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SLOVENIA

NEW FOR 2012

BENTS

CHALLENGE

SEE PAGE 9

cycling & walking holidays

experience guide 2012

Germany - Austria - Slovenia - Switzerland - Czech Republic


Welcome to

Bents Cycling

& Walking Tours

2012

“Before I came on this

cycling holiday, I didn’t

know what to expect

but it’s been absolutely

fantastic – if you want

a holiday combining

fresh air, sightseeing and

exercise, this is perfect.”

Tris Payne,

Wish you were here...?

As cycling and walking holiday

experts, Bents lead the way…

We’re proud to be celebrating more than

25 years organising high quality cycling and

walking holidays. Here at Bents, we take care

of everything for you – from flights and hotels,

to the choice of route. Best of all, we ensure

that you have the freedom to explore each

destination at your own pace.

Bents Bicycle and Walking Tours is a member

of AITO, the Association of Independent

Tour Operators. All AITO members are

fully bonded, so you can book your holiday

with confidence and peace of mind. We also

guarantee that the price of your holiday, as

shown on our booking confirmation, is the

price you’ll pay – there’ll be no surcharges or

nasty surprises.

Each of our chosen destinations has been

carefully selected to offer a wide range of

activities, from mountain walking and water

sports to visiting historical monuments and

castles. Most importantly, excellent cycling

Aito Quality Charter

AITO is the Association for

independent and specialist

holiday companies. Our

member companies, usually

owner-managed, strive to create overseas

holidays with high levels of professionalism

and a shared concern for quality and

personal service. The Association encourages

the highest standards in all aspects of tour

operating.

Exclusive Membership

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance

and quality which must be satisfied before new

companies are admitted to membership. All

members are required to adhere to a Code

of Business Practice which encourages high

operational standards and conduct.

Financial Security

An AITO member is required to protect

money paid by customers to the member for

any holiday sold under the AITO logo. This

protection applies to customers who are in

the UK at the time of booking or to overseas

customers who have booked directly with the

and walking excursions are available in each

area, all carefully researched by us to suit

everybody.

This year we have an exciting new addition

to our programme, a cycling tour through

magical Slovenia (p26). It is a brand new

destination for us, and we are looking forward

to showing you the unspoilt landscapes of this

beautiful country.

We also have two fantastic tours returning

this summer: the delightful and challenging

Heart of the Black Forest (p18) and, the

picturesque Enns Valley and the Austrian

Lakes (p24).

All except one of our tours are available in

two formats. The first is the ‘Original Bents

Formula’ of two night stays at each hotel,

moving on alternate days. This format is

available on all dates. You can also choose our

‘One Night Stops’ itinerary, which includes

two nights in your first hotel, followed by just

a single night in each subsequent hotel. This

formula is offered on selected dates. Our

member. Members have to comply with

UK Government Regulations in this respect.

Members submit details of their bonding or

guarantee arrangements to the Association on

a regular basis.

Accurate Brochures and Web Sites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all

their brochures and other publications, print

or electronic, clearly and accurately describe

the holidays and services offered.

Professional Service and Continual

Improvements

All members are committed to high standards

of service and believe in regular and

thorough training of employees. Members

continually seek to review and improve their

holidays. They listen to their customers and

always welcome suggestions for improving

standards.

Monitoring Standards

AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards

regularly. All customers should receive a postholiday

questionnaire the results of which are

scrutinised by the Association.

Moselle Tour (p20) has a specially chosen

itinerary which is tailored to the landscape.

In response to many requests, we have

added electric bicycles to our fleet. These

are available at a small supplement and,

should you choose one, will help you ride

up hills with ease and keep going longer and

further with minimal effort.

All of our holiday prices include flights

from the UK and airport transfers. We

offer scheduled flights from an array of

regional UK airports to all of our destinations.

We are also happy to arrange your flights

using low cost carriers from any airport in the

UK. Simply give us a call and we will research

the best options for you.

Ready to go? We look forward to hearing

from you soon.

Stephen Bent

Striving for the highest standards in customer satisfaction

We at Bents take great pride that all tours featured in this brochure are our own creation and are run and supported

by Bents carefully trained staff. Being in control of all aspects of our holidays helps us maintain the highest standards of

customer service, which you deserve.

Responsible Tourism

All members acknowledge the importance

of AITO’s Responsible Tourism guidelines,

which recognise the social, economic

and environmental responsibilities of tour

operating. Those demonstrating their

achievements beyond the pure acceptance of

this principle are recognised by the award of

2 to 5 star status.

Customer Relations

All members endeavour to deal swiftly and

fairly with any issues their customers may

raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute

between an AITO member and a customer

cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost

Independent Dispute Settlement Service may

be called upon by either side to bring the

matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion.

Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours is a member

of the Association of Independent Tour

Operators. To contact the Association, visit

www.aito.com or call 020 8744 9280.

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Discover Bavaria and Austria

Snow-capped peaks, rolling green meadows, crystal clear lakes and

babbling brooks, picture postcard villages and historic old towns…

Bavaria and Austria share many distinctive assets. Bavarians and Austrians

are friendly and warm-hearted – proudly independent, many speak an

incomprehensible dialect and frequently sport their traditional costume.

Bavaria also includes the stunning region of The Allgäu, a hidden gem

bordering Austria.

Typically, the summer weather is several degrees warmer than in

the UK (perfect for cycling in shorts and a T-shirt, and warm enough

to enjoy a refreshing dip in the many inviting lakes). Long periods of

sunshine, only punctuated by occasional evening thunderstorms, are the

usual conditions – an ideal combination to enjoy the stunning scenery.

Discover the Black Forest

Deep in south-western Germany, where the mighty Rhine traces the

Swiss-French border, lies the legendary Black Forest. But its name is

misleading – the overwhelming impression for visitors is one of lightness

and enchanting beauty. This remarkable range of rounded mountains

is topped with 400 square miles of dense pine forest, but also features

expansive tracts of undulating hills sprinkled with traditional villages. The

beautiful valleys that criss-cross these uplands are mainly lush pastures

grazed by cattle.

The climate follows a similar pattern to Bavaria: warm, stable periods

of sunshine interrupted by occasional evening thunderstorms.

Temperatures are generally a few degrees higher than in the UK and,

by mid-summer, the lakes are a pleasant temperature for bathing.

A paradise for cyclists and walkers alike, the vast network of tracks and

lanes weave through the pretty villages and farming hamlets where

a warm welcome is guaranteed. In fact, hospitality is a Black Forest

tradition and, like the Bavarians, locals are often spotted proudly wearing

their folk costumes. Two diverse products are synonymous with the

region: cuckoo clocks and, of course, the famous chocolate and cherry

gateaux (most visitors are seduced by the latter – so your waistline will

thank you for choosing a cycling holiday!).

Discover the Moselle Valley

Gliding 300 miles on a leisurely journey from France via Luxembourg

to Germany, the Moselle River snakes through stunning scenery and

historic towns. But the 150 mile stretch towards Koblenz in Germany

is unquestionably the most romantic and celebrated region: rolling hills,

dense stretches of forest and grand medieval castles preserve a peaceful,

romantic atmosphere seemingly from a bygone age.

Of course, the Moselle Valley is one of Germany’s finest wine producing

regions – famous for white varieties, especially crisp, fruity Rieslings.

Many of its vineyards are situated on steep inclines for maximum sun

exposure which means harvesting grapes by hand. In fact, the friendly

locals sometimes joke that they were born with one leg shorter than the

other to work the vines. The climate here is generally warm and sunny

throughout the summer.

Discover Slovenia

With towering snow-topped mountains, meandering rivers, shady pine

forests, flower-filled meadows and emerald lakes, unspoilt Slovenia is

perfect for outdoor adventures. The idyllic Alpine landscapes are a joy

to explore by bike – postcard-perfect views are dotted with lovely hillside

villages where you can visit centuries-old churches and castles, and stop

for lunch with welcoming locals.

In the heart of the country, you’ll find the delightful capital city, Ljubljana.

Grand Baroque and Medieval buildings line the narrow lanes and

charming squares of the elegant Old Town. The imposing Ljubljana

Castle looks proudly over the rooftops, and the Ljubljanica River winds

its way through the city, its banks lined with weeping willows and

charming alfresco cafés – the perfect place to enjoy a glass or two of

superb Slovenian wine.

Slovenian summers are perfect for cycling, with warm, dry days and only

the occasional evening thunderstorm.

Discover Switzerland

At the cultural and geographical heart of Europe, Switzerland’s

magnificent mountain scenery is world famous. In the northeast is

Appenzellerland, a beautiful soft landscape of Alpine meadows beneath

towering jagged peaks. Fairytale villages of colourful wooden houses

populate the valleys, where farming is the economic mainstay. The

pride of the region is the wonderful Appenzeller cheese: straw-coloured

with tiny holes and a golden rind, it has a distinctive smell and nutty or

fruity flavour.

To the north, the countryside gently undulates towards the shores of

Lake Constance. Charming fishing villages and chic resorts are dotted

along the coast, linked by traffic-free cycle routes.

In the south-western corner of the country, stunning lakeside scenery

also dominates the landscape. The majestic snow-crested peaks of

the Alps and Swiss Jura Mountains are reflected in the tranquil waters

of Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Murten and Lake Genèva. Medieval villages

clinging to the vertiginous hillside gradually lead down towards the

elegant resorts nestled along the fashionable Swiss Riviera.

With stable periods of warm sunshine occasionally interrupted by

evening thunderstorms, temperatures during the summer are generally

slightly higher here than in the UK. Bathing in the lakes is an especially

pleasant experience. Swiss traditions are enthusiastically upheld and

locals can often be spotted proudly wearing their folk costumes.

Discover the Czech Republic & Southern Bohemia

These lands have been at the centre of things for over a thousand

years. During its turbulent history, the Czech Republic has acted

as the crossroads of Europe. After 300 years under the Austrian

Empire, independence from the Hapsburgs was achieved after World

War I. Then almost 42 years of Communist rule ended with the ‘Velvet

Revolution’ of 1989. And, while the last 20 years have seen huge

changes, the Czech Republic remains a place of myth and mystery.

South Bohemia, more than any other part of the Czech Republic,

conforms to the image of Bohemia as a rural backwater. Indeed,

industrialisation and destruction from wars appear to have passed it by

completely. The region is the second largest in the country with the

lowest population density.

Not only is it blessed with remarkable scenery, South Bohemia is rich

in unique historical sights. The regional hub of Ceské Budéjovice, for

instance, is the famous home of Czech Budweiser Beer and a Gothic-

Renaissance tower.

The rest of the idyllic countryside is dotted with beautiful medieval

walled towns, known as Rose Towns. The most renowned is exquisite

Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts one

of Europe’s largest castles. The climate here is usually mild and warm

during the summer.

Contents Page

About our Holidays 2-3

Accommodation and Cuisine 4-5

Happy Holidaymakers 6-7

Cycling Tours

Cycling with Bents 8-9

GERMANY

Garmisch and the

Romantic Castles 10-11

Ludwig’s Versailles and

Mozart’s Salzburg 12-13

Bavarian Lakes and

Austria’s Tyrol 14-15

Bavaria’s Allgäuer Alps 16-17

The Heart of the Black Forest 18-19

Magical Moselle Wine Route 20-21

AUSTRIA

Austrian Wine and the best

of the Danube 22-23

The Enns Valley and the

Austrian Lakes 24-25

SLOVENIA NEW!

Essence of Slovenia 26-27

SWITZERLAND

Gruyères and Lake Genèva 28-29

Appenzellerland and

Lake Constance 30-31

THE CZECH

REPUBLIC

Beautiful Bohemia 32-33

Walking Tours

Walking with Bents 34-35

GERMANY

An Amble through the Allgäu 36-37

Chiemgau - jewel of the

Bavarian Alps 38-39

Walking the Wettersteins 40-41

Travel Information

Booking Conditions and

Travel Details 42

How to Book and

Booking Form 43

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“Fulfils all the criteria

of a perfect holiday for

us; confidence in the

organisation, exercise,

fresh air, good hotels

and, beautiful scenery

to be enjoyed with

like-minded people.

The Austrian Wine and

best of the Danube tour

had idyllic traffic-free

cycle paths lined with

colourful wild flowers

and butterflies. Beautiful

abbeys and monasteries

to visit and, Austrian

cakes, wine and apricot

Schnapps to look

forward to at the end of

the ride.”

S. Wilson, Essex.

Charming Accommodation

One of the highlights of your holiday will be the marvellous hotels and guesthouses in

which you stay. Mostly small and family-run, they are handpicked for their comfort and

individual character, not to mention the warmth of their welcome. All rooms have private

bathrooms.

Freedom to Roam

Two to three weeks before your holiday,

we’ll send your travel documents,

together with a comprehensive

information pack of daily maps

highlighted with our suggested routes,

accompanied by detailed written

instructions.

You are now free to explore each day at your

own pace, leaving plenty of time to absorb

the atmosphere of charming villages, enjoy

leisurely picnics among the cornfields, and

swim in the many inviting lakes. All secure in

the knowledge that a comfortable bed awaits

at the end of each exhilarating day.

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Traditional Cuisine

Enjoying authentic regional cuisine is an important element

of our tours. During a day’s cycling or walking, a little local

flavour always adds to the overall experience.

Throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, first-time visitors

are pleasantly surprised by the quality, quantity and variety of the food. Surprisingly, even areas

renowned for their meat dishes still cater well for vegetarians. In every location, £12-£20

purchases a tasty meal to satisfy the heartiest appetite. For alfresco dining, picnickers will find an

extraordinary selection in even the smallest village shop.

The culinary possibilities are limitless... Whether it’s three–cheese fondue in the Swiss Alps,

Bavarian Weisswurst (white sausage) with Weissbier, Kremna Rezina (Slovenian cream cake),

roast pork with dumplings in Southern Bohemia or Austrian Weichselstrudel (sour cherry strudel),

you’ll discover classic regional specialties and new gourmet sensations throughout your tour. And,

of course, you’ll also sample the finest wines and beers from each region. Cheers!

Our information pack includes an extensive translation section to help you choose from the

exciting menu options available.

No-hassle travel

Getting to your holiday destination couldn’t be simpler. We offer scheduled flights with British

Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Adria Airways, Czech Airlines and KLM to Munich, Frankfurt,

Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Genèva, Ljubljana and Prague from a choice of up to 15 UK departure

airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol and Jersey.

Using scheduled flights, we tailor your itinerary to your needs – allowing you to extend your stay

in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland or the Czech Republic, before or after your holiday.

We will be happy to advise you on possible arrangements.

Onward transfer to your base hotel is made as easy as possible. Our representative will meet you

at your arrival airport and you will be driven to your base hotel by minibus. For those wishing

to drive to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia or the Czech Republic, there is ample safe

parking at all our base hotels. We provide detailed instructions on how to find your base hotel and,

at the end of your holiday, we arrange transport back to your starting point to pick up your car.

We are also able to arrange your Channel crossing with Brittany Ferries, Hoverspeed or

Eurotunnel.

For travellers arriving independently, we provide information on how to find your base hotel using

public transport.

Holidaymakers arriving by air from a country other than the UK, may also be able to join our

normal airport-to-hotel transfer.

