European Castles Self-Guided tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace

Tour Information

Are you passionate about history, art and culture and looking for an authentic fairytale motorcycle holiday? Well, with this unique tour you might have just hit the jackpot.
Visit not only some of the most famous castles and chateaux in France, Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg but also the numerous picturesque villages and tourist attractions along the way that invite you to discover the myths and sagas of their former times.
All the hotels on this tour are located within an easy ride from the tourist attractions listed in your itinerary.
On this tour you can choose to visit all the castles we suggest or just a few or you might even opt to add some of your own choices to your itinerary but in any case you will ride some fantastic biking roads along the way.
Chateau De Bligny – France
Your first royal port of call, after departing from Folkestone is the elegant 18th-century Chateau De Bligny situated deep in the vineyards of the French Champagne region. The château and its land have a great historic, architectural and wine-making heritage. Chateau De Bligny enjoys the unique privilege of being the only Chateau with the appellation of a champagne harvester and maker. During your guided tour of the Chateau, you’ll also be able to sample some of their famous produces such as La Rose, La Blanc De Blancs and La Grande Reserve.
Oberhofen Castle – Switzerland
Continuing with your ride you’ll arrive at your next destination which is located on the shores of Lake Thun near the town of Interlaken in Switzerland. Oberhofen Castle dates from medieval times and features medieval turrets, lavish banquet halls, stylishly furnished rooms and many acres of beautiful English style gardens with the spectacular lake and mountain views. During this visit you will get the insight to the lifestyle of the nobility of this magnificent Alpine region from the 14th century to the present day.
The next leg of your journey can be referred to as a ‘Triple Royal Delight’. As from your hotel in Bavaria, you’ll be able to visit the three most famous castles built by the Mad King Ludwig II of Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
The castle is located in Bavaria, near the town of Fussen and its fairytale look inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. The castle was built in honour of Richard Wagner, the world-renowned composer and many rooms in the castle’s interior were inspired by the scenes and characters from his operas. During your guided tour of the castle, you’ll be able to witness why it is often called ‘the castle of paradox’. While it was build only in the 19th century it still looks like a medieval castle but inside it is equipped with the most modern technology of its time. For example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with automatic flushing system, as well as an air heating system for the whole castle. The project was so immense that the building work was not finished even at Ludwig’s death in 1886 and it is not completely finished to this day.
Hohenschwangau Castle – Germany
Hohenschwangau Castle is located only a short walk or even shorter ride on a horse-driven carriage from the Neuschwanstein Castle and it was built by the King Ludwigs father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. The crown Prince Maximilian rebuilt the medieval Schwanstein Castle into a new Gothic style and the external appearance was inspired by the various European medieval castles. Each room of the royal apartments is equipped with privately commissioned hand-painted murals, elegant furniture, exotic carpets and rugs, paintings and numerous other pieces of art.
While here please take the opportunity to take a stroll around various courtyards, perfectly manicured gardens and a crystal clear Alpine lake. And also if you are still feeling energetic enough take a walk to Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge), a fascinating fit of engineering that offers a great bird eye view of the Neuschwanstein Castle and a beautiful photo opportunity.
Linderhof Castle – Germany
Only thirty miles down the road from Fussen hidden deep in the Ettaler Forest you will find Linderhof Palace, the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. It is influenced by French architecture of the 18th century and particularly from the period of Louis XV. Here the king, in a strange but positive way justified his reputation of ‘Mad Ludwig II’ by creating a palace of such workmanship, sumptuousness, opulence and artistic quality that is by far surpasses all other palaces and castles he built before.
The Linderhof Palace Park is among the most outstanding of its era. It is definitely worth spending some time walking around the French Baroque and English landscape garden.
Hohenzollern Castle – Germany
The next leg of your historic journey will take you to another region of outstanding beauty. The Black Forest is well known and popular motorcycling destination with many famous tourist attractions including some of the most spectacular castles. Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral home of the Hohenzollern dynasty which produced Prussian Kings and German Emperors.
The magnificent 15th-century fortress is perched on the very top of mount Zoller offering majestic panoramic views that on a clear day stretch over more than 50 miles which prompted many visitors to proclaim that: “The views only from Hohenzollern Castle are truly worth the journey”. If you choose to take a part on a guided tour of the castle you can see the staterooms, the magnificent Count’s Hall, the Blue Saloon, Treasure Chamber, fantastic collection of shining knights armour, the Prussian Royal Crown, the silver-embroidered dress belonging to Queen Louise, and the famous snuff-box that once saved Frederick the Greats’ life.
Vianden Castle – Luxembourg
Your final stop on this great castle tour is in Luxembourg and the historic town of Vianden. From your biker friendly hotel, you’ll have a fantastic view of the Vianden castle. It is only a short but uphill walk from the hotel, however conveniently there is a cable chair lift that makes the whole experience easier and more adventurous. When you get up there you’ll be treated by the most fabulous views over the surrounding hills, forests and farmland. The castle dates from the 11th century but it was originally built on the Roman fortress foundations. On several occasions throughout its history, the castle was damaged and almost destroyed. In 1890 the castle became the property of Grand Duke Adolphe who had it painstakingly restored to its former glory and today it is ranked among the most significant historical monuments of Europe.

