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Main river biketour | Self-guided | Bamberg to Aschaffenburg - 9 Days

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Cycle route through Bavaria: The long-distance cycle route through Bavaria offers high quality from start to finish, with exemplary signposting, outstanding scenery and lots of cyclist-minded accommodations. The tour starts in Bamberg , its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Winding its way through Bavarias Steigerwald Forest and Hassberg hills to Schweinfurt, the river Main enters the Franconian wine country and the lovely Taubertal holiday region. The tour continues through Würzburg and ends in the beautifullt town of Aschaffenburg.


Highlights

  • Low- traffic bike routes on quiet paths along the river
  • Lovely boutique accommodations
  • Historic towns like Bamberg, Volkach, Wertheim and Miltenberg
  • World cultural heritage in Bamberg and Würzburg
  • Breweries and wineries along the way


Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg
  • Day 2: Bamberg - Haßfurt | 26 mi. (42 km)
  • Day 3: Haßfurt - Volkach | 23 mi. (55 km)
  • Day 4: Volkach - Würzburg | 40 mi. (65 km)
  • Day 5: Würzburg - Lohr am Main | 37 mi. (60 km)
  • Day 6: Lohr am Main - Wertheim | 27 mi. (44 km)
  • Day 7: Wertheim - Miltenberg | 22 mi. (36 km)
  • Day 8: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg | 24mi. (40 km)
  • Day 9: Departure in Aschaffenburg

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case, please follow the directions posted on site.

Main cycle path from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg:

  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • Individual bike tour with luggage transport
  • Departure: Daily departure between April and October
  • Approx. 212 mi | 342 km by bike
  • Difficulty level 1 of 5
     

ITINERARY

Day 1: Individual Arrival in Bamberg
f you are looking for a town that has authentic beauty and is alive with history, then Bamberg in Germany is a must see. Located in the heart of North Bavaria, Upper Franconia, this town extends across seven hills, each one with its own church or castle.  Bamberg is one of Germany’s largest medieval towns and is remarkably well preserved. It is little wonder then that Bamberg has been UNESCO world heritage site since 1993.This Bavarian city at the river Main possesses one of the largest ensembles of historic buildings in Europe! Enjoy typicall franconian food and beer in one of the many restaurants or beegardens. Overnight in Bamberg.

Day 2: Bamberg – Hassfurt | Approx. 26 miles / 42 km
Today you will start cycling on the beautifull perfectly constructed Main-cycle path.  Of course it is not possible to checkout every picturesque site along the way today, but you definitely shouldn’t miss the pilgrim church of the “star architect” of baroque style Balthasar Neumann. You will find it in Maria Limbach along the route. 1 night in Hassfurt.

Day 3: Hassfurt - Volkach | Approx. 34 miles / 55 km
The biking path along the river is flat and easy to ride. Along your route there are several castles and estates which are still privately owned, managed and inhabited. Enjoy a citywalk in the evening in the beautifull village of Volkach. You can visit the Baroque palace “Schelfenhaus” or other gems. After the tour you can enjoy one of the excellent local wines! 1 night in Volkach.

Day 4: Volkach - Würzburg | Approx. 40 miles / 65 km
Like pearls on a chain famous wine villages are lined up along your way today. You have to select carefully among one of the most beautiful places such as Sommerach, Dettelbach, Marktbreit or Ochsenfurt for a visit and/or a lunch/coffee break. Anyone who comes to Würzburg and does not know the city should plan at least half a day for the first tour of the sights of the old town. The Residence Palace is one of Europe’s most renowned Baroque castles and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1981. From the old bridge “Alte Mainbrücke” you can enjoy fantastic views of the Fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church “Käppele” and the famous vineyards. There is a lot to visit for the interested guest! 1 night in Würzburg.

Day 5: Würzburg - Lohr am Main | Approx. 37 miles / 60 km
Treat yourself to a break to stroll through the famous Veitshöchheim rococo garden (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). Afterwards there are several places to stop for a break, but a short rest in the old town of Karlstadt is a must. Lohr am Main is a charming little town in the Main-Spessart administrative district with a fairytale old town centre and a wealth of noteworthy sights.

Day 6: Lohr am Main - Wertheim | Approx. 27 miles / 44 km
Castle Rothenfels greets you from the opposite river-bank. At its feet lies the village of Rothenfels, with around 700 inhabitants the smallest municipality with town charter in bavaria. Following the cycle path, you will be guided through the old town of Marktheidenfeld. Images of an old shipyard come to life. Homburg and Urphar hold architectural gems, then the city of Wertheim welcomes you with its imposing castle. What was once a medieval residence city remains today an entirely romantic location that invites you to take a trip through time and to enjoy lazy strolls.

Day 7: Wertheim - Miltenberg | Approx. 22 miles / 36 km
At Wertheim you cross the Main to Kreuzwertheim and are back on Bavarian soil. The Main Cycle Path runs via Faulbach to Stadtprozelten with the Henneburg ruins. The town of Stadtprozelten has little space between the Main and the steep foothills of the Spessart and is therefore elongated. There are also beautiful Franconian half-timbered houses and the remains of a medieval city wall. The historic Miltenberg is picturesquely embedded on the left knee of the Main quadrangle between the hills of Spessart and Odenwald. Visitors are attracted by the medieval half-timbered houses, the well-known Schnatterloch and the Mildenburg, which towers over the city.

Day 8: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg | Approx. 25 miles / 40 km
The wine from the region around Klingenberg was alone worth a trip to this part of the Main valley for the most famous German poet Goethe. This region called “Untermain” (“lower Main”) has kept its own special charme and character. The best winemakers are located here, specialized in red wines – which is rather rare in Germany. As a city of culture, Aschaffenburg comes with palaces, parks and museums. You may discover and experience the ever changing history of the city within short walking distances. In the evening there will be an opportunity for you a stroll through the old city center to see the churches and of course the castle that is situated at the riverbank. 1 night in Aschaffenburg (approx. 25 miles).

Day 9: Aschaffenburg and departure 
You decide if you want to spend more days in Aschahfenburg or depart today.  

 

  • ROUTE EVALUATION: The stages are flat on traffic-free cycle paths.
    Bike kilometers: Approx. 212 mi | 342 km.
  • Our Hotels Standard 
    Our standard when choosing a hotel is high. Our partner-hotels should not only be functionally perfect, but above all offer a pleasant and regional atmosphere.Only now and then does the route force a compromise. We don't accept a cheaper hotel just to get what appears to be a cheap tour price. terranova always mentions the hotel names. When choosing hotels / accommodation, it is very important for us that they fit into the culture and character of the region. In the Bavarian Main-valley you will find mostly casual, cosy but rather down-to-earth hotels, which are mostly run as family businesses by locals. All rooms have of course a bath room with a bathtub or a shower and are modern equipped.
     
  • Departure
    Daily departure

TERRANOVA SERVICES

  • Accommodations for 8 nights in a double room with breakfast in lovely boutique hotels
  • 8 x continental breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your cycle tours
  • 1 package with maps and information material per room (in English language)
  • 24-hours-service-hotline during your cycling holidays
  • GPS-tracks for navigation via a smartphone app or Garmin
  • CO2 compensation in the region 


What’s Not Included

  • Rental bike or rental Ebike
  • All beverages other than those offered at breakfast
  • Meal other than those mentioned
  • Helmet (due to Covid hygiene protocols, you must bring your own helmet)
  • Ferry & train fares not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Travel Insurance

     

 

Accommodations - Selfguided Biketour Main

 
Details
  • Price per Person in a Double room / Categorie Premium
    989 €
  • Price per Person in a Double room / Categorie Standard
    789 €
  • Price per Person in a Single room / Categorie Premium
    1209 €
  • Price per Person in a Single room / Categorie Standard
    950 €

added options / discounts

  • Rental bike (7-gear-touring bike with back pedal)
    85 €
  • Rental bike (21-/24-gear-touring bike with free-wheel)
    85 €
  • Rental Ebike
    190 €
  • Extra night in Bamberg in a double room / per person Standart Cat.
    65 €
  • Extra night in Bamberg in a double room / per person Premium Cat.
    95 €
  • Extra night in Bamberg in a single room / per person Standard Cat.
    85 €
  • Extra night in Bamberg in a single room / per person Premium Cat.
    135 €
  • Extra night in Aschaffenburg in a double room / per person Standard Cat.
    65 €
  • Extra night in Aschaffenburg in a double room / per person Premium Cat.
    95 €
  • Extra night in Aschaffenburg in a single room / per person Standard Cat.
    95 €
  • Extra night in Aschaffenburg in a single room / per person Premium Cat.
    145 €
  • Extra night in Würzburg in a double room / per person Standart Cat.
    65 €
  • Extra night in Würzburg in a double room / per person Premium Cat.
    95 €
  • Extra night in Würzburg in a single room / per person Premium Cat.
    135 €
  • Extra night in Würzburg in a single room / per person Standard Cat.
    85 €
  • Private Transfer from the airport Frankfurt to Bamberg:
    350 €
  • Private Transfer from the airport Frankfurt to Bamberg:
    495 €
  • Private Transfer from Aschaffenburg to the airport Frankfurt:
    280 €
  • Private Transfer from Aschaffenburg to the airport Frankfurt:
    310 €

Accommodations - Selfguided Biketour Main

 
Bamberg: Romantik Hotel Messerschmitt****Bamberg: Romantik Hotel Messerschmitt****Hassfurth: Altstadt Hotel***sVolkach: Romantik Hotel zur Schwane****Volkach: Romantik Hotel zur Schwane****Volkach: Romantik Hotel zur Schwane****Würzburg: Maritim Hotel Würzburg****Lohr: Hotel Bundschuh***Lohr: Hotel Bundschuh***Lohr: Hotel Bundschuh***Wertheim: Bronnbacher Hof***Wertheim: Bronnbacher Hof***Miltenberg: Flairhotel Hopfengarten***Miltenberg: Flairhotel Hopfengarten***Aschaffenburg: City-Hotel Aschaffenburg****Aschaffenburg: City-Hotel Aschaffenburg****

Our Trip-Designers are making sure that you are staying at the ideal places to experience the best of the towns along the river Main. Our standard when choosing a hotel is high. Our partner-hotels should not only be functionally perfect, but above all offer a pleasant and regional atmosphere. Only now and then does the route force a compromise. We don't accept a cheaper hotel just to get what appears to be a cheap tour price. terranova always mentions the hotel names. You are welcome to check our rating in Michelin or on tripadvisor.

Hotelcategory A - Premium Hotels: On this trip you will stay with terranova in selected hotels and pensions of the 3 and 4 star categories.

 

The named or equivalent accommodations will be booked depending on availability. There is no entitlement to accommodation in the above-mentioned accommodations. Tourist tax, if due, must be paid on site on this trip.

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Hotelcategory B - Standard: Different hotels or wineries in 3 star category.
Tourist taxes, if due, are to be paid on site on this trip.

 

 

 

 

 

  • SKILL LEVEL:
    EASY: Rating a bike tour is one of the hardest things we do. What you find difficult or easy depends on your own personal physical condition and training. The total distance is approx. 236 km. The entire route is flat and well signed. The cycle-path is nearly car-free and is mostly paved. It is rated as a 5-Star cycling path. If you are concerned and don’t want to worry about your own fitness and ability, we recommend an electric bike.
  • DAY OF DEPARTURE
    Daily departure between april and october.
  • AIRPORT INFO
    The closest and largest international airport to your tour start and end is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), located 216 km from Bamberg and 45 km to Aschaffenburg. There are good direct train connections between Frankfurt Airport, Bamberg and back from Aschaffenburg to Frankfurt Airport. We do offer private transfers including bike-transport if this service is wanted.
     
  • LOCAL TRAVEL
    Frankfurt - Bamberg: Frankfurt Airport railway station is a railway station is located next to the main ground-side passenger terminal of the airport. Here you can access high-speed trains running via Würzburg to Bamberg. Train travel time is approx. 3 hours. Train travel costs vary but will be between €50 - €110 per person. If you prefer a private transfer from the airport to your first hotel, this can be arranged. Please see pricing. Optional you can also use Munich as gateway to transfer to Bamberg by train. 

    Aschaffenburg - Frankfurt: In Aschaffenburg you can access trains run to the airport of Frankfurt. Train travel time is approx. 1 h 30 min. Train travel costs vary but will be between €20 - €50 per person. If you prefer a private transfer from to the airport, this can be arranged. Please see pricing. Optional you can also use Munich as gateway.
     
  • RENTAL BIKES
    Touring Bike: The rental bikes are comfortable 28” trekking bike, equipped with Shimano eight-speed gearbox or a new 24-speed chain/gear hub with freewheel. You can choose between a male model (with top-tube) and a unisex model with low-step frame. Both are available in different frame sizes. The handlebars are ergonomically shaped. All bikes are equipped with a rack (rear wheel) and ideal for multi-day trips with bike panniers.
  • Electric Bike: In addition to touring bikes, e-bikes (pedelecs) are also offered from the brands EBIKE / Velo de Ville / Kreidler. These are all equipped with a powerful battery and have a BOSCH or SHIMANO mid-engine, which will give you a pleasant tailwind on your bike tour.
     
  • CLIMATE
    The climate in the Main-region is mild with warm summers and moderate winters. Some parts can therefore almost be described as Mediterranean and owes it fame in wine growing to the warm and sunny climate. From April to October, the weather is ideal for cycling and discovering the beauties of this region. Please do check the local conditions before your arrival.
     
  • IMPORTANT TO KNOW
    Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.

    Documents: Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have proper identification. For US citizens, the U.S. Passports & International Travel website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. It is important to research before you travel as airlines will not permit boarding if you do not have the required valid documents.
     
  • Insurance: Before traveling, we strongly recommend you review your personal insurance and health insurance to ensure you have coverage appropriate to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependants, in case of any loss of property or illness, injury, or death.