September 9 to 16, 2018

Status OPEN
Cost $1,226.00 per person – Twin/Double occupancy; $1,394 per person – Single occupancy; Room type subject to availability
Travel Dates September 9-16, 2018
Description Join us in in Germany, in Bavaria’s Franken wine country, for an 8-day/7-night “radfahren” or cycling adventure along the meandering River Main. Starting out in Bamburg, a lovely old city of half-timbered houses, we’ll cycle along well marked, paved bike paths beside the River Main and through many lovely towns and villages including Volkach, Würzburg, Miltenbern and Aschaffenburg – our end point, Averaging 30 miles per day this adventure is well suited for the leisure cyclist – not the “century” rider. The pace will be moderate, and we’ll have plenty of time to admire the scenery along the way and enjoy the cities and villages we’ll overnight in. On route we’ll see many castles, fortresses, monasteries, and beautiful churches. We’ll also be rewarded at the end of each day with the tastes of Bavaria – Knödel, Weiβwurst, Leberkäse, Käsespätzle, Apfelstrudel, and for those interested – Bier und Wein.

Our trip is self-guided, but supported by a local cycling outfitter, who will provide – most importantly, luggage transfer from hotel-to-hotel. Also provided is a comfortable 7 speed touring bikes with saddle and pedals, paniers, a repair kit, a bike lock, maps, and road side assistance if required. Wearing a cycling helmet is mandatory – please bring yours from home.

Participants on the trip must have a good level of fitness and the mental and physical stamina to cycle for multiple days in varied weather – although the weather in Germany in September is usually very pleasant with highs of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and mostly sunny.

Accommodations will be in three star hotels and/or guesthouses in the cities and towns that we cycle through. As our group is large and the hotels are small, there will be a limited number of single and twin rooms available. This may result in our group staying at two different hotels within the same city/town to accommodate room preferences, if possible. Half-board – breakfast and dinner, will be taken at each hotel. All lunches will be purchased by the participant on-route.

Travel to Germany is quite easy. It recommended that you fly to either Frankfurt (FRA) or Munich (MUC) International airports. Germany’s time zone is Central European (CET) and is 6 hours ahead of EST. To enter Germany, US and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for 6 months beyond your return date, and must not have any criminal or immigration convictions. There are no immunizations required to enter Germany, however, it is recommend that your Tetanus vaccination is current.

Included
  • 7 nights’ accommodation – twin, double or single occupancy (subject to availability), in 3 star hotels or guest houses.
  • Half-board (breakfast buffet and 3-course dinner).
  • 7 speed unisex or men’s KTM bike with saddle and pedals, saddle bag, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump, bike lock, damage and theft insurance.
  • Luggage tags and luggage transfer between hotels.
  • Detailed trip documents and optional gps data.
  • Roadside assistance and service hotline.
  • Wine tour and tasting
Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Frankfurt or Munich, Germany.
  • Ground transportation from airport to Bamberg and from Aschaffenburg to airport.
  • Helmet – mandatory – bring yours from home
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1 – Arrival day
  • All lunches Day 2 through Day 7
  • e-Bike – supplement of $125.00
  • Cellular voice and data plans – roaming fees may apply
  • Trip cancelation/interruption and medical insurance. However, it is very strongly recommended that you purchase a plan that meets your individual needs.
Payment Policy
  • A Deposit of $450.00 is due with the Application Forms to register for the trip.
  • We must have at least 11 participants registered by JANUARY 9, 2018 for the trip to go.
  • The Balance of $776 for Twin/Double room accommodation or $944 for Single room accommodation is due on JANUARY 9, 2018
Cancellation Policy
  • If registrant cancels prior to JANUARY 9, 2018, all payments received by ADK minus $100.00 will be refunded.
  • On or after JANUARY 9, 2018, refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100.00 will be refunded.
  • Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever.
  • If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.
Accommodations  Due to the small size of the hotels and/or guesthouses we will stay in, single and twin rooms will be subject to availability and assigned on a first come/first serve basis.
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF ADK TO BE A PARTICIPANT ON AN ADK ADVENTURE TRAVEL TRIP. YOU CAN JOIN ADK ON LINE AT WWW.ADK.ORG.

TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND ADK’s CONTROL.

Daily Itinerary This is a tentative itinerary. It could change due to weather or other considerations.

Day 1: Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Arrival day in Bamburg

Arrive at Frankfurt (FRA) or Munich (MUC) International airport. Arrange and take train (https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml) to Bamburg, arriving no later than 15:00. Receive rental bike/map kit and make your way to the hotel. Your afternoon is free to tour the city. This evening there will be a group dinner followed by a group meeting. Included this day: dinner and accommodations. Not included this day: ground transportation, breakfast and lunch.

