurt.<br />

• Return transfer between Frankfurt Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Koblenz or<br />

Frankfurt, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 19


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Uncorking <strong>the</strong> finest wines from<br />

<strong>the</strong> region <strong>and</strong> discovering <strong>the</strong><br />

wine world’s best-kept secret<br />

• Klosterneuburg Priory <strong>and</strong> Stift<br />

Melk – two of <strong>the</strong> most historic<br />

<strong>and</strong> influential Austrian<br />

monasteries<br />

• Exploring <strong>the</strong> unique small towns<br />

of Poysdorf, Tulln, Dürnstein <strong>and</strong><br />

Melk<br />

• Enjoying <strong>the</strong> enchanting scenery<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Danube River region as<br />

we cycle along unchallenging<br />

terrain<br />

• Eating <strong>and</strong> drinking in au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

Austrian Heurigers (Eastern-<br />

Austrian wine taverns) with<br />

traditional live music from guitars<br />

<strong>and</strong> accordions – musical <strong>the</strong>mes<br />

invariably revolve around<br />

celebrating wine-drinking!<br />

• Vienna – Austria’s romantic<br />

capital is just a short train ride<br />

from your cycle route, or an<br />

excellent addition before or after<br />

your tour<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

20 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Austrian Wine <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> best<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Danube<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ��<br />

Discover why Austrian wine is <strong>the</strong> connoisseurs’ bestkept<br />

secret. In fact, <strong>the</strong> small yet beautiful wine<br />

culture of this region means you’ll sample wines rarely<br />

found outside Austria. And what makes Austrian wine so<br />

special? The tradition of winemaking for thous<strong>and</strong>s of<br />

years has created world-class dry white wines, serious<br />

reds <strong>and</strong> some of <strong>the</strong> best sweet wines on earth.<br />

So join us as we traverse through <strong>the</strong> beautiful Weinviertel<br />

region of north-eastern Austria, <strong>the</strong> country’s largest<br />

winegrowing region, boasting charming wine villages <strong>and</strong><br />

towns. We’ll ride through delightful countryside of apricot<br />

orchards <strong>and</strong> steep terraced vineyards, stopping in sleepy<br />

medieval villages for a slice of traditional Viennese Sachertorte<br />

(a delicious gooey chocolate cake) <strong>and</strong> a glass or two of local<br />

wine, with <strong>the</strong> Danube itself providing a majestic backdrop.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

20ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

22ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

24ºC 24ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Dürnstein<br />

Melk<br />

Krems<br />

Stockerau<br />

Tulln<br />

Klosterneuburg<br />

Poysdorf<br />

Mistelbach<br />

Wolkersdorf<br />

Vienna<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day1: Arrival at Vienna Airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or<br />

train to our base hotel in Poysdorf, gateway to Austria’s wine quarter.<br />

Day 2: Poysdorf. After breakfast we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycle, ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

yours to explore Poysdorf, an au<strong>the</strong>ntic wine village with<br />

picturesque Kellergassen (wine cellar lanes), <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> gently rolling<br />

hills of <strong>the</strong> surrounding countryside. Stop by at a traditional<br />

Heuriger for a glass or two of local wine, or perhaps treat<br />

yourself to a wine-<strong>the</strong>med massage using grape-based oils.<br />

Day 3: Poysdorf to Wolkersdorf. We head south for <strong>the</strong> first<br />

leg of our journey, with an undem<strong>and</strong>ing me<strong>and</strong>er through<br />

delightful vineyard terrain. Cycle through lush green meadows<br />

<strong>and</strong> shady forests as we make our way towards <strong>the</strong> old town of<br />

Wolkersdorf. Our hotel is also surrounded by beautiful<br />

countryside, including a trail that runs through Hochleiten forest<br />

<strong>and</strong> back through <strong>the</strong> local vineyards. 25 miles (40km).<br />

Day 4: Wolkersdorf. Today is yours to spend as you please –<br />

visit a local vineyard for a spot of wine-tasting, explore <strong>the</strong> town,<br />

or enjoy a gentle ride through <strong>the</strong> spectacular countryside<br />

around Wolkersdorf, me<strong>and</strong>ering through cool forests <strong>and</strong> sundrenched<br />

hills. Also, Vienna with all of its attractions, is just a 30<br />

minute train ride away.<br />

Day 5: Wolkersdorf to Tulln. After leaving Wolkersdorf, we join<br />

<strong>the</strong> renowned Danube cycle route. The Austrian stretch offers<br />

diverse views <strong>and</strong> a whole host of sights, including castles,<br />

museums, churches, abbeys <strong>and</strong> quaint villages, that bring new<br />

variety at each turn. Not to mention <strong>the</strong> wide bike paths <strong>and</strong><br />

mostly easy route that gently slopes alongside <strong>the</strong> calm of <strong>the</strong><br />

famous river. And we may stop at one of <strong>the</strong> Jausenstation,<br />

where a local family serves homemade cold cuts <strong>and</strong> cheeses<br />

from picnic tables. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 6: Tulln. Located on <strong>the</strong> south bank of <strong>the</strong> Danube, Tulln<br />

was <strong>the</strong> site of <strong>the</strong> Roman camp of Comagena <strong>and</strong> contains a<br />

third century Roman Tower, considered <strong>the</strong> oldest structure in<br />

Austria. This small town is also famous as <strong>the</strong> birthplace of <strong>the</strong><br />

painter Egon Schiele. We highly recommend a ride to <strong>the</strong><br />

remarkable Klosterneuburg Priory. Its foundations, including a<br />

castle tower <strong>and</strong> a Gothic chapel, date back to <strong>the</strong> 12th century<br />

– but subsequent architectural styles include baroque,<br />

neoclassical <strong>and</strong> neo-gothic. The monastic library here contains<br />

30,000 volumes, while its immense wine cellar is testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>the</strong> centuries-old viticultural tradition.<br />

Day 7: Tulln to Dürnstein. Today we continue to follow <strong>the</strong><br />

Danube west, weaving through cool forests as we make our way<br />

along <strong>the</strong> wide, green valley. We pass through sleepy villages <strong>and</strong><br />

pretty wine towns, perhaps stopping for a bite to eat in a local<br />

pub. Our destination is Dürnstein, a small town in <strong>the</strong> renowned<br />

Wachau region. The town boasts an idyllic valley setting,<br />

surrounded by vine-covered slopes. The Wachau produces a<br />

particularly fine Riesling – why not enjoy a glass while admiring<br />

<strong>the</strong> stunning surroundings? 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 8: Dürnstein. The romantic town of Dürnstein has a long<br />

<strong>and</strong> fascinating history, dating back to 1192, when Duke<br />

Leopold V held Richard I Lionheart captive in Dürnstein Castle<br />

after a dispute during <strong>the</strong> Third Crusade. The castle was<br />

destroyed in 1645 but its ruins can still be seen today. We also<br />

recommend a ride to nearby Krems, where <strong>the</strong> oldest grave<br />

ever found in Austria was discovered <strong>and</strong> is believed to be over<br />

27,000 years old. This relatively small town of around 23,000<br />

was once a serious rival to Vienna during <strong>the</strong> 11th <strong>and</strong> 12th<br />

centuries. Today’s visitors are attracted by <strong>the</strong> town’s elegant<br />

architecture of town houses <strong>and</strong> courtyards with a sou<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

Italian feel. Must-see buildings here include <strong>the</strong> Piaristenkirche,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Renaissance town hall <strong>and</strong> vast 13th century Gozzoburg<br />

palace.<br />

Day 9: Dürnstein to Melk. This stretch of our journey through<br />

<strong>the</strong> Wachau is along <strong>the</strong> most stunning part of <strong>the</strong> Danube cycle<br />

path. From castles perched on hills to swans nesting along <strong>the</strong><br />

riverbank <strong>and</strong> past small forests, farm fields, sprawling vineyards<br />

<strong>and</strong> charming little towns, <strong>the</strong> serene beauty of <strong>the</strong> Danube<br />

reflects in <strong>the</strong> summer sun. Be sure to bring your camera, as <strong>the</strong><br />

vistas on this ride are simply breathtaking. 21 miles (34km).<br />

Day 10: Melk. Towering above <strong>the</strong> left bank of <strong>the</strong> Danube,<br />

Melk offers an impressive range of architecture within its<br />

atmospheric streets. The town is best known for Stift Melk, <strong>the</strong><br />

imposing baroque Benedictine monastery which st<strong>and</strong>s proudly<br />

over <strong>the</strong> town. Founded in 1089, this truly magnificent building<br />

with its numerous frescos continues to inspire devotion from all<br />

who visit. Our final recommendation for a nearby ride is to <strong>the</strong><br />

wonderful church of Maria Taferl which has traditionally attracted<br />

angelic <strong>and</strong> pilgrimage processions.<br />

Day 11: Today we say “Auf Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you<br />

direct from Melk to Vienna Airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong>, look<br />

forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 28, 30 £1099<br />

July 10, 12 £1099<br />

July 22, 24 £1149<br />

August 3, 5, 15, 17 £1149<br />

August 27, 29 £1099<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 30 £869<br />

July 12 £869<br />

July 24 £899<br />

August 5, 17 £899<br />

August 29 £869<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Vienna.<br />

• Return transfer between Vienna Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Vienna, please<br />

call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 21


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Spittal – historic trade centre<br />

boasting fine architecture <strong>and</strong><br />

stately 16th century Italian<br />

palace<br />

• Carinthia – make a splash in one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> magnificent 1,270 lakes –<br />

ideal for alfresco bathing<br />

• St Veit an der Glan – <strong>the</strong> former<br />

regional capital features an<br />

impressively gr<strong>and</strong> square<br />

• Hochosterwitz Castle – dating<br />

back to 860 AD, this imposing<br />

fortress was designed to repel<br />

invaders<br />

• Maria Saal <strong>and</strong> Maria Wörth –<br />

pay homage to two exquisitely<br />

beautiful pilgrimage churches<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

22 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

The Carinthian Lakes<br />

- Austria’s Cycling Paradise<br />

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Dip into <strong>the</strong> invigorating l<strong>and</strong>scape of <strong>the</strong><br />

Carinthian Lakes on <strong>the</strong> ‘Austrian Riviera’ – <strong>the</strong><br />

sou<strong>the</strong>rnmost province of this stunning country.<br />

During ten days of lakeside touring, you’ll be<br />

enchanted by picturesque shores of gorgeous beaches<br />

<strong>and</strong> secluded valleys dotted with sleepy hamlets <strong>and</strong><br />

framed by dramatic high peaks offering panoramic<br />

views. En route, we discover pilgrimage churches,<br />

imposing castles, a 16th century Italian palace <strong>and</strong> a<br />

Benedictine Abbey.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

19ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

22ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

24ºC 24ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

20ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Spittal<br />

Feldkirchen<br />

Salzburg•<br />

St Veit an<br />

der Glan<br />

Maria Wörth<br />

Egg am Faakersee<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from Salzburg airport to our base hotel<br />

in Spittal.<br />

Day 2: Spittal. After breakfast, we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycles ensuring a perfect individual fit. The day is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

yours to explore Spittal <strong>and</strong> its surrounding area near <strong>the</strong><br />

picturesque Lake Millstätt. We recommend a gentle cycle<br />

excursion to <strong>the</strong> lake shore for its gorgeous beaches. Back in <strong>the</strong><br />

town itself, <strong>the</strong> splendid 16th century Italian palace Schloß Porcia<br />

is a must-see. To <strong>the</strong> south, Goldeck Mountain reaches a dizzy<br />

2142m – take <strong>the</strong> cable car to enjoy wonderful views from its<br />

peak.<br />

Day 3: Spittal to Egg am Faakersee. The Drau Valley cycle<br />

route leads downstream through a broad glacial valley to<br />

Paternion. This pretty village, nestling between sunny mountain<br />

slopes <strong>and</strong> shady woodl<strong>and</strong>, includes a charming pilgrimage<br />

church <strong>and</strong> 16th century castle. After passing through <strong>the</strong> historic<br />

town of Villach, we continue to Lake Faakersee, one of<br />

Carinthia's finest. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 4: Egg am Faakersee. With summer temperatures of 26C<br />

<strong>and</strong> an idyllic location, it's easy to underst<strong>and</strong> why Faakersee is<br />

among <strong>the</strong> region’s best bathing lakes. Pretty villages are sprinkled<br />

along <strong>the</strong> shoreline while quiet lanes <strong>and</strong> tracks splinter into <strong>the</strong><br />

breathtakingly beautiful countryside. It’s time to enjoy a little light<br />

cycling <strong>and</strong> some serious relaxation!<br />

Day 5: Egg am Faakersee to Feldkirchen. Leaving <strong>the</strong> Drau<br />

Valley cycle route, our tour continues along <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn shore<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Ossiacher See, a serene lake cradled between steeply<br />

wooded slopes, with spectacular views to <strong>the</strong> Gerlitzen peak.<br />

