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River Main Bike Trail

Start:BayreuthTours run:21 to 27 June 2016. Please enquire about other dates
End:Wurzburg
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Duration:6 days/6 nights
US$2,036.87
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Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1: Bayreuth – Arrival
Day 2: Bayreuth - Lichtenfels - 61km
Day 3: Lichtenfels - Bamberg - 47 km
Day 4: Bamberg - Haßfurt - 37 km
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach - 56 km
Day 6: Volkach - Würzburg - 65 km
Day 7: Würzburg – Departure






 

5 Star Bike Trail

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River Main Bike Trail

Awarded 5 stars by the German ADFC (National Cycle Association)

Our seven day bike tour begins in the festival town of Bayreuth. From here we cycle past Kulmbach through the wide River Main valley, passing through the Beer Franc (Bierfranken) gentle rolling hills.

The highlights of our trip are the “Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers” (Basilika Vierzehnheiligen) and the towns of Bamberg and Würzburg.
 
Approaching Bamberg and the surrounding wine growing region, the fields of hops gradually give way to Wine Franc (Weinfranken) vineyards.

With its ever changing landscapes and diverse artistic and cultural discoveries along the way, this gentle 266km bike trail is a very enjoyable experience.

Dates For 2016

21 to 27 June 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 


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Tours run:21 to 27 June 2016. Please enquire about other dates
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Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1: Bayreuth – Arrival
Day 2: Bayreuth - Lichtenfels - 61km
Day 3: Lichtenfels - Bamberg - 47 km
Day 4: Bamberg - Haßfurt - 37 km
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach - 56 km
Day 6: Volkach - Würzburg - 65 km
Day 7: Würzburg – Departure






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The River Main Bike Trail is the first bike trail that has been awarded 5 stars by the German ADFC (national cycle association). The well signposted cycle track encompasses nearly traffic-free routes, is almost entirely paved and has no significant gradients.

 
Day 1: Arrival in Bayreuth
It’s well worth arriving early. Historical residence of the Margraves and host of the world famous Richard Wagner Festival, Bayreuth is just waiting to be explored!

In the afternoon we meet a local guide and enjoy an English guided walking tour through the historic town centre (2 hours). 

Briefing and bicycle handover take place late afternoon.

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Day 2: Bayreuth – Lichtenfels

 approx. 61 km cycling
Today we follow the “Red Main” through the charming Upper Franconian countryside to Kulmbach, where the “Red” and “White” Mains meet at the foot of the Fichtel mountains.

We’ll visit Kulmbach’s old town centre and enjoy a guided city tour (1hr). Later we will visit the Plassenburg castle which sits majestically above the town.

From here, now that the “Red” and “White” Mains have joined together, we cycle along the “real” river Main to Burgkunstadt, where we take a break, before arriving at Lichtenfels, our overnight stop.
 
 

Day 3: Lichtenfels – Bamberg

approx. 47 km cycling
We start the day with a slightly hilly detour to Banz monastery (Kloster Banz), where we will learn about it’s history on a guided tour.

Next we cycle along the “young” river Main whose many dams form numerous small idyllic lakes along the way, before arriving in Bamberg with its UNESCO world heritage listed old town. Once again we follow a local english speaking guide to tell us about the marvellous late Romanesque - early Gothic Imperial Cathedral and famous Bamberg Horseman statue, the old Town Hall built in the middle of a bridge and the Old Palace (1.5 – 2 hrs).
 
 

Day 4: Bamberg – Haßfurt

approx. 37 km cycling
This morning we follow the River Regnitz for a short distance before rejoining the Main, which takes us to the remarkable Maria Limbach Pilgrimage Church (Wallfahrtskirche Maria Limbach).

Here we start to see the first vineyards, which mark the border between the beer and wine Francs. In Haßfurt we relax and take in the marvellous historical town centre.
 
 

Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach

approx. 56 km cycling
In the morning we take a detour to a small town called Theres, which gives us a great insight into the German Baroque era with buildings like the Benedictine Abbey and the historical town hall.

Then, in the afternoon we cycle to Volkach - famous for its excellent wines, via Fahr, home of the Bocksbeutel (the local wine is sold in this unique kind of container).
Of course we get to taste this speciality and  go on a very scenic Vinejard Hike Tour (1.5hrs) which includes tasting of 4 wines.
 
 

Day 6: Volkach – Würzburg

approx. 65 km cycling

Today’s bike trail is asphalted and completely flat, so we reach Würzburg quickly which gives us time to visit the town together in the afternoon and do some sightseeing.

The marketplace, the town hall, the old Main bridge, the Falkenhaus and the Marienkapelle with its sandstone figures are all well worth seeing , but the absolute highlight is the Würzburg Residence, ranked number three on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Once again we join with a local guide to learn more about the Residence.
 
 

Day 7: Departure from Würzburg


Breakfast together in Würzburg brings our wonderful bike tour to an end.

