Germany: Rhine and Neckar
Explore the valleys of Rhine and Neckar by bicycle and ship
8 days / 7 nights | Ship: MS Patria | Self guided bike tours
Between Koblenz and Bad Wimpfen you can enjoy a beautiful and unique cycling tour and cruise and explore the famous river valleys of Rhine and Neckar. Beautiful scenery, very nice cycling tracks along the rivers, famous cities and picturesque villages.
The stretch of cycle path along the left bank of the Rhine between Bingen and Koblenz passes through the Rhineland Massif, which is fashioned by castles. After you have returned home, you will enjoy browsing your photos: the Cathedral in Worms, the Nibelungentor, of course Heidelberg with its magnificent Castle, the narrow streets of the old town centres of Eberbach and Koblenz, which are just a few of the highlights of this trip along the Rhine and the Neckar.
The quality of cycling tracks is very good: usually you will cycle on paved tracks along the rivers without any gradients of note. This makes the trip also suitable for relatively unpractised cyclists. You will live and travel on board the MS PATRIA, which has been a favourite ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.
Itinerary Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen
Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz: Arrival and embarkation
Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.
Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Boppard | Boppard – Rüdesheim (46 kms/28 miles)
Your cycle tour starts with the MS Patria sailing downstream along the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard – where the Romans set up a fortress 2000 years ago to guard the river - along the beautiful UNESCO heritage-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley. From there you will cycle on the left bank of the river past towering castles and through the Lorely valley to Rüdesheim. Your night will be spent in either Rüdesheim or Bingen.
Day 3 (Mon): Rüdesheim – Mainz (32-35 kms/20–22 miles)
Today you will have the choice of cycling on either the north bank of the Rhine from Rüdesheim through the beautiful Rheingau district to the historic village of Eltville and then onto Mainz or along the quiet left bank directly to the City of Mainz. In Mainz, a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times, you can enjoy 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.
Day 4 (Tue): Mainz – Nierstein (17–26 kms/10–16 miles)
Today's cycling will take you via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where you will re-join the MS Patria to enjoy lunch on board. Later in the day you will 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 (optional excursion, bookable on board). Guest who will not participate, will have dinner on board.
Day 5 (Wed): Nierstein – Mannheim | Mannheim – Heidelberg (25 kms/15.5 miles)
Today the MS Patria will take you along the Rhine and into the Neckar River to Mannheim where you will start cycling to Heidelberg, your destination for the day. Along the way you will pass through the Celtic city of Ladenburg, one of the most colourful and best preserved villages on the Neckar River. In Heidelberg you can choose to walk to Heidelberg Castle on your own or you can 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.
Day 6 (Thu): Heidelberg – Eberbach (38 kms / 22,8 miles)
After a bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach you will reach picturesque Eberbach, a nice old town with narrow streets.
Day 7 (Fri): Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen (41 kms / 25 miles)
The first stop of today's bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the Middle Ages.
Day 8 (Sat): Bad Wimpfen
After breakfast you will disembark: End of tour.
Itinerary from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz
Day 1 (Sat): Bad Wimpfen: Arrival and embarkation
Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Bad Wimpfen.
Day 2 (Sun): Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (41 kms / 25 miles)
By bike to Neckarzimmern, from here you can go on foot or by bike to the castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. Continue your bike tour to the old picturesque town of Eberbach.
Day 3 (Mon): Eberbach – Heidelberg (38 kms / 22,8 miles)
The first destination: Hirschhorn, the "Pearl of the Neckar valley". You cycle through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg. A walk through town and a visit to the castle are highly recommended.
Day 4 (Tue): Heidelberg – Mannheim (25 kms/15.5 miles) | 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.
Day 5 (Wed): Nierstein – Mainz (17–26 kms/10–16 miles)
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.
Day 6 (Thu): Mainz – Rüdesheim (32–35 kms/20–22 miles)
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.
Day 7 (Fri): Rüdesheim – Boppard (46 kms/28.5 miles) | 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.
Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz
After breakfast you will disembark: End of tour.