Heidelberg to Koblenz Cycling Holiday

  • 4.3
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Heidelberg / Koblenz
  • Distance

    126 miles/202 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    042-101CDE
Price From £501

Overview

A riverside cycling holiday leading you from Heidelberg to Koblenz through the picturesque ‘German Riviera’. You’ll pedal through a region steeped in wine culture and with many lively, historic towns and cities to discover on the banks of the Neckar and Rhine rivers.

From picturesque Heidelberg on the banks of the Neckar River you follow the famous Bergstrasse wine route into an area known as the ‘German Riviera’, with a climate perfectly suited to wine making. The beautiful medieval town of Zwingenberg is a real highlight of this region and from here you drop down to begin following the Rhine River on its journey north.

Bacharach - Rhine - Germany*

Bacharach

The Middle Rhine is rich in viticulture and many of the beautiful, old riverside towns along your route owe their existence to the river and the fertile land surrounding it. This is a leisurely route so take time to stop and explore as you go. Wander along the ‘Drosselgasse’ in Ruedesheim, a narrow medieval street brimming with convivial taverns selling locally produced wines. You’ll love exploring Bacharach, a delightful little wine town, backed by a steep hillside, laden with vineyards.  Learn the legend of the Loreley at the narrowest and fastest-flowing section of the German Rhine, Finally, celebrate your journey in Koblenz the confluence point for the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

This tour is a leisurely cycle route on the whole but there are a few hilly sections during the first couple of days. Thereafter you’re on flat riverside bike paths for the rest of the route.

Itinerary & Map

This tour is a leisurely cycle route on the whole but there are a few hilly sections during the first couple of days. Thereafter you’re on flat riverside bike paths for the rest of the route.

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Day 1: Arrive Heidelberg

Heidelberg - Germany

Heidelberg

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Heidelberg. It’s a lively university city with lots to see. The castle above the River Neckar is worth visiting and a ride on the funicular is the best way to get to the winding streets of the old town.

 

Day 2: Heidelberg – Bensheim/Zwingenberg, 27 – 30 miles/42 – 48 kms

Heppenheim - Bergstrasse - Germany*

Heppenheim – Bergstrasse

Leave Heidelberg for your first day on the bikes, joining the Bergstrasse mountain road into wine-growing territory. It’s a region with a very mild climate that’s known as the ‘German Riviera’ and as well as vineyards you can spot almonds, peaches, figs and even kiwi fruit growing here. Stop at Heppenheim’s market square to admire its beautiful wooden houses on the way to your overnight destination, the fantastic medieval town of Zwingenberg.

Day 3: Bensheim/Zwingenberg – Bodenheim/Mainz, 29-37 miles/46-59 kms

Nierstein - Rhine - Germany*

Nierstein

Today you’ll leave the Bergstrasse to cycle through the Rhine floodplain. Take your bikes on the river ferry at Gernsheim and cross to an area of meadows and farmland that slowly transforms into the rolling vineyards of the Palatinate. Almost every town you come across here has a rich wine-producing heritage. Oppenheim’s wine museum is worth a visit, or you could take a boat tour on the Rhine at Nierstein.

Day 4: Bodenheim/Mainz – Ruedesheim – Assmannshausen/Bingen, 23-28 miles/37-45 kms

Bingen - Germany

Bingen – Germany

Make sure you explore Mainz this morning before setting off on your bikes. The capital of Rhineland Palatinate is a city with a long history that stretches back to Roman times. Today’s ride leads you along the Rhine before giving you the option to climb to Eberbach Convent, an atmospheric building used in the film ‘The Name of the Rose’. Arrive in Ruedesheim, a wine town famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow street which is packed with lively, convivial wine bars. Also be sure to take the gondola up the hill for panoramic views across the Rhine valley.

Day 5: Bingen – Boppard, 27 miles/42 kms

Boppard - Rhine - Germany*

Boppard

Today is a real treat with some wonderful sights along the route. You’ll be riding through the Middle Rhine valley, passing the romantic Reichenstein and Sooneck castles and stopping at Bacharach, another lovely old wine town wedged between the river and cascading vineyards. A little further on, you pass the Loreley, a narrow section of the river where legend has it that a feminine river spirit used to lure boats onto the rocks. A little further downstream you arrive in Boppard, a pleasant little wine town that is your home for the night.

