Soccer fans heading home past Bamberg's Little Venice. Photo via Flickr:Qole Pejorian
Beautiful paintings on the Old City Hall Building. Photo via Flickr:Resident on Earth

The river flowing through Wertheim. Photo via Flickr:beketchal

Miltenberg to Bamberg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling in Bavaria!

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

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Skill Level

For this bike tour in Germany, it is important to be in good physical condition. Most parts of the route have separate cycle paths, but there will be times you will share the road with traffic and cross busy intersections. The average distance is 40 km to 60 km and it is not always possible to join the ship halfway.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the comfort plus boat, the Iris or the comfort class boat, the Allure

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch, 6 x 3-course dinner
  • 8 speed (aboard the Allure) or 11 speed (aboard the Iris) hybrid bicycle rental equipped with panniers, helmet, and water bottle
  • Bicycle protection
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Travel guide (two guides for groups of 18 or more)
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Entrance to Würzburg residence

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
  • Gratuities
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1045 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates

Miltenberg to Bamberg
Aboard the Allure: May 20, 2017

Bamberg to Miltenberg
Aboard the Iris: June 3, 2017

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Miltenberg to Bamberg Map

Day 1: Miltenberg
Day 2: Miltenberg - Freudenberg - Marktheidenfeld, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Marktheidenfeld - Karlstadt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Karlstadt - Wurzburg, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 5: Wurzburg - Kitzingen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Kitzingen - Volkach - Schweinfurt, 31 mi.  (50 km)
Day 7: Schweinfurt - Haßfurt – 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: Miltenberg
Embarkation at 2 pm begins with a welcome meeting to explain the tour. Take advantage of the free time afterwards and walk through the historic old town of Miltenberg. Be sure to visit its picturesque marketplace, also known as "Schnatterloch" (chattering place).

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 - Wurzburg, 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: Wurzburg - Kitzingen, 25 mi. (40 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, 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. The day ends in Schweinfurt, the 1200-year-old former Free City of the Holy Roman Empire.

Day 7: Schweinfurt - Haßfurt – Bamberg, 22 mi. (35 km)
From Schweinfurt, the route offers easy cycling along the Main river through wine-growing villages and fruit gardens to Haßfurt. In the rectangular layout of the city with the
two large city towers, there is also the city's parish church with figures designed by Tilman Riemenschneider. Around lunchtime, you will board the barge and cruise to Bamberg, a city often referred to as Little Venice. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its authentic medieval appearance. It is home to the Bamberg Cathedral, a late Romanesque building with four impressive towers. The cathedral houses the world-famous Bamberg Horseman, an equestrian statue that inspired poets such 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 Miltenberg

Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg. Boarding time begins at 2 PM.
Day 2: Eltman - Hassfurt - Schweinfurt, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Schweinfurt - Kitzingen, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Kitzingen - Eibelstadt, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Eibelstadt - Würzburg, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Würzburg - Karlstadt - Marktheidenfeld, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Martkheidenfeld - Wertheim - Miltenberg, 25 mi. (40 km)

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Miltenberg to Bamberg Boats + Barges

Allure Photo

Allure Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg Comfort Class Boat The Allure is a very comfortable Comfort class ship. It has 10 2-person cabins, each with their own private bathroom. There is no air conditioning on the ship, however.

Iris Photo

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.

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