All holidaymakers making their own travel arrangements qualify for a price reduction – please refer

to the price details for each tour.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with

any airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Convenient luggage transfers

While you are cycling or walking the route each day, one of our representatives will take all your

belongings in our minibus to the next hotel – ensuring they are in your room by mid-afternoon.

Our bicycles come equipped with a rack and pannier bag, so anything you may need during the

day can be easily carried. We recommend that walkers bring a small daypack.

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Happy

Holidaymakers

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“Just a big thank you for all the ingredients that add up

to the relaxed and exciting holiday that we have come to

expect with Bents holidays. Before we leave England we

are confident that every aspect of the holiday will be of

the very highest standard. We always know the route will

have been well tested and there will be more downhill

than uphill cycling!”

S. East, Brighton.

“We have just completed our 10th cycling holiday with Bents nts nt

and as we have come to expect, everything was, once again, ain,

‘spot on’. The scenic rides, excellent hotels, friendly reps

and good organisation always leave us wanting more and nd

waiting eagerly for next years brochure. It is hard to

beat the friendly, personal service of a small firm and d

I would say to anyone thinking of taking a cycling

holiday, ‘you can’t beat Bents’.”

H. Powers, Power ,

South Yorkshire.

“Exhilarating riding, stunning scenery, relaxed

and relaxing accommodation – a real treat!”

I. Rigg, Slough.

“It’s our dream holiday. Each morning we wake-up full of

anticipation for the days cycling, savouring the scenery, food

and wine as we go.”

S. Beck, Gosport. p t.

“It was like travelling business class all the way. What an

excellent service.”

K. Rex, Worksop.

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Cycling with Bents

Take to your bike, enjoy the feeling of freedom

and experience European hospitality at its best...

Established in 1986, we at Bents have been providing the very best European cycling holiday experience for more than a quarter of a century. Our winning formula balances

freedom and independence with a high level of service and support. Our routes are the result of detailed research – we have found quiet lanes and forest paths that lead

you off the beaten track and steer you around any big hills.

We have chosen wonderful hotels in excellent locations, so places of local interest are accessible by bike or on foot. At each hotel you spend two nights (except on our ‘One Night Stops’ option and

our Moselle tour), allowing you time to unwind and get to know these interesting towns and villages.

Our representatives ensure that everything runs smoothly. Each is fluent in the local language and has a keen interest in the region. From meeting you at the airport to preparing the bicycles and

transferring luggage between hotels, they are on hand to offer advice and insight.

Suitable for all levels of fitness

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to really enjoy all the benefits of a leisurely cycling holiday and the great places it

can take you...

Bents cycling holidays - available in two formats

All except one of our tours are now available in two formats. The ‘Original Bents Formula’

of two night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days, is available for all departure dates.

Our ‘One Night Stops’ itinerary, where you stay two nights in your first hotel followed by

just a single night in each subsequent hotel, is offered on selected dates. Our Moselle Tour

(p20), has a specially chosen itinerary tailored to the landscape.

How difficult is a Bents Bicycle Tour?

A Bents Bicycle Tour is no Tour de France! Instead, imagine a gentle potter at your own

pace through the lush German, Austrian, Swiss, Slovenian and Czech countryside with

time to savour all the atmosphere of these friendly regions.

In Upper Bavaria, we take you to the mountains but not over them. Immediately south of

Munich, the rolling hills of the alpine foreland rise up, gradually growing until they reach the

Alps at the border with Austria. Once in Austria, majestic mountains are all around – however,

where there are hills and mountains, there are valleys and lakes, and these are the ways we

have found for you.

The Moselle is a joy for those wishing to take it easy. The journey follows the meandering river

downstream and, whilst the scenery is spectacular with vineyards and castles clinging to steep

hillsides, the only ascents en route are the bridges as you hop from one river bank to the other.

The terrain in the Black Forest is more challenging than other regions. However, we have

minimised the difficulty levels: during the tour, there are just three or four extended climbs

(and, of course, the equivalent number of long descents!). We’ve also reduced the distances

involved – so you’ll have plenty of time to take it easy.

Slovenia is perfect for cycling; a medley of majestic mountains and beautiful rolling meadows.

Our tour starts among the high peaks and gradually loses altitude en route to the capital;

Ljubjlana.

Bohemia in the Czech Republic is a wonderful patchwork of lakes, rolling pastureland and

wooded hills. Our tour follows valleys and contours for a relaxing journey through the unspoilt

landscape.

Switzerland is a mountainous country and certainly the scenery is spectacular. However, our

routes through Appenzellerland and, from Gruyères to Lake Genèva, are no more strenuous

than those in Bavaria or Austria. Gently undulating alpine meadows, meandering valleys and

lakeside cycle paths are the routes we have chosen.

Who can enjoy a Bents Bicycle Tour?

Anyone who is healthy and can ride a bike will enjoy our holidays. We try particularly hard to

cater for children, so that the whole family can cycle together.

We have a range of lightweight bicycles for the over 8s, and we find that most children from

this age have no difficulty in wearing out their parents! For infants and toddlers, we have the

latest in child-seats from Kettler (probably the safest and most comfortable on the market) and

suitable for children under five.

For children aged between 4 and 10, we also have top-of-the range Burley trailer bikes which

attach to the back of an adult bicycle and effectively transform it into a tandem.

The child can pedal while remaining completely under the control of the adult bicycle. With

your luggage carried for you, you won’t find it a chore to bring the children along.

We also have electric bicycles which are available at a small supplement. Should you choose

one, you will ride up hills with ease and keep going longer and further with minimal effort.

All our electric bicycles are supplied with two batteries to ensure they keep going all day.

Fit and healthy grandparents can also come along for the ride!

Bents difficulty rating

! EASY

!! EASY - MODERATE

!!! MODERATE

!!!! MODERATE+

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Top of the range bikes for

your enjoyment

We pay particular attention to the quality of the bicycles

provided. After thorough testing, we have decided upon the

Sonoran, a Dawes top-of-the-range trekking bike.

The bicycle is perfectly suited to the terrain encountered on our tours, designed for both roads and

tracks. It combines lightness with robust dependability and features 24 gears, comfortable sprung

saddle, mud guards, rear carrier, pannier bag, and chain guard.

We have limited numbers of Dawes mountainbike tandems and Giant electric trekking bicycles.

The electric bicycle will help you ride up hills with ease and enable you to keep going longer and

further with minimal effort. Tandems and electric bicycles may be booked on a first-come, first

served basis for a small supplement.

Top of the range children’s mountain

bikes from Giant

BENTS CHALLENGE 2012

Ever dreamt of riding from Land’s End to

John O’Groats?

In September 2012 Bents will be running a fully supported and

accompanied ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The tour

will be personally led by Stephen Bent.

The route will be along quieter, scenic roads and the average

daily distance will be 80 miles. Full details will be published on

our website:

www.bentstours.com/lejog

Are you up for the challenge? Come and join us!

Dawes bike available in mens and

ladies frame

Top of the range mountain bike tandem

available at a small supplement

Giant electric trekking bicycles (supplied

with 2 batteries) in mens and ladies

frames at a small supplement

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Garmisch and the Romantic Castles

What makes Bavaria such an inspiring destination? Discover

the secrets of this fascinating region while freewheeling

via pine forests, magnificent lakes and spectacular alpine

scenery, including Germany’s highest peak.

Spa towns, beer-brewing 8th century monasteries, fairytale

castles, royal mountain retreats, and Rococo art… Bavaria

will surprise you at every twist and turn.

Difficulty rating: !!

Oberammergau

Neuschwanstein

Bernried

Garmisch-

Partenkirchen

Lenggries

Kochel

9 or 13 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 6 or 8 Day

Highlights will include:

• Lenggries, Bad Tölz and Kochel – beautiful Bavarian towns and villages

• Garmisch-Partenkirchen – one of Germany’s premier resorts, combining

elegance with rustic charm

• Germany’s highest mountain: The Zugspitze

• ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s Romantic Castles: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof

• Fabulous frescoes at the Wies Church

• Oberammergau – famous for wood carving and wonderful murals

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base

hotel in Lenggries.

Day 2: Lenggries. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The rest

of the day is yours to explore and enjoy

Lenggries and the surrounding countryside.

In winter Lenggries is an excellent ski resort;

by summer it becomes a popular mountain

walking centre. Situated on the Isar Valley,

majestic mountains rise up on all sides; they

are easily accessible by foot and cable car,

with many splendid walks to choose from.

For those who wish to make an excursion

by bicycle, there are plenty of paths and

quiet lanes that wind their way along both

sides of the valley. Just a few miles to the

north is the picturesque spa town of Bad

Tölz; the beautiful cobbled old town is well

worth a visit. Munich is also easy to reach,

just a short train ride away.

Day 3: Lenggries to Kochel. Cycling

out of Lenggries you branch away from the

River Isar and follow a tributary, the Jachen.

This wide lush green valley rises gently to

one of Bavaria’s jewels, Lake Walchen. A

short climb from the lakeside is rewarded

by a long winding descent to Kochel, a

town oozing with Bavarian charm. 20 miles

(32km).

Day 4: Kochel. The town of Kochel lies

on the shores of one of Bavaria’s most

pleasant bathing lakes: the Kochelsee. To

the north extends a flat moorland plain,

crisscrossed by cycle tracks. On the eastern

edge of the plain lies Benediktbeuern

Monastery, originally founded in the 8th

century. The remarkable architecture and

lavish decorations, with a strong Italian

influence, provide an attractive focus for

a day out cycling. To the south, the Alps

rear up steeply, offering an enormous

variety of interesting day walks. The nearby

Herzogstand and Jochberg Mountains are

easily climbed in a day and will reward you

with spectacular views.

Day 5: Kochel to Garmisch-

Partenkirchen. Your route today follows

the River Loisach along its broad glaciated

valley. Nearing Garmisch you will be treated

to even more spectacular views of the

towering Alps that form the backdrop for

this popular resort. 22 miles (35km).

Day 6: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Lying in an open mountain basin, Garmisch

sits beneath Germany’s highest peak, the

Zugspitze. For those keen to be active there

are a huge variety of walks, bike rides and

enticing lakes in the area. Excellent shops,

restaurants and cafés will encourage you

to spend your day in the town, while

panoramic views of the Alps may tempt you

to take a cable car to the Zugspitze summit.

Day 7: Garmisch-Partenkirchen to

Neuschwanstein. Much of today is spent

in Austria. Leaving Garmisch you head to

the Austrian border post at Griesen, where

a forest track will lead you to the Plan

Lake, a narrow strip of crystal clear water,

cradled by steep wooded slopes. From

here you pedal through some magnificent

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Tyrolean scenery before crossing back

into Germany at Neuschwanstein.

28 miles (45km).

Day 8: Neuschwanstein. Just a few

minutes’ walk from your hotel lies the

fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. The

most renowned of ‘Mad King Ludwig’s’

creations is set amongst towering peaks,

making it one of Germany’s most striking

images.

Day 9: Neuschwanstein to

Oberammergau. After a gentle morning

meandering down the Lech Valley you

will head way off the beaten track, on

roads reserved for the local farmers. A

splendid highlight to this peaceful day is

the ornate Wies Church, accepted as the

finest example of Rococo art in Southern

Germany. 24 miles (38km).

Day 10: Oberammergau. A charming

picture postcard village whose inhabitants

present a Passion play every 10 years in

thanks for being spared the ravages of

the plague in 1634. The village is also

home to Bavaria’s wood-carving school

and many shops display the fruits of

their craft. A gentle excursion by bicycle

leads to Linderhof Castle; ‘Mad King

Ludwig’s’ mountain retreat. This small but

ornamental palace is set in pretty gardens

and a tour includes a trip underground

where King Ludwig created a grotto and

lake. Ettal Monastery lies on the return

route where the magnificent church

is lavishly decorated and, the monks

produce a richly flavoured beer and

several aromatic Schnapps.

Day 11: Oberammergau to

Bernried. The day begins with a gentle

descent following the fast-flowing River

Ammer downstream. As the valley

broadens, a myriad of quiet lanes and

tracks weave their way through beautiful

rolling countryside to Bernried; a peaceful

village nestling on the shores of Lake

Starnberg. 28 miles (45km).

Day 12: Bernried. Lake Starnberg is just

100 yards from your hotel, with excellent

beaches and water-sports facilities nearby.

The surrounding countryside; a mosaic of

cornfields, wheatfields and pine forests, is

knitted together with a maze of quiet lanes

and tracks; ideal for a final adventure on

the bike. We suggest a route to Andechs,

a famous beer-brewing monastery.

Alternatively, Munich is just a short train

ride away, offering a wealth of interesting

attractions.

Day 13: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Bernried to Munich airport

by train or minibus and look forward to

having you back again next year.

9 DAY TOUR

Days 1 to 8: see 13 Day Tour

Day 9: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. Transfer direct from

Neuschwanstein to Munich airport by

train or minibus.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

18ºC

7

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £799 per person

13 Day Tour

(12 Nights, 6 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 14, 16, 30 £1219

July 2 £1219

July 16, 18, 30 £1259

August 1, 15, 17 £1259

August 29 £1219

8 Day Tour One Night Stops

(7 Nights, 6 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 16 £929

July 2 £929

July 18 £959

August 1, 17 £959

August 29 £929

9 Day Tour

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 14, 16, 30 £979

July 2 £979

July 16, 18, 30 £1009

August 1, 15, 17 £1009

August 29 £979

6 Day Tour One Night Stops

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 16 £799

July 2 £799

July 18 £829

August 1, 17 £829

August 29 £799

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Munich

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 11

Salzburg


Ludwig’s Versailles and Mozart’s Salzburg

From the cobbled streets of quiet fairytale towns dating

back to the Middle Ages to the famous castles and

museums of Mozart’s hometown, this region is an ode to

history, culture and passion.

Cycling through rolling farmland, dotted with pretty

rural villages, and sun-drenched meadows and shady

green forests, your spirits will be lifted – especially with

the snow-capped blue of the Alps rising from golden

wheatfields and lush green pastures.

Difficulty rating: !!

Wasserburg

Prien

Inzell

Salzburg

Berchtesgaden

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Wasserburg – a medieval town with a fascinating history

• Bavaria’s largest lake: The Chiemsee

• ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s Island Palace: Schloss Herrenchiemsee

• Berchtesgaden – a pretty resort nestling beneath Germany’s

second highest mountain: the Watzmann. Attractions include:

Saltmines, the Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s alpine retreat and the

spectacular Konigsee

• Salzburg – an enchanting city steeped in history, famous as

Mozart’s birthplace

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base

hotel in Wasserburg.

Day 2: Wasserburg. After breakfast

we will personally equip you with

your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit

for everyone. You are then left free

to explore Wasserburg and the

surrounding countryside. Situated on a

promontory, encircled by a loop in the

River Inn, Wasserburg dates back to

the Middle Ages. The narrow cobbled

streets and high façades conjure vivid

images of fairy tales. The town is very

atmospheric with a wealth of historic

buildings, museums, pavement cafés

and Keller bars. Set in rolling farmland,

dotted with pretty rural villages, the

area provides an excellent introduction

to cycling in Bavaria. On the outskirts

of the town is a large swimming pool

complex with water slides and every

other facility imaginable.

Day 3: Wasserburg to Prien.

Peaceful lanes and immaculately

maintained tracks weave their way

through sun-drenched meadows and

shady green forests, with the snowcapped

blue of the Alps rising out of

the horizon as you head south-east to

Prien. 20 miles (32km).