The half-way point of today’s tour is <strong>the</strong> village of Ossiach,<br />

featuring a Benedictine Abbey dating back to <strong>the</strong> 11th century.<br />

Part of <strong>the</strong> building has been transformed into a hotel – <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect place for lunch. Our route continues along <strong>the</strong> Tiebel<br />

Valley to Feldkirchen. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 6: Feldkirchen. Set amid rolling farml<strong>and</strong>, Feldkirchen's<br />

roots date to <strong>the</strong> Middle Ages – <strong>the</strong> old town is a maze of<br />

alleyways <strong>and</strong> narrow lanes, with historic buildings to discover at<br />

each turn. The quiet byways south-east of Feldkirchen are a<br />

cycling paradise – sleepy hamlets <strong>and</strong> inviting lakes are framed by<br />

high peaks as we ride past.<br />

Day 7: Feldkirchen to St Veit an der Glan. Choose between a<br />

gentle me<strong>and</strong>er along <strong>the</strong> pretty Glan Valley or a slightly more<br />

adventurous ride through several miles of track into a secluded<br />

valley <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of a wilder l<strong>and</strong>scape. 18 or 26 miles (29 or<br />

42km).<br />

Day 8: St Veit an der Glan. The charming historic town of St Veit<br />

was <strong>the</strong> seat of <strong>the</strong> Dukes of Carinthia until 1518. The legacy is<br />

a gr<strong>and</strong> square, flanked by beautiful period properties <strong>and</strong><br />

arcaded courtyards. The focus for our recommended ride is<br />

nearby Hochosterwitz Castle, one of Carinthia's most<br />

memorable l<strong>and</strong>marks. Owned by <strong>the</strong> same family since 1571,<br />

<strong>the</strong> castle features a series of 14 gates barricading its steeply<br />

spiralling entry pathway (it’s easy to imagine what an<br />

impenetrable barrier this presented to marauding Turks).<br />

Perched on an outcrop, <strong>the</strong> castle casts a dramatic silhouette for<br />

miles around.<br />

Day 9: St Veit an der Glan to Maria Wörth. The tour continues<br />

south, roughly following <strong>the</strong> River Glan, before skirting <strong>the</strong> south<br />

shore of Lake Wör<strong>the</strong>r to <strong>the</strong> village of Maria Wörth. A visit to<br />

Maria Saal, a pilgrimage church dating back to <strong>the</strong> 8th century, is<br />

rewarding for its Gothic structure <strong>and</strong> interiors. Nearby,<br />

Carinthia's open air museum chronicles local life through <strong>the</strong><br />

ages. 27 miles (43km).<br />

Day 10: Maria Wörth. The village takes its name from <strong>the</strong><br />

ancient church by Lake Wör<strong>the</strong>r See. The lake, reaches a<br />

luxuriously warm 28C during summer – ideal for a relaxing swim.<br />

With several sophisticated resorts dotted along <strong>the</strong> shoreline, we<br />

recommend a circular route passing through Velden, an elegant<br />

spa town featuring a splendid castle.<br />

Day 11: Today we say “Auf Wiedersehen” <strong>and</strong> transfer you<br />

back to Salzburg airport. We look forward to welcoming you<br />

back again next year!<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 19, 21 £1099<br />

July 1, 3 £1099<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 21 £869<br />

July 3 £869<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Gatwick or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Bristol & Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Salzburg.<br />

• Return transfer between Salzburg Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Salzburg or<br />

Klagenfurt, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 23


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong> – magnificent<br />

scenery, charming villages <strong>and</strong><br />

delicious cheese<br />

• Lake Constance – a cyclist’s<br />

paradise<br />

• World Heritage sites: St Gallen<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>dral <strong>and</strong> Reichenau<br />

Monastery<br />

• Medieval Stein am Rhein –<br />

crammed with beautiful halftimbered<br />

buildings<br />

• Rheinfalls – Europe’s most<br />

powerful waterfalls<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

24 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> Lake Constance<br />

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As <strong>the</strong> cowbells chime, you’ll experience <strong>the</strong><br />

best of <strong>the</strong> Swiss countryside – from rugged<br />

mountain scenery to lush valleys. Within ten days,<br />

<strong>the</strong> highlights of this thrilling ride include <strong>the</strong><br />

magnificent Alps, idyllic Lake Constance, <strong>the</strong> ancient<br />

city of St Gallen <strong>and</strong> even Europe’s most powerful<br />

waterfalls – not to mention <strong>the</strong> gastronomic delights<br />

of <strong>the</strong> region. There’s certainly nothing neutral<br />

about this Swiss adventure!<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

19ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

23ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

25ºC 24ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

20ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Stein am Rhein<br />

Zurich •<br />

Reichenau<br />

Tufertschwil<br />

Egnach<br />

Appenzell<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Zurich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to<br />

our base hotel in Appenzell.<br />

Day 2: Appenzell. After breakfast, we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycles ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is now<br />

yours to explore Appenzell <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding area. This small<br />

town lies among beautiful undulating meadows with <strong>the</strong> majestic<br />

Alpstein range providing a spectacular backdrop to <strong>the</strong> south. A<br />

network of quiet lanes <strong>and</strong> forest tracks traverse <strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>scape –<br />

you can pedal in time to <strong>the</strong> rhythmic chiming of cowbells!<br />

Appenzell is famous for its unique cheese, a key ingredient in<br />

several local specialities. Sample this imaginative cuisine at one of<br />

<strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>ntic Gasthofs <strong>and</strong> cafés around <strong>the</strong> cobbled market<br />

square. The colourful wooden houses, surrounding <strong>the</strong> square,<br />

create a magical setting for an “alfresco feast”.<br />

Day 3: Appenzell to Tufertschwil. A morning me<strong>and</strong>ering<br />

through glorious Appenzellerl<strong>and</strong> is punctuated by a visit to Stein,<br />

a pretty village overlooking <strong>the</strong> Sitter Valley. The fascinating Folk<br />

Museum here illustrates local culture <strong>and</strong> crafts <strong>and</strong> a cheese<br />

factory demonstrates <strong>the</strong> art of producing delicious Appenzeller.<br />

The subsequent route passes close to St Gallen, eastern<br />

Switzerl<strong>and</strong>’s largest city. At St Gallen’s heart is a magnificent<br />

ca<strong>the</strong>dral <strong>and</strong> monastery, designated a World Heritage site by<br />

UNESCO. The final leg to Tufertschwil follows an isolated lane<br />

deep inside idyllic alpine country. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 4: Tufertschwil. Far off <strong>the</strong> beaten track, <strong>the</strong> tiny hamlet of<br />

Tufertschwil is set in a truly enchanting location. Deep green<br />

pastures are dotted with ancient Swiss farmhouses as <strong>the</strong> cycling<br />

lanes wriggle through lush valleys. The pride of Tufertschwil is <strong>the</strong><br />

Hotel Rössli, a perfect blend of rustic charm <strong>and</strong> contemporary<br />

comfort.<br />

Day 5: Tufertschwil to Egnach. Following <strong>the</strong> Mittell<strong>and</strong><br />

National Cycle Route, <strong>the</strong> rolling hills of Upper Thurgau give way<br />

to a gentle l<strong>and</strong>scape of apple <strong>and</strong> pear orchards. A highlight of<br />

<strong>the</strong> day is Bischofszell, a historic town situated at <strong>the</strong> confluence<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Rivers Sitter <strong>and</strong> Thur. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 6: Egnach. With a private shore-front for guests’ exclusive<br />

use, Lake Constance is just a stone’s throw from your hotel.<br />

Cycling around <strong>the</strong> lake, your route passes through Egnach <strong>and</strong><br />

leads sou<strong>the</strong>ast to Arbon, an attractive lakeside resort. St Gallen<br />

is also within easy striking distance <strong>and</strong> deserves fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

exploration.<br />

Day 7: Egnach to Reichenau. Cycle paths <strong>and</strong> quiet lanes follow<br />

<strong>the</strong> Lake Constance shoreline northwest to Konstanz. The<br />

stunning views across to Germany are matched by those of <strong>the</strong><br />

snow-capped Alps. The old town of Konstanz is a maze of<br />

cobbled alleys <strong>and</strong> perfectly preserved ancient buildings – it<br />

certainly dem<strong>and</strong>s a lingering visit. Having passed into Germany,<br />

this thrilling journey continues along <strong>the</strong> shore <strong>and</strong> onto <strong>the</strong><br />

resort isl<strong>and</strong> of Reichenau. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 8: Reichenau. During <strong>the</strong> 10th <strong>and</strong> 11th centuries, <strong>the</strong><br />

isl<strong>and</strong> of Reichenau was one of Europe’s largest monastic centres<br />

<strong>and</strong> its legacy of fine churches <strong>and</strong> abbey remains is now<br />

recognised as a World Heritage site. Meanwhile, <strong>the</strong> nearby<br />

isl<strong>and</strong> of Mainau is an extraordinary park, created for <strong>the</strong> Gr<strong>and</strong><br />

Dukes of Baden, with romantic woods <strong>and</strong> vivid flower terraces<br />

(<strong>the</strong> thriving hibiscus, orange trees <strong>and</strong> daturas illustrate <strong>the</strong> mild<br />

climate). We definitely recommend a cycling excursion here.<br />

Day 9: Reichenau to Stein am Rhein. The tour continues along<br />

<strong>the</strong> German shores of Lake Constance. Several picturesque local<br />

villages boast splendid half-timbered buildings, while ferry routes<br />

link <strong>the</strong> villages – allowing <strong>the</strong> possibility for exciting shortcuts! On<br />

a clear day, you can enjoy stunning views of <strong>the</strong> jagged alpine<br />

horizon across <strong>the</strong> water. 26 miles (42km).<br />

Day 10: Stein am Rhein. With its medieval half-timbered<br />

buildings <strong>and</strong> 16th century houses whose facades are painted<br />

with frescoes, Stein am Rhein is justly renowned as one of<br />

Switzerl<strong>and</strong>’s most beautiful sights. Our suggested cycle route<br />

follows <strong>the</strong> mighty Rhein west to Schaffhausen <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Rheinfalls.<br />

Schaffhausen was an important trading hub during <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

Ages <strong>and</strong> its cobbled Old Town streets are lined with Gothic,<br />

Renaissance <strong>and</strong> Baroque buildings. The Rheinfalls inevitably<br />

make a big splash with visitors – in fact, <strong>the</strong>y are Europe’s most<br />

powerful waterfalls.<br />

Day 11: Today, we say “Auf Wiedersehen”. We will transfer<br />

you directly to Zurich airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong> look<br />

forward to welcoming you back next year!<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

July 14, 16, 26, 28 £1149<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

July 16, 28 £899<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Gatwick Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £15 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Bristol & Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Zurich.<br />

• Return transfer between Zurich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Genèva or<br />

Zurich, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 25


11 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Discover <strong>the</strong> immense city<br />

fortifications of Fribourg,<br />

Switzerl<strong>and</strong>’s most important<br />

medieval military architecture<br />

• Explore <strong>the</strong> spectacular alpine<br />

scenery of lakes, valleys <strong>and</strong><br />

forests<br />

• Enjoy refreshing outdoor<br />

swimming at perfect bathing<br />

spots like Lake Murten<br />

• Marvel at panoramic mountain<br />

views – from <strong>the</strong> snow-crowned<br />

peaks of <strong>the</strong> Swiss Alps to <strong>the</strong><br />

picturesque Jura Mountains<br />

• Take to <strong>the</strong> waters at Yverdon<br />

les Bains, famous for its <strong>the</strong>rmal<br />

springs. The spa waters here are<br />

renowned for <strong>the</strong>ir healing<br />

qualities<br />

• Experience all <strong>the</strong> style of <strong>the</strong><br />

Swiss Riviera in Lutry, a<br />

fashionable resort of chic<br />

waterfront bars, cafés <strong>and</strong><br />

bistros<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

26 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

Gruyères <strong>and</strong><br />

Lake Genèva<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ��<br />

With its dramatic mountainous backdrop <strong>and</strong><br />

stunningly lush l<strong>and</strong>scapes, you’ll find <strong>the</strong><br />

charm of this unspoilt region hard to resist. From<br />

well-preserved medieval villages to sophisticated<br />

resorts on <strong>the</strong> Swiss Riviera, this tour offers a<br />

thrilling journey through <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> Swiss<br />

countryside encompassing fairytale castles, spa<br />

resorts, historic ca<strong>the</strong>drals <strong>and</strong> ancient city<br />

fortifications – interspersed en-route by refreshing<br />

swims in crystal-clear lakes <strong>and</strong> traditional alpine<br />

food at cosy inns.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

19ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

23ºC<br />

9<br />

hours<br />

25ºC 24ºC<br />

10<br />

hours<br />

9<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Yverdon<br />

les Bains<br />

Lutry<br />

Lake Genèva<br />

•<br />

Genèva<br />

Murten<br />

Fribourg<br />

Gruyères<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from Genèva airport to our base hotel<br />

in Gruyères.<br />

Day 2: Gruyères. After breakfast, we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycles ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

yours to explore Gruyères, a well-preserved medieval village<br />

with an 11th century fairytale castle <strong>and</strong> dazzling alpine backdrop.<br />

