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Bamberg - Aschaffenburg 8-Day Self-Guided Bike and Barge Tour

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Bike and Barge tour from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg

The Main valley tour is a friendly, gentle bike tour along the flat land of the river through the ever changing countryside of the Bavarian region, famous for the good wines and many historic towns and villages. Absolute highlight of the tour is the city of Bamberg a UNESCO World Heritage City that not only embodies a thousand years of art and culture, but also remains vibrant and young at heart. The bike tour follows the river, encountering many traditional half-timbered houses within the various small villages. The region of Bavaria will impress you with its wealth of idyllic vineyards as you sail to the tranquil town of Hassfurt, where many 15th and 16th century monuments are of note. The lively little town of Kitzingen is a wine trade center. It has a reputation for producing some unique and flavorful white wines. The trek to the wine town of Volkach is filled with picturesque rolling vineyards, orchards and quiet river meadows. Historic Marktbreit is one of the region’s most beautiful villages with splendid houses and narrow alleys. The tour will also bring you to Würzburg, Germany’s Baroque city where you will visit the Residenz Palace and gardens in rococo style, listed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. And then there is Aschaffenburg where you can visit the famous Johannisburg.

Your accomodation:

Your ship has ten comfortable cabins. One double cabin (8 m² – 68 sq.ft.) with a double bed and nine twin cabins (8 m² – 86 sq.ft.) with two single beds which can be set together in most cabins. In two cabins there is the possibility to place a bunk bed for children. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.

Highlights on this tour

  • Biking in River Main’s idyllic vineyards
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Bamberg & Würzburg
  • Taste fine Bavarian wines
  • Barge with max. 20 passengers

Included in this tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Program according to itinerary
  • Full board-Plus-Arrangement: 7 x breakfast buffet Packed lunches or noontime snack 7 x 3-course dinner Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily briefings by the skipper (board tour guide, English & German speaking)
  • Maps and information material (German) for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • Use of a helmet (2 per cabin)
  • Wi-Fi

Not included: 

  • Drinks
  • Coffee and tea on board at other hours
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental including pannier bag
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Fees for ferries
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees

If you would like to hire a bike (79 EUR) or an E-Bike (189 EUR) please send an enquire at [email protected] 

This tour also travels from Aschaffenburg to Bamberg

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  • Day 1

    Individual arrival and embarkation as from 4 p.m. in Bamberg, where you will stay for the night. Like Rome, the city was built on seven hills and one therefore likes to call it the “Franconian Rome”. If you arrive early, you may still have the time to experience the fascinating heritage of world culture. The fishermen’s quarter of “Little Venice”, a row of residences from the 17th century, is also worth seeing. If you like beer, you have to drink a nice cool beer here. There are still eleven independent breweries in the city!

  • Day 2

    Bamberg – Haßfurt | Haßfurt – Schweinfurt (30-40 km/18-24 mi.)

    Today you will start sailing to Haßfurt with it’s beautiful historic inner town. It is situated between two nature area’s and you will find several interesting religious buildings over here, like the late Gothic “Ridderkapel” (Knight’s chapel) and the parochian church with paintings of Tilman Riemenschneider. From here, you will continue cycling. The tour will take you to the former emperor’s city of Schweinfurt.

  • Day 3

    Schweinfurt – Stammheim – Kitzingen (32 km/19 mi. or 60 km/36 mi.)

    Today’s cycling tour will take you to Kitzingen. In this historical wine trading city you will also find the German Fastnachtsmuseum (carnival museum). Here you will get an impression of the history of carnival, you will find information about the medieval Franconian customs too in this museum. In Kitzingen, the old and former beer breweries have changed to wine production, as the historic cellar equipment will show you. Some of the Kitzinger restaurants serve typical Franconian dishes like Sauerbraten mit Kloß (beefstew and potatoes) or Karfpen Blau (fish). If you prefer to cycle a short tour, you can sail till Stammheim and start cycling from there.

  • Day 4

    Kitzingen – Würzburg (40 km/24 mi.)

    Würzburg, homing several points of interest, is awaiting you at the end of today’s tour. Visit the Würzburg Residenz, considered one of Germany’s most important castles, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage since 1981, enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress Marienburg or visit the Sint-Kilianusdom. Würzburg is the center of Franconian wines and is, due to the presence of several universities, also lively in the evening.

  • Day 5

    Würzburg – Karlstadt | Karlstadt – Lohr (30 km/18 mi.)

    In the morning the Allure cruises to Karlstadt, where you will arrive around 10.30 hr. The romance of an old town and the idyll of a village – Karlstadt has both. Explore the more than 800 year old buildings in the by walls, towers and Gates surrounded old town. From Karlstadt you will cycle to Lohr am Main, your goal of today. Typical for the beautiful old town are the historic Franconian timbered buildings. Lor am Main is the gateway to the lower Spessart mountains. Some people say it was the place where Snowwhite used to live…. Buildings like the castle Lohr (Kurzmainer Schloss) emphasize the enchanting character of the city.

  • Day 6

    Lohr – Wertheim | Wertheim – Freudenberg (30 km/18 mi.)

    In the morning you will cruise with the ship from Lohr tot Wertheim, which has a castle with the same name as a landmark. The historical market place, with what probably is the narrowest house of the Franconian land, is the center of town. Here starts today’s bike tour to Freudenberg. High above the Main river and the town of Freudenberg, Freudenburg Castle is enthroned at the foot of the Franconian Odenwald forest. Freudenburg is well known among castle connoisseurs for its striking keep.

  • Day 7

    Freudenberg – Aschaffenburg (50 km/30 mi.)

    The highlight of today’s bicycle tour is Miltenberg with its 1200 built Mildenburg. You will cycle on the “Kosmosradweg”(planet-cycle track) from Erlenbach to Kleinwallstadt. Along this track you will find information about the universe. The floodplain forest between Nilkheim and Niedernheim is pleasant to ride on in the summer. All along the river you will find benches or rest areas where you can rest or even take a swim. Your destination for today is the beautiful and quiet university city of Afschaffenburg, which offers numerous magnificent buildings. Johannisburg Castle, built with red sandstone, is one of the most important and most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The lively center with narrow streets offers many half-timbered houses and numerous wine bars and cafes.

  • Day 8

    Disembarkation: Aschaffenberg After breakfast: disembarkation till 9 a.m. and end of the tour.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 13 2023 May 20 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 10 2023 Jun 17 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 24 2023 Jul 01 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 08 2023 Jul 15 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 22 2023 Jul 29 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 05 2023 Aug 12 2023 20 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,149€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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