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!
- 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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
Where You’ll Stay
On the Standard Class barge, La Belle Fleur or the Deluxe class barge, the Merlijn
What’s Not Included
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.
Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. Be sure to check your boat as well as what is included and not included.
Bavaria Tour Boats + Barges
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 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!