• Travelcode: 100

Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

Mainz - Strasbourg (Kehl) / Strasbourg (Kehl) - Mainz


  • Why is it so beautiful along the Rhine River? There certainly will be hundreds of possible answers to this question. One of these will be provided by this journey, on which you will  cross the French-German border several times.

    Both the French region of the Alsace and the German Black Forest area have much indulgence to offer, very fine wine and delicious plates.

    Along with beautiful churches and romantic castles that are well worth a visit, you will visit scenic towns with half-timbered medieval houses like Speyer, Kehl and Strasbourg.

    Tour profile/level 1:

    The quality of cycle ways is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclists.

    Itinerary Mainz - Strasbourg (Kehl)

    Day 1: Mainz
    Individual arrival in Mainz. There may be time to see the capital of Rheinland-Palatinate with its lovingly restored half-timbered houses in the Old Town and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin. Embarkation will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

    Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein - Worms, approx. 20 km
    Cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route with its well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine to Nierstein, home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. Visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, sail from Nierstein to Worms. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can start the bike ride already in Mainz. (cycle tour Mainz-Worms approx. 60 km).

    Day 3: Worms - Heidelberg, approx. 45 km
    In the imperial city of Worms, you start for today’s tour leg. From Mannheim, you follow the course of the marvellous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. The ruin of Heidelberg Castle can be seen already from afar and towers over the city of Heidelberg, today’s destination. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or take a stroll through the narrow lanes and see the picturesque squares.

    Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, approx. 47 km
    Via Eppelheim and Plankstadt, cycle today through the core of the region of Electoral Palatinate, following partly the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its gorgeous castle garden is just one reason to visit this charming town. From there the route leads you to today’s destination, Mannheim. Almost all sights of the city, like the water tower and Mannheim Baroque Palace, are only a few minutes walking distance away from the city centre and are well worth visiting.

    Day 5: Mannheim - Speyer, approx. 20 km
    Alongside the numerous oxbow lakes of the Old Rhine leads the way to today’s destination – the cathedral city of Speyer. Enjoy the short bike ride through unspoilt nature, areas that are designated Natural Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. The Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981. 

    Day 6: Speyer - Germersheim - Plittersdorf, approx. 25 km
    By bike, continue your tour through the Palatinate region past oxbow lakes and untouched nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its numerous picturesque lanes, corners and squares. During dinner your ship moves on to Plittersdorf where you stay for the night.

    Day 7: Plittersdorf - Gambsheim/Freistett - Strasbourg (Kehl), approx. 40 km
    On your last cycle stretch, cycle in an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the lock station of Gambsheim/Freistett. Your ship waits for you to bring you to Kehl con-nected by a bridge to the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless canals. If you feel like it you have the possibility to stroll to the Strasbourg Minster, the landmark of the city, through the picturesque tanners’ quarter with its small historic half-timbered houses and enjoy a piece of French lust for life while the end of your journey approaches. If you like you can cycle the whole tour to Kehl (cycle tour Plittersdorf – Kehl approx. 60 km).

    Day 8: Strasbourg (Kehl)
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m., individual departure.

    Itinerary Strasbourg (Kehl) - Mainz

    Day 1: Strasbourg (Kehl)
    Individual arrival to Strasbourg (Kehl). Embarkation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals.

    Day 2: Strasbourg (Kehl) - Gambsheim/Freistett - Plittersdorf, approx. 40 km
    Enjoy your breakfast during a boat tour starting in Strasbourg (Kehl). After arriving at the lock station in Gambsheim/Freistett you start your cycle tour directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Plit-tersdorf. Here you stay for the night. Active cyclists can also start their cycle tour directly in the morning in Kehl (Cycle tour Kehl – Plittersdorf approx. 60 km)

    Day 3: Plittersdorf - Germersheim - Speyer, approx. 25 km
    Early in the morning your ship starts its way to Germersheim. Here your today’s cycle tour begins: look for-ward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its many picturesque lanes, corners and squares. Continuing through the Palatinate land, you reach the cathedral city of Speyer. Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.

