Moselle to Mozart Cycling Holiday
Welcome to the Moselle to Mozart tour, a taste of some of the best cycling Germany and Austria has to offer. After arrival in Frankfurt we begin our tour just north of Trier near to the border with Luxembourg. From here we follow the Moselle River to The historic city of Koblenz where we meet the mighty Rhine.
We follow the ‘Romantic Rhine’ south to Heidelberg and the River Neckar where we head into the hills and cycle across to Rothenburg through the forested Jagst Valley and a number of quiet farming villages where time seems to stand still. We have a rest day in Rothenburg which is a fantastic place to visit.
We will continue through the picturesque Altmuhl region to Regensburg where we meet with the Danube and follow the river into Austria along some of Europe’s best cycle trails. We will pass through many attractive Austrian towns and villages as we continue along the Danube to impressive Vienna where we will finish our tour.
The tour will run in the same way as any Peak Tours guided adventure with the magic back up van providing refreshments, most of the lunches provided, bags transferred, quality accommodation and not forgetting our relaxed and jovial guides.
This tour is suitable for hybrid bikes and also road bikes as we have found many superb routes away from the river when the surface is rough.
If you don’t want the hassle of taking your bike on the plane with you then you can drop it off with us or post it to us and we will take it over for you. Likewise at the end of the tour we will bring your bike back to the UK for you.
This tour averages 60 miles a day and generally the route is flatter which allows a more relaxed pace and also more time to explore the area as you cycle through.
After our first night and welcome meal in Frankfurt we will be transported to the Middle Moselle region where we begin our “Trip Teutonic”.
The poet Ausonius likened the vineyards that frame the Moselle to an “ampitheatre’s rows” and some of our “Peak Tourers” may be prompted into evening bouts of poetry if the wine flows as freely and lazily as the river seems to.
We twist and wind our way around beautiful bends in the Moselle carved out over thousands of years. The half-timbered houses, churches and vineyards provide the backdrop for most of the way to Koblenz where we meet with the mighty Rhine and Fairytale castles as camp as Christmas line the banks of the Rhine from Koblenz to Bingen. You get a sense of the importance of this river to the German people with its train lines on both banks and barge traffic, none of which detracts from the historical villages and sights you will see along the way.
From Bingen we head inland to avoid some of the rougher sections of track and pass through quiet villages and vineyards until we come to Ladenberg on the banks of the River Neckar.
A short stretch along the Neckar takes us to the charming yet touristy town of Heidelberg which is home to one of Germany’s best universities.
Chocolate box medieval villages and winding wooded valleys await us as we head through the Jagst Valley to the well preserved medieval town of Rothenburg.
Leaving Rothenburg we pass through the Altmuhl Valley to arrive at the Danube at the City of Regensburg.
The Danube is one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe, and it’s easy to see why.
The Danube has magnificent scenery, monasteries, ancient cities, castles and great little villages all on dedicated cycle tracks and the next four days are the best example of this type of cycling you will encounter on mainland Europe.
Finally we arrive at our destination, splendid Vienna, where we will celebrate, hug, feast and explore the city before bidding a fond farewell the next morning.
2020 Tour Dates:
Sat 11th – Sun 26th July 2020 – Places Available
Sat 29th August 2020 – Sun 13th September 2020 – Places Available
2020 Tour Dates:
Sat 11th – Sun 26th July 2020 – Places Available
Sat 29th August 2020 – Sun 13th September 2020 – Places Available
Moselle to Mozart Cycling Holiday Route
Sat – Arrival Day: Frankfurt – overnight in Frankfurt
Once you have arrived at your hotel in Frankfurt you will have chance to explore the city followed by our first group meal where we can get to know each other and renew old acquaintances. A brief rundown of the following day will be given before we start our adventure.
Sun – Day 1: Coach to Kirsch / Cycle to Bernkastel-Kues (31 miles) Elevation: 591ft / 180m
Morning will take us on a two hour coach ride south west of Frankfurt to the pretty village of Kirsch-Longuich.
Kirsch-Longuich is situated in the Central Moselle region on the banks of the Moselle River.
We will have time for a quick look round and then some lunch before we start cycling. Your adventure begins at a sedate pace alongside the Trier Valley and The Central Moselle, heading for Bernkastel-Kues and it’s pretty “Marktplatz”, not forgetting of course, it’s wine taverns!
