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

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Germany and France Bike & Barge Tour on the Rhine river

The Rhine Cycle Route provides fine views over the Rhine, which has often been immortalised in story and song, s well as over untouched riverside forests with rich varied fauna and flora. The cycleway also leads through picturesque towns, villages and grape growing 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 marvelous 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 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 windows


This tour is conducted in German and English

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Programme according itinerary
  • All charges for harbours, locks and bridges
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed linen when necessary
  • Full meals: 7x breakfasts, 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)

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to Mainz and from Strasbourg
  • Shuttles
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bike rental
  • Ferry fares
  • Travel insurances
  • Parking fee
  • Helmet (40 EUR, limited)
  • 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: Upper deck cabins available from 1399 EUR p.p
  • 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.
  • Car park at the central station (unguarded, cannot be booked in advance) in Mainz. Approx 10 EUR per day

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Mainz Individual arrival in Mainz. Embarkation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    There may be time to explore the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate with its lovingly restored half-timbered houses and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin.

  • Day 2

    Mainz - Nierstein, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km / Boat Tour Nierstein - Worms

    A short cycle leg and plenty of time for one to indulge oneself: Cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route with its well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine to Nierstein. With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticulture area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. Visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, sail from Nierstein to Worms. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can start the bike ride already in Mainz. (cycle tour Mainz-Worms approx. 60 km).

  • Day 3

    Worms - Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 25 km

    In the Imperial city of Worms, set off for today`s cycle leg. Enjoy riding through vast fields and meadows. The beautiful cycle trail across the Friesenheim Island offers a high contrast to the opposite Rhine bank dominated by the BASF plant. A few kilometres further on, you will reach the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar in Mannheim, where your ship will already be waiting for you. Make the most of the afternoon, and take a stroll through Mannheim, the City of Squares, up to the Baroque castle.

  • Day 4

    Mannheim – Heidelberg – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 60 km

    Today, follow the course of the marvellous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The ancient Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is worth a short stop-over. Visible already from afar, the ruin of the Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Stroll across the famous Heidelberg Sandstone Bridge, or through the winding lanes and charming squares of the Old Town. Your way back leads through the heart of the Electoral Palatinate along the Kurpfalzruote cycle way to Schwetzingen Castle. The castle garden is a perfect place for a short break before continuing along the Rhine Cycle Route to Mannheim, where you reach back to the buzzing city life.

  • Day 5

    Mannheim - Speyer Cycle Tour approx. 20 km

    Alongside the numerous oxbow lakes of the Old Rhine leads the way to today’s destination – the cathedral city of Speyer. Enjoy the short bike ride through unspoilt nature, areas that are designated Natural Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. The Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.

  • Day 6

    Speyer - Germersheim, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km / Boat tour Germersheim – Lock Gambsheim

    Along the old Rhine ox-bow lakes cycle through the unspoilt nature of the Palatinate region. Look forward to visiting the old fortified city of Germersheim with its numerous quaint lanes, corners and squares. Enjoy the boat tour to Gambsheim while having a fine glass of wine on deck or in the saloon, replaying the events of the day.

  • Day 7

    Lock Gambsheim - Strasbourg, Cycle Tour approx. 23 km

    On your last bike tour stretch, cycle in an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless channels. Stroll to the Strasbourg Minster, the landmark of the city, through the picturesque Tanners’ Quarter with its small historic half-timbered houses and enjoy a piece of French joie de vivre while your journey slowly comes to an end.

  • Day 8

    Departure from Strasbourg (Kehl) After breakfast disembarkation until 9:00 a.m. 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 08 2024 Jun 15 2024 96 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 96 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 1,199€

Car rental in Germany

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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