Black Forest Cycling Holiday

  • 4.6
    (5 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Freiburg / Freiburg
  • Distance

    143 miles/230 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    032-102CDE
Price From £462

Overview

An easy cycling holiday of the southern Black Forest, discovering some of Germany’s most celebrated countryside. It’s an easy-paced journey that follows a former railway line for much of the way and also takes in a wonderfully, scenic section of the Upper Rhine. This enjoyable, circular cycling route starts and finishes in the handsome city of Freiburg.

Your circular journey will take you through fantastic forest scenery, into the Wutach Valley, to the banks of the Rhine and wine growing Markgräflerland. You’ll visit fascinating Roman remains, charming riverside villages, the lively old town of Basle, thermal spa towns and romantic castles – the southern Black Forest has it all.

Cyclists - Istein - Germany

Relaxing in the Black Forest

You don’t need to be super-fit for this gentle cycling tour. In fact, most of the route is actually downhill, apart from a few minor hills in the forest itself. You’ll be riding on paved cycle paths mainly as well as some quiet country lanes so traffic will be minimal.

 

Itinerary & Map

You don’t need to be super-fit for this gentle cycling tour. In fact, most of the route is actually downhill, apart from a few minor hills in the forest itself. You’ll be riding on paved cycle paths mainly as well as some quiet country lanes so traffic will be minimal.

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Day 1: Arrive Freiburg

Freiburg im Breisgau - Baden Wurtemburg - Germany

Freiburg

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Freiburg, a substantial town that’s well known as being one of the sunniest and warmest in all Germany. It’s also known for the little ‘baechle’ streams that run through its old town. The grand old Gothic cathedral should not be missed..

Day 2: Freiburg – Bonndorf, 25 miles/40 kms plus train ride

Titisee - Black Forest

Titisee – Black Forest

Starting your cycle tour, you’ll be riding first to Kirchzarten. Next there’s a slightly hilly section of countryside, but don’t worry, you’ll be covering this via a short train ride to Titisee lake (ticket  approx 10 euros – not included). Continuing by bike and you’ll find yourself firmly within the Black Forest countryside, cycling past neat farms and agricultural land as you approach Bonndorf, famous for its ornate Japanese gardens and beautiful castle.

Day 3: Bonndorf – Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles/50 kms

Wutach Valley - Germany*

Wutach Valley

Leaving Bonndorf, you’ll find yourself on a plateau before entering the Wutach Valley. Cycling through it you’ll pass under the elaborately designed and delightfully named Sauschwaenzlebahn railway bridge before picking up the riverside path following the Rhine all the way to Waldshut-Tiengen on the Swiss border.

Day 4: Waldshut – Rheinfelden – Basel, 31 miles/50 kms plus train ride

Laufenburg - Rhine - Germany*Today you turn westwards cycling alongside the Rhine River which marks the border with Switzerland to the south. Stop in historic Laufenburg for a wander round and be sure to cross the bridge to the Swiss half of this atmospheric village. Ride on through Bad Saeckingen with its lovely wooden bridge to Rheinfelden where you board a train with your bike (ticket included) for the short ride into the Swiss city of Basel where you will spend the night.

Day 5 Basle – Badenweiler/Muellheim, 32 miles/50 kms

Muellheim - Germany

Muellheim

Ride north out of Basle and follow the western edge  of the Black Forest. This area is dotted with well-known spa towns tapping into the healing local thermal waters. You’ll also pass the Isteiner Klotz, a distinctive hilltop fortification that once overlooked the Rhine before the course of the river changed. Spend the night in the neighbouring villages of Badenweiler & Muellheim, between the Rhine and the Black Forest.

Day 6: Badenweiler/Muellheim – Freiburg, 25 miles/40 kms

Cyclists - Muellheim

Cycling through Markgraeflerland

It’s your last day of cycling, and your route takes you back to Freiburg through the wine-growing Markgraeflerland region. You’ll have the chance to stop at some of its pretty wine-producing villages on the way and maybe pick up a bottle to take home with you. Spend the evening in Freiburg old town – its many excellent restaurants and pavement cafes will help make sure your last night is memorable.

Day 7: Freiburg

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 22 April to 15 October
Low season:22 - 28 April and 01 - 15 October
Mid season:29 April - 19 May, 18 - 30 June and 27 August - 30 September
High season:20 May - 17 June and 01 July - 26 August
2017 Prices
032-102CDE
Per person - 2 sharing
Double/twin
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Single
Low season
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Single
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Sleeps X
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Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Train ride Rheinfelden-Basel incl bike
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Train Kirchzarten - Titisee (approx €10 pp)
Tourist tax (1-4 euros per night, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Basel, double/twin (£61)
Extra night Basel, single (£84)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£66)
Electric bike (£149)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6-13 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 14-17 years sharing with 2 adults

Notes

Comfort: Good quality 3 star hotels
Deposit per person £85

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid - 032

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames, 24 gears and rim brakes. They are also equipped with a waterproof pannier, a lock and a puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available as are child seats, child trailers and trailer bikes. All are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

 

 

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Comfort: Comfortable rooms in 3 star hotels and guesthouses.

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Basel Airport then catch a train to Freiburg (journey time – 45 minutes)
Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 5 reviews 4.6
  • Date - 16/05/2017
  • Name - Brian Sweeney
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Great holiday-highly recommended
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Better than expected-fantastic experience
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Brian we're so glad the holiday exceeded your expectations, which is always nice!
  • Date - 08/11/2016
  • Name - Rosemary O'Connell
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Flexitreks were excellent in every respect but Radtours I found less impressive. It would have been much better if they had sent us the full information pack before we left home. Instead we had to go through everything the evening before we set off and try to get our heads round the detail.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Great hotels, tour very interesting and took us to smaller towns which were beautiful. The descriptions of the daily rides were not always very clear and the daily booklets had very sparse descriptions for the day's ride.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Rosemary. We've not heard the 'sparse descriptions' comment before but we'll review them with our local supplier to see if they need expanding upon.
  • Date - 31/07/2016
  • Name - Fiona
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Responded promptly to emails and accommodated the holiday to our flights. Very personal.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - A brilliant family week cycling. Amazing cycle paths and still can't believe how courteous traffic are to cyclists in Germany. We were initially worried whether our 9 year old son could manage the full distance but he did so with ease. There were lots of opportunities to cut the rides short if needed though. Would thoroughly recommend this holiday and we will definetely be booking another cycling holiday with you next year.
  • Flexitreks response - Great to hear everything went so well Fiona and in light of your comments we will definitely be recommending this tour to family cyclists in the future. I look forward to discussing next year's trip with you soon.
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Velocipede
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Perfect
  • Flexitreks response - We like perfect, thanks Lorna!
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Efficient service
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Awkward at the hotels as nobody had heard of flexitreks
  • Flexitreks response - Yes, reservations are made by our local suppliers and it is their name that the hotels will recognise. Our comprehensive Holiday documentation always includes the local supplier's details.