Castles & Lakes Tour
Germany • Austria • Czech Republic
August 1 - 14, 2021
Highlights: Prague (Czech Republic), canoeing, medieval castles and architecture including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bamberg (Germany), Romantic Road (Austria), vineyard tour in Dürnstein (Austria), and much more!
Central Europe as it should be experienced; on a motorcycle, riding through quaint villages, lush countryside and farmland on the gloriously winding roads of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Designed around a relaxed riding schedule to allow participants to savor the medieval castles and classic architecture, the Castles & Lakes Tour will make you fall in love with these countries renowned for their romantic splendor, sumptuous cuisine, centuries of historical significance and daunting beauty.
The Castles & Lakes Tour visits several UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as medieval castles and country roads. As a two-wheel enthusiast (undoubtedly with a desire for entertaining routes) you will ride the famed motorcyclist’s gem; the Romantic Road of Austria; a twisting two-lane road that winds its way through forests and countryside.
Specifically designed as a laid back and relaxed motorcycle travel vacation, the Castles & Lakes Tour combines riding with history, unraveling ancient architecture, balanced against plenty of riding and sightseeing; cities as well as open country and mountain passes. On non-riding rest days you can trade your motorcycle for a walking day trip of stunning Prague, and in the Czech Republic, go for a canoe ride. There will be opportunities for winery tours, sightseeing, or just relaxing.
The tour will cover plenty of miles over country roads, farmlands, and mountains, with overnight stays in small villages and city centers in 3- and 4-star accommodations, further reinforcing the old world aspect of these picturesque countries.
A support vehicle makes easy work of transporting luggage, avoiding the daily ritual of packing the bike, and multilingual tour guides ensure a safe and pleasant foreign experience. A choice of BMW motorcycle perfectly fits the Castles & Lakes Tour, with the German motorcycles having been developed specifically for this environment.
There is no better way to see this part of Europe than from the seat of a motorcycle. For that reason the Castles & Lakes Tour offers a commensurate luxury motorcycling experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
Departure from the U.S. or Canada and arrival in Europe on the following day. There is a time difference of six hours from Eastern Standard Time.
Arrival in Ismaning (Munich), Germany
Once you arrive at the welcoming hotel, you'll have time for a stroll and lunch before we pick up motorcycles and go for a short ride in Bavaria.
Ismaning – Bamberg, Germany
Ride through Bavaria with a few stops along the way like the oldest brewery and the spectacular monastery of Weltenburg.
Bamberg – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
We'll pass over the mountains of the Bavarian Forest into the Czech Republic and through the Bohemia region to Karlovy Vary, a famous vacation town dating back thousands of years.
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (optional day off)
Today you can either relax in the famous spa town or do the dayride into the mountains of the Bohemian Forest.
Karlovy Vary – Prague, Czech Republic
Traverse the wonderful landscape of the Czech Republic before arriving in Prague where we'll dine on a private boat on the Moldava river.
Prague - Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Explore the Bohemian Forest and ride to the prettiest town in the country: Cesky Krumlov, with its 13th-century castle.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic (optional day off)
This tour is ideal for couples and taking it slow to really immerse yourself in the culture. Today's rest day packs a leisurely canoe trip along Vltava river.
Český Krumlov – Dürnstein, Austria
We will visit the mountainous Waldviertel (region in the Upper Austria province) and the beautiful wine region, Wachau, before spending the night in a castle.
Dürnstein, Austria (optional day off)
Choose between wandering around in the historic and beautiful village of Dürnstein, a boat trip on the Danube, or the optional loop on the bikes through valleys and vineyards.
Dürnstein – Traunsee, Austria
We’ll ride the famous Romantic Road of Austria and end up at the wonderful Traunsee for a quick dip into the water.
Traunsee, Austria (optional day off)
Relax back at the hotel or take a day trip to the historic town of Hallstatt and some spectacular alpine roads.
Traunsee, Austria – Ismaning, Germany
On our last riding day, we’ll pass four huge lakes and the KTM motorcycle factory and museum. In the afternoon we'll return the motorcycles.
Flight home from Munich and arrival back home in U.S. and Canada on the same day.
Rates (per person)
Not Included in the Tour Price
Not included in the tour price are international or other airfare to/from Munich, Germany, personal items, passport, speeding tickets and other fines, lunches, beverages, personal hotel room charges, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone calls, medical and accident insurance, and transportation to and from the airport for early arrivals and late departures.
