Bike tour through Nuremberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Jeff Wilson

Danube River near Kelheim, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Nils Erik Mühlfried
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Bavaria Tour

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bavaria, bike, boat, and beer!

  • Welcome to Bavaria, biking, and beer!

    Known for Gemütlichkeit (hospitality) and passion for life, Bavaria is also a stunningly beautiful region of Germany, rich in history, tradition, and culture. Blessed with mystical forests, crystal clear lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks, the landscape is also dotted with small medieval towns, splendid castles, Unesco World Heritage sites, and historic ruins. The cities that you will visit during this bike and boat tour are infused with history but pulse with youthful energy. And each town offers ample opportunity to taste the local beer!

    Highlights:

    • Idyllic villages
    • Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve
    • Röth-See National Park
    • Bamberg, Regensburg, and Nuremberg
    • Bavarian beer
    • Local wine

    We cannot think of a better way to experience Germany than a bike and boat tour in the Bavarian Region!

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and barge tours in Germany or our comprehensive list of Danube Bike Tours.

  • La Belle Fleur

    Twin cabin: £ 896 $ 1,985 1054 $ 1588 NOK 9925 kr 9162 $ 1,191 Single supplement: £ 340 $ 753 400 $ 603 NOK 3767 kr 3477 $ 452

    Merlijn

    Twin/double: £ 1389 $ 3,079 1635 $ 2463 NOK 15396 kr 14212 $ 1,848 Single supplement: on request

     

    extra options

    Electric bike (limited availability):   £ 98 $ 217 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130 Gluten-free, lactose-free, or vegetarian diets: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57

    Electric bike, per diem, payable onboard: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34


     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to both your tour start and tour end, regardless of the direction of your tour, is Munich International Airport (MUC). Another possibility is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Munich Airport is served by the S-Bahn local trains with direct railway link to the city center and beyond. Train travel from the airport to Regensburg is approximately 1 hour and a half with one transfer in Freising. To Bamberg, it is about a three hour train ride with a couple of transfers.

    Frankfurt Airport possesses the largest airport train station in Germany and currently has multiple terminals connected by corridors including the Fernbahnhof which hosts long distance trains and the Regional Bahnhof for regional travel. If you booked your tour starting in Regensburg, train travel from FRA is about 4 hours. If the tour start is Bamberg, you will have about 2:45 hour train travel. Train station is about 2.5 km from the port and you can take a taxi to the boat.

    Please visit www.bahn.com to research train schedules.

    Climate

    Please search local conditions before you arrival! A good website to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

La Belle Fleur

Bamberg - Regensburg, 7-day tour: May 23*, June 6, June 20*, July 4, July 18, and August 1, 2020
Regensburg - Bamberg, 7-day tour: May 30*, June 13, June 27*, July 11, July 25, and August 8, 2020

*These dates are offered as guided. All other dates are self-guided.

Merlijn

Bamberg - Regensburg, 8-day tour: September 4, 2021
Regensburg - Bamberg, 8-day tour: September 11, 2021


 

Where You’ll Stay

On the Standard Class barge, La Belle Fleur or the Deluxe class barge, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinners
  • 24-speed hybrid touring bike with hand brakes, pannier bags, lock and repair-kit
  • Helmet and safety vest are available for borrowing
  • Cycling tour guide (only on certain tour dates)
  • GPS tracks for those who would like to cycle self-guided
  • Guided city tours as per itinerary
  • Coffee and tea on board in the afternoon
  • Port and lock fees
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of your cabin
  • 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches, and 6 3 course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and ice water
  • Water bottle
  • Service of a tour guide
  • Daily tour information
  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, a famed Dutch company. Bikes come equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, and use of universal helmet
  • Canal, bridge and harbor fees.
  • Wine tasting excursion
  • *Wifi
  • Important to note, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, and other factors, Wifi signal speed and strength may not be what you are accustomed to and may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    TourBike+Boat
    TypeBoth
    SkillModerate
    Length7–8 days
    From1054 Rates
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    Skill Level

    This is a moderate tour with an average of 28 miles per day and 2 days averaging 34 miles. Routes follow the Main Danube Canal, field paths, forest roads, and asphalted side roads, some hilly stretches.

