Along the Saale, Ilm and Unstrut, 7-days

Along the Saale, Ilm and Unstrut, 7-day-tour

Follow the traces of poets and thinkers. Cycle past villages, castles and palaces and enjoy the wonderful Thüringer cuisine. Discover the traditional wine-growing region and enjoy Thüringer hospitality over a glass of wine.

Included services

  • Accommodation with breakfast in hotels and guesthouses (cat. 3-star-Standard)
  • Rooms with bath/shower and toilet
  • Welcome cocktail on the day of arrival
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Train ride Naumburg – Wangen (incl. bike)
  • Tour of the Rottkäppchen champagne factory incl. 1 tasting
  • Detailed information package with maps and tour description
  • Service Hotline
Travel days

1. Day: Arrival - Weimar

Individual arrival into the classical city. Goethe, Schiller and Herder – the influences of the great poets are omnipresent.

2. Day: Weimar - Jena (approx. 22 km)

Due to the short cycling stage, you will have enough time to visit the numerous sights that are worth seeing in Weimar, before you cycle to Jena. As you stroll around the lovingly preserved old city, you should definitely pay a visit to the Zeiss-Planetarium and Schillers Garden House.

3. Day: Jena - Naumburg (approx. 55 km)

An imposing landscape image is provided by the so-called „Saale Canyon“. This appears to be a mountain landscape with its protruding Wellenkalk Mountains.  The three famous Dornburger castles “Altes Schloss, Rokoko-Schloss and Renaissance-Schloss” sit enthroned high above the Saale-Canyon. You then continue through a traditional wine-growing region, which will accompany you to the Naumberger cathedral with its famous founder figures.

4. Day: Naumburg - Daily excursion to Nebra - Naumburg (approx. 35 km)

Train ride (incl.) to Wangen bei Nebra, the place where the „sky disc of Nebra“ was found, the first graphic representation of the night sky. You then travel downstream to Freyburg, the city known for its sparkling wine. Learn about the long tradition of the winery during a tour (incl.) of the historic buildings of the Rottkäppchen champagne factory, which has the largest German cuvee barrel made of wood. After a sparkling wine tasting, you cycle back to Naumburg.

5. Day: Naumburg - Apolda (approx. 36 km)

The Saale cycle path leads you in the direction of Bad Kösen with its known graduation house. From Kleinheringen, you follow the Ilm into the spa town of Bad Sulza and further into the bell town of Apolda. From the passable viewing platform of the Bismarck tower, you can enjoy a panoramic view of up to the Ilm-Saale-Plate.  

6. Day: Apolda - Weimar (approx. 30 km)

After a few kilometres, you will arrive in Oßmannstedt with its romantic Gutspark. You continue through a vast meadow landscape and will then reach the Tiefurt castle, the summer residence and temple of the Muses of the Duchess Anna Amalia. Take the time to visit the castle and the park, which are part of UNESCO world heritage, before returning to Weimar.

7. Day: Weimar - Departure

Individual departure from Weimar.


Cycle paths in good condition can be found on the Saale, Unstrut and also the Ilm cycle path. You will only need to change onto side- or main roads during short sections. The routes leads through flat, partly hilly terrain.

Total length: approx. 180 kilometres

level of difficulty: 2


Exclusive services

  • Rental bike + 1 saddle bag per bike + 1 map-holder per room (7/8-gear bike with back pedal or 21/24-gear bike with free-wheel)
  • E-bike + 1 saddle bag per bike + 1 map-holder per room

Additional information

  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people
  • Possible visitor’s tax payable on-site
  • Price for half-board on request!
Prices / Dates

Price per person

Base price
Single room € 679,--
Double room € 529,--
Triple room € 529,--
Quadruple room € 529,--
Half-board € 0,--
Rental bike (7/8-gear with back pedal)+ 1 saddle bag per bike + 1 map-holder per room € 50,--
Rental bike (21/24-gear with free-wheel)+ 1 saddle bag per bike + 1 map-holder per room € 50,--
E-Bike + 1 saddle bag per bike + 1 map-holder per room € 110,--
Additional nights
Double room Single room
Weimar € 50,-- € 81,--
Jena € 59,-- € 81,--
Naumburg € 59,-- € 81,--
Naumburg € 59,-- € 81,--
Apolda € 45,-- € 63,--
Weimar € 50,-- € 81,--

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