Cycling through the fields - Germany

Main Valley – Germany

Bavaria Crossing: Würzburg to Frankfurt Self Guided Bike Tour

Self-Guided 7 days

Explore the romantic Franconia region and pedal alongside the Main River. As you pedal from Würzburg to Frankfurt, you will have the opportunity to sample local flavours and take in the expansive views.

236 km

Tour overview


The Würzburg to Frankfurt self-guided bike tour is a wonderful way to explore this beautiful and very green region of southwest Germany. You will follow the River Main cycle path as you cycle through the green landscape, exploring romantic Franconia and the down-to-earth towns and villages, home to various UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

This is Bavarian wine country, so there are plenty of opportunities to sample the local specialities such as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Riesling. Aschaffenburg, known as the ‘Bavarian Nice’ and the great city of Frankfurt with its ‘Museumsufer’, are also worth a visit.

Explore this romantic corner of southwest Germany at your own pace on this self-guided tour with departures throughout the season.

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Highlights of your cycling trip

Picturesque Routes

Traffic is scarce along this well-paved cycle path that follows the course of the River Main. Join the route in Lohr am Main and enjoy cycling through the enchanting villages and picturesque landscapes from start to finish. You’ll ride past forests and vineyards in the company of river boats as you hop from one romantic mediaeval town to the next.

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Boutique Stays

Each night you will stay in a wonderful three or four star hotel along your route. Each one has been specifically chosen due to their facilities for cyclists and their excellent location, allowing you to make the most of your free time and enjoy everything the local area has to offer.

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Luggage Transfers

All you have to do is focus on pedalling! Your luggage will be transferred each day to your next hotel by car.

Tour destination

Main Valley

The River Main is the longest tributary of the Rhine and is known by many as the ‘Romantic Road’. It meanders calmly through the centre of Germany, past the forests and vineyards that make up this spectacularly green landscape. The villages that sit on the riverbanks are also some of the most romantic and picturesque locations in southwest Germany. Places such as Miltenberg, one of the country’s best-preserved mediaeval villages, offer you the chance to step back in time and wonder at the incredible architecture. At some points, the River Main also marks the natural frontier between the regions of Bavaria and Hessen, with small boats that ferry passengers from one side to the other. The best time to visit is between Spring and Autumn, when the weather is mild, the summer sun shines hot and the evenings cool down thanks to the dominant riverscape.

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  • Weather

    The weather in Bavaria is generally mild all year round, with warm summers of around 25ºC and cool winters with temperatures that rarely drop below 0ºC. Spring, summer and autumn offer the most pleasant cycling conditions with little rainfall, which will allow you to see and enjoy the area in all its glory.

  • Terrain

    Following the edge of the lake means the route stays relatively flat. Being a known cycle path, the pavement is well-maintained and practically free of cars. You will ride less than 50 km per day as the tour has been designed so that most riders can achieve the daily distances.

  • Culture

    The culture in this scenic area of southwest Germany is alive with mediaeval charm and elegance. The architecture speaks for itself with another wonderfully preserved half-timbered building around every corner, incredible Gothic architecture in the form of cathedrals and castles, and views across vineyards, meadows and nature reserves over the rolling hills and towards the nearby Northern Limestone Alps.

Accommodation during your tour

Maritim Hotel Würzburg


Throughout the week you’ll be staying in beautiful three- and four-star hotels. Each one has been specifically selected to make sure you are able to rest and relax after a full day of exploring. They also have all the facilities you will need as travelling cyclists.

Hotel Bundschuh


This family-run hotel, located in Lohr am Main, in the Spessart nature reserve, offers rooms with free WiFi and a large breakfast buffet each morning.

Flairhotel Hopfengarten


Flair Hotel Hopfengarten in Miltenberg, located in the heart of romantic Miltenberg, is said to be one of the best addresses in the region Mainviereck.

City-Hotel Aschaffenburg


Throughout the week you’ll be staying in beautiful three- and four-star hotels. Each one has been specifically selected to make sure you are able to rest and relax after a full day of exploring. They also have all the facilities you will need as travelling cyclists.

Hotel Maingau


Hotel Maingau is located in a quiet street in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt am Main. The Römer square is a 15-minute walk away and shopping areas are easily accessible by public transport.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

  • Distance
    60 km

Today’s route: Würzburg to Lohr am Main 

Before you leave the city for your first bike ride of the tour, consider visiting the Veitshöchheim Rococo Garden, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The first route of the tour is around 68 km in length and there are several suitable spots on the way to stop for a coffee and some lunch, such as the old town of Karlstadt.

Lohr am Main is an enchanting town that sits on the edge of the River Main. It has a picturesque old town centre with many half-timbered buildings and a wealth of noteworthy sights including the Lohrer Schloss, a palatial castle built between the 15th and 17th century, or the historic Fischerviertel (“fishermen’s quarter”).

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport options: Frankfurt.

When best to arrive: in the morning the day the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: Würzburg

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Frankfurt.

When best to depart: the day after the tour ends.

Where the tour ends: Frankfurt.

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Hotel room key
    6 Nights Accommodation

    6 nights in 3-4* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as an extra)

  • Breakfasts

    A buffet breakfast will be served every morning of the tour in the hotel restaurants. All other meals and drinks are not included.

  • Luggage Transfers

    Everyday your luggage will be transferred to the next hotel, so you only have to think about the cycling. 20 kg limit.

  • Full Routes

    Best prepared travel documents (detailed map and route material) with 7-day-service-hotline support and GPS tracks

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

  • Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you obtain dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

Bike rental
Only €75 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality touring bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. 

The rental bikes are comfortable 28” touring bike, equipped with Shimano eight-speed gearbox or a new 24-speed chain/gear hub with freewheel. All bikes are equipped with a rack (rear wheel) and ideal for multi-day trips with bike panniers.

You can also rent one of our ebikes to make your tour even more enjoyable and leisurely.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. 


Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

    Single accommodation
    €100 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €100 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

    Additional night
    €165 per person

    Need an extra night after the tour? No problem, you can extend your stay at Parkhotel St. Leonhard in Überlingen for an extra €165 per person, per night. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

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