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Route

Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Leisurely. The daily bike tours are all over flat, without any significant inclines

Distance: 258 km

Travel Season: Low Season Departures:  Thursday June 9; Wednesday June 15; Thursday August 25; Wednesday August 31 and Tuesday September 6, 2022
High Season Departures: Saturday May 28; Friday June 3; Tuesday June 21; Saturday August 13 and Friday
August 19, 2022

The Cruise Ship MS Esmeralda

The ship has been constructed in Tangermünde and has been refurbished in 2011. It is 90 meters long and 11.2 meters wide and has a draught of 1.3 meters with 1,250 tonnes of water displacement. The machine has 1,630 PS driving power in two independent main machines, with two propellers and one bow thruster. This is responsible for a gently cruising experience. 25 crew members speak German and Dutch. Payable on board is in Euro. You find 58 outside cabins on three decks with a size of 9.5 m² equipped with shower/toilet, panorama window (openable), individual air-conditioning, and 2 separate ground level beds (twins), satellite TV, telephone and safe. On the sun deck you find a big recreational area with sunbeds and partially with sun protection. Smoking is only allowed in specific signed spots. In the tasteful welcome area you find the reception, the restaurant with a wonderful flair for all 116 passengers and the panorama bar with live music in the evening. There is an elevator which leads to the main and upper decks and a wheelchair lift to the sun deck. The sun deck welcomes you for relaxing hours in the sun beds and a glassed area behind the wheelhouse.

There are the fabulous Spessart and some nice historic towns along the Main. The delightful vineyards of the Frankenland are a high contrast to the big woods. The nature park “Haßberge” and some neat market towns await you along the way.

Itineraries

Day 1

Individual arrival to Bamberg

Public underground parking (approx. € 44- per week payable on the spot, about 750 m to the landing). Welcome Dinner on board. “Cast off” at 7 pm.

Day 2

Volkach – Würzburg 61 km

Passing the vineyards and reaching the historic Kitzingen (Castle, view of place, Falterturm); further to the more narrow valley to Würzburg with the old bridge over the Main. It offers a view to the Fortress, Residence and the Town Hall.

Day 3

Würzburg – Lohr am Main 57 km

Bike tour from Würzburg, where the vineyards are slowly disappearing and the landscape is getting more and more dark green because of the woods. You are arriving in Karlstadt (Castle “Karlsburg”, picturesque Old Town) and further to the neat Lohr am Main.

Day 4

Miltenberg – Marktheidenfeld 57 km

Passing Wertheim with its graceful framework and the twisty Old Town, you are reaching today‘s goal of Marktheidenfeld with its historic Old Town with its picturesque streets (Church St. Laurentius, baroque Franck House).

Day 5

Marktheidenfeld – Karlstadt 48 km

You are biking on flat ways to the magical Lohr with its castle, the Bayersturm (landmark of Lohr), medieval suburb (Fischermen’s quater, Town Wall) and the church of St. Michael. Further you are biking gently to the three river town of Gemünden and the day‘s goal of Karlstadt. Hint for active travelers: Bike tour to the Franconian Saale Cycle path (+ 24 km).

Day 6

Haßfurt – Bamberg 35 km

Bike tour to Zeil at the Main passing the pilgrimage church “Maria Limbach” to Bamberg which is known as the Franconian Rome (UNESCO world heritage).

Day 7

Disembarkation Bamberg

Disembarkation after breakfast, until 10:30 am

Prices

    Included:

    • 6 nights in a double cabin with shower, toilet, telephone, safe and air conditioning in the booked category
    • Daily breakfast buffet  
    • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclers 
    • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake  
    • Daily 4 course dinner
    • 2 beverages per person and day for dinner (beer 0.25l; wine 0.19 l or soft drink)
    • All port fees
    • Tour guide and daily personal tour information
    • Rental bike including saddlebags (7 gear pedal break or 21 gear free wheel)
    • Detailed route descriptions & maps as well as GPS data of the route
    • Music on Board

    Not Included:

    • Arrival and departure
    • Tips (at your discretion)
    • Own expenses

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