Day 4: Prien. Lying on the shores of

Bavaria’s largest lake, the Chiemsee,

Prien is in the heart of Germany’s

Riviera. The views across the lake are

spectacular: colourful yachts follow

their leisurely course between the two

famous islands, framed by a majestic

mountainous backdrop. An old paddle

steamer operates as a ferry to the

islands. The Herreninsel is home to

Schloss Herrenchiemsee, built by ‘Mad

King Ludwig’ between 1878 and 1885.

The palace is set in magnificent gardens,

and is a remarkable copy of Versailles.

The Fraueninsel, a much smaller island,

has a charming fishing village and a

Benedictine monastery dating from the

13th century.

Day 5: Prien to Inzell. Closer to

the Alps now, the scenery becomes

more dramatic. The route skirts the

Chiemsee and then heads across a flat

plain to Siegsdorf, a charming village

nestling in a cradle of high peaks. The

final few miles to Inzell follow a pretty

path along the Rote Traun Valley,

formerly a salt-traders route. 26 miles

(42km).

Day 6: Inzell. A popular ski resort

in winter, Inzell becomes a mountain

walking centre in summer. The

surrounding area is breathtakingly

beautiful, with lofty peaks all around. A

vast network of tracks and paths lead

into the mountains, many accessible by

bike. We have discovered two excellent

round-trip cycle rides through

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the mountains as detailed in your

information pack.

Day 7: Inzell to Berchtesgaden.

The route follows narrow, steeply-sided

valleys passing through picture-postcard

villages and the famous resort of Bad

Reichenhall. Unforgettable view after

view will keep your cameras clicking.

22 miles (35km).

Day 8: Berchtesgaden. This bustling

tourist town has a huge variety of

attractions to offer. A guided tour of

the local salt mines includes dressing

up in miner’s clothing and crossing an

illuminated subterranean lake on a raft.

Other sights to see are the Konigsee - a

scenic mountain lake; the Eagle’s Nest

- Hitler’s alpine retreat; Berchtesgaden

Castle, situated in the centre of the

town; and the church at Ramsau,

probably the most photographed

church in Germany.

Day 9: Berchtesgaden to

Salzburg. A pleasant morning’s ride as

you watch the mountains slowly recede

and the valleys gradually widen. The

farmers are once again able to impose

their will on the land, painting the

countryside with golden wheatfields and

lush green pastures. In the afternoon,

the route follows the River Saalach

downstream to Salzburg. 26 miles

(42km).

Day 10: Salzburg. Your hotel is

located right at the heart of Salzburg old

town on a quiet semi-pedestrianised

street. There are countless things to see

and do in Mozart’s birthplace: castles,

museums, cafés and gardens will all

compete for your attention. For those

wishing to explore beyond the city, we

suggest following the traffic-free cycle

routes along the banks of the River

Salzach.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Salzburg to Munich airport

by train or by minibus, and look forward

to having you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

7

hours

22ºC 23ºC 23ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

Munich

20ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £859 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 19 £1079

July 5 £1079

July 21 £1129

August 4, 20 £1129

Salzburg

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 19 £859

July 5 £859

July 21 £889

August 4, 20 £889

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps a visit to

Munich or extra time in Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Bavarian Lakes and Austria’s Tyrol

Cycling through dramatic scenery of rolling alpine

meadows, crystal clear lakes, majestic mountains and dense

pine forests, you’ll encounter a series of idyllic hamlets

and villages where the excellent Gasthofs exude Bavarian

charm and hospitality.

Best of all, a ride through the broad glaciated Leutasch

Valley is a truly breathtaking experience.

Difficulty rating: !!!

Garmisch-

Partenkirchen

Seefeld

Wallgau

Spitzingsee

Kreuth

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Spitzingsee – a village enjoying a spectacular lakeside location

surrounded by high peaks (a popular destination for cyclists and walkers)

• Bayrischzell – considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful villages

• Rottach-Egern – a chic lakeside resort

• The Hotel Post Wallgau – an exceptional old building with

fantastic murals

• The route passes along the magnificent Leutasch Valley

beneath the awe inspiring Wetterstein Range

• Seefeld and Garmisch-Partenkirchen – two elegant resorts separated by

the Wettersteins and the Austrian/German border

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel

in Spitzingsee.

Day 2: Spitzingsee. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. You

are then free to explore Spitzingsee and its

environs. Surrounded by spectacular peaks,

Spitzingsee lies on the shores of a crystal

clear lake bearing the same name. Gondola

lifts reach into the mountains on either side

and a network of tracks and paths create a

ramblers paradise. Our suggested cycle ride

is a little more strenuous than we would

normally recommend on the first day, but it is

a truly spectacular tour. The route descends

to the valley below, before passing through

Bayrischzell, considered one of Bavaria’s most

beautiful villages. The height is then gradually

regained by climbing a small saddle on a

glorious cycle track through the mountains.

Day 3: Spitzingsee to Kreuth. A narrow

lane closed to normal traffic follows the

Rote Valepp River south through a mixture

of rolling alpine meadows and dense pine

forest. The other branch of the Valepp River,

the Weisse Valepp, joins from the west

and the route turns upstream to the pretty

lakeside resort, Rottach-Egern. Enjoying a

wonderful location on the southern shores of

one of Bavaria’s most picturesque lakes, the

Tegernsee, Rottach-Egern is endowed with

a vast array of elegant cafés and restaurants.

Kreuth lies just a few miles to the south, along

the Weissach valley. 18 miles (29km).

Day 4: Kreuth. A small village, Kreuth is

an oasis of calm, where the appreciation of

nature is the primary draw for its visitors.

Surrounded by magnificent alpine scenery,

cycling and walking opportunities abound.

We suggest a marvellous route that

circumnavigates the Hirschberg Mountain

to the west. The loop travels back to

Rottach-Egern and along the shores of the

Tegernsee, before following a track between

the mountains to complete the circle. An

enchanting Gasthof lies along this quiet byway,

offering simple fare in the most fantastic

location.

Day 5: Kreuth to Wallgau. A gentle

climb from Kreuth takes the route over

a low saddle, the Achenpass. You then

continue along the shores of the sparkling

Sylvensteinsee in the shadows of the towering

Karwendel Mountains. There are few villages

along today’s route, but there is an excellent

Gasthof at Vorderiss, just after half distance.

Beyond Vorderiss, the journey continues

along a privately owned toll road (cyclists are

free), which follows the course of the River

Isar. This shaded lane meanders through

picturesque countryside for nine miles, before

emerging at Wallgau. 26 miles (42km).

Day 6: Wallgau. This charming village is

set in the broad glaciated valley of the River

Isar. This is an area of unspoilt natural beauty,

with rolling green meadows, crystal clear

lakes and majestic mountains, all enhanced

by the ornately painted buildings. Cyclists

and walkers are spoilt for choice, with a

multitude of full and half day trips available.

We also suggest a cycle ride to the beautiful

Walchensee; Germany’s largest and deepest

mountain lake.

Day 7: Wallgau to Seefeld. The tour

leaves Wallgau, heading south along the Isar

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Valley to Mittenwald. The town is one of

Bavaria’s best loved alpine resorts and, is

squeezed tightly between awesome peaks

at this narrowing of the valley. The tables

of many Gasthofs and cafés spill onto the

pretty pedestrianised centre, inviting you

to take a mid-morning break. Leaving

Mittenwald you pass through the Leutasch

Gorge, cross the border into Austria and,

emerge into a broad glaciated valley of

the same name. The ride up the Leutasch

Valley is truly breathtaking, high peaks rear

up on either side and, a perfect little lane

winds its way through a series of idyllic

hamlets, each with at least one tempting

Gasthof. Seefeld is just a few miles to the

south of the Leutasch.

22 miles (35km).

Day 8: Seefeld. Situated on a mountain

plateau above the northern side of the

Inn Valley, Seefeld possesses the perfect

location for a summer cycling or walking

holiday. Low-lying pastures, forested slopes

and rugged peaks surround Seefeld in all

directions, with an unrivalled network of

tracks and paths with which to explore. The

small town has also been host to the Nordic

skiing events at two Winter Olympics and

one World Skiing Championships. As a

sophisticated ski resort, Seefeld boasts

elegant cafés and restaurants and, excellent

leisure facilities. The historic city of Innsbruck

is also easy to reach, just a short train ride

away.

Day 9: Seefeld to Garmisch-

Partenkirchen. A choice of two routes

today, both equally scenic, but one a little

longer and more adventurous than the

other. Seefeld and Garmisch-Partenkirchen

are separated by the Wettersteingebirge,

the ridge of mountains that form the border

between Austria and Germany in these

parts. Both rides go around this forbidding

range, which includes Germany’s highest

mountain, the Zugspitze – one to the

west, the other to the east. The western

passage continues up the Leutasch Valley

on a cycle track, traversing a small pass

and then downhill all the way, via Ehrwald,

to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The eastern

choice retraces part of the Leutasch Valley,

almost to Mittenwald, and then heads west

on a marvellous lane past Schloss Elmau to

Klais, before dropping down to Garmisch-

Partenkirchen. 28 or 35 miles (45 or 56km).

Day 10: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a rich blend of old

and new, part modern, part traditional. The

hyphen gives the clue that it is two towns

joined together, Garmisch fully embracing

the twentieth century and Partenkirchen

preferring to cling to the past. The combined

town has grown and prospered because of

its fantastic location. Lying in a broad open

basin formed by glacial erosion, the town is

surrounded by mountains to the south, east

and west. The skiing is superb, the cycling

and walking equally superlative. There are

innumerable things to do, but on a clear day,

a mountain railway ride to the summit of the

Zugspitze is hard to beat.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you direct

from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich

airport by train or minibus, and look forward

to welcoming you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

7

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £859 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 24 £1079

July 10, 24 £1129

August 9, 23 £1129

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 24 £859

July 10, 24 £889

August 9, 23 £889

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Munich

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 15

Salzburg


Bavaria’s Allgäuer Alps

Prepare to fall in love with the Allgäu! Situated in a remote

south-west corner of Bavaria, this stunning region remains

something of a hidden gem. Few cyclists have so far discovered

the delights of this unspoilt and spectacular landscape between

Germany and Austria.

As always in Bavaria, you can expect the famous hospitality and

passionate spirit of a distinctive culture that holds its traditional

language, food, music, architecture and customs dear. From

the natural majesty of the Southern Alps to the regal fantasy

creation of Neuschwanstein, the dramatic countryside here

includes a range of exhilarating cycling routes …

Difficulty rating: !!!

Bad Oberstaufen

Hittisau

Pfronten

Oberstdorf

Bad Bayersoien

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Discover exquisite Bavarian villages and towns like Bad Bayersoien,

Füssen and Bad Oberstaufen

• Pedal your way through the verdant Vils Valley beneath towering Alpine

mountain ranges

• Admire Neuschwanstein, the renowned fairytale castle created by ‘Mad’

King Ludwig

• Visit the friendly beer gardens, chic shops and interesting museums of

Oberstdorf, a top German ski resort

• Experience the thrilling cable car ride up to the awesome Nebelhorn

Peak

• Enjoy spectacular views along traffic-free cycle lanes carved through the

mountains

• Indulge in rustic culinary delights at Michelin-rated restaurants in

the gourmet enclave of Hittisau

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base

hotel in Bad Bayersoien.

Day 2: Bad Bayersoien. After

breakfast, we personally equip you

with your bicycle ensuring a perfect fit

for everyone. The day is then yours

to explore Bad Bayersoien, a pictureperfect

Bavarian village set beside the

Soiener See, a pretty bathing lake.

With the dramatic backdrop of the

Ammergauer Alps rearing up from the

south, a maze of cycle routes traverse a

picturesque nature reserve to the east.

Day 3: Bad Bayersoien to

Pfronten. Quiet lanes reserved for

the local farmers lead west through lush

alpine meadows to the Lech Valley.

En route, you’ll pass Wies Church, a

Rococo masterpiece. To the south,

the imposing splendour of the Allgäuer

Alps becomes yet more breathtaking

as sleepy country lanes take us to

Pfronten. 32 miles (54km).

Day 4: Pfronten. A charming Bavarian

town nestling in the verdant Vils Valley

beneath the towering Aggenstein

Mountain, Pfronten features traditional

Bavarian houses, decorated with murals

and colourful window-boxes, lining

the main street. A cycle route along

the Vils Valley leads to Füssen, a pretty

medieval town crammed with historic

buildings. On a nearby outcrop, stands

the fairytale vision of Neuschwanstein,

the renowned castle built by ‘Mad’ King

Ludwig.

Day 5: Pfronten to Oberstdorf.

To the southwest of Pfronten, the Vils

Valley narrows and meanders between

wooded slopes. A traffic-free cycle

route follows the valley before crossing

the border into Austria and emerging

near the gorgeous Tyrolean village of

Schattwald. A winding descent then

leads to Bad Hindelang, a prominent

spa resort with traditional houses

bedecked with summer blooms. From

here, the glaciated Iller Valley stretches

south to Oberstdorf. 24 miles (38km).

Day 6: Oberstdorf. A lively town

full of unique Bavarian character,

Oberstdorf is one of Germany’s

premier ski resorts. In summer, lovers

of the great outdoors enjoy the fantastic

cycling and walking available around

here. Cosy cafés serving delicious cakes,

Gasthofs with shaded beer gardens,

chic shops and interesting museums

all compete for your attention. Best

of all, the thrilling cable car ride to the

towering Nebelhorn Peak will simply

take your breath away.

Day 7: Oberstdorf to Hittisau.

Today’s ride is an absolute gem

– a narrow traffic-free lane carves

through the mountains to the west

of Oberstdorf to offer the ultimate

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enchanting ‘away from it all’ route

through a nature reserve with

spectacular views at every twist and

turn. 22 miles (35km).

Day 8: Hittisau. Hittisau nestles in

a beautiful Austrian valley amid the

Bregenzer Alps. Close to the Swiss

border, the architecture resembles that

of its near neighbour – picture-perfect

chalets clad with intricate wood tiles

and vivid flower boxes. Although the

village is home to just a few hundred

residents, Hittisau boasts three Michelinrated

restaurants (rustic venues with the

emphasis on delicious local specialities

rather than pretentious cooking and star

ratings). Explore the superb scenery of

this peaceful corner of Austria along its

numerous quiet lanes and tracks.

Day 9: Hittisau to Bad

Oberstaufen. Fortunately for us, the

pure serenity of this area still remains

a well-kept secret – its tranquillity and

exceptional beauty is truly inspiring: a

cycling paradise of lush valleys dotted

with chocolate box farmhouses and

immaculate villages linked by peaceful

lanes. Our route continues north

through this beguiling landscape to the

spa town, Bad Oberstaufen. 22 miles

(35km).

Day 10: Bad Oberstaufen.

Regarded as Allgäu’s most charming

village, Bad Oberstaufen is a stunning

retreat of traditional buildings decorated

with stunning murals and vibrant

flowers. Relax in hospitable inns and

taste delightful Bavarian cuisine, or treat

yourself to indulgent cakes in stylish

cafés. It’s little wonder that this setting is

equally appealing to cyclists and walkers.

