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Bavarian Main River tour in Germany

September 18 - 25 / 2021

Departure date: 18 september 2021
Average biking distance per day 35 to 55 KM


Bike the charming, Bavarian Main river from the beginning till the end. Visit the charming former fishing settling small Venice Bamberg - beautiful Baroque city Würzburg - the meandering streets and alleys of romantic Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg - Be amazed by Metropol Frankfurt. Bike along the river called ‘Main’, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. Good solid bike paths will lead you to old city centres - restored half-timber houses - gothic & baroque buildings - cosy little towns.


Do you want to travel longer on the Merlin? This is an excellent trip to combine with the previous Bike & Barge cruise REGENSBURG – BAMBERG. Combined your tour will be from Regensburg to Frankfurt and you will travel the whole way from the Danube to the Rhine river.

Bavarian Main River tour in Germany
Departure port: Bamberg Destination: Frankfurt Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 35 to 55 KM
Bike, Barge and Cruise the charming Bavarian Main river. Good solid bike paths will lead you to Romantic Baroque city's. Brewery tour and entrance to residence Würzburg incl.
€ 1.635,- p.p.
Cabins available through travel agent

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Bamberg

Check in: 3:30 PM, after check in we will offer a welcome drink and introduce the crew. Also we inform you about the tour, the ship and give you a safety briefing. After your first dinner onboard the afternoon is free, allowing you to explore Bamberg a little more, the historic bishops town with Villa Concordia, the historic lock 100, the water castle, the baroque house on the bridge and the former fishing settling Small Venice all emphasizing the tight connection between town and river. Overnight stay in Bamberg.

Day 2 (Sun): Bamberg – Hassfurt - Schweinfurt. Bike tour approx. 35 KM
Day 3 (Mon): Schweinfurt – Wipfeld – Marktbreit. Bike tour approx. 55 KM
Day 4 (Tue): Marktbreit – Würzburg - Gemünden – Lohr. Bike tour approx. 45 KM
Day 5 (Wed): Lohr – Miltenberg. Bike tour approx. 50 KM
Day 6 (Thu): Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg. Bike tour approx. 40 KM
Day 7 (Fri): Aschaffenburg – Frankfurt. Bike tour of approx. 45 KM
Day 8 (Sat): Frankfurt

Your bike & barge cruise includes:

  • 7 nights onboard Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, soap
  • culinary care: 7x breakfast buffet, 6x packed lunches and 6x 3 course dinners
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate and ice water
  • service of a tour guide
  • daily information of the trip on the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a bike bag, towel and helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees
  • brewery tour and beer tasting Miltenberg
  • guided tour and entrance to the Residence Wurzburg

Your bike & barge cruise doesn’t includes:

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

For your comfort we rent electric bikes € 30 each per day, reservations ahead are advisable.

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17 may 2018

Barging and Biking through the Netherlands, April 21st - 28th 2018

My dear friends of the Merlijn

How I miss you all - I miss your "Dear Guests" every morning and evening! What a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality - I now know what my Dutch friends mean by 'gezellig'!
Hope to join you again in 2020.
Karen Commeret, USA