|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||34 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 11 - Oct 11, 2014|
|Start city:||Bayreuth, Germany|
|End city:||Mainz, Germany|
This 12 day trip starts in a every special place, Bayreuth, famous for its yearly festival celebrating the music of 19th century opera composer, Richard Wagner (Jul 25-Aug 28, 2014). From here, you will cycle past Kulmbach through the wide Main valley seamed by the gently hilly Fraconian landscape of the beer-brewing part of the region.
Unique highlights of this trip will be the monastery of Vierzehnheiligen, Bamberg and Würzburg. Then, you will also experience two completely different landscapes. Close to Bamberg, you will dive into the wine-growing part of Franconia where the vineyards displace the hilly hops fields.
Further on behind Würzburg, the vineyards disappear again and disappear into the green forests of the Spessart extending down to the Main plains. You will be able to enjoy even, well-paved bike trails taking you from one spectacular sight to another.
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Day 1: Bayreuth
Upon your arrival in Bayreuth, you will find your rental bike at the hotel. Bayreuth is the site of the Beyreuth Festival, a festival that celebrates the music of 19th century opera composer, Richard Wagner.
Overnight in Bayreuth
Day 2: Bayreuth – Lichtenfels (38 miles/61 km)
Follow the young Red Main to Kulmbach today. Let the cozy atmosphere of this charming Franconian landscape at the confluence of the Red and the White Main rivers and at the foot of the Frankenwald and the Fichtelgebirge captivate you. Visit the Old-town of Kulmbach and Plassenburg castle, enthroned majestically above the town.
Now as red and white have flown together, you will actually move on by the side of the “real” Main in order to reach the pretty town of Burgkunstadt for a short stop. And then, today's final destination lies just ahead of you: Lichtenfels, famous for its basket-weaving art. Here, a short side trip to the baroque pilgrimage basilica Vierzehnheiligen, constructed by the famous architect Balthasar Neumann, is absolutely recommended!Overnight in Lichtenfels
Day 3: Lichtenfels – Bamberg (29 miles/47 km)
After you ride out of Lichtenfels, the prominent towers of the monasteries Banz and Vierzehnheiligen appear on the hills. You may want to take a short stop and visit the beautiful Banz monastery before you continue to Bamberg.
Along the route to Bamberg, you will see how the Main River is ponded in small lakes several times. You will find your hotel in Hallstadt, about 3 miles/5 km from the Old-town of Bamberg. Benefit from this closeness and cycle into the Old-town, classified world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. If you prefer so, it is possible to spend the night in Bamberg itself for an extra charge.
Overnight in Bamberg/Hallstadt
Day 4: Bamberg – Hassfurt (23 miles/37 km)
If you didn’t have enough time to explore Bamberg yesterday, use the morning to enjoy the old part of the town, which has been nominated as a world cultural heritage, before biking to Hassfurt.
Follow the Regnitz for a short moment until you reach the Main River, which now leads you to the beautiful pilgrimage church Maria Limbach. You will soon reach the first vineyards marking the border between the beer-brewing and the wine-growing areas of Franconia. Let a sunny day come to its end in Hassfurt where another historical Old-town will impress you.
Overnight in Hassfurt
Day 5: Hassfurt – Volkach (35 miles/56 km)
A short side-trip to Theres is recommended today. In the afternoon, you will cross Fahr, town of the “Bocksbeutel” (the local wine is sold in this unique kind of container) before you reach the Volkacher vineyards. The landscape is a scenic delight, with its fruit orchards, vineyards and the idyllic flood plains, on your way to Volkach, famous world-wide for its excellent wines!
Overnight in Volkach.
Day 6: Volkach – Würzburg (40 miles/65 km)
Leaving Volkach behind, you will follow the Main-channel before catching up to the Main River again in Schwarzach. Via the even and well-paved bike trail, you will reach Würzburg quickly and have enough time to discover the town individually.
Overnight in Würzburg
Day 7: Würzburg - Lohr (37 miles/60 km)
Past Veitshöchheim, with the prince-bishop’s summer residence and the French rococo garden, you will continue to Karlstadt and its worthwhile town centre. Along the route you will witness how the landscape changes from the characteristic vineyards into wide, green forests providing shade on the bike trail. Even, well-paved paths take you to Gemünden, at the confluence of three rivers.
