Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:34 Miles/day average
Dates: Daily: Apr 25-Sep 30, 2015
Tour price:€515
Start city:Bamberg, Germany
End city:Aschaffenburg, Germany
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Biking among hops and grapes
Main River Bike Path: Bamberg - Aschaffenburg

Tour Description: Self-guided

Discover the beauty of the Main River, as you ride along the well paved and well marked trails along the river. Your journey begins in historic Bamberg, known for its beer, and soon you'll reach the area where the famous Franconian wine is produced. The Main region is ideal for a leisurely ride: romantic, historic, and thoroughly enjoyable.

One highlight of the tour is Würzburg, the northern terminus of the Romantic Road and a surprisingly cosmopolitan Bavarian city filled with architectural and artistic treasures and exquisite Franconian wine. Würzburg lies in the heart of Franconian Wine Region, and wine and wine-making are central to life in Würzburg. Since nearly eighty percent of the wine is consumed within the region, most overseas visitors are surprised by the quality and variety of the wines. In autumn, the hills surrounding Würzburg and throughout Franconia are dotted with pickers, who fill basket after basket of grapes.

Volkach is also especially charming. In the morning mist, it’s easy to imagine this wine village as it was 400 years ago: at dawn, the only sound is the tolling of the bells in the Gothic Bartholomäuskirche. The steep, red-tile roofs of half-timber houses are topped with wooden gables and brick chimneys. Vines form leafy walls on the buildings, where clouds of pink and violet belladonnas explode from carefully tended flower boxes. During the harvest, grape-laden wagons squeeze through the medieval gates, clatter over cobblestone streets and disappear into half-hidden courtyards of family wineries.

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