Bike rest in Bamberg, Germany. Flickr:Magnetismus

Vineyards mark the way to Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany. Flickr:Jin Palsong

Main Trail Bike Tour

Germany Bike Tours

Bike along the Main River

  • This self-guided bike tour in Germany follows the Main River on a beautiful signposted path through the ever-changing countryside of the Franconian and Hessen regions, passing many historic towns and villages

    The adventure begins in Nuremberg (Nürnberg), the “tiny town of cloth and wood”, renowned for its Gothic architecture, old gabled houses and medieval flair. Large town walls complete with 80 towers encircle the historic town, whose locals take great pride in their famous sausages!

    The route will continue along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal through idyllic vineyards and various small villages with traditional half-timbered houses.

    Your tour will end in Würzburg, Germany’s Baroque city, and the start of the famous Romantic Road bike tour.

    Highlights:

    • Bamberg-World Heritage Site
    • Volkach
    • Maarktbreit
    • Kitzingen-Franconian's wine trading center
    • Kaiserburg (Emperors Castle)
    • Ceiling fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo In Würzburg

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  • Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 352 $ 780 414 $ 624 NOK 3899 kr 3599 $ 468

    Single room: £ 454 $ 1,006 534 $ 805 NOK 5029 kr 4642 $ 603

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: £ 403 $ 893 474 $ 714 NOK 4464 kr 4120 $ 536

    Single room: £ 505 $ 1,119 594 $ 895 NOK 5594 kr 5163 $ 671

    May 22 to August 25: £ 437 $ 968 514 $ 774 NOK 4840 kr 4468 $ 581

    Single room: £ 539 $ 1,194 634 $ 955 NOK 5970 kr 5511 $ 716

    E bike rental: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    Half board: £ 102 $ 226 120 $ 181 NOK 1130 kr 1043 $ 136

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: £ 335 $ 742 394 $ 594 NOK 3710 kr 3425 $ 445

    Single room: £ 420 $ 930 494 $ 744 NOK 4652 kr 4294 $ 558

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: £ 377 $ 836 444 $ 669 NOK 4181 kr 3859 $ 502

    Single room: £ 462 $ 1,025 544 $ 820 NOK 5123 kr 4729 $ 615

    May 22 to August 25: £ 394 $ 874 464 $ 699 NOK 4369 kr 4033 $ 524

    Single room: £ 479 $ 1,062 564 $ 850 NOK 5311 kr 4902 $ 637

    E bike rental: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    Half board: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 420 $ 930 494 $ 744 NOK 4652 kr 4294 $ 558

    Single room: £ 539 $ 1,194 634 $ 955 NOK 5970 kr 5511 $ 716

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: : £ 471 $ 1,043 554 $ 835 NOK 5217 kr 4816 $ 626

    Single room: £ 590 $ 1,307 694 $ 1046 NOK 6535 kr 6032 $ 784

    May 22 to August 25: £ 505 $ 1,119 594 $ 895 NOK 5594 kr 5163 $ 671

    Single room: £ 624 $ 1,382 734 $ 1106 NOK 6912 kr 6380 $ 829

    E bike rental: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 403 $ 893 474 $ 714 NOK 4464 kr 4120 $ 536

    Single room: £ 513 $ 1,138 604 $ 910 NOK 5688 kr 5250 $ 683

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 437 $ 968 514 $ 774 NOK 4840 kr 4468 $ 581

    Single room: £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728

    July 15 to August 15: £ 462 $ 1,025 544 $ 820 NOK 5123 kr 4729 $ 615

    Single room: £ 573 $ 1,269 674 $ 1015 NOK 6347 kr 5859 $ 762

    E bike rental: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): £ 102 $ 226 120 $ 181 NOK 1130 kr 1043 $ 136

    Comfort Category 

    April 20 to April 30: £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728

    Single room: £ 738 $ 1,637 869 $ 1309 NOK 8183 kr 7554 $ 982

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: £ 653 $ 1,448 769 $ 1159 NOK 7241 kr 6684 $ 869

    Single room: £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067

    May 22 to August 25: £ 696 $ 1,542 819 $ 1234 NOK 7712 kr 7119 $ 925

    Single room: £ 887 $ 1,966 1044 $ 1573 NOK 9831 kr 9075 $ 1,180

    E bike rental: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): £ 195 $ 433 230 $ 347 NOK 2166 kr 1999 $ 260

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 505 $ 1,119 594 $ 895 NOK 5594 kr 5163 $ 671

    Single room: £ 658 $ 1,458 774 $ 1166 NOK 7289 kr 6728 $ 875

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: £ 598 $ 1,326 704 $ 1061 NOK 6629 kr 6119 $ 796

    Single room: £ 751 $ 1,665 884 $ 1332 NOK 8324 kr 7684 $ 999

    May 22 to August 25: £ 624 $ 1,382 734 $ 1106 NOK 6912 kr 6380 $ 829

    Single room: £ 777 $ 1,721 914 $ 1377 NOK 8607 kr 7945 $ 1,033

    E bike rental: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

     

    extra options

    Komoot navigation: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34

    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am (approx.1.5 hours): £ 52 $ 115 61 $ 92 NOK 574 kr 530 $ 69

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   £ 65 $ 145 77 $ 116 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87

    Aschaffenburg to Würzburg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 1 hours):   £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Please note: Bus transfers require a min. of 4 participants 

