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: $ 759 £ 375 $ 655 414 $ 783 kr 4613 $ 466

    Single room: $ 978 £ 484 $ 845 534 $ 1009 kr 5950 $ 601

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 868 £ 430 $ 750 474 $ 896 kr 5282 $ 533

    Single room: $ 1088 £ 538 $ 940 594 $ 1123 kr 6619 $ 668

    May 22 to August 25: $ 942 £ 466 $ 814 514 $ 972 kr 5727 $ 578

    Single room: $ 1162 £ 575 $ 1,004 634 $ 1198 kr 7064 $ 713

    E bike rental: $ 137 £ 68 $ 119 75 $ 142 kr 836 $ 84

    Half board: $ 220 £ 109 $ 190 120 $ 227 kr 1337 $ 135

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 722 £ 357 $ 624 394 $ 745 kr 4390 $ 443

    Single room: $ 905 £ 448 $ 782 494 $ 934 kr 5504 $ 556

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 813 £ 402 $ 703 444 $ 839 kr 4947 $ 499

    Single room: $ 997 £ 493 $ 861 544 $ 1028 kr 6062 $ 612

    May 22 to August 25: $ 850 £ 421 $ 735 464 $ 877 kr 5170 $ 522

    Single room: $ 1033 £ 511 $ 893 564 $ 1066 kr 6284 $ 634

    E bike rental: $ 137 £ 68 $ 119 75 $ 142 kr 836 $ 84

    Half board: $ 202 £ 100 $ 174 110 $ 208 kr 1226 $ 124

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 905 £ 448 $ 782 494 $ 934 kr 5504 $ 556

    Single room: $ 1162 £ 575 $ 1,004 634 $ 1198 kr 7064 $ 713

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: : $ 1015 £ 502 $ 877 554 $ 1047 kr 6173 $ 623

    Single room: $ 1272 £ 629 $ 1,099 694 $ 1312 kr 7733 $ 781

    May 22 to August 25: $ 1088 £ 538 $ 940 594 $ 1123 kr 6619 $ 668

    Single room: $ 1345 £ 665 $ 1,162 734 $ 1387 kr 8179 $ 826

    E bike rental: $ 192 £ 95 $ 166 105 $ 198 kr 1170 $ 118

    Half board (dinners included): $ 275 £ 136 $ 237 150 $ 284 kr 1671 $ 169

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 868 £ 430 $ 750 474 $ 896 kr 5282 $ 533

    Single room: $ 1107 £ 548 $ 956 604 $ 1142 kr 6730 $ 679

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 942 £ 466 $ 814 514 $ 972 kr 5727 $ 578

    Single room: $ 1180 £ 584 $ 1,020 644 $ 1217 kr 7176 $ 724

    July 15 to August 15: $ 997 £ 493 $ 861 544 $ 1028 kr 6062 $ 612

    Single room: $ 1235 £ 611 $ 1,067 674 $ 1274 kr 7510 $ 758

    E bike rental: $ 192 £ 95 $ 166 105 $ 198 kr 1170 $ 118

    Half board (dinners included): $ 220 £ 109 $ 190 120 $ 227 kr 1337 $ 135

    Comfort Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 1180 £ 584 $ 1,020 644 $ 1217 kr 7176 $ 724

    Single room: $ 1592 £ 788 $ 1,376 869 $ 1643 kr 9683 $ 977

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 1409 £ 697 $ 1,218 769 $ 1454 kr 8569 $ 865

    Single room: $ 1730 £ 856 $ 1,495 944 $ 1784 kr 10519 $ 1,062

    May 22 to August 25: $ 1501 £ 742 $ 1,297 819 $ 1548 kr 9126 $ 921

    Single room: $ 1913 £ 946 $ 1,653 1044 $ 1973 kr 11633 $ 1,174

    E bike rental: $ 192 £ 95 $ 166 105 $ 198 kr 1170 $ 118

    Half board (dinners included): $ 421 £ 208 $ 364 230 $ 435 kr 2563 $ 259

    Standard Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 1088 £ 538 $ 940 594 $ 1123 kr 6619 $ 668

    Single room: $ 1418 £ 702 $ 1,225 774 $ 1463 kr 8624 $ 871

    May 1 to May 21 | August 26 to October 5: $ 1290 £ 638 $ 1,115 704 $ 1331 kr 7844 $ 792

    Single room: $ 1620 £ 801 $ 1,400 884 $ 1671 kr 9850 $ 994

    May 22 to August 25: $ 1345 £ 665 $ 1,162 734 $ 1387 kr 8179 $ 826

    Single room: $ 1675 £ 829 $ 1,447 914 $ 1728 kr 10184 $ 1,028

    E bike rental: $ 192 £ 95 $ 166 105 $ 198 kr 1170 $ 118

    Half board (dinners included): $ 366 £ 181 $ 317 200 $ 378 kr 2228 $ 225

     

    extra options

    Komoot navigation: $ 55 £ 27 $ 47 30 $ 57 kr 334 $ 34

    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am (approx.1.5 hours): $ 112 £ 55 $ 97 61 $ 115 kr 680 $ 69

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   $ 141 £ 70 $ 122 77 $ 146 kr 858 $ 87

    Aschaffenburg to Würzburg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 1 hours):   $ 101 £ 50 $ 87 55 $ 104 kr 613 $ 62

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

    Extra nights

    Würzburg, Cat. B: $ 117 £ 58 $ 101 64 $ 121 kr 713 $ 72 Single room: $ 170 £ 84 $ 147 93 $ 176 kr 1036 $ 105

    Würzburg, Cat. A: $ 136 £ 67 $ 117 74 $ 140 kr 825 $ 83 ​Single room: $ 192 £ 95 $ 166 105 $ 198 kr 1170 $ 118

    Bamberg, Cat. A: $ 110 £ 54 $ 95 60 $ 113 kr 669 $ 67 Single room: $ 161 £ 80 $ 139 88 $ 166 kr 981 $ 99

    Bamberg, Cat B: $ 106 £ 53 $ 92 58 $ 110 kr 646 $ 65 Single room: $ 145 £ 72 $ 125 79 $ 149 kr 880 $ 89

    Aschaffenburg, Cat. A: $ 132 £ 65 $ 114 72 $ 136 kr 802 $ 81 Single room: $ 189 £ 93 $ 163 103 $ 195 kr 1148 $ 116

    Aschaffenburg, Cat B: $ 110 £ 54 $ 95 60 $ 113 kr 669 $ 67 Single room: $ 147 £ 73 $ 127 80 $ 151 kr 891 $ 90

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • 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 6 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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