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European Castles

A fantastic combination of fairy-tale castles, aristocratic mystique and of course, the best biking roads

This fantastic European Castles self-guided motorcycle tour brings a great sense of history and aristocratic tradition. However, even more importantly, for bikers, it includes a rare luxury of having every second day of the journey free.

Europe is filled with historic castles and beautiful cities that often make excellent motorcycle holiday destinations. This memorable eleven-day tour offers you the opportunity to experience new places and ride some of the best biking routes.

Visit some of the most famous castles and chateaux of France, Switzerland, as well as Germany and Luxembourg. Explore numerous picturesque villages and tourist attractions along the way. Please stop by and discover myths and sagas of their former times.

Starting the fantastic European Castles self-guided motorcycle tour from the UK is a great advantage. It allows it to develop at its own pace effortlessly. As you progress through this fantastic journey, the castles will get more impressive, and the roads will get twistier.

France is one of the best countries to be a biker. It’s one of those rare places where you still can ride traffic-free roads as well as enjoy the magnificent scenery. The elegant Chateau De Bligny is your first royal port of call. During your guided tour of the Chateau, you’ll also be able to sample some of their famous champagne.

The magnificent lakeside Oberhofen Castle in Switzerland dates from medieval times. It features turrets and lavish banquet halls as well as beautiful English gardens. On your free day, you will also have some other excursion options. You may opt to visit the spectacular Trummelbach waterfalls and Grindelwald or even take a train journey to Jungfrau.

From the shores of pristine Thunersee, a roller coaster ride across the Swiss and Austrian Alps will take you to Bavaria. Relax and enjoy this one of a kind riding experience over the legendary Furka as well as Grimsel Pass.

For centuries the Romantische Straße has been the gateway to this beautiful part of Germany. Nowadays, it’s one of the most popular biking roads in Europe, and it beautifully links your next three destinations.

Of all the enchanting fairy tale castles here, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, as well as Linderhof, were built by King Ludwig. They all are incredibly opulent, inspiring and well ahead of their time creations. So much so that even Walt Disney used some of them as inspiration to create Cinderella Castle.

The next leg of your historical journey will take you along perfectly tarmacked German country roads to another castle. The magnificent 15th century Hohenzollern Castle is perched on the very top of mount Zoller. You can see the staterooms, the grand Count’s Hall as well as the famous Blue Saloon. From your hotel, you can also explore Lakes Titisee as well as Schluchsee. Take a ride to Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Black Forest. As an added bonus, you may also take a spin on the iconic B500 to visit Freiburg or even Baden-Baden.

Your final stop on this excellent castle tour is in Luxembourg. This picturesque country of rolling hills and thick forests are crisscrossed with fantastic biking roads. Here you will stay in a biker friendly hotel. You’ll also have a breathtaking view of Vianden Castle, which is only a short but uphill walk from the hotel. However, conveniently there is a cable chair lift. It makes the whole experience easier and more adventurous.

We hope you enjoy this tour as much as us putting it together.

For more day-to-day information about the European Castles self-guided motorcycle tour, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.

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When to go:

May to September


France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg

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Day by day tour itinerary

Day 1 – Folkestone to Champagne Region (France) (Approx. 250 miles)

Your European Castles self-guided motorcycle tour starts as you cross to France via the channel tunnel. A morning departure will allow you to spend less time on motorways and more on country roads. Your suggested route passes through the Montagne de Reims Nature Park. It is a wooded range of hills covered by vineyards that produce the region’s famous champagne.

The grape harvest takes place between mid-September and early October. So if you can coincide your departure dates accordingly, it would add an extra bubble or two to your holiday. Sézanne, with its cobbled streets, period houses and Norman church, provides a perfect setting for lunch.

Your first hotel is located between the lakes surrounded by thick forest. You’ll be welcomed with a comfortable room and a typically French gourmet evening meal. 

"Move over James Bond. Enter Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill gave Bond a serious run for his money when it came to Champagne consumption. The Pol Roger Champagne house made a special pint bottle of Champagne for Churchill. It was to be
served to him each day at 11 am"

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What our customers say

"We had the best bike trip EVER! Loved every minute of it. Many thanks.”

Debbie & Charly

London, UK 2019

European Castles