• Travelcode: 100

Rhine Bike Path by Bike + Boat

Mainz - Basel / Basel - 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:

    The quality of cycle ways is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclists.

    Itinerary Mainz - Basel

    Day 1: Mainz - Mannheim
    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 between 3 and 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the ship sails to Mannheim where you will spend the night.

    Day 2: Mannheim - Heidelberg - Speyer, approx. 30 - 55 km
    In the lovely town of Mannheim, you will find one of the world‘s largest Baroque palaces. From here, either you cycle directly to Speyer or you make a detour via Heidelberg with its world-famous castle ruin. The cathedral in Speyer, today’s destination, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Explore the city of Speyer during a guided sightseeing walk (optional).

    Day 3: Speyer - Sondernheim – Plittersdorf, approx. 27 km
    Cycling through the Palatinate countryside you will reach the small town of Sondernheim, from where the MS ANDANTE will sail to Rastatt-Plittersdorf. Rastatt is a town characterized by its Baroque buildings and with two marvellous Baroque palaces. The Plittersdorf district is close to the Nature Reserve  "Rastatter Rheinaue (Floodplains of the Rhine River)", which belongs to the most important natural treasures in the administrative district of Karlsruhe.

    Day 4: Plittersdorf  –  Gambsheim  –  Strasbourg (Kehl),  approx. 40 km
    Today you will set food on French soil when cycling to the village of Gambsheim in Alsace. From here, the ship sails to Strasbourg in the afternoon. Enjoy the historical sites such as the cathedral of Strasbourg (Straßburger Münster) or the area known as "La Petite France" (called the Tanners’ Quarter in German).

    Day 5: Strasbourg (Kehl) - Rhinau - Breisach, approx. 45 km
    A first destination for today’s leg is the village of Rhinau in France, situated amidst an amazing landscape shaped by the Rhine River. Here you leave the ship and continue the tour by bike, cycling towards the town of Breisach upon Rhine. From the rocky hill on which the Romanesque cathedral Saint Stephen towers over the town, you will have a wonderful view reaching from the Vosges Mountains over the Rhine valley to the Black Forest. You will also see the vineyards around the town, the wine and the sparkling wine from Breisach upon Rhine are world-famous.

    Day 6: Breisach – Colmar/Freiburg, approx. 60/60 km
    Today, while the ship will moor in Breisach upon Rhine, you can decide to go for a cycle tour to Colmar, the unofficial capital of Alsatian wine, or to Freiburg im Breisgau, waiting for you with gorgeous buildings like the Freiburger Münster, a gothic minster cathedral, in the marvellous Old Town. After the tour, you will turn back to Breisach upon Rhine (from Freiburg return trip by train would be possible on your own account).

    Day 7: Breisach - Basel, approx. 62 km
    It’s your choice today: Step on you bike in the early morning and cycle along the right bank of the river Rhine via Neuenburg and Bad Bellingen to Basel, or stay on board of MS ANDANTE and enjoy your last daytrip on the sundeck sailing the Rhine to Basel. You will love this marvellous Swiss city in the tripoint between Germany-France-Switzerland. Not at all unjustified, Basel calls itself "City of Gourmets" and has more than 20 restaurants with Gault Millau- or Michelin-valuation.

    Day 8: Basel

    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m., individual departure.

    Itinerary Basel - Mainz

    Day 1: Basel
    Individual arrival in Basel. You may have time for a stroll through this beautiful city situated on the upper Rhine, with famous sights like the Basel Minster. Embarkation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Your ship, the MS ANDANTE will moor overnight in Basel.

    Day 2: Basel - Breisach, approx. 62 km

    It’s your choice today: Either you step on you bike in the morning and cycle along the right bank of the river Rhine to Breisach, or you start your enjoy your first daytrip on the sundeck of MS ANDANTE sailing to Breisach upon Rhine. The pretty town of Breisach is the center of Baden wine country with great wine and cava cellars.

    Day 3: Breisach - Colmar/Freiburg, approx. 60/60 km

    Today, the MS ANDANTE will moor in Breisach upon Rhine while you will hop on your bike. Possible destinations for today’s leg are either Colmar or Freiburg. Discover the marvellous nature of the upper Black Forest. In Colmar, the unofficial capital of Alsatian wine, you will see the well preserved architectural heritage from six centuries. The alternative tour would lead to Freiburg im Breisgau with its marvellous buildings like the Freiburger Minster Cathedral and the historic department store on the Minster Square. (Possibility to return by train on own account from Freiburg).

    Day 4: Breisach - Rhinau - Strasbourg (Kehl), approx. 42 km

    You will cycle on French soil until you will reach the French village of Rhinau im Elsass, situated in a scenic landscape shaped by the Rhine River. From here, the ship takes you to Strasbourg. Discover Strasbourg with its marvellous buildings like the cathedral of Strasbourg (Straßburger Münster) or the area known as "La Petite France" (called the Tanners’ Quarter in German).

