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10 Days Bamberg-Mainz Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Germany

Bamberg, Germany

Leisure Cycling Holiday Germany

On this tour, you will experience two completely different landscapes. Close to Bamberg, you will dive into the wine-growing part of Franconia where the vineyards displace the hilly hops fields. Further on behind Würzburg, the vineyards disappear again and leave their place to the green forests of the Spessart extending down to the Main plains. Until Mainz, you will be able to enjoy even, well-paved bike trails taking you from one sight to another.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point-to-point
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 567 miles / 912 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike (available for rent at 60 EUR)
  • E-bike: Available to rent at 170 EUR

Highlights

  • Scenic cycling tour
  • Follow the Main channel
  • Visits to aesthetic town attractions
  • Ride through beautiful and traffic-free routes
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Daily breakfast

Styles


8 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will be provided nine nights of accommodation. For all of the individual tours, Velocifed offers either comfortable hotels or good family-owned guesthouses. You may, often, even choose between these two different standards.

If you prefer smaller, family-owned guesthouses or hotels, it is recommended that you choose Category B. Should you prefer comfort hotels, the Category A would be the right choice.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg

Once you have arrived, you will take the time to discover the old city, with its breweries and churches. It is recommended seeing the Kaiserdom with its world-famous sculptures, such as the Bamberg knight and Heinrich II's sarcophagus. Your hotel is situated in Hallstadt, five kilometers from Bamberg.

Arrival by train is possible. Rental bike will be at the hotel. With a surcharge of 15 EUR per person, you can stay at a hotel in the center of Bamberg.

Day 2: Bamberg to Haßfurt (37 kilometers / 22 miles)

You will follow the Regnitz for a short moment until you reach the main river, taking you to the beautiful pilgrimage church Maria Limbach. You will soon reach the first vineyards marking the border between the beer-brewing and the wine-growing areas of Franconia. Let a sunny day come to its end in Haßfurt where another historical old-town will impress you.

Day 3: Haßfurt to Volkach (56 kilometers / 34 miles)

A short side-trip to Theres is recommendable on this day. In the afternoon, you will cross Fahr, the town of the “Bocksbeutel” (the local wine is sold in this unique kind of container), to reach Volkach, famous for its excellent wines.

Day 4: Volkach to Würzburg (65 kilometers / 40 miles)

Leaving Volkach behind, you will follow the Main channel before catching up to the main river again in Schwarzach. Via the even and well-paved bike trail, you will reach Würzburg quickly and have enough time to discover the town individually.

Day 5: Würzburg to Lohr (58 kilometers / 36 miles)

Past Veitshöchheim with the prince-bishop’s summer residence and the French rococo garden, you will continue to Karlstadt and its worthwhile town center. Along the route, you will witness how the landscape changes from the characteristic vineyards into wide, green forests providing shade on the bike trail. Even paths will take you to Gemünden where three rivers meet.

Day 6: Lohr to Wertheim (43 kilometers / 26 miles)

The wooded hills seem to cuddle up closer, leaving just enough space for the Main to wind itself through. Past the small town of Rothenfels, whose castle seems to watch over the valley attentively, you will reach Marktheidenfed and Wertheim. The gracious half-timbered houses and the old-town’s maze of narrow streets will fascinate you.

Day 7: Wertheim to Aschaffenburg (41 to 77 kilometers / 25 to 47 miles)

You will reach Miltenberg around noon. The town presents itself with pride: let the half-timbered style architecture and the market place amaze you. On even bike trails, you will quickly reach the sandstone-built Johannisburg castle of Aschaffenburg after passing the Spessart and the Odenwald.

Day 8: Aschaffenburg to Offenbach (48 kilometers / 29 miles)

Spend your lunch break in the romantic small town Seligenstadt, whose winding alleys and friendly half-timbered houses almost urge you to stay. Hanau is not less worthwhile: Steinheim castle, the German House of Goldsmiths, and the castle of Philippsruhe are absolute highlights.

Just like Offenbach, which is 1000 years old, where you will stay your night. Do not miss out on the Renaissance façade of Isenburg castle. Bed and breakfast will be in Offenbach.