To the north, a labyrinth of quiet lanes

offer enjoyable rides through pristine

alpine meadows; the majestic peaks to

the south, meanwhile, can be reached

by cable car.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen” and transfer you back

to Munich airport by train or minibus, and

look forward to welcoming you back again

next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

7

hours

22ºC 23ºC 23ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

20ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £859 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 26 £1079

July 12, 28 £1129

August 11, 27 £1129

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 26 £859

July 12, 28 £889

August 11, 27 £889

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Munich

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 17

Salzburg


The Heart of the Black Forest

Evocative and enchanting, the Black Forest is full of surprises.

From the lightness of the lush valleys to the dense pine

woodland and rounded mountain range, this is a cycling

adventure that navigates the vast network of routes weaving

through the undulating landscape.

You can bathe in sun-drenched lakes, visit Germany’s highest

waterfall, go cuckoo for the clocks (and the gateaux!) and

experience the famous local hospitality.

Difficulty rating: !!!

FREIBERG

Wolfach

Triberg

Freudenstadt

St. Märgen

Schluchsee

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Freudenstadt – attractive town centred around a vibrant and colourful

main square

• Open-air Vogtsbauernhof museum – depicts the architecture and

lifestyle of the Black Forest through the ages

• Triberg – a bustling town at the heart of the Black Forest (and centre

of the cuckoo clock universe!)

• Gutacher Waterfalls – the highest in Germany

• Majestic monastery churches at Sankt Märgen and Sankt Peter

• Excellent beaches and watersports at Schluchsee

Day1: Arrival at Stuttgart airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base

hotel in Freudenstadt (meaning ‘joyful

town’).

Day 2: Freudenstadt. After breakfast,

we personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. You are

then free to explore Freudenstadt and its

surrounding countryside. Originally built in

the 17th Century, Freudenstadt was a fine

example of a renaissance town before being

almost completely destroyed in the last

war. The town was rapidly rebuilt and has

become a showpiece of careful restoration,

achieving a harmonious blend of old and

new. The pretty market square is mainly

pedestrianised with numerous pavement

cafes. Freudenstadt lies amid dense pine

forests on a high plateau at the centre of

the northern Black Forest. Quiet lanes and

tracks radiate through the delightful wooded

hills, presenting a perfect introduction to

cycling in the Black Forest.

Day 3: Freudenstadt to Wolfach.

After an initial climb, the remainder of

the day is a gentle downhill run through

the beautiful Wolfach valley. A quiet lane

meanders between sunbathed meadows

and cool shady forests, accompanied by the

soft gurgling of the River Wolfach. A dozen

or so idyllic hamlets are spread along the

route, each with its own Gasthof offering

unique hospitality. 22 miles (35km).

Day 4: Wolfach. An attractive village,

Wolfach lies at the confluence of the rivers

Wolfach and Kinzig. The village is home

to an excellent glass-blowing museum,

where the history of this traditional craft is

documented. Attached to the museum is a

working Gläshütte, where skilled craftsmen

demonstrate their trade. Another wellknown

museum is located at the nearby

village, Gutach. The Vogtsbauernhof

features a collection of typical farmhouses

from across the Black Forest which have

been reassembled complete with their

furnishings, implements and vehicles.

A further excursion to Schiltach is also

recommended. Six miles east of Wolfach

along the Kinzig valley, Schiltach is an

unspoilt village with tall timbered houses

lining its narrow streets. During the

summer, geraniums and petunias burst from

every window box, painting the village in

vivid colours.

Day 5: Wolfach to Triberg. A truly

beautiful ride on quiet country lanes and

tracks through the heart of the Black Forest.

Lunch will certainly be earned, as the first

half of the day is spent gradually climbing the

Kirnbach Valley. By mid-day, the gradient

eases and the route hugs the contours,

winding its way through forests and

meadows populated by grazing cattle. This

untamed grandeur will undoubtedly etch

itself in your memory. 20 miles (32km).

Day 6: Triberg. Triberg is at the centre

of clock-making country. Here the Black

Forest’s most famous symbol, the cuckoo

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clock, is produced. An excursion by

bicycle passes the nearby villages,

Schonach (home to the world’s largest

working cuckoo clock) and Schönwald

where an ancient, gnarled farmhouse

stands unobtrusively by the roadside.

Within walking distance of the town

centre is the highest waterfall in

Germany – a path leads up the falls,

cascading a total of 160m in seven

stages.

Day 7: Triberg to Sankt Märgen.

Another day to enjoy the enchanting

scenery away from the main tourist

routes. An initial climb from Triberg

leads to a landscape of rolling hills,

wooded peaks and lush pastured

valleys. Charming farmhouses and

inviting inns decorate the slopes. The

halfway point is reached at Furtwangen,

where an excellent clock museum

celebrates the skills of generations of

local craftsmen. 18 miles (29km).

Day 8: Sankt Märgen. A picturesque

holiday resort popular with walkers

in summer and skiers in winter, Sankt

Märgen boasts an idyllic location. To

the west, the Black Forest Massif falls

away precipitously to the Rhine Valley,

while to the north, south and east are

wooded peaks rippling into the distant

horizon. The village profile is dominated

by the imposing monastery church

whose twin towers are visible for miles

around. Interesting attractions nearby

include St Peter, another village built

around an ancient monastery and the

Hexenlochmühle (meaning “Mill in the

Witches’ Hole”), an old wooden saw

mill.

Day 9: Sankt Märgen to

Schluchsee. A day of gentle

undulations as the route traverses the

high plateau of the upper Black Forest.

The spectacular scenery is displayed

at its best from the wonderful lanes

and cycling tracks. A short detour at

lunchtime leads to one of the region’s

best-known resorts, Titisee – a pretty

lake and village bearing the same

name. The final leg meanders south to

Schluchsee, passing the stunning Lake

Windgfäll. 19 miles (30km).

Day 10: Schluchsee. The largest

lake in the Black Forest is popular with

tourists but retains an unspoilt natural

aura. With plenty of fine beaches and

water warmed by the summer sun, this

is a pleasant place for a dip. A cycling

excursion to nearby Sankt Blasien

is rewarding both for the splendid

scenery en route and the magnificent

monastery.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Schluchsee to Stuttgart

airport by train or minibus and look

forward to welcoming you back again

next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

20ºC

7

hours

22ºC 24ºC 24ºC

8

hours

Stuttgart

21ºC

May June July Aug Sep

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 26, 28 £1079

July 8, 10 £1079

8

hours

8

hours

6

hours

Munich

from just £859 per person

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 28 £859

July 10 £859

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Stuttgart.

• Return transfer between Stuttgart Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and

independent travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Stuttgart, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 19


Magical Moselle Wine Route

Easy does it… Cycling the length of the splendid Moselle Valley,

one of Germany’s most renowned wine-producing regions, is

effortlessly simple. As the Moselle River snakes down through

the valley, you’ll find delight around every bend: enchanting

medieval towns, craggy castles and charming vineyards which

cover the sunny slopes. Need to quench your thirst? Head

for the rustic wine bars and tasting cellars serving excellent

dry white Rieslings and Piesporters – they’ve been enjoyed in

these parts since Roman times. Above all, the Moselle wine

route offers a stress-free sojourn that’s ideal for cycling holiday

beginners or anyone who craves the pleasure of a scenic

landscape, with no hills to climb!

Difficulty rating: !

Trier

Bernkastel

Trittenheim

Cochem

Zell

8 DAY CYCLE TOUR

Highlights will include:

• Trier – Germany’s oldest city – its roots go back to the Roman empire

as you’ll see from the remains of Black Gate and the amphitheatre

• Bernkastel – the romantic cobblestone streets of this small

pedestrianised town and its picturesque market square featuring

half-timbered buildings with bright flowers bursting from window boxes

• Live like royalty during an overnight stay at Schloss Zell, a medieval

castle in the quaint little town of Zell

• Burg Eltz – regarded by many as Germany’s finest medieval castle

– a fairytale fortress of impenetrable walls, towers and turrets

• Sampling some of Germany’s finest wines, accompanied with

traditional Zwiebelkuchen (savoury onion cake) – a unique

gourmet treat

Day 1: Arrival at Frankfurt

Airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or

train to our base hotel in Trier.

Day 2: Trier. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone.

The day is then yours to explore Trier

and the surrounding countryside. Trier

is Germany’s oldest city – and you’ll

soon discover why. Its Roman heritage

ranges from the remarkably wellpreserved

Porta Nigra (Black Gate) to

the amphitheatre ruins where gladiators

once battled. The Palastgarten (Palace

Garden), a marvel of Baroque design, is

also not to be missed. Choose to spend

the whole day exploring historic Trier

or an easy 10-mile ride into the Moselle

Valley for a preview of the charming

scenery you’ll soon enjoy.

Day 3: Trier to Trittenheim. Today

you’ll begin the gentle descent through

the Moselle Valley and its famous

wine route. As you weave your way

alongside the river, the cycling is less

than strenuous despite the rather hilly

scenery. En route, you’ll pass small

castle ruins and villages where the locals

eat alfresco, enjoying Moselle wine

with traditional savoury onion cake.

And there’s also the opportunity to

take your bike onto the frequent boat

services. (Please note: if you can’t resist

purchasing some of the local vintage,

our reps are always happy to transport

your bottles of wine). 22 miles (35km).

Day 4: Trittenheim to Bernkastel.

You’ll continue your journey with a

similarly straightforward ride through

picturesque wine country. Your

destination today is a special one:

Bernkastel, an atmospheric small

town with charming historic buildings

clustered together on both sides of

the river, connected by a bridge. Stroll

along its cobblestone streets and admire

the medieval market square with halftimbered

houses, Renaissance city

hall and iconic Bärenbrunnen (Bear

fountain), before retiring to a stylish

hotel housed in a 17th Century building

for a glass or two of Riesling in the

original wine cellars. 20 miles (32km).

Day 5: Bernkastel to Zell. Another

day, another day’s cycling through

some of Germany’s most alluring

landscapes. You’ll reluctantly leave the

beauty of Bernkastel behind to continue

making steady progress through the

Moselle Valley. The reward for your

exertions is a relaxing overnight stay at

the amazing Schloss Zell: this medieval

castle, located at the heart of the quaint

little town of Zell on the Moselle River,

houses an intimate hotel. You’ll be in

good company – previous guests here

have included Emperor Maximilian in

1521 and the Prussian King Friedrich

Wilhelm IV in 1847. 24 miles (38km).

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Day 6: Zell to Cochem. Today

you’ll be rewarded with more stunning

scenery as your route continues along

one of the prettiest stretches of the

Moselle. Out of the saddle, Arras Castle

makes a worthwhile mid-morning

detour: walk to an outcrop above the

valley, where a castle has proudly stood

for over 1,000 years, for spectacular

views from the elegant terrace

restaurant or the ancient keep. There’s

also the opportunity to see the original

dungeon and torture chamber, as well

as a museum chronicling Moselle Valley

history. 23 miles (37km).

Day 7: Cochem. Surrounded by

vineyards, Cochem is a quintessential

Moselle town, dominated by the

imposing Reichsburg Castle that rises

high above. Nevertheless, the famous

Burg Eltz, arguably Germany’s finest

medieval castle, is the real star. Only

a 10-mile ride from Cochem, we

highly recommend that you visit this

formidable fortress with its mass of

towers and turrets. Dating back over

a thousand years, the castle contains

priceless treasures including Gobelin

tapestries. Most remarkable of all, Burg

Eltz is still inhabited by descendants

of its founders, 33 generations on.

Alternatively, you can take a direct

train to Koblenz – the city that rests

on the banks where the Moselle and

Rhine Rivers meet. The Old Town,

painstakingly reconstructed after World

War II, is worth a wander. Meanwhile,

Kaisserin Augusta Park provides a blissful

spot for a riverside picnic.

Day 8: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer

you direct from Cochem to Frankfurt

Airport by train or minibus and, look

forward to welcoming you back again

next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

20ºC

7

hours

23ºC 25ºC 24ºC

8

hours

21ºC

May June July Aug Sep

8 Day Tour

(7 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

July 19, 21, 28, 30 £929

August 6, 8, 15, 17 £929

8

hours

7

hours

6

hours

Berlin

Frankfurt

from just £929 per person

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Frankfurt.

• Return transfer between Frankfurt Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and

independent travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Koblenz or Frankfurt, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 21


Austrian Wine and the best of the Danube

Discover why Austrian wine is the connoisseurs’ best-kept secret.

In fact, the small yet beautiful wine culture of this region means

you’ll sample wines rarely found outside Austria. And what

makes Austrian wine so special? The tradition of winemaking

for thousands of years has created world-class dry white wines,

serious reds and some of the best sweet wines on earth.

So join us as we traverse through the beautiful Weinviertel

region of north-eastern Austria, the country’s largest wine

growing region, boasting charming wine villages and towns.

We’ll ride through delightful countryside of apricot orchards and

steep terraced vineyards, stopping in sleepy medieval villages

for a slice of traditional Viennese Sachertorte (a delicious gooey

chocolate cake) and a glass or two of local wine, with the

Danube itself providing a majestic backdrop.

Difficulty rating: !!

Dürnstein

Melk

Krems

Stockerau

Tulln

Klosterneuburg

Poysdorf

Mistelbach

Wolkersdorf

Vienna

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Uncorking the finest wines from the region and discovering the wine

world’s best-kept secret

• Klosterneuburg Priory and Stift Melk – two of the most historic and

influential Austrian monasteries

• Exploring the unique small towns of Poysdorf, Tulln, Dürnstein and Melk

• Enjoying the enchanting scenery of the Danube River region as we cycle

along unchallenging terrain

• Eating and drinking in authentic Austrian Heurigers (Eastern-Austrian

wine taverns) with traditional live music from guitars and accordions

– musical themes invariably revolve around celebrating wine-drinking!

• Vienna – Austria’s romantic capital is just a short train ride from your

cycle route, or an excellent addition before or after your tour

Day1: Arrival at Vienna Airport.

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to

our base hotel in Poysdorf, gateway to

Austria’s wine quarter.

Day 2: Poysdorf. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone.

The day is then yours to explore

Poysdorf, an authentic wine village with

picturesque Kellergassen (wine cellar

lanes), and the gently rolling hills of the

surrounding countryside. Stop by at a

traditional Heuriger for a glass or two

of local wine, or perhaps treat yourself

to a wine-themed massage using grapebased

oils.

Day 3: Poysdorf to Wolkersdorf.

We head south for the first leg of our

journey, with an undemanding meander

through delightful vineyard terrain. Cycle

through lush green meadows and shady

forests as we make our way towards

the old town of Wolkersdorf. Our

hotel is also surrounded by beautiful

countryside, including a trail that runs

through Hochleiten forest and back

through the local vineyards. 25 miles

(40km).

Day 4: Wolkersdorf. Today is

yours to spend as you please – visit

a local vineyard for a spot of winetasting,

explore the town, or enjoy

a gentle ride through the spectacular

countryside around Wolkersdorf,

meandering through cool forests and

sun-drenched hills. Also, Vienna with all

of its attractions, is just a 30 minute train

ride away.

Day 5: Wolkersdorf to Tulln.

After leaving Wolkersdorf, we join the

renowned Danube cycle route. The

Austrian stretch offers diverse views

and a whole host of sights, including

castles, museums, churches, abbeys and

quaint villages, that bring new variety

at each turn. Not to mention the wide

bike paths and mostly easy route that

gently slopes alongside the calm of

the famous river. And we may stop at

one of the Jausenstation, where a local

family serves homemade cold cuts and

cheeses from picnic tables. 26 miles

(42km).