Why not relax by dipping into an au<strong>the</strong>ntic fondue here?<br />

Alternatively, you could explore Lake Gruyère <strong>and</strong> me<strong>and</strong>er<br />

through its idyllic pastures to a soundtrack of ringing cow bells<br />

(after all, this is <strong>the</strong> home of <strong>the</strong> famously nutty Gruyère cheese);<br />

or even take <strong>the</strong> train to Gstaad, one of Switzerl<strong>and</strong>'s smartest<br />

resorts, <strong>and</strong> follow <strong>the</strong> National Cycle Route back to Gruyère<br />

through dramatic valley scenery.<br />

Day 3: Gruyères to Fribourg. Following <strong>the</strong> tranquil shoreline of<br />

Lake Gruyère, we ride along quiet lanes <strong>and</strong> forest tracks before<br />

crossing picturesque farml<strong>and</strong> with stunning views of snowcapped<br />

peaks. Finally, we arrive at Fribourg, an atmospheric<br />

medieval centre perched upon a rocky spur overlooking <strong>the</strong><br />

River Sarine. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 4: Fribourg. Explore <strong>the</strong> steep cobbled streets of Fribourg.<br />

Lined with ancient buildings, <strong>the</strong> many attractions here include<br />

<strong>the</strong> 13th century St Nicolas Ca<strong>the</strong>dral, covered wooden bridges<br />

decked with brightly-coloured flowers, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> city fortifications<br />

with a mile <strong>and</strong> a half of ramparts, 14 towers <strong>and</strong> a huge bulwark<br />

(Switzerl<strong>and</strong>’s most important medieval military architecture).<br />

We also recommend a cycle excursion into <strong>the</strong> breathtakingly<br />

beautiful surrounding l<strong>and</strong>scape of lakes, valleys <strong>and</strong> shady forests<br />

dwarfed by towering mountains.<br />

Day 5: Fribourg to Murten. Soak up <strong>the</strong> spectacular alpine<br />

scenery as we trundle downhill past lakes, valleys <strong>and</strong> forests<br />

stopping en-route at friendly Gasthofs in delightfully traditional<br />

villages. 20 miles (32km).<br />

Day 6: Murten. On <strong>the</strong> edge of <strong>the</strong> Great Marsh, Murten is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> best preserved Swiss medieval towns, <strong>and</strong> still encircled by<br />

its 15th century walls. From <strong>the</strong> castle to <strong>the</strong> historic arcaded high<br />

street, this is charming place to stroll around. You could also opt<br />

to make a splash at Lake Murten which is ideal for swimming –<br />

or cycle across <strong>the</strong> causeway at nearby Lake Biel to St Peters<br />

Isl<strong>and</strong>, where an excellent restaurant will reward you with<br />

fabulous views.<br />

Day 7: Murten to Yverdon les Bains. Today we embark on a<br />

truly epic ride along <strong>the</strong> shore of Lake Neuchâtel (<strong>the</strong> largest lake<br />

entirely in Switzerl<strong>and</strong>) with views across to <strong>the</strong> picturesque<br />

peaks of <strong>the</strong> Swiss Jura Mountains. Best of all, <strong>the</strong>y’ll also be<br />

several opportunities for a reviving swim en route. 27 miles<br />

(43km).<br />

Day 8: Yverdon les Bains. Centred between <strong>the</strong> Jura<br />

Mountains, <strong>the</strong> Orbe Plains, <strong>the</strong> Broye Hills <strong>and</strong> Lake Neuchâtel,<br />

Yverdon les Bains is famous for its <strong>the</strong>rmal springs. The spa<br />

waters here are renowned for <strong>the</strong>ir healing powers. The<br />

imposing 13th century castle features four round towers. Our<br />

recommended cycle excursion to <strong>the</strong> shores of Lake Neuchâtel<br />

can also be combined with a worthwhile boat trip.<br />

Day 9: Yverdon les Bains to Lutry. Taking <strong>the</strong> national cycle<br />

route that links Yverdon <strong>and</strong> Lake Genèva, we weave along<br />

peaceful lanes <strong>and</strong> forest tracks through <strong>the</strong> scenic l<strong>and</strong>scape. As<br />

we reach Lake Genèva, <strong>the</strong> wonderful vistas of <strong>the</strong> Mont Blanc<br />

Masif reward our efforts. 25 miles (40km).<br />

Day 10: Lutry. Unwind in stylish Lutry – this chic resort of<br />

pavement cafés, atmospheric bistros <strong>and</strong> ancient buildings is at<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> Swiss Riviera. O<strong>the</strong>r nearby attractions include<br />

<strong>the</strong> sophisticated city of Lausanne; <strong>and</strong> Chateau Chillon, an<br />

enchanting medieval castle.<br />

Day 11: Today we say “Au Revoir” <strong>and</strong> transfer you back to<br />

Genèva airport. We look forward to welcoming you back again<br />

next year!<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

August 2, 4, 14, 16 £1149<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

August 4, 16 £899<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted<br />

Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £15 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Bristol & Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Genèva.<br />

• Return transfer between Genèva Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Genèva or<br />

Zurich, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 27


9 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

6 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

ˆ<br />

• Trebon – a perfectly preserved<br />

walled medieval town surrounded<br />

by <strong>the</strong> original carp ponds<br />

ˆ<br />

• Ceské Budûjovice – <strong>the</strong> main city<br />

of South Bohemia, where <strong>the</strong><br />

Vltava <strong>and</strong> Malse rivers meet –<br />

<strong>the</strong> renowned home of Czech<br />

Budweiser Beer <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gothic-<br />

Renaissance Black Tower<br />

ˆ<br />

• Cesky ´ Krumlov – a UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site with<br />

remarkable Gothic, Renaissance<br />

<strong>and</strong> Baroque architecture<br />

ˆ<br />

ˆ<br />

• Cesky ´ Krumlov fortress – one<br />

of Central Europe’s largest castles<br />

with 40 buildings <strong>and</strong> palaces<br />

• Exploring <strong>the</strong> epic Sumava<br />

National Park with its natural<br />

lakes formed by Ice Age glaciers<br />

• Enjoying <strong>the</strong> finest traditional<br />

Czech cuisine – from roast pork<br />

with dumplings to probably <strong>the</strong><br />

best lager in <strong>the</strong> world!<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

28 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

ˆ<br />

ˆ<br />

The Czech Republic<br />

Beautiful Bohemia<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ��<br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Bohemia – a location that conjures up romantic<br />

images of rolling verdant hills, deep ancient forests, ruined<br />

castles <strong>and</strong> scenic lakes. Fortunately, this rural idyll in <strong>the</strong><br />

Czech Republic lives up to its mythical status. Because it’s so<br />

far from <strong>the</strong> tourist crowds, you’ll discover an unspoilt<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scape alongside an au<strong>the</strong>ntic Eastern European culture<br />

<strong>and</strong> cuisine. Best of all, <strong>the</strong> quiet country lanes here are a<br />

cyclist’s dream. And, out of <strong>the</strong> saddle, <strong>the</strong> region’s legendary<br />

beers are an intoxicating experience, ideally enjoyed within<br />

<strong>the</strong> friendly pubs in buzzing town squares – at very tempting<br />

prices.<br />

In fact, <strong>the</strong> lower cost of living means we can afford even better<br />

quality accommodation than usual – so you’ll stay exclusively in<br />

charming four-star hotels, especially chosen for <strong>the</strong>ir stylish<br />

heritage.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

9<br />

hours<br />

23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

19ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Hluboká<br />

nad Vltavou<br />

Frymburk<br />

České<br />

Budéjovice<br />

Prague•<br />

Český Krumlov<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

Třeboň


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> itinery...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Prague Airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or<br />

train to our base hotel in Trebon.<br />

Day 2: Trebon. After breakfast we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

yours to explore Trebon <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding countryside. The<br />

carp ponds to <strong>the</strong> north of Trebon make a good introductory<br />

ride.<br />

Day 3: Trebon to Hluboká nad Vltavou. This is <strong>the</strong> ideal way to<br />

start our journey – ambling down quiet country lanes, through a<br />

rolling l<strong>and</strong>scape of sleepy villages, pretty lakes, babbling brooks,<br />

shady forests, <strong>and</strong> grassy meadows speckled with grazing cattle.<br />

The scenery here is exquisite. 22 miles (35km).<br />

Day 4: Hluboká nad Vltavou. A favourite with Bohemian royalty<br />

through <strong>the</strong> centuries, <strong>the</strong> atmospheric small town of Hluboká<br />

nad Vltavou is famous for its Windsor-style Neo-Gothic chateau<br />

– in fact, a royal castle has existed on this site since <strong>the</strong> 13th<br />

Century. Open to <strong>the</strong> public, <strong>the</strong>re’s also an excellent gallery well<br />

worth visiting. Also, a gentle ride into <strong>the</strong> beautiful Vltava Valley is<br />

highly recommended.<br />

Day 5: Hluboká nad Vltavou to Cesky ´ Krumlov. We continue<br />

our tour through <strong>the</strong> region’s most scenic rural pastures, riding<br />

past golden cornfields <strong>and</strong> untouched woodl<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> through<br />

<strong>the</strong> centre of Ceské Budéjovice, one of Europe’s largest town<br />

squares. The forested hills <strong>the</strong>n become more dramatic as we<br />

begin to approach Cesky ´ Krumlov <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> fringes of Sumava<br />

National Park. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 6: Cesky ´ Krumlov. You can’t help but be seduced by Cesky ´<br />

Krumlov, one of Bohemia’s most beautiful cities. Dwarfed by <strong>the</strong><br />

imposing fortress which growls down from high above <strong>the</strong> Vltava,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re’s <strong>the</strong> opportunity to explore its many intriguing buildings –<br />

including an extraordinary Rococo ballroom <strong>and</strong> Baroque <strong>the</strong>atre.<br />

Elsewhere, it’s a real pleasure exploring <strong>the</strong> narrow streets of this<br />

UNESCO World Heritage Site with its picture-postcard<br />

architecture. The town is also surrounded by recommended cycle<br />

routes, so this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy <strong>the</strong> unrivalled<br />

scenery of <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>rn edges of Sumava National Park.<br />

Day 7: Cesky ´ Krumlov to Frymburk. Leaving behind <strong>the</strong> charm<br />

of Cesky Krumlov, we ride through some of <strong>the</strong> ˆ´<br />

Czech<br />

Republic's most picturesque countryside within <strong>the</strong> Sumava<br />

National Park, where otters, peregrine falcons <strong>and</strong> red deer are<br />

among <strong>the</strong> wildlife. This low mountain range contains an array of<br />

stunning l<strong>and</strong>scapes – from vast natural lakes formed by Ice Age<br />

glaciers to deep ancient forests <strong>and</strong> hay meadows rich in wild<br />

flowers. 22 miles (35km).<br />

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Day 8: Frymburk. Dating back from 1277, Frymburk is mainly a<br />

resort town frequented by scores of like-minded tourists each<br />

year – you’ll join anglers, hikers <strong>and</strong> fellow cyclists here, all<br />

enjoying a well-earned pivo (beer) or two in <strong>the</strong> local bars. Can’t<br />

resist one last ride? Then why not me<strong>and</strong>er along <strong>the</strong> excellent<br />

cycle paths alongside Lake Lipno in <strong>the</strong> heart of Sumava National<br />

Park – <strong>and</strong> board a ferry across this magnificent stretch of water.<br />

Day 9: Today we say "Dotací". We will transfer you direct from<br />

Frymburk to Prague Airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong>, look forward<br />

to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

9 Day Tour<br />

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

August 8,10,18,20,28,30 £979<br />

6 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

August 10, 20, 30 £799<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple Room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children Under 12 Years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent Travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight Inclusive Holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Prague.<br />

