The comfortable ARLENE II provides the right ambiance to make you feel at ease. The ship is being completely refurbished and upgraded in the winter of 2017/2018. In the tastefully furnished and fully air-conditioned restaurant on the Main deck, you can enjoy your dinner. In the saloon/bar with panoramic windows on the Upper deck, you can reflect on the day’s events enjoying a glass of fine wine.
All cabins on the vessel are outside featuring en-suite facilities with shower and hair dryer, TV, safe and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Upper deck: eight suits (approx. 15 m2) with French balcony and sliding glass doors, two twin beds and a small sitting area. Further 16 two-bed cabins (approx. 10 m2) with two separate lower beds, as well as two single cabins (approx. 8-9 m²). Both the two-bed and the single cabins on the Upper deck are outfitted with opening panoramic windows.
Main deck: the 24 two-bed cabins also feature two separate lower beds, and have windows with an opening ventilation flap. The spacious and partly shaded sun deck holds deck chairs, which invite passengers to enjoy the passing scenery in relaxation. Here there is also the storage space for the bicycles.
Look forward to interesting cycle tours, meeting nice people and having enjoyable time aboard the ship. On board language: German and English.
Technical Details: Year Built: 1986. Last refurbished: 2017/2018. Registry: Dutch. Length: 91,35 m. Width: 10,45 m. Draft: 1,45 m. Passengers: 98. Number of Crew:20. Cabins: 50. Credit cards: Visa, Master Card; Currency on board: Euro.
Day 1 (Sat.): Strasbourg
Embarkation in Strasbourg from 3:00 – 5:00 am. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals.
Day 2 (Sun.): Strasbourg – Gambsheim, Cycle Tour approx. 22 km/13.2 mi. | Gambsheim – Karlsruhe
This morning, take a leisurely cycle through Strasbourg and enjoy the French lust for life before you ride directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Gambsheim. From there, the ship takes you to Karlsruhe, a city with a unique atmosphere. With the Baroque Palace right in the core of the city center, the botanic garden and over 1,000 Hectare of public parks, lakes and woods, Karlsruhe is a “city in the green“.
Day 3 (Mo.): Karlsruhe – Speyer, Cycle Tour approx. 50 km/30 mi.
Today’s cycle stretch leads along the oxbow lakes through seemingly unspoilt nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its many picturesque lanes, corners and squares. Continuing through the Palatinate land, you reach the cathedral city of Speyer. Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.
Day 4 (Tue.): Speyer – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km/12 mi.
Enjoy a short cycle ride alongside the Old Rhine, past marvellous lakes, through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. You reach Mannheim, also called the “City of Squares” due to its layout in a grid-pattern. In these squares, countless places are well worth visiting as for example the famous Mannheim Baroque Palace – German largest Baroque palace complex and the water tower – the city’s landmark.
Day 5 (Wed.): Mannheim – Heidelberg, Cycle Tour approx. 45 km/27 mi.
Today the tour leads through the core of the Electoral Palatinate and thus partly along the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its castle garden are only two reasons to visit the charming town of Schwetzingen. From here, the route continues via Plankstadt and Eppelheim to Heidelberg. Already visible from afar, the castle ruin of Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or stroll through meandering lanes and see the picturesque squares in the Old Town.
Day 6 (Thu): Heidelberg – Worms, Cycle Tour approx. 45 km/27 mi.
You leave the history-charged Heidelberg and follow the course of the Neckar River. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. After Mannheim, you will be back on the Rhine and follow its course until you reach the imperial city of Worms. On your journey through two millenniums of the city’s history, learn about emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelung, Judaism and Martin Luther.
Day 7 (Fr.): Worms – Nierstein | Nierstein – Mainz, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km/12 mi.
With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticultural area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. The historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses is also well worth visiting. A short stretch that leaves plenty of time for one to indulge oneself: cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine from Nierstein to Mainz. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can also choose to start the cycle tour already in Worms. (cycle tour Worms-Mainz approx. 60 km).
Day 8 (Sa): Mainz
After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00am. Individual journey home.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
Alterations of schedule or program: subject to change.
Day 1 (Sat.): Mainz
Individual arrival to Mainz. Embarkation will be from 3:00 – 5:00. There may be time to explore the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate with its lovingly restored half-timbered houses and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin.
