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: $ 681 £ 360 $ 611 414 $ 709 kr 4456 $ 468

    Single room: $ 879 £ 464 $ 788 534 $ 914 kr 5748 $ 604

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 780 £ 412 $ 699 474 $ 811 kr 5102 $ 536

    Single room: $ 978 £ 517 $ 876 594 $ 1017 kr 6394 $ 672

    May 22 to August 25: $ 846 £ 447 $ 758 514 $ 880 kr 5532 $ 581

    Single room: $ 1043 £ 551 $ 935 634 $ 1085 kr 6824 $ 717

    E bike rental: $ 123 £ 65 $ 111 75 $ 128 kr 807 $ 85

    Half board: $ 197 £ 104 $ 177 120 $ 205 kr 1292 $ 136

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 648 £ 343 $ 581 394 $ 674 kr 4241 $ 445

    Single room: $ 813 £ 430 $ 729 494 $ 846 kr 5317 $ 558

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 731 £ 386 $ 655 444 $ 760 kr 4779 $ 502

    Single room: $ 895 £ 473 $ 803 544 $ 931 kr 5855 $ 615

    May 22 to August 25: $ 764 £ 404 $ 685 464 $ 794 kr 4994 $ 525

    Single room: $ 928 £ 490 $ 832 564 $ 965 kr 6071 $ 638

    E bike rental: $ 123 £ 65 $ 111 75 $ 128 kr 807 $ 85

    Half board: $ 181 £ 96 $ 162 110 $ 188 kr 1184 $ 124

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 813 £ 430 $ 729 494 $ 846 kr 5317 $ 558

    Single room: $ 1043 £ 551 $ 935 634 $ 1085 kr 6824 $ 717

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: : $ 912 £ 482 $ 817 554 $ 948 kr 5963 $ 626

    Single room: $ 1142 £ 604 $ 1,024 694 $ 1188 kr 7470 $ 785

    May 22 to August 25: $ 978 £ 517 $ 876 594 $ 1017 kr 6394 $ 672

    Single room: $ 1208 £ 638 $ 1,083 734 $ 1256 kr 7900 $ 830

    E bike rental: $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1130 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): $ 247 £ 130 $ 221 150 $ 257 kr 1615 $ 170

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 780 £ 412 $ 699 474 $ 811 kr 5102 $ 536

    Single room: $ 994 £ 525 $ 891 604 $ 1034 kr 6501 $ 683

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 846 £ 447 $ 758 514 $ 880 kr 5532 $ 581

    Single room: $ 1060 £ 560 $ 950 644 $ 1102 kr 6932 $ 728

    July 15 to August 15: $ 895 £ 473 $ 803 544 $ 931 kr 5855 $ 615

    Single room: $ 1109 £ 586 $ 994 674 $ 1154 kr 7255 $ 762

    E bike rental: $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1130 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): $ 197 £ 104 $ 177 120 $ 205 kr 1292 $ 136

    Comfort Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 1060 £ 560 $ 950 644 $ 1102 kr 6932 $ 728

    Single room: $ 1430 £ 756 $ 1,282 869 $ 1488 kr 9353 $ 982

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 1266 £ 669 $ 1,135 769 $ 1316 kr 8277 $ 869

    Single room: $ 1553 £ 821 $ 1,393 944 $ 1616 kr 10161 $ 1,067

    May 22 to August 25: $ 1348 £ 712 $ 1,208 819 $ 1402 kr 8815 $ 926

    Single room: $ 1718 £ 908 $ 1,540 1044 $ 1787 kr 11237 $ 1,180

    E bike rental: $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1130 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): $ 378 £ 200 $ 339 230 $ 394 kr 2476 $ 260

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 978 £ 517 $ 876 594 $ 1017 kr 6394 $ 672

    Single room: $ 1274 £ 673 $ 1,142 774 $ 1325 kr 8331 $ 875

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 1159 £ 612 $ 1,039 704 $ 1205 kr 7577 $ 796

    Single room: $ 1455 £ 769 $ 1,304 884 $ 1513 kr 9515 $ 999

    May 22 to August 25: $ 1208 £ 638 $ 1,083 734 $ 1256 kr 7900 $ 830

    Single room: $ 1504 £ 795 $ 1,349 914 $ 1565 kr 9838 $ 1,033

    E bike rental: $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1130 $ 119

    Half board (dinners included): $ 329 £ 174 $ 295 200 $ 342 kr 2153 $ 226

     

    extra options

    Komoot navigation: $ 49 £ 26 $ 44 30 $ 51 kr 323 $ 34

    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am (approx.1.5 hours): $ 100 £ 53 $ 90 61 $ 104 kr 657 $ 69

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   $ 127 £ 67 $ 114 77 $ 132 kr 829 $ 87

    Aschaffenburg to Würzburg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 1 hours):   $ 91 £ 48 $ 81 55 $ 94 kr 592 $ 62

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

    Extra nights

    Würzburg, Cat. B: $ 105 £ 56 $ 94 64 $ 110 kr 689 $ 72 Single room: $ 153 £ 81 $ 137 93 $ 159 kr 1001 $ 105

    Würzburg, Cat. A: $ 122 £ 64 $ 109 74 $ 127 kr 796 $ 84 ​Single room: $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1130 $ 119

    Bamberg, Cat. A: $ 99 £ 52 $ 89 60 $ 103 kr 646 $ 68 Single room: $ 145 £ 77 $ 130 88 $ 151 kr 947 $ 99

    Bamberg, Cat B: $ 95 £ 50 $ 86 58 $ 99 kr 624 $ 66 Single room: $ 130 £ 69 $ 117 79 $ 135 kr 850 $ 89

    Aschaffenburg, Cat. A: $ 118 £ 63 $ 106 72 $ 123 kr 775 $ 81 Single room: $ 170 £ 90 $ 152 103 $ 176 kr 1109 $ 116

    Aschaffenburg, Cat B: $ 99 £ 52 $ 89 60 $ 103 kr 646 $ 68 Single room: $ 132 £ 70 $ 118 80 $ 137 kr 861 $ 90

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

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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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