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moderate to challenging

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Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 10 nights comfortable hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts

11 Days£1520GBP

Overview

Trip Code: BTC

Trip highlights


  • Discovering two of Europe's most fascinating capital cities
  • Experiencing the gorgeous lake district of Germany
  • The ferry crossing from Rostock to the white cliffs of Møn Island
  • Cycling the final leg along the coast to downtown Copenhagen

The contrasts between northern Germany and Denmark don't begin right at the border, but you'll certainly notice them on this cross border cycling trip. From Germany's vibrant, culturally rich and exciting capital of Berlin, you'll cycle north to the coast via forests and lakes, hopping from glistening island to island, towards the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The route takes you along canals, through scenic coastal stretches and shady forest tracks. On occasion you will need to catch local trains and also a ferry to Denmark. Germany's scattered lakes, peaceful wetlands and emerald forests provide a wonderful start for the cycling ahead. The Danish landscapes are vibrant in contrast, changing from cliff-lined coasts to white sandy beaches and where picturesque fishing villages alternate with majestic palaces and gorgeous manor-houses further inland.

Countries:

Germany, Denmark

Starting Point:

Oranienburg or Copenhagen

Finishing Point:

Copenhagen


Itinerary

Make your own way to Oranienburg and the joining hotel. There is a good S-Bahn connection between Oranienburg and Berlin-Mitte.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle the Oder Havel Canal to the town of Liebenwalde, home to a museum set in a former prison. Continue alongside the canal to the pink town hall in Zehdenick. Overnight in Zehdenick/Fuerstenberg or nearby. +156m/-135m

Meals:  B

Cycle to the legendary Lake Stechlin, immortalised in literature by Theodor Fontane. It is one of the area’s deepest, clearest lakes and home to the endemic dwarfed fish - and a perfect place to stop for a picnic. You will stay overnight in the lakeside Neustrelitz, a former royal seat. The castle park, star-shaped market square and town layout are testimonies to the history of the Grand Duchy of Strelitz.

Meals:  B

A highlight of the trip is the Müritz National Park, Germany's largest land national park with more than 130 lakes scattered amongst forest and wetlands. This extensive protected area is a refuge for endangered flora and fauna. Visit the small village of Ankershagen, where the adventurer Schliemann, who discovered Troy, grew up. The museum here brings his work to life. Continue leisurely to the spa town of Waren / Muritz for overnight. You can visit the Muritzeum in the afternoon (included).

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle through the peaceful forests of Nossentiner Heide National Park to Krakow am See. Not to be confused with the city of Krakow in Poland, Krakow am See is a small town set between lakes, farmland and forests. Continue to Güstrow, home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker, Barlach. The afternoon is free to explore the old town and visit Barlach’s studio. Overnight stay in Krakow am See or Güstrow.

Meals:  B

On the way to Rostock you will cycle along the Bützow-Güstrow-Canal. You can shorten today's cycling by taking any number of trains to Rostock (train tickets not included, payable locally). Overnight in Rostock or Warnemunde.

Meals:  B

This morning you cycle to Rostock harbour to board the ferry to Gedser (2 hours crossing, ticket included) on the Danish island of Falster. Continue by bike across Denmark’s beautiful landscapes of dikes, small forests and pristine beaches to reach the city of Nykøbing.

Meals:  B

Today you follow the coast across easy terrain to the old merchant town of Stubbekøbing. Take some time to explore the town before boarding the ferry (not included), which makes a quick stop at the island of Bogø before continuing to the island of Møn. Disembark and enjoy pedaling around quiet country roads and passing thatched houses, or stretch out on a beach by the Baltic Sea. Or you can cycle via Vordingborg to Kalvehave to the island of Møn instead of taking the ferry. Overnight in the town of Stege on Møn.

Meals:  B

After crossing the bridge from Møn to Zealand, continue north through coastal landscapes passing cottages and country houses. From either Fakse (50km/31mi) or Rødvig (69km/42.5mi), take a train to the town of Køge, just south of Copenhagen (train ticket not included, payable locally). Overnight in Køge. Or cycle without taking the train, in which case the distance is 107km/66.8mi.

Meals:  B

On your last cycle day of the tour, ride along coastal paths to Copenhagen. You may like to visit the private ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj along the way. Copenhagen is an enchanting city. A visit to the Tivoli Gardens is a must, as is a stroll around the old harbour city.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast in Copenhagen. We can book extra nights on request, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts - buffet style with breads, spreads, cheese, often meats and cereals, coffee, tea, juice
  • 10 nights small hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities - hotel taxes extra
  • 24 speed rental bike with pannier (8 speed on request or if 24 speed fully booked; electric bike available on request - supplement applies) Bikes are equipped with one pannier and repair kit, lock and pump per room. Odometers are available on request with advance notice - depending on availability, will be either per bike, room or group booked.
  • Ferry Rostock to Gedser
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information pack including route notes and maps - one per room booked, GPS data available on request
  • Emergency hotline - 7 days, 8am to 8pm

  • Transfers: train Fakse/Rødvig - Køge (approx €15pp), Ferry Stubbekøbing - Bogø (approx €12pp), optional train to Rostock Harbour (allow €10pp) - prices subject to change
  • Travel to Oranienburg and from Copenhagen
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees not noted above
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Helmets (not available for rent, can be purchased locally)
  • Hotel/visitor tax approx €1-5 per person per night

Bike information


Suitability

moderate to challenging

4

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING - Grade 4 This trip involves 9 days cycling with cycling stages from 35 to 78km / 21.5 to 48.5mi per day with gradual ascent and descent. The terrain on this tour is flat with occasional hills however weather conditions can impact on the riding difficulty. Approximately 50% of the tour is on quiet roads and 40% on dirt or gravel roads. This trip requires a good level of fitness. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets are worn.


Departure dates

Every Monday from 23 May to 22 Aug

Notes

DN1
Allow EUR30 for train and ferry tickets not included. Not available to commence 8 Aug due to Hanse Sail.

Total Priceper person from

£1520GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£140
  • Single SupplementGBP£310
*Prices listed are per person

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