Day 9: Offenbach to Mainz (47 kilometers / 29 miles)

It is up to you to decide how much time you wish to spend in Frankfurt on the Main. Be aware, that this day’s destination, Mainz, also has a lot to offer. Cycling and culture will complement each other very well today. Bed and breakfast will be in Mainz.

Day 10: Departure day

After breakfast, your nice cycle holiday ends in Mainz near the main station. Departure is possible by German railway.

Condition of cycle paths

As Germany's first bike route, the Main bike trail got awarded with five stars by ADFC in 2008. Important criteria for this award were the almost universal asphalting and the nearly traffic-free routes. The specially signposted cycle track runs mostly every time directly at the Main riverside and is without significant gradients.

Bike information

If you choose to rent a bike for the tour, Velociped will bring it to your start hotel. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and backpedal brake, 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening and the bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 centimeters in height.

The men's bikes are available in various frame sizes for all gentlemen from 165 centimeters in height. You can simply specify your wishes with your booking.

Hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise. You can reach Velocifed seven days a week and they will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Location

This cycling tour will be held in Germany. It will cover places including Bamberg, Hallstadt, Regnitz, Haßfurt, Franconia, Volkach, Theres, Fahr, Bocksbeutel, Main channel, Schwarzach, Würzburg, Veitshöchheim, Karlstadt, Gemünden, Rothenfels, Marktheidenfed, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Spessart, Odenwald, Seligenstadt, Hanau, Offenbach, Frankfurt, and Mainz.

Bamberg

As visitors wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, they are particularly enchanted by the city's many different facets. In the hill city, Bamberg portrays itself as the Franconian Rome. The island city with Little Venice is its lively heart, and the market gardeners' district a part of town steeped in tradition.

Bamberg means beer from nine breweries within the city, supped in traditional brewery pubs, as well as shopping in modern shops and a historical atmosphere. And in the Old Town, everything is very close together. Explore the imperial cathedral just a few minutes from your hotel or holiday apartment.

Maria Limbach Pilgrimage Church

The Limbach Pilgrimage Church is an impressive testimony to Balthasar Neumann's art of creating great architecture with little effort. Above all, the light and playful design as a double-shell room with a gallery entrance characterizes Neumann's last church construction and shows him as a splendid example of late Baroque.

While the exterior façade seems to have calmed down in classicist style, the interior is full of cheerful rococo stucco and sumptuous furnishings.

Volkach

The small, historic city on the Main is an important wine and tourist resort in the Franconian wine-growing region. Volkach and the Mainschleife is unique in Germany because only here the Main has formed this loop. The Mainschleife is also the wine, fruit, and asparagus region in the Franconian wine country.

Winemakers and wine festivals invite wine tasting everywhere. In autumn, the grape harvest is on. From a culinary point of view, there is a distinctive cuisine. Typical Franconian dishes or exclusive asparagus and fish dishes with the matching wines are on the menu.

Würzburg

“If I could choose my place of birth, I would consider Würzburg”, wrote author Hermann Hesse, and it is not difficult to see why. This scenic town straddles the Main River and is renowned for its art, architecture, and delicate wines. Founded in the 10th century, Würzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.

It is renowned for the Residence, regarded as one of the finest palaces in Europe and a high point of Baroque art (also UNESCO cultural world heritage). Würzburg is also home to one of the oldest churches in Germany, built in the 8th century on top of a former pagan shrine. One of its most famous structures, Festung Marienberg, is a fortress which now surrounds the church.

Lohr (Town of Snow White)

In Lohr, locals will tell you references of the Snow White tale. The “Gate of Spessart” which is thought to have been the opening to the escape route for Snow White as she vanished “on seven hills”, the Mountain Trail (Wieser Strabe). The journey through the seven Spessart Mountains from Lohr would have taken her to the kingdom of the seven dwarfs.

Wertheim

Located in southwestern Germany, the town of Wertheim-am-Main is located along the banks of the Main River, where it meets the River Tauber. With a population of just over 24,000 inhabitants, Wertheim is a picturesque, medieval German city that is perfectly suited to arriving river cruise passengers.