    Day 5: Strasbourg (Kehl) - Gambsheim - Plittersdorf, approx. 40 km

    From Strasbourg, the ship sails today to the French village of Gambsheim. Then, from here the trip continues by bike to Rastatt, the traditional Baroque town with two Baroque castles that are well worth seeing. Cycle to Rastatt-Plittersdorf. The district Plittersdorf is situated in scenic low mountain landscape and close to the nature reserve area "Rastatter Rheinaue" (river plains).

    Day 6: Plittersdorf - Sondernheim - Speyer, approx. 27 km

    The ship will cruise to the village of Sondernheim in Palatine, from where you continue by bike, cycling to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. The Speyer Cathedral, the Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St. Stephen, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. And also gastronomically the town has much to offer: Perhaps you treat yourself to a good glass of Palatine wine?

    Day 7: Speyer - Heidelberg - Mannheim - Mainz, approx. 30 - 55 km

    The splendid city of Mannheim will be today‘s first destination. The city’s Baroque castle is one of the largest in the world. From Speyer, either you cycle directly to Mannheim or you make a detour via Heidelberg, where you will find one of Germany’s most famous castle ruins. From Mannheim, the ship will take you to Mainz, the city of Gutenberg, with the Romanesque Cathedral Saint Martin, lovingly restored half-timbered house in the Old Town and lots of other sights, all well worth a visit.

    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.
  • DATES

    Arrival day: Saturday

    Mainz - Basel: July 15, July 29, August 26, September 23

    Basel - Mainz: July 22, August 5, September 2., September 30


    ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

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


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

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

    Basel: car park near the station (Basel Bad BF), unguarded, cannot be booked in advance. Approx. 5 km from the mooring place, parking fee approx. € 120 per week.


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Mainz/Basel


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 60 persons


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    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 sight-seeing 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 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 (breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee/tea on board in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
    • Welcome drink
    • Passenger and port fees
    • Daily cabin cleaning

    • Change of bedding and towels
    • Tour guide on board

    • daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
    • Maps and information material per room
  • Extras

    Bicycles & equipment  
    7-speed-Unisex-bike (back pedal brake) 70
    E-bike (free wheel) 165
       
    Additional bookings  
    Special dietary - payable locally 25
       


    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 THE MV ANDANTE !

    Constantly refurbished in the spacious river barge MV ANDANTE promises a comfortable vacation in cosy atmosphere. You will find the tastefully equipped lounge-bar and the dining room with panoramic windows on the promenade deck.

    There is a partially roofed sundeck with seats for the guests and a designed storage for bicycles. Look forward to meeting nice people, enjoy delicious food and interesting cycle tours, simply a nice holiday


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Lenght 74,4 m

    Width 10,2 m

    43 cabins

    max. 84 passengers

    1 lift

    Dutch flag and cataincy


    CABINS

    There are 17 cabins on the promenade deck and 26 cabins on the main deck, two of which are single cabins. (On both decks there are limited capacities for twin cabins to be used as single). All cabins (approx. 8-9 m²) are equipped with low level beds, dressing table with mirror, flat-screen TV, shower/toilet, individually controlled air-conditioning and 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 (back pedal brake)
    Our bicycles are very modern  high quality bikes, which were built especially for the demands and wishes of our guests.
    The result is a bike fleet of easy going, restistant bikes with a comfortable deep entrance frame, precise Shimano-Nexus-7-gear hub circuit, modern V-break, Aluminium hollow chamber rim and flat secure tires. The adjustable handlebars allow a most comfortable riding position.

    IMPORTANT: Please mention your body height with your booking.


    E-Bikes - Pedelecs
    On some barges we offer modern quality-Electrically assisted bikes (Pedelecs) with 7- or 8-gear-hub circuit, gradual selectable help of pedaling power and deep UNISEX-comfot-entrance.
    The bikes are equipped with a powerful Panasonic or Bosch-Pedelec-Engine and a powerful Lithium-Ion-Battery, one battery-charge is sufficient for about  70-80 kilometers. The range of the battery is depending on supportlevel, riding manners, body weight and terrain. In a more hilly terrain or with a higher bodyweight there is more batterycapacity used then in flat areas or with a low bodyweight. You can save battery, when you start with most possible low support and increase only if needed. The batteries are supposed to be charged overnight with the provided battery charger.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


    Equipment
    Our rental bicycles come with big and waterproof panniers, a handily bag for the handlebars, a repair kit and spare tube, a pump and a bike lock per cabin.


    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.


  • 5,1 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
    more

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