Introducing our new four night short breaks from £645

Posted 31 Mar 2015

Our new four night short break packages open up the summer to a world of weekend away possibilities. Pedal your way from lush valleys and majestic castles in Germany to the olive groves and vineyards of Tuscany, sampling gastronomic delights along the way.

Garmisch and the Romantic Castles, Germany

Your journey begins at the foot of the Alps in the town of Lenggries, a traditional German hamlet that remains a well-kept secret. From here, you'll cycle along a tributary of the Isar all the way to the glistening expanse of Walchensee, the country's largest alpine lake, before moving on to the quintessential Bavarian town of Kochel. Sample the homemade apple strudel at Hotel Alpenhof Postillion for a sweet, warming end to a hearty evening meal. Over the coming days you'll absorb some of the most breathtaking sights of Bavaria as you explore the popular resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the soaring gothic turrets of King Ludwig II's castle, Neuschwanstein.

Tuscany's Treasures, Italy

The balmy climate and rolling hills of Tuscany have inspired painters and sculptors for centuries, and you too can soak up the sights of this rich cultural landscape on our short cycling tour. Over the five days, you'll cover a broad and varied terrain, from the chalky tracks of Strada Bianchi to Tuscany's sunflower-covered hills and dappled olive groves. Take time to explore the ancient hill-town of Asciano with its 12th century Romanesque church, and then spend a night in a 13th century castle at San Giovanni d'Asso. You'll also stay at La Locanda del Castello, a spectacular boutique hotel with sweeping views across the terracotta rooftops and surrounding countryside. On top of that, there will be more than a few opportunities to delight your tastebuds with wine from the native Chianti vineyards as you unwind after a day in the saddle. 

Route du Vin in the Alsace, France

Follow the famous Alsace Wine Route as it meanders around the Vosges Mountains and travels into the Ribeauvillé-Riquewihr region, home to 11 wine-growing villages. There are plenty of opportunities to sample the region's seven different grape varieties – from dry, floral Muscat to the smoky Pinot Noir – as you travel along the oldest wine route in France through quaint mediaeval hamlets. To fuel all this pedaling, we recommend stopping at one of the 27 Michelin-starred restaurants in the area. The world-class haute cuisine couples perfectly with a bottle or two of the local vintage.

Tyrolean Treats, Austria

A hiking trip through Tyrol is a whirlwind tour through a fairytale landscape, taking in snow-capped mountains, pine forests and corn meadows. Along the way, you can swap the walking trail for a cable car through the hills and a trip on a ferry, before immersing yourself in history with a ride on one of the oldest steam trains in Austria, the Achensee Steam Cog Railway. Rustic guest houses and wooden chalets are dotted along the trail, providing a brief rest stop for a crisp beer or freshly-baked pretzel. The Alpengasthof Eng rejuvenates travellers with a steam bath, spa, and fresh mineral water from its very own spring. Before you head home, make sure you pick up some golden Alpine honey and regional cheese.

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