Rhine Cycle Path Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £569 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the Rhine Cycle Path along the famous river.
• The stretch between Mainz and Koblenz is a World Heritage Site.
• Explore Mainz, Rudesheim and Cologne.
• An easy tour along flat terrain.
Cycle Route: Rhine Cycle Path
You cycle gently along mostly flat terrain.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Individual arrival to Mainz
We recommend arriving early to Mainz! The Roman-Germanic central and the Gutenberg museum, the imperial palace and the elector castle should be visited.
2nd day: Mainz – Rüdesheim approx. 35/50 km
Welcome to the UNESCO world cultural heritage Upper Middle Rhine valley! Your first stage leads you through soft vineyards and well-known wine villages.
Here the Rhine still flows unhurried and shape small romantic island and expand his stream bed to a latitude of 800 m. If you want to visit Eltville or monastery Eberbach you have to cycle approx. 15 km more. In Rüdesheim you have several possibilities: a wine tasting, an excursion through the well-known Drossel-vannel, a relaxed journey to the Niederwald monument by cable-car.
3rd day: Rüdesheim – St. Goar approx. 40 km
Gorgeous fortresses are awaiting you today! We recommend walking up the Loreley where you will have a beautiful view towards the romantic Rhine valley.
4th day: St. Goar – Koblenz approx. 35 km
Your route leads you to Boppard where you can go by chair lift up into densely wooded and silent altitudes. Or you visit Marksburg and castle Stolzenfels on your way to Koblenz.
5th day: Koblenz – Bad Godesberg approx. 60 km.
Today you will come to sanitaria, inviting wine villages, thermal spas and beer gardens. Or maybe you want to rest today? No problem, you can go by ship from Koblenz to Bad Godesberg as well.
6th day: Bad Godesberg – Cologne approx. 45 km
Spend some time in Bonn which is on your way to Cologne. As soon as you see the Cologne dome you are not too far away from your hotel. There is enough time left for this beautiful city with its many places of interests!
7th day: Individual departure
You cycle on flat terrain along the Rhine Cycle Path.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Rhine Cycle Path (Mainz to Cologne) tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses 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.
|Mainz to Cologne||Sample Hotel List Category A||Sample Hotel List Category B|
|Mainz||Hotel Advena Europa Hotel||Hotel Schottenhof|
|Rudesheim||Hotel Zum Baren||Baren Rudesheim Kategorie B|
|St. Goar||Hotel Landsknecht||Hotel Rheinperle|
|Koblenz||Hotel Brenner||City Hotel Hamm|
|Bad Godesberg||Hotel Zum Adler||Stradhotel Burgblick|
|Koln||Hotel Esplanade Koln||Hotel Coellner Hof|
- Accommodation in the chosen category
– Breakfast or extended breakfast
– If half board: 7 × 3-course evening meal (Supplement payable)
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– Detailed travel documents and maps
– 7 day service hotline
The 21-speed tourer is manufactured for us by Campus, the specialists for high-quality, custom-made bicycles.
The robust modern aluminium frame with moulded lower tube guarantees quiet running even in case of high “payload”. Same applies to the steel forks. All frames are coated with a long-living and non-polluting powder lacquer showing the typical Velociped green. There are, of course, different types of frame available depending on the size of ladies and gentlemen, as the bike must fit the “rider”. And: all ladies’ bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier.
The right size
Ladies: Size 48
Gentlemen below 172 cm: Size 52
Gentlemen from 173 to 183 cm: Size 56
Gentlemen exceeding 183 cm: Size 60
21-speed gear shift
Modern Shimano dérailleur (Nexave 300) without back pedal, with one speed grading deriving from the mountainbike. There is no reason at all to dismount at the mountain! Using locking typing buttons, the speed can be changed to one gear more or one gear less. Both switches (left, respectively in the front, and right, respectively at the back) work equally. Newcomers also cope optimally with it.
Fast drivers should brake well: the brakes are ‘borrowed’ from the mountainbike. All bikes are equipped with most modern rim brakes (V-brakes), in the front and at the back, offering fair braking power. For a better dosification, braking-power modulators have been installed. With the back pedal as a third brake, you will always have the right brake under your control.
Our comfortable handlebar offers exactly the right bend lying perfectly in your hand. Together with the front part that can be adjusted in height and inclination using only one key, any biking position can be chosed. Sitting sportively stretched or comfortably upright – just as you like. Well pedded bars are a matter of course. All changing and braking bars are ergonomically ready to hand.
Smooth-running 28 inch wheels with sealed hubs, stable spokes and robust aluminium hollow chamber rims. We only use the extra breakdown-safe wheels ‘Marathon’ by Schwalbe, 622 × 40, that run smoothly on the road allowing at the same time excursions to open terrains. “Flats” have become a rarity.
21-speed tourers are equipped with slightly more sportive (i.e. smaller) gel saddles for ladies and gentlemen. The seat post has a quick release skewers in order to adjust the saddle size without tools. In case you swear by your own saddle, there is no problem at all to mount it to the Velociped tourer.
Aluminium pedals with a large rubber surface offer a wide and safe support for normal shoes.
Lights, mudguards, reflectors, carriers, lateral kickstands, lock
The smooth-running dynamo (side runner) generates current for the modern halogen lamp which illuminates the route perfectly. Behind, a backlight keeps watch with a big reflector. Of course, our tourers are equipped with all kind of prescribed reflectors in the spokes (alternatively, a reflex bar on the wheel) and on the pedals. And a bell, anyway, as it is already required by the road traffic regulations.
The stable carrier made of steel wire admits uncomplainingly the panniers. A spring mounted flap retains small pieces of luggage. Mudguards keep face and back clean, a lateral kickstand makes parking considerably easier, and a frame ring-lock protects against sudden desire of third parties.
Rhine Cycle Path (Mainz to Cologne), 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 18.04 – 08.05.2020 | 21.09 – 11.10.2020
Season 2 : 09.05 – 20.09.2020
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: Comfortable middle class hotels
Category B: Good guesthouses and 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: £569
Single Supplement: £189