• Return transfer between Prague Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Prague,<br />

please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 29<br />

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9 DAY<br />

CYCLE TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

6 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Route du Vin – <strong>the</strong> tour loosely<br />

follows <strong>the</strong> Alsace Wine Road<br />

linking <strong>the</strong> region’s many fine<br />

producers<br />

• Obernai – a quintessential<br />

Alsatian town with narrow<br />

streets <strong>and</strong> colourful timbered<br />

buildings<br />

• Châteaux Haut-Koenigsbourg – a<br />

breathtaking castle perched on a<br />

hilltop above <strong>the</strong> Alsace plain<br />

• Ribeauvillé <strong>and</strong> Riquewihr –<br />

neighbouring villages famed<br />

equally for <strong>the</strong>ir medieval<br />

gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir Gr<strong>and</strong>s<br />

Crus Wines<br />

• Kaysersberg – picturesque village<br />

<strong>and</strong> birthplace of Albert<br />

Schweitzer<br />

• Colmar – a vibrant, wonderfully<br />

preserved city: <strong>the</strong> beating heart<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Alsace<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

30 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

The Alsace<br />

Route du Vin<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating: ��<br />

Pedalling along <strong>the</strong> pretty lanes that me<strong>and</strong>er<br />

through vineyards <strong>and</strong> fields of sunflowers along<br />

<strong>the</strong> famous Alsace wine road will work up an<br />

appetite for <strong>the</strong> region’s distinctive cuisine <strong>and</strong> a<br />

thirst for some of <strong>the</strong> world’s finest wines.<br />

Fortunately, Michelin-starred restaurants <strong>and</strong> rustic<br />

wine bars are en route.<br />

From sun-drenched vineyards <strong>and</strong> gr<strong>and</strong>s crus villages<br />

to emerald green valleys, shady green forests <strong>and</strong><br />

crystal-clear streams, this is an intoxicating journey of<br />

<strong>the</strong> senses.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

20ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

26ºC 25ºC<br />

9<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Dieffenthal<br />

Kayersberg<br />

Obernai<br />

Colmar<br />

d’ Alsace<br />

Sélestat<br />

• Strasbourg<br />

Strasbourg<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Strasbourg airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi<br />

to our base hotel in Obernai.<br />

Day 2: Obernai. After breakfast we personally equip you with<br />

your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day is <strong>the</strong>n<br />

yours to explore Obernai <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> surrounding countryside.<br />

Obernai's cobbled market square is framed by ancient timbered<br />

buildings painted vibrant colours in typical Alsatian style. Narrow<br />

streets radiate from <strong>the</strong> square dem<strong>and</strong>ing to be explored.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> town, pretty lanes weave <strong>the</strong>ir way through<br />

vineyards <strong>and</strong> fields of sunflowers. A gentle excursion by bicycle<br />

to Rosheim; whose main street features some of <strong>the</strong> oldest<br />

buildings in <strong>the</strong> Alsace <strong>and</strong>, Ottrott; producer of some of <strong>the</strong><br />

regions finest red wines, will help build an appetite for a meal<br />

in one of Obernai's excellent restaurants.<br />

Day 3: Obernai to Dieffenthal. Following <strong>the</strong> Alsace Route du<br />

Vin, today's ride hugs <strong>the</strong> lower slopes of <strong>the</strong> Vosges, skipping<br />

between sundrenched vineyards <strong>and</strong> picturesque villages.<br />

Highlights include Andlau; a flower decked village nestling in an<br />

emerald green valley <strong>and</strong>, Dambach la Ville; a gr<strong>and</strong> cru village<br />

decorated with blooming vintner's carts. 18 miles (29km).<br />

Day 4: Dieffenthal. Perched high above <strong>the</strong> valley on <strong>the</strong> eastern<br />

edge of <strong>the</strong> Vosges sits Château du Haut Koenigsbourg. The<br />

castle's origins date to 1114 <strong>and</strong>, though destroyed twice over<br />

<strong>the</strong> centuries, <strong>the</strong> current magnificent structure is <strong>the</strong> result of a<br />

painstaking <strong>and</strong> precise reconstruction early in <strong>the</strong> 20th century.<br />

Determined cyclists may wish to conquer <strong>the</strong> hill, however, a<br />

relaxing excursion by bus is also possible. In <strong>the</strong> valley below, just<br />

an amble from Diefenthal, lies Sélestat, <strong>the</strong> 'intellectual centre of<br />

Alsace' during <strong>the</strong> Renaissance. This interesting town possesses<br />

an exceptional library, housing a collection of some of <strong>the</strong> earliest<br />

printed books.<br />

Day 5: Dieffenthal to Kaysersberg. Today's route is crammed<br />

full with fantastic highlights; revered vineyards <strong>and</strong> enchanting<br />

medieval villages are linked by idyllic lanes <strong>and</strong> tracks me<strong>and</strong>ering<br />

through <strong>the</strong> ripening grapes. Most famous are <strong>the</strong> neighbouring<br />

villages Ribeauvillé <strong>and</strong> Riquewihr. Thriving <strong>and</strong> opulent, <strong>the</strong><br />

brightly painted wood framed houses lining <strong>the</strong> cobbled streets<br />

are clad with geranium-filled window boxes. Wine is everywhere<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>re are plenty of opportunities to sample. 21 miles (34km).<br />

Day 6: Kaysersberg. The proud birthplace of Nobel prize<br />

winner Albert Schweitzer, Kayersberg (meaning Emperor’s<br />

Mountain), earned its title due to its strategic position during<br />

Roman times. Indeed several emperors have overseen <strong>the</strong><br />

town's fortification <strong>and</strong> development, leaving an impressive<br />

legacy of historic buildings. We suggest a pleasant loop to nearby<br />

Beblenheim, a wine village overflowing with Alsation character.<br />

Day 7: Kaysersberg to Colmar. The tour loops south crisscrossing<br />

<strong>the</strong> Alsace Wine Route, passing numerous wineries <strong>and</strong><br />

sleepy villages. Turkheim, which adorns many a postcard,<br />

is swiftly followed by Eguisheim, equally endowed with<br />

enchanting half timbered houses. At Rouffach, a town whose<br />

gr<strong>and</strong> square is dominated by a majestic church, <strong>the</strong> route turns<br />

north, crossing arable farml<strong>and</strong> on <strong>the</strong> way to Colmar. Wine<br />

tasting opportunities continue to abound, with sophisticated<br />

Rieslings <strong>and</strong> aromatic Gewürztraminer competing for your<br />

attention. 24 miles (38km).<br />

Day 8: Colmar. Wonderfully preserved, Colmar is a riot of<br />

colour. Bold hues are splashed across <strong>the</strong> magnificent halftimbered<br />

terraces that line <strong>the</strong> streets <strong>and</strong> canals. History is<br />

everywhere; museums, churches <strong>and</strong> medieval buildings are<br />

liberally scattered throughout <strong>the</strong> largely traffic-free old town.<br />

Michelin-starred restaurants <strong>and</strong> rustic wine bars are in<br />

abundance, yielding food of <strong>the</strong> highest quality. A final excursion<br />

into <strong>the</strong> surrounding lanes will enhance your appreciation of your<br />

crowning Alsatian meal.<br />

Day 9: Today we say "Au Revoir". We will transfer you direct<br />

from Colmar to Strasbourg airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong>, look<br />

forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

9 Day Tour<br />

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

July 12, 14, 22, 24 £979<br />

6 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

July 14, 24 £799<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from London City Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £18 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

T<strong>and</strong>em: £5 per day.<br />

Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong>: £10 per day.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where<br />

we are able to obtain flights at a price lower<br />

than <strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure<br />

prices, we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving<br />

on to you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking,<br />

<strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive holidays<br />

will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of<br />

our confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Strasbourg.<br />

• Return transfer between Strasbourg<br />

Airport <strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except selfdrive<br />

<strong>and</strong> independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your<br />

holiday, with perhaps a visit to Strasbourg or<br />

Paris, please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 31


<strong>Walking</strong> with <strong>Bents</strong><br />

Take to your feet, enjoy <strong>the</strong> feeling of freedom <strong>and</strong> experience alpine hospitality at its best...<br />

“I am just back from one<br />

of your Bavarian walking<br />

holidays, <strong>and</strong> I wanted<br />

you to know how<br />

impressed I was with<br />

both <strong>the</strong> original<br />

concept <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

organisation. The views<br />

were spectacular from<br />

<strong>the</strong> walks that we did,<br />

<strong>and</strong> each walk was<br />

different in character<br />

which added interest. I<br />

enjoyed <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> village<br />

where we stayed, <strong>and</strong> to<br />

get a feel for <strong>the</strong> locality.<br />

The hotels were<br />

excellent.”<br />

Lesley Crimp, Berkshire.<br />

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Our walking holidays follow <strong>the</strong> same style <strong>and</strong> format which works so well for our cycling tours,<br />

offering <strong>the</strong> very best European walking experience. Our winning formula balances freedom <strong>and</strong><br />

independence with a high level of service <strong>and</strong> support. We have kept <strong>the</strong> daily distances <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

difficulty of <strong>the</strong> walks to a level that any healthy person can easily manage.<br />

With careful research, we find <strong>the</strong> best routes for each day, described in great detail<br />

in a comprehensive information pack. Your luggage will be carried for you in one of<br />

our minibuses, <strong>and</strong> will be waiting in your hotel room when you arrive. Your days are<br />

<strong>the</strong>n left free to organise as you choose. The mountain paths <strong>and</strong> tracks in Bavaria<br />

are extremely well marked, so ei<strong>the</strong>r use our suggested routes, or, if you prefer, use<br />

<strong>the</strong> maps provided to find your own way.<br />

At each of <strong>the</strong> excellent hotels, you’ll enjoy alpine hospitality at its best. We have paid<br />

particular attention to <strong>the</strong>ir position, ensuring you are ei<strong>the</strong>r, always at <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong><br />

village or town where you are staying, or, at a remote location of outst<strong>and</strong>ing beauty. Our<br />

representatives are all fluent German speakers <strong>and</strong> naturally all have a keen interest in<br />

Germany <strong>and</strong> its culture. As well as overseeing <strong>the</strong> smooth running of your holiday, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will be happy to offer advice <strong>and</strong> impart <strong>the</strong>ir local knowledge.<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> walking holidays - available in two formats<br />

All our tours are now available in two formats. The ‘Original <strong>Bents</strong> Formula’ of two<br />

night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days, is available for all our departure dates.<br />

Our ‘One Night Stops’ <strong>itinerary</strong>, where you stay two nights in your first hotel followed<br />

by just a single night in each subsequent hotel, is offered on selected dates for all tours.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


“You offer a unique balance<br />

between supported adventure<br />

<strong>and</strong> independent walking.”<br />

F & D Reid, Dundee.<br />

<strong>Bents</strong><br />

difficulty rating<br />

Easy<br />

Easy - Moderate<br />

Moderate<br />

Moderate+<br />

“We enjoyed <strong>the</strong> holiday<br />

immensely, <strong>and</strong> look forward<br />

to ano<strong>the</strong>r of your walking<br />

trips in <strong>the</strong> future. The routes<br />

were interesting <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

surroundings were really<br />

beautiful with wonderful<br />

views. Having thoroughly<br />

enjoyed your Romanic Castles<br />

Cycle Tour, I found <strong>the</strong><br />

walking opened up new<br />

experiences. There was a<br />

great sense of achievement<br />

when reaching <strong>the</strong> highest<br />

point of each day’s walk, <strong>and</strong><br />

it was much easier to<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> alpine flowers<br />

than when speeding past on a<br />

bike. I shall now be torn<br />

between walking <strong>and</strong> cycling!<br />

As always <strong>the</strong> hotels were<br />

delightful.”<br />

P.James, Essex.<br />

“An excellent<br />

framework for a<br />

semi-independent<br />

walking holiday. The<br />

holiday matched <strong>and</strong><br />

exceeded our<br />

expectations, <strong>the</strong><br />

“<strong>Bents</strong>” personal<br />

touch adds to <strong>the</strong><br />

experience – thanks.”<br />

R. Mason, Knutsford.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 33


11 DAY<br />

WALKING TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Neuschwanstein – marvel at this<br />

romantic fairytale castle, an iconic<br />

image of Bavaria, surrounded by<br />

soaring peaks<br />

• Tannheimer Tal – hike in this awardwinning<br />

region, enjoying some of<br />

Austria’s most impressive Alpine<br />

scenery<br />

• Visit idyllic Bavarian villages, including<br />

<strong>the</strong> charming spa resort of Bad<br />

Hindelang <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> traditional town of<br />

