Day 1 / 288 miles We start with a day’s cross country ride straight off the Tunnel through northern France riding along the Route D Epinal to our hotel at the edge of the Lorraine National Park.
Day 2 / 211 miles After a visit to the WWI memorial at Verdun the real riding begins. lunch is taken in eastern France and then we enter Germany via the beautiful sweeping curves of the Vosges mountains. The afternoon brings us into the Black Forest region before we reach our well-deserved hotel near Baden-Baden.
Day 3 / 330 miles Begins with the infamous B500 with its smooth tarmac and flowing curves and takes us through Bavaria before pushing on to our overnight stop in the picturesque town of Zel am See.
Day 4 / Your choice of either riding the famous Grossglockner high alpine road, the highest surfaced mountain pass in Austria or a day trip up to the Eagle’s nest in Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s summer retreat.
Day 5 / 216 miles Today we tackle the Grossglockner high alpine road, the highest surfaced mountain pass in Austria, past glaciers and lakes. This really is riding at its best! Once you’ve recovered from the views up here we head down into Slovenia to Postojna.
Day 6 / 167 miles This morning we visit the dramatic Postojna cave system with its 22km of caverns. We also have a chance to go and checkout the castle at Predjama before our short ride in the afternoon to our hotel near the Plitvice Lakes National Park world heritage site.
Day 7 / Day off the bikes today to explore the UNESCO world heritage site in Plitvice.
Day 8 / 207 miles Our destination today is the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, while famous for its turbulent role in the Yugoslav civil war of the 1990s the city has now all but recovered and is considered to be one of the most culturally varied and historically interesting cities in Europe. We stay in the heart of the old town for two nights allowing us to soak up everything on offer.
Day 9 Day off to relax and explore the town, take a walking tour or visit one of the many churches and galleries a short stroll from our hotel.
Day 10 /165 miles Today we leave Sarajevo to make our way to Dubrovnik via the world famous town of Mostar. Here you can tour the recently rebuilt 16th century ottoman bridge before heading to our hotel for the next two nights. Set next to the beach our hotel is perfectly located to explore Dubrovnik tomorrow on your free day.
Day 11 Day off to immerse yourself in this magnificent walled city. The limestone lined streets, ancient churches and historic monasteries make this Croatia’s most upmarket resort and after a hard day’s sightseeing why not cap it all off with a drink back at base overlooking the calm blue waters of the Adriatic.
Day 12 / 208 miles We spend the day winding up the Dalmatian coast via Split to our stop in the little coastal town of Zadar. The roads today are a real highlight with the multitude of little island visible along the shore and all set to the backdrop of the mountains to the east.
Day 13 / 280 miles We ride back up into Slovenia today to our stop on the Austrian side of the Julian Alps, a biker’s vision of paradise.
Day 14 / 230 miles Crossing through the imposing Timmelsjoch pass from Italy into Austria you can’t fail to be blown away by the huge open vistas and views from the summit as we cross. Tonight we stay in style near the Austrian border in a quaint Alpine town surrounded by cuckoo clocks.
Day 15 / 240 miles We cross southern Germany and onto the Vosges region of France via the acclaimed riding roads of the Route des Crêtes to our overnight stop.
Day 16 / 380 miles Hearty breakfast before heading off on a cross country day through France to the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…