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Germany: Main River, Aschaffenburg – Bamberg or vv

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 1150
Level: Easy
  • 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 Bavaria region, famous for the good wines and many historic towns and villages. The tour starts in Aschaffenburg. First stop is Miltenberg with its meandering streets and alleys, old restored houses, and the monumental market square. Here, you can enjoy a local beer in one of the cozy pubs. The bike tour follows the river upstream, encountering many traditional half-timbered houses in the various small villages. We will stay in Würzburg, Germany’s Baroque city where we will visit the Residenz Palace and gardens in rococo style, listed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 region of Bavaria will impress you with its wealth of idyllic vineyards as you bike to the lively little town of Kitzingen. This town is a wine trade center. It has a reputation for producing some unique and flavorful white wines. You will continue to the tranquil town of Hassfurt, where many 15th and 16th century monuments are of note. The tour ends in 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.

    Itinerary : Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg – Marktheidenfeld – Karlstadt – Würzburg – Kitzingen – Schweinfurt – Bamberg

    NB: On the Iris from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride. On the Allure there will be 1 guide.

                

  • Available dates in 2018:
    Aschaffenburg – Bamberg (Iris)
    Bamberg – Aschaffenburg (Iris)
    Single supplement on request
    Sept 1
    June 2 / Sept 8
    € 1.150
    € 1.150

  • Barge Iris (24 passengers / 12 cabins)                    Premium

    The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. The Iris is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers and 50 day passengers. Since 2011 Lenny Versteeg is the proud female owner of the Iris. You will definitely recognize her ‘female touch’ by the tasteful interior as well as by the many details that make the Iris such a pleasant place to stay. Her hospitable crew looks forward to welcome you on board.  The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
    The Iris has two decks. On the top deck there is the lounge, a roomy sitting area with wide screen TV, a cozy bar and a sun deck. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge the Iris 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 and air-conditioning.
    Below deck, the Iris has 12 spacious and comfortable guest cabins (10 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

    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): Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg
    13.30 h Arrival at the barge in Aschaffenburg
    Make sure you arrive in Aschaffenburg a day earlier, to visit the highlights like the castle Johannisburg. The massive four-winged complex, build from 1605 to 1614 under Archbishop-Elector Johann Schweikard von Kronberg, is one of the most important examples of palace architecture from the German Renaissance era.
    You can also visit the Pompejanum, an idealized replica of a Roman Village, build inthe 19th century.
    13.30 h The ship will start sailing after boarding
    14.00 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    15.00 h Safety lecture
    17.00 h Welcome drink
    18.00 h Sailing dinner
    20.00 h Town walk through Miltenberg. This city has a certain charm due to its meandering streets and alleys, old restored half-timber houses, and the monumental market square. Here, you can enjoy a local beer in one of the cozy pubs or on the terraces.

    Day 2 (Sun): Miltenberg – Freudenberg – Marktheidenfeld
    Bike tour: about 28 / 50 km
    8.00 h During a relaxing breakfast, the barge brings you to Freudenberg.
    9.00 h First you bike through the typical landscape of the Main to Wertheim. With its medieval alleyways, half-timbered houses, small squares and the imposing castle ruins from the 12th century, the former “Residenz” town of the counts of Wertheim at the point where the Tauber flows into the Main has a very special atmosphere.
    We will visit the castle from where the view over the branches of the Spessart and Odenwald and the confluence of the Main and Tauber is breathtaking.
    There is much to see on the route to Marktheidenfeld, a beautiful old town with historic buildings and Franconian timbered houses.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Evening walk

    Day 3 (Mon): Marktheidenfeld – Karlstadt
    Bike tour: about 30 km / 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today you bike through a very beautiful part of the Main valley first to Lohr am Main a town with a colorful past. The plague in 1666, witch hunts and the legendary home of real characters in Grimm’s fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
    Then the bike tour goes to Gemünden, another charming village along the river.
    Destination for today is Karlstadt. 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.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Evening walk

    Day 4 (Tue): Karlstadt – Würzburg
    Bike tour: about 25 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we will do a shorter bike tour, to have time to visit the town of Würzburg.
    Würzburg is a pleasing harmony of history, culture and wine. This university town and former royal seat is idyllically situated on either side of the Main river and offers a vibrant atmosphere and an endearing charm. It has gained a name as the center of the Franconian winegrowing region and, not least, as a city with exceptional places of interest.
    For sure we 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 visit the Marienberg Citadel and don’t forget to walk the 180-metrelong Old Main Bridge, which is lined with impressive statues of saints.
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Würzburg.