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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Bavaria Tour Map

    Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. Be sure to check your boat as well as what is included and not included. The map corresponds to the itinerary on La Belle Fleur.

    Bamberg to Regensburg

    Day 1: Bamberg 
    Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 28 or 31 mi. (45 or 50 km) 
    Day 3: ErlangenNürnberg- Hilpoltstein, 28 mi. (45 km) 
    Day 4: Hilpoltstein – Beilngries, 26 mi. (41 km) 
    Day 5: Beilngreis – Riedenburg, 25 mi. (40 km)  
    Day 6: Riedenburg – Regensburg, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Day 7: Regensburg

    *All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

    Day 1: Bamberg
    The ship will be moored and waiting in the port of Bamberg where you will be welcomed on board at approximately 1 pm.  Bamberg is a world-class city and a large part of the town has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993. In the late 18th century it was the center of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann lived and worked. You will take a short test ride on your bike and in the evening, explore the old city center on foot with your tour guide.

    Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km) 
    Your day begins on board as the boat navigates to Hausen, where the cycling begins, leading inland once again through the Regnitz Valley on a segment of one of Germany's most beautiful bike routes, the Regnitz-Radweg.  There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy one of the local biergartens along the way, and also at your day's destination,  Erlangen, known as the beer city of Germany.

     Day 3: Erlangen - Nuremberg -  Hilpoltstein, 28 mi. (45 km) 
    This morning the captain will start the engine early, to navigate to Nuremberg. Here you can wander around in the medieval part of town or visit the remnants of the second world war, including the buildings of the Nuremberg trials. Upon leaving Nuremberg, you will cycle along one of the oldest canals in the world, the original Main – Danube canal from King Ludwig, with its 101 locks and beautiful sites. The afternoon will find you biking through the Rothsee National Park to Hilpoltstein,  a very old Franconian town.

    Day 4:  Hilpoltstein – Beilngries, 26 mi. (41 km) 
    Cycling via Freystadt, where you can visit the town center and the pilgrim baroque church of  Maria-Hilf-Wallfahrtskirche, you will end your cycling day in Beilngries, with its historical city center and its own locally brewed beer. It is located in the heart of the Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve.

    Day 5: Beilngries – Riedenburg,  25 mi. (40 km)  
    As you cycle through Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve, on several occasions, you will see remnants of the old King Ludwig Canal, that used to flow through this valley as well. You finish your day in Riedenburg.  Half-timbered houses, surrounded by blooming gardens showcase typical Bavaria.

    Day 6: Riedenburg – Regensburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
    Your last full day starts with a morning cruise and what better way to spend the morning. The barge brings you to Kelheim, a small city that is situated at the crossing of the canal and the Danube river. You will then cycle to the medieval town of Regensburg, located on the Danube River,  via green fields and beautiful sites. 

    Day 7: Regensburg 
    There is no better place to top off a tour in Bavaria than in the city of Regensburg, located on the Danube River. After breakfast, you can participate in a city tour, or you can do some last minute shopping in this wonderful medieval town. The market, city hall, and cathedral are all from the 11th- to 13th-century. The buildings include medieval patrician houses and towers, a large number of churches and monastic ensembles, as well as the 12th-century Old Bridge.

    Around 12 o clock, the crew of La Belle Fleur bids you farewell.

    Regensburg to Bamberg

    Day 1: Regensburg
    Day 2: Regensburg - Essing, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Day 3: Essing - Beilngreis, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 4: Beilngreis - Hilpoltstein, 26 mi. (41 km)
    Day 5: Hilpolstein - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 6: Erlangen - Bamberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 7: Bamberg

    Day 1: Regensburg
    The crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board around 1 pm in the cruise port of Bamberg. After a visit to the medieval town, the bikes are tested on a short tour in the surroundings of the town.

    Day 2: Regensburg - Essing, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Today you bike along the Danube River to Essing, with a stop in Kellheim,  at the crossing of the Danube River and the Main – Danube canal.