    Extra nights

    Würzburg, Cat. B: £ 54 $ 121 64 $ 96 NOK 603 kr 556 $ 72 Single room: £ 79 $ 175 93 $ 140 NOK 876 kr 808 $ 105

    Würzburg, Cat. A: £ 63 $ 139 74 $ 111 NOK 697 kr 643 $ 84 ​Single room: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Bamberg, Cat. A: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Single room: £ 75 $ 166 88 $ 133 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99

    Bamberg, Cat B: £ 49 $ 109 58 $ 87 NOK 546 kr 504 $ 66 Single room: £ 67 $ 149 79 $ 119 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89

    Aschaffenburg, Cat. A: £ 61 $ 136 72 $ 108 NOK 678 kr 626 $ 81 Single room: £ 88 $ 194 103 $ 155 NOK 970 kr 895 $ 116

    Aschaffenburg, Cat B: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Single room: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    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

    Fly to Frankfurt

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt 2½ hr.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in °F for Würzburg is approximately: April, 56°/39°; May, 65°/47° ; June, 70°/53°; July, 74°/56°; August, °75/56°; and Setpember, 67°/50°. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Recommended

    Komoot navigation is available for your mobile phone. This is a perfect supplement to your travel documents. Maps are available at any time even without internet connection. Tour highlights are included.

    Remarks

    Tour is also available as 5 days/4 nights from Bamberg to Würzburg, 9 days / 8 nights from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg, or 6 days/5 nights from Würzburg to Aschaffenburg.

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour with daily distances of between 14 to 40 miles with most distances being variable. The tour runs at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for sightseeing. The river Main cycle route is excellently signed and runs mainly on cycle paths or quiet paths free of traffic or country roads with little traffic to the river, without any significant ascents.

Where You’ll Stay

Comfort Category: Comfortable middle class 3-and 4-star hotels
Standard Category: Quality inns and 3-star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations according to booked category and length of tour
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffets)
  • 7, 21, or 24-speed touring bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS data available on request
  • City tour in Würzburg (only for Category A)
  • Service hotline
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Würzburg, Aschaffenburg, and Bamberg available by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5–9 days
From414 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

For all tours, daily departures are possible from April 20 to October 5, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Main Trail Map

Tour is also available as 9 days / 8 nights from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg or 6 days / 5 nights from Würzburg to Aschaffenburg.

5 days/4 nights from Bamberg to Würzburg

Day 1: Bamberg
Day 2: Bamberg  - Haßfurt, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 3: Haßfurt - Volkach, 33 mi. (54 km)
Day 4: Vokach - Würzburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Day 5: Departure

Day 1: Bamberg
Individual arrival in Bamberg. The historical town center has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. 

Day 2: Bamberg - Haßfurt, 23 mi. (37 km)
Today’s tour is short, so you can spend the morning sightseeing in Bamberg. The former fishing quarter, also known as Little Venice, and the picturesque Bridge Town Hall are two of the most interesting sights of the city. On today’s bike tour, you leave the “Franconian Beer Region” and cross to the “Weinfränkische”, the Wine Region. Beside the shores of the Main, you bike to the quiet town of Haßfurt, where you spend the night. The Town’s Church has interesting figurines by Tilman Riemenschneider. 

Day 3: Haßfurt - Volkach, 33 mi. (54 km)
Your first stop today is Schweinfurt. You continue your journey to a natural highlight: the Volkach Main Loop. The famous wine town Volkach is located at the “tip” of the river loop and a great example of the typical Franconian joie de vivre. It is also the center of the wine-, fruit-and asparagus region. The rectangular market square with its typical Franconian Renaissance Town Hall and the stepped gable is well worth a visit. You spend the night in Volkach. 

Day 4: Volkach - Würzburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Today you get to explore the heart of Franconian Wine Country. In the morning you make your way to the lively town of Kitzingen. Until the beginning of the century, Kitzingen’s main source of income was wine-growing and wine trade. Kitzingen is still home to Germany’s oldest wine cellar. Another highlight of today’s tour is the historical town of Marktbreit. Its pretty alleys and impressive townhouses make Marktbreit one of the most beautiful little cities of the region.  Afterward, you reach Würzburg. Enjoy the sights of Würzburgon a city tour(included). The view over the town from Marienberg Fortress or Steinburg, the impressive pilgrimage church “Käppele”, the Residenz with its beautiful park, the Old Main Bridge –these are just some of the attractions that make Würzburg unforgettable. Make sure that you don’t miss the old fishing quarter with its many narrow alleys and pretty houses. 

Day 5: Individual departure

9 days / 8 nights from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg

Day 1: Bamberg
Day 2: Bamberg – Haßfurt, 37 km
Day 3: Haßfurt – Volkach, 54 km
Day 4: Volkach – Würzburg, 65 km
Day 5: Würzburg – Lohr/Sendelbach, 54 km
Day 6: Lohr/Sendelbach – Wertheim, 41 km
Day 7: Wertheim – Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 8: Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg, 41 km
Day 9: Individual departure

6 days/5 nights from Würzburg to Aschaffenburg

Day 1: Arrive in Würzburg
Day 2: Würzburg - Lohr am Main/Sendelbach, 54 km
Day 3: Lohr am Main/Sendelbach - Wertheim, 41 km
Day 4: Wertheim - Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 5: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg, 41 km
Day 6: Departure

*All distances are approximate

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    • William Osborn 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Just back from Germany yesterday and I just wanted to say thank you for helping with the arrangements for the trip. We really enjoyed ourselves. Everything worked out perfectly for the bikes, hotels, and transportation.

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