Black Forest & Rhineland
Rhine Valley, Black Forest - Germany
3 & 4 Star Hotel
100-150 miles per day (longest day 310 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and Mountain Roads
Suitable for all experienced riders, perhaps riding in Europe for the first time
Mountain roads, Forests, Vineyards, Lakes and scenic River Valleys
We understand that for some finding time to 'get away' can be difficult, and so we have created a weekend to weekend 8 night tour of some of our favourite areas in Germany.
Having taken the crossing of choice we stop briefly on the French/German border before crossing into the Vosges Mountains to ride some of the 'Route des Cretes'. This road, most of which is above 3000ft, was mainly built to supply front line French troops during WW1. However, due to its twisty undulating nature,has today, become a mecca for motorcyclists. From the high Cols you can enjoy views across the Alsace plains to our next destination, the scenic town of Colmar.
Entering the southern Black Forest we ride north up the Schwarzwaldhochstratte (literally the Black Forest High Street ). Known to bikers as the B500 it has become one of those iconic roads everyone wants to ride.
Our next destination is no stranger to us as we return to one of our favourite parts of Germany, the Rhineland. Dominated by the two river valleys of the Rhine and Mosel, the area has a climate perfect for wine growing, the steep river valley walls being dotted with vineyards, which have produced fine wines since Roman times. Riding the riverside valleys, you pass through chocolate box villages with their half-timbered houses, guarded from above by 'Fairy Tale' castles, unchanged since medieval times.
Overdosed on scenery? Then time to leave the valley behind and take the well-surfaced twisting roads to the heights above. There really are some great biking roads in this area, with everything from long sweeping bends across open farmland, to demanding forest hairpins. Time to take a break with a visit to the famous Nurburgring racing circuit - no wonder this is the playground for so many European bikers.
This tour will suit all riders, but is also an excellent opportunity for those riders and pillions who are perhaps venturing onto the continent for the first time. Although this is an escorted tour, as always, there is the opportunity to ride with your escort, who will guide you each step of the way.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Outward Hull - Rotterdam return with 4 berth (for 2) en-suite cabin or Eurotunnel crossing
- 6 Nights' en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotel
- 5 Evening meals
- 6 Regional breakfasts
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities including swimming pool
- Secure undercover parking where available
- Route notes as appropriate - Garmin waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Chris, Dave & John)
- Meals onboard ferries
Having taken the crossing of your choice we all meet up at a 3 star hotel on the French/German border. The hotel is one we use often, and has air-conditioned bedrooms, Wi-Fi and TV. There is an outdoor pool, bar and large terraced area. Your stay includes an evening meal.
Passing over the Vosges Mountains we spend a night at the lovely old town of Colmar. Your hotel is just 500 yds from the historic centre before entering the Black Forest to take a further stop near Baden Baden.
Your final hotel is the best 4 star hotel in Boppard. The hotel enjoys an enviable position on the banks of the River Rhine. Run by the family Gawel, the hotel's ‘Art Nouveau’ style has welcomed many famous guests since it was first established in 1877. Renovated in 2003, it has retained its character whilst offering the modern facilities you would expect of a 4 star hotel. All guest rooms are en-suite and enjoy cable TV, hairdryer, mini-bar etc.
Your stay includes an excellent buffet breakfast and all evening meals. You will have full use of the hotel's leisure facilities which include gym, solarium, sauna and indoor swimming pool. Secure inside parking is also part of your package.
The tour itinerary is based on a Hull crossing with the option* to use a Eurotunnel crossing which will shorten the tour by two days. (see travel choice)
Sunday 11th August: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Rotterdam. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities. A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock 0900 hrs the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to your overnight stop. (295miles).
Monday 12th August (310 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for a morning departure for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet-up and get to know one another at our first night's stop, a 3 star hotel on the French/German border. 3 star hotel, Dinner B&B
Tuesday 13th August (150 miles): We slow the pace and enjoy a ride through the vineyards of the area before climbing into the Vosges Mountains. These mountains much favoured by the famous 'Tour de France' may not be that high, but are a haven for bikers offering great roads and views across the Rhine valley. We arrive in time to enjoy the lovely city of Colmar; it's just a short walk from our hotel to the beautiful area known as 'Little Venice' with its canals and timber framed houses. Tonight we dine in town. 3 star hotel B&B Garage
Wednesday 14th August (145 miles) : Entering the southern Black Forest we ride north up the Schwarzwaldhochstratte (literally the Black Forest High Street) along the famous B500. We finish the day at a modern hotel close to Baden Baden. 3 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Thursday 15th August (130 miles): Today we follow the route of the Rhine as it winds its way northwards. Our destination and hotel for the next 3 nights is in the lovely town of Boppard. With the bikes safely garaged, there will be time to enjoy a drink in the lovely riverside hotel garden before our evening meal. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B Garage.
Friday 16th - Saturday 17th August (free days): Although we have visited many times, we never tire of this part of Germany, with its vineyards, river valleys and fairy-tale castles. You can explore on your own, or join us for a guided ride-out of the Rhine and Mosel Valley. If you want a day off the bikes, Boppard has lots to see, with parts of the town dating back to Roman times. The nearby chairlift takes you to the 'Vierseenblick', offering fantastic views of the Rhine below. For the petrol heads amongst you there is the opportunity to visit the famous Nurburgring, and we know of a private bike museum which I am sure you will enjoy. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B Garage.
Sunday 18th August: Following breakfast, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (320 miles) will be at Eurotunnel in time for an late afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern Crossing (275 miles) head for Rotterdam and their overnight ferry. (see departure choice)
Monday 19th August: The ferry docks at 0800 hrs, giving us time to have breakfast and make our way home.
With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to Eurotunnel – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Therefore, we have given you a choice. Note: it is over 300 miles either way to and from our hotel using the Eurotunnel -so clients may wish to consider breaking their journey with an overnight stop..
For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 4 berth cabins (for 2) on P&O Hull-Rotterdam crossings. Clients using the Southern crossing have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
As always, you may make your own arrangements and we will adjust costs accordingly.
Note: The tour will be 2 nights shorter for those customers using the Eurotunnel and they will depart Monday 12th August and return Sunday 18th August
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assitance Cover
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!)
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance prior to paying your balance that includes cancellation cover in the event of circumstances which may cause you to cancel. Ideally this should also include cover for all Covid related incidents, either before or during the tour.
|Tour Cost||Hull Crossing||Eurotunnel crossing (Monday 12th - Sunday 18th August)|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£900 each||£790 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£972||£895|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1145 *||£1060|
|Deposit £100 per person||*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|