Mon – Day 2: Berncastel-Kues to Kobern-Gondorf (70 miles) Elevation: 632ft /192m
As we follow the river round bends shaped over thousands of years, evidence of the Romans’ love of a tipple are everywhere as we pass the site of the unearthing of the famous Roman Wine Ship in Neumagen-Dhron and a gigantic wine press at Piesport capable of creating 12,000 litres worth of headaches! Continuing along the East bank of the river we take the small ferry across to the West side just after the small town of Cochem. You will continue along the perfectly smooth tarmac trails past a number of attractive villages before we arrive at the twin towns of Kobern-Gondorf, home to the oldest half-timbered house in Germany, built in 1321.
Tue – Day 3: Kobern-Gondorf to Bingen (50 miles) Elevation 835ft / 254m
Our trip along the Moselle culminates in a dramatic meeting of the Rhine and Moselle rivers at Koblenz, overseen by the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. At Koblenz we turn southwards and leave the gentle Moselle where we begin our section along the mighty Rhine. This noticeably wider river is Western Europe’s longest, and is a working river, serving as the main mode of transportation for goods throughout Europe. The section that we will cycle along is known as the ‘Romantic Rhine’ due to the number of castles and palaces in between the well preserved medieval half timbered towns and villages.
Wed – Day 4: Bingen to Ladenburg (70 miles) Elevation: 1499ft / 457m
Following the banks of the Rhine for a short time we then head inland along quiet country lanes and smooth cycle paths. The Rhine is home to some undoubtedly beautiful scenic sections of which we have had a taster, but it is also home to a number of ugly industrial areas and also some of the cycle path is of poor surface, we rather thought you might prefer coming inland to quiet country lanes, terracotta roofed villages and excellent cycle paths, arriving finally in the gorgeous little town of laid back Ladenburg.
Thu – Day 5: Ladenburg to Jagsthausen (60 miles) Elevation: 4834ft / 1473m
After leaving Ladenburg we head to the vibrant university town of Heidelberg, Germany’s equivalent to Oxford or Cambridge. This beautiful city is well worth a look around and is also where we meet the river Neckar for a short spell before heading inland for some much missed hills! Our journey inland takes us through farming villages that will have you guessing which century you’re in, before finally arriving in the village of Jagsthausen by the banks of the river Jagst.
Fri – Day 6: Jagsthausen to Rothenburg (48 miles) Elevation: 4456ft / 1358m
Morning sees a gentle start through the Jagst Valley on a fantastically smooth, undulating, ambling, winding, river ride, before leaving the relative ease of the river and climbing up for a birds eye view. As we make our way through the forests and winding roads of the cracking German countryside the pine scented air and smell of freshly hung lederhosen will invigorate our senses close to bursting point. Leave a space for later in the day however as our destination is the best example of an ancient walled city in the whole of Germany, the chocolate box perfect, medieval, magical, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Sat – Day 7: Rest Day in Rothenburg
This amazingly well preserved medieval city as a fantastic place to have a rest and explore. Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber is Germanys best preserved walled town and you can walk around the town walls to view the numerous attractive buildings that the town has to offer. The town is busy with tourists during the day but once the day trippers leave the atmospheric town centre is all yours to wander the moonlit streets.
Sun – Day 8: Rothenburg to Weissenberg (59 miles) Elevation: 1607ft / 490m
Day eight sees us cycling through the stunning State of Bavaria with its pine forested hills, quaint little villages and lush valleys. Tackling some hills in the morning will give us an appetite for lunch and then we see the terrain become flatter and a wonderful afternoons riding is in store with a downward trend for miles through this lovely part of the world.
Mon – Day 9: Weissenburg to Regensburg (70 miles) Elevation: 3881ft / 1183m
A real sense of adventure is in store today as, from our humble beginnings on the peaceful Moselle, we are finally heading nearer towards the jewel in the crown that is the mighty Danube. Pushing ever eastwards we make our way through the seclusion and nature of the Altmuhl and on to our evenings accommodation and gateway to the Danube, Bavaria’s interesting, laid back, historical capital Regensburg.
Tue – Day 10: Regensburg to Niederalteich (62 miles) Elevation: 574ft /174m
Not too long after leaving Regensburg in the morning we pass the town of Walhalle and its impressive neo classical structure which is well worth a steep but rewarding detour. The cycling is pleasurable and there are plenty of distractions along the way, including the beautiful old city of Straubing with it’s sixty metre tower. Later in the day we pass through Deggendorf and continue to Niederalteich where we stay in a Benedictine Abbey. Founded in 781 the Abbey is run by monks and a truly unique place to stay.
Wed – Day 11: Niederalteich to Inzell (56 miles) Elevation: 849ft / 259m
Today sees us riding by Abbeys and ruined castles with great views of the Donau Valley if you decide to visit them. As the day progresses a scenery akin to that of The Lake District unfolds as we make our way through pleasant undulating tree-lined cycleways and byways. You will notice the houses becoming more frequent as we approach the large town of Passau also known as the “town of the three rivers”. Continuing along a spectacular part of the provides some truly fantastic cycling. We stay in Inzell which is located on a bend in the river called the Scholgen Bend. There is a strong echo here so you can practice your yodelling should you desire.