Day 6: Tulln. Located on the south

bank of the Danube, Tulln was the site

of the Roman camp of Comagena and

contains a third century Roman Tower,

considered the oldest structure in

Austria. This small town is also famous

as the birthplace of the painter Egon

Schiele. We highly recommend a ride

to the remarkable Klosterneuburg

Priory. Its foundations, including a castle

tower and a Gothic chapel, date back

to the 12th century – but subsequent

architectural styles include baroque,

neoclassical and neo-gothic. The

monastic library here contains 30,000

volumes, while its immense wine cellar

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is testament to the importance of the

centuries-old viticultural tradition.

Day 7: Tulln to Dürnstein. Today

we continue to follow the Danube

west, weaving through cool forests

as we make our way along the wide,

green valley. We pass through sleepy

villages and pretty wine towns, perhaps

stopping for a bite to eat in a local pub.

Our destination is Dürnstein, a small

town in the renowned Wachau region.

The town boasts an idyllic valley setting,

surrounded by vine-covered slopes.

The Wachau produces a particularly fine

Riesling – why not enjoy a glass while

admiring the stunning surroundings?

26 miles (42km).

Day 8: Dürnstein. The romantic

town of Dürnstein has a long and

fascinating history, dating back to

1192, when Duke Leopold V held

Richard I Lionheart captive in Dürnstein

Castle after a dispute during the Third

Crusade. The castle was destroyed

in 1645 but its ruins can still be seen

today. We also recommend a ride to

nearby Krems, where the oldest grave

ever found in Austria was discovered

and is believed to be over 27,000

years old. This relatively small town of

around 23,000 was once a serious rival

to Vienna during the 11th and 12th

centuries. Today’s visitors are attracted

by the town’s elegant architecture of

town houses and courtyards with a

southern Italian feel. Must-see buildings

here include the Piaristenkirche, the

Renaissance town hall and vast 13th

century Gozzoburg palace.

Day 9: Dürnstein to Melk. This

stretch of our journey through the

Wachau is along the most stunning part

of the Danube cycle path. From castles

perched on hills to swans nesting along

the riverbank and past small forests,

farm fields, sprawling vineyards and

charming little towns, the serene beauty

of the Danube reflects in the summer

sun. Be sure to bring your camera,

as the vistas on this ride are simply

breathtaking. 21 miles (34km).

Day 10: Melk. Towering above the

left bank of the Danube, Melk offers an

impressive range of architecture within

its atmospheric streets. The town is

best known for Stift Melk, the imposing

baroque Benedictine monastery which

stands proudly over the town. Founded

in 1089, this truly magnificent building

with its numerous frescos continues to

inspire devotion from all who visit. Our

final recommendation for a nearby ride

is to the wonderful church of Maria

Taferl which has traditionally attracted

angelic and pilgrimage processions.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Melk to Vienna Airport by

train or minibus and, look forward to

welcoming you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

20ºC

7

hours

22ºC 24ºC 24ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

21ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £869 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

August 16, 18 £1149

August 28, 30 £1099

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

August 18 £899

August 30 £869

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Gatwick Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Vienna.

• Return transfer between Vienna Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Vienna, please call us for help and advice.

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The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Vienna


The Enns Valley and the Austrian Lakes

The hills are certainly alive in ‘The Sound of Music’ country. As

you freewheel through the beautiful Enns Valley, the lush green

meadows grazed by cattle give way to golden cornfields and

dense pine forests clinging to the lower slopes of towering peaks.

This enchanting ride through spectacular scenery features several

of Austria’s most picturesque lakes, perfect for making a summer

splash.

Difficulty rating: !!

Salzburg

Mondsee

Sankt

Wolfgang

Bad Mitterndorf

Schladming

Altaussee

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Schladming – a popular summer cycling and walking resort with an

attractive pedestrianised centre

• The Enns Valley – the River Enns flows through breathtaking

scenery, linking a chain of picturesque towns and villages

• The Salzkammergut – Austria’s magnificent lake district

• St Wolfgang – pretty lakeside resort with many ancient buildings

• St Gilgen – birthplace to Mozart’s mother and an inspiration to the

great composer

• Mondsee – the heart of ‘Sound of Music’ country and the location for

the film’s wedding scene

Day 1: Arrival at Salzburg airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel

in Schladming.

Day 2: Schladming. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycles

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The day

is then yours to explore Schladming and

the surrounding area. The small town lies

in the beautiful Enns Valley, which at this

point carves a path west to east between

the Dachstein Tauern to the north and the

Schladminger Tauern to the south. Both

these magnificent ranges have peaks reaching

close to 3000m that prove a magnet for

walkers in the summer. We suggest a

leisurely excursion up the Enns Valley to the

interesting and historic town of Radstadt. Built

at the end of the 13th century by Salzburg

bishops, Radstadt is still enclosed by its

original fortified walls. Schladming itself is a

renowned ski resort and a popular summer

destination for cyclists and walkers. The

town has an attractive pedestrianised centre,

with an array of interesting shops, cafés and

restaurants.

Day 3: Schladming to Bad

Mitterndorf. The Enns Valley cycle route

passes through Schladming leading you

downstream past the picturesque villages of

Haus and Gröbming. The valley is wide and

lush, supporting a variety of farming. Rich

green meadows grazed by cattle give way to

fields of golden corn, with frequent incursions

of dense pine forests sweeping into the valley

from the lower slopes of the towering peaks

to the north and south. Towards the end of

the day a gap appears in the mountains and

the route follows a lake shore track to Bad

Mitterndorf. 26 miles (42km).

Day 4: Bad Mitterndorf. A charming

village, Bad Mitterndorf is a little known

jewel on the edge of the Salzkammergut.

In common with many of the ski resorts in

Austria they particularly encourage cyclists to

visit during the summer months. The local

tourist office produce a brochure featuring a

selection of circular rides based around the

village and we detail one of these routes in

our information pack.

Day 5: Bad Mitterndorf to Altaussee.

An enchanting ride through spectacular

scenery is punctuated by a visit to Bad

Aussee, a medieval salt processing town

that reinvented itself as a chic spa resort in

the early 1800s. The town is the capital of

the Styrian Salzkammergut and lies at the

confluence of two branches of the River

Traun. The old town square contains a

number of historic buildings, with impressive

examples of Late Gothic and Renaissance

architecture. The route continues to the

picturesque lakeside resort, Altaussee.

18 miles (29km).

Day 6: Altaussee. The village is spread

along the western shore of the Altausseer

See, a crystal clear lake nestling beneath the

towering Totes Gebirge. There are excellent

walking possibilities in the surrounding area

or, you may take a tour around the nearby

salt mines, which were used as a place of

safety for important works of art during

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the Second World War. For a cycling

excursion we recommend a trip to

the Grundlsee, whose emerald green

waters shimmer in the shadow of the

pale coloured Totes Gebirge. This lake,

with its peaceful charm, has long been a

draw for prominent Austrians and once

counted Sigmund Freud amongst its

frequent visitors.

Day 7: Altaussee to St. Wolfgang.

This morning’s ride follows a cycle route

through spectacular alpine scenery

along a track closed to all but farm and

forestry traffic. En route you will discover

a wonderful Gasthof, the Blaa Alm, and

though you will probably reach it a little

early for lunch, its unspoilt location begs

you to pause a while and sample its

excellent fare. You will emerge from this

tranquil interlude at the bustling spa town,

Bad Ischl and then continue on quiet

country lanes to St. Wolfgang. 23 miles

(37km).

Day 8: St. Wolfgang. The town, as

you might imagine, draws its name from

St. Wolfgang, who erected a chapel here

in the 10th century. The chapel became

a place of pilgrimage in the 12th century

and the town steadily grew around it.

Situated on the north shore of the lake of

the same name, St. Wolfgang has a truly

glorious location. There are a multitude of

things to do, including a steam train ride

to the summit of the Schafberg, affording

panoramic views of twelve lakes; a cycle

excursion to St. Gilgen, the birthplace of

Mozart’s mother; and a relaxing boat trip

on the lake.

Day 9: St. Wolfgang to Mondsee.

The tour continues, heading north

on a cycle track through a gap in the

mountains. After passing the sparkling

Schwarzensee, the route emerges at the

Attersee, the Salzkammergut’s largest

lake. A narrow lane hugs its southern

shore before following the Seeache

gently upstream to the south-eastern tip

of Mondsee. The village of Mondsee is

at the far northern end of this beautiful

crescent shaped lake. 23 miles (37km).

Day 10: Mondsee. The village was

founded in the middle of the 8th century

when a Benedictine monastery was

established by Odilio, a Bavarian count.

There are many well preserved buildings

in the old village centre and, the parish

church, made famous as the location

for the wedding scene in ‘The Sound of

Music’, is considered a particularly fine

example of Gothic architecture. We

suggest a relaxing cycle excursion to the

nearby Irssee. The lake is preserved as

a nature conservation area, however, it

is also renowned for its bathing, as the

water reaches a remarkable 27°C during

the summer months.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Mondsee to Salzburg airport

by train or minibus, and look forward to

welcoming you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

7

hours

22ºC 24ºC 24ºC

8

hours

May June July Aug Sep

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 21, 23 £1099

July 3, 5 £1099

7

hours

7

hours

Salzburg

20ºC

6

hours

from just £869 per person

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 23 £869

July 5 £869

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Gatwick or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Salzburg.

• Return transfer between Salzburg Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and

independent travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 25


Essence of Slovenia

This small, yet incredibly diverse country in the heart of Europe

is truly an undiscovered gem. Explore the spectacular Alpine

scenery of the northwest, meandering through quiet country

lanes and charming villages. Travel through breathtaking pine

forests, vineyards and sunflower fields, with the snow-capped

Julian Alps as a stunning backdrop.

Sample excellent Slovenian wines, feast on delicious local dishes

and mingle with friendly and welcoming locals. Discover the

delights of Ljubljana, a historic city with a buzzing café scene and

a picturesque Old Town.

Difficulty rating: !!

Ribcev ˇ Laz

Bled

Kranj

LJUBLJANA

9 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 6 Day

Highlights will include:

• Discovering the beautiful Alpine town of Bled, set on the banks of a

tranquil, emerald-green lake

• Relaxing in the lakeside town of Ribcev Laz, set in the shadow of Mount

Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain

• Cycling through awe-inspiring Alpine scenery in one of Europe’s most

unspoilt countries

• Trying top-quality Slovenian wines and sampling the two fantastic

national beers, Laško Zlatorog and Union

• Soaking up the lively atmosphere in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s enchanting

capital

• Indulging in some delicious Slovenian desserts such as potica (a rolled

cake filled with nuts) and sour apple pies

Day 1: Arrival at Ljubljana

Airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or

train to our base hotel in Bled.

Day 2: Bled. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle,

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The

day is then yours to explore Bled and

the surrounding countryside. Set around

an emerald-green lake and framed by

soaring, snow-capped mountains, Bled

boasts some of the most amazing Alpine

scenery in Slovenia. Visit the majestic

16th-century castle, perched high on a

cliff, or hire a rowing boat and cross the

lake to explore tiny Bled Island.

Day 3: Bled to Ribcev Laz. You

will be offered a lift in our minibus

to the plateau at Pokljuka, and from

there it’s a relaxing ride down into the

Bohinj Valley, taking in the picturepostcard

views of forested slopes and

lush meadows. As you travel through

quaint Alpine villages, you can stop for a

traditional Slovenian lunch at a local pub.

20 miles (32km).

Day 4: Ribcev Laz. Ribcev Laz lies

on the eastern shores of beautiful Lake

Bohinj in the Triglav National Park.

Surrounded by pine forests, mountain

meadows and imposing peaks, this

unspoilt pocket of Slovenia is ideal for

hiking and biking. Take a leisurely walk

around the lake’s perimeter, discover

the 15th and 16th-century frescoes

inside the medieval Church of St John

the Baptist, then relax with a glass of

Malvazija wine as you soak up views

across the lake to Mount Triglav,

Slovenia’s highest mountain.

Day 5: Ribcev Laz to Kranj. After

cycling a short distance to the village of

Bohinjska Bistrica, you will be offered

a help-out lift to the top of the Jelovica

high plateau, before you head east

towards Kranj. The route takes you

along quiet country lanes, through

shady pine forests, tiny villages and

rolling green hills, with a jaw-dropping

backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks.

28 miles (45km).

Day 6: Kranj. The historic town of

Kranj sits between two Alpine rivers,

and has a charming Old Town lined

with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Today, we suggest you take a leisurely

ride through the Poljanska Valley to

Škofja Loka, a pretty town surrounded

by rolling green hills and watched over

by an imposing 16th-century castle.

Stop for lunch at an authentic gostilna

(tavern) and sample some of the

delicious local dishes.

Day 7: Kranj to Ljubljana. Meander

through verdant forests and alongside

tranquil rivers as you head through the

Sava Valley towards the cobbled streets

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and historic buildings of Slovenia’s

vibrant capital city, Ljubljana. Your route

will pass through the beautiful Zarica

Canyon, an area of spectacular natural

beauty. 22 miles (35km).

Day 8: Ljubljana. Today, we

recommend you do as the locals do and

use your bike to explore this buzzing,

cycle-friendly city. Discover the cobbled

streets, Baroque buildings and quirky

boutiques of the Old Town, cross the

beautiful Triple Bridge, then head up

to the magnificent castle for views over

the city’s terracotta rooftops. As the

sun sets, take advantage of Ljubljana’s

alfresco café culture and enjoy a drink

on the tree-lined banks of the Ljubljanica

River.

You may also wish to extend your

stay in Ljubljana and take an excursion

to the Karst area. From here, you

can visit Postojna Cave, a labyrinth

of underground tunnels and grottoes

covered in stalactites and stalagmites,

and Predjama grad, a dramatic

16th-century castle built into a cave

mouth.

Day 9: Today we say

“Nasvidenje”. We will transfer you

direct from Ljubljana to Ljubljana Airport

by train or minibus, and look forward to

welcoming you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

20ºC

7

hours

23ºC 25ºC 24ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

21ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £799 per person

9 Day Tour

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 19, 21, 29 £979

July 1, 9, 11 £979

July 19, 21, 29, 31 £1009

August 8, 10, 18, 20 £1009

August 28, 30 £979

6 Day Tour One Night Stops

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 21 £799

July 1, 11 £799

July 21, 31 £829

August 10, 20 £829

August 30 £799

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Gatwick or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £15 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Ljubljana.

• Return transfer between Ljubljana Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and

independent travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

extra time in Ljubljana, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Ljubljana


Gruyères and Lake Genèva

With its dramatic mountainous backdrop and stunningly lush

landscapes, you’ll find the charm of this unspoilt region hard to

resist.

From well-preserved medieval villages to sophisticated resorts

on the Swiss Riviera, this tour offers a thrilling journey through

the heart of the Swiss countryside encompassing fairytale

castles, spa resorts, historic cathedrals and ancient city

fortifications – interspersed en route by refreshing swims in

crystal-clear lakes and traditional alpine food at cosy inns.

Difficulty rating: !!

