- Garmisch and the Romantic Castles
- Ludwig’s Versailles and Mozart’s Salzburg
- Bavaria’s Allgäuer Alps
- Four Rivers through the Heart of Bavaria
- Magical Moselle Wine Route
- The Carinthian Lakes - Austria’s Cycling Paradise
- Austrian Wine and the best of the Danube
- Gruyères and Lake Genèva
- Appenzellerland and Lake Constance
- The Alsace - Route du Vin
- Croatia - Pearls of Istria
- Essence of Slovenia
- What happens to our luggage?
- Where do we stay?
- How do we get there?
- What is the food like?
- What are 'One Night Stops'?
- How difficult is a Bents Bicycle Tour?
- Who can enjoy a Bents Bicycle Tour?
- What kind of bikes do you provide?
- Can we explore at our own pace?
While you are cycling or walking the route each day, one of our representatives will take all your belongings in our minibus to the next hotel - ensuring they are in your room by mid-afternoon.
Our bicycles come equipped with a rack and pannier bag, so anything you may need during the day can be easily carried. We recommend that walkers bring a small daypack.
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One of the highlights of your holiday will be the marvellous hotels and guesthouses in which you stay. Mostly small and family-run, they are handpicked for their comfort and individual character, not to mention the warmth of their welcome. All rooms have private bathrooms.
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Getting to your holiday destination couldn’t be simpler. We offer scheduled flights with British
Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Adria Airways and KLM to Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Vienna, Genèva, Zurich, Strasbourg, Basel, Pula, Zagreb and Ljubljana from a choice of up to 15 UK departure airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol and Jersey.
Using scheduled flights, we tailor your itinerary to your needs – allowing you to extend your stay in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Croatia or Slovenia, before or after your holiday. We will be happy to advise you on possible arrangements.
Onward transfer to your base hotel is made as easy as possible. Our representative will meet you at your arrival airport and you will be driven to your base hotel by minibus. For those wishing to drive to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia or France, there is ample safe parking at all our base hotels. We provide detailed instructions on how to find your base hotel and, at the end of your holiday, we arrange transport back to your starting point to pick up your car.
We are also able to arrange your Channel crossing with Brittany Ferries, Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel.
For travellers arriving independently, we provide information on how to find your base hotel using public transport.
Holidaymakers arriving by air from a country other than the UK, may also be able to join our normal airport-to-hotel transfer.
All holidaymakers making their own travel arrangements qualify for a price reduction – please refer to the price details for each tour.
Enjoying authentic regional cuisine is an important element of our tours. During a day’s cycling or walking, a little local flavour always adds to the overall experience.
Throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia and France, first-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the quality, quantity and variety of the food. Surprisingly, even areas renowned for their meat dishes still cater well for vegetarians. In every location, £12-£20 purchases a tasty meal to satisfy the heartiest appetite. For alfresco dining, picnickers will find an extraordinary selection in even the smallest village shop.
The culinary possibilities are limitless... Whether it’s three–cheese fondue in the Swiss Alps, Bavarian Weisswurst (white sausage) with Weissbier, Kremna Rezina (Slovenian cream cake), roast pork with dumplings in Southern Bohemia or Austrian Weichselstrudel (sour cherry strudel), you’ll discover classic regional specialties and new gourmet sensations throughout your tour. And, of course, you’ll also sample the finest wines and beers from each region. Cheers!
Our information pack includes an extensive translation section to help you choose from the exciting menu options available.
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All except one of our tours are now available in two formats. The ‘Original Bents Formula’ of two night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days, is available for all departure dates. Our ‘One Night Stops’ itinerary, where you stay two nights in your first hotel followed by just a single night in each subsequent hotel, is offered on selected dates. Our Moselle Tour, has a specially chosen itinerary tailored to the landscape.
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A Bents Bicycle Tour is no Tour de France! Instead, imagine a gentle potter at your own pace through the lush German, Austrian, Swiss, French, Croatian and Slovenian countryside with time to savour all the atmosphere of these friendly regions.
In Upper Bavaria, we take you to the mountains but not over them. Immediately south of Munich, the rolling hills of the alpine foreland rise up, gradually growing until they reach the Alps at the border with Austria. Once in Austria, majestic mountains are all around – however, where there are hills and mountains, there are valleys and lakes, and these are the ways we have found for you.
Our Heart of Bavaria and Moselle tours are a joy for those wishing to take it easy. They journey along meandering river valleys and, whilst the scenery is spectacular with vineyards, beer brewing monasteries and castles clinging to steep hillsides, the only ascents en route are the bridges as you hop from one river bank to the other.
Switzerland is a mountainous country and certainly the scenery is spectacular. However, our routes through Appenzellerland and, from Gruyères to Lake Genèva, are no more strenuous than those in Bavaria or Austria. Gently undulating alpine meadows, meandering valleys and lakeside cycle paths are the routes we have chosen.
Istria in Croatia is an exquisite gem ideally suited to cycling. From a medieval hilltop castle you will ride downstream along the Mirna Valley to the clear waters of the Adriatic. As you head south hugging the coastline, cycle paths and quiet lanes traverse gentle undulations along the shore.
Slovenia is perfect for cycling; a medley of majestic mountains and beautiful rolling meadows. Our tour starts among the high peaks and gradually loses altitude en route to the capital; Ljubjlana.
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Anyone who is healthy and can ride a bike will enjoy our holidays. We try particularly hard to cater for children, so that the whole family can cycle together. We have a range of lightweight bicycles for the over 8s, and we find that most children from this age have no difficulty in wearing out their parents! For infants and toddlers, we have the latest in child-seats from Kettler (probably the safest and most comfortable on the market) and suitable for children under five.
For children aged between 4 and 10, we also have top-of-the range Burley trailer bikes which attach to the back of an adult bicycle and effectively transform it into a tandem.
The child can pedal while remaining completely under the control of the adult bicycle. With your luggage carried for you, you won’t find it a chore to bring the children along.
We also have electric bicycles which are available at a small supplement. Should you choose one, you will ride up hills with ease and keep going longer and further with minimal effort. All our electric bicycles are supplied with two batteries to ensure they keep going all day.
Fit and healthy grandparents can also come along for the ride!
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Top of the range bikes for your enjoyment
We pay particular attention to the quality of the bicycles provided. After thorough testing, we have decided upon the Sonoran, a Dawes top-of-the-range trekking bike.
The bicycle is perfectly suited to the terrain encountered on our tours, designed for both roads and tracks. It combines lightness with robust dependability and features 24 gears, comfortable sprung saddle, mud guards, rear carrier, pannier bag, and chain guard.
We have limited numbers of Dawes mountainbike tandems and Giant electric trekking bicycles. The electric bicycle will help you ride up hills with ease and enable you to keep going longer and further with minimal effort. Tandems and electric bicycles may be booked on a first-come, first served basis for a small supplement.
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Freedom to Roam
Two to three weeks before your holiday, we’ll send your travel documents, together with a comprehensive information pack of daily maps highlighted with our suggested routes, accompanied by detailed written instructions.
You are now free to explore each day at your own pace, leaving plenty of time to absorb
the atmosphere of charming villages, enjoy leisurely picnics among the cornfields, and swim in the many inviting lakes. All secure in the knowledge that a comfortable bed awaits at the end of each exhilarating day..
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“It’s our dream holiday. Each morning we wake-up full of anticipation for the days cycling, savouring the scenery, food and wine as we go.”
S. Beck, Gosport.