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Germany: Main River, Aschaffenburg – Bamberg

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 1029
Level: Easy
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    Bavarian joie de vivre

    The Main valley tour is a friendly, gentle 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.

    Itinerary : Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg –  Lohr – Würzburg – Kitzingen – Schweinfurt – Hassfurt – Bamberg 

                

  • TOUR DATES 2019 – Allure: No available dates in 2019

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Twin
    Single (on request)
    2
    1
    € 1029
    € 1544

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  • Barge Allure (20 passengers / 10 cabins)

    The Allure started cruising in 1998. Jossie Verkerk, the former owner, redesigned the barge with its sleek lines herself and turned it into a comfortable and friendly passenger barge. From that moment on, the Allure has been hosting successful bike & barge vacations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since 2011 the Allure has a new owner: Martien van de Velde. He operates the Allure with new élan. Under his management the Allure is still a very popular small river barge for boat & bike tours.
    The Allure has a cozy lounge (air-conditioned) with wide screen TV, a small sitting area and a bar. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, 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 the sundeck. In the lounge the Allure offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The whole barge has central heating.
    In front there are 10 comfortable guest cabins. 9 twin cabins (9 m2, single beds) and 1 double cabin (9 m2, double French bed). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. The corridor is air-conditioned. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

     

  • Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Aschaffenburg
    Individual arrival and embarkation from 4 p.m. in Aschaffenburg, where you will stay for the night. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a walking tour town. The tranquil university-city is located at the foot of the Spessart and offers numerous magnificent buildings. Johannisburg Castle, build 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 2 (Sun): Aschaffenburg – Bürgstadt (Miltenberg) (Approx. 40 km/24 mi)
    Your first bike ride leads from Aschaffenburg along the river. Shortly before you reach Bürgstadt, you can cycle either on the right or left side of the river Main. The floodplain forest between Nilkheim and Niedernheim is pleasant to ride on in the summer. You will cycle on the “planet-cycle track” from Kleinwallstadt to Erlenbach. Along this track you will find information about the universe. All along the river you will find benches or rest areas where you can rest or even take a swim. In Miltenberg, 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. You spend the night on board the ship in Bürgstadt, located about 2 km from Miltenberg.

    Day 3 (Mon): Bürgstadt (Miltenberg) – Wertheim | Wertheim – Lohr (Approx. 40 – 45 km/24-27 mi)
    During a relaxing breakfast, the ship brings you to 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.  From here, your bike tour starts through the typical landscape of the Main. There is much to see on the route to Lohr. Typical for the beautiful old town are the historic Franconian timbered buildings. Lohr 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 4 (Tue): Lohr – Karlstadt |  Karlstadt – Wurzburg (Approx. 30 km/18 mi)
    In the morning your will join the barge to Karlstadt first and start biking from there. 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. Enjoy the relaxing bike tour to Wurzburg, where you will meet the ship again in the afternoon. For sure you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace, with its palace gardens and square. But there is much more to see and do. You may also enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress Marienburg and don’t forget to walk the 180-metre long Old Main Bridge, which is lined with impressive statues of saints.

    Day 5 (Wed): Wurzburg – Kitzingen (Approx. 40 km/24 mi)
    Today you will cycle along the main cycle track from Wurzburg through the fruitful Ochsenfurt district to Ochsenfurt with its lance tower that is worth seeing and through the historic village Marktbreit with its fine residences to Kitzingen. In this city wine growing is a big thing. In Kitzingen you will also find the German Fastnachtsmuseum (carnival museum). Here you will get an impression of the history of carnival; you will also find information about the medieval Franconian customs. In Kitzingen, the old and former beer breweries have changed to wine production, as the historic cellar equipment will show you.

    Day 6 (Thu): Kitzingen – Dettelbach |  (Kitzingen -) Dettelbach – Schweinfurt (Approx. 40 – 60 km/24 – 36 mi)
    In the morning the Allure sails to Dettelbach, you can join the ship on this stage or you can start the bike tour from Kitzingen. From Dettelbach your bike tour goes through the vineyards to Volkach. Here it is worth visiting the pilgrimage church of St. Maria in Weingarten. Then you go on to Fahr, where a welcome notice in the form of a wine bottle greets you, via the Volkach loop in the Main river – here the valley becomes narrower and narrower and the vineyards more and more numerous – to Schweinfurt.

    Day 7 (Fri): Schweinfurt – Haßfurt | Haßfurt – Bamberg (Approx. 35 – 40 km/21 – 24 mi)
    First you will cruise with the ship to Haßfurt.  Afterwards you cycle via Zeil am Main, unique, exactly located on the borderline between the Franconian wine and beer country – to Bamberg. Like Rome, the city was built on seven hills and one therefore likes to call it the “Franconian Rome”. 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!
    We advise you to stay in Bamberg one or more extra days, so that you will have plenty of time to discover this UNESCO World Heritage City that not only embodies a thousand years of art and culture, but also remains vibrant and young at heart.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Bamberg
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m. End of your trip.

    Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • 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 9.30 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.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – Packed lunches
    – 6 x 3-course dinner
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Welcome drink
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Daily briefings
    – Fully guided cycling tours 
    – Some short walking tours
    – Use of a helmet
    – Use of a waterproof pannier bag
    – Water bottle
    – Fees for ferries
    – Beer and winetasting on board
    – Entrance Residence Würzburg
    – Wi-Fi

    Not included
    1 x dinner (Würzburg)
    – Drinks
    – Bike rental or E-bike rental
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
    – Transfers to / from the docking place
    – Parking fees

    Bike rental: € 85 per week
    E-bike rental: € 175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment

  • The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders
    During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
    In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

    Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

    Type of bike
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: There are only 4 E-bikes of the brand Stella Arturo with 3 support levels and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.

    The trip starts in Aschaffenburg or in Bamberg
    In Aschaffenburg the ship is moored at the Flosshafen.
    You are expected on the barge on saturday at 2 p.m.  
    Also on  the reverse tour, from Bamberg – Aschaffenburg you are expected on board at 2 p.m.
    When you are going to arrive late, please let us know. You can inform us via email or telephone.

    Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’.
    Tour operator is Allure Active Leisure in Burgerveen (NL).

    CONTACT:
    Tel Allure: +31 (0) 619531474
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Aschaffenburg

     

    Mooring Bamberg

    Bamberg weergeven op een grotere kaart