    Day 3: Essing - Beilngreis, 25 mi. (40 km)
    The itinerary today leads you through the  Altmühltal National Park. As you pedal, you will see remnants of the old King Ludwig canal, that used to flow through this valley. The end of the tour brings you to Beilngries, a town with a historical city center and their own locally brewed beer.

    Day 4: Beilngreis - Hilpoltstein, 26 mi. (41 km)
    You will enjoy a stop in the old center of Freystadt and can also enjoy a visit to the baroque church, Maria-Hilf-Wallfahrtskirche, found outside of town in the middle of the fields. The tour continues to Hilpoltstein, from where you can enjoy the Bavarian scenery from the sun deck.

    Day 5: Hilpolstein - Erlangen, 28 mi. (45 km)
    You bike along the national park Rothsee, to discover one of the world’s oldest canals, the original Main-Danube canal of King Ludwig with its 101 locks. In Nuremberg,  You can wander the medieval part of town or visit one of the remnants of the second world war, including the buildings of the Nuremberg trials.

    Day 6: Erlangen - Bamberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
    The last biking day of this tour brings you through the fields of the Regnitz valley, where you follow one of Germany's most beautiful bike paths, the Regnitz-Radweg, On the way you can stop at one of the local Biergartens for a beer or a nice piece of homemade pie. You will also visit Forchheim, a small Franconian town and then, finally, your day's destination, beautiful Bamberg.

    Day 7: Bamberg
    The last day of your tour will be in grand, old, Bamberg, showcasing beautiful baroque buildings, the typical German houses, and narrow alleyways. At noon, the crew of La Belle Fleur will bid your farewell.

    Bamberg - Regensburg

    Day 1: Bamberg
    Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 3: Erlangen - Nuremberg, 19 mi. (31 km)
    Day 4: Nuremberg -Roth - Berching, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 5: Berching - Riedenburg, 26 mi. (41 km)
    Day 6: Riedenburg - Kelheim, 16 mi. (25 km)
    Day 7: Kelheim - Regensburg, 24 mi. (38 km)
    Day 8: Regensburg

    *All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

    Day 1: Bamberg
    Check-in begins at 3:30 pm though you can drop your luggage off at 10 am. Do note that the cabins will not yet be ready for occupying. After official check-in, as you enjoy a welcome drink, the crew will be introduced and you will learn about your upcoming tour, the ship, the bikes, and safety. After dinner, you can stroll the city of Bamberg, a very charming, historic bishop's town with Villa Concordia, the historic lock 100, the water castle, and baroque houses.

    Day 2: Bamberg - Erlangen, 25 mi. (40 km)
    The bike tour of today (and tomorrow) will lead you thru ‘the Regnitz valley’. This valley connects from north to south the cities of: Forchheim, Erlangen, Fürth, and Nürnberg. The roads are well paved since it is an official ‘radweg’ (bike-road). On the way, you will visit Forchheim with its half-timber houses and its old guardhouse. Today’s destination is Erlangen, the beer city of Germany. Enjoy your dinner onboard, spend your evening in the cozy lounge or drink a beer in town. Overnight stay in Erlangen.

    Day 3: Erlangen - Nuremberg, 19 mi. (31 km)
    Breakfast onboard, then continue riding thru the fields of the Regnitz valley. Enjoy this wonderful nature area at its fullest, it is even considered Germanys most beautiful bike-route! The tour of today is not too long, to give you enough time to visit the historical center of Nuremberg. A local guide can be arranged so that you learn about this historical, but also modern German university city.

