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Passage through Germany’s Regnitz Valley

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

October 01 - 07 / 2022

Departure date: 01 october 2022
Average biking distance per day 30 to 57 km


Bike, Barge and Cruise along the charming Bavarian Main River, and ride along Germany’s most beautiful bike routes through the Regnitz valley, enjoying several biking options varying in distance. Experience the local German cuisine with an evening meal ashore, and an included wine-tasting session. Cruise the river named ‘Main’, surrounded by magnificent mountains and vineyards. Designated bike paths will lead you through old city centres, restored half-timber houses, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and cosy little towns. Be amazed by the lively university city of Nürnberg, and the town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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

Passage through Germany’s Regnitz Valley | 'Travel through Bavaria, Germany along the scenic River Main
Departure port: Nürnberg Destination: Würzburg Travel time: 7 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 30 to 57 km
Bike, Barge and Cruise along the charming Bavarian Main River, and ride along Germany’s most beautiful bike routes through the Regnitz valley. Wine-tasting session included.
€ 1.625,- p.p.
No more cabins available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Nürnberg - Erlangen

Check in: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. 5:00 PM. Merlijn will set sail for Erlangen where there is an overnight stay. We’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We will also provide information on the tour, the ship, and hold a safety briefing. After we depart from Nürnberg, we’ll soon pass the first lock of many on this trip: each lock will take us one step further down the mountain we’re navigating, just like a stairway! While you enjoy the afternoon cruise from our cosy lounge or one of the terraces Merlijn offers, you’ll get a last glimpse of Nürnberg while sailing through the city. Dinner will be served during the day’s cruise. In the evening there will be an opportunity for an after dinner stroll.

Day 2 (Sun): Erlangen - Bamberg. Bike tour: approx. 45 km or 57 km
Day 3 (Mon): Bamberg – Hassfurt – Schweinfurt. Bike tour: approx. 36 km or extend to 52 km
Day 4 (Tue): Schweinfurt - Volkach. Bike tour: approx. 31 km
Day 5 (Wed): Volkach - Marktbreit. Bike tour: approx. 35 km or extend to 41 km
Day 6 (Thu): Marktbreit – Würzburg. Bike tour: approx. 31 km
Day 7 (Fri): Würzburg

Your bike & barge cruise will include:

  • 6 nights on board 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 x breakfast buffets, 5 x 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-sized helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees
  • all ferry fares en route
  • wine-tasting session, Volkach
  • guided city tour on the theme of beer, Bamberg
  • entrance to Kaiserpfalz, Forcheim
  • wine-tasting session, Volkach
  • guided tour at Residence Würzburg


Your bike & barge cruise does not include:

  • 1 x 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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30 october 2019

Merzig to Cochem 'Moselle & Saar 2-river tour in Germany"

The entire trip was memorable , all 6 days of it , right from the moment we boarded till we disembarked everything was perfect, absolutely no complaints. The Barge Merlijn, the owners, Coen and Christina and their entire team were par excellence ! Our guide , Lia was fantastic, with great sense of Humour and was prompt in taking care of any bike related issues . The food was exquisite, the most delectable vegetarian food we ate lovingly prepared by Christina. The bike paths thru the Vineyards and the varied landscapes were perfect along the river Saar and Mosel. It was in reality doing a leisurely tour on a bike. The hike up the mountain to view the Saar Loop was awesome. Thanks once again Coen and Christina and not to forget the team. - Thanks and all the very best- Ravi