River Main in Miltenberg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Kiefer

Rathaus of Volkach, a wine town in Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Matthias Zepper

Aschaffenburg to Bamberg or Bamberg to Aschaffenburg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling in Bavaria!

  • Many cultural highlights await you on this bike and boat tour in Germany!

    Welcome to Nothern Bavaria, the ancient kingdom of Franconia. This is the heart of old Germany. The bike path

    In Würzburg, for example, you will visit the castle gardens in the Rococo style Residenz, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Bamberg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, a visit to the Duomo, a 15th-century Old Town Hall in the middle of the river Regnitz is on your agenda. The fishermen's quarter of "Little Venice", a row of residences from the 17th century, is also worth seeing. Of course, you will want to visit one or a few of the "beer gardens"! Some say Franconia is a region known for excellent wines and others recommend the Franks for their beer. You can decide for yourself and in addition, sample the culinary delights.

    If you want to add to the experience you can extend this tour by adding a guided hotel to hotel experience Berlin to Bamberg, beginning on August 2, 2019.

    Don't forget to check out all our bike tours in Germany!

  • Bike and Boat:

    Iris: £ 1090 $ 1,869 1365 NOK 13081 kr 12075 $ 1,570 Single supplement on request

    Combined tour:
    Price £ 2651 $ 4,545 3320 NOK 31817 kr 29369 $ 3,818 Single supplement on request


    extra options

    Bike and boat:
    Electric bike: £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 Combined tour:
    Electric bike: £ 136 $ 233 170 NOK 1629 kr 1504 $ 196


    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt International Airport

    Local Travel

    From the Frankfurt International Airport, you can take a train to Aschaffenburg and then a taxi to the boat. Train travel time is approximately 45 minutes.


    Please check local conditions prior to arrival for the most up to date weather information.


    Electric bicycles available.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the comfort plus boat, the Iris

What’s Included

  • Bike and boat only
  • 7 nights on board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Breakfast
  • 6 x dinner on board
  • Packed lunches for bike trips
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide (from 18 guests, 2 guides)
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Climate-controlled cabins
  • Bike rental, helmets, panniers and waterbottle
  • Combined Tour
  • 8 nights in hotels in Berlin, Dresden and Bamberg, including breakfast
  • Welcome reception in Berlin
  • 1x dinner in Berlin
  • lunch at Potsdam
  • lunch at Liebenberg
  • cycling along the Wall in Berlin
  • guided Citytour in Dresden
  • 1x dinner in Dresden
  • coffee and cake on the way to Königstein
  • visit to the Bastei (Saxon Switzerland)
  • steamship to Dresden
  • snacks on board
  • entrance Meissen Porcelain Museum
  • dinner in Landgasthof in Marktleugast
  • guided city walk in Bamberg
  • dinner in Bamberg
  • all transfers by S-bahn, train or coach
  • Van service for shuttles
  • 7 nights on board the comfort plus boat, the Iris
  • Packed lunches during bike and boat portion of tour
  • 6 dinners on board
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Welcome drink
  • Beer/wine tasting
  • Bike rental, helmets, panniers and waterbottle

What’s Not Included

  • 1 x dinner
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, and other excursions not mentioned in the program
  • Beverages (other than mentioned) and other miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Gratuities
  • Combined tour, during bike and boat option, there is no van support
Length8–16 days
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Skill Level

The majority of this route follows the Main River Cycle Path, given a 5-star rating by the German Association of Cyclists. Limited cycling along roads in villages. The average distance is 25-50 km and it is not always possible to join the ship halfway.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Aschaffenburg to Bamberg or Bamberg to Aschaffenburg Map

Aschaffenburg to Bamberg

Day 1: Aschaffenburg - Miltenberg
Day 2: Miltenberg - Freudenberg - Marktheidenfeld, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Marktheidenfeld - Karlstadt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Karlstadt - Würzburg, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 5: Wurzburg - Kitzingen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Kitzingen - Volkach - Schweinfurt, 31 mi.  (50 km)
Day 7: Schweinfurt - Bamberg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Bamberg