    Day 4: Nuremberg -Roth - Berching, 28 mi. (45 km)
    This morning you will cruise with the Merlijn. First, a sailing breakfast, afterward enough time for a coffee while the captain navigates the ship through one of the highest locks on the Main-Danube-Canal, called ‘Leerstetten’. Your bike tour starts from the town ‘Roth’ and will lead you along the abandoned, old Ludwig-Donau-Main-Canal. You saw already ‘lock 100’ from this canal in Bamberg, from there it linked the Rhine river with the Danube river at Kelheim. This canal is named after King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and was built between 1836 and 1846. Construction of the roughly parallel, but much larger, Rhine–Main–Danube-Canal that we was started in 1921, but not completed until 1992. You will board the Merlijn in the city of Berching, where you will overnight at the highest point on this trip, 406 meters above sea level. Until today, you were sailing ‘upstream’ away from the Rhine river and tomorrow, you will sail ‘downstream’ towards the Danube river.

    Day 5: Berching - Riedenburg, 26 mi. (41 km)
    Today the bike tour will lead you to the village of Plankstetten, founded in 1129.  The impressive Benedictine monastery on the edge of the forest dominates.  Continuing along the Main-Donau-canal to Beilngries, in the heart of ‘the Altmühltal’, you carry on riding thru the Altmühl valley to your destination of today; Riedenburg. This evening you will enjoy the local German Bavarian cuisine while eating your dinner out in Riedenburg.  

    Day 6: Riedenburg - Kelheim, 16 mi. (25 km)
    After breakfast, you begin cycling passing by Essing.  From a distance you can spot the technically unique wooden bridge. With 193 meters, this artwork is the longest wooden bridge in Europe. From here you mainly follow the towpath along the canal. The last part, before the Kelheim Lock is dammed and looks like a lake. Shortly after you will reach Kelheim, where the Merlijn awaits you. After diner there is time for a stroll thrrough the city. Worth seeing are the Liberation Hall, a memorial of the Battle of Leipzig, the historic city center, and the Duke's Castle from the 12th Century.

    Day 7: Kelheim - Regensburg, 24 mi. (38 km)
    Downstream from Kelheim the Main-Danube-canal merges with the Danube. Today you are offered two options; Bike your first miles along the Danube or cruise your first kilometers with the Merlijn on ‘the Blue Danube’.

     In Kelheim, the Altmühl-bike-route will meet the Danube-bike-route, this route leads to Regensburg. You will ride thru ‘the Winzer vineyards’ also you visit Bad Abbach, popular for its sulphur and mud baths. The destination for today is Regensburg, a fascinatingly well preserved medieval town. Worth seeing are the cathedral dating back to the 8th century, the collegiate church, the stone imperial bridge, and the gender door. Farewell dinner and overnight onboard.

    Day 8: Regensburg
    Disembarkation after breakfast.

    Regensburg - Bamberg

     

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    Tour Reviews

    • Tim O. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

      Great riding, fantastic service on board. Unfortunately we hit a heat wave so nights were very warm. The GPS route on my phone was crucial to getting through.

      Boat: La Belle Fleur

    • Jim W. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Awesome experience. Our guide was okay, but not great - and that did not take away from the beautiful scenery and meeting new friends.

      Boat: La Belle Fleur

    • Teresa H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

      Loved the whole experience! The scenery was beautiful and we got to experience the country in a way you could not with a car or by train. We quickly bonded with the other people and became friends!

      Boat: La Belle Fleur

      • Sue 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

        I saw this ls listed as easy however the description has moderate. Was it hilly? What is your opinion of difficulty? Thanks!

    • Francis D. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Lack of access to bicycles/ guide did not do anything but lead the route.

    • Gabrielle Kauffman 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Excellent friendly guide. Pristine boat. Great route. Some of the docking locations were in industrial sites. We had a good time overall in spite of a rough start when we asked to self guide and to use the bikes after 6. We needed to double check Tripsite website when we were initially told the tour was guided, but our requests were accommodated in the end. Great value.

    • David C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The most memorable part was the friendliness of the other guests.

      Boat: La Belle Fleur

      • Sue 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

        Did you find the rooms were plenty big? We have been on the Fiep for a bike/barge. It is a Comfort Plus, I believe the rooms are slightly larger. Thanks!

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    Bavaria Tour Boats + Barges

    La Belle Fleur Photo

    La Belle Fleur Netherlands Standard Class Boat The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features cabins for 19 guests, a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches.

    Merlijn Photo

    Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!

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