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Cologne to Mainz Cycling Holiday
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £799 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Cruise through the world heritage site from Cologne to Mainz.
• Follow the route passing numerous romantic castles and fortresses.
• You can end the tour at the Hoher Dom St Martin Cathedral.
• Combine cycling with river cruising on board the MS Andante

Route features
The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved and does not have any gradients of note.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Saturday, Cologne

Embarkation in Cologne at 5 pm. Enjoy the evening on board or with a Kölsch beer in one of the pubs with a view over the river Rhine.

Day 2: Sunday, Cologne – Bonn, Cycle tour, approx. 35 km

Before you start cycling today you should join in a walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town and Cathedral to explore the city’s must sees (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

Today you will cycle to the city of Beethoven, Bonn. This federal city and former capital of Germany still has international flair. On your way it is worthwhile to visit the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in the Cologne suburb Porz-Zündorf.

In Bonn there are museums like the House of History or the Bundeskunsthalle courting for visitors’ attention and the House of Beethoven, the Rheinaue as well as the Bundesviertel with the path of Democracy are equally worth a visit.

Day 3: Monday, Bonn – Andernach, Cycle tour approx. 45 km

You will continue towards Andernach by bike today. Königswinter with its castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels (steep ascent) as well as the Sea Life with aquariums for more than 6.000 sea inhabitants is worth a visit.

Your destination for today, Andernach, is famous for the world´s biggest cold water gush spring with its impressive fountain of 60 m.

Day 4: Tuesday, Andernach – Koblenz, Cycle tour approx. 30 km

On your way to Koblenz you will find castle Engers in Neuwied. At the famous “Deutsche Eck” (German corner) the river Mosel merges with the river Rhine.

Tickets for the cableway are available on board.

Another place of interest is the fortress Ehrenbreitstein which you can also reach by cableway across the Rhine in Koblenz.

Day 5: Wednesday, Koblenz – St. Goar, Cycle tour approx. 35 km

You continue your journey by bike up the river Rhine through the UNESCO world heritage site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. You will pass the romantic fortress Marksburg, the only hilltop castle of middle Rhine which has never been destroyed, as well as the city Boppard with its fortress Kurfürstliche Burg, before you will reach St. Goar.

Here you will find the ruins of fortress Rheinfels, which is the biggest of its kind along the Rhine. The fortresses Katz und Maus (cat and mouse) in St. Goarshausen on the other side of the Rhine are also worth visiting.

Day 6: Thursday, St. Goar – Rüdesheim, Cycle tour approx. 30 km

Again you will pass very beautiful Rhine castles like Burg Reichenstein and Burg Rheinstein. You will cycle past the famous rock Loreley before you reach Rüdesheim.

Treat yourself with a ride on the cable car up to the Niederwald monument. Here you will have a beautiful view over the old town of Rüdesheim and the river.

We strongly recommend a guided city walk around the historical town with its beautiful half-timbered houses (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

Day 7: Friday, Rüdesheim – Mainz, Cycle tour approx. 40 km

On your final cycling stage you will find the Rhine at its best. The city Eltville am Rhein with its emblem, the castle Kurfürstliche Burg, is on your way. Mainz, your destination of today, presents itself with numerous impressive buildings.

You may want to visit its cathedral Hoher Dom St. Martin, one of the proud emperors’ cathedrals of Germany, or the castle Kurfürstliches Schloss. In the old town you will find attractive alleys and squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten with its lovely timber framed houses and wine restaurants.

Day 8: Saturday, Mainz

After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home.

Map & Route Information

Route features
Cycle ways / level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclists.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Andante

Constantly refurbished during the last years, the spacious river barge MS ANDANTE promises a comfortable vacation in cozy atmosphere. You will find the tastefully equipped lounge-bar and the dining room with panoramic windows on the promenade deck. There are 17 cabins on the promenade deck and 26 cabins on the main deck, two of which are single cabins. (On both decks there are limited capacities for twin cabins to be used as single). All cabins (approx. 8-9 m²) are equipped with low level beds, dressing table with mirror, flat-screen TV, shower/toilet, individually controlled air-conditioning and opening windows. There is a partially roofed sundeck with seats for the guests and a designed storage for bicycles. Look forward to meeting nice people; enjoy delicious food and interesting cycle tours, simply a nice holiday.

All cabins have a size of about 10, 5 sqm and are equipped with shower/toilet, hairdryer, telephone, TV, safe (fee) and air-condition (windows cannot be opened). One of the two beds is a sofa during the day. All decks, also sun deck are reachable via stairs and a lift. The stairs are very steep (chair lift on passenger and sun deck, carrying capacity max. 100 kg).

Technical details: built in 1981, last renovation 2010. Maximum number of passengers is 84. Length: 74.4 m. Breadth: 10.2m. Sailing speed: 16 km/h. Dutch flag. Board currency Euro, current credit cards are accepted.

Important Information

Embarkation: At 3:00 – 5:00 PM, disembarkation after breakfast at 9:00 AM.

Rental bikes on board: smooth-running 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake and saddle bag, made by KTM (special design). Electric bicycle (limited number, an early booking is necessary). Please indicate your body height by booking.

Bike tours: The bike tours are individual and unguided. They cover distances between 30 and 45 km. All of the stated kilometer distances are approximate distances for the recommended bike tours.

Bike routes/level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpracticed cyclists. .

• If you don’t feel like a bike ride on a particular day, you can spend the day on the ship.

Diet: On request for an additional charge. Please book minimum 14 days in advance.

Luggage: Please make sure that your vacation luggage includes good rainproof gear (jacket and pants), a bike helmet, a sun hat and sunscreen as well as tennis shoes.

Schedule/timetable: The schedule and programme are always subject to change.

• If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim.

• Because your boat will generally dock at the next port on the same day, your time frame for some activities and sight-seeing will be limited.

Travel Documents: Members of EC states need a valid ID card or passport for this trip.

Included services
• 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
• Programme according to itinerary from Cologne to Mainz
• Welcome drink
• Full board (breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
• Daily cabin cleaning
• Change of bedding and towels when required
• Passenger and port fees
• Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
• Tour guide on board
• Maps and information material 1x per cabin

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Your Prices

Cologne to Mainz, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include full board accommodation.

Main Deck (Twin-Bed Cabin)

Holiday Price:
Cat B: £799
Availability: 19th August and 16th September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal brake): Included

Promenade Deck (Two-Bed Cabin)

Holiday Price:
Cat A: £889
Availability: 19th August and 16th September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Main Deck (Twin-Bed cabin for single use)

Holiday Price:
Cat B: £1159
Availability: 19th August and 16th September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Promenade Deck (Twin-Bed cabin for single use)

Holiday Price:
Cat A: £1299
Availability: 19th August and 16th September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

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

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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Holiday Price: From £799
Single Supplement: £369

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