This section will take you to some of Europe’s most visited cities and all-time favorite tourist attractions; from Paris’s Eiffel Tower, to German Bavaria, and along the Danube to the Cathedrals and Opera houses of Vienna. Experiencing these sites astride a bicycle, you will see and sense Classic Europe in a manner unlike any other European tour. The adventure will begin in Paris, the City of Lights. After a brief cycle tour of the city doffing our helmets at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe we will head for our first stop in Chenoise.
The next day we’ll pass through Provins, a walled medieval town designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Provins, the road takes us through the rolling French “Champagne” region, home of the authentic bubbly, and into Alsace, along a route dotted by spa towns, including Vittel, source of the famous French mineral water. We will cross the Vosges, where you will have a challenging climb from 200 to 1200 meters in altitude – the most difficult day of this section. Just 50 km inside Germany we arrive in Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest.
From Freiburg it is a one-day ride to Donaueschingen, the official source of the mighty Danube River. It is in Donaueschingen where we meet the Danube Cycleway, a 1357 km dedicated bicycle path that runs along the banks of the Danube River. Occasionally isolated entirely from vehicular traffic we will bike across picturesque Bavaria through Ulm, the birthplace of Albert Einstein. From Ulm we shall carry on to Linz, and then to Vienna, with its monumental palaces dating to the Hapsburg Empire. While in Vienna you can visit cathedrals, museums and opera houses, and/or tantalize your taste buds with Austrian-style schnapps, beer and pastries.
Countries: Austria, France, and Germany
Far Out Factor
July 7, 2013
July 27, 2013
17 Days Riding
4 Days Resting
Austria, France, and Germany