Franconia Beer Cycling Holidays
Start: Rothenburg

Your Itinerary

The Beer Tour Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 9 days | 8 nights | From £669 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle through the Aischtal Valley
• An area with more breweries than anywhere else in the word!
• Visit the medieval towns of Rothenburg, Nuremberg and Bamberg
• Entry to selected museums
• Voucher for 5 × 0.5L beers per room!

Cycle Route Profile:
Hilly sections with many small inclines, usually on quiet farm roads and side roads, not much of the route is along forest or field paths. A basic level of fitness is recommended.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Rothenburg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the epitome of medieval town romantics and has been immortalized by artists such as Spitzweg and Richter. Be guided through the town in the evening by the night watchman and learn all kinds of interesting facts about life in Rothenburg back in the day.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Wolframs-Eschenbach, approx. 60

You leave the romantic Taubertal valley and follow the “Burgenstraße” cycle path. In Colmberg, the mighty Zollernburg castle towers over the town. From here you follow the Franconian Rezat to Ansbach, a splendid margrave residential town. You keep following the Burgenstraße to Wolframs Eschenbach. There’s a lot to see in this medieval town!

Day 3: Wolframs-Eschenbach – Roth – Nuremberg,
approx. 60 km

Today you follow the Burgenstraße cycle path again, passing the moated castle in Lichtenau, and reaching Roth. Visit Ratibor castle before you follow the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. The castle, which has accommodated numerous emperors and kings, overlooks the imperial city majestically.

Day 4: Nuremberg – Forchheim – Rabenstein castle
(Ahorntal valley), approx. 50 km + train ride (not incl.) or
approx. 95 km

If you want to take some more time wandering through Nuremberg in the morning, we recommend shortening today’s stage with a train ride to Forchheim. If you prefer cycling to Forchheim, today’s stage will be quite demanding. Again you follow the Burgenstraße cycle path, which leads you to today’s destination, Rabenstein castle.

There are quite some inclines and descents today. But it is worth the effort! Beautiful landscapes and numerous castles along the way makes today’s stage very diversified. An impressive building welcomes you at today’s destination: Rabenstein castle.

Day 5: Rabenstein castle (Ahorntal valley) – Bamberg,
approx. 50 km

Just a few kilometres after your start you will reach a record breaking town: Aufseß. You think that it’s just a small town but it has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. You are now in the town with the most breweries per resident! Before you continue today’s bike tour to Bamberg, you should take a break here and try some of the beer.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Bamberg

In Bamberg there are numerous sights that shouldn’t be missed. Visit the imperial cathedral and wander through the beautiful old town with its town hall, being located on an artificial island in the middle of the Regnitz river. A guided tour through one of the many local breweries is also very interesting, as well as visiting the brewery museum.

Day 7: Bamberg – Höchstadt – Neustadt an der Aisch,
approx. 55 km + train ride (not incl.) or approx. 70 km

First you cycle a few kilometres back along the path from yesterday. If you want to shorten today’s section, you can take the train to Hirschaid (not included in price). Now follow the valley of the little river Aisch to Neustadt, where a billy goat makes an appearance every hour on the town hall clock.

Day 8: Neustadt – Bad Windsheim – Rothenburg, approx.
60 km

In Bad Windsheim, take a break to visit the Franconian open air museum. Historic buildings have been rebuilt here and in the pub and in several beer gardens you can taste the locally brewed beer. If you still have a little room for a desert in the evening in Rothenburg, (aside from the obligatory beer), you should definitely try a Rothenburg snowball.

Day 9: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast, you start your individual return journey home or extend your stay.

Map & Route Information

Route profile
Hilly routes with lots of small climbs. Most of the times you cycle on calm farm routes.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Tour Information

The Beer Tour tour stays in 3* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.


- 8 nights with breakfast in the local 3* category
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
– Guided tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
– Coupons for 5 × 0.5 l of beer per room, redeemable in Bamberg
– Entrance to the Franconian Open-Air Museum Bad Windsheim (closed on Mondays)
– Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
– 7 day Service Hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!

E-Bikes are available on this holiday. For more information about the benefits of E-Bikes, please find out more here

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Your Prices

The Beer Tour, 9 days, 8 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 13.04. – 17.04. | 22.04 – 26.04. | 05.05. – 17.05. | 06.10 – 13.10.2019
Arrival daily
Season 2: 18.04. – 21.04. | 27.04 – 04.05. | 18.05. – 24.05. | 15.09 – 05.10.2019
Season 3: 25.05. – 07.06. | 23.06 – 12.07. | 25.08. – 14.09.2019
Season 4: 08.06. – 22.06. | 13.07 – 24.08.2019

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £669 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £709 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £789 | Book online here >>
Season 4: £809 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £179
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: 3* Level of hotels

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: £669
Single Supplement: £149

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