Yverdon

les Bains

Lutry

Lake Genèva

Murten

Fribourg

Gruyères

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Discover the immense city fortifications of Fribourg, Switzerland’s most

important medieval military architecture

• Explore the spectacular alpine scenery of lakes, valleys and forests

• Enjoy refreshing outdoor swimming at perfect bathing spots like Lake

Murten

• Marvel at panoramic mountain views – from the snow crowned

peaks of the Swiss Alps to the picturesque Jura Mountains

• Take to the waters at Yverdon les Bains, famous for its thermal springs

The spa waters here are renowned for their healing qualities

• Experience all the style of the Swiss Riviera in Lutry, a fashionable resort

of chic waterfront bars, cafés and bistros

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from Genèva

airport to our base hotel in Gruyères.

Day 2: Gruyères. After breakfast, we

personally equip you with your bicycles

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The

day is then yours to explore Gruyères,

a well-preserved medieval village with

an 11th century fairytale castle and

dazzling alpine backdrop. Why not relax

by dipping into an authentic fondue

here? Alternatively, you could explore

Lake Gruyère and meander through its

idyllic pastures to a soundtrack of ringing

cow bells (after all, this is the home of

the famously nutty Gruyère cheese);

or even take the train to Gstaad, one

of Switzerland’s smartest resorts, and

follow the National Cycle Route back

to Gruyère through dramatic valley

scenery.

Day 3: Gruyères to Fribourg.

Following the tranquil shoreline of Lake

Gruyère, we ride along quiet lanes and

forest tracks before crossing picturesque

farmland with stunning views of snowcapped

peaks. Finally, we arrive at

Fribourg, an atmospheric medieval

centre perched upon a rocky spur

overlooking the River Sarine. 24 miles

(38km).

Day 4: Fribourg. Explore the steep

cobbled streets of Fribourg. Lined with

ancient buildings, the many attractions

here include the 13th century St Nicolas

Cathedral, covered wooden bridges

decked with brightly-coloured flowers,

and the city fortifications with a mile and

a half of ramparts, 14 towers and a huge

bulwark (Switzerland’s most important

medieval military architecture). We also

recommend a cycle excursion into the

breathtakingly beautiful surrounding

landscape of lakes, valleys and shady

forests dwarfed by towering mountains.

Day 5: Fribourg to Murten. Soak

up the spectacular alpine scenery as

we trundle downhill past lakes, valleys

and forests stopping en route at friendly

Gasthofs in delightfully traditional villages.

20 miles (32km).

Day 6: Murten. On the edge of the

Great Marsh, Murten is one of the best

preserved Swiss medieval towns, and

still encircled by its 15th century walls.

From the castle to the historic arcaded

high street, this is a charming place to

stroll around. You could also opt to

make a splash at Lake Murten which

is ideal for swimming – or cycle across

the causeway at nearby Lake Biel to

St Peters Island, where an excellent

restaurant will reward you with fabulous

views.

Day 7: Murten to Yverdon les

Bains. Today we embark on a truly

epic ride along the shore of Lake

Neuchâtel (the largest lake entirely in

Switzerland) with views across to the

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picturesque peaks of the Swiss Jura

Mountains. Best of all, there will also be

several opportunities for a reviving swim

en route. 27 miles (43km).

Day 8: Yverdon les Bains. Centred

between the Jura Mountains, the

Orbe Plains, the Broye Hills and Lake

Neuchâtel, Yverdon les Bains is famous

for its thermal springs. The spa waters

here are renowned for their healing

powers. The imposing 13th century

castle features four round towers. Our

recommended cycle excursion to the

shores of Lake Neuchâtel can also be

combined with a worthwhile boat trip.

Day 9: Yverdon les Bains to Lutry.

Taking the national cycle route that

links Yverdon and Lake Genèva, we

weave along peaceful lanes and forest

tracks through the scenic landscape. As

we reach Lake Genèva, the wonderful

vistas of the Mont Blanc Masif reward

our efforts. 25 miles (40km).

Day 10: Lutry. Unwind in stylish

Lutry – this chic resort of pavement

cafés, atmospheric bistros and ancient

buildings is at the heart of the Swiss

Riviera. Other nearby attractions include

the sophisticated city of Lausanne;

and Chateau Chillon, an enchanting

medieval castle.

Day 11: Today we say “Au

Revoir” and transfer you back to

Genèva airport by train or minibus, and

look forward to welcoming you back

again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

8

hours

23ºC 25ºC 24ºC

9

hours

10

hours

9

hours

20ºC

7

hours

May June July Aug Sep

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

July 21, 23 £1199

August 2, 4 £1199

Genèva

from just £949 per person

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

July 23 £949

August 4 £949

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £15 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Genéva.

• Return transfer between Genéva Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Genéva, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

Munich

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Appenzellerland and Lake Constance

As the cowbells chime, you’ll experience the best of the Swiss

countryside – from rugged mountain scenery to lush valleys.

Within eleven days, the highlights of this thrilling ride include

the magnificent Alps, idyllic Lake Constance, the ancient city of

St Gallen and even Europe’s most powerful waterfalls – not to

mention the gastronomic delights of the region.

There’s certainly nothing neutral about this Swiss adventure!

Difficulty rating: !!

Stein am Rhein

Tufertschwil

Reichenau

Egnach

Appenzell

11 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Appenzellerland – magnificent scenery, charming villages and

delicious cheese

• Lake Constance – a cyclist’s paradise

• World Heritage sites: St Gallen Cathedral and Reichenau Monastery

• Medieval Stein am Rhein – crammed with beautiful half-timbered

buildings

• Rheinfalls – Europe’s most powerful waterfalls

Day 1: Arrival at Zurich airport.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base

hotel in Appenzell.

Day 2: Appenzell. After breakfast, we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The

day is now yours to explore Appenzell

and the surrounding area. This small

town lies among beautiful undulating

meadows with the majestic Alpstein

range providing a spectacular backdrop

to the south. A network of quiet lanes

and forest tracks traverse the landscape

– you can pedal in time to the rhythmic

chiming of cowbells! Appenzell is

famous for its unique cheese, a key

ingredient in several local specialities.

Sample this imaginative cuisine at one

of the authentic Gasthofs and cafés

around the cobbled market square. The

colourful wooden houses, surrounding

the square, create a magical setting for

an “alfresco feast”.

Day 3: Appenzell to Tufertschwil.

A morning meandering through glorious

Appenzellerland is punctuated by a visit

to Stein, a pretty village overlooking

the Sitter Valley. The fascinating Folk

Museum here illustrates local culture

and crafts and a cheese factory

demonstrates the art of producing

delicious Appenzeller. The subsequent

route passes close to St Gallen,

eastern Switzerland’s largest city. At St

Gallen’s heart is a magnificent cathedral

and monastery, designated a World

Heritage site by UNESCO. The final leg

to Tufertschwil follows an isolated lane

deep inside idyllic alpine country.

26 miles (42km).

Day 4: Tufertschwil. Far off the

beaten track, the tiny hamlet of

Tufertschwil is set in a truly enchanting

location. Deep green pastures are

dotted with ancient Swiss farmhouses

as the cycling lanes wriggle through lush

valleys. The pride of Tufertschwil is the

Hotel Rössli, a perfect blend of rustic

charm and contemporary comfort.

Day 5: Tufertschwil to Egnach.

Following the Mittelland National Cycle

Route, the rolling hills of Upper Thurgau

give way to a gentle landscape of apple

and pear orchards. A highlight of the day

is Bischofszell, a historic town situated at

the confluence of the Rivers Sitter and

Thur. 26 miles (42km).

Day 6: Egnach. With a private shorefront

for guests’ exclusive use, Lake

Constance is just a stone’s throw from

your hotel. Cycling around the lake,

your route passes through Egnach and

leads southeast to Arbon, an attractive

lakeside resort. St Gallen is also within

easy striking distance and deserves

further exploration.

Day 7: Egnach to Reichenau.

Cycle paths and quiet lanes follow the

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Lake Constance shoreline northwest

to Konstanz. The stunning views across

to Germany are matched by those of

the snow-capped Alps. The old town

of Konstanz is a maze of cobbled alleys

and perfectly preserved ancient buildings

– it certainly demands a lingering visit.

Having passed into Germany, this

thrilling journey continues along the

shore and onto the resort island of

Reichenau. 24 miles (38km).

Day 8: Reichenau. During the

10th and 11th centuries, the island of

Reichenau was one of Europe’s largest

monastic centres and its legacy of fine

churches and abbey remains is now

recognised as a World Heritage site.

Meanwhile, the nearby island of Mainau

is an extraordinary park, created for the

Grand Dukes of Baden, with romantic

woods and vivid flower terraces (the

thriving hibiscus, orange trees and

daturas illustrate the mild climate).

We definitely recommend a cycling

excursion here.

Day 9: Reichenau to Stein am

Rhein. The tour continues along the

German shores of Lake Constance.

Several picturesque local villages boast

splendid half-timbered buildings, while

ferry routes link the villages – allowing

the possibility for exciting shortcuts!

On a clear day, you can enjoy stunning

views of the jagged alpine horizon

across the water. 26 miles (42km).

Day 10: Stein am Rhein. With its

medieval half-timbered buildings and

16th century houses whose façades are

painted with frescos, Stein am Rhein is

justly renowned as one of Switzerland’s

most beautiful sights. Our suggested

cycle route follows the mighty Rhein

west to Schaffhausen and the Rheinfalls.

Schaffhausen was an important trading

hub during the Middle Ages and its

cobbled Old Town streets are lined

with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque

buildings. The Rheinfalls inevitably make

a big splash with visitors – in fact, they

are Europe’s most powerful waterfalls.

Day 11: Today, we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

directly to Zurich airport by train or

minibus and look forward to welcoming

you back next year!

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

19ºC

7

hours

23ºC 25ºC 24ºC

8

hours

8

hours

Zurich

7

hours

20ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £949 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

August 15, 17, 27, 29 £1199

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

August 17, 29 £949

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Luton Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £15 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Zurich.

• Return transfer between Zurich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Zurich, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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The Czech Republic - Beautiful Bohemia

Southern Bohemia – a location that conjures up romantic images of

rolling verdant hills, deep ancient forests, ruined castles and scenic

lakes. Fortunately, this rural idyll in the Czech Republic lives up to

its mythical status. Because it’s so far from the tourist crowds, you’ll

discover an unspoilt landscape alongside an authentic Eastern European

culture and cuisine. Best of all, the quiet country lanes here are a

cyclist’s dream. And, out of the saddle, the region’s legendary beers are

an intoxicating experience, ideally enjoyed within the friendly pubs in

buzzing town squares – at very tempting prices.

In fact, the lower cost of living means you’ll stay exclusively in

charming four-star hotels, especially chosen for their stylish heritage.

Difficulty rating: !!

Hluboká

nad Vltavou

Ceské ˇ

Budéjovice

Frymburk

Ceský ˇ Krumlov

Trebon ˇ ˇ

9 DAY CYCLE TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 6 Day

Highlights will include:

• Trebon – a perfectly preserved walled medieval town surrounded by the

original carp ponds

• Ceské Budéjovice – the main city of South Bohemia, where the

Vltava and Malse rivers meet – the renowned home of Czech

Budweiser Beer and the Gothic-Renaissance Black Tower

• Cesky Krumlov – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with remarkable

Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture

• Cesky Krumlov fortress – one of Central Europe’s largest castles with 40

buildings and palaces

• Exploring the epic Sumava National Park with its natural lakes formed

by Ice Age glaciers

• Enjoying the finest traditional Czech cuisine – from roast pork

with dumplings to probably the best lager in the world!

Day 1: Arrival at Prague Airport.

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our

base hotel in Trebon.

Day 2: Trebon. After breakfast we

personally equip you with your bicycle

ensuring a perfect fit for everyone. The

day is then yours to explore Trebon

and the surrounding countryside. The

carp ponds to the north of Trebon

make a good introductory ride.

Day 3: Trebon to Hluboká nad

Vltavou. This is the ideal way to

start our journey – ambling down

quiet country lanes, through a rolling

landscape of sleepy villages, pretty lakes,

babbling brooks, shady forests, and

grassy meadows speckled with grazing

cattle. The scenery here is exquisite.

22 miles (35km).

Day 4: Hluboká nad Vltavou.

A favourite with Bohemian royalty

through the centuries, the atmospheric

small town of Hluboká nad Vltavou

is famous for its Windsor-style Neo-

Gothic chateau – in fact, a royal castle

has existed on this site since the

13th Century. Open to the public,

there’s also an excellent gallery well

worth visiting. Also, a gentle ride into

the beautiful Vltava Valley is highly

recommended.

Day 5: Hluboká nad Vltavou to

Cesky Krumlov. We continue our

tour through the region’s most scenic

rural pastures, riding past golden

cornfields and untouched woodland,

and through the centre of Ceské

Budéjovice, one of Europe’s largest

town squares. The forested hills then

become more dramatic as we begin

to approach Cesky Krumlov and the

fringes of Sumava National Park.

24 miles (38km).

Day 6: Cesky Krumlov. You can’t

help but be seduced by Cesky Krumlov,

one of Bohemia’s most beautiful cities.

Dwarfed by the imposing fortress

which growls down from high above

the Vltava, there’s the opportunity to

explore its many intriguing buildings –

including an extraordinary Rococo

ballroom and Baroque theatre.

Elsewhere, it’s a real pleasure exploring

the narrow streets of this UNESCO

World Heritage Site with its picturepostcard

architecture. The town is

also surrounded by recommended

cycle routes, so this is a wonderful

opportunity to enjoy the unrivalled

scenery of the northern edges of

Sumava National Park.

Day 7: Cesky Krumlov to

Frymburk. Leaving behind the charm

of Cesky Krumlov, we ride through

some of the Czech Republic’s most

picturesque countryside within the

Sumava National Park, where otters,

peregrine falcons and red deer are

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among the wildlife. This low mountain

range contains an array of stunning

landscapes – from vast natural lakes

formed by Ice Age glaciers to deep

ancient forests and hay meadows rich in

wild flowers. 22 miles (35km).

Day 8: Frymburk. Dating back from

1277, Frymburk is mainly a resort town

frequented by scores of like-minded

tourists each year – you’ll join anglers,

hikers and fellow cyclists here, all

enjoying a well-earned pivo (beer) or

two in the local bars. Can’t resist one

last ride? Then why not meander along

the excellent cycle paths alongside Lake

Lipno in the heart of Sumava National

Park – and board a ferry across this

magnificent stretch of water.

Day 9: Today we say “Dotací”.

We will transfer you direct from

Frymburk to Prague Airport by train or

minibus and, look forward to welcoming

you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

18ºC

8

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

9

hours

8

hours

8

hours

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £829 per person

9 Day Tour

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

July 16, 18, 26, 28 £1009

Prague

6 Day Tour One Night Stops

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

July 18, 28 £829

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds,

Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Tandem: £7 per day. Electric Bicycle: £12 per day.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Prague.

• Return transfer between Prague Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Use of our modern lightweight bicycles.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Prague, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Walking with Bents

Take to your feet, enjoy the feeling of freedom

and experience alpine hospitality at its best...

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“We really enjoyed our holiday and the excellent combination tion

it offers of good exercise, scenery, food and drink. We had

fantastic weather, and with our joint love of swimming, we e

managed to swim in all the lakes!! (not just the major ones s on

the tour!). Thanks for a wonderful holiday we have come home

refreshed and feeling extremely fit and healthy – hope to see

you again next year.”

S. and P. Rhodes, Northampton.

“A thoroughly enjoyable holiday far less challenging

than even this pair of geriatrics had anticipated.

