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Cologne to Mainz Cycling Holiday
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £1049 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Cruise through the world heritage site from Cologne to Mainz.
• Follow the route passing numerous romantic castles and fortresses.
• You can end the tour at the Hoher Dom St Martin Cathedral.
• Combine cycling with river cruising on board the MS Olympia.

Route features
The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved and does not have any gradients of note.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cologne

Individual arrival to Cologne and Embarkation between 3 and 5 pm. Enjoy the evening on board or with a Kölsch beer in one of the pubs with a view over the river Rhine.

Day 2: Cologne – Bonn, Cycle tour, approx. 37 km

Before starting your first cycle tour, take the opportunity to stroll through the Old Town. Afterwards you start your first cycling tour to the city of Beethoven, Bonn. This federal city and former capital of Germany still has international flair. On your way it is worthwhile to visit the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in the Cologne suburb Porz-Zündorf. In Bonn there are museums like the House of History or the Bundeskunsthalle courting for visitors’ attention and the House of Beethoven, the Rheinaue as well as the Bundesviertel with the path of Democracy are equally worth a visit.

Day 3: Bonn – Andernach, Cycle tour, approx. 45 km

You will continue towards Andernach by bike today. Königswinter with its castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels (steep ascent) as well as the Sea Life with aquariums for more than 6.000 sea inhabitants is worth a visit. Your destination for today, Andernach, is famous for the world´s biggest cold water gush spring with its impressive fountain of 60 m.

Day 4: Andernach – Koblenz, Cycle tour, approx. 25 km

On your way to Koblenz you will find castle Engers in Neuwied. At the famous “Deutsche Eck” (german corner) the river Mosel merges with the river Rhine. Another place of interest is the fortress Ehrenbreitstein which you can also reach by cableway across the Rhine in Koblenz. Tickets for the cableway are available on board.

Day 5: Koblenz – St. Goar, Cycle Tour approx. 38 km

You continue your journey by bike up the river Rhine through the UNESCO world heritage site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. You will pass the romantic fortress Marksburg, the only hilltop castle of middle Rhine which has never been destroyed, as well as the city Boppard with its fortress Kurfürstliche Burg, before you will reach St. Goar. Here you will find the ruins of fortress Rheinfels, which is the biggest of its kind along the Rhine. The fortresses Katz und Maus (cat and mouse) in St. Goarshausen on the other side of the Rhine are also worth visiting.

Day 6: St. Goar – Rüdesheim, Cycle Tour approx. 32 km

Again you will pass very beautiful Rhine castles like Burg Reichenstein and Burg Rheinstein. You will cycle past the famous rock Loreley before you reach Rüdesheim. In Rüdesheim we recommend a city walk around the historical town with its beautiful half-timbered houses. Or treat yourself to a ride on the cable car up to the Nie-derwald monument. Here you will have a beautiful view over the old town of Rüdesheim and the river.

Day 7: Rüdesheim – Mainz, Cycle Tour approx. 32 km

On your final cycling stage you will find the Rhine at its best. The city Eltville am Rhein with its emblem, the castle Kurfürstliche Burg, is on your way. Mainz, your destination of today, presents itself with numerous impressive buildings. You may want to visit its cathedral Hoher Dom St. Martin, one of the proud imperial cathedrals of Germany, or the castle Kurfürstliches Schloss. In the old town you will find attractive alleys and squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten with its lovely timber framed houses and wine restaurants.

Day 8: Departure from Mainz

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:00am.

Map & Route Information

Route features
Cycle ways / level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclists.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Olympia

Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment. The ship was 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 qm). Upper deck: 22 two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm), 4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 qm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 qm).

All cabins boast en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe and large panoramic window. On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening windows.

Technical Details:
Length 88.50 m. Width 10.50 m. Depth 1.30 m. Capacity max. 96 passengers. Flag Switzerland. Built 1984. Refurbished 2015/2016. Crew ca. 21

Important information.

Between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Until 9:00 a.m.

Bike Hire on Board:
Smooth-running 7 speed – unisex- city bikes (custom built for SE-Tours) with hand- and back pedal brakes or with free-wheel hub (please indicate upon booking) and pannier bags. Electric bikes (limited availability – timely booking required) Please inform us about your body height upon booking.

To bring your own bike:
On request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

Cycle Tours:
Unguided. You will cycle between 25 and 45 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate.

Cycle 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 legs 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 on board:
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!

Alterations of schedule or programme:
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).

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.

This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Included Services:

- 7 nights in outside cabins on MS OLYMPIA 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 cloths if wanted
– Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x dinner
– Daily informational meeting
– Information pack with route book (one per cabin)

Services not included:
Journey to Cologne and from Mainz
Entrance fees and excursions
Bike rental

Ferry fares
Travel in-insurances
Parking fee
Drinks on board

Parking possibility in Cologne:
Car park with an attendant: „Globus-Parkgarage“ (to be reserved in advance) – approx. 6 km from berth in Co-logne, Fare: approx. € 90,- to € 110,- per week.

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Your Prices

Cologne to Mainz, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include full board accommodation.

Main Deck (Twin-Bed Cabin)

May | August :
Cat B: From £1049
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: From £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal brake): Included

Twin Cabin Upper Deck (Two-Bed Cabin)

May | August :
Cat A: From £1239
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: From £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
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Holiday Price: From £1049
Single Supplement: On Request

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