• 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 02, 2018
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($480 single supplement)

The Best Romantic Road Bike Tour

Lose yourself in charming German towns and enchanting landscapes on this exclusive, small group adventure along the Romantic Road, a classic medieval trade route. Beautifully preserved and well-maintained, discover the rich history and colorful characters of each village as you pedal through the quiet forgotten countryside of Bavaria. Bike through thick forests and over spectacular mountain passes, explore magnificent castles, journey with a night watchman as he makes his rounds and taste locally-brewed beers and the best in regional cuisine before settling into your distinctive, cozy accommodations, each place full of intrigue and comfort. Throughout this custom, all-inclusive Germany vacation package, enjoy Austin’s offerings of best-in-class travel complemented with our signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service as you unravel the mystery and grandeur of one of Europe’s most splendid biking experiences.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

Medieval towns, quiet country roads, magnificent castles and warm, welcoming locals set the perfect stage for your seven-day, storybook journey from Nördlingen to Wertheim along Germany's Middle Ages trade route, the Romantic Road. Spend your week biking through some of Europe's most fabled scenes as you taste the many flavors of the German countryside and experience the most unique lodgings in the region. A magical, two-wheel adventure awaits!

  • Explore crooked streets, half-timbered houses and a 14th-century wall in the picture-perfect town of Nördlingen
  • Coast through pastures and fields of sunflowers along farming roads closed to four-wheeled traffic
  • Watch a falcon flight show at Schillingsfürst Castle
  • Pedal to Rothenburg, a vibrant village of cliff-side gardens, impressive art and an intriguing criminal museum
  • Join a spirited night watchman on his rounds during a guided evening walk through the streets of Rothenburg
  • Pedal beneath a thick forest canopy along the meandering path of the Tauber River
  • Sip a home-brewed beer and indulge in a dinner of bratwurst, kartoffelknödeln (potato dumplings) and apple pancakes before retiring for a restful sleep in the comfort of the Hotel Victoria
Street parade in Germany
Photo: Street parade in Germany

We thought Bavaria was lovely and the Romantic Road was perfect for biking.

Jacqueline S Alamo, CA

Top notch (as usual)! Great rides, great food, great scenery and great treats!

Sigrid H Gaithersburg, MD

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Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Munich, Germany (MUC)/ Frankfurt, Germany(FRA)

Day 1: Nördlingen
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Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel Klösterle

To kick off your adventure, be ready for pick up at Hotel Excelsior in Munich in the morning and transfer to Nördlingen (or simply meet the group at Hotel Klösterle in Nördlingen at 11 a.m.).

Begin on the Romantic Road at picture-perfect Nördlingen, renowned for its crooked streets, half-timbered houses, and 14th century town wall.

After lunch, make your way through the labyrinth of the old town center, and enjoy a leisurely bike ride in the surrounding countryside.

Tonight, join the group for a grand welcome dinner.

About Hotel Klösterle
Linked to the historic wing of the monastery church, the NH Klösterle Nördlingen is located in the center of the old town on the Romantic Road.

The Klösterle offers modern accommodations and it is very well appointed with artwork. This hotel is the ideal starting point for all activities in the nearby regions.

Day 2: Dinkelsbühl
Hotel in Germany
Meals Included:  B, L , D
Overnight: Hotel Deutsches Haus

Coast through small towns, pastures, and fields of sunflowers.

Take a break from your ride to indulge in a delicious group lunch. The riding is stress-free and the bicycle paths are well marked all the way into Dinkelsbühl.

It may have a funny name, but you'll find the colorful village and its people enchanting. Enjoy a dinner with the group, then unwind at your comfortable hotel in the center of town.

About Hotel Deutsches Haus
This 15th Century family-owned hotel exudes Franconian charm and warmth, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy your vacation.

Antique furniture and classic decorations will make you feel as if you have gone back in time but the modern conveniences and accommodating staff will ensure that you have the best of both worlds.

Day 3: Rothenburg
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Markusturm

Cycling from village to village on quiet bike paths, your route winds through woodlands and pastures, past fields of thistle rolling with the fertile countryside.