Overnight in Lohr
Day 8: Lohr - Wertheim (29 miles/46 km)
The wooded hills seem to cuddle up closer, leaving just enough space for the Main to wind itself through. Past the small town of Rothenfels, whose castle seems to watch over the valley attentively, you will reach Marktheidenfed and Wertheim. The gracious half-timbered houses and the Old-town’s maze of narrow streets will fascinate you!
Overnight in Wertheim
Day 9: Wertheim – Aschaffenburg (48 miles/77 km)
You will reach Miltenberg around noon. The town presents itself with pride; let the half-timbered style architecture and the market place amaze you. On even bike trails, you will quickly reach the sandstone-built Johannisburg castle of Aschaffenburg after passing the Spessart and the Odenwald.
Overnight in Aschaffenburg
Day 10: Aschaffenburg – Offenbach (30 miles/48 km)
Spend your lunch break in the romantic small town Seligenstadt, whose winding alleys and friendly half-timbered houses almost urge you to stay. Hanau is not less worthwhile: Steinheim castle, the German House of Goldsmiths and the castle of Philippsruhe are absolute highlights, just like 1000-year old Offenbach, where you will stay your night. Do not miss out on the Renaissance façade of Isenburg castle. Overnight in Offenbach
Day 11: Offenbach – Mainz (29 miles/47 km)
It is up to you to decide how much time you wish to spend in Frankfurt on the Main. Be aware, that today’s destination, Mainz, also has a lot to offer. Cycling and culture will complement each other very well today.
Overnight in Mainz
Day 12: Mainz
Breakfast marks the end of your tour.
Daily: Apr 11 - Oct 11, 2014
|Low season:||Apr 11-May 16; Sep 8-Oct 11, 2014|
|Shoulder season:||May 17-Jul 24; Aug 29-Sep 7, 2014|
|High season:||Jul 25-Aug 28, 2014|
|3 and 4-star hotels|
|Family-owned guesthouses and hotels|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel Behringer, Volkach
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available on this tour (not included in tour price, must be reserved at time of booking):
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
We recommend that you bring or buy your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The tour follows dedicated bicycle paths for the entire route, and the terrain is mostly flat. Because of the overall length of the tour and the average daily mileage (34 miles/day), the tour is moderately challenging and is for cyclists in average physical condition.
Tour start: Bayreuth, Germany
Nearest airport: Nuremberg (NUE)
Nearest train station: Bayreuth
Tour end: Mainz, Germany
Nearest airport: Frankfurt (FRA)
Nearest train station: Mainz Hbf
Bayreuth and Mainz are easily connected by train, so you can fly into/out of either Frankfurt or Nuremberg and travel as necessary by train to your arrival and departure points.
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Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
Velociped has been organizing bicycle trips since 1988. Full of passion and pioneering spirit, Velociped finds the nicest places all over Germany and worldwide for their bicycle tours. Velociped wants every client to relax during their holiday, and be free from organizing. Your luggage is transported separately on each cycling stage. Their services will guarantee a smooth and perfectly organized cycling holiday.
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4.3 In case of a substantial modification of a material obligation to perform, the Traveler is entitled to cancel the Travel Agreement at no fees to him.
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4.5 In case of a change in the person of the Traveler, to which Velociped may disagree if the Traveler does not meet the requirements of the travel or if the Travelers participation in the travel contradicts any legal or administrative requirements, Velociped is entitled to charge a flat rate/ lump-sum of € 50,- for the effort.
5. Modification of Fee
In case of an increase of transportation costs or an increase of charges for certain services such as port or airport duties or in case of variation of exchange rates, applicable to the respective travel, Velociped reserves the right to modify the Travel Fee agreed in the Travel Agreement as set out below:
5.1 If costs of transportation, and in particular costs of fuel, valid at the time of conclusion of the travel Agreement, increase, Velociped is entitled to increase the Travel fee in accordance with the following stipulations:
- In case of an increase attributable to a single seat Velociped can charge the amount of increase.
- In any other case the additional costs charged by the transport provider for the respective means of transportation are divided by the amount of seats of the agreed means of transportation. Velociped can charge to the Traveler the resulting amount of increase per seat.
