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Pleasure cycling along the Rhine by Bike + Boat

Koblenz - Mainz / Mainz - Koblenz

map Pleasure cycling along the Rhine by bike + boat

Route

Tour profile / level 1:

The quality of the cycle ways along this route 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 Koblenz – Mainz

Day 1: Koblenz
Individual arrival in Koblenz and embarkation from 4 pm. On the ship, you will be welcomed by your captain and crew and the tour management.

Day 2: Koblenz – Boppard, approx. 23 km
You begin your first cycle tour at the gate to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, in the historic city of Koblenz. Surrounded by vineyards and castle ruins, cycle alongside the Rhine River in the direction of Boppard.

Day 3: Boppard – Oberwesel, approx. 20 km
From Boppard, start off for a cycle tour that leads along the Rhine to Oberwesel. On this short trip, you come by many scenic outposts from where you have the possibility to enjoy the varied landscape. From the bank of the river, the many fortresses and the legendary Loreley cliff offer a picturesque backdrop all along the way.

Day 4: Oberwesel – Rüdesheim, approx. 25 km
Today`s cycle tour starts in Oberwesel. Riding past slate cliffs and through thick forests, on your way you pass sights like the Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub and the Niederwald Monument before reaching today`s destination, the wine town of Bingen. Here we suggest that you visit the world-famous Drosselgasse.

Day 5: Rüdesheim – Mainz, approx. 30 km
On this stretch, the Rhine River shows off again all of its beauty. On your way, you ride past Eltville am Rhein. The town`s landmark, the Electoral Castle, is well worth a visit.  Mainz, today`s destination, is home to numerous impressive buildings. You may want to visit St Martin`s Cathedral, one of the proud imperial cathedrals in Germany, or the Electoral Palace. Lined with beautiful half-timbered buildings and wine taverns, pretty narrow lanes and marvellous squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten Square invite you for a stroll through the Old Town.

Day 6: Mainz – Nierstein, approx. 17-26 km
A short leg of the journey with lots of time to indulge: directly alongside the Rhine, you cycle on the well-paved Rhine Cycle Route to Nierstein. With almost 1.000 hectares of vineyard surface area, Nierstein is the biggest wine-growing municipality on the Rhine. You may also want to visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, enjoy the boat tour from Nierstein to Worms.

Day 7: Worms – Nierstein, approx. 37 km
Start off for today`s cycle tour in Worms, the city of the Nibelungs. On an extensive cycle tour alongside the bank of the Rhine River, you will have again the possibility to fall for the charms of the vineyards and to enjoy the scenery along the Rhine. Coming from the south, you cycle towards Nierstein, also referred to as the Riesling City. From there, your ship sets sail for Mainz. s with their famous beer "Kölsch" show a relaxed side of this big city.

Day 8: Mainz
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 am. Individual departure.

Itinerary Mainz – Koblenz

Day 1: Mainz
Individual arrival to Mainz and embarkation from 4 pm. On the ship, you will be welcomed by your captain and crew and the tour management.

Day 2: Mainz – Nierstein, approx. 17-26 km
A short leg of the journey with lots of time to indulge: directly alongside the Rhine, you cycle on the well-paved Rhine Cycle Route to Nierstein. With almost 1.000 hectares of vineyard surface area, Nierstein is the biggest wine-growing municipality on the Rhine. You may also visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, enjoy the boat tour from Nierstein to Worms.

Day 3: Worms – Nierstein, approx. 37 km
Start off for today`s cycle tour in Worms, the city of the Nibelungs. On an extensive cycle tour alongside the bank of the Rhine River, you will have again the possibility to fall for the charms of the vineyards and to enjoy the varied scenery of the Rhine. Today, you cycle from the south towards Nierstein, also referred to as the Riesling City. From there, your ship sets sail for Mainz.

Day 4: Mainz – Rüdesheim, approx. 32 km
Today the Rhine River and its surrounding area show you the reason why the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been declared UNESCO World Heritage. Beautiful Rhine islands, steep slate cliffs and vineyards characterize the area around Rüdesheim. On the bike tour, cycle past Eltville with electoral castle, and Oestrich-Winkel, whose landmark is a historic wine loading crane, to Rüdesheim. Here we suggest that you visit the world-famous Drosselgasse.

Day 5: Rüdesheim – Oberwesel, approx. 26 km
In the morning, start off from Rüdesheim by bike. Past thick forests and gorgeous vineyards, riding always alongside the Rhine, you will pass sights like the Niederwald Moument and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, before reaching Oberwesel, today`s destination.