    Day 4: Speyer - Mannheim, approx. 20 km
    Enjoy a short cycle ride alongside the Old Rhine through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. You reach Mannheim, also called the "City of Squares" due to its layout in a grid-pattern. In these squares, countless places are well worth visiting as for example the famous Mannheim Baroque Palace – German largest Baroque palace complex and the water tower – the city’s landmark.

    Day 5: Mannheim - Heidelberg, approx. 45 km
    Today the tour leads through the core of the Electoral Palatinate and thus partly along the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its castle garden are only two reasons to visit the charming town of Schwetzingen. From here, the route continues via Plankstadt and Eppelheim to Heidelberg. Already visible from afar, the castle ruin of Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or stroll through meandering lanes and see the picturesque squares in the Old Town.

    Day 6: Heidelberg - Worms, approx. 45 km
    You leave the history-charged Heidelberg and follow the course of the Neckar River. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. After Mannheim, you will be back on the Rhine and follow its course until you reach the imperial city of Worms. On your journey through two millenniums of the city’s history, learn about emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelung, Judaism and Martin Luther.

    Day 7: Worms - Nierstein - Mainz, approx. 20 km
    With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticultural area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. The historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses is also well worth visiting. Cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine from Nierstein to Mainz. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can also choose to start the cycle tour already in Worms. (cycle tour Worms-Mainz approx. 60 km).

    Day 8: Mainz
    Disembarkation after breakfast, until 9 a.m., individual departure.

    Important Information

    Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
  • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Frankfurt/Main (FRA), Strasbourg (SXB), Basel-Mulhouse (MLH)


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking:
    Mainz: car park close to the central station (unguarded, cannot be booked in advance). Parking fee approx. € 10,- per day.


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Mainz, Strasbourg/Kehl


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 80 persons


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Own bikes: limited and on request only -  due to lack of space on sundeck.

    We ask you to refrain from bringing hard cover luggage, because storage space in the cabins is very limited.

    Schedule- and programme changes: The schedule and programme are always subject to change. If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim. Because your boat will generally dock at the next port on the same day, your time frame for some activities and sightseeing will be limited. Due to a very low overhead clearance of some bridges the sundeck will be closed from time to time.

    Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations) need a valid personal ID or passport!

    Special dietary: requests will be respected as far as possible. Please inform us on booking. Price € 25,- per person/week

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  • Included services:
    • 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC tin the booked category
       
    • Programme according to itinerary
    • Full-board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, 6x coffee/tea on board in the afternoon, 7x three-course dinner
    • Captains greeting and Welcome drink
    • Passenger and port fees
    • Daily cabin cleaning
       
    • Change of bedding and towels when required
    • Tour guide on board
       
    • daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
    • Maps and information material per room
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    25.05. - 01.06.19 Strasbourg - Mainz
    06.07. - 13.07.19 Strasbourg - Mainz
    20.07. - 27.07.19 Strasbourg - Mainz
    18.05. - 25.05.19 Mainz - Strasbourg
    29.06. - 06.07.19 Mainz - Strasbourg
    13.07. - 20.07.19 Mainz - Strasbourg

    Extras

    Bicycles & equipment  
    7-speed-Unisex-bike (back pedal brake)* 70
    E-bike (free wheel) 165
       
    Additional bookings  
    Special dietary - payable locally 25
       
    *limited number of free wheeling bikes on request

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR
  • WELCOME ON BOARD OF THE MV ARKONA !

    The MS ARKONA was completely refurbished during the winter of 2017/2018. The modern and elegant atmosphere aboard the vessel will make your journey a relaxed experience. The Upper deck holds the tastefully furbished saloon with bar and a bright and friendly restaurant. The spacious sun deck is partly shaded and features comfortable deck chairs, which invite the passengers to enjoy the passing scenery in relaxation.


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Lenght: 83,03 m

    Width: 9,64 m

    Depth: 1,30 m

    max. 96 passengers

    Board language: German, English


    CABINS

    Both the Upper and the Main deck hold comfortable cabins of 11 m², furnished in a modern way. All cabins feature hotel-style beds, en-suite facilities with shower and hair dryer, TV, safe and individually controlled air conditioning.