Pfronten, tucked beneath Aggenstein<br />

Mountain<br />

• Oberstdorf – explore fascinating<br />

museums, browse <strong>the</strong> chic shops, or<br />

treat yourself to a mug of Bavarian<br />

beer <strong>and</strong> an indulgent cake at one of<br />

<strong>the</strong> cosy cafés in this lively town, one<br />

of Germany’s top ski resorts<br />

• Walk alongside trickling streams<br />

through <strong>the</strong> lush Vils Valley, passing<br />

green, sun-drenched meadows <strong>and</strong><br />

dramatic mountain scenery<br />

• Enjoy <strong>the</strong> chance to ‘get away from it<br />

all’ on our secluded routes through<br />

this quiet, unspoilt mountain l<strong>and</strong>scape<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

34 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

An Amble through<br />

<strong>the</strong> Allgäu<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating:<br />

Prepare to fall in love with <strong>the</strong> Allgäu! A hidden gem<br />

tucked away in Bavaria’s south-west corner, this<br />

unspoilt region offers walkers stunning mountain<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scapes <strong>and</strong> Alpine scenery, dotted with exquisite<br />

villages.<br />

Enjoy <strong>the</strong> warm hospitality as we me<strong>and</strong>er through this<br />

picture-perfect region. Discover striking fairytale castles,<br />

indulge in some delicious Bavarian cuisine <strong>and</strong> browse stylish<br />

shops for traditional souvenirs, before heading off <strong>the</strong> beaten<br />

track <strong>and</strong> exploring your spectacular surroundings.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

19ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Bad<br />

Hindelang Schattwald<br />

Oberstdorf<br />

Pfronten<br />

Munich •<br />

Hohenschwangau<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

Salzburg<br />


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or<br />

train to our base hotel in Hohenschwangau.<br />

Day 2: Hohenschwangau. Hohenschwangau boasts an enviable<br />

location, surrounded by forested mountains <strong>and</strong> bordered by <strong>the</strong><br />

tranquil Alpsee lake. Nearby you’ll find not one, but two former<br />

royal palaces. Explore <strong>the</strong> imposing Schloss Hohenschwangau,<br />

built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria, before heading into <strong>the</strong> hills<br />

for fantastic views of Neuschwanstein, <strong>the</strong> fairytale castle built by<br />

Maximilian’s son, ‘Mad’ King Ludwig. Set among soaring peaks,<br />

this Romanesque castle is one of Germany’s most striking<br />

images.<br />

Day 3: Hohenschwangau to Pfronten. From Hohenschwangau<br />

we head west, enjoying <strong>the</strong> peaceful surroundings as we follow<br />

a quiet path alongside a babbling brook to <strong>the</strong> traditional town of<br />

Pfronten, nestled in <strong>the</strong> Vils Valley. Take in <strong>the</strong> views as we stop<br />

for a leisurely lunch at a lovely local Gasthof. 9 miles (14km).<br />

Day 4: Pfronten. Beneath <strong>the</strong> towering Aggenstein Mountain, in<br />

<strong>the</strong> lush Vils Valley, lies <strong>the</strong> charming town of Pfronten. Traditional<br />

Bavarian houses line <strong>the</strong> main street, decorated with murals <strong>and</strong><br />

window-boxes filled with colourful summer flowers.<br />

Day 5: Pfronten to Schattwald. To <strong>the</strong> southwest of Pfronten,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Vils Valley narrows, <strong>and</strong> me<strong>and</strong>ers between picturesque<br />

wooded slopes. Our route follows <strong>the</strong> valley, before crossing <strong>the</strong><br />

border into Austria <strong>and</strong> emerging at <strong>the</strong> gorgeous Tyrolean village<br />

of Schattwald. 9 miles (14km).<br />

Day 6: Schattwald. From this quiet Austrian village, spend a day<br />

in <strong>the</strong> beautiful Tannheimer Tal, twice voted Austria’s most<br />

popular hiking destination. Explore glorious Alpine meadows <strong>and</strong><br />

towering forested mountains, before perhaps stopping for a bite<br />

to eat beside a picture-perfect mountain lake.<br />

Day 7: Schattwald to Bad Hindelang. Take in <strong>the</strong> dramatic<br />

scenery on a winding descent from Schattwald, which leads you<br />

to Bad Hindelang, a charming village which serves as one of<br />

Germany’s major health resorts. 8 miles (13km).<br />

Day 8: Bad Hindelang. Set in <strong>the</strong> nature reserve of <strong>the</strong> Allgäu<br />

High Alps, this traditional mountain village is a prominent spa<br />

resort, featuring Germany’s only high mountain sulphur spring.<br />

Amble through <strong>the</strong> streets, admiring <strong>the</strong> traditional Bavarian<br />

houses bedecked with summer blooms, or explore <strong>the</strong> sundrenched<br />

mountain meadows <strong>and</strong> wooded slopes surrounding<br />

<strong>the</strong> village.<br />

Day 9: Bad Hindelang to Oberstdorf. From Bad Hindelang we<br />

really get away from it all as we follow <strong>the</strong> glaciated Iller Valley as<br />

it stretches south. Our route takes us past dramatic mountains<br />

<strong>and</strong> secluded clearings as we head towards <strong>the</strong> lively town of<br />

Oberstdorf. 10 miles (16km).<br />

Day 10: Oberstdorf. One of Germany’s premier ski resorts,<br />

Oberstdorf is perfect for walkers during <strong>the</strong> summer months,<br />

with fantastic hiking available through <strong>the</strong> verdant valleys<br />

surrounding <strong>the</strong> town. There are endless ways to spend your<br />

time here – treat yourself to a delicious cake in one of <strong>the</strong> cosy<br />

cafés, sample some Bavarian beer in a shaded beer garden,<br />

browse <strong>the</strong> chic shops for traditional souvenirs, visit <strong>the</strong><br />

fascinating local museums, or take <strong>the</strong> cable car ride to <strong>the</strong><br />

towering Nebelhorn Peak for breathtaking views of <strong>the</strong><br />

spectacular scenery.<br />

Day 11: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Oberstdorf to Munich Airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong><br />

look forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 26 £959<br />

July 12, 28 £999<br />

August 11 £999<br />

August 27 £959<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 26 £739<br />

July 12, 28 £779<br />

August 11 £779<br />

August 27 £739<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we<br />

are able to obtain flights at a price lower than<br />

<strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure prices,<br />

we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving on to<br />

you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking, <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element of flight inclusive holidays will<br />

become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of our<br />

confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday,<br />

with perhaps a visit to Munich or Salzburg,<br />

please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

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11 DAY<br />

WALKING TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

7 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• The Chiemgau Alps, <strong>the</strong> secret<br />

jewel of <strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps – alpine<br />

meadows, wooded slopes <strong>and</strong><br />

rugged peaks<br />

• Schloss Hohenaschau – an ancient<br />

hilltop fortress renovated in<br />

Baroque style<br />

• Reit im Winkl – a village steeped in<br />

Bavarian tradition<br />

• Ruhpolding – a chic resort<br />

brightened by colourful window<br />

boxes<br />

• Inzell – a sleepy village with pretty<br />

murals, surrounded by wonderful<br />

walking country<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

36 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

The Chiemgau<br />

<strong>the</strong> jewel of <strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating:<br />

From challenging climbs to relaxing strolls, <strong>the</strong><br />

Chiemgau Alps offer <strong>the</strong> best of Bavaria’s legendary<br />

walking country. Just imagine it: traditional farmhouses<br />

dotted throughout <strong>the</strong> picturesque l<strong>and</strong>scape as <strong>the</strong><br />

melodic chime of cowbells <strong>and</strong> soothing gurgle of<br />

mountain streams fills <strong>the</strong> air.<br />

This is a walker’s paradise, simply begging to be explored.<br />

And, after a thrilling day of following secret paths around<br />

wooded slopes, leafy glades, craggy peaks <strong>and</strong> alpine<br />

pastures, choose to reward yourself at a rustic gasthof or a<br />

Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

19ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Bad Endorf<br />

Törwang<br />

Hohenaschau<br />

Kufstein<br />

Seebruck<br />

Munich •<br />

Ruhpolding<br />

Oberwössen<br />

Traunstein<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

Salzburg<br />

•<br />

Inzell


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or train to<br />

our base hotel at Törwang.<br />

Day 2: Törwang. A charmingly unspoilt Bavarian village,<br />

Törwang lies among gently rolling meadows at <strong>the</strong> base of <strong>the</strong><br />

Chiemgau Alps. A maze of paths radiates in all directions; some<br />

offer challenging climbs to high peaks, o<strong>the</strong>rs invite you for a<br />

relaxing stroll. Traditional farmhouses decorate <strong>the</strong> l<strong>and</strong>scape,<br />

while <strong>the</strong> melodic chime of cowbells fills <strong>the</strong> air.<br />

Day 3: Törwang to Hohenaschau. Today’s walk heads east<br />

across alpine pastures, before rounding <strong>the</strong> lower slopes of <strong>the</strong><br />

Hochries Mountain <strong>and</strong> descending to Hohenaschau. Rustic<br />

Gasthofs are dotted along <strong>the</strong> way, offering welcome<br />

refreshment. 7 miles (11km).<br />

Day 4: Hohenaschau. An imposing 12th century fortress<br />

watches over <strong>the</strong> village of Hohenaschau from a nearby hilltop.<br />

The Schloss was renovated in Baroque style in <strong>the</strong> late 1600s<br />

<strong>and</strong> now houses a museum chronicling <strong>the</strong> region’s history. The<br />

pretty Prien Valley leads to <strong>the</strong> village of Aschau, home to <strong>the</strong><br />

Michelin 3-star rated Residenz Heinz Winkler, one of Germany’s<br />

finest restaurants. Those wishing to enjoy a wonderful gourmet<br />

experience here should notify us when booking this tour as <strong>the</strong><br />

restaurant is often booked months in advance.<br />

Day 5: Hohenaschau to Oberwössen. Keen hill walkers will<br />

enjoy <strong>the</strong> challenge of two traverses today. An initial stiff climb to<br />

<strong>the</strong> summit of <strong>the</strong> Kampenw<strong>and</strong>, is followed later in <strong>the</strong> day by a<br />

gentler ascent of <strong>the</strong> Steilenberg. Fortunately, for <strong>the</strong> less<br />

energetic, a conveniently placed cable car connects Hohenaschau<br />

with <strong>the</strong> upper slopes of <strong>the</strong> Kampenw<strong>and</strong>. Whichever way you<br />

choose, breathtaking views await! 9 or 12 miles (14 or 19km).<br />

Day 6: Oberwössen. This tranquil hamlet lies just off <strong>the</strong> main<br />

tourist routes <strong>and</strong> offers a taste of Bavarian hospitality at its best.<br />

The region is a walker’s paradise, with countless paths begging to<br />

be explored. The bustling <strong>and</strong> exceedingly pretty village, Reit im<br />

Winkl, is just a two hour walk away. The regular Post Bus service<br />

also links Reit im Winkl <strong>and</strong> Oberwössen.<br />

Day 7: Oberwössen to Ruhpolding. After a gentle ascent to a<br />

low saddle, today’s walk keeps mainly to <strong>the</strong> valleys, alternating<br />

between leafy glades <strong>and</strong> sun-drenched clearings. The soothing<br />

gurgle of mountain streams accompanies us most of <strong>the</strong> way, as<br />

we pass isolated farming hamlets <strong>and</strong> rustic alpine retreats.<br />

9 miles (14km).<br />

Day 8: Ruhpolding. An elegant resort, Ruhpolding still retains its<br />

old-world Bavarian charm. Traditional houses line <strong>the</strong> main<br />

street, with window boxes exploding in a riot of summer colour.<br />

Four small museums celebrate local heritage, while <strong>the</strong> oniondomed<br />

parish church is a baroque masterpiece. The nearby<br />

peaks of Rauschberg <strong>and</strong> Hochfelln afford spectacular views <strong>and</strong><br />

can be reached by foot or cable car.<br />

Day 9: Ruhpolding to Inzell. A myriad of trails crisscross <strong>the</strong><br />

Zinnkopf range separating Inzell from Ruhpolding. We suggest<br />

one of many possible routes over <strong>the</strong> mountain <strong>and</strong> highlight a<br />

dramatic loop to <strong>the</strong> south via <strong>the</strong> Rauschberg summit. 8 miles<br />

