Bike tour through Nuremberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Jeff Wilson

Danube River near Kelheim, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Nils Erik Mühlfried
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Bavaria Tour

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bavaria, bike, boat, and beer!

  • Welcome to Bavaria, biking, and beer!

    Known for Gemütlichkeit (hospitality) and passion for life, Bavaria is also a stunningly beautiful region of Germany, rich in history, tradition, and culture. Blessed with mystical forests, crystal clear lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks, the landscape is also dotted with small medieval towns, splendid castles, Unesco World Heritage sites, and historic ruins. The cities that you will visit during this bike and boat tour are infused with history but pulse with youthful energy.


    • Idyllic villages
    • Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve
    • Röth-See National Park
    • Bamberg, Regensburg, and Nuremberg
    • Bavarian beer

    We cannot think of a better way to experience Germany than a bike and boat tour in the Bavarian Region!

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and barge tours in Germany or our comprehensive list of Danube Bike Tours.

  • 2019 Prices

    Twin cabin: £ 855 $ 1,723 989 NOK 9478 kr 8749 $ 1,137

    Twin cabin/single use: £ 1115 $ 2,246 1289 NOK 12353 kr 11403 $ 1,482

    extra options

    Electric bike  (limited availability), per diem: £ 17 $ 35 20 NOK 192 kr 177 $ 23 Tandem: Please ask

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to both your tour start and tour end, regardless of the direction of your tour, is Munich International Airport (MUC). Another possibility is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Munich Airport is served by the S-Bahn local trains with direct railway link to the city center and beyond. Train travel from the airport to Regensburg is approximately 1 hour and a half with one transfer in Freising. To Bamberg, it is about a three hour train ride with a couple of transfers.

    Frankfurt Airport possesses the largest airport train station in Germany and currently has multiple terminals connected by corridors including the Fernbahnhof which hosts long distance trains and the Regional Bahnhof for regional travel. If you booked your tour starting in Regensburg, train travel from FRA is about 4 hours. If tour start is Bamberg, you will have about 2:45 hour train travel. Train station is about 2.5 km from the port and you can take a taxi to the boat.

    Please visit to research train schedules.


    Please search local conditions before you arrival! A good website to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Class Barge, La Belle Fleur

What’s Included

  • Accommodation on board for 6 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinners
  • 8 speed hybrid touring bike with hand brakes, pannier bags, lock and repair-kit
  • Helmet and safety vest are available for borrowing
  • Cycling tour guide (only on certain tour dates)
  • GPS tracks for those who would like to cycle self-guided
  • Guided city tours as per itinerary
  • Coffee and tea on board in the afternoon
  • Port and lock fees
  • *Advanced notice is required for any dietary restrictions or requests and can be subject to €50 fee

What’s Not Included

Length7 days
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Bamberg to Regensburg: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13*, and July 27*, 2019
Regensburg to Bamberg: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20*, and August 3*, 2019

*These dates are self guided!

Skill Level

This is a moderate tour with an average of 28 miles per day and 2 days averaging 34 miles. Routes follow the Main Danube Canal, field paths, forest roads, and asphalted side roads, some hilly stretches.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bamberg to Regensburg

Day 1: Bamberg 
Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km) 
Day 3: ErlangenNuremberg- Hilpoltstein, 28 mi. (45 km) 
Day 4: Hilpoltstein – Beilngries, 26 mi. (41 km) 
Day 5: Beilngreis – Riedenburg, 25 mi. (40 km)  
Day 6: Riedenburg – Regensburg, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 7: Regensburg

*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: Bamberg
The ship will be moored and waiting in the  port of Bamberg where you will be welcomed on board at approximately 1 pm.  Bamberg is a world-class city and a large part of the town has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993. In the late 18th century it was the center of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann lived and worked. You will take a short test ride on your bike  and in the evening, explore the old city center on foot with your tour guide.

Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km) 
Your day begins on board as the boat navigates to Hausen, where the cycling begins, leading inland once again through the Regnitz Valley on a segment of one of Germany's most beautiful bike routes, the Regnitz-Radweg.  There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy one of the local biergartens along the way, and also at your day's destination,  Erlangen, known as the beer city of Germany.

 Day 3: Erlangen - Nuremberg -  Hilpoltstein, 28 mi. (45 km) 
This morning the captain will start the engine early, to navigate to Nuremberg. Here you can wander around in the medieval part of town or visit the remnants of the second world war, including the buildings of the Nuremberg trials. Upon leaving Nuremberg, you will cycle along one of the oldest canals in the world, the original Main – Danube canal from King Ludwig, with its 101 locks and beautiful sites. The afternoon will find you biking through the Rothsee National Park to Hilpoltstein,  a very old Franconian town.

