Rhine and Neckar Bike and Boat

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.

MS Patria moored

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.

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.

Rhine and Neckar Bike and Boat

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.

MS Patria moored

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.

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

This holiday also operates in reverse, see the Neckar and Rhine route.

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.

Day 1 : Arrive Koblenz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - end of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Helmets are not provided so you will need to bring your own.

Accommodation

MS Patria (comfort)

The MS PATRIA is a well-appointed river cruiser offering a cosy atmosphere, comfortable cabins and a friendly welcoming crew, she can accommodate up to 68 guests.

15 of her 34 cabins are located on the lower deck and the other 19 are on the upper deck.

All cabins are the same size (approx. 7 m²), with two beds standing at right angles to each other - all have a window but only the upper deck cabins feature windows that can be opened. Shower/wc and individually regulated air conditioning are present in all cabins.

Other facilities include a pleasant salon/bar with large panoramic windows on the upper deck and a comfortable restaurant on the lower deck. In addition, the partially covered sun deck offers comfortable seating ideal for watching the scenery drift by.

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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