Day 2: Monday, September 10, 2018 – Bamburg to Haβfurt, 24 miles

Setting off along the River Main, we pass the invisible border between “Bier Franken” and “Wein Franken”. Beautiful half-timbered houses and the wine town of Zeil am Main welcome us to Wein Franken. On the foot of the Hassberge Mountains we reach Haβfurt were we can walk in the footsteps of Tilmann Riemenschneider, the famous sculptor and woodcarver from nearby Wuüzburg. Also not to be missed is the Haβfurt chapel. Included this day: half-board (breakfast and dinner) and accommodation. Not included this day: lunch.

Day 3: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Haβfurt to Volkach, 33 miles

Cycling along the River Main, we cycle to the town of Schweinfurt and onwards through idyllic villages and vast vineyards. Shortly before Volkach we’ll pass the most famous wood carving of Tilmann Riemenschneider – the Madona with Rosary in the St. Maria im Weingarten church. Here in Volkach am Main, the best vines in Franken are grown. Included this day: half-board and accommodation. Not included this day: lunch.

Day 4: Wednesday, September 12, 2018  –  Volkach to Würzburg, 40 miles

Cycling along the 270 degree bend in the River Main at Volkach we continue on along shady meadows to the town of Kitzinger – the heart of the Franken wine-growing area. Onward, we reach Würzburg, a lively baroque and cultural city on the Main surrounded by vineyards and dominated by the UNESCO heritage Würzburg Residence and Square. Sites also to be seen are the Würzburg Cathedral/St Kilians Domes, the Marienberg fortress, Neumünsterkirche, and the old Main bridge in the center of the city. Included this day: half-board and accommodation. Not included this day: lunch.

Day 5: Thursday, September 13, 2018  –  Würzburg to Marktheidenfeld, 24 miles or 48 miles

There are two options for today’s cycle – a flat but long way (48 miles) along the vineyards of Zellingen, Karlstadt, Gemünden and Lohr am Main to Marktheidenfeld, or a shorter (24 miles) hilly option through lovely little towns and hamlets. Whichever we choose, there is a lot to see – historic villages and buildings, a nature park, and half-timbered house in secluded little villages along both banks of the Main. Included this day: half-board and accommodation. Not included this day: lunch.

Day 6: Friday, September 14, 2018 – Marktheidenfeld to Mitenberg, 33 miles

Go to Maloja and ascend the Piz de la Margna(3158m) Strenuous Plus)

Distance: 10km, Ascent: 1343m, Descent: 1343m, Time: 8h

Day 7: Saturday, September 15, 2018  –  Miltenberg to Aschaffenburg; 27 miles

Leaving the half-timbered houses of Miltenberg, we cycle through the little town of Klingenberg with vineyards, taverns, and farm-inns, then through lovely rolling countryside and on in to the lovely city of Aschaffenburg. Here we’ll see historic building like Schloss Johannisburg, The Pompejanum, Stiftsbasilika St Peter und Alexander, and beautiful parks like Schöntal and Schönbush. Included this day: half-board and accommodation. Not included this day: lunch.

Day 8: Sunday, September 16, 2018  –  End of Trip and Departure Day

Trip ends after breakfast (included). Depart Aschaffenburg hotel for Frankfurt or Munich International airports via train.

What to Bring The suggested packing list for this trip is:

  • Passport (and photocopy), health/medical/travel insurance card, emergency contact list
  • Euro’s, US cash, credit/debit cards, PIN numbers
  • Airline reservation number and “E” ticket
  • One duffle bag no larger than 85 liter/5,000 cu.in., not weighing more than 40 pounds
  • Small backpack 18-30L / 1,100 – 1,900 cu.in (optional)
  • Cycling/quick dry pants/shorts
  • Cycling/quick dry shirts – long and short sleeved
  • Cycling socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes for flat pedals
  • Lightweight wind jacket
  • Puffy jacket
  • Waterproof/Gore-Tex rain jacket and pant
  • Sun and rain hat
  • Water bottle / 1L bladder
  • Helmet (mandatory)
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection) and sunscreen
  • Off-the-bike clothing: walking shoes, comfortable wrinkle-free clothing (Women: skirt, dress, pants, tops; Men: Kaki’s, collared/Polo shirt), sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • Personal items (toiletries, toilet paper, towel, camp soap), medications, spare glasses
  • Other optional items: cell phone/charger, camera/charger, personal snacks
  • Power adapter/converter – Type C, E, F (Schuko)

Note:

  • You do not need to wear a cycling “kit” – just comfortable, commuting/touring cycling wear
  • Pack light don’t bring too much!
Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or post) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces and room type preferences are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
Trip Leader Paul Robins
adk.rivermaincyclepath@gmail.com
PO Box 584, Manotick
Ontario, Canada K4M 1A5
(613) 266-1266