Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

5/5 (1)
6 nights
23 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1650
Countries: Germany
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

5/5 (1)

Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

6 nights
23 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1650
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Merlijn
Countries: Germany

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  • Bike Nuremberg to Würzburg on the Main Cycle Path

    What can be better than cycling on a designated bike path through northern Bavaria in Germany? Adding a lovely boat for your accommodation! Now, you have perfection.

    Your bike and river cruise features the beautiful Regnitz Valley in the region of Franconia. You pedal one of Germany's most beautiful cycle paths along the Main River through a vast expanse of forests and valleys.

    The adventure begins in Nuremberg, renowned for its Gothic architecture, old gabled houses, and medieval flair. Large town walls, complete with eighty towers, encircle the historic town. On a side note, the locals take great pride in their famous sausages! Be sure to sample some!

    The route will continue along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal through idyllic vineyards and various small villages with traditional half-timbered houses. The wine culture here dates back to the Roman era. Wine was a Roman staple and so the planting and cultivation of vineyards and wine production were at the center of everyday life.

    Würzburg is your final destination. Explore this beautiful Baroque city, and walk up the gradually ascending road to the Würzburg Residence fortress, which offers a magnificent view of the historic center of Würzburg and its many towers.

    Bike, barge, and cruise quintessential Germany!

    • Main River, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Germany. Ramlanka@Unsplash
    • Biking around Volkach, Germany. Dirk Houstoun@Unsplash
    • Market Square, Frauenkirchen, Nuremberg, Germany. Chuca Cimas@Flickr
    • Regnitz River in Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany. Raelinn Doty Schmitt@Unsplash
    • Famous Riesling wines in Bavaria! CC:Agne27
    • Nuremberg, Germany. Chuca Cimas@Flickr
    • Altes Rathaus, Bamberg, Germany. CC:Berthold Werner
    • Würzburg Residence. CC:dxr

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    • Unesco World Heritage Site: Bamberg
    • University city of Nuremberg
    • German beer!
    • Guided city tours
    • Würzburg
    • Historic town of Marktbreit
    • Rhine-Main-Danube Canal
    • Main Cycle Route, Germany's most beautiful bike path
    • Wine town of Volkach
    • Franconian Wine Country

    Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River


  • Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Nuremberg - Erlangen
    Embarkation begins at 3:30. Welcome on board with a complimentary drink! Be prompt because at 5 pm the Merlijn will set sail for Erlangen. This tour will feature many locks, and each one, like a stairway, leads further down the mountain. Dinner on board followed by an after-dinner stroll through Baroque Erlangen, which by the way, is known for its beer!

    Day 2: Erlangen - Bamberg (28 or 36 mi/45 or 57 km)
    Your route features the Regnitz valley on the official Main Cycle Route, considered to be Germany’s most beautiful bike route! You get to choose your path, either the "Canal Route", which follows the canal, or the longer and steeper, "Valley Route’" which leads through the valley.

    Both routes cross each other several times, especially at the must-see city of Forcheim with its quaint half-timber houses.

    You will visit the Pfalzmuseum (entrance included) with three special museums, the Archaeological Museum Oberfranken, the Municipal Museum, and the Traditional Costume Museum.

    The day's destination is Bamberg, the city of seven hills, a very charming, historic bishops’ town. You will be offered an included guided beer-themed city tour. The Merlijn will be moored outside the city, and after your visit to the town, you can ride your bike to the ship at your own pace. Dinner will be served on board.

    Day 3: Bamberg - Hassfurt - Schweinfurt (23 mil/36 km or extend to 33 mil/52 km)
    The Merlijn will navigate the Main River, tempered with locks and dams. After breakfast on board, the guided bike tour will start. You will bike along the Main Radweg (cycle path). The slogan the Germans use to describe this bike path is "cycle, marvel, and enjoy"! The route will follow the river, passing by several vineyards, the famous Maria Limbach pilgrimage church, and several little towns filled with half-timber houses. You will cycle to the town of Eltmann and then head for Hassfurt, famous for its late Gothic Ritter chapel and a late Gothic church in the market square. The boat awaits you at the edge of the city to take you on an afternoon cruise, or you can extend your bike tour and peddle on to Schweinfurt, where Merlijn will dock in the city. Schweinfurt (literally translated Swine Ford) has an old center full of cozy little areas, as well as a town hall, tower, and marketplace, with dozens of statues of Schweine’ (pigs) all about the town

    Day 4: Schweinfurt - Volkach (19 mil/31 km)
    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 center of the wine, and fruit 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 5: Volkach - Marktbreit (22 mil/35 km or extend to 26 mil/41 km)
    Today you get to explore the heart of Franconian Wine Country by bike! You will pass through villages that wine connoisseurs will be familiar with, such as Nordheim and Sommerach. Further along the bike path, you pass the ancient towns of Dettelbach, where you might like to try some traditional German sweets from the bakery, and Kitzingen, famous for its leaning tower. Today’s destination, the historic town of Marktbreit will be a highlight for sure. Its pretty alleys and impressive townhouses make Marktbreit one of the most beautiful little cities of the region.