Day 6: Oberwesel – Boppard, approx. 20 km
From Oberwesel, you start for a short cycle tour along the Rhine to Boppard. On this short trip, you come by many scenic outposts from where you have the possibility to enjoy the varied landscape. From the bank of the river, the many fortresses and the legendary Loreley cliff offer a picturesque backdrop all along the way.

Day 7: Boppard – Koblenz, approx. 22 km
Cycle from Boppard to Koblenz, today`s destination. Here the Moselle River joins the Rhine. One last time, cycle past impressive buildings like the Marksburg Castle in Braubach and Stolzenfels Castle. Let the day come to an end at the Deutsche Eck, the German Corner, or ride to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over the city of Koblenz.

Day 8: Mainz
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 am. 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.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC tprivae facilities in the booked category

  • Full-board (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, 6x coffee/tea on board in the afternoon, 7x dinner)

  • Welcome drink 

  • Passenger and port fees

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Change of bed cloths and towels when required 

  • Tour guide on board

  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour

  • Digital travel documents / Cycling App

  • GPS tracks

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      17.05. - 24.05.25
    Koblenz - Mainz
      19.07. - 26.07.25
    Mainz - Koblenz

    Extras

    Child discount
    on request  
       
    Bicycles & equipment
    7-speed-Unisex-bike (back pedal brake)* incl. insurance 89
    E-bike incl insurance 199
    Own bike/E-bike 39
       
    Additional bookings
    Special dietary - payable locally 50

    * limited number of bikes with freewheel available, bookable 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

    Ship

    Welcome on board the MS OLYMPIA!

    Facilities

    Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment.  The ship was refurbished in 2015/2016. The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you to pass relaxing hours here. A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles.


    Technical data

    Length 88.50m
    Width 10.50m
    Draught 1.30m
    Capacity max. 96 passengers.
    Flag: Switzerland
    Built: 1984
    Refurbished:  2015/2016
    Crew approx. 21


    Catering

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


    Cabins

    A total of 49 comfortable outside cabins for a max. of 96 guests.
    All cabins boast en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe und large panoramic window. On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening windows. 

    • Main deck: 21x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
    • Upper deck: 22x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
    • 4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 qm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 qm).

    Languages on board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    Touring bikes

    Our bikes are state-of-the-art quality bikes based on proven brand quality of the bicycle manufactory Velo de Ville. All Velo de Ville bikes use only braking systems from renowned manufacturers such as Magura or Shimano. Minimum body height for our rental bikes: 1.50 m

    The following rental bikes (including pannier) are available for you:

    • 7-speed UNISEX touring bikes
    • 8-speed E-bikes

    E-bikes | Electrical bikes | Pedeclecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with Nexus 8-speed hub gears, gradually selectable aid of pedaling power, puncture-proof tires and deep UNISEX comfort entry. The electric bikes from Velo de Ville are equipped exclusively with Bosch mid-mounted motors and fully integrated 500 Wh Bosch batteries. The design of the batteries allows them to almost disappear into the frame. This gives you better weight distribution and a low center of gravity without missing the convenience of easy entry. You save your battery by starting with as low a support as possible and increasing as needed. Please note that with the newer models of our e-bikes it is not possible to attach handlebar bags due to the additional fixed speedometers and wider handlebars.

    IMPORTANT: Please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


    Breakdowns

    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.


    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.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Frankfurt/Main (FRA), Cologne (CGN)
    From the airport per train to the place of embarkation.You will receive the exact description to the respective mooring places with the travel documents.


    Arrival by car

    Mainz
    Car park close to the main station (unguarded, cannot be booked) of Mainz. Parking fee approx. € 55,- per week.

    Koblenz
    Parking garage, approx. € 140,-/week; reservation not possible, there is a public bus to the city center.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Mainz, Koblenz
    Train connections between Koblenz and Mainz (travel time approx. 1 h approx. € 25,- per person). Please find schedules and prices >>here.


    Participants

    Minimum: 75 persons


    Additional information

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

    To bring your own bike/helmet
    Own bikes on request only and for surcharge - due to lack of space on sundeck.
    Please bring your own helmet - no rental helmets are available on board! You can purchase a helmet on board for € 40,-

    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 (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 approx. € 50,- per person/week.

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    Travel stories

    5,0 of 6 Stars | 1
    The ship and crew were amazing. Always a smile and greeting. The route and geography were as expected...R.Y. 06/23
    4.6 12.06.2023 | Rodney Y. Pleasure cycling along the Rhine by Bike + Boat

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    The ship and crew were amazing. Always a smile and greeting. The route and geography were as expected. We did a previous trip across Austria and found that the route maps, descriptors and daily briefing far more detailed and extensive than on this trip. ...
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