Historic old towns, attractive castles and magnificent churches lure visitors from place to place in Franconia. Cities surrounded by forest and partly surrounded by towers and masonry present themselves like in a fairy tale. And every single place invites you to go on a culinary journey of discovery. It is not for nothing that the land of the Franconians is called "Genießerland". The art of the brewers has a long tradition here, as does that of the winegrowers, and their wines and beers go perfectly with the region's hearty fare. There is no question: the love for Franconia also goes through the stomach.
Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg
Individual arrival in Bamberg and embarkation from 16 p.m. Bamberg is a multifaceted city and at the same time a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The "island town" presents itself as little Venice, the "mountain town" as Franconian Rome and the "gardener town" as a unique specimen.
Day 2: Boat trip Bamberg - Hassfurt / Hassfurt - Schweinfurt, about 30 - 40 km
In the morning you reach Hassfurt with its beautiful historic old town. The city lies between two nature parks and is the location of charming sacred buildings such as the late Gothic knights' chapel and the parish church with figures by Tilmto Riemenschneider. Here you get on your bike and cycle to the former imperial city of Schweinfurt.
Day 3: Schweinfurt - Stammheim - Kitzingen, about 32 - 60 km
Today's destination is Kitzingen. The historic wine trading town is the location of the German Carnival Museum, which gives an insight into a significant part of Franconian customs. The city's landmark is the Falterturm with its crooked dome. In Kitzingen, old beer brewing tradition meets winemaking tradition, as evidenced by historic cellars. Some of Kitzingen's inns offer guests hearty Franconian fare such as sauerbraten with dumplings or "Karpfen Blau". Alternatively, you also have the option of staying on board until Stammheim and thus shortening the bike tour by around 25 kilometers.
Day 4: Kitzingen – Würzburg, about 40 km
Würzburg awaits you today with many sights. One of them is the Würzburg Residence, which is considered one of the most important palaces in Germany and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1981. The St. Kilian Cathedral and the Marienberg Fortress are also well-known. Würzburg is a center of Franconian wine and, as a young student city, is still full of life even in the evenings.
Day 5: Boat trip Würzburg – Karlstadt / Karlstadt – Lohr, about 30 km
In the morning you will reach Karlstadt. Towers, gates and walls surround the old town with its half-timbered houses and small streets. The destination of today's travel day is the city of Lohr am Main. A typical Franconian half-timbered architecture also characterizes the old town of this gateway to the Spessart. Buildings such as the Kurmainz Castle underline the fairytale character of the city.
Day 6: Boat trip Lohr - Wertheim / Wertheim - Freudenberg, about 30 km
You take the ship to the old residential town of Wertheim with the castle of the same name as a landmark. The town with a historic market square and what is perhaps the narrowest house in Franconia is the start of today's cycling stage to Freudenberg. The Freudenburg Castle towers high above the Main and the city of Freudenberg at the foothills of the Franconian Odenwald. The Freudenburg is very well known among castle connoisseurs because of its striking keep.
Day 7: Freudenberg - Aschaffenburg, about 50 km
The highlight of today's bike tour is Miltenberg with its 1200 captured Mildenburg. The "Planet Cycle Path" accompanies you from Erlenbach to Kleinwallstadt. Here you can find information about the celestial bodies. The floodplain forest between Niedernheim and Nilkheim is pleasant to drive on in summer. Everywhere along the Main there are benches or rest areas that invite you to rest or even swim. Your destination is the beautiful, tranquil university town of Aschaffenburg with its magnificent Renaissance castle of Johannisburg made of red sandstone. Numerous wine bars, cafés and rustic inns await your visit.
Day 8: Departure from Aschaffenburg
Disembarkation after breakfast.
- 7 nights in outside cabins on board the MS Allure with shower/toilet in the cabin category booked
- Program according to the itinerary from Aschaffenburg to Bamberg
- Welcome drink
- Full board plus arrangement: 7x breakfast buffet, 6x packed lunch for bike tours or lunchtime snack, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7x dinner (incl. 1 glass of wine)
- Cabin cleaning, linen and towel change as needed
- All port, bridge and lock dues
- Daily bike tour briefing
- On-board tour guide by the captain
- Maps and information material 1x per cabin
Our services are communicated in German and English.
Visitor's tax, city tax or cultural tax, which is not included in the travel price, is EUR 2,00-3,00 per person/night, payable locally.
Bike & boat: Bamberg to Aschaffenburg
- 8 days
- Overnight stays
- 7 nights
- Overnight stays
- about 250 km
Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Train: to Bamberg train station / from Aschaffenburg train station
Parking: Underground car park: Zentrum-Nord / Georgendamm 2a (a few minutes' walk to the MS ALLURE pier and to the city centre),
approx. €10 per day or Park & Ride on the outskirts of the city with cheap parking rates, cheap tickets and fast bus connections to the city center (e.g. P&R Heinrichsdamm)
The modern, rustic cabin ship has been at home for bike and boat tours on many rivers for several years. The owner is also the captain, who steers his ship with a lot of love. On the MS ALLURE you will find a cozy lounge that also serves as a restaurant, a small bar and a beautiful sun deck. The total of ten 2-bed outside cabins with beds at ground level are approx. 8 m² in size and have a shower/toilet. The cabins are cooled by air conditioning on the cabin aisle, while the restaurant has its own air conditioning system. Perfect conditions for the most pleasant bike and boat trips.
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Almost all routes can be classified as "easy".