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

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.


Cologne - Mainz


  • Dates/Prices Mainz-Cologne

  • Ship information

    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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  • Program Mainz-Cologne

    Tour Details Germany: From Mainz to Cologne – MS Andante

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Mainz
    Embarkation in Mainz at 5 pm. There may be time to see the old town of Mainz with its lovely alleys and public squares.

    Day 2 (Sun): Mainz – Rüdesheim, cycletour approx. 33 km/20 mi.
    Today we will show you 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 Oestrich-Winkel with its crane for loading wine as a famous landmark and arrive finally in Rüdesheim. Here we recommend a guided city walk around Rüdesheim (excursion, optional, bookable on board); alternatively you can visit the famous street Drosselgasse.

    Day 3 (Mon): Rüdesheim – St. Goar, cycletour approx. 31 km/18.6 mi.
    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 (Tue): St. Goar – Koblenz, cycletour approx. 38 km/22.8 mi.
    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. Tickets for the cableway are available on board.

    Day 5 (Wed): Koblenz – Andernach, cycletour approx. 30 km/18 mi.
    Your path will lead you past 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 (Thu): Andernach – Bonn, cycletour approx. 45 km/27 mi.
    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 (Fri): Bonn – Cologne, cycletour approx. 37 km/22 mi.
    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 (excursion, optional, bookable on board). 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 (Sat): Disembarkation: Cologne
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Alterations of schedule or programme: subject to change.

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  • Program Cologne-Mainz

    Tour Details Germany: From Cologne to Mainz – MS Andante
    Numerous romantic castles and fortresses have been built along the banks of the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz and they have many exciting stories to tell. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley is rich in tales and adventures and it is very beautiful. The Rhine in this area pushes its way through rocks and passes towns like Koblenz, which are over 2000 years old and have old towns with many timber framed houses. This is the ideal landscape for a beautiful and relaxing holiday. Last but not least many of these towns between Cologne and Mainz are home to some noble wines and regional delicacies, which make this journey also a culinary one.

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Cologne
    Embarkation in Cologne at 5 pm. Enjoy the evening on board or with a Kölsch beer in one of the pubs with a view over the river Rhine.

    Day 2 (Sun): Cologne – Bonn, cycle tour approx. 35 km/21 mi.
    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 (excursion, optional, bookable on board). Your first cycling tour will lead you 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 (Mon): Bonn – Andernach, cycle tour approx. 45 km/27 mi.
    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 is 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 (Tue): Andernach – Koblenz, cycle tour approx. 30 km/18 mi.
    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. Tickets for the cableway are available on board.

    Day 5 (Wed): Koblenz – St. Goar, cycle tour approx. 38 km/22.8 mi.
    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, as well as the city 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 worth visiting.

    Day 6 (Thu): St. Goar – Rüdesheim, cycle tour approx. 31 km/18.6 mi.
    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. In Rüdesheim we strongly recommend a guided city walk around the historical town with its beautiful half-timbered houses (excursion, optional, bookable on board). Or 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 (Fri): Rüdesheim – Mainz, cycle tour approx. 33 km/19.8 mi.
    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 (Sat): Disembarkation: Mainz
    Disembarkation after breakfast.

    Alterations of schedule or program: 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 Cologne 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 towel;
    – 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).

    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Mainz and Cologne (Germany);
    – Reservation fee €15 per booking/group (obligatory surcharge);
    – 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 7speed, hand brakes and pannier bag: €70
    Rental E-Bike: €165 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

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  • Cabin types and prices

    departure and arrival on Saturday
    Mainz – Cologne
    : departures August 12, September 9
    Cologne – Mainz: departures August 19, September 16

    Prices 2017 per person in Euro:

    Departure, Saturday  
    Twin cabin main deck 799
    Twin cabin promenade deck 899
    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       Rental fee for a 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake or freewheel hubs (must be reserved in advance, limited number). All bikes have pannier bags.
    € 165     E-bike with free wheel (must be booked in advance, limited number)
    € 15       Reservation fee per booking/group (obligated)

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  • Good to know

    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 30 to 45 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 close to the main station (unguarded, cannot be booked) in 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.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    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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