The Black Forest roads twisting and turning through miles of pine forests and the Mosel Valley with its picturesque villages tucked into the low green hills would alone make for an unforgettable experience.
Add to this the historical Ardennes region of Belgium and the Vosges Mountains of France and you really have a truly unique biking experience.
Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th May 2017
8 Nights - 9 Days
Daily 158 – 297 (not including ride outs)
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Euro Tunnel Outbound & Return
8 Nights en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
All breakfasts included with accommodation
6 Evening Meals
Detailed Route Plans and Maps
Comprehensive tour manual
GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)
Detailed Daily itinerary
Parking at Hotels
Guided and supported by Tom & Susan
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Meals other than specified
Route des Cretes
Col du Ballon
Col de la Schlucht
Day one: Following an early morning Euro tunnel crossing we begin our day by quickly passing the industrial areas of France. Clear of the motorway system we begin to enjoy some fabulous rural roads as we first enter the Avesnoisregional parkbefore crossing the border into Belgium.
Our route then takes us through the Ardennes national park as we first follow the Meuse and then Semois river to our first overnight stay in the town of Bastogne. It was here in the harsh Christmas of 1944 that the men of Easy Company (Band of Brothers) held the line against the overwhelming German forces.
During tomorrows ride out we will not only visit the 101st Airborne Division memorial but also the remains of the actual foxholes the men dug in the Bois Jacques woods on the outskirts of the town.
Our hotel is located in Gerardmer town centre and is less than 300 metres from the Lake. This hotel is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and is perfectly situated to start our ride out the next day. For some reason the Vosges Mountains do not seem to get the attention they deserve but you will find they are amongst the best biking roads in France.
Day four and our organised ride out takes us along the spectacular Route des Cretes which follows the main ridge of the Vosges and includes the highest peak of the range, the Grand Ballon. Our lunch stop today is at the top of The Grand Ballon which at 1423 metres affords excellent views as far as the Alps.
Day seven and as we leave the Black Forest we notice the dramatic change in scenery as the steep slopes of the Mosel region of Germany begin to dominate the landscape. Surrounded by the scenic forests of Rhineland-Palatinate our hotel for the next two nights includes a spa, sauna, steam room and an indoor pool.
Day five and we leave the Vosges behind but not before taking a short diversion to Munster to visit the Storks who have made their nests on top of the town hall.
Our route takes us into the Black Forest via the Feldbergwhich at 1493 metres is the highest mountain in Germany outside of the Alps. We make a stop at Lake Titisee for lunch before heading North to our traditional family run hotel set in the heart of the forest.
Day six and a trip to the Black Forest would not be complete without riding the famous B500, a road which surely must have been designed by a biker.
This area has something for everyone, from fast flowing sweepers, interesting hairpins and fantastic landscapes. We also make a quick stop at Schonach, home to the world’s largest working cuckoo clock.
Day two and our organised ride-out takes us over the border into Luxembourg and the pleasant rolling countryside of the high Ardennes plateau. On our return from the ride out you will have plenty of time to explore this unique town. The Mardasson Memorial is a towering monument shaped as a five-pointed star which honours the memory of the many Americans who gave their lives defending this area. Another monument which cannot be avoided is the Sherman tank which sits proudly in the centre of the town.
Day three and using quiet back roads through the Ardennes region we soon re-enter France. The terrain becomes more mountainous and forested as we head along the Route D Epinal into the Vosges Mountains. En-route we visit the Ossuaire De Douaumont. This monument was built in remembrance of the 130,000 unknown soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War 1 and whose remains lay at rest below this building.
Day eight and our organised ride-out includes the town of Cochem and the timbered village of Bernkastel-Kues. As you would expect a visit to this area would not be complete without a visit to one of its most famous attractions, the Nürburgring. Although we do not actually ride around the ring as part of the tour we can supply all the necessary information for you to do so.
If you decide to take a day of the bike and relax there is still plenty to occupy your time. For example you could visit the nearby town of Bernkastle-Kues or take one of the many river cruises along the beautiful Mosel river.
Day nine and we head towards the Eiffel region of Germany and the Des Hautes Fagnes National Park before joining the motorway system for our final push to Calais.
This tour has no particularly high mileage days and therefore would be suitable for anyone. The riding as always can be challenging but if you are an experienced rider or it is your first time on the continent this tour could be just what you are looking for.