Volkach's Marktplatz. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Matthias Zepper

Rhine River Valley

Main Bike Trail

Germany Bike Tours

Bike along the Main River

  • This self guided bike tour in Germany follows the Main River on a beautiful sign posted 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 Battipsta Tiepolo In Würzburg

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  • 5 Day Tour: 

     Option AOption B
    April 9 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 10 £ 450 $ 700 465 NOK 4728 kr 4364 $ 567 £ 421 $ 655 435 NOK 4423 kr 4082 $ 531
    Single room £ 547 $ 851 565 NOK 5744 kr 5302 $ 689 £ 494 $ 768 510 NOK 5185 kr 4786 $ 622
    Season Supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 £ 19 $ 30 20 NOK 203 kr 188 $ 24
    Dinners included £ 95 $ 148 98 NOK 996 kr 920 $ 120 £ 77 $ 120 80 NOK 813 kr 751 $ 98
    E bike rental £ 68 $ 105 70 NOK 712 kr 657 $ 85

    7 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 8 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 9 £ 595 $ 926 615 NOK 6253 kr 5772 $ 750 £ 562 $ 874 580 NOK 5897 kr 5443 $ 708
    Single room £ 755 $ 1,175 780 NOK 7930 kr 7320 $ 952 £ 702 $ 1,092 725 NOK 7371 kr 6804 $ 885
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 39 $ 60 40 NOK 407 kr 375 $ 49 £ 29 $ 45 30 NOK 305 kr 282 $ 37
    Dinners included £ 136 $ 211 140 NOK 1423 kr 1314 $ 171 £ 123 $ 191 127 NOK 1291 kr 1192 $ 155
    E bike rental £ 97 $ 151 100 NOK 1017 kr 938 $ 122

    9 Day Tour: 

     Option AOption B
    April 9 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 10 £ 770 $ 1,197 795 NOK 8083 kr 7461 $ 970 £ 692 $ 1,077 715 NOK 7269 kr 6710 $ 872
    Single room £ 973 $ 1,514 1005 NOK 10218 kr 9432 $ 1,226 £ 852 $ 1,325 880 NOK 8947 kr 8258 $ 1,074
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 48 $ 75 50 NOK 508 kr 469 $ 61 £ 44 $ 68 45 NOK 458 kr 422 $ 55
    Dinners included £ 189 $ 294 195 NOK 1983 kr 1830 $ 238 £ 174 $ 271 180 NOK 1830 kr 1689 $ 220
    E bike rental £ 97 $ 151 100 NOK 1017 kr 938 $ 122

    11 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 8 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 9 £ 910 $ 1,416 940 NOK 9557 kr 8822 $ 1,147 £ 847 $ 1,318 875 NOK 8896 kr 8212 $ 1,068
    Single room £ 1172 $ 1,822 1210 NOK 12302 kr 11355 $ 1,476 £ 1084 $ 1,687 1120 NOK 11387 kr 10511 $ 1,366
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 73 $ 113 75 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92 £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67
    Dinners included £ 232 $ 361 240 NOK 2440 kr 2252 $ 293 £ 218 $ 339 225 NOK 2288 kr 2112 $ 275
    E bike rental £ 126 $ 196 130 NOK 1322 kr 1220 $ 159

     

    extra options

    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Nuremberg, daily at 10 am (approx. 2 hours) :  £ 52 $ 81 54 NOK 549 kr 507 $ 66

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am: £ 52 $ 81 54 NOK 549 kr 507 $ 66

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   £ 68 $ 105 70 NOK 712 kr 657 $ 85

    Aschaffenburg - Nuremberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 3.5 hours): £ 74 $ 114 76 NOK 773 kr 713 $ 93

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

    Extra nights:

    Nuremberg, Cat. A + B: £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67 Single room: £ 80 $ 125 83 NOK 844 kr 779 $ 101

    Würzburg, Cat. B: £ 61 $ 95 63 NOK 641 kr 591 $ 77 Single room: £ 89 $ 139 92 NOK 935 kr 863 $ 112

    Würzburg, Cat. A: £ 70 $ 108 72 NOK 732 kr 676 $ 88 ​Single room: £ 101 $ 157 104 NOK 1057 kr 976 $ 127

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt or Nuremberg.

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt to Nuremberg, 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°

    Remarks

    Tour is also available as 5 days/4 nights from Bamberg to Würzburg, 9 days / 8 nights from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg, or 11 days/10nights from Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg. Please call for details.


