• Travelcode: 232

Romantic Rhine by Bike + Boat

Mainz - Cologne/ Cologne - Mainz

  • The UNESCO world cultural site "Upper Middle Rhine Valley" is a paradise for romantics. Follow the river Rhine through a splendid hilly landscape in which aristocratic developers built many castles and fortresses in the past and where elaborate timber framed houses dominate the lanes of the historical old town.
    At the same time you will experience a wild romantic landscape which is home of many legends like the Loreley. Your journey from Mainz to the Cathedral City of Cologne is not least a journey with many culinary delights. Along the Rhine grow grapes for excellent wines and the art of cooking is in no way inferior to the skills of local wine growers.



    Tour profile:

    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 Mainz - Cologne

    Day 1: Mainz
    Individual arrival in Mainz and embarkation from 3 to 5 p.m. There may be time to visit the old town of Mainz with its lovely alleys and public squares.

    Day 2: Mainz - Rüdesheim, approx. 40 km
    Today you will discover why the river Rhine and its surroundings are part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Beautiful islands, steep slate rocks and vinyards shape the region around Rüdesheim. By bike you will pass Eltville with its fortress "Kurfürstliche Burg" and finally arrive in Rüdesheim. Here we recommend a visit at the famous street Drosselgasse.

    Day 3: Rüdesheim - St. Goar, approx. 31 km
    Today you will cycle along the Rhine through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, passing romantic castles and ruins. These buildings include the fortresses Reichenstein and Rheinstein. The famous rock of the Loreley will also be on your way to St. Goar, your destination for today. From the top of the rock you will have a beautiful view of St. Goar and St. Goarshausen.

    Day 4: St. Goar - Koblenz, approx. 38 km

    Boppard and the Marksburg are possible destinations today on your way to Koblenz with its famous "Deutsche Eck" (German corner), where the rivers Moselle and Rhine are merging. From the fortress Ehrenbreitstein, which you can reach comfortably by cableway, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the splendid landscape of the Rhine.

    Day 5: Koblenz - Andernach, approx. 30 km

    Your path will lead you through Neuwied with its castle Engers to Andernach, your destination for today. This city is like Koblenz one of the oldest cities of Germany. Here you will find the famous cold water gush spring, whose water fountain of 50 to 60 meters is said to be the highest in the world. In Andernach you can enjoy sights like the Round Tower or visit the wine village Leutesdorf, which you can reach from Andernach by ferry.

    Day 6: Andernach - Bonn, approx. 45 km

    On your way to Bonn it is worthwhile to visit in Königswinter castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels (steep slope) or the Sea Life with its various marine inhabitants. Finally you will reach Bonn. The former capital of Germany is both cosy and yet cosmopolitan. Numerous global organisations still have their headquarters here and provide the city of Beethoven with international flair.

    Day 7: Bonn - Cologne, approx. 37 km

    Before you reach Cologne by bike, there is the possibility for a nice rest at the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in the Cologne suburb Porz-Zündorf. In Cologne you should join in a walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town and Cathedral to explore the city’s must sees (optional). Also worthwhile are museums like the Ludwig Museum or the Chocolat Museum at the river Rhine as well as the modern parts of Cologne, which can be found at the port of the Rheinaue wetland with its crane houses. The breweries with their famous beer "Kölsch" show a relaxed side of this big city.

    Day 8: Cologne
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m. Individual departure.

    Itinerary Cologne - Mainz

    Day 1: Cologne
    Individual arrival in Cologne and embarkation from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the evening on board or with a Kölsch beer in one of the pubs with a view over the Rhine.

    Day 2: Cologne - Bonn, approx. 37 km

    Before you start cycling today you should join in a walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town and Cathedral to explore the city’s must sees (optional). Then you will cylce to the city of Beethoven, Bonn. This federal city and former capital of Germany still has international flair. On your way it is worthwhile to visit the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in the Cologne suburb Porz-Zündorf. In Bonn there are museums like the House of History or the Bundeskunsthalle courting for visitors’ attention and the House of Beethoven, the Rheinaue as well as the Bundesviertel with the path of Democracy are equally worth a visit.

    Day 3: Bonn - Andernach, approx. 45 km

    You will continue towards Andernach by bike today. Königswinter with its castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels (steep ascent) as well as the Sea Life with aquariums for more than 6.000 sea inhabitants are worth a visit. Your destination for today, Andernach, is famous for the world´s biggest cold water gush spring with its impressive fountain of 60 m.

    Day 4: Andernach - Koblenz, approx. 30 km

    On your way to Koblenz you will find castle Engers in Neuwied. At the famous "Deutsche Eck" (german corner) the river Mosel merges with the river Rhine. Another place of interest is the fortress Ehrenbreitstein which you can also reach by cableway across the Rhine in Koblenz.

    Day 5: Koblenz - St. Goar, approx. 38 km

    You continue your journey by bike up the river Rhine through the UNESCO world heritage site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. You will pass the romantic fortress Marksburg, the only hilltop castle of middle Rhine which has never been destroyed. You will cycle through the city of Boppard with its fortress Kurfürstliche Burg, before you will reach St. Goar. Here you will find the ruins of fortress Rheinfels, which is the biggest of its kind along the Rhine. The fortresses Katz und Maus (cat and mouse) in St. Goarshausen on the other side of the Rhine are also very impressing.

    Day 6: St. Goar - Rüdesheim, approx. 31 km

    Again you will pass very beautiful Rhine castles like Burg Reichenstein and Burg Rheinstein. You will cycle past the famous rock Loreley before you reach Rüdesheim. Treat yourself to a ride on the cable car up to the Niederwald monument. Here you will have a beautiful view over the old town of Rüdesheim and the river.

    Day 7: Rüdesheim - Mainz, approx. 40 km

    On your final cycling stage you will find the Rhine at its best. The city Eltville am Rhein with its emblem, the castle "Kurfürstliche Burg", is on your way. Mainz, your destination of today, presents itself with numerous impressive buildings. You may want to visit its cathedral Hoher Dom St. Martin, one of the proud imperial cathedrals of Germany, or the castle Kurfürstliches Schloss. In the old town you will find attractive alleys and squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten with its lovely timber framed houses and wine restaurants.

    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 day: Saturday

    Mainz - Cologne:  August 12., September 09.

    Cologne - Mainz: August 19., September 16.



    Airport: Frankfurt/Main (FRA), Köln (CGN)


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

    Cologne: Car park/ parking garage - Globus Parking garage (guarded, must be booked in advance) - approx. 6 km from the mooring place in Cologne. Parking fee approx. € 90,- to € 110,- per week.


    Train station: Mainz, Cologne


    Minimum: 60 persons


    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 when required
    • Travel 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
    * 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

    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


    Lenght 74,4 m

    Width 10,2 m

    43 cabins

    max. 84 passengers

    1 lift

    Dutch flag and cataincy


    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


    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!

    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.

  • 5,0 24.01.2018 | Stephen M. Romantic Rhine by Bike + Boat

    A Magical Tour

    Overall: A delightful tour through an area with a colourful history, sometimes not the happiest, extending even into recent times. Important towns with significant cultural interest and lovely little villages which could have been taken straight out of ...
    • 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 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5


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