The hotels are mostly family-owned and -operated and each has wonderful local flavor. They are three and four-star establishments, and all provide breakfast and dinner. You will feel welcome and at home right away. Some hotels have a pool or sauna, so bring your bathing suit, and all provide hair dryers. If you bring any electronic devices, remember that Europe has different voltage (220V) and electrical outlets, so make sure you have the right converters and plugs and that your electronic devices work on both voltages. Casual clothing to wear in the evenings is fine; there’s no need for formal wear.
Group minimum is six riders, maximum is ten riders plus passengers.
Roads and Traffic
Though riding an average of only 142 miles / 229 km per day may seem easy, don’t be deceived. Some roads are technical, narrow, and curvy, but overall it’s an easy route. If you have a good amount of riding experience, you’ll be able to master this trip.
Available motorcycles may be subject to change.
F 750 GS
F 800 R
F 800 GT
F 850 GS
F 850 GS/A
R 1250 R
R 1250 GS
R 1250 GS/A
R 1250 RT
Motorcycles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon availability and are not guaranteed.
Keep in mind that smaller bikes handle much better on alpine roads! Great choices for a carefree, leisurely ride are the F 750 GS, F 800 R, F 800 GT, and F 850 GS/A. They handle very easily on the hairpins and still have enough power to keep up with anybody else on the mountain roads. The R 1250 GS is a good choice for two-up riding. Anything bigger (and heavier) takes away the pleasure of riding in the Alps. You may want to check out these bikes at your local dealer to see which one feels the most comfortable for you.
One piece of luggage per person will go on the support vehicle. Tour members will be able to securely store suitcases and any other extra luggage in the first hotel of the trip.
The BMWs we provide for our tours are equipped with a luggage system. The volume of the hard side cases varies, depending on the motorcycle. Generally, you can count on a total of 60 to 70 liters (2.4 cu ft) of storage for both cases. An electrical socket for GPS is available upon request. You will need to bring your own Powerlet plug that fits the BMW socket.
The F 750 GS, F 800 R, F 800 GT, and F 850 GS/A will have two side cases, while the R 1250 GSA comes with two side cases and a top case.
The rental motorcycles are not equipped with tankbags. If you bring a tankbag, make sure that it uses straps and not magnets, which won’t work on the BMWs’ tanks.
The deductible for the motorcycle insurance included in your tour package is approximately $700. The actual amount may vary due to currency fluctuation. This amount is not charged or held to your card as we use an honor system with our guests. In case of minor damage to your motorcycle, an appraisal of the repair cost is made, based on the dealer’s cost, and billed to you with the understanding that you are responsible for up to $700 of damages. In case the cost of any damage to the motorcycle is higher than the deductible, or if the bike is stolen, the full deductible will be due. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the cost. Repair appraisals can take up to 6 months to receive from the dealer.
To ensure that you have the easiest travel experience possible, Blue Rim Tours offers select services for an additional fee. If you are interested in any of the following trip extras, please indicate on your registration form:
Early/late lodging arrangements
Extended motorcycle rental
Deposit and Payment
A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and money orders. On May 14, 2021, 50% of the tour price is due. The remaining balance of the tour is due before or on June 25, 2021.
The deadline for reservation is May 14, 2021.
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip and do so (in writing) between May 14 and June 24, 2021, you forfeit 50% of the total tour price. June 25, 2021 and after, the total tour price is nonrefundable.
Minimum Tour Requirement
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your payment will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration fee. This fee can be applied to another tour of your choice.
Please make your flight reservations after the registration deadline for the tour. We will send you a reminder email to book your flight.
Trip & Medical Insurance
It is highly recommended that you get trip insurance. Also, check with your health insurance provider about your coverage while traveling overseas. For additional information on trip cancellation insurance, visit www.insuremytrip.com. Please read our helpful blog about travel insurance here.
Temperatures will range between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 and 29 degrees Celsius. The altitude changes during the day’s ride, and the temperature changes accordingly. It can rain and be chilly on the mountain roads, yet be warm when you come down into the valleys. Dress in several layers so you can easily adjust to the weather conditions. In case of heavy rain or other bad weather, we will choose the shortest route to the next hotel, and avoid pass roads wherever possible.
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