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Strasbourg to Mainz 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (OL)
The Rhine Cycle Route provides fine views over the Rhine, which has often been immortalised in story and song, as well as over untouched riverside forests with rich varied fauna and flora. The cycleway also leads through picturesque towns, villages and winegrowing areas. The region boasts a wealth of popular tourist destinations and cultural sites as well as of culinary specialities. You cannot miss a short detour to the Neckar River and to Heidelberg, a marvellous city steeped in history. Words are useless to describe the beautiful landscape, the unique cultural sites and the regional delicacies: you simply have to experience them yourself!
Comfortable and cosy river ship with a family environment, refurbished in 2015/2016. The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you to pass relaxing hours here. A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles. A total of 49 comfortable outside cabins for a max. of 96 guests. Main deck: 21 two-bed-cabins (about 11 sqm). Upper deck: 22 two-bed-cabins (about 11 sqm), 4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 sqm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 sqm). All cabins boast ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe and large panoramic window. On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening window
This tour is conducted in German and English
7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
Programme according itinerary
Port fees included
Captains greeting and Welcome drink
Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed linen
Full meals: 7x breakfast s, 6x light lunches on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunches for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x dinners
Daily informational meeting
Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
Journey to Strasbourg and from Mainz, shuttles, entrance fees and excursions, bike rental, ferry fares, travel insurances, parking fee, drinks on board, tips.
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bike 7 speed unisex city bikes: 75 euro
Rental e-bike (limited availability): 165 euro
To bring your own bike: on request only due to lack of space on sundeck
Bike tours: self-guided. You will cycle 25-45 kms per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate.
Bike routes / level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclist.
Optional excursions: Tour stages and the ship's time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.
Luggage: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited
Travel documents: EU -citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
Upper deck: Upper deck cabins available: single cabin 100 euro extra (2 available); twin cabin 200 euro p.p. extra
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Arrival in Strasbourg (Kehl) Individual arrival in Strasbourg (Kehl) and embarkation from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. There may be time to explore the capital of Alsace with its many canals.
Boat Tour Strasbourg (Kehl) – Gambsheim / Gambsheim/Freistett – Plittersdorf, Cycle tour approx. 40 km
Enjoy your breakfast during a boat tour starting in Strasbourg. After arriving at the lock station in Gambsheim/Freistett you start your cycle tour directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Plittersdorf. Here you stay for the night. Active cyclists can also start their cycle tour directly in the morning in Kehl (Cycle tour Kehl – Plittersdorf approx. 60 km)
Boat Tour Plittersdorf – Germersheim / Germersheim - Speyer, Cycle Tour approx. 25km
Early in the morning your ship starts its way to Germersheim. Here your today’s cycle tour begins: look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its many picturesque lanes, corners and squares. Continuing through the Palatinate land, you reach the cathedral city of Speyer. Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.
Speyer – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km
Enjoy a short cycle ride alongside the Old Rhine, past marvellous lakes, through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. You reach Mannheim, also called the “City of Squares” due to its layout in a grid-pattern. In these squares, countless places are well worth visiting as for example the famous Mannheim Baroque Palace – German largest Baroque palace complex and the water tower – the city’s landmark.
Mannheim – Heidelberg, Cycle Tour approx. 45km
Today the tour leads through the core of the Electoral Palatinate and thus partly along the Castle Road.Schwetzingen Castle and its castle garden are only two reasons to visit the charming town of Schwetzingen. From here, the route continues via Plankstadt and Eppelheim to Heidelberg. Already visible from afar, the castle ruin of Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or stroll through meandering lanes and see the picturesque squares in the Old Town.
Heidelberg – Worms, Cycle Tour approx. 45 km
You leave the history-charged Heidelberg and follow the course of the Neckar River. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. After Mannheim, you will be back on the Rhine and follow its course until you reach the imperial city of Worms. On your journey through two millenniums of the city’s history, learn about emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelung, Judaism and Martin Luther.
Boat Tour Worms – Nierstein, Nierstein – Mainz, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km
With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticultural area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. The historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses is also well worth visiting. A short stretch that leaves plenty of time for one to indulge oneself: cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine from Nierstein to Mainz. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can also choose to start the cycle tour already in Worms. (cycle tour Worms-Mainz approx. 60 km).
Mainz After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00 am. Individual journey home.
Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||96||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||96||Single rooms||1,299€|
If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.
Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote
Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]