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.

  • Twin cabin: £ 896 $ 1,921 1054 $ 1588 NOK 9925 kr 9162 $ 1,191 Single supplement: £ 340 $ 729 400 $ 603 NOK 3767 kr 3477 $ 452

    Merlijn

    Twin/double: £ 1389 $ 2,980 1635 $ 2463 NOK 15396 kr 14212 $ 1,848 Single supplement: on request

     

    extra options

    Electric bike (limited availability):   £ 98 $ 210 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130 Gluten-free, lactose-free, or vegetarian diets: £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57

    Electric bike, per diem, payable onboard: £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34


     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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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

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
  • Coming soon!

What’s Not Included

  • Coming soon!
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.

Tour Boats

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.

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

Regensburg - Bamberg

 

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Tour Reviews

  • Tim O. 2 weeks 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. 8 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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