Enjoy the falcon show at the castle in Schillingsfürst before a lovely ride into Rothenburg, the prize jewel in this string of romantic gems.

Crowded and bustling with life, you may believe you are in a traveler's paradise.

Where else can you find magnificent cliff side gardens, a wonderfully sinister criminal museum, inspiring artwork and an Internet cafe all within the town walls?

Your hotel's quaint dining room will serve up a savory meal for you to enjoy tonight.

About Hotel Markusturm
A customs house back in 1264, Hotel Markusturm sits on a picturesque location in the medieval town. Eight centuries later, it has been transformed into a hotel for visitors from all over the world.

Its rooms are individually and lovingly furnished in modern or antique style to please different tastes in decor.

Day 4: Rothenburg
Bike tour in Germany
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Markusturm

On Day 4, spend the remainder of the day in town, or transfer to the fortified hilltop town of Langenburg to visit the castle and automobile museum and then bike back.

After dinner, step back in time as we follow the night watchman and hear tales of the often amusing history of Rothenburg.

Day 5: Bad Mergentheim
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Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Bundschu

Today our path clings to the Tauber River, providing a lovely backdrop for a relaxing ride.

Visit one-of-a-kind riverside towns and tour the magnificent castle and gardens at Weikersheim.

Reward yourself with a wine tasting at Markelsheim.

Feel free to explore the beauty of Bad Mergentheim as you have tonight all to yourself.

About Hotel Bundschu

Conveniently located next to the center of town, Hotel Bundschu is a legendary and charming hotel. Its exclusive ambiance, stylish rooms and excellent cuisine spoil the most discerning guests. The lovely garden invites to have a drink. In the morning, they offer a sumptuous breakfast buffet.



Day 6: Wertheim
Biking in Germany
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Schwan

Thick forests and deep mountain passes carved by the Tauber make for spectacular cycling.

Visit the castle in Tauberbischofsheim or the cloister in Bronnbach, then stroll through Wertheim's lovely Altstadt with shops, museums and a hilltop castle.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner of local specialties at a restaurant near the banks of the Main River.

About Hotel Schwan
The Hotel Schwan, located at the center of the Franconian wine country, was built onto the former city walls and the old city gate of the medieval Wertheim. Combine this with the gorgeous surroundings and you are sure to have a very personal experience in its recently renovated rooms.

Day 7: Frankfurt
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Meals Included:  B

On the 7th and final day, after breakfast, transfer to Frankfurt for your departure home.

If you have time, consider spending a night in Heidelberg!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

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*2018 trips at 2017 prices until Sept. 1, 2017

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 02, 2018
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($480 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Sep 2, 2018

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Additional Trip Information

  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Munich.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Hotel Excelsior in Munich at 8:30 a.m. (or in the lobby of our hotel in Nördlingen at 11:00 a.m. if you are not traveling via Munich).
  • After a transfer to Nördlingen and a briefing, the cycling begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Frankfurt (1 hour transfer).


  • Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 4 / 17
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 24 / 32 / 36
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 30 / 37
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 24 / 31 / 35
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 31 / 33 / 45
  • Day 6 bicycle mileage options: 31 / 36


  • Day 4 evening walking tour of Rothenburg

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Beyond perfect; absolutely no room for improvement!

Mary A, Orleans, ON

Intimate experience of Germany with the full support of knowledgeable guides

Paul B, Tacoma, WA

I've done many bike adventure trips, this was one of the best.

Lynn R, Nazareth, PA

An outstanding Trip in all aspects

John B, Washington, DC
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The museums: from medieval crime to puppets and dolls, you'll find great museums for just about any interest.
  • 2. The town hall of Rothenburg: explore this architectural beauty comprised of two different structures that include a Gothic building with a high tower and a Renaissance building. Climb to the top for a spectacular panoramic view!
  • 3. The jazz: Germany offers many great jazz clubs and jazz festivals.
  • 4. The natural landscapes: experience nature at its best by exploring the country's wonderfully diverse and unique flora and fauna, as well as natural and biosphere reserves.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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