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Wheel2Wheel Holidays offer leisure cycling holidays throughout Germany. Discover Britain’s royal relationship with Germany by bike along excellent cycle routes and named paths in areas such as Lower Saxony, Dresden and the Weser River region where there is a strong Royal British connection that can be easily explored by bike.
Wheel2Wheel Holidays offer leisure cycling holidays throughout Europe with a key focus on German speaking countries. Cycle touring in Germany is a rewarding past-time and there are thousands of kilometres of cycle paths often segregated from traffic. Each cycling holiday includes luggage transfers, bike hire, local support and good quality hotel accommodation along picturesque routes. By going on a cycle tour throughout Germany, you are able to visit places that explore Germany’s relationship with Britain’s monarchy.
The Royal Heritage route that we are profiling is a new cycling holiday for 2016 along the Elbe Cycle Path - Germany’s most popular cycle route. Starting in Dresden and finishing in Weimar, the city that gave its name to Germany’s inter-war political republic. This route has many highlights that take in the famous buildings of Dresden, porcelain manufacture in Meissen as well as the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe House in Weimar.
Independant arrival into Dresden. We suggest flying to Dresden, Leipzig or Berlin to join your cycle tour. You will receive your bike and more information about the holiday overall in the late afternoon. Take a stroll through the nice Old Town of Dresden before you will enjoy a dinner (included). There is lots to do in this historic city and many of the iconic buildings have been rebuilt or restored to their original pre-World War II design.
Today you reach Radebeul, which is closely related to the writer Karl May and famous for writing his Western novels set in the American Old West, the porcelain town of Meissen with the Albrechtsburg Castle. You can taste excellent Saxony wine from local vineyards and visit the Baroque castle Diesbar-Seußlitz, before ending the day in Riesa. Meissen is a highlight on this tour as you will have time to explore the famous pottery history around the town.
Via Mühlberg, which is home to a former Cistercian monastery and the tree park of Treblitz. You then carry on to Torgau, famous as it was the town which commemorates the meeting of US and Soviet forces during the Second World War. This occurred on April 25, 1945, later known as Elbe Day.
Lichtenberg and Pretzsch Castles are to be seen as you cycle on your way to Wittenberg, The town was largely spared bombing by the Allies in World War II, so many of the buildings are in their original state. Lutherstadt-Wittenberg is also a major tourism center for Saxony with numerous churches and cultural institutions.
Instead of cycling for most of the day, the train takes you to Halle (Saale) with highlights like the Red Tower and the Moritz Castle. After visiting Halle, you cycle to Merseburg which has an imposing cathedral and a historical palace that you can visit.
Today we recommend a detour to Freyburg with the Rotkäppchen sparkling wine cellars. You cycle to Naumburg with the gothic St. Peter’s and Paul Cathedral. You end the day in Bad Sulza with its brine water spas and a great place to relax.
The Ilm cycleway takes you to Eberstedt with its famous cyclists church. Your next stop is located not far away in Apolda. Interestingly, Apolda was the birthplace of the Dobermann dog breed! The final arrival city is Weimar with its well-known country parks, Goethe’s summer house, Ettersburg Palace and Belvedere Palace that all come together to give the city UNESCO World Heritage status. The city is also significant in German history as the breakdown of the Weimar Republic led to the outbreak of World War II.
You check out of the hotel in Weimar and can continue to explore the area or head home.
Arrival Sunday 01.05. - 04.06.2016 | 29.08. - 02.10.2016
£539 per person including bike hire
Arrival Sunday 05.06. - 28.08.2016
£569 per person including bike hire