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Aschaffenburg
Embarkation at 1:30 pm followed by immediate departure to Miltenberg. For this reason, it is recommended to book an extra night before your tour to visit the Johannisburg Castle.  The massive four-winged complex, build from 1605 to 1614 under Archbishop-Elector Johann Schweikard von Kronberg, is one of the most important examples of palace architecture from the German Renaissance era. You can also visit the Pompejanum, an idealized replica of a Roman Village, build in the 19th century. As the boat navigates toward Miltenberg, you will have a welcome speech and tour presentation, including crew introductions, safety presentation and welcome drink. Dinner will be enjoyed as  you sail. After the boat moors in Miltenberg, you can join the guide for a city walk. This city has a certain charm due to its meandering streets and alleys, old restored half-timber houses, and the monumental market square. Here, you can enjoy a local beer in one of the cozy pubs or on the terraces. 

Day 2: Miltenberg - Freudenberg - Marktheidenfeld, 31 mi. (50 km)
During a relaxing breakfast, the barge brings you to Freudenberg. First, you bike through the typical landscape of the Main to Wertheim, where the character of an old Frankish is preserved. There is much to see on the route to Marktheidenfeld, a beautiful old town with historic buildings and Franconian timbered houses.

Day 3: Marktheidenfeld - Karlstadt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you bike through a very beautiful part of the Main valley first to Lohr am Main and its Gothic and Baroque buildings. Then the bike tour goes to Gemünden, another charming village along the river. Today's destination is the Romantic old town of  Karlstadt. Explore the more than 800-year-old buildings in the by walls, towers and Gates surrounded old town.

Day 4: Karlstadt - Würzburg, 16 mi. (25 km)
Today offers a shorter bike tour, which gives ample time to visit the town of Würzburg. Würzburg's famous landmarks are the UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace, with its palace gardens and square, the Marienberg Citadel and the 180-meter-long Old Main Bridge, which is lined with impressive statues of saints. Straddling the banks of the Main river amid idyllic vineyards, the location alone is reason enough to visit Würzburg. Another reason is the local wine served in Bocksbeutel bottles, whose characteristic flattened round shape has become a trademark for the entire region. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Würzburg.

Day 5: Würzburg - Kitzingen, 37 mi. (57 km)
Today you will cycle along the Main cycle track from Wurzburg through the fruitful Ochsenfurt district to Ochsenfurt with its lance tower that is definitely worth seeing. Cycle through the historic village Marktbreit with its fine residences to Kitzingen.
Kitzingen has a reputation for producing some unique and flavorful white wines. Producers in the area use a distinctive wine bottle called a Bocksbeutel, which has a short neck and a wide body.

Day 6: Kitzingen - Volkach - Schweinfurt - Hassfurt 31 mi.  (50 km)
Via the wine-growing areas of Dettelbach and Schwarzach am Main you cycle first to Volkach. Here it is worth visiting the pilgrimage church of St. Maria in Weingarten. Then you go on Fahr via the Volkach loop in the Main river. Here the valley becomes narrower and narrower and the vineyards more and more numerous. From Schweinfurt, you will join the barge for a sailing dinner to Hassfurt. 

Day 7: Hassfurt – Bamberg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Hassfurt is famous for the late gothic Ritter chapel and church full of valuable paintings such as ‘John the Baptist’ and ‘Maria with Child’ by artist Tilmann Riemenschneider. The easy option today follows the bike path along the river again to Bamberg. You can take the beautiful route through the hills to Konigsberg in Bayern. This medieval town is a romantic Franconian town right out of a picture book. It’s protected historic center with half- timbered houses is a hidden gem, embedded in a countryside of forests, valleys and hills. From Zeil am Main you will follow the river again to the final destination, Bamberg.
Bamberg, often referred to as Little Venice, is listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site for its authentic medieval appearance. It is home to such wonders as the Bamberg Cathedral, a late Romanesque building with four impressive towers. This houses the world-famous Bamberg Horseman, an equestrian statue that inspired such poets as Stefan George and Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. Bamberg is also famous for brewing the best beer in Germany.

Day 8: Bamberg 
Departure after breakfast. 

Bamberg to Aschaffenburg

Day 1: Bamberg -  Hassfurt, boarding at 2 pm
Day 2: Hassfurt - Schweinfurt -Volkach 
Day 3: Volkach - Kitzingen - Eibelstadt
Day 4: Eibelstadt - Würzburg
Day 5: Karlstadt - Marktheidenfeld
Day 6: Marktheidenfeld - Wertheim - Miltenberg
Day 7: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg
Day 8: Aschaffenburg

*Daily mileage is between 25 and 30 miles a day.

The itinerary is subject to last minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as wind, weather, mooring locations, etc.

Day 1: Bamberg -  Hassfurt, boarding at 2 pm
Wow, Bamberg! The entire old town is a UNESCO site. After exploring, you might need to quench your thirst. Take your pick from 9 breweries and 50 beer varieties in Bamberg alone. Once the seat of temporal and religious power in the 11th century, both an emperor and a pope are entombed here. The Imperial Cathedral showcases a wealth of art including the Bamberg Horseman, a medieval stone monument that (700 years later) inspired WWII resistance fighters like Claus von Stauffenberg, Hitler’s would-be assassin. Stop and smell the roses at the prince-bishops palace. There’s a lovely outdoor café overlooking the baroque gardens, tiled rooftops and city church spires. The “island district” features the only town hall in the world straddling a river. For centuries, Bamberg cultivated and traded licorice root, the sweet plant that flavors candy. But even more famous are the city suds. Try the “smoked beer” from Schlenkerla Brewery. You’ll never forget your first sip.

The IRIS will be waiting for you in the harbor at 2 pm. You will meet up with other travelers, your guide(s) and the crew on the barge and start sailing at 3 pm. As you sail the River Main, you will enjoy your first dinner on board. Enjoy & settle in your home for the week!

Please be aware that visiting Bamberg is NOT part of our Program. We strongly recommend to spend time in Bamberg before the start of your tour.

Day 2: Hassfurt - Schweinfurt -Volkach 
You can opt for a beautiful route through the hills to Konigsberg in Bayern. This medieval town is a romantic Franconian town right out of a picture book. It’s protected historic center with half- timbered houses is a hidden gem, embedded in a countryside of forests, valleys and hills. If you opt for staying along the river bike path, you will pass little wine villages and fruit gardens. Schweinfurt is a modern little town, with museums and galleries. The IRIS will be waitn there for another sailing dinner, destination being  one of the most attractive little villages on the Main river: Volkach.

Day 3: Volkach - Kitzingen - Eibelstadt
You begin biking from Volkach, deep in the heart of Franconian wine country. Set atop the hill is a precious pilgrimage church called Maria in the Vineyard. Inside more hand-carvings by Riemenschneider and outside phenomenal photo-ops of the river valley and the river’s famed oxbow, a great u-shape and perfect pitch for growing grapes. You arrive in Kitzingen with its cock-eyed watch tower. One silly legend (every village has one) recalls the tower built with a mortar and wine mixture. This region is the largest wine producer in Bavaria. After a stroll through Kitzingen, you will continue to cycle along Ochsenfurt and Marktbreit to Eibelstadt, a quiet place to dock for the night!

Day 4: Eibelstadt - Würzburg
The destination today is Würzburg at only 10 km distance. Anytime you see the word “Burg” after a city name, it’s going to be good. Burg = fortress. The imposing landmark of this city is the fortress (Marienburg) on the hill. Home of the once-powerful prince-bishops with monumental views over their ecclesiastic fiefdom. Vineyards slope down to the city ever since the Middle Ages providing wealth and good libation for this ancient arch-diocese. Famous writer Goethe preferred white wines from Würzburg. When the old fortress was deemed out-modish, these religious overlords built themselves an entirely new Residenz in the 1700s. All the big names around Europe were called in to collaborate. Here you will enjoy a guided tour. Imagine puffy powdered wigs, corsets and cleavage, birdcage hats, pastel tones and gilded excess. This palace is considered one of the finest examples in Germany and UNESCO-approved. Connected by a bridge of saintly personalities, Würzburg spans both sides of the river where a festive mood lingers into the night. It might have to do with being surrounded by grape vines and a university.