    Day 6: Markbreit - Würzburg (19 mil/31 km)
    You leave Markbreit behind and press onward to historic and beautiful Würzbug, perched on a hill, surrounded by vineyards. The history dates back to 686 when it was a Franconian duchy and a pilgrimage point. Highlights here are the view over the town from Marienberg Fortress or Steinburg, the impressive pilgrimage church Käppele, the Würzburg Residence with its beautiful park, and the Old Main Bridge. Make sure that you don’t miss the old fishing quarter with its many narrow alleys and pretty houses. The local wine culture dates back to Roman times so this is a superb place to sample local fruits of the vine.

    Day 7: Würzburg
    Sadly, today is the official end of your tour. Looking back, you will realize that you have created not only lifelong memories, but friendships too!

    Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

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  • Accommodation



      Originally constructed in 1930 and then lovingly converted to a passenger vessel with many renovations throughout the years, this beautiful boat boasts 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable beds that can be pushed together or separated. Read more

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        • Sundeck (40 m²)
        • Bar, lounge and dining area; Lounge covering (90 m²)
        • Climate control throughout entire ship (including individual cc in cabins)
        • Free Hot drinks machine (Unlimited coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water during the cruise)
        • Water on board is drinkable. Unlimited cooled tap water provided. Bottled water available to purchase at the bar.
        • Special Diet Requests: The boat is able to accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free at no extra charge. Vegan diets can also be accommodated, a €50 per person per week surcharge will be applied. Diets need to be requested with your booking.
        • Daily cabin cleaning
        • Laundry service available. Price on board.

      Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

       Daily program Bikes 

    • Bikes

      • 27-speed unisex city touring bike:  included
      • 7-gear unisex electric bike

      Included with bike rental:

      • Pannier bag
      • Helmet 
      • Fixed lock
      • Water bottle
      • Towel

      Bike Protection:

      • Can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE

      Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

       Accommodation Dates & Prices 

    • Dates

      Saturday, Sep 23, 2023


      Merlijn (Premier Class)

      Twin/double €1650
      Single supplement On request

      Included services

      • 6 nights accommodation in a climate-controlled cabin
      • 6 x breakfasts, 5 x packed lunches and 5 x three-course dinners
      • Complimentary welcome beverage
      • Complimentary toiletries, bathrobe, and slippers
      • 27-speed city touring bike
      • Coffee, tea and water
      • Daily cabin cleaning
      • Fees for harbors, bridges and locks
      • Tour guide
      • Tourist information
      • Most routes can be provided as GPS tracks
      • Wine-tasting session in Volkach
      • Guided city tour on the theme of beer in Bamberg
      • Entrance to Kaiserpfalz, Forcheim

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      Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

       Bikes Other Details 

    • Surface and terrain

      This cycling vacation features the beautiful Main River Cycle Path and is quite flat. This designated bike path was Germany's first cycle path to receive a five-star rating, with outstanding signposts making navigation simple.

      How to get there

      Arrival/departure airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

      Frankfurt Airport Train Station is located next to Terminal 1. There are direct trains from the airport to Nuremberg and Würzburg. Travel time to Würzburg is approximately 1 1/2 hours and to Nuremberg, 2 1/2 hours by direct train.

      Northern Bavaria: Bike and Boat the Main River

       Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

      • Dorothy Keyworth 9 months ago

        Wonderful crew and guide

        The guided rides along the Main River kept my interest as we passed through the small villages between Nuremberg and Wurzburg. There was even an Old Town Beer Festival and parade in Nuremberg at the start of the tour. Staying on board the Merlijn made the trip so easy--the captain and crew kept everyone happy. And Tomas, our guide knew the best bakeries to stop at for morning snacks each day. The route was mostly on protected cycle paths along the river. And the weather was breezy and sunny all week. A perfect biking week.

        What was the date of your tour?
        September 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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