5.2 In case of an increase of charges, such as port or airport duties, valid at the time of conclusion of the Travel Agreement, Velociped can increase the Travel Fee on a pro-rata basis.
5.3 In case of variation of exchange rates after conclusion of the Travel Agreement the Travel Fee can be increased in proportion to the resulting increase of costs of the respective travel for Velociped.
5.4 An increase is only permissible if the period between conclusion of the Travel Agreement and the agreed time of travel exceeds four weeks and if, at the time of conclusion of the Travel Agreement, the circumstances resulting in the increase neither have been existing nor could have been foreseen by Velociped.
5.5 In case of an increase of the Travel Fee after the time of conclusion of the Travel Agreement Velociped has to inform the Traveler without undue delay. Increases after the 20th day before travel are null and void. In case of increases of the Travel Fee exceeding 5 % the Traveler is entitled to withdraw from Travel Agreement at no cost to him or to demand the participation in a travel of the equivalent value, if Velociped is able to offer such travel from its travel portfolio without any additional fees to the Traveler.
6. Services not made use of
If the Traveler does not make use of certain travel services for reasons of premature return the travel, illness or for other reasons, not in the responsibility of Velociped, no claim for proportionate refund [of the Travel Fee] can be made.
7. Rescission and Cancellation by Velociped
7.1 Velociped may terminate the Travel Agreement after commencement of travel if the Traveler materially disturbs the carrying-out of the Travel Agreement irrespective of an admonition or if the Traveler acts in contradiction to the Travel Agreement to an extent, justifying the immediate cancellation of the Travel Agreement. In case of termination Velociped remains entitled to the entire Travel Fee; however, Velociped has to accept a set off of any cost saved as well as any advantages obtained from making other use of travel services, including amounts credited to Velociped by service providers. In this case the local representatives of Velociped (travel agency, travel guide) are authorized to execute Velociped's rights.
7.2 Velociped may, if the publicized minimum number of participants is not attained, withdraw from the Travel Agreement in accordance with the following stipulations:
a) Velociped must notify the Traveler without undue delay once the condition requiring cancellation of the travel has arisen.
b) A withdrawal of Velociped may not be declared later than three weeks before begin of the travel.
c) In case of withdrawal the Traveler can demand the participation in another travel of at least equivalent value, if Velociped is able to offer such travel from its travel portfolio without any additional fees to the Traveler. The Traveler has to make such claim to Velociped immediately after notification of the withdrawal.
d) Accomplished payments shall be refunded without undue delay. Further claims, including but not limited to refund of withdrawal costs for already booked flights, train tickets, temporary accommodation, do not exist. Velociped therefore recommends refraining from such bookings until it is certain the travel will be executed.
8. Rescission by Traveler, Rebooking
8.1 The Traveler may withdraw from the Travel Agreement at any time before the travel begins by written notification of withdrawal to Velociped. The time of receipt of the notification by Velociped is decisive.
8.2 In any case of withdrawal by the Traveler, Velociped, after taking into account expenses saved usually and usually feasible other use of travel services, is entitled to charge lump-sum rescission fees per person which amount to the following:
a) Up to the 29th day before the beginning of the journey: 10%, at least € 50,-
b) From the 28th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the Travel Fee
c) From the 7th to the 1st day before beginning of the journey: 80% of the Travel Fee
d) On the arrival day and non-participation: 90% of the Travel Fee
8.3 The Traveler may prove to Velociped that no or significantly less costs than the lump-sums have occurred. In such case the Traveler is only obliged to pay the actual costs.
8.4 Velociped reserves the right to charge a higher rescission fee in individual cases, in which higher costs, to be specified and proved to the Traveler, have occurred.
9. Obligations of and Termination by the Traveler
9.1 The obligation to notify defaults as stipulated in § 651 lit. d) paragraph 2 BGB is specified in case of Velociped travels to the effect that the Traveler is obliged to immediately notify any default of the travel to the local travel guide or agency and to demand cure of the default.
9.2 If no local travel guide has been assigned and additionally Velociped is not obliged to do so (check travel description in this respect!), the Traveler shall, under the address, telephone number and facsimile number mentioned below, directly notify Velociped about the default and demand cure.
9.3 Travel guides of Velociped are not entitled or authorized to acknowledge in the name or on behalf of Velociped any complaints or claims for payment of the Traveler prior to, during or after the travel.
