Bike rest in Bamberg, Germany. Flickr:Magnetismus

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

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 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 395 $ 876 465 $ 701 NOK 4379 kr 4042 $ 525 £ 370 $ 819 435 $ 655 NOK 4096 kr 3781 $ 492
    Single room £ 480 $ 1,064 565 $ 851 NOK 5320 kr 4911 $ 638 £ 433 $ 961 510 $ 768 NOK 4803 kr 4433 $ 576
    Season Supplement (May 4 to Sep 9) £ 21 $ 47 25 $ 38 NOK 235 kr 217 $ 28 £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23
    Dinners included £ 83 $ 185 98 $ 148 NOK 923 kr 852 $ 111 £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90
    E bike rental £ 59 $ 132 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79

    7 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 531 $ 1,177 625 $ 942 NOK 5885 kr 5433 $ 706 £ 506 $ 1,121 595 $ 896 NOK 5603 kr 5172 $ 672
    Single room £ 663 $ 1,469 780 $ 1175 NOK 7345 kr 6780 $ 881 £ 624 $ 1,384 735 $ 1107 NOK 6921 kr 6389 $ 831
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sept 9) £ 34 $ 75 40 $ 60 NOK 377 kr 348 $ 45 £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34
    Dinners included £ 121 $ 269 143 $ 215 NOK 1347 kr 1243 $ 162 £ 110 $ 245 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147
    E bike rental £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    9 Day Tour: 

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 675 $ 1,497 795 $ 1198 NOK 7486 kr 6910 $ 898 £ 620 $ 1,375 730 $ 1100 NOK 6874 kr 6345 $ 825
    Single room £ 854 $ 1,893 1005 $ 1514 NOK 9464 kr 8736 $ 1,136 £ 760 $ 1,686 895 $ 1348 NOK 8428 kr 7780 $ 1,011
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sep 9) £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 £ 38 $ 85 45 $ 68 NOK 424 kr 391 $ 51
    Dinners included £ 166 $ 367 195 $ 294 NOK 1836 kr 1695 $ 220 £ 155 $ 345 183 $ 276 NOK 1723 kr 1591 $ 207
    E bike rental £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    11 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 811 $ 1,799 955 $ 1439 NOK 8993 kr 8301 $ 1,079 £ 765 $ 1,695 900 $ 1356 NOK 8475 kr 7823 $ 1,017
    Single room £ 1032 $ 2,288 1215 $ 1831 NOK 11441 kr 10561 $ 1,373 £ 964 $ 2,138 1135 $ 1710 NOK 10688 kr 9866 $ 1,283
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sept 9) £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68
    Dinners included £ 208 $ 461 245 $ 369 NOK 2307 kr 2130 $ 277 £ 195 $ 431 229 $ 345 NOK 2156 kr 1991 $ 259
    E bike rental £ 119 $ 264 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158

     

    extra options

    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Nuremberg, daily at 10 am (approx. 2 hours) :  £ 46 $ 102 54 $ 81 NOK 509 kr 469 $ 61

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am: £ 46 $ 102 54 $ 81 NOK 509 kr 469 $ 61

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   £ 57 $ 126 67 $ 101 NOK 631 kr 582 $ 76

    Aschaffenburg - Nuremberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 3.5 hours): £ 65 $ 143 76 $ 115 NOK 716 kr 661 $ 86

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

    Extra nights:

    Nuremberg, Cat. A + B: £ 48 $ 105 56 $ 84 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 Single room: £ 71 $ 158 84 $ 127 NOK 791 kr 730 $ 95

    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: £ 62 $ 137 73 $ 110 NOK 687 kr 635 $ 82 ​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: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96

    Bamberg, Cat B: £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62 Single room: £ 66 $ 147 78 $ 118 NOK 735 kr 678 $ 88
    Aschaffenburg, Cat. A: £ 60 $ 134 71 $ 107 NOK 669 kr 617 $ 80 Single room: £ 86 $ 190 101 $ 152 NOK 951 kr 878 $ 114

    Aschaffenburg, Cat B: £ 50 $ 111 59 $ 89 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67 Single room: £ 66 $ 147 78 $ 118 NOK 735 kr 678 $ 88

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

    please note

    Rates are per person 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°

    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 11 days/10nights from Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg. Please call for details.

    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 U.S. Passports & International Travel website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. We recommend that you make copies of your important documents and papers (insurance cards, etc.). Leave a copy at home and have a copy with you. In the unfortunate situation that you lose your original documents, having copies facilitates the replacement process.


Tour Dates

2019:
 

5 Day Tour - Bamberg to Würzburg: Daily departures from April 7 to October 8, 2019

7 Day Tour - Nuremberg to Würzburg: Daily departures from April 7 to October 8, 2019

9 Day Tour - Bamberg to Aschaffenburg: Daily departures from April 7 to October 8, 2019

11 Day Tour - Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg: Daily departures from April 7 to October 8, 2019

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 on quiet paths free of traffic or country roads with little traffic in close proximity to the river, without any significant ascents.

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 according to booked category and length of tour
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffets)
  • 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
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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 – Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 8: 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 - Miltenberg, 35 km
Day 10: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg, 41 km
Day 11: Departure

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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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