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Strasbourg to Mainz 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (OL)

  • 8days
  • France

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Bike & Barge Tour along the Rhine river

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

Tour character: Level 1 self-guided:

Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Included in the Barge and Bike Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Programme according itinerary
  • All charges harbour, locks and bridges
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed linen when necessary
  • Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunches on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunches for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x dinners
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Digital tour information via GUIBO-App with GPS tracks
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to Strasbourg and from Mainz
  • Shuttles
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bike rental
  • Ferry fares
  • Travel insurances
  • Helmet (Please BYO or 40 EUR onboard selling cash only)
  • Parking fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Tips

If you would like to rent a bike (89 EUR)  or e-bike (199 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]


  • Upper deck cabins available from 1449 EUR p.p twin or 2-bed cabins for single use on request 
  • 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
  • This tour is conducted in German and English
  • 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.
  • If you still prefer to receive all documents from us in printed form beforehand, an additional fee will apply. We will send you all travel information in advance via Email, and the maps for your bike tours will be available exclusively on board.

Arrival/ Departure/ Parking:

  • Car parking in Strasbourg is part of the City's "sustainable mobility" policy; parking spaces in the city centre are very limited. The rates are higher than average, like in every international large town. Outside the city centre there are several park & ride parking spaces. The parking garage „Gare Wodli“ at the central station costs 20 € per 24 h
  • Embarkation at 4:00pm | Disembarkation from 9:00am

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Strasbourg (Kehl) Individual arrival in Strasbourg (Kehl) and embarkation at 4:00 p.m. On board, your captain, the crew and the tour manager will welcome you with a welcome drink.

  • Day 2

    Strasbourg – Gambsheim lock, Cycle tour approx. 18 km / Boat Tour Gambsheim lock – Germersheim

    After breakfast, you will have the possibility to visit Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace, with its numerous channels, the Strasbourg Minster and the Tanners` Quarter with its small historic half-timbered houses. Enjoy a piece of French joie de vivre before you begin your first cycle tour. Cycle directly alongside the Rhine River through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the Gambsheim lock where your ship already awaits you to set sail for Germersheim. While sailing, enjoy a glass of wine on deck or in the saloon recalling the first impressions of your journey.

    Germersheim – Speyer, Cycle Tour approx. 22 km

    EToday`s cycle tour leads through unspoilt nature along the old Rhine ox-bow lakes. Before, however, look forward to exploring the ancient fortified city of Germersheim with its numerous quaint lanes, corners and squares. Continue cycling through the Palatinate Region to reach the cathedral city of Speyer. In 1981, Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO-World Heritage List.

  • Day 3

    Speyer – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 28 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.

  • Day 4

    Mannheim – Heidelberg – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 52 km

    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. The further way leads you on the other side of the Neckar via the Roman town Ladenburg back to Mannheim.

  • Day 5

    Mannheim – Worms, Cycle Tour approx. 26 km

    Today you leave Mannheim and drive past meadows and fields, following the course of the Rhine to 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.

  • Day 6

    Boat Tour Worms – Nierstein, Nierstein – Mainz, Cycle Tour approx. 17-20 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).

  • Day 7

    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).

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 96 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 96 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 1,199€
May 31 2025 Jun 07 2025 96 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,249€
Jun 28 2025 Jul 05 2025 96 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 1,249€

Car rental in France

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

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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]

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