9.4 Claims of the Traveler only remain valid, if the failure to notify a default does not result from any responsibility of the Traveler.
9.5 The Traveler has to notify loss and damage of luggage, in particular but not limited to the loss of airline luggage, to the transport provider immediately. The transport provider is obliged to issue a written acknowledgement. Without notification the risk of loss of claim is given.
9.6 If the travel is considerably affected by a defective performance, the Traveler may terminate the Travel Agreement. The same is applicable, if the travel is unacceptable to the Traveler for reasons recognizable to Velociped. In any case the Travel Agreement becomes only terminable, if an adequate period of time, to be determined by the Traveler, has elapsed without Velociped or its representatives curing the defect. Determination of a time limit is not necessary, if the curing is impossible or if Velociped or its representatives refuse to cure the defect or if the immediate termination of the Travel Agreement is justified by a particular interest of the Traveler.
9.7 With respect to the Travel Agreement the Traveler's obligation, as stipulated in § 651 lit. g) section 1 BGB, to enforce claims against the travel agent within one month after the contractually agreed end of the travel, is specified as follows:
a) Irrespective of its legal basis any claim in connection with the Travel Agreement or with the performance of Velociped respectively has to be enforced by the Traveler exclusively against Velociped within one month after the contractually agreed date of return from the travel.
b) The timely enforcement can be made against Velociped only to the address mentioned below. An enforcement in writing is highly recommended.
c) The aforementioned clauses leave any legal stipulations regarding delays arising from no responsibility of the Traveler or regarding the suspension of the statutes of limitation unaffected.
10. Passport-, Visa- and Health regulations
10.1 The Traveler is informed by Velociped about passport-, visa- and health regulations applicable to the respective country of destination in the travel description and travel material. This information relates to German citizens, irrespective on any special circumstances given. Such personal circumstances (e.g. having two citizenships, being stateless, certain registrations in the passport or refugee's admission) can not be taken into consideration if not explicitly notified to Velociped by the Traveler.
10.2 Velociped shall inform the Traveler about any material amendments to these common regulations prior to begin of the travel.
10.3 To the extent Velociped complies with its obligation to inform the Traveler in accordance with the stipulations above, the Traveler is obliged himself to observe these regulations.
11.1 Velociped's liability to the Traveler for any damages (including liability for the infringement of secondary obligations arising prior, after or during the Travel Agreement) which are not body damage is limited to the triple Travel Fee, as far as:
a) a damage of the Traveler is caused neither by willful misconduct or gross negligence of Velociped or
b) Velociped's responsibility for a Clint's damage solely results from the default of a third party service provider.
11.2 Velociped is not liable for default of performance or damages in relation to performance of third parties only arranged by Velociped as intermediary at the travel destination (e.g. sport events, theatre, trips, exhibitions etc.) or expressly marked in the travel description as third party services.
11.3 If Velociped acts as contractual airfreight carrier, liability is regulated by the Act on Air Traffic in connection with the international treaties of Warsaw, The Hague, Guadalajara and Montreal. The Warsaw treaty as a rule limits the liability of an airfreight carrier for loss of life or body damages as well as for loss of or damage of luggage.
12. Period of Limitation, Exclusion of Assignement
12.1 Any claims of the Traveler against Velociped, irrespective of their legal basis - with the exemption of claims of the Traveler based on tort ? come under the statute of limitations one year after the contractually envisaged time of return travel. Are negotiations on claims or their factual basis pending between the Traveler and Velociped the statutes of limitation are suspended until the Traveler or Velociped refuse to continue the negotiations? The aforementioned statutes of limitation of one year come into force three months after the end of the suspension at the earliest.
13. Jurisdiction, Miscellaneous
13.1 The Traveler can sue Velociped only at its principal place of business.
13.2 The entire legal- and contractual relationship between the Traveler and Velociped shall exclusively be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany if the Traveler's place of residence or business is not Germany.
13.3 For Claims of Velociped against the Traveler the Traveler's place of residence is decisive, unless the claim is directed against a Merchant (as defined by HGB, German Commercial Code), legal entities of public or private law or persons having their place of residence or common whereabouts abroad or having an unknown place of residence or unknown common whereabouts at the time of bringing up the claim.
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