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Castles & Vineyards along the Rhine by Bike + Boat

Mainz - Cologne/ Cologne - Mainz

Map Route Cologne - Mainz


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 Mainz – Cologne

Day 1: Mainz
Individual arrival in Mainz and embarkation from 4 pm. There may be time to visit the old town of Mainz with its lovely alleys and public squares.

Day 2: Mainz – Rüdesheim, approx. 32 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/St. Goarshausen, approx. 32 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/St. Goarshausen – 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. 25 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 Chocolate 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 am. Individual departure.

Itinerary Cologne – Mainz

Day 1: Cologne
Individual arrival to Cologne and embarkation from 4 pm. 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 take a stroll through Cologne’s Old Town to explore the city’s must sees like the famous Cathedral. 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. 25 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/St. Goarshausen, 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/St. Goarshausen – Rüdesheim, approx. 32 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. 32 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 am. Individual departure.


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


  • 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC 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 bedding and towels when required

  • Tour guide on board

  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour

  • Digital travel documents/Cycling App

  • GPS-Data

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
      14.06. - 21.06.25
    Cologne - Mainz
      12.07. - 19.07.25
    Cologne - Mainz
      14.06. - 21.06.25
    Mainz - Cologne
      12.07. - 19.07.25
    Mainz - Cologne


    Child Discounts
    on request  
    Bicycles & equipment
    7-speed-Unisex-bike (back pedal brake)* incl. insurance 89
    E-bike incl. insurance 199
    Bringing of own bike/e-bike 29
    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


    Welcome on board the MS OLYMPIA!


    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


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


    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


    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.


    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.


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

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

    From Frankfurt Airport to the place of embarkation it is approx. 30 km per taxi (approx. 30 min., approx. € 50,-). You can also take a train from the airport to Mainz Central Station (Travel time: approx. 20-30 min., approx. € 10,- per person).

    From Cologne/Bonn airport to the place of embarkation it is approx. 15 km per taxi (approx. 15 min., approx. € 30-35,- ). You can also go by train to Cologne Central Station for approx. € 3,- per person).

    Subject to changes. You will receive the exact description to the respective mooring places with the travel documents.

    Arrival by car

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

    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. € 109,- to € 134,- per week. Reservation can be made >> here

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Mainz, Cologne
    Direct train connections between Cologne and Mainz (travel time approx. 1,5 - 2 h, approx. € 44,- per person). Please find schedules and prices »here.


    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
    Bringing your own bike is only avaliable against a surcharge and on request due to lack of space on sundeck.
    Please bring your own helmet - there are no rental helmets available. You can purchase a helmet for € 40,- on board.

    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 € 50,- per person/week.


    Travel stories

    5,2 of 6 Stars | 18
    Had a great time with my family....A.G. 07/23
    5.9 09.07.2024 | Carol P. Castles & Vineyards along the Rhine by Bike + Boat

    Cycling The Rhine

    We travelled on the MS Olympia from Mainz to Cologne. The boat was very comfortable and very clean and the food was lovely. All the staff were excellent and very helpful. We really enjoyed the cycling, with wonderful scenery on flat mostly off- road ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    5.2 03.07.2023 | Armand G. Castles & Vineyards along the Rhine by Bike + Boat

    Family Bike Tour

    Had a great time with my family
    • Booking handling 4
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
    5.7 31.08.2019 | Daniel D. Romantic Rhine by Bike + Boat

    Very nice tour on the Rhine river

    We were delighted by our trip with Rad&Reisen. The boat was very clean, including the cabins, our maid was excellent. The staff of the kitchen and dining room were excellent and a pleasure to deal with (especially Salah, Paulina and Ivo); they made everything ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Route description 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    5.2 06.08.2019 | William C. H. Romantic Rhine by Bike + Boat


    from family of 4
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 4
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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