Rhine & Neckar Cycle Paths (Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | £809 per person
Other durations available on request.
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• See two river valleys – the Rhine and Neckar
• Visit the famous cities of Mainz, Heidelberg and Koblenz
• Stay aboard the MS Patria
• Combine cycling with river cruising
The quality of the bike paths is very good. You cycle mostly on roads with no or less traffic, side roads and asphalted bike paths along the banks, no noteworthy climbs. Therefore this journey is suitable also for beginner cyclists. All mentioned distances are ca-distances of recommended bike tours.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1 (Sat): Arrival to Koblenz:
Embarkation starts at 4pm. The crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.
Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Boppard by ship | Boppard – Rüdesheim (bike tour ca. 30 km/19 miles)
You sail by barge upstream the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoram-ic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank via castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful and famous city of Rüdesheim. Overnight stay in Rüdes-heim or in Bingen on the other side of the river.
Day 3 (Mon): Rüdesheim – Mainz (bike tour ca. 34 – 37 km/21 – 23 miles)
The many picturesque houses and the beauti-ful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments, e.g. the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnifi-cent of the residences on the Middle Rhine. Discover the city on a guided tour.
Day 4 (Tue): Mainz – Nierstein (bike tour ca. 17-26 km / 10-16 miles)
You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where your will enjoy your lunch on board. In the evening you have the chance to join a very special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and diner at the local winegrow-ers (bookable on board). Guest who will not participate, will have dinner on board.
Day 5 (Wed): Nierstein – Mannheim by ship | Mannheim – Heidelberg (bike tour ca. 26 km /16 miles)
The ship brings you to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Laden-burg, where you reach the river Neckar first, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. Visit the castle. If you would like to learn more about Heidelberg, you can book a guided city tour.
Day 6 (Thu): Heidelberg – Eberbach (bike tour ca. 36 km/22 miles)
After a bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegel-hausen and through the Odenwald to Neck-arsteinach you will reach picturesque Eber-bach, a nice old town with narrow streets. A real ‘Eberbacher’ will greet you at the pier in a traditional uniform will take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (excur-sion, bookable on board).
Day 7 (Fri): Eberbach -Bad Wimpfen (bike tour ca. 45 km/ 28 miles)
The first stop of today’s bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the middle Ages.
Day 8 (Sat): Bad Wimpfen
After breakfast you will disembark: End of tour.
The quality of the bike paths is very good. You cycle mostly on roads with no or less traffic, side roads and asphalted bike paths along the banks, no noteworthy climbs. Therefore this journey is suitable also for unexercised cyclists. All mentioned distances are ca-distances of recommended bike tours.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
About the MS Patria
A rustic, comfortable river boat with restaurant and saloon with small bar (air-conditioned). Partially roofed sun deck with seats and storage for bikes. Length 68 m, breadth 7,70 m, space for 66 guests, Dutch flag and captaincy.
14 cabins with air-conditioning on the cabin deck/main deck (windows cannot be opened), 19 cabins on the upper deck/promenade deck (no air-condition, windows can be opened), only twin-bed cabins (about 7 sqm, 2 separate beds), shower/toilet. A word concerning meals on board: good and plenty plain fare is awaiting you.
Daily self-guided cycling tours and briefings by tour guide. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When guests do not want to cycle, they can stay on-board, relax and enjoy sailing.
The tour details are barring changes, e.g.. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. On the first day, guests may bring their luggage on board as from 10 AM; boarding will take place in the afternoon.
• Tour and accommodation on board 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.) from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen cabin in the booked category
• Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours or light lunch, 7 x three to four course dinner)
• Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
• Welcome drink and speech on the first evening
• Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours, during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and can be reached on his cell phone.
• Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours
• Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM
• Bicycles on board: Unisex bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake and pannier bag, limited number of freewheel hub bikes. E-Bikes are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number
Rhine and Neckar (Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen)
8 days, 7 nights
Prices shown are per person in a two bed cabin including bike hire.
Minimum number required: 24 participants
Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays
Ship: MS Patria
13th May to 20th May 2017
8th July to 15th July 2017
2nd September to 9th September 2017
MS Patria: Prices per person including bike hire
Twin bed cabin on main deck: £809
Twin bed cabin on upper deck: £909
Single cabin on main deck (limited number): £1019
Single cabin on upper deck (limited number): £1119
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
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.
Holiday Price: From £809
Single Supplement: From £209