Old "rathaus" in Bamberg. Photo via Flickr:magnetismus

Cycle in Germany and enjoy a Bamberger bier. Photo via Flickr:Bernt Rostad
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Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

  • Cyle your way from Frankfurt, the most international city in Germany, to medieval Bamberg, once the city of enlightenment. Explore each town and village and return to the Merlijn, your luxurious accommodations for the week, to relax and enjoy delicious gourmet meals each evening. This is an active vacation along the banks of the Main River in which culture abounds. You could drive the distance in about two hours but would miss the opportunity to meander the cobblestone streets of charming villages such as Steinheim, Klingenberg, and Marktbreit, among others, and cycle through the gorgeous vineyards of the surrounding areas.

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  • 2019:  £ 1182 $ 2,026 1480 NOK 14183 kr 13092 $ 1,702

    2020:  £ 1218 $ 2,088 1525 NOK 14615 kr 13490 $ 1,754

    Single supplement limited and on request.

    extra options

    Tandem or electric bicycle (price per day): £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt.

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt airport (FRA) to Bamberg takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hrs depending on connections, cost approximately €40/€50. Train from Frankfurt city center to Frankfurt airport takes approximately 15 mins and costs approximately €13.


    Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature for the area in August is 75/56°F.


    Universal bike helmets are available on board. Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board the Merlijn
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunches, and 6 x three course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate & water on board
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag, towel, and a universal sized helmet
  • Route Information
  • Tour Guide
  • Complimentary water bottle
  • Ferry fares en route
  • WiFi on board
  • Guided tour at Residence Wurzburg
  • Brewery tour and beer tasting

What’s Not Included

  • Insurances
  • Local transportation and airfare
  • 1 x dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • Organized city tours
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bicycle protection
  • Gratuities
Length8 days
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Tour Dates


Frankfurt to Bamberg:
September 21, 2019

Bamberg to Frankfurt:
September 28, 2019


Bamberg to Frankfurt: 
August 29, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances ranging from 35 to 55 km.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt Map

Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 2: Frankfurt - Offenbach - Aschaffenburg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Aschaffenburg - Miltenberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Miltenberg - Gemünden, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Gemünden - Marktbreit, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Marktbreit - Schweinfurt, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 7: Schweinfurt - Bamberg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from 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: Arrival in Frankfurt, 22 mi. (35 km)
You are greeted on board the Merlijn with a welcome cocktail. After dinner there will be some time to explore the city of Frankfurt, a thriving metropolis with modern buildings, museums, and a lively shopping center.

Day 2: Frankfurt - Offenbach - Aschaffenburg, 28 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast the Merlijn takes you to Offenbach where the bike tour will begin, leading to Bürgel, Mühlheim, and Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm brothers were born.

Via Steinheim, with its charming historic center and Kleinauheim, Hainstadt, and Klein-Krotzenheim along the river Main to the small and romantic city Seligenstadt with its meandering alleys, half-timber houses, and the basilica. After crossing the river Main on a small ferry, you continue to Dettingen and Kleinostheim, before reaching today’s destination, Aschaffenburg, with its museums, churches, and of course the castle that’s situated at the river bank.

Day 3: Aschaffenburg - Miltenberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Following the river you pass lovely small towns and villages, such as Obernberg, and further on Klingenberg and Groszheubach, both famous for their fine red wines. The day ends in Miltenberg, a charming village with meandering streets and alleys, old restored half-timber houses, and the historic market square. You may want to go for a drink in the oldest Pub of Germany. Tonight you will enjoy a brewery tour and beer tasting.

Day 4: Miltenberg - Gemünden, 31 mi. (50 km)
While you enjoy your sailing breakfast, the Merlijn takes you from Miltenberg to Wertheim, situated right there where the rivers Main and Tauber meet. It is a town that invites you to come and visit its historic center and the mountain ruins.

From here you will bike to Gemünden, passing the half-timber castle Homburg, biking through the varying landscape with both wine mountains and forested mountain slopes with bizarre rocks and historic monuments, like the Triefenstein monastery. Further on, there is Lohr am Main and its Gothic and Baroque buildings. In Gemünden am Main is the confluence of three rivers: Sinn, Saale, and Main.

Day 5: Gemünden - Marktbreit, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today the bike tour will lead you further on along the river Main passing Karlstadt, Zellingen, and Erlabrunn. Afterwards you will reach Würzburg, the Baroque town on the river Main. Take the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and hike to the fortress that offers a magnificent view on the historic center of Würzburg with its many towers.