Thu – Day 12: Inzell to Wallsee (60 miles) Elevation: 2171ft / 662m
We are into beautiful Austria now, and the last few days from Inzell to Vienna are, barring a few exceptions from time to time, spent on fantastic, traffic-free, delightfully smooth surfaces. This day is no exception and we pass attractive market towns and rococo churches on a course for the greatly underestimated beauty of Linz.
Fri – Day 13: Wallsee to Weissenkirchen (57 miles) Elevation: 889 ft / 270m
The Danube is ever present for most of the day today as we pass through the striking scenery around Grein and the smaller settlements on der Donau. In the afternoon the route passes through Melk and the imposing Benedictine Monastery is well worth a visit if time permits. As we head towards the Wachau region the scenery becomes more dramatic and the villages older and prettier. Our stay in Weissenkirchen is one of the most charming villages along the Danube.
Sat – Day 14: Weissenkirchen to Vienna (60 miles) Elevation: 554ft / 169m
It’s our final day in the saddle today and as we pass Willendorf look out for the Venus of Willendorf, a Paleolithic stone statue of interesting proportions! On we go past the castle at Durnstein where Richard The Lionheart was held prisoner and then Gottweig Abbey dominating the skyline before our final stretch through ancient towns and onto the splendour that is Vienna where we finish in the grandiose square.
Sun – Day 15: Return Home from Vienna
We highly recommend exploring this beautiful city if the luxury of time permits and wish you well until the next adventure.
The tour price includes 15 nights accommodation, 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, snacks, Tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes (and gps files) so that you can cycle at your own pace, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Frankfurt to the Moselle.
What’s Not Included?
Flights, Evening meals, 3 lunches, cycle hire.
The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.
Accommodation is in clean and comfortable, B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels. Either sharing a twin or a double room or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option or sole occupancy of a double. Most of the rooms are en-suite however there maybe a few nights where your room isn’t en-suite (sole occupancy of a double room is guaranteed e/suite).
The route starts from south west Germany just north of Trier and is approximately 750 miles in length. The terrain is mostly flat and undulating although there are a number of hillier days in the middle of the tour. The average distance per day is 57 miles. The arrival destination is Frankfurt in Germany and the end destination is Vienna in Austria.
All of your breakfasts and 11 lunches are included in the price of the trip. You will have a choice of continental breakfast which includes toast, cereals, fruit juices, cheeses, cold meats, tea, coffee etc. Lunches will be provided each day and will generally be a buffet at a cafe or restaurant or sometimes a buffet will be provided from the back up van. Evening meals can be bought at your accommodation or in a nearby pub/restaurant. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day.
An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all.
A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.
We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage cause in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please.
This tour is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness. The tour is easier than our Lands End to John o Groats tour to allow a more leisurely pace and time for exploration and sightseeing.
Clothing & Equipment
Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided and we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.
It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.
What happens at the start of the tour?
The tour starts in Frankfurt on the first Saturday. Our guides will be around in Frankfurt on Saturday morning ready to meet you when you arrive. We have a group meal on Saturday night and then the cycling starts on Sunday. We can take your bikes over for you so that you don’t have to take them on the plane. You can either drop them off with us in Glossop, Derbyshire beforehand or meet us on the Thursday before the tour starts as we drive down to Dover. We will stop near Birmingham and at South Mimms services on the M25 (this may change according to the requirements of each individual group). Alternatively you can post your bike to us and we will take it over for you.
What happens at the end?
The final days riding is on Saturday and we will arrive late afternoon into Vienna where we have our final night’s accommodation. We will have our final group meal here (and no doubt a few drinks as well!) ready to head home the following day. The guides will drive the vans back to England early the next morning and so won’t be able to offer transfers to the airport but the journey from the hotel to the airport is 30 minutes by taxi or 40 minutes by Bus (these run every 10-15 mins).
How do I transport my bike?
Your easiest option is to drop your bike off with us beforehand and will will take it over for you and bring it back at the end of the tour – there is no charge for this option. We are based in Glossop, Derbyshire so this may not be a convenient option for you.
Another option is to take your bike with you to the start of the tour and at the end of the tour you can either take your bike with you on the plane (we will provide a cardboard box and packing material for you and help you to box your bike) or alternatively we can take your bike back to the UK for you and box your bike and post it too you – there is a charge of £70 for this option.
Another option is to rent a bike from us.
Whatever arrangements you make we will be happy to help.
How difficult is the tour?
The fitter you are and the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. The route starts off along the flat and finishes along the flat and has 3 or 4 hillier days in the middle of the tour. The hillier days have a few tough climbs among them so you should try to get a few hills in your legs, although the shorter daily mileage makes these challenges much more manageable
The tour is easier than our other 2 week tours tour which allows more time to visit villages, wineries, churches, castles etc, or to simply just take it easy!
What mechanical knowledge do I need?
We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is possible that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes and gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.
What are the lunches like?
We will have a designated lunch stop each day where a buffet lunch will be provided. Generally lunch will be a buffet in a pub or a meal in a café and on a couple of days we will have a picnic in beautiful countryside. We will have plenty of food available and will cater for any special dietary requirements.
Will I be left behind?
No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.
What are the groups like?
Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider (for the Lands End to John o’Groats tour) was 15 & the oldest (for the Channel to Med Tour) was 82. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests & character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.
Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone and people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.
Many of the people on this tour will have cycled on a tour with us previously so you may even bump into someone you know!
What happens in the evenings?
Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together & you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.
Does the support vehicle follow the group?
No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various B&B’s and hotels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.
How much luggage can I take?
There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).
What training should I do?
The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training & also that you cycle on some hills. We hold training weekends at the start of the season so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have & also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.
What bike should I use?
The most suitable bike for this trip is a road bike, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use.
Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip.
Tyre inflation & rubber composition is important & a tyre width of 25mm is recommended for this tour. Please ensure that you have hard wearing tyres with plenty of tread.
You are going to cycle over 300 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.
It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.
Can I hire a bike from you?
It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have two types of road bike and three types of hybrid/touring bikes bike available. Details of these bikes can be found by clicking on the ‘Tour Extras’ tab.
All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, pump, 2 water bottle cages, bell and front and rear lights. There is also a small saddle bag with a spare tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit & tyre leavers. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.
What gear should I take?
We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.
What is the male / female ratio?
This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3 ladies & 2/3rds gents.
Why Germany and Austria?
They are beautiful! The route that we have chosen takes us through some stunning scenery and alongside three of Europe’s prettiest and most majestic rivers. Also, towards the end of the tour between Krems and Melk, we cycle through “The Wachau”, which is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient villages and steep sided vineyards. Cycling in Germany & Austria is much better set up than in the UK so we avoid busy roads for the vast majority of the time.
To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking, then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.
Cancellation by Us
In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached, then you will be notified no less than two calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc and no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.
Cancellation by You
If you have to cancel your holiday, then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to a different tour date if possible. Usually if we are able to fill your place we will return your deposit to you however if your cancellation is close to the tour start date then we may need to keep your deposit and also full tour payment to cover potential losses we will incur.
Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)
More than 60 days before start date: Deposit
Less than 60 days before start date: 100%
Cooling Off Period
If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.
Peak Tours reserves the right to increase the price of a tour anytime up until 28 days prior to a tour start date, even if all monies for the tour have already been paid. This maybe due to changes in exchanges rates or for any other reason. If this happens then you will be given the option of cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund if you are not happy with this increase. Peak Tours will not be liable to any additional expenses incurred such as flights. Changes in exchange rates and government-decreed price increases (e.g. in the VAT rate) may mean that the price of your package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 28 days of departure. Where the price increase amounts to more than 10% of the offered and confirmed price for the travel arrangement, you have the right to withdraw from the contract free of charge within 5 days following receipt of notification. Payments made by you to us will be reimbursed immediately.
B&B Option – double or twin/triple
If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.
Single Room Option
If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.
Sole Use of a Double Room Option
If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn’t available but again, this is rare.
YHA (Youth Hostel) Option
This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.
No refund will be given for any unused accommodation, services or feature of the trip if you need to leave the tour early for whatever reason.
On tours with eight people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 9 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling at the back of the group or both guides driving a backup van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans to provide support.
If you choose the cycle hire option, you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like to use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling.
If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met, then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least two calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually eight people) hasn’t been met and you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.
In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit and final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.
It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.
EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)
This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC.
You should Satisfy yourself before booking that you have researched your destination and made an informed decision to travel, and taken any necessary precautions. You can obtain travel advise from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonweath-office).
Please note that Brexit may change the validity of this arrangement and at time of writing things are still in flux. Please check the current situation before you travel.
It is important that your bike is insured for the duration of your tour. This insurance should include and loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your tour an any subsequent days in transit.
Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for the loss of your bike if it is stolen during the tour. This includes if the bike was stolen from one of the accommodation providers, lunch stops or if your bike is being transported in one of our vans. It is important to be aware that we don’t have any insurance for your bike, even if your bike is in our care, either in one of our vans or at any of our premises.
Whilst we take great care to ensure that your bikes are always safe. We have been very fortunate and have never had a bike stolen whilst in our care, but it always remains a possibility. For this reason, you need to ensure that your bike is fully insured from the moment you start your tour or from the moment that you hand your bike to us, if this is earlier than your tour start date.
Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity and the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk and Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip.
Peak Tours reserve the right to abandon the day’s ride, at any point, should they feel that there are any factors compromising the safety of the group i.e. severe weather conditions. In the case of abandoning a ride, transport will be provided by Peak Tours to take all the riders to their accommodation.
Once the decision has been taken to cancel the day’s riding, and everyone is safely accounted for, any further guide support for riders wanting to continue with the ride will be withdrawn and, if you decide to continue with your ride, then you do so completely at your own risk. The decision of the Tour leader representing Peak Tours in final.
You are required to follow any safety advice provided to you including wearing a cycle helmet when cycling.
There is no official time limit set by Peak Tours for a rider to complete each days ride, however if a rider is consistently arriving at their accommodation at the end of each day with insufficient time to change and have an evening meal then the guides may intervene and offer options to allow the rider to finish at a reasonable time such as earlier starts from the rest of the group of riding in the van for sections of the ride.
In the most extreme cases where, due to a lack of fitness or any other circumstances, a rider is unable to keep suitable pace and complete the days ride in a reasonable time and other alternatives have been explored, Peak Tours reserve the right to remove you from the tour. No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate proving you are medically fit to participate in your chosen holiday. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise us before booking. If you do not do so, we may cancel your holiday at any time.
We welcome people with restricted mobility, medical or particular care requirements or a disability, and aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all. However, in order that we may consider the possibility of making reasonable adjustments, it is important that we are fully informed of any needs or requirements before any booking is concluded. It has to be considered that a tour group may have up to 25 people and the tour guides have a responsibility to all members of the group. If it is deemed that it wouldn’t be possible to accept someone with a particular disability or care requirements even after considering any reasonable adjustments that we would need to make then we reserve the right to decline a booking as we need to consider the safety of the group as a whole and our tour guides have a responsibility to the whole group. Also, if during a tour it becomes apparent that someone is unsuitable for a tour then the tour leader reserves the right to remove the person from the tour and Peak Tours will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result.
We consider offensive, aggressive or illegal behaviour to be completely unacceptable. Any such behaviour directed at either our staff, other members of the group or the general public will not be tolerated. The guides reserve the right to ask you to leave the tour with immediate effect, if your conduct is considered by us to be inappropriate, likely to cause harm, or impair the enjoyment, comfort or safety of your neighbours, other members of your group, staff and/or the general public, or is likely, in our belief, to breach any terms of our agreement with you (including these conditions). No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances and we reserve the right not to accept any future bookings from you or any member of your party.
There is a natural need to be flexible in a holiday of this kind. The day to day agenda and ultimate aim of the holiday is taken as an objective and not as a contractual obligation. It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their subsequent results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible.
If there is a significant change to essential terms of your holiday after booking, but before your departure date, we will notify you of these changes as soon as possible. If you are not satisfied with these changes, we will work with you to find a practical alternative. If you are not satisfied with the alternatives, then you will be entitled to cancel your booking without penalty and any money paid for services provided by the Company will be refunded. No refund will be offered for services not booked with the Company e.g. travel costs, flights, train fares etc.
Travel arrangements to the start point and from the finish point are your responsibility. Our responsibility does not commence until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. If you fail to arrive there at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you.
Any complaints regarding your trip should be made direct to your tour leader who will normally take appropriate action. If at the end of your tour, you feel that your complaint was not dealt with properly and you were not satisfied with the response, you must notify us in writing or via email within 28 days of the actual completion date of your tour. We will try to agree a settlement with you.
By completing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak Tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary and any information supplied to you.
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DUE TO ‘BREXIT’ AND THE EVER DECREASING VALUE OF THE POUND WE MAY HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THIS TOUR IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T IMPROVE. PRICES WERE SET BEFORE THE ‘BREXIT’ VOTE AND SINCE THEN THE POUND HAS PLUMMETED AGAINST THE EURO. IF THE POUND CONTINUES TO FALL THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THE TOUR. IF WE DO HAVE TO APPLY A SURCHARGE THEN YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO CANCEL AND HAVE A FULL REFUND. WE HOPE THAT THIS WONT HAPPEN BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS AWARE.
The following extras are available for this tour: