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Bad Wimpfen-Koblenz 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (PAT)
This tour is without doubt a journey along two very contrasting and beautiful German rivers – the Rhine and Neckar. The romantic Upper Middle Rhine region is famous worldwide as a river valley straight out of a picture book, with towering cliffs, steep vineyards, castles perched on virtually every hilltop and pretty villages lining the river banks. By contrast the Neckar valley, unlike the Rhine, is a well-kept secret known only by a very few tourists outside of Germany. The Neckar valley boasts picture postcard medieval towns and villages, breathtaking views of castles and beautiful scenery at every turn of the river … it is simply a romantic gem waiting to be discovered by you on the best form of transport possible – a bicycle.
On board your floating hotel for the duration of this 8 day/7 night bike and barge tour, you are in for a very special treat as you explore the most beautiful sections of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers by bicycle. While the Upper Middle Rhine is famous for its history, castles and medieval towns and villages, it is the much lesser known Neckar valley that promises to be the surprise card on this particular tour. What you will discover along the Neckar are ornately decorated half-timbered houses, impressive churches, castles, palaces and many historic monuments. Every city and village along the river has a unique atmosphere of its own, while the natural beauty of the valley has to be seen to be believed.
This tour is perfect for families with children or for anyone of any age for that matter as the cycle paths along the banks of both the Rhine and Neckar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.
The journey along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers takes you from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen, with the return trip taking place the following week from Bad Wimpfen back to Koblenz. On various dates, the barge also sails along the Moselle and Saar rivers from Koblenz to Saarburg and return a week later, with highlights including the ancient city of Trier, Cochem and Bernkastel. It is therefore possible to combine both tours to create a particularly diverse 14-day bike-boat holiday.
The 68 metre-long barge which is capable of accommodating a maximum of 68 guests, is your sailing home away from home for the week. She has been modernized to cater for boat and bike tours and in total has 34 twin cabins on upper and lower decks. All the cabins have two single beds standing in a right angle and are approx. 7 M², have a window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), a shower and a toilet. All the cabins on lower deck also have individually regulated air conditioning as does the restaurant and salon. In total there are 15 cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement). The barge is an authentic river barge and features a nice salon with a bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables and chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under the Dutch Flag and management and sailed in The Netherlands for many years. The language is German and English. Since 2011 the barge has been sailing exclusively in Germany and is a very popular ship for boat & bike tours.
Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz and/or Bad Wimpfen
If you would like to rent a bike (75 euro) or e-bike 165 euro) , please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Upper cabins available on request
Transfers:Between Koblenz and Bad Wimpfen by train (in 3,5 hrs. for ca. € 45 p.p. – group tickets can be bought through the on board tour manager) or minivan (approx. € 85 p.p., min. 4 pers., bike € 15). Limited availability, this will be arranged by the on board tour manager . To be paid on board.
Excursion program: when the cycle stages and docking times make it possible an excursion program is compiled, which is bookable and payable only on board. Depending on the nationalities of the participants the excursions are available if necessary bilingual German-English
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Embarkation: Bad Wimpfen
Your barge awaits you in Bad Wimpfen where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 PM. Your first night will be spent in Bad Wimpfen, an idyllic and romantic spa village on the Neckar River well-known for the warm, salty and revitalising water that attracts people from throughout Germany and beyond. The main sights are the Blue Tower, the ‘Steinhaus’ (Stone House) and the medieval old town.
Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
Following the distribution of bicycles you will pedal to Neckarzimmern, where you can elect to either cycle or walk to Burg Hornberg (Hornberg Castle) where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. After visiting the castle you will continue to cycle to the historic and picturesque town of Eberbach, your destination for the day. In the evening a night watchman in traditional clothing will guide you on a tour of the city (optional excursion, bookable on board)
Eberbach – Heidelberg (Approx. 36 km/22 mi.)
Your first destination today is Hirschhorn - the “Pearl of the Neckar valley” – situated on a horseshoe bend on the Neckar River. From there you will cycle through the low mountain range of Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg where your barge will be waiting for you. In Heidelberg you can choose to go for a walk to Heidelberg Castle on your own or join a guided tour through the city (optional excursion, bookable on board). Heidelberg is a city that attracts tourists from all over the world keen to visit Heidelberg Castle, the Old Neckar Bridge, Philosophers' Way, the narrow, winding alleys of the Old Town, the numerous market squares and the city’s magnificent churches.
Heidelberg – Mannheim (Approx. 26 km/16 mi.) | Mannheim - Nierstein
Make sure you cross the Neckar before leaving this morning for a perfect view of Heidelberg and its famous castle. Today you will cycle via Ladenburg, which was founded by the Romans, to Mannheim where you will re-board the MS Patria for lunch and the journey to Nierstein, the largest wine growing community along the Rhine. 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 winegrowers (bookable on board). Guest, who will not participate, will have dinner on board.
Nierstein – Mainz (Approx. 17-26 km/10-16 mi.)
Today you will cycle along picturesque cycle paths next to the Rhine to Mainz, a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times. While you are there take the time to discover the city’s many churches, museums and monuments. The most important are the Dom (cathedral), the Royal Palace, the State Theatre, the Citadel and the monument of Gutenberg.
Mainz – Rüdesheim (Approx. 34-37 km/21-23 mi.)
Following breakfast on the MS Patria you will pedal from Mainz through the beautiful Rheingau, one of 13 designated German wine regions, via the historic rose town of Eltville to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim. Make sure you take a stroll through the Drosselgasse, a lane in the heart of Rudesheim's old town full of beautifully restored buildings. The MS Patria will berth for the night in either Rüdesheim or Bingen.
Rüdesheim – Boppard (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.) | Boppard - Koblenz
Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard and enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. On your way you will pass castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorely. In the afternoon, the MS PATRIA takes you to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet.
After breakfast you will disembark till 9 am: End of tour.
Daily self-guided cycling tours. 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, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
On the first day you are welcome to bring your luggage on board from 10am.
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