(13km).<br />

Day 10: Inzell. The village enjoys a glorious location surrounded<br />

by breathtaking scenery. The Frillensee, a delightful bathing lake,<br />

nestles in <strong>the</strong> forested slopes to <strong>the</strong> east <strong>and</strong> is a popular<br />

excursion. Wonderful murals decorate <strong>the</strong> centre of this<br />

beautiful village.<br />

Day 11: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Inzell to Munich airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong>, will<br />

look forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

11 Day Tour<br />

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 19 £959<br />

July 5 £959<br />

July 21 £999<br />

August 4, 20 £999<br />

7 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 19 £739<br />

July 5 £739<br />

July 21 £779<br />

August 4, 20 £779<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we<br />

are able to obtain flights at a price lower than<br />

<strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure prices,<br />

we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving on to<br />

you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking, <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element of flight inclusive holidays will<br />

become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of our<br />

confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday,<br />

with perhaps a visit to Munich or Salzburg,<br />

please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 37


9 DAY<br />

WALKING TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

6 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• Lenggries – a charming ski <strong>and</strong><br />

walking resort on <strong>the</strong> River Isar<br />

• The spectacular Brauneck ridge walk<br />

above Lenggries<br />

• Rottach-Egern – a chic resort on <strong>the</strong><br />

shores of <strong>the</strong> Tegernsee<br />

• Spitzingsee – a village enjoying a<br />

spectacular lakeside location<br />

surrounded by high peaks; a popular<br />

summer walking destination<br />

• Bayrischzell – considered one of<br />

Bavaria's most beautiful villages<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

38 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

A Bummel through <strong>the</strong><br />

Bavarian Alps<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating:<br />

Winding your way past mysterious castles <strong>and</strong><br />

picturesque lakes, through lush pine forests<br />

<strong>and</strong> pretty alpine villages, <strong>and</strong> along spectacular<br />

ridges, you’ll catch glimpses of awesome valleys <strong>and</strong><br />

magnificent towering mountains, including jagged<br />

snow-capped Austrian peaks.<br />

The lakeside resorts here are among <strong>the</strong> region’s most<br />

elegant, while <strong>the</strong> mountain Gasthofs are virtually<br />

guaranteed to revive flagging feet. Make no mistake,<br />

this is <strong>the</strong> true taste of <strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps.<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

24ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

20ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Bad Tölz<br />

Fall<br />

Lenggries<br />

Anger<br />

Tegernsee<br />

Kreuth<br />

Bruckmühl<br />

Miesbach<br />

Rottach-Egern<br />

Spitzingsee<br />

Munich<br />

•<br />

Salzburg<br />

•<br />

Brannenburg<br />

Bayrischzell<br />

Jochberg<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from Munich airport by minibus or train<br />

to our base hotel in Lenggries.<br />

Day 2: Lenggries. The village straddles <strong>the</strong> River Isar which flows<br />

south to north through a broad glaciated valley. On <strong>the</strong> west side,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Brauneck rears up to 1555m <strong>and</strong> is home to Lenggries’<br />

extensive network of ski runs. A gondola lift operates from <strong>the</strong><br />

village outskirts to <strong>the</strong> summit, where a spectacular (but safe)<br />

ridge walk provides uninterrupted views of <strong>the</strong> high Alps to <strong>the</strong><br />

south. Six miles north of Lenggries lies Bad Tölz, an historic spa<br />

town with a charming cobbled main street. Frequent bus <strong>and</strong><br />

train connections make Bad Tölz an easy excursion.<br />

Day 3: Lenggries to Rottach-Egern. The route heads east<br />

passing Lenggries’ castle, Schloss Hohenberg, on <strong>the</strong> outer<br />

fringes of <strong>the</strong> village. The track winds its way through lush pine<br />

forests, gently gaining height as it climbs to <strong>the</strong> summit of a small<br />

saddle. Looking back affords occasional glimpses of <strong>the</strong> Isar Valley<br />

below <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> magnificent Brauneck Range beyond. The<br />

descent to Lake Tegern is truly spectacular, a narrow strip of<br />

azure nestling in a basin, surrounded by towering peaks. The<br />

lakeside resorts are some of <strong>the</strong> most elegant in Bavaria, a<br />

consequence of <strong>the</strong>ir great natural beauty <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir proximity to<br />

Munich. 10 miles (16km).<br />

Day 4: Rottach-Egern. Lying at <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn end of Lake<br />

Tegern, Rottach-Egern is two villages that have grown toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

The Wallberg to <strong>the</strong> south-east of Rottach-Egern is served by a<br />

gondola lift, which carries passengers to within 45 minutes’ walk<br />

of <strong>the</strong> summit. The jagged snow-capped peaks of Austria form<br />

<strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn horizon from this viewpoint. For those not tempted<br />

by mountain top vistas, <strong>the</strong> village is bestowed with an interesting<br />

array of shops, cafés <strong>and</strong> restaurants, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> lake beckons with<br />

boat trips, beaches <strong>and</strong> swimming.<br />

Day 5: Rottach-Egern to Spitzingsee. The morning begins with<br />

a relaxing stroll along <strong>the</strong> Rottach Valley before branching up a<br />

steeper tributary into <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> Brecherspitz Range. A few<br />

gentle ups <strong>and</strong> downs lead to <strong>the</strong> final saddle; <strong>the</strong><br />

Freudenreichsattel (meaning joyful saddle). The descent to Lake<br />

Spitzing is certainly a joy to behold. The small lake has a truly<br />

spectacular setting, encircled by high peaks, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> views as you<br />

walk down to <strong>the</strong> shore are unsurpassable. 8 miles (13km).<br />

Day 6: Spitzingsee. The lake is 1084m above sea level <strong>and</strong> lies<br />

at <strong>the</strong> end of a steep dead-end road. The small village hugs <strong>the</strong><br />

south-eastern shore <strong>and</strong> serves <strong>the</strong> needs of those lucky walkers<br />

<strong>and</strong> skiers who have discovered its treasures. Gondola lifts climb<br />

to peaks on two sides of <strong>the</strong> lake, with dramatic panoramas from<br />

both vantage points. A bountiful choice of day walks, both from<br />

<strong>the</strong> lakeside <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> tops of <strong>the</strong> gondola lifts, will leave you<br />

vowing to return.<br />

Day 7: Spitzingsee to Bayrischzell. Superlatives will continue to<br />

trip off <strong>the</strong> tongue as <strong>the</strong> route continues eastwards, circling<br />

round <strong>the</strong> lower slopes of <strong>the</strong> Rotw<strong>and</strong> (meaning Red Wall),<br />

before joining a pretty valley descent into Bayrischzell.<br />

For experienced walkers, close inspection of a map will reveal<br />

several alternative routes over accessible mountain peaks.<br />

10 miles (16km).<br />

Day 8: Bayrischzell. Bavaria is certainly amply blessed with<br />

pretty alpine villages, but Bayrischzell shines forth as one of <strong>the</strong><br />

most beautiful. The resort is surrounded by wonderful walking<br />

country. To <strong>the</strong> north, <strong>the</strong> Wendelstein Mountain rises to<br />

1838m. For <strong>the</strong> strong of limb <strong>the</strong>re are several routes up <strong>the</strong><br />

mountain, but for those wishing to enjoy <strong>the</strong> view without <strong>the</strong><br />

exertion, <strong>the</strong> ascent can be made by cable car or rack <strong>and</strong> pinion<br />

railway. East of <strong>the</strong> village lie <strong>the</strong> gentle lower slopes of <strong>the</strong><br />

Grosse Trai<strong>the</strong>n (1852m). A network of paths lead up this<br />

partially wooded hillside, which is Bayrischzell’s ski area in <strong>the</strong><br />

winter. Several mountain Gasthofs are also here for<br />

refreshments.<br />

Day 9: Today we say: "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Bayrischzell to Munich airport by train or minibus <strong>and</strong><br />

look forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

9 Day Tour<br />

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 20 £849<br />

July 6 £849<br />

July 22 £879<br />

August 5, 21 £879<br />

6 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 20 £689<br />

July 6 £689<br />

July 22 £719<br />

August 5, 21 £719<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we<br />

are able to obtain flights at a price lower than<br />

<strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure prices,<br />

we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving on to<br />

you<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking, <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element of flight inclusive holidays will<br />

become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of our<br />

confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday,<br />

with perhaps a visit to Munich or Salzburg,<br />

please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

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9 DAY<br />

WALKING TOUR<br />

‘One Night Stops’<br />

6 Day<br />

Highlights will include:<br />

• The Hotel Post Wallgau – an<br />

exceptional old building with<br />

fantastic murals<br />

• Mittenwald – a beautiful town<br />

famous for violin making<br />

• Garmisch-Partenkirchen – one<br />

of Germany’s premier resorts,<br />

combining elegance with rustic<br />

charm<br />

• Germany’s highest mountain:<br />

The Zugspitze<br />

• Grainau – unspoilt <strong>and</strong> typically<br />

Bavarian, this pretty village is<br />

blessed with many old timbered<br />

buildings decorated with bursting<br />

window boxes<br />

To book your holiday<br />

or discuss any details<br />

Tel: 01568 780800<br />

40 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> <strong>the</strong> Wettersteins<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> difficulty rating:<br />

From glaciated valleys to idyllic bathing lakes,<br />

waterfalls, narrow gorges <strong>and</strong> spectacular<br />

mountain summits, <strong>the</strong> Wettersteins offers a<br />

remarkable range of walking opportunities.<br />

A ramble through <strong>the</strong> spectacular alpine scenery is an<br />

exercise in natural gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> beauty. Just brea<strong>the</strong><br />

that pure mountain air…<br />

average maximum temp/<br />

average sunshine per day<br />

18ºC<br />

7<br />

hours<br />

21ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

23ºC 23ºC<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

8<br />

hours<br />

19ºC<br />

6<br />

hours<br />

May June July Aug Sep<br />

Oberammergau<br />

Garmisch -<br />

Partenkirchen<br />

Grainau<br />

Munich •<br />

Oberau<br />

Wallgau<br />

Mittenwald<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information<br />

Salzburg<br />

•<br />

Scharnitz


<strong>the</strong> <strong>complete</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>...<br />

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus or train to<br />

our base hotel at Wallgau.<br />

Day 2: Wallgau. Set in spectacular alpine scenery, this<br />

picturesque village is a popular holiday destination for walkers of<br />

all levels of fitness. Wallgau lies in a broad glaciated valley formed<br />

by <strong>the</strong> River Isar. 2000m peaks rise up on all sides providing a rich<br />

variety of interesting day walks. Bathing lakes, waterfalls, narrow<br />

gorges <strong>and</strong> mountain summits are all within reach.<br />

Day 3: Wallgau to Mittenwald. These two villages are linked by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Isar Valley. The route me<strong>and</strong>ers through <strong>the</strong> foothills with<br />

views to <strong>the</strong> fertile farml<strong>and</strong> below. Nearing Mittenwald, <strong>the</strong><br />

valley narrows at <strong>the</strong> meeting of two majestic ranges, <strong>the</strong><br />

Wetterstein <strong>and</strong> Karwendel Gebirge. 7 miles (11km).<br />

Day 4: Mittenwald. Though one of Bavaria’s premier resorts,<br />

Mittenwald retains a tranquil atmosphere. Visitors are attracted<br />

by <strong>the</strong> clear mountain air <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> extensive range of hill-walking<br />

available in <strong>the</strong> area. Towering over Mittenwald to <strong>the</strong> east is <strong>the</strong><br />

imposing Karwendel west summit, whose sheer wall rises to<br />

2385m. A cable car ride to <strong>the</strong> summit provides dizzy views<br />

across <strong>the</strong> Alps. O<strong>the</strong>r temptations include <strong>the</strong> Leutasch Gorge<br />

<strong>and</strong> Valley, a beautiful <strong>and</strong> little explored tributary of <strong>the</strong> Isar; two<br />

nearby bathing lakes, <strong>the</strong> Ferchensee <strong>and</strong> Lautersee; <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

excellent violin-making museum.<br />

Day 5: Mittenwald to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The route<br />

skirts <strong>the</strong> lower slopes of <strong>the</strong> Wettersteingebirge, alternating<br />

between alpine meadows <strong>and</strong> pine forests with superb views of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. At ei<strong>the</strong>r end of <strong>the</strong><br />

day, a chair lift <strong>and</strong> gondola are available to shorten <strong>the</strong> distance<br />

<strong>and</strong> even out <strong>the</strong> ups <strong>and</strong> downs. 10 miles (16km).<br />

