Rhine and Neckar Bike and Boat

  • 4.3
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen / Bad Wimpfen or Koblenz
  • Distance

    127 miles/205 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    033-104CDEA
Price From £833

Overview

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Neckar and Rhine route.

A bike and boat cycling holiday between Koblenz and Bad Wimpfen along the Rhine and Neckar 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 riding from Boppard to Rüdesheim through the breathtaking Rhine Valley, sampling the excellent local wines in Nierstein, exploring the atmospheric old town of Heidelberg and arriving triumphantly in the medieval town of Bad Wimpfen.

All cabins are en suite, and the MS Patria  also has a restaurant, bar and saloon, plus partially covered sun deck.

Heidelberg - Germany

Heidelberg

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 Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz. For the reverse itinerary, including dates and prices, please click here.

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.

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Day 1: Arrive Koblenz

MS Patria - bikes

MS Patria

On arrival in Koblenz make your way to the MS Patria and step on board. Embarkation is from 4pm. After getting acquainted with your floating base for the week you’re free to relax so why not head into town to explore the city where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet. The Patria remains moored in Koblenz for the night

 

Day 2: Koblenz – Boppard – Rüdesheim, 29 miles/46 kms

Boppard - Rhine - Germany*

Boppard

Leaving Koblenz, the boat cruises up-river into open countryside, stopping in the riverside town of Boppard where you disembark for your first bike ride. Following the left bank of the river, the easy-going route leads you past castles and small towns. You’ll pass the infamous Lorelei Rock, scene of many a boat accident, either due to the fast flowing waters here or perhaps the legendary water nymph – you decide. Eventually you arrive in the beautiful wine producing town of Rüdesheim (or Bingen) where the Patria is waiting for you. Take a stroll through the lovely old town, perhaps ducking into a tavern to sample the excellent local wine before retiring to your cabin for the night.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Mainz, 20 to 22 miles/32 to 35 kms

Ruedesheim

Ruedesheim

Today’s ride takes you on the short but scenic stretch of the Rhine from Rüdesheim to Mainz. Gentle slopes, covered in grapevines lead down to the water’s edge and your cycle path as you pedal along past picturesque half-timbered houses. Mainz is a large, historic town with numerous museums and historical monuments. In the evening you are welcome to join your on-board guide for a guided walk of the town.

 

Day 4: Mainz – Nierstein, 11 to 16 miles/17 to 26 kms

Nierstein

Nierstein

Quite a short cycle ride today but a very scenic one. The route leads you out of Mainz and back into open countryside dominated by the patchwork of vineyards on the sloping hillsides. Your destination is the small town of Nierstein. It may be small but the town is the largest wine growing community on the river and produces some wonderfully crisp, white wines. A popular pastime is to explore the vineyards on a tractor trailer tour.

Day 5: Nierstein – Mannheim – Heidelberg, 16 miles/25 kms

Heidelberg - Germany

Heidelberg

The day starts with a cruise upstream to the town of Mannheim where you disembark for today’s ride. You pedal first along your old friend the Rhine, before bidding it farewell and branching off along the Neckar River to the Celtic town of Ladenburg. A little further along the river you reach today’s destination – Heidelberg. The town enjoys a tranquil location on the banks of the Neckar in a steep, wooded valley.

 

Day 6: Heidelberg – Eberbach, 22 miles/34 kms

Eberbach - Neckar - Germany*

Eberbach

Your journey today takes you from Heidelberg roughly eastwards via Ziegelhausen and into the idyllic Odenwald region to Neckarsteinach – the town of the four castles on the banks of the Neckar. Then it’s not far to your overnight stop at Eberbach, another historic riverside town of winding streets and cosy inns.

Day 7: Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen, 28 miles/45 kms

Bad Wimpfen - Germany*

Bad Wimpfen

Today’s final ride takes you first to the ancient ruins at Burg Hornsberg before delivering you to Bad Wimpfen, a historic spa town that looks like it’s stepped straight out of the Middle Ages. This pretty old town is a fitting venue in which to end your cycling adventure on the Rhine and Neckar rivers.

 

Day 8: Bad Wimpfen

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Neckar and Rhine route.

2019 Arrival Dates
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
May18
July13
September7

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2019 Prices
033-104CDEA
Per person
18 May
to
14 Sep
 
MS Patria - Comfort
Lower Deck
Twin £833                  
Single £1249                  
Upper Deck
Twin £943                  
Single £1415                  
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights on board the MS Patria. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x 3-course Dinner
Welcome drink
Daily afternoon tea and coffee
Maps & route information
Services of on-board guide
Daily information meetings
Port fees
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€40, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, gluten & lactose free (€25 payable locally)
Gratuities/tips
Ferries

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£74)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£173)

Practical Information

Bikes

E-bike and regular hybrid bike

E-bike (left) and regular hybrid bike used on this tour

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.

 

Accommodation

MS Patria - Salon & bar

MS Patria – Salon & bar

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.

MS Patria - cabin

MS Patria – cabin

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
Meals consist of 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 packed lunches (6 light lunches for those remaining on board) and 7 evening meals.

Getting There

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.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 04/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Good.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Well organised apart from the tour guide who was a bit all over the place, not well prepared.
  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Our preferred date wasn't available, but Flexitreks found us an alternative and booked it provisionally while we made up our minds. Ally at Flexitreks is always very helpful.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This was our third bike and boat holiday - as usual the cycle rides were excellent, the locations visited were interesting, the boat was comfortable and our fellow passengers terrific fun.