Neckar Cycle Path Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £619 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Visit the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.
• Explore the University town of Tubingen.
• Finish in Heidelberg – the famous medieval city.
Cycle Route Profile:
Mostly flat, on asphalted cycle paths or silent minor roads, only few grades.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Individual arrival to Tubingen
Tübingen is geographically speaking bang in the middle of Baden-Württemberg. It’s a popular university town and has almost 30,000 students. Visit the pretty historic quarter and Hohentübingen Castle, which gives you a great view of the town. If you have enough time, try a trip by punt to the nearby Bebenhausen monastery.
Day 2: Tübingen – Esslingen, approx. 55 km
You leave this lively town and soon pedal past various bathing lakes – great for a refreshening swim. Downstream along the Neckar you cycle through the valley to Plochingen which features a tower by Hundertwasser. Esslingen, which escaped damage from the war, is a tempting town to visit with its special historic flair. Why not go for a pleasant evening stroll through the old town?
Day 3: Esslingen – Marbach / Freiberg, approx. 40 / 45 km
You cycle to Stuttgart first, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg and its largest town. Take a break here and visit the Mercedes-Benz museum or the old castle. You pedal on passing vineyards to the royal summer residence of Ludwigsburg. Here you can become familiar with the Neckar valley as a cradle of poets and philosophers – Marbach is the town in which Friedrich Schiller was born.
Day 4: Marbach – Neckarsulm / Bad Friedrichshall, approx. 55 km
You follow the winding river through picturesque vineyards to Lauffen, where you should allow yourself a glass of tasty Katzenbeisser. From Heilbronn, a hub for wine-production and the wine trade, you cycle along the romantic Burgenstrasse to Neckarsulm.
Day 5: Neckarsulm – Eberbach, approx. 60 / 55 km
In Neckarsulm, it’s worth visiting the NSU museum with many historic bikes and cars. This section takes you past all kinds of castles including the residence of Götz von Berlichingen. Goethe wrote a play based on him and is considered a prominent work in the “Sturm und Drang” Period. The Staufer town of Eberbach used to be known for its handicraft professions, and a speciality of the town was its sandstone quarry.
Day 6: Eberbach – Heidelberg, approx. 40 km
The Neckar winds its way through the Odenwald mountain
range and forms the border between Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. The famous university town of Heidelberg waits for your arrival with a well-known castle ruin which is definitely worth a visit. You have simply fantastic views of the town from the castle. On your visit to Heidelberg, don’t miss out on a stroll through the Baroque old town – where you’ll find an active cultural scene.
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast, you start your individual return journey home or extend your stay.
Mostly flat, on asphalted cycle paths or silent minor roads, only few grades.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Neckar Cycle Path tour stays in 3 star 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.
- 6 nights with breakfast in the local 3* category
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Heidelberg, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
– Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
– 7 day Service Hotline
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.
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.
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
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle 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. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.
Neckar Cycle Path, 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: April – May | October – October
Season 2: April. – April | April – May | June – June | September. – September
Season 3: May. – May | June – June | June – July | August – September
Season 4: May. – May | June – June | July – August
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
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Season 2: From £699 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £749 | Book online here >>
Season 4: From £789 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £169
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £119
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Hotel Category Description
Category A: 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.
Holiday Price: From £619
Single Supplement: From £169