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Romantic Road from Wurzburg to Donauworth

  • 4.7

    (3)

  • 7 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €595
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  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour description

Enjoy a bicycle tour along the famous Romantic Road in Germany from Würzburg to Donauwörth. The tour begins in the town of Würzburg, featuring splendid buildings and the world-famous Marienburg Fortress. You cycle along the Main River on the way to the Tauber River Valley.

From there, you follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg and on to Donauwörth. On this part of the Romantic Road you bike through an amazing variety of terrain: the lovely hills of Keuperbergland on the small mountain range of the Frankenhöhe, the Wörnitz Valley with its lush meadows, the circular crater of the Nördlinger Ries and, of course, the Danube Valley near Donauwörth. On the way you pass countless castles and interesting historical towns.

Daily program

Day 1: Würzburg
Your tour starts in the old Franconian city Würzburg. The town is famous for its many spectacular old buildings, like the Residenz and Marienberg Castle. Renowned artists like Balthasar Neumann, Tilman Riemenschneider and Tiepolo lived and worked in Würzburg. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the town, beautifully situated among vineyards on the banks of the Main River, and get to know the Franconian Joie de Vivre in one of the romantic wine bars.
Overnight in Würzburg.

Day 2: Würzburg – Wertheim (28 miles/46 km)
You leave Würzburg on forested trails through the Steinbach Valley, cycling through small villages beside the Aalbach River. The medieval fortified church in Dertingen has a beautiful altar that is worth visiting. Upon arrival in Bettingen, you reach the Main River. From there it is only a short way to Wertheim.

Wertheim is a small city located between the hills of Spessart and Odenwald, where the Tauber joins the Main. A charming ruined castle built out of red sandstone sits majestically above the small, narrow alley of the historical town center. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this medieval town during a relaxed evening.
Overnight in Wertheim.

Day 3: Wertheim – Bad Mergentheim (30 miles/48 km)
Today you leave the Main and continue into the Tauber Valley. This region combines beautiful countryside with art and historical relics from over 1,000 years of history. Balthasar Neumann is one of the area's many artists and is known as the "Master Bridge Builder of the Tauber Valley."

The river follows a winding path towards Gamburg before arriving in Tauberbischofsheim. The "Kurmainzische Schloss," a pretty castle with thick walls and impressive towers, is a silent witness to the interesting history of the town. Numerous monuments and old buildings show architectural influences from several different ages. From here you take the Romantic Road to Bad Mergentheim.
Overnight in Bad Mergentheim.

Day 4: Bad Mergentheim – Rothenburg ob der Tauber (33 miles/53 km)
You spend the morning in Bad Mergentheim, a lively and friendly spa town. The renaissance market square is surrounded by grand old town houses. Just beyond Bad Mergentheim you pass the Weikersheim Water Castle with its lovely baroque park.

You then continue to Creglingen and the famous altar to Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider. Finally, you cycle onwards through the charming Tauber Valley to Rothenburg. This famous medieval town is surrounded by an impressive town wall with seven gates. Just before midnight the Rothenburg night watch man offers guided tours of the city. He has many exciting stories to tell about life in the Middle Ages!
Overnight in Rothenburg.

Day 5: Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Dinkelsbühl (36 miles/60 km)
The next destination of your bike tour is visible from afar. The old, baroque castle in Schillingsfürst rises mightily above town. A short climb takes you up to Schillingfürst, before you continue to Feuchtwangen. Finally you reach the former free imperial city of Dinkelsbühl in the idyllic Wörnitz Valley. The town square is ringed by beautiful old town houses. Enjoy Frankonian cuisine in one of the traditional restaurants. A city tour with the Dinkelsbühl Night Watch Man is highly recommended.
Overnight in Dinkelsbühl.

Day 6: Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen (22 miles/37 km)
Today you cycle to the Nördlinger Ries, an area of great geological interest. A meteorite with a cross section of 4,900 feet (1,500 m) hit the earth at a speed of 44,000 miles/hr (72,000 km/hr) and left a 12-15 mile (20-25 km) large crater between the Swabian and Frankonian Alps 15 million years ago.

Your destination today is the former free imperial city of Nördlingen. Don't miss Germany's only entirely preserved city wall! It is even possible to walk around on it. The 295 feet (90 m) high bell tower of St. George's Church is known as "Daniel" and offers an amazing view into the Ries (the meteorite crater). Another point of interest is the old tanners' quarter and, of course, the Ries Crater Museum for the geologically enthusiastic.
Overnight in Nördlingen.