Day 6: Garmisch-Partenkirchen. An internationally renowned<br />

resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an amalgamation of two<br />

distinct <strong>and</strong> very different towns. Garmisch, chic <strong>and</strong><br />

cosmopolitan, contrasts with Partenkirchen’s old world Bavarian<br />

charm. Each is appealing, <strong>and</strong> a day can easily be absorbed<br />

exploring <strong>the</strong> museums, shops <strong>and</strong> back streets. Again, <strong>the</strong> main<br />

summer activity is walking. Well-marked paths radiate from <strong>the</strong><br />

town, leading to idyllic lakes <strong>and</strong> spectacular gorges lying<br />

concealed in <strong>the</strong> surrounding mountains. On a clear day, an<br />

excursion to <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze summit by mountain railway <strong>and</strong><br />

cable car offers panoramic views of <strong>the</strong> Alps.<br />

Day 7: Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Grainau. Today we offer a<br />

choice of two routes. One follows <strong>the</strong> valley, winding through<br />

lush meadows below <strong>the</strong> magnificent Wettersteins. The trail<br />

passes <strong>the</strong> pretty Riessersee, with views to <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze<br />

reflected in its crystal waters. The o<strong>the</strong>r option leaves <strong>the</strong> valley<br />

shortly after passing <strong>the</strong> Riessersee. Here <strong>the</strong> Kreuzeck cable<br />

car is available to lift you high into <strong>the</strong> mountains. A well marked<br />

path contours around <strong>the</strong> Waxenstein Mountain, before<br />

descending through some of <strong>the</strong> best scenery <strong>the</strong> Bavarian Alps<br />

has to offer. The route continues through a narrow gorge to<br />

Grainau. 6 or 8 miles (10 or 13km).<br />

Day 8: Grainau. Known as <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze village, Grainau is a<br />

wonderful blend of natural gr<strong>and</strong>eur, enhanced by <strong>the</strong> legacy of<br />

beautiful buildings left by farmers through <strong>the</strong> ages. Window<br />

boxes burst with colour against wea<strong>the</strong>red timber walls, with <strong>the</strong><br />

sheer face of <strong>the</strong> Zugspitze rearing behind. Nearby are two<br />

picturesque lakes: <strong>the</strong> Badersee <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Eibsee. The former is<br />

emerald green <strong>and</strong> has a statue of a mermaid hidden in its<br />

depths. The latter nestles high above Grainau <strong>and</strong> makes an<br />

excellent focus for a day out walking. Grainau is also a stop on <strong>the</strong><br />

Zugspitze train <strong>and</strong> offers ano<strong>the</strong>r opportunity to enjoy <strong>the</strong><br />

spectacular views from <strong>the</strong> top of Germany’s highest mountain.<br />

Day 9: Today we say "Auf Wiedersehen". We will transfer you<br />

direct from Grainau to Munich airport by train or minibus, <strong>and</strong><br />

look forward to welcoming you back again next year.<br />

Holiday<br />

Information<br />

9 Day Tour<br />

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 30 £849<br />

July 16, 30 £879<br />

August 15 £879<br />

August 29 £849<br />

6 Day Tour One Night Stops<br />

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)<br />

Departure dates Prices<br />

June 30 £689<br />

July 16, 30 £719<br />

August 15 £719<br />

August 29 £689<br />

Prices include flights from <strong>the</strong><br />

UK <strong>and</strong> airport transfers.<br />

Prices are per person based on two people<br />

sharing a double room, departing on direct<br />

flights from Heathrow or Stansted Airport.<br />

Reductions<br />

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.<br />

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with<br />

parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food<br />

<strong>and</strong> baby cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.<br />

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night.<br />

Self drive or independent travel:<br />

£160 per person.<br />

Supplements<br />

Single room: £12 per person per night.<br />

Birmingham dep: £50 per person.<br />

Manchester dep: £65 per person.<br />

Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle,<br />

Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep:<br />

£85 per person.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe<br />

has resulted in a vast array of flights from<br />

regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to cities<br />

throughout Europe. We are very happy to<br />

arrange your flights with any airline from any<br />

airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call us <strong>and</strong> we will<br />

research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we<br />

are able to obtain flights at a price lower than<br />

<strong>the</strong> fare used to calculate our brochure prices,<br />

we shall be pleased to pass <strong>the</strong> saving on to<br />

you.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require<br />

payment shortly after <strong>the</strong> time of booking, <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element of flight inclusive holidays will<br />

become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of our<br />

confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

due date will be itemised on our invoice.<br />

No Surcharges Guaranteed!<br />

What your holiday price includes<br />

• Return scheduled flight from UK to<br />

Munich.<br />

• Return transfer between Munich Airport<br />

<strong>and</strong> our base hotel (except self-drive <strong>and</strong><br />

independent travel bookings).<br />

• Number of nights bed <strong>and</strong> breakfast<br />

accommodation as specified.<br />

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.<br />

• All train fares as specified in <strong>the</strong> <strong>itinerary</strong>.<br />

• All airport <strong>and</strong> local tourist taxes.<br />

•VAT.<br />

Extend your stay<br />

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday,<br />

with perhaps a visit to Munich or Salzburg,<br />

please call us for help <strong>and</strong> advice.<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure<br />

are ATOL Protected by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 41


Terms & Conditions<br />

BENTS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS - BOOKING CONDITIONS<br />

If you wish to alter your holiday<br />

Once we have confirmed your booking, any change you wish<br />

to make to your holiday arrangements must be notified to us<br />

in writing <strong>and</strong> will be carried out subject to availability. For<br />

changes notified more than eight weeks before your<br />

departure date, an arrangement fee of £20 per person will be<br />

charged. In addition any amendment fee or cancellation<br />

charge levied by an airline or channel crossing operator will<br />

be payable by <strong>the</strong> client. Changes notified within eight weeks<br />

of your departure date will be treated as a cancellation of<br />

your original booking <strong>and</strong> cancellation charges as set out<br />

below will be levied.<br />

If you wish to cancel your holiday<br />

If you fail to pay in full 8 weeks prior to departure, we reserve<br />

<strong>the</strong> right to cancel your booking <strong>and</strong> your deposit, plus <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element of flight inclusive holidays, will be forfeited.<br />

Should you or any member of your party be forced to cancel<br />

your booking, we must receive a written notice of<br />

cancellation signed by <strong>the</strong> signatory of <strong>the</strong> original booking<br />

form. The cancellation will take effect from <strong>the</strong> date that such<br />

written notice is received at our offices, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> following<br />

cancellation charges will apply. The charges are expressed as<br />

a percentage of <strong>the</strong> total l<strong>and</strong> based holiday price (for flight<br />

inclusive holidays this figure is <strong>the</strong> total holiday price less <strong>the</strong><br />

travel element itemised on our confirmation invoice, for<br />

independent travellers this figure is <strong>the</strong> total holiday price).<br />

The travel element of flight inclusive holidays is nonrefundable.<br />

Cancellation charges<br />

More than 56 days prior to departure - deposit plus <strong>the</strong> travel<br />

element of flight inclusive holidays.<br />

Between 42 <strong>and</strong> 56 days prior to departure 40%<br />

Between 28 <strong>and</strong> 41 days prior to departure 50%<br />

Between 15 <strong>and</strong> 27 days prior to departure 75%<br />

Between 8 <strong>and</strong> 14 days prior to departure 90%<br />

7 days or less prior to departure 100%<br />

Cancellation by <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong><br />

Very occasionally it may be necessary for us to cancel a<br />

specific departure. We reserve <strong>the</strong> right to do this for any<br />

reason up to eight weeks prior to <strong>the</strong> departure date. In<br />

<strong>the</strong>se circumstances, you will be entitled to: a) book any<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r available holiday from this brochure (where <strong>the</strong> cost is<br />

less, you will be refunded <strong>the</strong> difference, but where <strong>the</strong> cost<br />

is more, you will be expected to pay <strong>the</strong> additional cost); or<br />

b) receive a full refund of all monies paid.<br />

Alterations to <strong>itinerary</strong><br />

We will use our best endeavours to ensure that none of <strong>the</strong><br />

ingredients of your holiday arrangements has to be altered.<br />

However, occasions may arise when we cannot follow our<br />

BENTS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS - TRAVEL DETAILS<br />

We offer scheduled flights to Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg,<br />

Vienna, Zurich, Genèva, Strasbourg <strong>and</strong> Prague with British<br />

Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Austrian, Czech Airlines<br />

<strong>and</strong> Swiss from up to 15 UK airports – London Heathrow,<br />

London Gatwick, London Stansted, London City,<br />

Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Aberdeen,<br />

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol <strong>and</strong> Jersey.<br />

Provisional timings for our flights (where a route is available)<br />

from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City,<br />

Birmingham <strong>and</strong> Manchester to Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg,<br />

Vienna, Zurich, Genèva, Strasbourg <strong>and</strong> Prague are<br />

as follows:<br />

Departs Arrives<br />

Heathrow 12:45 Munich 15:40<br />

Munich 16:20 Heathrow 17:15<br />

Birmingham 11:00 Munich 13:50<br />

Munich 15:35 Birmingham 16:35<br />

Manchester 11:00 Munich 14:00<br />

Munich 15:25 Manchester 16:30<br />

Heathrow 13:50 Frankfurt 16:35<br />

Frankfurt 17:15 Heathrow 17:50<br />

Birmingham 13:55 Frankfurt 16:30<br />

Frankfurt 16:55 Birmingham 17:25<br />

Manchester 13:35 Frankfurt 16:15<br />

Frankfurt 16:45 Manchester 17:25<br />

Heathrow 14:40 Vienna 18:10<br />

Vienna 15:15 Heathrow 15:35<br />

Gatwick 10:30 Salzburg 13:25<br />

Salzburg 14:15 Gatwick 15:10<br />

Heathrow 12:55 Zurich 15:35<br />

Zurich 15:30 Heathrow 16:15<br />

Birmingham 13:40 Zurich 16:30<br />

Zurich 12:15 Birmingham 13:00<br />

Manchester 13:45 Zurich 16:40<br />

Zurich 12:10 Manchester 13:05<br />

Heathrow 11:40 Genèva 14:20<br />

Genèva 15:15 Heathrow 15:55<br />

Manchester 08:15 Genèva 14:20<br />

Genèva 15:15 Manchester 18:40<br />

42 <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011<br />

advertised itineraries, or cannot maintain our advertised<br />

schedules. Our itineraries are put forward as a statement of<br />

intention only, not as representations or undertakings that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y will be carried out. If any additional expenses are<br />

incurred through delay, accident or disruptions of planned<br />

itineraries beyond our control, e.g. war, threat of war, riots,<br />

civil strike, terrorist activity, strikes, governmental action,<br />

natural disasters, fire, technical problems of transport,<br />

closure of ports or airports, cancellation or changes of<br />

schedule by scheduled airlines, or similar events beyond our<br />

control, such expenses are to be borne by <strong>the</strong> clients. In<br />

respect of air travel, we reserve <strong>the</strong> right to change <strong>the</strong> airline<br />

operator, <strong>the</strong> aircraft type <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> destination airport.<br />

Passports, visas <strong>and</strong> health requirements<br />

A valid passport is required to gain entry to Germany, Austria,<br />

France, Switzerl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic. If you need to<br />

apply for a new passport or for its renewal, make such<br />

application at least eight weeks before departure. Non<br />

European Union passport holders are advised to contact <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

local German, Austrian, Frence, Swiss <strong>and</strong> Czech embassies to<br />

check <strong>the</strong>ir visa requirements.<br />

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to<br />

access state-provided healthcare in all European Economic<br />

Area (EEA) countries <strong>and</strong> Switzerl<strong>and</strong> at a reduced cost or<br />

sometimes free of charge. To apply for a EHIC visit:<br />

www.ehic.org.uk. At <strong>the</strong> time of publication (November 2010),<br />

no vaccinations are required for holidays taken from this<br />

brochure.<br />

Travel insurance<br />

We strongly recommend all holidaymakers have a valid<br />

comprehensive travel insurance policy covering <strong>the</strong> period from<br />

<strong>the</strong> date of booking, to <strong>the</strong> return travel date of your holiday.<br />

Complaints<br />

If you have a complaint whilst on holiday, you must report it<br />

at <strong>the</strong> time to your hotelier <strong>and</strong> to our representative (as<br />

appropriate) to enable it to be put right. If you feel <strong>the</strong> matter<br />

is serious, you should also notify our UK office by phone or<br />

fax. If you have a dispute with <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong><br />

which you are unable to resolve, you may call upon <strong>the</strong> lowcost<br />