Tour Dates

7 Day Tour - Nuremberg to Würzburg: Daily departures from April 8 to October 9, 2018

5 Day Tour - Bamberg to Würzburg: Daily departures from April 9 to October 10, 2018

9 Day Tour - Bamberg to Aschaffenburg: Daily departures from April 9 to October 10, 2018

11 Day Tour - Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg: Daily departures from April 8 to October 9, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in good hotels and inns (Cat. A) or comfortable, middle-class hotels in (Cat. B)

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 7, 21, or 24-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS data available on request
  • City tour in Würzburg
  • Service hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Würzburg and Nuremberg available by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5–11 days
From430 Rates
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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.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Main Bike Trail Map

Day 1: Arrival in Nuremberg
Day 2: Nuremberg - Bamberg, 42 mi. (67 km)
Day 3: Bamberg - Haßfurt, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 4: Haßfurt - Volkach, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Volkach – Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt, 23 or 28 mi. (38 or 45 km)
Day 6: Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt - Würzburg, 14 or 18 mi. (21 or 28 km)
Day 7: Departure from Würzburg

Tour is also available as 5 days/4 nights from Bamberg to Würzburg, 9 days / 8 nights from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg, or 11 days/10nights from Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg. *Distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Nuremberg
Individual arrival in Nuremberg. Use the rest of the day to visit the town with its medieval flair. Substantial town walls with their 80 towers encircle the historic old town, making it perfect for a stroll. Culinary highlights in Nuremberg include their famous sausages, which you can easily sample in one of the pubs. Overnight in Nuremberg.

DAY 2: Nuremberg - Bamberg, 42 mi. (67 km)
Today, you’ll start off riding along the banks of the Regnitz River past the railroad town of Fürth and the University town of Erlangen. Then the bike route will travel along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal towards Forchheim. In every alley and corner of this pretty little town, you will find examples of timber-framed houses, which are typical of the Franken region. This day’s main highlight is Bamberg, where the old part of town has been declared a world culture heritage site. Overnight in Bamberg.

DAY 3: Bamberg – Haßfurt, 23 mi. (37 km)
This stretch of the tour is short, so you will have plenty of time to explore Bamberg properly during the morning. The largest remaining ancient town quarter in Germany has over 2000 individual monuments. The former fishing settlement, affectionately called “Little Venice”, and the picturesque old town hall on the bridge are the town’s most famous landmarks. Today you will cycle through the hilly, wine-producing part of Franken to the tranquil town of Hassfurt. The rectangular city is limited by two substantial towers. The city church has interesting figures of Tilman Riemenscheider. The Gothic knight chapel of bright sandstone, which was established in the 15th century, is well worth visiting as is the delightful Renaissance city hall from 1514. Overnight in Hassfurt.

DAY 4: Hassfurt – Volkach, 34 mi. (54 km)
Today you’ll travel via Schweinfurt to a scenic highlight, namely the loop in the Main River at Volkach. Then, you’ll ride through picturesque vineyards, orchards and idyllic river meadows on your way to the quaint wine village of Volkach. This village lies on the edge of the loop in the Main River and is seen as the quintessence of the joie de vivre in the region of Franken. Overnight in Volkach.

DAY 5: Volkach – Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt, 23 or 28 mi. (38 or 45 km)
Today, you should have enough time to explore the heart of Franken’s wine region. This relatively short stretch takes you to the lively little town of Kitzingen, which claims to own the oldest wine cellar in Germany. A further highlight is the historical town of Marktbreit, which is one of the region’s most beautiful villages with its pretty alleys and splendid houses. Overnight in either Marktbreit or Ochsenfurt.

DAY 6: Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt - Würzburg, 14 or 18 mi. (21 or 28 km)
Ochsenfurt is another highlight in typical architecture from the Main-Franken region. Then, after cycling a few more kilometers, you will reach the splendid regal city of Würzburg.  You’ll have plenty of time for some great sight-seeing like going for a visit to the famous Marienberg Fortress. Of note is the three-winged Baroque palace that is surrounded by gardens and contains a unique stairway room with a gigantic ceiling fresco by Giovanni Battipsta Tiepolo Overnight in Würzburg.

DAY 7: Würzburg
Individual departure from Würzburg following breakfast.

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 sight seeing 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 centre 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 of Germany’s oldest wine cellar. Another highlight of today’s tour is the historical town of Marktbreit. Its pretty alleys and impressive town houses make Marktbreit one of the most beautiful little cities of the region.  Afterwards you reach Würzburg. Enjoy the sights of Würzburgon a city tour(included). The view over 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

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 – Bürgstadt/Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 8: Bürgstadt/Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg, 41 km
Day 9: Individual departure

Day 1: Arrival in Nuremberg.
Day 2: Nuremberg - Bamberg, 67 km
Day 3: Bamberg - Haßfurt, 37 km
Day 4: Haßfurt - Volkach, 54 km
Day 5: Volkach – Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt, 38 or 45 km
Day 6: Marktbreit/Ochsenfurt - Würzburg, 21 or 28 km
Day 7: Würzburg - Lohr am Main/Sendelbach, 54 km
Day 8: Lohr am Main/Sendelbach - Wertheim, 41 km
Day 9: Wertheim - Bürgstadt/Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 10: Bürgstadt/Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg, 41 km
Day 11: Departure

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  • William Osborn 3 years ago

    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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