Day 7: Nördlingen – Donauwörth/Rain (25-37 miles/39-63 km)
You leave the countryside of the Ries behind and bike through the beautiful Wörnitz Valley. Soon you pass Harburg with its lovely castle, situated high above the valley. Visit the charming old town center between the river and the castle. You continue to Donauwörth, where the Wörnitz meets the Danube. The Reichsstraße is the main attraction of the city. This lovely street is bordered by numerous amazing old town houses, like the Tanzhaus and Café Engel. Also visit the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum.
Overnight in Donauwörth or Rain am Lech.

Day 8: Individual Departure

Dates

Daily: Apr 8-Oct 2, 2018

Prices

Category A
Per person, double occupancy
€675
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€180
Optional dinner package
€176
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21/24-speed
€65
Electrically assisted bike
€165
Extra Nights, Donauworth/Rain
Per person, double occupancy
€68
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€105
Extra Nights, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Per person, double occupancy
€59
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€87
Extra Nights, Wurzburg
Per person, double occupancy
€72
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€104
Transfer
Return to Wurzburg, per person (minimum 4)
€68
Discounts
Children, ages 0-4 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Children, ages 5-13 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Third/fourth person in room, ages 14+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
10%
Category B
Per person, double occupancy
€595
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€180
Optional dinner package
€130
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21/24-speed
€65
Electrically assisted bike
€165
Extra Nights, Donauworth/Rain
Per person, double occupancy
€61
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€91
Extra Nights, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Per person, double occupancy
€54
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Extra Nights, Wurzburg
Per person, double occupancy
€63
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€92
Transfer
Return to Wurzburg, per person (minimum 4)
€68
Discounts
Children, ages 0-4 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Children, ages 5-13 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Third/fourth person in room, ages 14+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
10%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

velotours Terms and Conditions

1.Cancellation
For a cancellation of the entire journey or a reversal of individual participants of the group the cancellation percentages stated in our conditions are valid. Fair dealings are possible and need to be requested in advance.

Computation of the cancellation fees:

  • up to 28 days before arrival: 20 %
  • up to 14 days before arrival: 30 %
  • up to 8 days before arrival: 50 %
  • up to 4 days before arrival: 70 %
  • from 3 days before arrival or not arrival: 90 %

2.Changes of the date
For changes of the travel date the charges stated in our conditions are valid. Fair dealings are possible and need to be requested in advance. Alteration fees are net prices. Usually we charge €55.00 per change (till 28 days before the starting date of the trip). Costs for later changes need to be requested in advance.

3.Changes in booking
The amount for changes in bookings is stated in our conditions. Fair dealings are possible and need to be requested in advance. Alteration fees are net prices. Usually we charge € 55,00 per change (till 28 days before the starting date of the trip). Costs for later changes need to be requested in advance.

4.Children reduction
a) Children up to 4 years travel free of charge, with the except that additional costs for a cot/crib or breakfast are payable locally in the hotel.
b) We give a reduction of 25 % for children between the age of 5 and incl. 13 staying in a 3-bedded room or in a 4-bedded room with 2 full paying adults (maximum discount is for 2 children).
c) For 3 adults (or aged from 14 years) we grant 10 % discount for the 3rd and 4th person in a 3 bedded or 4 bedded room (minimum 2 paying guests).

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 2
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.3
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.7
  • Hotels or boat 4.7
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 3.7
  • Tour documents 2.7
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.3
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Jenn September 20, 2017

An all round good time!

A great way to experience the romantic road - would highly recommend cycling as you get to see so many small towns and villages you would otherwise miss. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is excellent.

Once we got a hang of the directions, we did not get lost. It just took us a day to adjust. Some of the English translation was a bit unclear! One day took us on a long (planned) detour through lots of forest and agriculture - we actually would have preferred the direct route to have more time to explore the amazing towns we were staying in. So it would have been nice to know the options.

We LOVED the nightwatchman tour in Rothenburg, and our other favourite towns were Wurzburg and Wertheim.

Four out of six hotels were superb - clean, friendly staff, great breakfast. The only two hotels that weren't great were in Bad Mergentheim (generally the town was very quiet and lacked atmosphere compared with other places) and the final hotel in Donauworth. It was a conference hotel on the side of a very steep hill and across the highway from town, making it really difficult to explore the town centre and not close to any cafes, pubs or restaurants that we were hoping to enjoy on our last day.

julieb September 8, 2017

beautiful towns and great bike route

Bikes and map/directions were good. Accommodations were excellent. Routes were well marked, primarily on bike paths and small country roads. Towns were interesting and charming. Terrain quite hilly. Would recommend highly.

kshollen August 14, 2016

Great family bike tour

This tour was perfect for myself, husband, and 15 year old son. It was a perfect mix of scenery, history, and nature. We really enjoyed exploring each town and all the stops in between. All the hotels and breakfast each morning were great (we took the upgrade). Finally, skipping the dinner plan was a good idea because it let us explore many more options each night.