    Upper deck: twelve two-bed-cabins with sliding glass doors and French balcony and two one-bed-cabins with a small double bed (140cm) and opening panoramic windows.

    Main deck: 34 two-bed cabins with non-opening windows


    CATERING

    Full-board: breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee/tea in the afternoon, 3-course-menu for dinner

  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

    The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

    You can choose between the following bikes:

    • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

    with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


    E-bike

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

    With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
    Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.


    Additional information
    Bicycle breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained, flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair, you may call the local representative. Please don´t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the touroperator/local representative and their approval.

    You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.


    Own Bikes
    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes. Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike.


  • 5,3 01.10.2018 | Sue B. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    Cycling the Rhine.....!

    Weather good, food terrific, staff on boat tremendous. Tour leader left a lot to be desired, English not good descriptions of daily routes hard to understand and sometimes the time of info. sessions posted incorrectly. That was the only bad thing in ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    4,3 10.09.2018 | Audun S. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    Mainz-Strasbourg

    The boat and the crew were excellent The maps for the daily cycle tours were not detailed enough. We did a lot of failes under the tour to the mooring-points. The map -side and the the descrption for hat side should be side by side. We were not informed ...
    • Overall satisfaction 4
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 3
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 3
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,8 05.09.2018 | Paula L. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    A Great Way to See the Country

    This route had a variety of interesting landscapes along the way. The stops has many interesting historical landmarks to visit. The routes were well marked and easy to navigate. The cabins were roomy and comfortable.
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,1 24.01.2018 | Stephen M. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    Wonderful Biking and Boating

    Overall: An excellent tour. This route is a good complement to the Köln-Mainz tour on the same boat, with which it can be combined, if you choose your weeks carefully. On that tour, you’re on a German part of the Rhine, cycling along the ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    4,7 02.10.2017 | Andre G. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    Andre Geldenhuys feedback

    We enjoyed the trip although it was slightly lacking in 2 respects: 1. The route on the Rhine river is not as conducive to cycling enjoyment as the Rhine is more of an industrial region when compared to other tours (Etc Danube, Mosel etc) 2. The information ...
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 3
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,0 18.09.2017 | Sara R. Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

    The Reno cycle tour was very nice although the support given by the team on board could be better

    We faced some problems due to changes on the original planned routes and the communication and deal with the responsibles was not easy There was nothing planned for the nights on board; last time in Holand with Sir Wiston we had a night with Karaoke ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    3,9 16.09.2016 | Jennifer B. Rhine Bike Path by Bike & Boat

    Route descriptions still need updating, ship was hot but the overall experience was great fun.

    Before travelling, I read a negative comment on this website about the map/route description and performance of the guide. One would assume this would have since been improved, but unfortunately this was not the case. Maps lacked scale, directions were ...
    • Overall satisfaction 3
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
    • Accomodation 3
    • Board 4
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 2
    • On-site assistance 2
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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    4,0 09.10.2015 | Colin W. Rhine Bike Path by Bike & Boat

    Comments on Rhine bike tour: Basel to Mainz

    We had a very interesting tour on the MS Andante. The food and service were excellent and the accommodation clean and adequate. The crew were generally very helpful and accommodating. The hotel manager on the boat was extremely efficient but not really ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 4
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 3
    • Route description 2
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 3
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,2 28.09.2015 | Donald C. Rhine Bike Path by Bike & Boat

    Andante Cycle/Boat Rhine River Tour Mainz to Basel September 2015

    This was our second cycling/river boat vacation with Rad & Reisen. The previous being on the My Story in 2013 with which we were very pleased despite losing two days of cycling due to flooding of the Danube. This vacation on the Andante provided similar ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    4,5 08.09.2015 | David L. Rhine Bike Path by Bike & Boat

    Tour Guides & Hotel Staff

    Our TWO tour guides from SE Tours were POOR which was the ONLY reason for my low score on OVERALL satisfaction. Very poor presentations, virtually no interaction with the cyclists,scanty or no information at times. The maps supplied were good BUT a copy ...
    • Overall satisfaction 3
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • On-site assistance 2
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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