Day 6: Boppard – Koblenz, 13 miles/21 kms

Marksburg Castle - Braubach - Rhine River - Germany*

Marksburg Castle – Braubach

Your final day’s cycling leads you around a majestic bend in the Rhine at Spay to the picturesque village of Rhens. Stop for a wander through the village to admire the extravagantly carved and painted half-timbered buildings. On the opposite bank you can see the village of Braubach and above it the beautiful Marksburg Fortress guarding the river. Finally, you reach journey’s end, the city of Koblenz. why not visit the point at which the Moselle joins with the Rhine to toast completing your cycling adventure.

Day 7: Koblenz

After breakfast it’s time to checkout and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 06 April to 05 October

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2019 Prices
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Gondola trip to Niederwald monument in Rüdesheim
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)
Ferry/boat rides

Supplements

Extra night Heidelberg, double/twin, comfort (£61)
Extra night Heidelberg, single, comfort (£92)
Extra night Heidelberg double/twin, superior (£76)
Extra night Heidelberg single, superior (£111)
Extra night Koblenz, double/twin, comfort (£55)
Extra night Koblenz, single, comfort (£85)
Extra night Koblenz, double/twin, superior (£63)
Extra night Koblenz, single, superior (£98)
Bus transfer Koblenz - Heidelberg at approx 9am (approx 2.5 hours, min 2 people) (£75)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£73)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£196)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid bike

An example of the unisex hybrid bike used on this tour.

E-bike

An example of the e-bike used on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21/24 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, repair kit, and per room one lock and handlebar bag.

Electric bikes are also available.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

 

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Heidelberg: Hotel Central
Bensheim/Zwingenberg: Hotel Garni Zur Bergstraße
Bodenheim/Mainz: Mainzer Hof
Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen/Bingen: Hotel Krone
Koblenz: Hotel Brenner

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Heidelberg: The Heidelberg Exzellenz Hotel
Bensheim/Zwingenberg: Hotel Bacchus
Bodenheim/Mainz: Hotel Hammer
Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen/Bingen: NH Hotel
Koblenz: Hotel Krämer

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Frankfurt or Stuttgart then take a train to Heidelberg. At the end of the trip take the train back to Frankfurt or Stuttgart.

Research flights from the UK here

Research trains here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 24/08/2017
  • Name - Jane Taylor
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Interesting route, good quality bikes, all efficiently organised.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Good bikes, interesting route.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Jane - glad you enjoyed it!
  • Date - 17/08/2016
  • Name - Margaret
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Booking through Flexitreks was excellent and very efficient,
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Only problem was, arrived in Heidelberg thinking there would be a group to meet only to find I was the only one doing the 6 day cycle trip...wouldn't have chosen to do this on my own but once over the shock of being in a foreign country, trying to follow complicated maps, getting lost (but being redirected by helpful locals) loved every minute of the ride!
  • Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday after all Margaret. To be assured of having fellow cyclists on the trip we would always recommend booking a guided rather than a self-guided cycling holiday. That said, it sounds like you had a great time and made friends along the route anyway.
  • Date - 13/07/2016
  • Name - Jeff
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Prompt, efficient service. Reasonable price. Hotels and breakfast were an excellent standard. The bikes and maps fit for the purpose. We've told all our friends to go on Flexitrek's trips as soon as possible.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - It rained nearly everyday, the river path was flooded in parts and our poor German skills and map reading meant we were often lost, but it was still a fantastic holiday. Somehow the stunning scenery and friendly locals combined with a hot shower, a few glasses of the local refreshments and a comfy bed made it all bearable. We'd do it again tomorrow.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the positive review Jeff and sorry the weather didn't exactly play the game on this occasion!
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Janet Mutimer
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - Lots of information and great phone help
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Cycled in 40c heat, great route most accommodation good, some needs improvement
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Janet,
    Thank you for the positive feed back on our service as we do appreciate this. The weather in Europe this summer was particularly hot, so well done for managing in the heat! Maybe I can have a chat to you about your comments on improving the trip or your could also email some comments. My direct email is ally@flexitreks.com. Many thanks for now. Ally and the Flexitreks team.