Main river cycle path by boat & bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    approx. 260 km/ 162 mi
  • Distance per day:
    35 - 61 km / 22 - 38 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    Predominantly flat with a small number of short inclines.
  • Profile:
    Predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths, sometimes quiet roads

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast,in the evenings we serve four-course meal, in the afternoon coffee and cake and for the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches, otherwise we serve three-course meal aboard.

Main river cycle path by boat & bike

On MS Esmeralda with 7 days / 6 nights from EUR 579

The Tour

Main river cycle path by boat & bike

Between Bamberg and Aschaffenburg is perhaps the most beautiful section of the Main Cycle Route. UNESCO world heritage sites, local beer breweries, steep vineyards with famous sites, hearty food in large portions - no wishes remain unfulfilled here. In addition, it is pleasant to cycle on well-developed and flat cycle paths. The tour "Main river cycle path by boat & bike" with MS Esmeralda can wholeheartedly be recommended both to novices and experienced riders.

Main river cycle path by boat & bike

Day 1 Arrival in Bamberg
Embarkation at approx. 4:00 pm, during dinner, the ship will sail to the starting point of the bike tour.

Day 2 Volkach - Würzburg, 61 km / 38 mi
Charming half-timbered villages lie along the way today, but the highlight is the episcopal city of Würzburg with its residence and St. Mary's Fortress.

Day 3 Würzburg - Lohr am Main, 57 km / 35 mi
Dark green forests accompany you on the way to the pretty town of Lohr. It is worth taking a break in the old town of Karlstadt.

Day 4 Miltenberg - Marktheidenfeld, ca. 57 km / 35 mi
You start in "Badisch Sibirien", then you cycle along the slopes of the Spessart to Marktheidenfeld.

Day 5 Marktheidenfeld - Karlstadt  ca. 48 km / 30 mi
Castles and medieval towns characterize the bike tour. Snow White is said to have lived on the slopes of the Spessart near Lohr.

Day 6 Haßfurt - Bamberg, 35 km / 22 mi
Slowly the vineyards give way to wooded slopes, then you reach the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg with the highest number of breweries.

Day 7 Departure
After breakfast your tour "Main river cycle path by boat & bike" ends.

Main river cycle path by boat & bike


Here are the details on MS Esmeralda.

Included in "Main river cycle path by boat & bike":

  • 6 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (6x breakfast, 5 packed lunches or meal aboard, 5x dinner)
  • 2 drinks p.p. for dinner
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • onboard musicians
  • english speaking on-board tour guide
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS-tracks
  • passenger-, harbour- and lock dutie
  • rental bike included


  • outside cabins, approx. 10 square metres (108 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • individually adjustable air-conditioning
  • all cabins feature beds with level access
  • all cabins with opening panoramic windows
  • some cabins with light noise (ECO)

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes or 21-gears and freewheel systems, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2022:

  • Arrival
    only upper deck cabins

    19.08. + 31.08. + 06.09.
  • Minimum number of participants: 70. This tour can be cancelled by the provider up to 3 weeks prior to its commencement. If this is the case, we will strive to supply our customers with an equivalent offer.


All prices are per person.

09.06. + 15.06. + 25.08. + 31.08. + 06.09.:

  •     599 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck ECO
  •     779 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck
  •     779 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck ECO
  •   1019 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck

further dates:

  •   619 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck ECO
  •   819 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck
  •   819 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck ECO
  • 1069 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck
  • ECO-cabins main deck without surcharge for single ocupancy
  • +50% 2-bed cabin for single ocupancy
  •  -25% for 2 children (-14,9 y) in separate adjacent cabin
  •   0 EUR rental bike
  • 90 EUR e-bike
  • private bikes without surcharge

The booking process

The Tour


Arrival to "Main river cycle path by boat & bike":

  • Parking in Bamberg
    Underground parking: Zentrum-Nord / Georgendamm 2a (a few minutes walk from the center and the MS Esmeralda), approx. EUR 44,-/week or P+R on the outskirts of the city with cheap tickets and fast bus connections to the center (e.g. P&R Breitenau or P&R Heinrichsdamm)

  • Arrival in Bamberg via train:
    The railway station in Bamberg is about 2,5 km / 1,5 mi  from the quay, cab costs aprox. EUR 13.

  • Arrival at Frankfurt airport :
    By train to Bamberg, duration approx. 2:45 hours, 1 x change, pice approx. EUR 30 - 40

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
The Tour
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