Day 2 (Sun.): Mainz – Nierstein, Cycle Tour approx. 20 km/12 mi. | Nierstein – Worms
A short cycle leg and plenty of time for one to indulge oneself: Cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route with its well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine to Nierstein. With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticulture area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. Visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, sail from Nierstein to Worms. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can start the bike ride already in Mainz. (cycle tour Mainz-Worms approx. 60 km).
Day 3 (Mon.): Worms – Heidelberg, Cycle Tour approx. 45 km/27 mi.
In the imperial city of Worms, you start for today’s tour leg. From Mannheim, you follow the course of the marvellous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. The ruin of Heidelberg Castle can be seen already from afar and towers over the city of Heidelberg, today’s destination. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or take a stroll through the narrow lanes and see the picturesque squares.
Day 4 (Tue.): Heidelberg – Mannheim, Cycle Tour approx. 47 km/28.2 mi.
Via Eppelheim and Plankstadt, cycle today through the core of the region of Electoral Palatinate, following partly the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its gorgeous castle garden is just one reason to visit this charming town. From there the route leads you to today’s destination, Mannheim. Almost all sights of the city, like the water tower and Mannheim Baroque Palace, are only a few minutes walking distance away from the city centre and are well worth visiting.
Day 5 (Wed.): Mannheim – Speyer; Cycle Tour approx. 20 km/12 mi.
Alongside the numerous oxbow lakes of the Old Rhine leads the way to today’s destination – the cathedral city of Speyer. Enjoy the short bike ride past marvellous lakes, through unspoilt nature, areas that are designated Natural Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. The Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.
Day 6 (Thu.): Speyer – Karlsruhe, Cycle Tour approx. 50 km/30 mi.
By bike, continue your tour through the Palatinate region past oxbow lakes and untouched nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its numerous picturesque lanes, corners and squares. From here, the way leads to Karlsruhe, a city with a unique atmosphere. With the Baroque Palace in the core of the city, the botanic garden and with an abundance of parks, lakes and woods, Karlruhe is “a city in the green”.
Day 7 (Fr.): Karlsruhe – Gambsheim | Gambsheim – Strasbourg, Cycle Tour approx. 22 km/13.2 mi.
In the morning, the ship sets sail for Gambsheim. On your last cycle stretch, cycle in an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless canals. Stroll to the Strasbourg Minster, the landmark of the city, through the picturesque tanners’ quarter with its small historic half-timbered houses and enjoy a piece of French lust for life while the end of your journey approaches.
Day 8 (Sa.): Strasbourg
After breakfast disembarkation until 9:00am. Individual journey home.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
Alterations of schedule or program: subject to change.
Transfer to and from the docking place, Reservation fee € 15,- per booking/group (obligated), other transfers, rental bikes, entrance fees and excursions, city maps, parking fees, insurances, tips (at your discretion) and own expenses
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
Rental bicycle: 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 and a cycle hire insurance : €70
Rental E-Bike with freewheel, pannier bag and cycle hire insurance: €165 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)
Travel Dates 2018 | Strasbourg – Mainz | Arlene II:
Departure and arrival on Saturday
Strasbourg – Mainz: 09 Jun / 23 Jun / 01 Sep
Mainz – Strasburg: 02 Jun / 16 Jun / 25 Aug
Travel price 2018 per person in euro | Strasbourg – Mainz | Arlene II:
|Departure, Saturdays||September||June – August|
|Twin Cabin Main Deck||799||899|
|Twin Cabin Upper Deck||899||999|
|Suite (Two Beds) Upper Deck||999||1.099|
|Single cabin Upper Deck (limited number)||1,249||1,349|
Twin cabin for single use: + 50% (limited number, on request). Please contact us if you want to book a cabin for single use.
• Cycle Tours: Guided or unguided. You will cycle between 25 and 45 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate.
• Cycle routes/ level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclist.
• Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion program will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.
• Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited!
• Alterations of schedule or program: Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
• Travel documents: European citizens need a valid ID card or passport.
• Special Dietary Needs: (e.g. lactose- and gluten-free food) possible on demand and at extra charge, must be ordered at least two weeks prior to departure. For certain special dietary products it may be necessary to bring them along.
Car Park facilities:
Mainz: Car Park at the central station (unguarded, cannot be booked in advance) in Mainz. Parking fee approx. € 10 per day.
Update: January 9, 2018
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Minimum number of participants is 80
Legal notice: Tour operator for this tours is SE Tours, Bremerhaven, Germany.
Other conditions may apply to this tour.
Invalid Displayed Gallery