First mentioned in 779, Wertheim underwent several name changes throughout the intervening centuries before officially receiving township status in 1976.

Wertheim Castle

Once the domicile of the Counts of Wertheim, the fortress (extension during 15th to 17th century) is one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany with a deep moat and impressive bulwark. In 1618, the castle was partly destroyed by an explosion. During the Thirty Years' War in 1634 and 1647, it was under heavy fire.

Today, the castle is owned by the Community of Wertheim, growing into a more and more attractive setting for cultural events.

Aschaffenburg

Whatever the season, Aschaffenburg is always worth a visit, whether for the magnolia blossom in spring, for Pompeiianum Palace in summer, for Bavaria's oldest English landscaped park in autumn, or for the works of Cranach, Grünewald, Kirchner and Schad in winter. And with Aschaffenburg being a compact town, you can discover its many sights on foot.

The route from Johannisburg Palace to the town hall is a labyrinth of narrow alleys, where traditional bars and quaint restaurants occupy pretty little half-timbered buildings. The Johannisburg Palace, made of red sandstone, is one of the most significant and beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany.

Its unique features include the chapel (complete with Renaissance altar, pulpit and portal sculptures by Hans Juncker), the royal living quarters, the world's largest collection of architectural models made from cork, the state gallery with paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Palace Museum of Aschaffenburg that houses works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Christian Schad.

Pompejanum Aschaffenburg

This replica of a Roman villa was built at the behest of King Ludwig I, who was inspired by the excavations in Pompeii, and it is the only one of its kind in the world. Architect Friedrich von Gärtner did not overlook a single detail in his design of the atrium and interior.

The exquisite frescoes and floor mosaics, for example, give art lovers an ideal replica from which to broaden their understanding of classical culture. The Pompeiianum was badly damaged during the Second World War but reopened in 1994 following several phases of restoration.

Since then, it has been used to exhibit original Roman works of art from the holdings of the State Antiquities Collections and the Glyptothek in Munich.

German Leather Museum

The German Leather Museum is the worldwide only museum that presents the manufacture, ornamentation, and utilization of the material leather. It was founded in the year 1917 by Hugo Eberhardt in the leather-city Offenbach am Main, originally as a collection of historic samples for the training of young craftsmen, designers and leather goods producers.

St. Stephan’s Church, Mainz

Lovers of the works of Marc Chagall make a pilgrimage to St. Stephan’s Church with its famous blue stained glass windows, unique in Germany. The largest Roman theater north of the Alps can be found in the southernmost part of the old town as well. The cityscape and the various city panoramas are shaped by St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Mainz

The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate combines an ancient culture with joie de vivre. It is the home of the German Wine Institute and is the wine capital of Germany. Outside the city is the largest German wine-growing area, Rheinhessen, with a number of award-winning vintners.

In the picturesque old town around the Romanesque St. Martin’s Cathedral, you can stroll through winding streets. Behind the lovingly restored half-timbered, Baroque and Rococo façades, jewelry and clothing boutiques, little studios, typical Mainz wine taverns and restaurants invite you on a journey of discovery.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the prices. Breakfast is included on every tour, so that you get a good start to every day of cycling. On many tours, you also have the option of booking half board. On the individual tours, you decide yourself where you would like to take a break and have a snack. Velocifed can provide you with good restaurant recommendations for your evening meals in advance.

The services guarantee you a smooth and perfectly organized cycling holiday including the consideration of individual requests as to meals. If you are vegetarian, simply let Velocifed know your special wish on the registration form. With the individual tours, you are in control of your own catering, right down to breakfast, meaning that you can stop at selected restaurants to enjoy vegetarian food, for example.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is an opportunity to go see the Kaiserdom with its world-famous sculptures.

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Hotline service
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Detailed route description
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 24 hours service

How to get there

Arrival by train

Bamberg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. It is recommended that you take a taxi from the station to get to the partner hotels in Bamberg.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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