Rhine & Neckar Cycle Paths (Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £909 per person
Other durations available on request.
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• See two river valleys – the Rhine and Neckar
• Visit the famous cities of Mainz, Heidelberg and Koblenz
• Stay aboard the MS Patria
• Combine cycling with river cruising
The quality of the bike paths is very good. You cycle mostly on roads with no or less traffic, side roads and asphalted bike paths along the banks, no noteworthy climbs. Therefore this journey is suitable also for beginner cyclists. All mentioned distances are ca-distances of recommended bike tours.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival to Koblenz:
Embarkation as from 4 p.m., the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.
Day 2: Boat tour Koblenz – Boppard | Boppard – Rüdesheim, Cycle tour approx. 46 km
You sail by barge upstream the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank via castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful and famous city of Rüdesheim. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen.
Day 3: Rüdesheim – Mainz, Cycle tour approx. 32 – 35 km
The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments, e.g. the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnificent of the residences on the Middle Rhine.
Day 4: Mainz – Nierstein, cycle tour approx. 17 – 26 km
You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where you will enjoy your lunch on board. Nierstein is a popular destination for exploring the vineyards with a tractor wagon.
Day 5: Boat tour Nierstein – Mannheim | Mannheim – Heidelberg, Cycle tour approx. 25 km
By ship to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you reach the river Neckar for the first time, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. Visit the castle and explore the old town on your own.
Day 6: Heidelberg – Eberbach, Cycle tour approx. 34 km
After 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: Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen, Cycle tour approx. 45 km
The first stop of today’s bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the last destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the middle Ages.
Day 8: Departure from Bad Wimpfen
After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00 am. Individual journey home.
The quality of the bike paths is very good. You cycle mostly on roads with no or less traffic, side roads and asphalted bike paths along the banks, no noteworthy climbs. Therefore this journey is suitable also for unexercised cyclists. All mentioned distances are ca-distances of recommended bike tours.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
About the MS Patria
On the Neckar and Rhine, the 68 meters long MS PATRIA, which can accommodate a max. of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and provides 15 cabins on the main deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck.
All cabins are small and practicable (approx. 7 m²), with two beds standing in a right angle, with window (to be opened on the upper deck, but for safety reasons fixed on the main deck), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the main deck, as well in the restaurant and salon.
This authentic ship has a nice salon with bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the main deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under Dutch Flag and management and had its sailing area in The Netherlands for many years. As from 2011 its sailing area is in Germany and it is a very popular ship for combined boat and bike tours.
Length: 68m • Width 7,7m • Depth 1,85m • Max. 68 passengers
Languages on board: German, English
Currency on board: Euro
From 4:00 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 17 and 46 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).
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.
- 7 nights in outside cabin on MS PATRIA with private facilities and air conditioning
– Programme according itinerary
– Port fees included
– Captains greeting and Welcome drinks
– Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
– Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7 x dinner
– Daily information meeting
– Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
– GPS tracks
Services Not Included
- Arrival and departure
– Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz/Bad Wimpfen
– Bike rental
– Ferry fares
– Travel insurances
– Parking fee
– Drinks on board
Rhine and Neckar (Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen)
8 days, 7 nights
Prices shown are per person in a two bed cabin including bike hire.
Minimum number required: 24 participants
Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays
Ship: MS Patria
May | July | August | September
MS Patria: Prices per person including bike hire
Twin bed cabin on main deck: From £909
Twin bed cabin on upper deck: From £999
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
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.
Holiday Price: From £909
Single Supplement: On Request