Neckar and Rhine Bike and Boat
CategoryBike and Boat
Start / FinishBad Wimpfen / Koblenz
Distance127 miles/205 kms
A bike and boat cycling holiday between Bad Wimpfen and Koblenz along the Neckar and Rhine rivers through one of Germany’s most scenic wine regions. Historic riverside towns, fantastic landscapes and a pleasant combination of activity and relaxation make this a memorable cycling holiday.
The MS Patria, your floating hotel for the week, is a comfortable river cruiser specially adapted for cycle cruise trips. You’ll disembark each day for relaxing rides alongside the river, through timeless landscapes and quaint riverside towns. The rides are easy but if you fancy taking a day off you can just stay on board and let the stunning scenery drift by as the MS Patria cruises to her next port of call.
Highlights of this trip include cycling through the peaceful serenity of the Neckar River Valley, exploring charming medieval riverside villages such as Eberbach, Hirschhorn and Nierstein, as well as getting to know the beautiful historic towns of Heidelberg and Rüdesheim.
All cabins are en suite, and the MS Patria also has a restaurant, bar and saloon, plus partially covered sun deck.
The cycle rides cover anywhere between 16 and 28 miles each day on paved paths beside the river. There are next to no hills and this tour really can be enjoyed by anyone with basic level of fitness.
Itinerary & Map
Important note: This tour also operates in reverse, from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen. For the reverse itinerary, including dates and prices, please click here.
Day 1: Arrive Bad Wimpfen
The historic spa town of Bad Wimpfen looks like it’s stepped straight out of the Middle Ages and is the perfect starting point for this scenic bike and boat holiday. Embarkation is from 4pm and after dinner the crew deliver a short welcome meeting. The Patria remains at her mooring in Bad Wimpfen overnight.
Day 2: Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach, 28 miles/45 kms
Your first ride leads you along a series of bike paths and minor roads beside the river to the town of Neckarzimmern. Here you can ascend, on foot or by bike, to Castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen, the iron-fisted knight, once lived. The route continues along the meandering, scenic valley past the pleasant towns of Binau and Neckargerach to the beautiful,medieval town of Eberbach where the Patria is waiting for you and remains moored for the night.
Day 3: Eberbach – Heidelberg, 21 miles/34 kms
Today’s very scenic ride leads you first to Hirschhorn, a charming medieval village of narrow streets and closely packed half-timbered buildings overlooked by a towering castle. You then ride through the woods of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, another old and charming riverside town. Shortly after the town of Ziegelhausen you arrive in the beautiful old town of Heidelberg. The town enjoys a tranquil location on the banks of the Neckar in a steep, wooded valley. An after-dinner stroll through the attractive winding streets of the old town is highly recommended. The Patria remains moored in Heidelberg overnight.
Day 4: Heidelberg – Mannheim – Nierstein, 16 miles/25 kms
Today’s relatively short ride starts with the perfect view of Heidelberg and its castle from the opposite river bank. A few kilometers further along the river you reach the beautiful old town of Ladenburg where you must stop to admire the lovely half-timbered houses and perhaps enjoy a coffee in the picturesque square. At Mannheim you leave the Neckar River behind and board the Patria for a lunchtime cruise up the Rhine River to the pretty village of Nierstein which is surrounded by vineyards and produces some wonderful crisp white wines. This is a popular spot to experience the vineyards on board a tractor trailer. The Patria moors for the night in this pleasant spot.
Day 5: Nierstein – Mainz, 11 to 16 miles/17 to 26 kms
Today’s ride is quite short and leads you from the largest wine producing community on the Rhine to the historic city of Mainz. Explore the beautiful medieval market square with its Renaissance fountain and the Romanesque Cathedral with its distinctive Octagonal tower. Johannes Gutenberg introduced movable type printing to Europe and is perhaps the city’s most famous son. The Gutenberg Museum, located opposite the cathedral, is well worth a visit and includes a replica of an early press as well as examples of some of the first prints ever made. The Patria moors for the night in Mainz.
Day 6: Mainz – Rüdesheim, 20 to 22 miles/32 to 35 kms
A beautiful landscape and picturesque medieval villages characterise today’s route as you cycle further along the Rhine River from Mainz to the beautiful town of Rüdesheim. Take a stroll through the centre of this famous old wine town, perhaps ducking into a tavern to sample the excellent local product. The Wine Museum in medieval Brömserburg Castle exhibits wine making equipment of various vintages and we also recommend a trip up the hillside in the cable-car to admire the beauful view over the town and valley. The Patria will moor for the night in Rüdesheim or nearby Bingen.
Day 7: Rüdesheim – Boppard – Koblenz, 29 miles/46 kms
The last day in the saddle is once again packed full of amazing scenery and picturesque, riverside towns and villages. Cycle along the left river bank to Boppard from where you can enjoy a sensational view of the Rhine Valley. On your way, you will pass the the charming villages of Bacharach and Sankt Goar. You can also stop at the celebrated Lorelei Rock, scene of many a boating accident, either due to the fast flowing waters or perhaps the legendary water nymph – you decide. In the afternoon the Patria carries you to Koblenz where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. The famous city marks the end of your cycling odyssey and the Patria remains moored here for your last night aboard.
Day 8: Departures
After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2019 Arrival Dates|
|Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz|
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|MS Patria - Comfort|
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|Deposit per person||£175|
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x 3-course Dinner
Daily afternoon tea and coffee
Maps & route information
Services of on-board guide
Daily information meetings
Bike hire (see supplements)
Special dietary requests, gluten & lactose free (€25 payable locally)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£167)
The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 7-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position, perfect for sightseeing.
The bikes come equipped with a frame lock. Per twin cabins also 2 panniers, 1 handlebar bag , repair kit and pump.
E-bikes are also available subject to availability at time of booking.
Helmets are not provided but can be purchased on board (approximately 40 euros) in adult sizes only.
On-board payments: Cash and credit cards accepted.
The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
MS Patria (comfort)
The MS Patria is a comfortable river cruiser offering a very good standard of accommodation and facilities. On board she offers a salon and bar with large windows on the upper deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. There is a partially shaded sun deck with tables and chairs to relax and enjoy the view.
She has 34 twin cabins (7 m²) with 2 separate single beds. They are arranged over two decks – 15 on the lower deck and 19 on the upper – and all have en-suite facilities, hair dryer and windows. The windows on the upper deck can be opened to fresh air. The windows in the lower deck cabins do not open but these cabins do feature air-conditioning. The majority of cabins feature two single beds situated at a right angle to each other.
Meals consist of 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 packed lunches (6 light lunches for those remaining on board) and 7 evening meals.
This tour starts in Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen depending on the date you wish to book. If your tour is starting in Koblenz then, we recommend flying to Frankfurt Hahn or Frankfurt Main airports and then taking the train to Koblenz. If your tour starts in Bad Wimpfen, then Stuttgart Airport is the closest option, followed by a train to Bad Wimpfen.