• Travelcode: 099

Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

MV PATRIA

  • Explore the valleys and vineyards of the Rhine and Neckar rivers by bike and boat. Cycling along Germany’s oldest trade route you will discover picturesque villages, historic cities and ancient castles. The Cathedral in Worms, the Nibelungen gate, the historic city of Heidelberg and the narrow streets of the old town centers of Eberbach and Koblenz are just a few of the highlights of this cycling cruise through a famous wine country with idyllic river meadows, vineyards and small alleys.
    The barge MS Patria is your floating hotel providing comfortable accommodation, delicious food and drinks and an active vacation in a small group.
    If you’d prefer to simply relax and enjoy the comforts of the boat, you can take a rest from cycling on the sundeck, enjoying the scenery floating by.


    This tour is operated in two directions: from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz and from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen.

    This tour operates in two directions: from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz and from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen. - See more at: http://www.biketours.com/Germany/neckar-rhine-bike-boat#sthash.Mi0tkRyp.dpuf

    Tour profile / level 1

    You cycle on fortified and tarmac roads, flat route.

    Itinerary: Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen

    Day 1: Koblenz
    Individual arrival and embarkation at 4 p.m.

    Day 2: Koblenz - Boppard - Rüdesheim, bike tour approx. 46 km
    You sail by barge upstream the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank passing castles and ruins as well as the famous Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful city of Rüdesheim. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen on the other side of the river.

    Day 3: Rüdesheim - Mainz, approx. 32 - 35 km
    The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments, e.g. the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnificent residences on the Middle Rhine.

    Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, approx. 17 - 26 km
    You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where you will enjoy your lunch on board. In the evening you have the chance to join a very special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and diner at the local winegrowers (bookable on board). Guests who don´t want to go to the vineyards receive a small dinner on board.

    Day 5: Nierstein - Mannheim - Heidelberg, bike tour approx. 25 km
    The ship brings you to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you reach the river Neckar first, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. You can visit the castle and book a guided city tour, if you want to learn more about Heidelberg.

    Day 6: Heidelberg - Eberbach, approx. 34 km
    After a bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach you will reach picturesque Eberbach, a nice old town with narrow streets.

    Day 7: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen, approx. 45 km
    The first stop of today’s bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the end destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the middle ages.

    Day 8: Bad Wimpfen
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m. and individual departure.

    Itinerary: Bad Wimpfen - Koblenz

    Day 1: Bad Wimpfen
    Individual arrival and embarkation at 4 p.m.

    Day 2: Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, approx. 45 km
    By bike to Neckarzimmern, from here you can walk or bike to the castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. Continue your bike tour to the old picturesque town Eberbach.

    Day 3: Eberbach - Heidelberg, approx. 34 km
    The first destination: Hirschhorn, the "Pearl of the Neckar valley". You cycle through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg. A walk through town and a visit at the castle are highly recommended. Optional guided city tour.

    Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim - Nierstein, bike tour approx. 25 km
    You start your bike tour in Heidelberg, cross the Neckar and have a perfect view of Heidelberg and its castle. Further on by bike to Mannheim you leave the valleys of the Neckar behind. The ship is waiting for you in Mannheim and takes you to Nierstein during lunch. In the evening you have the chance to join a very special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers (bookable on board). Guests who don´t want to go to the vineyards receive a small dinner on board.

    Day 5: Nierstein - Mainz, approx. 17 - 26 km
    From the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine you cycle to Mainz. Romance, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque - today you will explore the city of Mainz.

    Day 6: Mainz - Rüdesheim, approx. 32 - 35 km
    Picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Mainz to Rüdesheim make your bike tour an outstanding  experience. The heart of Rüdesheim’s old town is a meeting place for locals and visitors from all over the world. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen on the other side of the river.

    Day 7: Rüdesheim - Boppard - Koblenz, bike tour approx. 46 km
    Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard and enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. On your way you will pass castles and ruins as well as the celebrated Rock of Lorelei. In the afternoon, the MS PATRIA takes you to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet.

    Day 8: Koblenz
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m. and individual departure.

    Important Information

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

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport:  Frankfurt/Main (FRA), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Stuttgart (STR)


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking:

    Koblenz: public car park near embarkation place, approx. € 125,- per week (no reservation possible)

    Bad Wimpfen: parking lot near the train station, approx. € 20,- per week (no reservation possible)


    ARRIVING BY TRAIN

    Train station: Koblenz, Bad Wimpfen


    TRANSFERS

    Return transfer to Koblenz/Bad Wimpfen by mini bus for approx. 85 € p.P. plus 15 €/bike for the transportation of own bikes (a minimum of 4 persons is necessary, limited space, reservation with booking required, to be paid on spot).

    Travelling by train takes about 3.5 hours, approx. € 45,- per person (your tour guide will assist you with buying the tickets.


