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Bike and Barge Tour Germany: Mainz – Basel | MS Andante

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. Your trip will start in Mainz and will lead you all the way up to Basel. This city in the tripoint between Switzerland-Germany-France will prove that Swiss people do also understand a lot of indulgence.
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Mainz - Basel - Andante

  • MS Andante
    Constantly refurbished in the last years, the spacious river barge MS 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 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. 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. Language on board: German and English.

    Technical Details: Length: 74.4 m, Width: 10.2 m, Speed: 8.64 knots/16Kmh, 43 cabins: max. 84 passengers, 1 elevator, Dutch flag and captaincy

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  • Tour Details Germany: From Mainz to Basel – MS Andante

    Day 1 (Sat): Mainz | Mainz – Gernsheim
    Individual arrival in Mainz. There may be time to see the capital of Rhineland-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 pm. At 6 pm, the ship sails to Gernsheim, where you will spend the night.

    Day 2 (Sun): Gernsheim – Mannheim | Mannheim – Heidelberg – Speyer, Cycle Tour approx. 30 -55 km /18-33 miles
    In the morning, we will sail to Mannheim. In this lovely town, you will find one of the world‘s largest Baroque palaces. From Mannheim, either you cycle directly to Speyer or you make a de-tour 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 (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

    Day 3 (Mon): Speyer – Sondernheim, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km/12 miles | Sondernheim – Plittersdorf 
    Cycling through the Palatinate countryside you will reach the small town of Sondernheim (Brick Museum, optional, bookable on board), 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 (Tue): Plittersdorf – Gambsheim, Cycle Tour approx. 40 km/24 miles | Gambsheim – Strasbourg (Kehl)
    Today you will set foot 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) during a boat trip with a pleasure boat (excursion on one's own initiative).

    Day 5 (Wed): Strasbourg (Kehl) – Rhinau |Rhinau – Breisach, Cycle Tour approx. 42-49 km /25.2-29.4 mi.
    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. You will get an idea about the importance of Breisach on a vineyard tour with wine tasting (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

    Day 6 (Thu): Cycle Tour from/to Breisach to Colmar, approx. 64 km/38.4 mi. or Cycle Tour to Freiburg, approx. 62 km/37.2 mi.
    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 (return trip by train would be possible on your own account).

    Day 7 (Fri): Breisach – Basel  | or Breisach – Basel, Cycle Tour approx. 60 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 (Sat): Disembarkation: Basel
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    Alterations of schedule or programme: subject to change.

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  • Tour Details Germany: From Basel to Mainz – MS Andante
    Flowing through Switzerland, Austria, Germany as well as through the Netherlands and touching even France, the Rhine River is a real European. On this journey, you will follow the river from Basel to a region, in which borders have become meaningless without causing cultures to lose their independence. You will travel to and from the Alsace to the German Upper Black Forest, before continuing the journey to the Palatinate region and finally to the city of Mainz.
    Large churches, Baroque castles and idylic Old Towns with half-timbered medieval houses will line your way. And both France as well as Germany, will prove that here and there  grow graves used to produce outstanding wines and the cuisine of the region is in no way inferior to the vintners’art. This trip is a real treat!

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: 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 pm.  Your ship, the MS Andante will moor overnight in Basel.

    Day 2 (Sun): Breisach – Basel | or Breisach – Basel, Cycle Tour approx. 60 km/36 mi.
    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 (Mon): Cycle Tour from/to Breisach to Colmar, approx. 64 km/38.4 mi. or Cycle Tour to Freiburg, approx. 62 km/37.2 mi.
    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). Back in Breisach in the afternoon you will get an idea about the importance of Breisach on a vineyard tour with wine tasting (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

    Day 4 (Tue): Breisach – Rhinau (Approx. 40-50 km/24-30 mi.) | Rhinau – Strasbourg (Kehl) 
    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 Kehl, German neighbour of Strasbourg. In Kehl, the Town Hall is well worth seeing as well as the Brandy distillery and the Kehl Water Tower (the town’s landmark). Or 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) during a boat trip with a pleasure boat (excursion on one's own initiative).

    Day 5 (Wed): Strasbourg (Kehl) – Gambsheim | Gambsheim – Plittersdorf (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    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 (Thu): Plittersdorf – Sondernheim | Sondernheim – Speyer (Approx. 20 km/12 mi.)
    The ship will cruise to the village of Sondernheim in Palatine (Brick Museum, optional, bookable on board), 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. Explore the impressive architecture during a guided city walk (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

    Day 7 (Fri): Speyer – Heidelberg – Mannheim (Approx. 30-55 km/18-33 mi.) | Mannheim – Mainz
    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 (Sat): Disembarkation: Mainz
    Disembarkation after breakfast.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    Alterations of schedule or programme: subject to change.

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  • INCLUDED:
    – 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
    – Programme according to itinerary from Mainz to Basel or v.v.
    – Welcome drink
    – Full board (breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
    – Daily cabin cleaning
    – Change of bedding and towels
    – Passenger and port fees
    – Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
    – Tour guide on board
    – Maps and information material 1x per cabin (in English or German)

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Mainz and Basel (Germany/Switzerland)
    – Rreservation fee
    – Other transfers
    – Parking fee
    – Rental bicycle
    – Entrance fees & excursions
    – Fees for ferries
    – City maps
    – Drinks on board
    – Personal (travel) insurance
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle 7 speed,
    hand- and backpedal brake and pannier bag: €70 (limited number of freewheel hub bikes available)
    Rental E-Bike: € 165 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

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  • Departure dates 2017 (all dates dd.mm):
    Departure and arrival on Saturdays:

    Mainz – Basel on: July 15 and 29; August 26 and September 23, 2017

    Basel – Mainz on: July 22; August 5; September 5 and 30, 2017

    Tour price 2017 per person in Euro:

    Departure, Saturday 
    Twin cabin main deck799
    Twin cabin promenade deck899
    Single cabin main deck (2 cabins per trip)959
    Twin cabin for single use main deck (limited offer)                 1,199
    Twin cabin for single use promenade deck (limited offer)                 1,349

    €   70 Rent for a unisex bicycle with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake and a pannier bag or freewheel hubs (must be reserved in advance, limited number).
    € 165  E-Bike with freewheel (must be booked in advance, limited available)
    €   15 Reservation fee (obligated Surcharge)

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  • Good to know:

    GENERAL INFORMATION
    Embarkation: From 3.00 to 5.00 pm
    Disembarkation: After breakfast, until 09:00 am
    Bike hire on board: Unisex bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake and pannier bag, limited number of freewheel hub bikes. E-Bikes are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number
    Cycle Tours: Individual and self-guided. You will cycle about 20 to 64 km. The kilometres indicated for the cycle tours are approximate
    Cycle ways / level of difficulty: 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
    Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. Due to the lack of storage room in the cabins we advise you to bring suitcases or bags which are foldable
    Alterations of schedule or programme: Subject to change. In case that as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons a route cannot be taken, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this would not be a reason for fee-free cancellation)
    Travel documents: EU citizens need a valid identity card or passport for this journey
    Special dietary needs and food allergies: Inform us about your dietary needs and we will do our best to take them into consideration. There will be an extra fee of approx. €25 per person/week (to be paid directly). Please inform us on booking.

    CAR PARK FACILITIES:
    Mainz
    : Car park close to the main station (unguarded, cannot be booked) in Mainz. 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.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Minimum number of participants is 60
    Legal notice: Tour operator for this tours is SE Tours, Bremerhaven, Germany.
    Other conditions may apply to this tour.

    Update: September 21, 2016

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