Individual extensions are possible if you wish to stay on in the region.
We are happy to help arrange your arrival and departure or book additional services for you (such as additional nights).
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Dates For 2016

21 to 27 June 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 


What's Included

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1: Bayreuth – Arrival
Day 2: Bayreuth - Lichtenfels - 61km
Day 3: Lichtenfels - Bamberg - 47 km
Day 4: Bamberg - Haßfurt - 37 km
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach - 56 km
Day 6: Volkach - Würzburg - 65 km
Day 7: Würzburg – Departure






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Activities:

Day 1:  Bayreuth - English guided walking tour through the historic town center (2 hrs). 
Day 2: Plassenburg Castle – entrance fee and guided City Tour through Kulmbach’s old town centre (1 hr)
Day 3: Banz Monastery – Entrance fee and guided tour  (1hr)
Day 4: Guided City Walk throug Bamberg (1-1,5 hrs) and Visit Maria Limbach Pilgrimage Church
Day 5: Benedictine Abbey – entrance fee and  guided Vinejard Hike tour including 4 wine tastings (1,5 hr) in Volkach
Day 6: Würzburg -  English guided walking tour through the historic town centre (1 hrs) and entrance fee and guided tour Würzburg Residence 
 


General

  • Professional bilingual & bicultural tour guide (English/German) throughout your whole trip
  • 5 days bike hire, Helmet, safety vest , 1 pannier, E-Bike available at additional cost
  • 6 nights in good mid-range hotels (German standard 3 - 4 stars) in double or twin rooms, with private facilities. Breakfast included.
  • Single room optional with surcharge: 160€ 
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Detailed route description
  • Tips for tour preparation
 

 

Accommodation

All accommodation on this tour is in good mid-range Hotels (German Standard 3- 4Stars) and includes breakfast. Most German hotels do not offer cooked breakfast however breakfasts consist of different breads, bread rolls, butter, cheese, salami, ham or other delicious cold cuts, eggs, fruits, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea, milk and are quite substantial.

Single rooms  available  at 160€ surcharge.
Please be aware of one major difference between single room accommodation in hotels in Germany and hotels in New Zealand: In Germany single rooms are in most cases not double rooms for single occupancy like in New Zealand, but often smaller rooms with a single bed (mostly 1 m wide by 2 m long).
 


Bikes

Our bikes will be delivered to our first hotel and picked up at our final destination.
You can choose between women's and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes.

All women's bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all women from 150 cm in height and for all men from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

There are E-Bikes available at the additional cost of 100€  / tour.  These are offered on a first in first served basis as numbers are limited to a maximum of 3 E-Bikes per Tour.
 
 

Food

Breakfasts are included at each hotel we stay at. Most German hotels do not offer cooked breakfast but breakfasts are quite substantial and include items such as different breads, bread rolls, butter, cheese, salami, ham or other delicious cold cuts, eggs, fruits, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea, milk etc.

We do not include lunch and dinner as this will leaves you the choice of trying out whatever takes your fancy on the day. We will reserve a table for our group to be able to dine together but will make the decision on the day if we prefer a beer garden, a specialty restaurant, a pizzeria or the local pub.

Not only is the choice of meals yours, it also will save you a bit of money as ‘dining out’ is often a cheaper option than ordering a dinner menu in our accommodation place.

Our lunch breaks will be just as flexible – a stop at a German Bakery with their almost endless choices of delectable cakes, pastries and sandwiches, a beer garden with its regional fare, a picnic along the river trail, a tasty ‘Bratwurst’ from a market or one of the local specialties on route.

 

Dates For 2016

21 to 27 June 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 


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For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1: Bayreuth – Arrival
Day 2: Bayreuth - Lichtenfels - 61km
Day 3: Lichtenfels - Bamberg - 47 km
Day 4: Bamberg - Haßfurt - 37 km
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach - 56 km
Day 6: Volkach - Würzburg - 65 km
Day 7: Würzburg – Departure







Dates For 2016

21 to 27 June 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 


History

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1: Bayreuth – Arrival
Day 2: Bayreuth - Lichtenfels - 61km
Day 3: Lichtenfels - Bamberg - 47 km
Day 4: Bamberg - Haßfurt - 37 km
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach - 56 km
Day 6: Volkach - Würzburg - 65 km
Day 7: Würzburg – Departure






 

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Cities we visit

 

Bayreuth

Bayreuth is famous as a festival town and hosts an international audience every year in July and August for the 30 Wagner performances at the festival theatre on Green Hill.

Margravine Wilhelmine, sister of Frederick the Great reigned in 18th Century Bayreuth and built the historical Hermitage park with its old castle, orangery and water features, the new castle Fantaisie with courtyard, garden and park as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Margrave Opera House.
 
Bayreuth today has no less than 25 museums, including Maisel's Brewery Museum, named in the Guinness Book of Records as the most extensive brewery museum in the world.
 
 

Bamberg

There is a lot to see in Bamberg. Numerous listed buildings convey medieval charm mixed with Baroque architecture. Among the most outstanding buildings are the late Romanesque - early Gothic imperial cathedral and famous Bamberger Horseman statue as well as the old town hall, built on the river Regnitz in the middle of a bridge.
 
 

Würzburg

With an average age of 41 years, Würzburg is one of the “youngest” old towns in Germany. Its 124,000 inhabitants enjoy a mild climate which also aids the cultivation of the town’s excellent wines.

Here the Marienberg fortress, Würzburg Cathedral (Kiliansdom) and numerous other churches, monasteries and secular buildings set the scene, but the absolute highlight is the Würzburg Residence, ranked number three on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Würzburg’s “Summer at the Harbour” (Hafensommer) festival brings visitors from near & far and thousands come from all over Europe for the classic Mozart and Africa festivals.
 
 

Lichtenfels

Lichtenfels is uniquely situated at the intersection of old, natural and cultural. The ancient craft of weaving for example is a regular topic in Lichtenfels.

A guided tour of the historic old town centre is worthwhile, with its Baroque town hall, stately town houses, palace, gate towers and preserved remains of medieval fortifications. You can also take a discovery tour of the underground passages.

Just outside the town gates stands the legendary Staffelberg, the magnificent Banz monastery and the unique “Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers” (Basilika Vierzehnheiligen), an architectural masterpiece by Balthasar Neumann.
 
 

Haßfurt

Among the great wealth of monuments which define Haßfurt are the historic town hall, the twin-towered parish church, the knights chapel, the two gate-towers which mark the limits of the old town, the concert hall and the promenade along the river Main.

Dates For 2016

21 to 27 June 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 


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