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 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 371 $ 637 465 NOK 4456 kr 4113 $ 535 £ 347 $ 596 435 NOK 4169 kr 3848 $ 500
    Single room £ 451 $ 774 565 NOK 5415 kr 4998 $ 650 £ 407 $ 698 510 NOK 4888 kr 4512 $ 587
    Season Supplement (May 4 to Sep 9) £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29 £ 16 $ 27 20 NOK 192 kr 177 $ 23
    Dinners included £ 78 $ 134 98 NOK 939 kr 867 $ 113 £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92
    E bike rental £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81

    7 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 499 $ 856 625 NOK 5990 kr 5529 $ 719 £ 475 $ 815 595 NOK 5702 kr 5263 $ 684
    Single room £ 623 $ 1,068 780 NOK 7475 kr 6900 $ 897 £ 587 $ 1,006 735 NOK 7044 kr 6502 $ 845
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sept 9) £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35
    Dinners included £ 114 $ 196 143 NOK 1370 kr 1265 $ 164 £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150
    E bike rental £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    9 Day Tour: 

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 635 $ 1,088 795 NOK 7619 kr 7033 $ 914 £ 583 $ 999 730 NOK 6996 kr 6458 $ 840
    Single room £ 803 $ 1,376 1005 NOK 9631 kr 8890 $ 1,156 £ 715 $ 1,225 895 NOK 8577 kr 7917 $ 1,029
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sep 9) £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52
    Dinners included £ 156 $ 267 195 NOK 1869 kr 1725 $ 224 £ 146 $ 251 183 NOK 1754 kr 1619 $ 210
    E bike rental £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    11 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 7 to May 3 & Sep 10 to Oct. 8 £ 763 $ 1,307 955 NOK 9152 kr 8448 $ 1,098 £ 719 $ 1,232 900 NOK 8625 kr 7962 $ 1,035
    Single room £ 970 $ 1,663 1215 NOK 11644 kr 10748 $ 1,397 £ 906 $ 1,554 1135 NOK 10877 kr 10040 $ 1,305
    Season supplement (May 4 to Sept 9) £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69
    Dinners included £ 196 $ 335 245 NOK 2348 kr 2167 $ 282 £ 183 $ 314 229 NOK 2195 kr 2026 $ 263
    E bike rental £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161

     

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    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Nuremberg, daily at 10 am (approx. 2 hours) :  £ 43 $ 74 54 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am: £ 43 $ 74 54 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   £ 54 $ 92 67 NOK 642 kr 593 $ 77

    Aschaffenburg - Nuremberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 3.5 hours): £ 61 $ 104 76 NOK 728 kr 672 $ 87

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

    Extra nights:

    Nuremberg, Cat. A + B: £ 45 $ 77 56 NOK 537 kr 495 $ 64 Single room: £ 67 $ 115 84 NOK 805 kr 743 $ 97

    Würzburg, Cat. B: £ 51 $ 88 64 NOK 613 kr 566 $ 74 Single room: £ 74 $ 127 93 NOK 891 kr 823 $ 107

    Würzburg, Cat. A: £ 58 $ 100 73 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84 ​Single room: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121

    Bamberg, Cat. A: £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 Single room: £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98

    Bamberg, Cat B: £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 Single room: £ 62 $ 107 78 NOK 748 kr 690 $ 90
    Aschaffenburg, Cat. A: £ 57 $ 97 71 NOK 680 kr 628 $ 82 Single room: £ 81 $ 138 101 NOK 968 kr 893 $ 116

    Aschaffenburg, Cat B: £ 47 $ 81 59 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Single room: £ 62 $ 107 78 NOK 748 kr 690 $ 90

    Kamoot navigation: £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35

    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
From435 Rates
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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 4 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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