We enjoyed the magic of every minute.”

R. Lewis, Gloucestershire.

“We enjoyed our

Bents walking holiday

enormously. Neither of

us had been to Bavaria

before and we were

delighted to discover

such beautiful walking

country.”

P. Stonham, Oxfordshire.

Our walking holidays follow the same style and format which works so well for our cycling

tours, offering the very best European walking experience. Our winning formula balances

freedom and independence with a high level of service and support. We have kept the daily

distances and the difficulty of the walks to a level that any healthy person can easily manage.

With careful research, we find the best

routes for each day, described in great detail

in a comprehensive information pack. Your

luggage will be carried for you in one of our

minibuses, and will be waiting in your hotel

room when you arrive. Your days are then

left free to organise as you choose. The

mountain paths and tracks in Bavaria are

extremely well marked, so either use our

suggested routes, or, if you prefer, use the

maps provided to find your own way.

At each of the excellent hotels, you’ll enjoy

alpine hospitality at its best. We have paid

particular attention to their position, ensuring

you are either, always at the heart of the

village or town where you are staying, or, at

a remote location of outstanding beauty. Our

representatives are all fluent German speakers

and naturally all have a keen interest in

Germany and its culture. As well as overseeing

the smooth running of your holiday, they will

be happy to offer advice and impart their local

knowledge.

“We walk a lot, and found the area excellent, as one can

follow very easy or quite strenuous routes depending on how

one feels. An extremely relaxing holiday.”

H. Archer, Surrey. ey.

Bents walking holidays - available in

two formats

All our tours are now available in two formats.

The ‘Original Bents Formula’ of two

night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate

days. And, our ‘One Night Stops’ itinerary,

where you stay two nights in your first

hotel followed by just a single night in each

subsequent hotel. Both formats are available

on all departure dates.

Bents difficulty rating

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EASY

EASY - MODERATE

MODERATE

MODERATE+


An Amble through the Allgäu

Prepare to fall in love with the Allgäu! A hidden gem tucked

away in Bavaria’s south-west corner, this unspoilt region offers

walkers stunning mountain landscapes and Alpine scenery,

dotted with exquisite villages.

Enjoy the warm hospitality as we meander through this pictureperfect

region. Discover striking fairytale castles, indulge in

some delicious Bavarian cuisine and browse stylish shops for

traditional souvenirs, before heading off the beaten track and

exploring your spectacular surroundings.

Difficulty rating:

Oberstdorf

Pfronten

Bad

Hindelang Schattwald

Hohenschwangau

11 DAY WALKING TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• Neuschwanstein – marvel at this romantic fairytale castle, an iconic

image of Bavaria, surrounded by soaring peaks

• Tannheimer Tal – hike in this award-winning region, enjoying some

of Austria’s most impressive Alpine scenery

• Visit idyllic Bavarian villages, including the charming spa resort of

Bad Hindelang and the traditional town of Pfronten, tucked beneath

Aggenstein Mountain

• Oberstdorf – explore fascinating museums, browse the chic shops, or

treat yourself to a mug of Bavarian beer and an indulgent cake at one

of the cosy cafés in this lively town, one of Germany’s top ski resorts

• Walk alongside trickling streams through the lush Vils Valley, passing

green, sun-drenched meadows and dramatic mountain scenery

• Enjoy the chance to ‘get away from it all’ on our secluded routes

through this quiet, unspoilt mountain landscape

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our

base hotel in Hohenschwangau.

Day 2: Hohenschwangau.

Hohenschwangau boasts an enviable

location, surrounded by forested

mountains and bordered by the tranquil

Alpsee lake. Nearby you’ll find not one,

but two former royal palaces. Explore

the imposing Schloss Hohenschwangau,

built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria,

before heading into the hills for fantastic

views of Neuschwanstein, the fairytale

castle built by Maximilian’s son, ‘Mad’

King Ludwig. Set among soaring peaks,

this Romanesque castle is one of

Germany’s most striking images.

Day 3: Hohenschwangau to

Pfronten. From Hohenschwangau

we head west, enjoying the peaceful

surroundings as we follow a quiet

path alongside a babbling brook to the

traditional town of Pfronten, nestled in

the Vils Valley. Take in the views as we

stop for a leisurely lunch at a lovely local

Gasthof. 9 miles (14km).

Day 4: Pfronten. Beneath the

towering Aggenstein Mountain, in the

lush Vils Valley, lies the charming town

of Pfronten. Traditional Bavarian houses

line the main street, decorated with

murals and window-boxes filled with

colourful summer flowers.

Day 5: Pfronten to Schattwald.

To the southwest of Pfronten, the Vils

Valley narrows, and meanders between

picturesque wooded slopes. Our route

follows the valley, before crossing the

border into Austria and emerging at the

gorgeous Tyrolean village of Schattwald.

9 miles (14km).

Day 6: Schattwald. From this quiet

Austrian village, spend a day in the

beautiful Tannheimer Tal, twice voted

Austria’s most popular hiking destination.

Explore glorious Alpine meadows and

towering forested mountains, before

perhaps stopping for a bite to eat beside

a picture-perfect mountain lake.

Day 7: Schattwald to Bad

Hindelang. Take in the dramatic

scenery on a winding descent from

Schattwald, which leads you to Bad

Hindelang, a charming village which

serves as one of Germany’s major

health resorts. 8 miles (13km).

Day 8: Bad Hindelang. Set in the

nature reserve of the Allgäu High

Alps, this traditional mountain village

is a prominent spa resort, featuring

Germany’s only high mountain sulphur

spring. Amble through the streets,

admiring the traditional Bavarian houses

bedecked with summer blooms, or

explore the sun-drenched mountain

meadows and wooded slopes

surrounding the village.

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Day 9: Bad Hindelang to

Oberstdorf. From Bad Hindelang we

really get away from it all as we follow

the glaciated Iller Valley as it stretches

south. Our route takes us past dramatic

mountains and secluded clearings as

we head towards the lively town of

Oberstdorf. 10 miles (16km).

Day 10: Oberstdorf. One of

Germany’s premier ski resorts,

Oberstdorf is perfect for walkers during

the summer months, with fantastic

hiking available through the verdant

valleys surrounding the town. There are

endless ways to spend your time here –

treat yourself to a delicious cake in one

of the cosy cafés, sample some Bavarian

beer in a shaded beer garden, browse

the chic shops for traditional souvenirs,

visit the fascinating local museums, or

take the cable car ride to the towering

Nebelhorn Peak for breathtaking views

of the spectacular scenery.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Oberstdorf to Munich

Airport by train or minibus and look

forward to welcoming you back again

next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

18ºC

8

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

8

hours

8

hours

8

hours

Munich

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £769 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 24 £989

July 10, 26 £1029

August 9 £1029

August 25 £989

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 24 £769

July 10, 26 £809

August 9 £809

August 25 £769

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Salzburg


Chiemgau - jewel of the Bavarian Alps

From challenging climbs to relaxing strolls, the Chiemgau Alps offer the

best of Bavaria’s legendary walking country. Just imagine it: traditional

farmhouses dotted throughout the picturesque landscape as the

melodic chime of cowbells and soothing gurgle of mountain streams

fills the air.

This is a walker’s paradise, simply begging to be explored. And, after

a thrilling day of following secret paths around wooded slopes, leafy

glades, craggy peaks and alpine pastures, choose to reward yourself at

a rustic Gasthof or a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant.

Difficulty rating:

Bad Endorf

Törwang Hohenaschau

Kufstein

Seebruck

Ruhpolding

Oberwössen

Traunstein

Inzell

11 DAY WALKING TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 7 Day

Highlights will include:

• The Chiemgau Alps, the secret jewel of the Bavarian Alps – alpine

meadows, wooded slopes and rugged peaks

• Schloss Hohenaschau – an ancient hilltop fortress renovated in

Baroque style

• Reit im Winkl – a village steeped in Bavarian tradition

• Ruhpolding – a chic resort brightened by colourful window boxes

• Inzell – a sleepy village with pretty murals, surrounded by wonderful

walking country

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or train to our base

hotel at Törwang.

Day 2: Törwang. A charmingly

unspoilt Bavarian village, Törwang lies

among gently rolling meadows at the

base of the Chiemgau Alps. A maze

of paths radiates in all directions; some

offer challenging climbs to high peaks,

others invite you for a relaxing stroll.

Traditional farmhouses decorate the

landscape, while the melodic chime of

cowbells fills the air.

Day 3: Törwang to Hohenaschau.

Today’s walk heads east across alpine

pastures, before rounding the lower

slopes of the Hochries Mountain and

descending to Hohenaschau. Rustic

Gasthofs are dotted along the way,

offering welcome refreshment. 7 miles

(11km).

Day 4: Hohenaschau. An imposing

12th century fortress watches over the

village of Hohenaschau from a nearby

hilltop. The Schloss was renovated in

Baroque style in the late 1600s and

now houses a museum chronicling the

region’s history. The pretty Prien Valley

leads to the village of Aschau, home

to the Michelin 3-star rated Residenz

Heinz Winkler, one of Germany’s finest

restaurants. Those wishing to enjoy a

wonderful gourmet experience here

should notify us when booking this

tour as the restaurant is often booked

months in advance.

Day 5: Hohenaschau to

Oberwössen. Keen hill walkers will

enjoy the challenge of two traverses

today. An initial stiff climb to the summit

of the Kampenwand, is followed later

in the day by a gentler ascent of the

Steilenberg. Fortunately, for the less

energetic, a conveniently placed cable

car connects Hohenaschau with the

upper slopes of the Kampenwand.

Whichever way you choose,

breathtaking views await! 9 or 12 miles

(14 or 19km).

Day 6: Oberwössen. This tranquil

hamlet lies just off the main tourist

routes and offers a taste of Bavarian

hospitality at its best. The region is a

walker’s paradise, with countless paths

begging to be explored. The bustling

and exceedingly pretty village, Reit im

Winkl, is just a two hour walk away.

The regular Post Bus service also links

Reit im Winkl and Oberwössen.

Day 7: Oberwössen to

Ruhpolding. After a gentle ascent to a

low saddle, today’s walk keeps mainly

to the valleys, alternating between leafy

glades and sun-drenched clearings. The

soothing gurgle of mountain streams

accompanies us most of the way, as we

pass isolated farming hamlets and rustic

alpine retreats. 9 miles (14km).

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Day 8: Ruhpolding. An elegant

resort, Ruhpolding still retains its oldworld

Bavarian charm. Traditional

houses line the main street, with

window boxes exploding in a riot of

summer colour. Four small museums

celebrate local heritage, while the

onion-domed parish church is a

baroque masterpiece. The nearby peaks

of Rauschberg and Hochfelln afford

spectacular views and can be reached

by foot or cable car.

Day 9: Ruhpolding to Inzell. A

myriad of trails crisscross the Zinnkopf

range separating Inzell from Ruhpolding.

We suggest one of many possible

routes over the mountain and highlight

a dramatic loop to the south via the

Rauschberg summit. 8 miles (13km).

Day 10: Inzell. The village enjoys

a glorious location surrounded by

breathtaking scenery. The Frillensee,

a delightful bathing lake, nestles in the

forested slopes to the east and is a

popular excursion. Wonderful murals

decorate the centre of this beautiful

village.

Day 11: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Inzell to Munich airport by

train or minibus and, will look forward

to welcoming you back again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

18ºC

8

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

9

hours

8

hours

8

hours

Munich

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £769 per person

11 Day Tour

(10 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 17 £989

July 3 £989

July 19 £1029

August 2, 18 £1029

7 Day Tour One Night Stops

(6 Nights, 5 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 17 £769

July 3 £769

July 19 £809

August 2, 18 £809

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Walking the Wettersteins

From glaciated valleys to idyllic bathing lakes, waterfalls, narrow

gorges and spectacular mountain summits, the Wettersteins offers a

remarkable range of walking opportunities.

A ramble through the spectacular alpine scenery is an exercise in

natural grandeur and beauty. Just breathe that pure mountain air…

Difficulty rating:

Garmisch -

Partenkirchen

Grainau

Oberammergau

Telfs

Oberau

Wallgau

Mittenwald

Scharnitz

9 DAY WALKING TOUR

‘One Night Stops’ 6 Day

Highlights will include:

• The Hotel Post Wallgau – an exceptional old building with

fantastic murals

• Mittenwald – a beautiful town famous for violin making

• Garmisch-Partenkirchen – one of Germany’s premier resorts,

combining elegance with rustic charm

• Germany’s highest mountain: The Zugspitze

• Grainau – unspoilt and typically Bavarian, this pretty village is

blessed with many old timbered buildings decorated with bursting

window boxes

Day 1: Arrival at Munich airport.

Transfer by minibus or train to our base

hotel at Wallgau.

Day 2: Wallgau. Set in spectacular

alpine scenery, this picturesque village

is a popular holiday destination for

walkers of all levels of fitness. Wallgau

lies in a broad glaciated valley formed

by the River Isar. 2000m peaks rise

up on all sides providing a rich variety

of interesting day walks. Bathing lakes,

waterfalls, narrow gorges and mountain

summits are all within reach.

Day 3: Wallgau to Mittenwald.

These two villages are linked by the Isar

Valley. The route meanders through

the foothills with views to the fertile

farmland below. Nearing Mittenwald,

the valley narrows at the meeting of

two majestic ranges, the Wetterstein

and Karwendel Gebirge. 7 miles

(11km).

Day 4: Mittenwald. Though one of

Bavaria’s premier resorts, Mittenwald

retains a tranquil atmosphere. Visitors

are attracted by the clear mountain air

and the extensive range of hill-walking

available in the area. Towering over

Mittenwald to the east is the imposing

Karwendel west summit, whose sheer

wall rises to 2385m. A cable car ride

to the summit provides dizzy views

across the Alps. Other temptations

include the Leutasch Gorge and Valley,

a beautiful and little explored tributary

of the Isar; two nearby bathing lakes,

the Ferchensee and Lautersee; and the

excellent violin-making museum.

Day 5: Mittenwald to Garmisch-

Partenkirchen. The route skirts the

lower slopes of the Wettersteingebirge,

alternating between alpine meadows

and pine forests with superb views

of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest

mountain. At either end of the day, a

chair lift and gondola are available to

shorten the distance and even out the

ups and downs. 10 miles (16km).

Day 6: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

An internationally renowned resort,

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an

amalgamation of two distinct and

very different towns. Garmisch, chic

and cosmopolitan, contrasts with

Partenkirchen’s old world Bavarian

charm. Each is appealing, and a day

can easily be absorbed exploring the

museums, shops and back streets.

Again, the main summer activity is

walking. Well-marked paths radiate from

the town, leading to idyllic lakes and

spectacular gorges lying concealed in the

surrounding mountains. On a clear day,

an excursion to the Zugspitze summit

by mountain railway and cable car offers

panoramic views of the Alps.

Day 7: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

to Grainau. Today we offer a choice

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of two routes. One follows the valley,

winding through lush meadows below

the magnificent Wettersteins. The

trail passes the pretty Riessersee, with

views to the Zugspitze reflected in its

crystal waters. The other option leaves

the valley shortly after passing the

Riessersee. Here the Kreuzeck cable

car is available to lift you high into

the mountains. A well marked path

contours around the Waxenstein

Mountain, before descending through

some of the best scenery the Bavarian

Alps has to offer. The route continues

through a narrow gorge to Grainau.

