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Bavarian tour of the river Main in Germany

'Travel through Bavaria, Germany along the scenic River Main"

September 30 - October 06 / 2023

Departure date: 30 september 2023
Average biking distance per day 40 to 50 km


Bike, Barge and Cruise along the charming Bavarian Main River. Be amazed by the metropolis that is Frankfurt,  the meandering streets and alleyways of romantic Miltenberg, as well as Aschaffenburg and the beautiful baroque city of Würzburg. Bike along the river named ‘Main’, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. Designated bike paths will lead you through old city centres, restored half-timber houses, Gothic & Baroque buildings, and cosy little towns. Enjoy an included brewery tour and beer-tasting session at the famous ‘Faust” brewery.

Would you like to stay on board and travel longer on the Merlijn? This is an excellent trip to combine with the successive Nürnberg - Würzburg Bike & Barge cruise> This combination means your tour will run from Nürnberg tot Mainz.

Bavarian tour of the river Main in Germany | 'Travel through Bavaria, Germany along the scenic River Main
Departure port: Würzburg Destination: Mainz Travel time: 7 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 40 to 50 km
Bike, Barge and Cruise along the charming Bavarian Main River. Designated bike paths will lead you through old romantic baroque city's. Beer-tasting & residence Würzburg incl.
€ 1.650,- p.p.

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Würzburg

Check in: 1:30 – PM. Once you drop off your luggage, your bike guide for the week will accompany you as you walk up the gradually ascending road, and arrive at the ‘Würzburg Residence’ fortress, which offers a magnificent view of the historic centre of Würzburg and its many towers. Enjoy a guided tour of the Residence, after which you can make your way to the ship. 4:00 PM – You are welcomed aboard, and we’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We will also provide information on the tour, the ship, and offer you a safety briefing. After your first dinner on board, there will be time to take an evening stroll ashore. We’ll stay overnight in Würzburg.

Day 2 (Sun): Würzburg – Karlstad - Lohr. Bike tour: approx. 39 km
Day 3 (Mon): Lohr – Wertheim - Miltenberg. Bike tour: approx. 48 km
Day 4 (Tue): Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg. Bike tour: approx. 40 km
Day 5 (Wed): Aschaffenburg – Offenbach - Frankfurt. Bike tour: approx. 45 km
Day 6 (Thu): Frankfurt - Mainz. Bike tour: approx. 45 km or extend to 49 km
Day 7 (Fri): Mainz

Your bike & barge cruise will include:

  • 6 nights onboard Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrobe & slippers.
  • culinary care: 6 breakfast buffets, 5 packed lunches and 5 x 3-course dinners
  • coffee, tea and iced water
  • services of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS-tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees.
  • all ferry fares en route
  • guided city tour at Residence Würzburg
  • beer-tasting session at the famous brewery Faust


Your bike & barge cruise does not include:

  • one dinner
  • drinks other than those mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities


For your comfort, we rent out electric bikes at € 30,- each per day, reservations in advance are advisable.


The general terms and conditions of Merlijn de magie van water B.V. apply to all bookings, offers and agreements. Please find them on our website under ‘Terms & Conditions’.

Merlijn complies the General Data Protection Regulation to protect your privacy. Please find them on our website under ‘Privacy statement’.

We reserve the right to modify schedule and/or program. If (part of) the route is not navigable due to weather conditions and/or other nautical reasons and/or is closed off due to circumstances and/or for safety reasons, the operator and/or the captain has the right to change the schedule. This includes changing the location of departure and/or arrival and temporarily suspending departure. Nautical and/or meteorological reasons are understood to mean, among others, weather conditions, the tide, obstruction of waterways/shipping lanes, and the condition of the ship. Closed off due to circumstances and/or safety reasons are understood to mean, among others, terrorism, diseases, natural disasters. Changes in schedule and/or program do not give the customer the right on free cancellation.

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Vienna to Passau

September 03 - 10 / 2022
Last September, 24 friends from West Michigan biked along the Danube. Each day there was beautiful scenery and our guide, Ilse, was very knowledgeable about the history and interesting places that we visited. The Merlijn was our home for seven nights. The rooms where very comfortable abd had everything you needed. The food was delicious. Each morning there was something different for breakfast and the dinners were top notch. The barge was spotless, everything looked like it had just been painted or cleaned. The owners, Coen and Christina were very attentive to our every need. This was our third trip with the Merlijn and everything just keeps getting better.