After your visit of Würzburg, you will board the Merlijn and cruise to the charming village of Marktbreit. Along the way, passing vineyards and hills full of vines and charming wine villages like Sommerhausen, Eibelstadt, and Ochsenfurt.

Day 6: Marktbreit - Schweinfurt, 34 mi. (55 km)
The day begins with a morning cruise, passing Kitzingen, famous for its leaning tower. The story goes that it is leaning because the builders mixed mortar with wine instead of water (due to a water shortage), and also enjoyed too much wine in the process! Begin biking in Wipfeld, close to Schwarzach, further along the bike path, pass villages such as Sommerach, Nordheim, and Volkach - where the Main eddies. These villages are all very well known to wine connoisseurs. Here you can admire a cultural highlight: the pilgrimage church, 'Maria im Weingarten’, and the famous ‘Madonna im Rosenkranz’ by Tilmann Riemenschneider. The boat docks in the city of Schweinfurt, with its old center full of cozy little spots, the town hall, the tower and the market place, the museums and galleries and much more. This evening you can enjoy your dinner in a local restaurant at your own expense. Overnight stay on the barge as usual.

Day 7: Schweinfurt - Bamberg, 22 mi. (35 km)
The day begins with breakfast as the boat cruises to Hassfurt. Here you can explore the famous late gothic Ritter chapel and the late gothic church at the market square with its valuable paintings, John the Baptist and Maria with child, by Tilmann Riemenschneider. From here, cycle to the town of Eltmann and further on the Main river, passing the famous pilgrimage church, Maria Limbach. You reach Bamberg, a very charming historic bishops town with Villa Concordia, the historic lock 100, the water castle, the baroque house on the bridge, and the former fishing settling Small Venice all emphasizing the tight connection between town and river.

Day 8: Departure from Bamberg
Individual departure after breakfast.


Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg
Day 2: Bamberg - Schweinfurt, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Schweinfurt - Marktbreit, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 4: Marktbreit - Gemünden - Lohr, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Lohr - Miltenberg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg, (40 km)
Day 7: Aschaffenburg - Frankfurt, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Frankfurt 

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Customer Feedback

  • Gwendolyn H. 10 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Spending vacation time with my biking pals and meeting new riders on the barge. Loved Jantien and Henk! The scenery was amazing, picture book amazing.

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  • Kathy W. 10 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? The bike touring led by Lia. She is awesome!

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  • Sandra V. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Visiting small towns and enjoying the culture.

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  • Marianne R. 1 year ago

    Most memorable part: the intense beauty of the Bavarian countryside.

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  • Rick F. 1 year ago

    I am not a bike rider and was very concerned about how difficult it really would be. Well, it wasn't that difficult and was very enjoyable. The bike trails are amazing and stunning. This was the first Bike Barge experience and it was fantastic. There is no better way to experience Germany. The staff on the Merlijn are amazing. The food was delicious and plentiful. The experience on a smaller vessel was as good or even better than on a cruise ship and I have been on over 25 cruises all over the world. I highly recommend this adventure.

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  • Gwen H. 1 year ago

    Enjoyed the trip immensely. Scenery was fantastic. Ship and staff were excellent. Food was accommodating for vegetarians, non fish eaters and was plentiful. Would like to see an additional excursion included with the tour. Beer tasting night and castle tour were excellent.

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  • Michael G. 2 years ago

    The owners of the barge were outstanding, in every way!

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  • Kristl A. 2 years ago

    The scenery was wonderful. We loved going thru the German countryside. The personnel were wonderful, they genuinely like what they do. The tour guide was fabulous! We suggest more attention to bike maintenance and using better bikes. They could have better quality and more attention to fitting bikes would be great! Thanks so much!

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  • Gregg Z. 2 years ago

    Boat staff was terrific.

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  • Sandra V. 2 years ago

    Loved the entire experience. Barge accommodations and food amazing. Staff superb. Lea, our biking guide had such knowledge of area and was an expert at leading a group of different ability bikers. Also solving any problem which would arise. Cannot say enough positive about the Merlijn and her staff. Wonderful trip on so many levels. Kudos to Jantien and Henk for providing me with a trip to cherish!

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  • Cathie C. 2 years ago

    We had a great time!! Our guide was fabulous!! Staff on the boat couldn't have been better. I would definitely recommend this tour. We would go on another trip on this barge in a heart beat!!

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Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.