Day 5: Karlstadt - Marktheidenfeld
An early morning sail brings you to Karlstadt, while having breakfast. Once on the bike, you skip from one medieval village to another, following the sweeping S-curves as the river weaves past Germany’s great beech and oak forest known as Spessart Woods “woodpecker hills” and Charlemagne’s imperial hunting grounds. Bandits and poachers roamed here for centuries looting caravans traveling on old salt and glass trade routes. It’s the Sherwood Forest of Germany. And it is magical. Germans revere their forests. The route leads to Lohr am Main, a town with a colorful past; the plague in 1666 and witch hunts... the legendary home of real characters in Grimm’s fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. There will be much to see as you bike, castle ruins and dramatic rock formations. Overnight in Marktheidenfeld, in which, among other things, there’s good ice cream

Day 6: Marktheidenfeld - Wertheim - Miltenberg
Today's destination is quintessential Miltenberg comes into sight. You’ll discover crooked cobblestone alleys, medieval watch towers and a village that looks like an Advent calendar lit up at night. The view across the river is a 14th century abbey cloaked in vineyards. Miltenberg is also home to Faust Beer and one of the oldest (continuously-operating) guesthouses in Germany. Since 1411, big names have stayed at Zum Riesen. Two of them are Napoléon and Elvis Presley! They would have eaten sausage, dumplings, potato salad too. The beer to wash it down comes from the brewery next door. Fresh and local.  You’re in the heart of Germany and this is why you travel!

Day 7: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg
The Main River path leads you along to Kloster Engelberg, a still functioning monastery, visited by walking quite some stairs…..with a Gastwirtschaft at the top and a great view on the river. At Park Schoenbusch you will find a classical English style Garden before you reach your final destination on this great tour: Aschaffenburg.

Aschaffenburg was mentioned in a charter drawn up by Emperor Otto II in 974 BC, and bygone centuries have fortunately lived on in its architecture to this day.The most fascinating buildings are the Stiftsbasilika, which was first documented in the 10th century, and the unique Pompejanum. Built in the mid-19th century for Ludwig I of Bavaria in accordance with the excavation plans of the “Castor and Pollux” villa in Pompeii, this Roman villa now houses important exhibits from the Bavarian antique collection. Archbishop and elector Johann Schweikard von Kronberg bequeathed Johannisburg castle to Aschaffenburg, which is one of the most important renaissance castles of the western world. Empress Maria-Theresia, Napoleon Bonaparte and many heads of state appreciated and enjoyed their hospitality of the castle’s owners.

Day 8: Aschaffenburg

Combined tour:


Berlin to Bamberg guided hotel to hotel and bike and boat Bamberg to Aschaffenburg

Day 1: Berlin
Day 2: Berlin - Potsdam - Berlin
Day 3: Berlin and the Wall
Day 4: Berlin - Liebensberg - Sachsenhausen - Berlin 
Day 5: Transfer to Dresden from Berlin
Day 6: Dresden - Königstein
Day 7: Dresden - Meissen
Day 8: Marktleugast - Bamberg (board the Iris)
Day 9: Bamberg - Hassfurt
Day 10: Hassfurt - Schweinfurt -Volkach 
Day 11: Volkach - Kitzingen - Eibelstadt
Day 12: Eibelstadt - Würzburg
Day 13: Karlstadt - Marktheidenfeld
Day 14: Marktheidenfeld - Wertheim - Miltenberg
Day 15: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg
Day 16: Aschaffenburg

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Iris France, Germany Comfort Plus Class Boat The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. She is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers. The interior of the Iris is fresh, tasteful and comfortable. The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. On the top deck you will the lounge, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a sun deck. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.