    Day 5 (Wed): Würzburg – Kitzingen
    Bike tour: about 37 / 57 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today you will cycle along the Main from Würzburg through Ochsenfurt to the lovely town Marktbreit.
    From Marktbreit you can either stay along the river and bike to Kitzingen or you can take the longer route that goes to the medieval village of Iphofen, known for its rare medieval town wall and other historic buildings as well as for being a location of wine production.
    Kitzingen too has a reputation for producing some unique and flavorful white wines. Producers in the area use a distinctive wine bottle called a Bocksbeutel, which has a short neck and a wide body. Potential customers can tell at a glance that the wine they are considering is Franconian in origin.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Wine tasting on board

    Day 6 (Thu): Kitzingen – Volkach – Schweinfurt – Hassfurt 
    Bike tour: about 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h The day starts with a bike tour along the river to Dettelbach. From there you can choose for an easy and a more challenging option.
    The easy one continues along the river with a stop in Schwarzach to visit the Benedikt Abbey. You can have a look at the exposition about life in the Abbey through the ages. Via a beautiful wine-growing area you continue cycling to Volkach.
    This 1200 year old former Free City of the Holy Roman Empire offers its visitors a
    lovely restored old city.
    The more challenging option takes you through the vineyards at Dettelbach. After a little climb you will follow the roads through the vineyards and have great views on the meandering Main. Nice descent into the lovely town of Volkach where it’s time to have lunch.
    After Volkach the valley becomes narrower and narrower and the vineyards more and more numerous. Final destination for today is Schweinfurt.
    16.30 h From Schweinfurt we will join the barge for a sailing dinner to Hassfurt.
    18.30 h Sailing dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Haßfurt – Bamberg
    Bike tour: about 35/ 55 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h The biking starts in Haßfurt. This town is famous for the late gothic Ritter chapel and church full of valuable paintings such as ‘John the Baptist’ and ‘Maria with Child’ by artist Tilmann Riemenschneider.
    The easy option today follows the bike path along the river again to Bamberg.
    But in case you are in for something special, you can take the beautiful route through the hills to Konigsberg in Bayern. This medieval town is a romantic Franconian town right out of a picture book. It’s protected historic center with half- timbered houses is a hidden gem, embedded in a countryside of forests, valleys and hills.
    From Zeil am Main you will follow the river again to the final destination, Bamberg.
    Bamberg, often referred to as Little Venice, is listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site for its authentic medieval appearance. It is home to such wonders as the Bamberg Cathedral, a late Romanesque building with four impressive towers. This houses the world-famous Bamberg Horseman, an equestrian statue that inspired such poets as Stefan George and Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. Bamberg is also famous for brewing the best beer in Germany.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Bamberg
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Disembarkation and end of the tour.

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (on the Iris from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabins (only Iris)
    – Welcome drink
    – Beer and winetasting on board
    – Entrance Residence Würzburg

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle)  € 80
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

  • 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.
    NB: On the Iris from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.On the Allure is only 1 guide.

    Bike rental
    Allure: 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    Iris: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    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 13.30 h. The barge will leave inmediately after boarding.
    Make sure you arrive in Aschaffenburg in time. We advise you to come a day earlier, to visit the highlights of the town.

    Also on  the reverse tour, from Bamberg – Aschaffenburg you are expected on board at 13.30 h. The barge will leave inmediately after boarding.
    Make sure you arrive in Bamberg in time. We advise you to come a day earlier, to visit the highlights of the town.
    When you are going to arrive late, please let us know. You can inform us via email or telephone.

    CONTACT:
    Tel Iris: +31 (0) 620245095
    Tel Allure: +31 (0) 619531474
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Miltenberg

    Miltenberg weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring Bamberg

    Bamberg weergeven op een grotere kaart