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 £ 378 $ 672 465 NOK 4534 kr 4185 $ 544 £ 353 $ 628 435 NOK 4241 kr 3915 $ 509
    Single room £ 459 $ 816 565 NOK 5509 kr 5085 $ 661 £ 414 $ 737 510 NOK 4973 kr 4590 $ 597
    Season Supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 20 $ 36 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29 £ 16 $ 29 20 NOK 195 kr 180 $ 23
    Dinners included £ 80 $ 142 98 NOK 956 kr 882 $ 115 £ 65 $ 116 80 NOK 780 kr 720 $ 94
    E bike rental £ 57 $ 101 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82

    7 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 8 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 9 £ 500 $ 888 615 NOK 5996 kr 5535 $ 720 £ 471 $ 838 580 NOK 5655 kr 5220 $ 679
    Single room £ 634 $ 1,127 780 NOK 7605 kr 7020 $ 913 £ 589 $ 1,047 725 NOK 7069 kr 6525 $ 848
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 33 $ 58 40 NOK 390 kr 360 $ 47 £ 24 $ 43 30 NOK 293 kr 270 $ 35
    Dinners included £ 114 $ 202 140 NOK 1365 kr 1260 $ 164 £ 103 $ 183 127 NOK 1238 kr 1143 $ 149
    E bike rental £ 81 $ 144 100 NOK 975 kr 900 $ 117

    9 Day Tour: 

     Option AOption B
    April 9 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 10 £ 646 $ 1,148 795 NOK 7751 kr 7155 $ 930 £ 581 $ 1,033 715 NOK 6971 kr 6435 $ 837
    Single room £ 817 $ 1,452 1005 NOK 9799 kr 9045 $ 1,176 £ 715 $ 1,271 880 NOK 8580 kr 7920 $ 1,030
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 41 $ 72 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59 £ 37 $ 65 45 NOK 439 kr 405 $ 53
    Dinners included £ 158 $ 282 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 £ 146 $ 260 180 NOK 1755 kr 1620 $ 211
    E bike rental £ 81 $ 144 100 NOK 975 kr 900 $ 117

    11 Day Tour:

     Option AOption B
    April 8 to May 4 & Sep 11 to Oct. 9 £ 764 $ 1,358 940 NOK 9165 kr 8460 $ 1,100 £ 711 $ 1,264 875 NOK 8531 kr 7875 $ 1,024
    Single room £ 983 $ 1,748 1210 NOK 11798 kr 10890 $ 1,416 £ 910 $ 1,618 1120 NOK 10920 kr 10080 $ 1,310
    Season supplement (May 5 to Sep 10) £ 61 $ 108 75 NOK 731 kr 675 $ 88 £ 45 $ 79 55 NOK 536 kr 495 $ 64
    Dinners included £ 195 $ 347 240 NOK 2340 kr 2160 $ 281 £ 183 $ 325 225 NOK 2194 kr 2025 $ 263
    E bike rental £ 106 $ 188 130 NOK 1268 kr 1170 $ 152

     

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    Bus transfers

    Würzburg to Nuremberg, daily at 10 am (approx. 2 hours) :  £ 44 $ 78 54 NOK 527 kr 486 $ 63

    Würzburg to Bamberg, daily at 10 am: £ 44 $ 78 54 NOK 527 kr 486 $ 63

    Aschaffenburg to Bamberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 2 hours):   £ 57 $ 101 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82

    Aschaffenburg - Nuremberg, daily at 9 AM (approx. 3.5 hours): £ 62 $ 110 76 NOK 741 kr 684 $ 89

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

    Extra nights:

    Nuremberg, Cat. A + B: £ 45 $ 79 55 NOK 536 kr 495 $ 64 Single room: £ 67 $ 120 83 NOK 809 kr 747 $ 97

    Würzburg, Cat. B: £ 51 $ 91 63 NOK 614 kr 567 $ 74 Single room: £ 75 $ 133 92 NOK 897 kr 828 $ 108

    Würzburg, Cat. A: £ 59 $ 104 72 NOK 702 kr 648 $ 84 ​Single room: £ 85 $ 150 104 NOK 1014 kr 936 $ 122

    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°

    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
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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 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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