Regularly our customers ask us about the possibilities of going for a swim on our tours. We therefore thought it might be a good topic for a newsletter. We often stay at campsites along rivers, or at lakes and on some of the tours also on the coast. Of course, it depends a bit on the time of the year whether you would want to go for a dip, for example, on our “Exciting Eastern Germany” tour, which starts in the middle of April, it might be a bit cold to go for a swim in open water! However, there are some unique indoor swimming pools along the way. In the Spreewald you can swim with penguins in an indoor pool, and on the short drive from Potsdam to the Spreewald there is an amazing pool called Tropical Island. It is Europe’s largest tropical resort and built in a former Zeppelin hangar. It has the world’s largest indoor rainforest with exotic pheasants, flamingos and butterflies, as well as stunning indoor and outdoor water worlds and authentic architecture from Bali and Thailand. Germany’s largest water slide tower can be found here and 10,000 m2 of sauna and spa facilities.
During the tour there are also more down to earth possibilities to spend time on the water. For example, it is possible to go for a boat trip in Berlin or Dresden or on the River Unstrut, not far from Colditz Castle, and when we are in the Spreewald the group will enjoy an unique punting boat trip through the extensive network of rivers. Our personal punt ferryman will take us past picturesque Spreewald villages, peaceful meadows and imposing forests and tell us all about local customs and traditions.
During our two Nordic Tours to Denmark and Norway, we will be often near the coast, and you could go for a paddle in the North or Baltic Sea or in one of the many Norwegian fjords, but the water might be a bit cool for a longer swim. But on our “Discover Denmark” tour you should at least dip your feet into the water during the group tractor bus trip to Grenen, the most northly tip of Denmark, and stand with one leg in the Baltic and the other one in the North Sea. On our “Stunning Norway” tour you will also see many waterfalls at their fullest due to the time of year. This gives you the opportunity to check the water temperature, in case you get too close to them, or when you walk behind them, which some of our customers did last time we were there 😊. If you bring your dog, there are plenty of opportunities for them to go for a swim, as they are usually not bothered by the water temperature.
Our “Majestic Rhine & Moselle Rivers” tour starts at the end of June and usually we have great weather, and the temperatures are now ideal for swimming in the two rivers. Our pitches are often directly on the riverbank, so you just need to walk a few steps to get into the beautifully clear water. On our “Germany’s Romantic Road”, we will also be staying close to the rivers Main and Tauber and as we get further south it is possible to swim in lake Ammersee and any of the other lakes in the Schwangau region.
In September we go south to Italy and Croatia where the weather should be fantastic. During our tour “Impressive Italian Lakes & Cities”, we will be stopping at 4 different lakes: Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Lago d’Iseo and of course Lago di Garda. All campsites are directly at the lakes and ideal for swimming. The only two campsites not on a lake are in Milan and at the vineyard where we will enjoy a winetasting, but at the vineyard we can use their own private pool to have a swim and cool off. During the last tour of the year “Captivating Croatia” we can expect lovely weather around 25 degrees, and guess what, we will have lots of campsites at the Adriatic Sea inviting you for a swim in the crystal-clear water.
If you are interested in any of our upcoming tours for 2024, you can find more information on the tour by clicking on the links below:
Tour date: Sun. 14th April – Sat. 27th April
Calais pick-up: Fri 12th April
Tour date: Sun. 12th May – Sat. 1st June
Calais pick-up: Fri. 10th May
Tour date: Sun. 2nd June – Sun. 23rd June
Tour date: Sat. 29th June – Sat. 13th July
Calais pick-up: Sat. 29th June
Tour date: Sat. 14th July – Sat. 27th July
Tour date: Sun. 1st – Sat. 14th September
Calais pick-up: Fri. 30th August
Tour date: Sun. 15th September – Fri. 4th October
All information regarding dates, prices, and itinerary can be found on our website. If you have any additional questions or require any further information, just send us an email. If you would like to book a tour you can do this online, or just send us an email and we will send you a booking form.
Best Regards and safe travels
Audrey & Michael