6 or 8 miles (10 or 13km).

Day 8: Grainau. Known as the

Zugspitze village, Grainau is a wonderful

blend of natural grandeur, enhanced

by the legacy of beautiful buildings left

by farmers through the ages. Window

boxes burst with colour against

weathered timber walls, with the sheer

face of the Zugspitze rearing behind.

Nearby are two picturesque lakes: the

Badersee and the Eibsee. The former

is emerald green and has a statue of a

mermaid hidden in its depths. The latter

nestles high above Grainau and makes

an excellent focus for a day out walking.

Grainau is also a stop on the Zugspitze

train and offers another opportunity to

enjoy the spectacular views from the

top of Germany’s highest mountain.

Day 9: Today we say “Auf

Wiedersehen”. We will transfer you

direct from Grainau to Munich airport

by train or minibus, and look forward

to look forward to welcoming you back

again next year.

average maximum temp/

average sunshine per day

18ºC

8

hours

21ºC 23ºC 23ºC

9

hours

8

hours

8

hours

Munich

19ºC

6

hours

May June July Aug Sep

from just £719 per person

9 Day Tour

(8 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 28 £879

July 14, 28 £909

August 13 £909

August 27 £879

6 Day Tour One Night Stops

(5 Nights, 4 hotels)

Departure dates Prices

June 28 £719

July 14, 28 £749

August 13 £749

August 27 £719

Prices include flights from the UK and airport transfers.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double room, departing on direct flights from

Heathrow or Stansted Airport.

Reductions

Triple room: £5 per third person per night.

Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses (eg. Food and baby

cots) to be paid direct to hoteliers.

Children under 12 years: £10 off per night. Self drive or independent travel: £160 per person.

Supplements

Single room: £12 per person per night.

Birmingham dep: £50 per person. Manchester dep: £65 per person. Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff & Jersey dep: £85 per person.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast array of flights from regional

airports in the UK, to cities throughout Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any

airline from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the best options for you.

Where we are able to obtain flights at a price lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure

prices, we shall be pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the time of booking, the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays will become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation

invoice. The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

No Surcharges Guaranteed! What your holiday price includes

• Return scheduled flight from UK to Munich.

• Return transfer between Munich Airport and our base hotel (except self-drive and independent

travel bookings).

• Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified.

• Transfer of luggage between hotels.

• All train fares as specified in the itinerary.

• All airport and local tourist taxes.

• VAT.

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, with perhaps

a visit to Munich or Salzburg, please call us for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867.

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Terms & Conditions

BENTS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS - BOOKING CONDITIONS

If you wish to alter your holiday

Once we have confirmed your booking, any change you wish to

make to your holiday arrangements must be notified to us in writing

and will be carried out subject to availability. For changes notified

more than eight weeks before your departure date, an arrangement

fee of £20 per person will be charged. In addition any amendment fee

or cancellation charge levied by an airline or channel crossing operator

will be payable by the client. Changes notified within eight weeks of

your departure date will be treated as a cancellation of your original

booking and cancellation charges as set out below will be levied.

If you wish to cancel your holiday

If you fail to pay in full 8 weeks prior to departure, we reserve

the right to cancel your booking and your deposit, plus the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays, will be forfeited. Should you or

any member of your party be forced to cancel your booking, we

must receive a written notice of cancellation signed by the signatory

of the original booking form. The cancellation will take effect from

the date that such written notice is received at our offices, and the

following cancellation charges will apply. The charges are expressed

as a percentage of the total land based holiday price (for flight inclusive

holidays this figure is the total holiday price less the travel element

itemised on our confirmation invoice, for independent travellers this

figure is the total holiday price). The travel element of flight inclusive

holidays is non-refundable.

Cancellation charges

More than 56 days prior to departure - deposit plus the travel

element of flight inclusive holidays.

Between 42 and 56 days prior to departure 40%

Between 28 and 41 days prior to departure 50%

Between 15 and 27 days prior to departure 75%

Between 8 and 14 days prior to departure 90%

7 days or less prior to departure 100%

Cancellation by Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours

Very occasionally it may be necessary for us to cancel a specific

departure. We reserve the right to do this for any reason up to eight

weeks prior to the departure date. In these circumstances, you will

be entitled to: a) book any other available holiday from this brochure

(where the cost is less, you will be refunded the difference, but where

the cost is more, you will be expected to pay the additional cost); or

b) receive a full refund of all monies paid.

BENTS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS - TRAVEL DETAILS

We offer scheduled flights to Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Vienna,

Zurich, Genèva, Ljubljana and Prague with British Airways, Lufthansa,

KLM, Adria Airways, Austrian, Czech Airlines and Swiss from up

to 15 UK airports – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London

Stansted, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle,

Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol and Jersey.

Provisional timings for our flights (where a route is available) from

London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, Birmingham and

Manchester to Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Genèva,

Ljubljana and Prague are as follows:

Departs Arrives

Heathrow 12:45 Munich 15:40

Munich 16:20 Heathrow 17:20

Birmingham 11:20 Munich 14:10

Munich 15:50 Birmingham 16:50

Manchester 11:00 Munich 13:55

Munich 15:40 Manchester 16:45

Heathrow 13:50 Frankfurt 16:35

Frankfurt 17:15 Heathrow 17:50

Birmingham 13:45 Frankfurt 16:20

Frankfurt 17:15 Birmingham 17:45

Manchester 12:40 Frankfurt 15:25

Frankfurt 17:05 Manchester 17:45

Heathrow 14:40 Vienna 18:00

Vienna 19:15 Heathrow 20:35

Gatwick 10:30 Salzburg 13:25

Salzburg 14:15 Gatwick 15:10

Heathrow 12:10 Zurich 14:50

Zurich 15:30 Heathrow 16:15

Birmingham 13:40 Zurich 16:30

Zurich 12:15 Birmingham 13:00

Manchester 13:40 Zurich 16:30

Zurich 12:15 Manchester 13:00

Heathrow 11:40 Genèva 14:20

Genèva 13:50 Heathrow 14:25

Alterations to itinerary

We will use our best endeavours to ensure that none of the

ingredients of your holiday arrangements has to be altered. However,

occasions may arise when we cannot follow our advertised itineraries,

or cannot maintain our advertised schedules. Our itineraries are put

forward as a statement of intention only, not as representations or

undertakings that they will be carried out. If any additional expenses

are incurred through delay, accident or disruptions of planned

itineraries beyond our control, e.g. war, threat of war, riots, civil

strike, terrorist activity, strikes, governmental action, natural disasters,

fire, technical problems of transport, closure of ports or airports,

cancellation or changes of schedule by scheduled airlines, or similar

events beyond our control, such expenses are to be borne by the

clients. In respect of air travel, we reserve the right to change the

airline operator, the aircraft type and the destination airport.

Passports, visas and health requirements

A valid passport is required to gain entry to Germany, Austria,

Slovenia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. If you need to apply for

a new passport or for its renewal, make such application at least eight

weeks before departure. Non European Union passport holders are

advised to contact their local German, Austrian, Slovenian, Swiss and

Czech embassies to check their visa requirements.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to access

state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area (EEA)

countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes free of

charge. To apply for a EHIC visit: www.ehic.org.uk. At the time

of publication (November 2011), no vaccinations are required for

holidays taken from this brochure.

Travel insurance

We strongly recommend all holidaymakers have a valid comprehensive

travel insurance policy covering the period from the date of booking,

to the return travel date of your holiday.

Complaints

If you have a complaint whilst on holiday, you must report it at the

time to your hotelier and to our representative (as appropriate) to

enable it to be put right. If you feel the matter is serious, you should

also notify our UK office by phone or fax. If you have a dispute with

Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours which you are unable to resolve, you

may call upon the low-cost AITO Independent Dispute Settlement

Service (details on request). Claims which exceed £1500 per person

or £7500 per booking form or claims which apply principally or

exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or physical

injury are not admissible for settlement under the service.

Departs Arrives

Heathrow 11:15 Prague 14:15

Prague 19:30 Heathrow 20:30

Stansted 13:15 Ljubljana 16:25

Ljubljana 16:55 Stansted 18.10

Flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City,

Birmingham and Manchester to Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Prague,

Genèva and Zurich are usually direct. Flights from London Stansted

to Ljubljana are direct. Flights to Ljubljana from regional airports are

usually via Frankfurt, Paris or Amsterdam. Flights to Salzburg are

usually via Frankfurt, Paris or Amsterdam. Flights to Munich, Frankfurt,

Vienna, Prague, Genèva and Zurich from all other regional airports

are usually via Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester and

connect with the services detailed. Please telephone our offices if you

wish to know the travel itinerary for a departure airport not detailed.

Fly from an airport near you

The rapidly evolving airline market in Europe has resulted in a vast

array of flights from regional airports in the UK, to cities throughout

Europe. We are very happy to arrange your flights with any airline

from any airport in the UK, simply call us and we will research the

best options for you. Where we are able to obtain flights at a price

lower than the fare used to calculate our brochure prices, we shall be

pleased to pass the saving on to you.

Transfer times:

Munich Airport to Lenggries 1 hr 20 mins

Munich Airport to Wasserburg 1 hr

Munich Airport to Spitzingsee 1 hr 20 mins

Munich Airport to Bad Bayersoien 1 hr 30 mins

Munich Airport to Hohenschwangau 1 hr 50 mins

Munich Airport to Törwang 1 hr 30 mins

Munich Airport to Wallgau 2 hrs

Stuttgart Airport to Freudenstadt 1 hr 15 mins

Frankfurt Airport to Trier 2 hrs

Salzburg Airport to Schladming 1 hr 10 mins

Vienna Airport to Poysdorf 50 mins

Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 mins

Genèva Airport to Gruyères 1 hr 20 mins

Zurich Airport to Appenzell 1 hr 15 mins

Prague Airport to Trebon 2 hrs

Agency bookings

All monies paid to an Agent in respect of a Bents Bicycle & Walking

Tour are held by that Agent on behalf of Bents Bicycle & Walking

Tours.

Transport

Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours act as agents for the following transport

providers: British Airways, Adria Airways, Czech Airlines, Lufthansa,

Swiss, KLM, Brittany Ferries, Hoverspeed and Eurotunnel. The types

of aircraft to be used for each of the routes was not known at the

date of publication.

Flight inclusive holidays

As most airlines issue tickets and require payment shortly after the

time of booking, the travel element of flight inclusive holidays will

become payable 14 days after the date of our confirmation invoice.

The amount and the due date will be itemised on our invoice.

Brochure accuracy

Our brochure goes to press in November 2011. All the information

in it has been compiled with great care and is as accurate as we can

make it on the date of publication.

Price guarantee

We guarantee that there will be no surcharges on our holidays for

Summer 2012. Whilst we reserve the right to increase or decrease

brochure prices at any time, once you have booked your holiday

and paid the deposit, the price of your holiday as shown on your

booking confirmation is fully guaranteed and will not be subject to

any surcharge. Our 2012 prices are based on the following exchange

rates: €1.166 : £1, CZK 29.60 : £1 and CHF 1.434 : £1

Consumer protection

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected,

since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the

Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2867. In the

unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not

stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid

to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL

website at www.atol.org.uk.

Payment by credit card

Payment of your invoice by credit card will incur a 2% additional

charge. There is no fee for debit cards.

Self Drive

There is ample safe parking at all our base hotels if you wish to include

one of our tours as part of a driving holiday (please note, there is a

small charge for garage parking at some hotels). We will send you

detailed instructions on how to find your base hotel at least three

weeks before your holiday begins. At the end of your holiday, we will

arrange transport back to your starting point in order to pick up your

car. We are also able to arrange your Channel Crossing with Brittany

Ferries, Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel. Please telephone our offices for

more information if you wish us to make these arrangements for you.

Independent Travel

For the independent traveller, we will send you detailed instructions

on how to find your base hotel using public transport. The final leg

of your journey from train station or airport to hotel is most easily

made by taxi. Please budget for the following fares: Lenggries €7,

Wasserburg €28, Spitzingsee €20, Bad Bayersoien €12, Freudenstadt

€7, Trier €7, Schladming €7, Poysdorf €20, Bled €12, Gruyères CHF

20, Appenzell CHF 10, Trebon CZK 100, Hohenschangau €14,

Törwang €18, Wallgau €14.

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Booking Form

How to book your Bents Bicycle & Walking Tour

1. Read the Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours Booking Conditions carefully.

2. Fill in your holiday details on the Booking Form and sign it.

3. You may telephone us at this stage to confirm availability of your chosen departure date. We will take down a few details and guarantee your places, provided your Booking Form and

payment reach us within five working days. We accept VISA and MASTERCARD, and you may fully guarantee your reservation at this stage using your credit card.

4. Send the 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 the full

payment. Cheques should be made payable to Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours.

If at any stage you have any queries, please call us on 01568 780800

5. Your booking is accepted by us when we issue and send to you a confirmation invoice. This will detail all the holiday arrangements reserved for you. Please check these details carefully

and contact us if you notice any discrepancies.

6. Full payment should reach us no later than eight weeks prior to the start of your holiday.

7. Tickets will then be issued to you 2 to 3 weeks prior to your departure.

Passports: please ensure all those named on the Booking Form have a valid passport. If you are not travelling on a European Union passport, please check your visa

requirements.

BOOKING FORM SUMMER 2012

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signature strip

of your card)

Signed ............................................................Name (on card) ..........................................................

N.B. Don’t worry about cutting up your brochure; we will send you a new one with your booking confirmation.

We would like to thank the following for their assistance in producing this brochure: Photographs: Ethel Davies, Huber, Storto, CIVA/Moya/Zvardon/Hamm, the following Tourist Offices: German National,

Austrian National, Czech National, Slovenian National, Swiss National, Bavarian, Salzburgerland, Berchtesgaden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and München-Oberbayern.

Special thanks to our 2011 Photo Competition entrants for allowing us to reproduce their images:

P. Wilson (p2, p5 & p7); G. Fosh (p3, p7 & p16); T. Lees (p6 & p9); H. Powers (p7 & p14); T. Simon (p7 & p33); I. Moore (p10); R. Dietz (p35); S. McIvor (Back cover).

Stephen Bent, Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours, The Blue Cross, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4HN, England.

email: info@bentstours.com tel: 01568 780800 fax: 01568 780801 www.bentstours.com

DETAILS FOR BIKES

Height Tick if Please

Ladies frame Indicate

required bicycle

required*







Indicate self-drive, independent travel or preferred

departure airport (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City,

Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow,

Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff or Jersey):

.......................................................................................................................................

On behalf of all the above named persons, I have read,

understand and agree to Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours

Booking Conditions. I am over 18 years of age.

Signed: ................................................................. Date: ..........................................

Print Name: ...............................................................................................................

Address: .....................................................................................................................

.......................................................................................................................................

................................................................. Postcode: .................................................

Telephone (Day): ....................................................................................................

(Evening): ..................................................(Mobile): .............................................

Email: ..........................................................................................................................

All correspondence will

be sent to the signatory.

Bookings 01568 780800 or visit www.bentstours.com for more information cycling & walking holidays 43


Stephen Bent, Bents Bicycle & Walking Tours,

The Blue Cross, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4HN, England.

email: info@bentstours.com tel: 01568 780800 fax: 01568 780801

www.bentstours.com

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