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Mainz to Strasbourg 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, 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
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 Mainz and from Strasbourg, shuttles, entrance fees and excursions, bike rental, ferry fares, travel insurances, parking fee, drinks on board, tips.
Parking possibility in Mainz: Car Park at the central station (unguarded and cannot be booked in advance) in Mainz. Parking approx.€10/day
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 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.
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).
Worms - Heidelberg, Cycle Tour approx. 45 km
In the imperial city of Worms, you start for today’s tour leg. From Mannheim, you follow the course of the marvel-lous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. The ruin of Heidelberg Castle can be seen already from afar and towers over the city of Heidelberg, today’s destination. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or take a stroll through the narrow lanes and see the picturesque squares.
Heidelberg - Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 47 km
Via Eppelheim and Plankstadt, cycle today through the core of the region “Kurpfalz”. Schwetzingen Castle and its gorgeous castle garden is just one reason to visit this charming town. From there the route leads you to today’s destination, Mannheim. Almost all sights of the city, like the water tower and Mannheim Baroque Palace, are only a few minutes walking distance away from the city centre and are well worth visiting.
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.
Speyer - Germersheim, Cycle Tour approx. 25km / Boat tour Germersheim - Plittersdorf
By bike, continue your tour through the Palatinate region past oxbow lakes and untouched nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its numerous picturesque lanes, corners and squares. During dinner your ship moves on to Plittersdorf where you stay for the night.
Plittersdorf – Gambsheim/Freistett, Cycle Tour approx. 40 km / Boat tour Gambsheim - Strasbourg (Kehl)
On your last cycle stretch, cycle in an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the lock station of Gambsheim/Freistett. Your ship waits for you to bring you to Kehl connected by a bridge to the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless canals. If you feel like it you have the possibility to 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 lust for life while the end of your journey approaches. If you like you can cycle the whole tour to Kehl (cycle tour Plittersdorf – Kehl approx. 60 km).
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).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||96||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||96||Single rooms||1,299€|
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