We hope you enjoy this relaxing motorcycling holiday as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Crossing from Folkestone to Calais
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads to Champagne, France
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

260
Day 2

Day off
Visit to Chateau De Bligny
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

30
Day 3

Start towards Interlaken, Switzerland
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Own arrangements for evening meal

260
Day 4

Day off
Visit to Oberhofen Castle
Own arrangements for evening meal

30
Day 5

Start towards Bavaria, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meals arranged in the hotel

245
Day 6

Day off
Visit to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

30
Day 7

Start towards the Swabian Alps, germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meals arranged in the hotel

130
Day 8

Day off
Visit Hohenzollern Castle
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

40
Day 9

Start towards Luxembourg
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

245
Day 10

Day off
Visit Vianden Castle
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

Day 11

Start towards Calais
Crossing to Folkestone

250

Availability

  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Hightlights

  • Biker friendly 3 and 4**** hotel
  • Chateau De Bligny – France
  • Oberhofen Castle – Switzerland
  • Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
  • Hohenschwangau Castel – Germany
  • Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) – Germany
  • Linderhof Castle – Germany
  • Hohenzollern Castle – Germany
  • Vianden Castle – Luxembourg
  • Black Forest – Germany

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1,195 pp
  • Solo rider sharing twin room £1,255 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1,495 pp

Price Includes

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 10 breakfasts

  • 10 evening meals

  • GPX routes

  • Trip check list

  • Daily itinerary

  • Suggested tourist attractions

  • Emergency services numbers

Price Excludes

  • Petrol

  • Hotel parking

  • Motorway tolls

  • Admission charges

  • Meals other that those specified

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Pre-Trip Checklist

  • Make sure the tyres on your bike are going to last the duration of a trip.
  • Make sure that the bike is serviced for the duration of a trip.
  • Puncture repair kit recommended.
  • A good bike chain is also highly recommended.
  • Chain lubricant.
  • Spare bike keys.
  • Spare battery for the alarm fob (if you have an alarm).
  • Spare bulbs (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare fuses (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare spark plugs (in some countries required by law).
  • Some tools.
  • Some extra bike security device (padlock and chain, disc lock).
  • Torch.
  • Valid passport.
  • Valid riding licence.
  • European breakdown cover recommended.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Green card for European travel.
  • Check if your bike insurance covers (Green Card) all the countries will be passing through (e.g. Eastern Europe).
  • Copy of bike insurance policy.
  • Registration document.
  • E111 obtained from the Post Office (this guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in EC countries only).
  • High viz vest/jacket.
  • Breathalizer.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare set of gloves.
  • Enough clothes to last you for a trip.
  • Some swimming gear.
  • Some casual clothes.
  • Some local currency.
  • A major credit card recommended.
  • Mini first aid kit (in some countries required by law).
  • Some basic pain killers and prescription drugs.
  • Note with your driving licence of any allergies in Latin.
  • Pack everything into plastic bags before putting it into the panniers.

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