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 40 persons


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Limited number of free wheel bikes available on request.

    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 program are always subject to change. If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the captain 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 diet: 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’ accommodation in the cabin with shower/toilet in the booked category
    • Welcome drink
    • Full-board (breakfast, packed lunch or lunchtime snack, coffee or tea in the afternoon, dinner)
       
    • Daily short cleaning of the cabin, change of towels daily possible
    • All port and lock fees
    • On-board tour guidance
       
    • Daily bike tour meeting
    • Maps and information material per room
  • Choose Categories

    02.06. - 09.06.18 Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen
    14.07. - 21.07.18 Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen
    08.09. - 15.09.18 Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen

    Extras

    Bicycles & equipments
     
    7-speed-bike (back pedal brake)* 70
    E-bike 165
       
    Additional bookings
     
    Special diet - payable locally 25
       
    Transfer  
    Back transfer to Koblenz/ Bad Wimpfen by mini bus (min. 4 persons) approx. 85
    Transportation of own bikes in the bus 15
    * free wheel bikes are available in limited edition 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 THE MS PATRIA

    On the Saar and Moselle, the MS PATRIA, which can accommodate a max. of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and has 34 cabins.


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Lenght 68 m

    Width 7,7 m

    Draft 1,85 m

    34 Cabins

    max. 68 Passengers

    Flag and Management Dutch


    CABINS

    There are only twin cabins (approx. 7 m², 2 single beds standing in a right angle) with window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck (as well in the restaurant and salon).

    Lower deck: 15 Cabins, air conditioning individually regulated (windows cannot be opened)

    Upper deck: 19 Cabins (no air conditioning, windows can be opened)


    CATERING

    Full board (buffet breakfast, picnic lunch or light lunch on board, 3- or 4-course dinner)


  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    7-speed-bikes UNISEX (back pedal brake) or Freewheel on request
    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.


  • 5,4 16.06.2018 | Robert S. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Excellent scenery and diverse cycling

    We boarded in Koblenz. The first half of the week was full of castles on the hills, large towns and ruins to visit. Most of the riding was on a scenic and quiet paths, but those were interspersed with sections of riding on paths next to busy and fast-moving ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    0,0 07.02.2018 | Stephen M. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Surely a Classic Bike and Boat Tour!

    Overall This tour has a lot going for it and I enjoyed it greatly. The small towns we passed through were absolute gems and the large towns are world-famous, and deservedly so, with plenty to occupy the tourist. Along the way, the countryside was beautiful, ...
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    5,8 09.10.2017 | Carole M. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Madeley trip report

    We enjoyed our cycle / boat trip along the Rhine.
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,5 18.09.2017 | Carole L. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat
    - The Patria crew members were very pleasant and accommodating. - The only negative comment I would like to share is that the bikes were very heavy for women under 52 kg. Three ladies experienced a fall when cycling which we attributed to the bikes clumsiness ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    4,9 12.07.2017 | ROLF W. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Rhine + Neckar in July

    Plus+Minus of our trip . Lets start with the minus: Beside from my wife and I , also other people would have liked the tour briefing of the next day in the evening before, either before or after dinner. We would like to start cycling at 08:00. The next ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 4
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,1 29.05.2017 | Tony B. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Boat and bike? Highly recommended!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our first "bike and boat tour" along the Neckar & Rhein on MS Patria. The support provided by our tour guide (Carsten) was excellent, as was the delicious food which we enjoyed on board. Our only complaint would be that the electric ...
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 3
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,9 26.05.2017 | Charalyn K. Rhine + Neckar by Bike + Boat

    Bike and Barge, Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen, on the MS Patria

    We absolutely enjoyed our bike and barge trip along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers aboard the MS Patria. The route was especially scenic, part of it through a UNESCO World Heritage site along the Rhine. Some signage on the bike path could be improved. The ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    4,9 14.09.2015 | Karen W. Rhine & Neckar by Bike & Boat

    CYCLING THROUGH BAVARIA

    This the second bike/barge tour we have done with your company and we enjoyed it very much. The bike trails were very good, we went through some very pretty areas and were able to find our way very easily. The barge was kept clean and the food and service ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 3
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    6,0 27.07.2015 | Frieda B. Rhine & Neckar by Bike & Boat

    Rhine and Neckar Boat and Bike

    Everything was wunderbar! The staff was wonderful. The boat was well organized and everything ran smoothly. The food was exceptional. The suppers were all five course meals. Exceeded our expectations. It was a wonderful relaxing week. It was a very ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,6 23.06.2015 | Daniel D. Rhine & Neckar by Bike & Boat

    Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz 13-20 June 2015

    Excellent week meeting nearly all expectations. Shortcoming was a few errors in route guide (Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz) and almost non existent internet on boat. Could not download 1MB (total) of emails to PC during week. (Would have purchased a German SIM ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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