Day 4:  Hilpoltstein – Beilngries, 26 mi. (41 km) 
Cycling via Freystadt, where you can visit the town center and  the pilgrim baroque church of  Maria-Hilf-Wallfahrtskirche, you will end your cycling day in Beilngries, with its historical city center and its own local brewed beer. It is located in the heart of the Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve.

Day 5: Beilngries – Riedenburg,  25 mi. (40 km)  
As you cycle through Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve, on several occasions, you will see remnants of the old King Ludwig Canal, that used to flow through this valley as well. You finish your day in Riedenburg.  Half—timbered houses, surrounded by blooming gardens showcase typical Bavaria.

Day 6: Riedenburg – Regensburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
Your last full day starts with a morning cruise and what better way to spend the morning. The barge brings you to Kelheim, a small city that is situated at the crossing of the canal and the Danube river. You will then cycle to the medieval town of Regensburg, located on the Danube River,  via green fields and beautiful sites. 

Day 7: Regensburg 
There is no better place to top off a tour in Bavaria than in the city of Regensburg, located on the Danube River. After breakfast, you can participate in a city tour, or you can do some last minute shopping in this wonderful medieval town. The market, city hall and cathedral are all from the 11th- to 13th-century. The buildings include medieval patrician houses and towers, a large number of churches and monastic ensembles, as well as the 12th-century Old Bridge.

Around 12 o clock, the crew of La Belle Fleur bids you farewell.

Regensburg to Bamberg

Day 1: Regensburg
Day 2: Regensburg - Essing, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 3: Essing - Beilngreis, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Beilngreis - Hilpoltstein, 26 mi. (41 km)
Day 5: Hilpolstein - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Erlangen - Bamberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Bamberg

Day 1: Regensburg
The crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board around 1 pm in the cruise port of Bamberg. After a visit to the medieval town, the bikes are tested on a short tour in the surroundings of the town.

Day 2: Regensburg - Essing, 27 mi. (44 km)
Today you bike along the Danube River to Essing, with a stop in Kellheim,  at the crossing of the Danube River and the Main – Danube canal.

Day 3: Essing - Beilngreis, 25 mi. (40 km)
The itinerary today lead you through the  Altmühltal National Park. As you pedal, you will see remnants of the old King Ludwig canal, that used to flow through this valley.The end of the tour brings you to Beilngries, a town with a historical city center and their own locally brewed beer.

Day 4: Beilngreis - Hilpoltstein, 26 mi. (41 km)
You will enjoy a stop in the  old center of Freystadt and can also enjoy a visit to the  baroque church, Maria-Hilf-Wallfahrtskirche, found outside of town in the middle of the fields. The  tour continues to Hilpoltstein, from where you can enjoy the Bavarian scenery from the sun deck.

Day 5: Hilpolstein - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km)
You bike along the national park Rothsee, to discover one of the world’s oldest canals, the original Main-Danube canal of King Ludwig with its 101 locks. In Nuremberg,  You can wander the  medieval part of town or visit one of the remnants of the second world war, including the buildings of the Nuremberg trials.

Day 6: Erlangen - Bamberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
The last biking day of this tour brings you through the fields of the Regnitz valley, where you follow one of Germany's most beautiful bike paths, the Regnitz-Radweg, On the way you can stop at one of the local Biergartens for a beer or a nice piece of homemade pie. You will also visit Forchheim, a small Franconian town and then, finally, your day's destination, beautiful Bamberg.

Day 7: Bamberg
The last day of your tour will be in grand, old, Bamberg, showcasing beautiful baroque buildings, the typical german houses, and narrow alleyways. At noon, the crew of La Belle Fleur will bid your farewell.

Please note that slight itinerary changes and mileage differences are possible in 2019!

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Customer Feedback

  • Jim W. 3 months ago

    Awesome experience. Our guide was okay, but not great - and that did not take away from the beautiful scenery and meeting new friends.

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  • Teresa H. 9 months ago

    Loved the whole experience! The scenery was beautiful and we got to experience the country in a way you could not with a car or by train. We quickly bonded with the other people and became friends!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

    • Sue 8 months ago

      I saw this ls listed as easy however the description has moderate. Was it hilly? What is your opinion of difficulty? Thanks!

  • Francis D. 2 years ago

    Lack of access to bicycles/ guide did not do anything but lead the route.

  • Gabrielle Kauffman 2 years ago

    Excellent friendly guide. Pristine boat. Great route. Some of the docking locations were in industrial sites. We had a good time overall in spite of a rough start when we asked to self guide and to use the bikes after 6. We needed to double check Tripsite website when we were initially told the tour was guided, but our requests were accommodated in the end. Great value.

  • David C. 2 years ago

    The most memorable part was the friendliness of the other guests.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

    • Sue 2 years ago

      Did you find the rooms were plenty big? We have been on the Fiep for a bike/barge. It is a Comfort Plus, I believe the rooms are slightly larger. Thanks!

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La Belle Fleur Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features cabins for 19 guests, a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches.