Bamberg - Aschaffenburg
Bike and Barge through Germany. The Main valley tour is a friendly, gentle boat and bike tour along the flat land of the river through the ever changing countryside of the Bavarian region, famous for the good wines and many historic towns and villages.
Absolute highlight of the tour is the city of Bamberg a UNESCO World Heritage City that not only embodies a thousand years of art and culture, but also remains vibrant and young at heart.
The bike tour follows the river, encountering many traditional half-timbered houses within the various small villages. The region of Bavaria will impress you with its wealth of idyllic vineyards as you sail to the tranquil town of Hassfurt, where many 15th and 16th century monuments are of note. The lively little town of Kitzingen is a wine trade center. It has a reputation for producing some unique and flavorful white wines.
The trek to the wine town of Volkach is filled with picturesque rolling vineyards, orchards and quiet river meadows. Historic Marktbreit is one of the region’s most beautiful villages with splendid houses and narrow alleys.
The tour will also bring you to Würzburg, Germany’s Baroque city where you will visit the Residenz Palace and gardens in rococo style, listed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. And then there is Aschaffenburg where you can visit the famous Johannisburg.
Description of the cabins
The Allure has ten comfortable cabins. One double cabin (8 m² – 68 sq.ft.) with a double bed and nine twin cabins (8 m² – 86 sq.ft.) with two single beds which can be set together in most cabins. In two cabins there is the possibility to place a bunk bed for children. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.
Description of the ship
The Allure has a cozy lounge (air-conditioned) with wide screen TV, a small sitting area and a bar. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful large sundeck, where the meals of excellent quality can be served if the weather is fine. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from here. The whole barge has central heating.
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Bamberg
Individual arrival and embarkation as from 4 p.m. in Bamberg, where you will stay for the night. Like Rome, the city was built on seven hills and one therefore likes to call it the “Franconian Rome”. If you arrive early, you may still have the time to experience the fascinating heritage of world culture. The fishermen’s quarter of “Little Venice”, a row of residences from the 17th century, is also worth seeing. If you like beer, you have to drink a nice cool beer here. There are still eleven independent breweries in the city!
Day 2 (Sun): Bamberg – Haßfurt | Haßfurt – Schweinfurt (30-40 km/18-24 mi.)
Today you will start sailing to Haßfurt with it’s beautiful historic inner town. It is situated between two nature area’s and you will find several interesting religious buildings over here, like the late Gothic “Ridderkapel” (Knight’s chapel) and the parochian church with paintings of Tilman Riemenschneider. From here, you will continue cycling. The tour will take you to the former emperor’s city of Schweinfurt.
Day 3 (Mon): Schweinfurt – Stammheim – Kitzingen (32 km/19 mi. or 60 km/36 mi.)
Today’s cycling tour will take you to Kitzingen. In this historical wine trading city you will also find the German Fastnachtsmuseum (carnival museum). Here you will get an impression of the history of carnival; you will find information about the medieval Franconian customs too in this museum. In Kitzingen, the old and former beer breweries have changed to wine production, as the historic cellar equipment will show you. Some of the Kitzinger restaurants serve typical Franconian dishes like Sauerbraten mit Kloß (beefstew and potatoes) or Karfpen Blau (fish). If you prefer to cycle a short tour, you can sail till Stammheim and start cycling from there.
Day 4 (Tue): Kitzingen – Würzburg (40 km/24 mi.)
Würzburg, homing several points of interest, is awaiting you at the end of today’s tour. Visit the Würzburg Residenz, considered one of Germany’s most important castles, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage since 1981, enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress Marienburg or visit the Sint-Kilianusdom. Würzburg is the center of Franconian wines and is, due to the presence of several universities, also lively in the evening.
Day 5 (Wed): Würzburg – Karlstadt | Karlstadt – Lohr (30 km/18 mi.)
In the morning the Allure cruises to Karlstadt, where you will arrive around 10.30 hr. The romance of an old town and the idyll of a village – Karlstadt has both. Explore the more than 800 year old buildings in the by walls, towers and Gates surrounded old town. From Karlstadt you will cycle to Lohr am Main, your goal of today. Typical for the beautiful old town are the historic Franconian timbered buildings. Lor am Main is the gateway to the lower Spessart mountains. Some people say it was the place where Snowwhite used to live…. Buildings like the castle Lohr (Kurzmainer Schloss) emphasize the enchanting character of the city.
Day 6 (Thu): Lohr – Wertheim | Wertheim – Bürgstadt (Miltenberg) (40-45 km/24-27 mi.)
In the morning you will cruise with the ship from Lohr tot Wertheim, which has a castle with the same name as a landmark. The historical market place, with what probably is the narrowest house of the Franconian land, is the center of town. Here starts today’s bike tour to Miltenberg, situated between Spessart and Odenwald. The modern hotel “Zum Riesen”, which was built in 1590, is one of the oldest hotels of Germany. Famous is also the Schnatterlochturm, where you can walk straight into the woods from the market place. Over the city you can see the castle of Miltenberg, built around 1200. The docking place of the ship is about 2 km from town center.
Day 7 (Fri): Bürgstadt (Miltenberg) – Aschaffenburg (40 km/24 mi.)
As soon as you have left Miltenberg, you can cycle either on the right or left side of the river Main to Asschaffenburg. You will cycle on the “Kosmosradweg”(planet-cycle track) from Erlenbach to Kleinwallstadt. Along this track you will find information about the universe. The floodplain forest between Nilkheim and Niedernheim is pleasant to ride on in the summer. All along the river you will find benches or rest areas where you can rest or even take a swim. Your destination for today is the beautiful and quiet university city of Afschaffenburg, which offers numerous magnificent buildings. Johannisburg Castle, built with red sandstone, is one of the most important and most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The lively center with narrow streets offers many half-timbered houses and numerous wine bars and cafes.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Aschaffenberg
After breakfast: disembarkation till 9 a.m. and end of the tour.
Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Schedule/timetable: the schedule and programme are always subject to change. • If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim.
Bike tours: the bike tours are individual and unguided. They cover distances between 30 and 60 km / 18 and 36 miles. All of the stated kilometre distances are approximate distances for the recommended bike tours. The tour description is only available in German, but the crew speaks English and is willing to explain the tour in English. The tracks are well signposted.
Characteristics: Almost all parts of the bike tours are easy to ride.
Luggage: please make sure that your vacation luggage includes good rainproof gear (jacket and pants), a sun hat and sunscreen as well as tennis shoes. Due to the lack of storage room in the cabins we advise you to bring suitcases or bags which are foldable.
Travel Documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.
- 8 days/7 nights
- Program according to itinerary
- Full board-Plus-Arrangement: 7 x breakfastbuffet Packed lunches or noontime snack 7 x 3-course dinner incl. 1 glass of wine Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and in the afternoon Welcome drink
- Use of bed linen and towels
- Daily cleaning of the cabin
- Daily briefings by the skipper (board tour guide, English & German speaking)
- Maps and information material (German) for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
- Use of a helmet (2 per cabin)
- Coffee and tea on board at other hours
- Bicycle rental or E-bike rental including pannier bag
- Personal insurances
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Entrance fees and excursions
- City maps
- Fees for ferries
- Transfers to/from the docking place
- Parking fees
Rental bicycle (incl. rental bike insurance): € 70 per week/person
Rental E-Bike (incl. rental bike insurance): € 165 per week/person (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
Bicycles: Only a very limited amount of E-bikes is available on these tours. Special bicycles (e.g. children’s bicycles, tandems, etc.) are not available in this area and cannot be ordered for these tours. Due to limited space on deck guests can’t bring their own bicycles or E-bikes. This is only possible in exceptional cases when you need a special bicycle or tandem.
Information material cycling tours: Only available in German, but the crew speaks English and is willing to explain the tour in English. The cycling tracks are well signposted.
Transfer by train: Between Aschaffenburg and Bamberg, there is a good train connection. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.
Parking possibilities (subject to change, stand May 2018):
Aschaffenburg: Parking Luitpoldstraße: Luitpoldstraße 9, approx. €10/day
Bamberg: Tiefgarage Centrum-Nord/Georgendamm 2a (walking distance to docking place), approx. €10/day or Park & Ride on the outskirts of the city with low parking rates, cheap tickets and quick bus links to the center (for example: P&R Heinrichsdamm)..
Minimum number of participants: 15 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).