AITO Independent Dispute Settlement Service (details<br />

on request). Claims which exceed £1500 per person or<br />

£7500 per booking form or claims which apply principally or<br />

exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or<br />

physical injury are not admissible for settlement under <strong>the</strong><br />

service.<br />

Agency bookings<br />

All monies paid to an Agent in respect of a <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> &<br />

<strong>Walking</strong> Tour are held by that Agent on behalf of <strong>Bents</strong><br />

<strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong>.<br />

Departs Arrives<br />

Heathrow 11:05 Prague 14:05<br />

Prague 18:45 Heathrow 19:50<br />

Heathrow 10:25 Strasbourg 13:50<br />

Strasbourg 16:10 Heathrow 21:25<br />

Flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London<br />

City, Birmingham <strong>and</strong> Manchester to Munich, Frankfurt,<br />

Vienna, Prague, Genèva <strong>and</strong> Zurich are usually direct. Flights<br />

to Salzburg <strong>and</strong> Strasbourg are usually via Frankfurt, Paris or<br />

Amsterdam. Flights to Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Prague,<br />

Genèva <strong>and</strong> Zurich from all o<strong>the</strong>r regional airports are usually<br />

via Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester <strong>and</strong><br />

connect with <strong>the</strong> services detailed. Please telephone our<br />

offices if you wish to know <strong>the</strong> travel <strong>itinerary</strong> for a departure<br />

airport not detailed.<br />

Fly from an airport near you<br />

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in<br />

a vast array of flights from regional airports in <strong>the</strong> UK, to<br />

cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your<br />

flights with any airline from any airport in <strong>the</strong> UK, simply call<br />

us <strong>and</strong> we will research <strong>the</strong> best options for you. Where we<br />

are able to obtain flights at a price lower than <strong>the</strong> fare used<br />

to calculate our brochure prices, we shall be pleased to pass<br />

<strong>the</strong> saving on to you<br />

Transfer times:<br />

Munich Airport to Lenggries 1 hr 20 mins<br />

Munich Airport to Wasserburg 1 hr<br />

Munich Airport to Spitzingsee 1 hr 20 mins<br />

Munich Airport to Bad Bayersoien 1 hr 30 mins<br />

Munich Airport to Hohenschwangau 1 hr 50 mins<br />

Munich Airport to Törwang 1 hr 30 mins<br />

Munich Airport to Wallgau 2 hrs<br />

Frankfurt Airport to Trier 2 hrs<br />

Vienna Airport to Poysdorf 50 mins<br />

Salzburg Airport to Spittal 1 hr 40 mins<br />

Zurich Airport to Appenzell 1 hr 15 mins<br />

Genèva Airport to Gruyères 1 hr 20 mins<br />

Prague Airport to Trebon 2 hrs<br />

Strasbourg Airport to Obernai 30 mins<br />

Transport<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong> act as agents for <strong>the</strong> following<br />

transport providers: British Airways, Air France, Czech<br />

Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss, KLM, Brittany Ferries, Hoverspeed<br />

<strong>and</strong> Eurotunnel. The types of aircraft to be used for each of<br />

<strong>the</strong> routes was not known at <strong>the</strong> date of publication.<br />

Flight inclusive holidays<br />

As most airlines issue tickets <strong>and</strong> require payment shortly<br />

after <strong>the</strong> time of booking, <strong>the</strong> travel element of flight inclusive<br />

holidays will become payable 14 days after <strong>the</strong> date of our<br />

confirmation invoice. The amount <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> due date will be<br />

itemised on our invoice.<br />

Brochure accuracy<br />

Our brochure goes to press in November 2010. All <strong>the</strong><br />

information in it has been compiled with great care <strong>and</strong> is as<br />

accurate as we can make it on <strong>the</strong> date of publication.<br />

Price guarantee<br />

We guarantee that <strong>the</strong>re will be no surcharges on our<br />

holidays for Summer 2011. Whilst we reserve <strong>the</strong> right to<br />

increase or decrease brochure prices at any time, once you<br />

have booked your holiday <strong>and</strong> paid <strong>the</strong> deposit, <strong>the</strong> price of<br />

your holiday as shown on your booking confirmation is fully<br />

guaranteed <strong>and</strong> will not be subject to any surcharge. Our<br />

2011 prices are based on <strong>the</strong> following exchange rates:<br />

E1.179 : £1, CZK 29.10 : £1 <strong>and</strong> CHF 1.591 : £1<br />

Consumer protection<br />

The air holidays <strong>and</strong> flights in this brochure are ATOL<br />

Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence<br />

granted by <strong>the</strong> Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is<br />

ATOL 2867. In <strong>the</strong> unlikely event of our insolvency, <strong>the</strong> CAA<br />

will ensure that you are not str<strong>and</strong>ed abroad <strong>and</strong> will arrange<br />

to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance<br />

booking. For fur<strong>the</strong>r information, visit <strong>the</strong> ATOL website at<br />

www.atol.org.uk.<br />

2011 Champagne Offer<br />

All bookings for our 2011 summer season made by UK<br />

residents will receive a half bottle of champagne per person<br />

over 18 years of age. The champagne will be dispatched no<br />

more than 28 days after we issue your booking confirmation.<br />

Non UK residents over 18 years of age will receive a half<br />

bottle of high quality sparkling wine from <strong>the</strong> region <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

visiting whilst on <strong>the</strong>ir holiday. Persons under 18 years of age<br />

are ineligible for this offer.<br />

Payment by credit card<br />

Payment of your invoice by credit card will incur a 2%<br />

additional charge. There is no fee for debit cards.<br />

Self Drive<br />

There is ample safe parking at all our base hotels if you wish<br />

to include one of our tours as part of a driving holiday (please<br />

note, <strong>the</strong>re is a small charge for garage parking at some<br />

hotels). We will send you detailed instructions on how to find<br />

your base hotel at least three weeks before your holiday<br />

begins. At <strong>the</strong> end of your holiday, we will arrange transport<br />

back to your starting point in order to pick up your car. We<br />

are also able to arrange your Channel Crossing with Brittany<br />

Ferries, Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel. Please telephone our<br />

offices for more information if you wish us to make <strong>the</strong>se<br />

arrangements for you.<br />

Independent Travel<br />

For <strong>the</strong> independent traveller, we will send you detailed<br />

instructions on how to find your base hotel using public<br />

transport. The final leg of your journey from train station or<br />

airport to hotel is most easily made by taxi. Please budget for<br />

<strong>the</strong> following fares: Lenggries j7, Wasserburg j28,<br />

Spitzingsee j20, Bad Bayersoien j12, Trier j7,<br />

Poysdorf j20, Spittal j7, Appenzell CHF 10, Gruyères CHF<br />

20, Trebon CZK 100, Obernai j7, Hohenschangau j14,<br />

Törwang j18, Wallgau j14.<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information


Booking Form<br />

How to book your <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> Tour<br />

1. Read <strong>the</strong> <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong> Booking Conditions carefully.<br />

2. Fill in your holiday details on <strong>the</strong> Booking Form <strong>and</strong> sign it.<br />

3. You may telephone us at this stage to confirm availability of your chosen departure date. We will take down a few details <strong>and</strong> guarantee your places, provided your Booking Form <strong>and</strong><br />

payment reach us within five working days. We accept VISA <strong>and</strong> MASTERCARD, <strong>and</strong> you may fully guarantee your reservation at this stage using your credit card.<br />

4. Send <strong>the</strong> Booking Form to us with a cheque, or with authorisation for us to debit your credit card, for your deposit of £180 per person, or, if within ten weeks of departure, for <strong>the</strong> full<br />

payment. Cheques should be made payable to <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong>.<br />

If at any stage you have any queries, please call us on 01568 780800<br />

5. Your booking is accepted by us when we issue <strong>and</strong> send to you a confirmation invoice. This will detail all <strong>the</strong> holiday arrangements reserved for you. Please check <strong>the</strong>se details carefully<br />

<strong>and</strong> contact us if you notice any discrepancies.<br />

6. Full payment should reach us no later than eight weeks prior to <strong>the</strong> start of your holiday.<br />

7. Tickets will <strong>the</strong>n be issued to you 2 to 3 weeks prior to your departure.<br />

Passports: please ensure all those named on <strong>the</strong> Booking Form have a valid passport. If you are not travelling on a European Union passport, please check your visa requirements.<br />

BOOKING FORM SUMMER 2011<br />

<strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong>, The Blue Cross, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4HN, Engl<strong>and</strong>. Please <strong>complete</strong> in block capitals<br />

Please reserve ................. places on your Tour to (please state tour name) .............................................................................................................. departing on .......................................<br />

Tour duration ............................days Tour format: ‘Original <strong>Bents</strong> Formula’ � or, ‘One Night Stops’ � (please tick)<br />

SURNAME FIRST NAME TITLE ROOM TYPE DATE OF BIRTH DETAILS FOR BIKES<br />

(as it appears in your passport) (as it appears in (Mr/Mrs/Miss/ (Single/double/ Height Tick if Please<br />

Please start with signatory of your passport) o<strong>the</strong>r) twin/triple) ladies indicate<br />

booking form <strong>and</strong> bracket toge<strong>the</strong>r frame bicycle<br />

people intending to share rooms required required*<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

*<strong>Bicycle</strong> equipment options – please indicate: Trekking <strong>Bicycle</strong> (TREK), Child <strong>Bicycle</strong> (CB), T<strong>and</strong>em (TA), Electric <strong>Bicycle</strong> (EB), Trailer <strong>Bicycle</strong> (TRAIL), Child Seat (CS).<br />

PLEASE FIND ENCLOSED MY PAYMENT:<br />

DEPOSIT: For bookings outside 10 weeks before departure,<br />

................. deposits at £180 per person £ . . . . . .<br />

or<br />

FULL PAYMENT: For bookings within10 weeks of departure,<br />

................. at £ ................. per person. £ . . . . . .<br />

Cheques payable to<br />

BENTS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS.<br />

I wish to pay by Visa/MasterCard/Switch/Maestro;<br />

please charge to my account. My card number is:<br />

Signed .....................................................................<br />

Name (on card) ......................................................<br />

Expiry Date.<br />

Start Date. (if it appears<br />

on your card)<br />

Issue No. (if it appears<br />

on your card)<br />

CVV No. (last 3 digits<br />

on signature strip of<br />

your card)<br />

N.B. Don’t worry about cutting up your brochure; we will send you a new one with your booking confirmation.<br />

We would like to thank <strong>the</strong> following for <strong>the</strong>ir assistance in producing this brochure: Photographs: E<strong>the</strong>l Davies, Huber, Storto, CIVA/Moya/Zvardon/Hamm, <strong>the</strong> following Tourist Offices:<br />

German National, Austrian National, Czech National, Swiss National, Bavarian, Salzburgerl<strong>and</strong>, Berchtesgaden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, München-Oberbayern <strong>and</strong> Alsace.<br />

Special thanks to our 2010 Photo Competition entrants for allowing us to reproduce <strong>the</strong>ir images:<br />

D Beck (pg 2); J Audibert (pg 6); G Fosh (pg 6); B Westcott (pg 7).<br />

Indicate self-drive, independent travel or preferred<br />

departure airport (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted,<br />

London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds,<br />

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast,<br />

Bristol, Cardiff or Jersey):<br />

....................................................................................................<br />

On behalf of all <strong>the</strong> above named persons, I have read,<br />

underst<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> agree to <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong><br />

Booking Conditions. I am over 18 years of age.<br />

Signed: ................................................... Date: .........................<br />

Print Name: ...............................................................................<br />

Address: .....................................................................................<br />

....................................................................................................<br />

................................................ Postcode: ..................................<br />

Telephone (Day): .......................................................................<br />

(Evening): ...............................(Mobile): ....................................<br />

Email: .........................................................................................<br />

All correspondence will<br />

be sent to <strong>the</strong> signatory.<br />

Stephen Bent, <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong>, The Blue Cross, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4HN, Engl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

email: info@bentstours.com tel: 01568 780800 fax: 01568 780801 www.bentstours.com<br />

To book your Holiday tel: 01568 780800 or visit us at www.bentstours.com for more information <strong>Bents</strong> holiday guide 2011 43


Stephen Bent, <strong>Bents</strong> <strong>Bicycle</strong> & <strong>Walking</strong> <strong>Tours</strong>,<br />

The Blue Cross, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4HN, Engl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

email: info@bentstours.com tel: 01568 780800 fax: 01568 780801<br />

www.bentstours.com

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