Bamberg Cathedral - photo by Berthold Werner

Altes Rathaus in Bamberg - photo by Reinhard Kraasch

Mainz to Bamberg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Along the Main River….

You begin in the beautiful historic city of Mainz, with it's attractive town squares, impressive churches, and half-timbered houses. While biking along the Main River, you will pass lovely small German towns and villages. You can also stop and enjoy the local fine wines and delicious foods of the area. The Main River landscape will captivate you. Along the way, you will not be able to resist a swim in the lakes that beckon. Occasionally you come upon a road with a slight climb to a fortress that you can explore and of course enjoy the wonderful view. You will pass through towns with interesting stories to tell and fascinating castles to visit. Finally you will reach beautiful Bamberg! This was one of the few towns not destroyed by bombs during World War II and is therefore extremely charming, not to mention a UNESCO World Heritage Site! You must see the old city hall built on a bridge crossing the Regnitz River, and the old town is also worth a visit!

For 2018, COMBINE THIS TOUR with the week before, August 25 Merzig to Mainz for a fabulous 2-week holiday!

If cycling in Germany is what you seek, see all of our guided and self-guided bike tours in Germany here.

Where You’ll Stay

On the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodations on board the Merlijn
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 5 x 3-course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate & water on board
  • 21-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
  • Tour through a brewery and beer tasting in Miltenberg

What’s Not Included

  • Local transportation and airfare
  • 2 dinners
  • Wine tasting
  • Organized city tours
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Mainz to Bamberg:
August 19, 2017 Fully Booked!

Mainz to Bamerg:
September 1, 2018

Skill Level

Easy guided tour. Routes take place on mainly flat, asphalted bike paths or country roads along the Main River with little traffic. Daily biking distances range anywhere from 22 to 32 miles.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Mainz to Bamberg Map

Day 1: Arrival in Mainz, Sailing to Frankfurt
Day 2: Frankfurt - Offenbach - Aschaffeburg, 26 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Aschaffenburg - Miltenberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Miltenberg - Gemünden, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Gemünden - Marktbreit, 29 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 Mainz, Sailing to Frankfurt
You are welcomed on board the Merlijn with a cocktail. After check in, the Merlijn motors to Frankfurt am Mainz (approximately 3.5 hours). After dinner there will be some time to explore the city of Frankfurt. 

Day 2: Frankfurt - Offenbach - Aschaffeburg, 26 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast the Merlin takes you to Offenbach where the bike tour will start. Today’s tour leads you to Bürgel,Mühlheim, and Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm brothers were born. You cycle via Steinheim, with its charming historic center and Kleinauheim, Hainstadt, and Klein-Krotzenheim along the river Main to the small and the 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, and finally reach today’s destination, Aschaffenburg, with its museums, churches, and of course the castle that is situated at the river bank. Tonight you will dine in the city in one of the many restaurants at your own expense.

Day 3: Aschaffenburg - Miltenberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Following the river (sometimes at the right and then again at the left bank) you pass lovely small towns and villages, such as Obernberg, and further on, Klingenber and Groszheubach, both famous for their fine red wines. The day ends in Miltenberg. This is a charming village because of its 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 ‘Zum Riesen’. Tonight you will be offered a brewery tour and beer tasting.

Day 4: Miltenberg - Gemünden, 32 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 –  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 afforested 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, 29 mi. (45 km)
Today the bike tour will lead you further on along the river Main, passing Karlstadt with its historic center, Zellingen, and Erlabrunn. Afterwards you will reach Wurzburg, the Baroque town on the river Main. Explore this beautiful city, hike the road that mounts gradually as you will go on and climb the fortress that offers a magnificent view of the historic center of Wurzburg with its many towers. After your visit of Wurzburg you will embark the Merlijn cruise to the charming village of Marktbreit. During the cruise, you pass vineyards and hills full of vines and charming wine villages like Sommerhausen, Eibelstadt, and Ochsenfurt.

Day 6: Marktbreit - Schweinfurt, 34 mi. (55 km)
The Merlijn sets off in the morning passing Kitzingen, famous for its leaning tower. The story goes that’s its leaning because the builders, who because of water shortage, mixed the mortar with wine instead of water, had too much wine while mixing. The bike tour of today will start close to Schwarzach, further along the bike path you pass the villages of Sommerach, Nordheim, and Volkach, all well known to wine connoisseurs. In Volkach the Main eddies like crazy. Here you will admire a cultural highlight: the pilgrimage church ‘Maria im Weingarten’ and the famous ‘Madonna im Rosenkranz’ by Tilmann Riemenschneider. Today's destination is 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 a lot more. Amongst them all the artificial ‘Schweine’  (pigs). This evening you will 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 on board while the Merlijn takes you to Hassfurt, famous for the 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, you begin cycling 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. A must try is the famous smoked beer in this city!

Day 8: Departure from Bamberg
Departure from the Merlijn after breakfast. 

For 2018, COMBINE THIS TOUR with the week before, August 25 Merzig to Mainz for a fabulous 2-week holiday!

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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.