Highlights of this tour

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Multi guidance: For this tour various types of guidance are available
Independent Individual
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1

Beautiful cities of Speyer & Heidelberg

Quaint towns & vibrant cities en route

Marvelous views from quality bike routes

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Bike and Barge Germany: Strasbourg – Mainz | Arkona

What could be more natural than discovering the beauty of the Lower Rhine by bike? The Lower Rhine Region has one of the most beautiful and largest cycle route networks in Europe. Along high-quality routes, explore the marvelous landscape: this well-developed route leads past river landscape, meadows and fields and offers especially for lovers of nature  a relaxed possibility to explore the region. Labyrinths of rivers on the Rhine delta in the Netherlands, quaint little towns and vibrant major cities along the route offer a welcome change and  guarantee a relaxed and eventful stay.

The Rhine Cycle Route provides fine views over the Rhine, which has often been immortalised in story and song, as well as over untouched riverside forests with rich varied fauna and flora. The cycleway also leads through picturesque towns, villages and winegrowing areas. The region boasts a wealth of popular touristic destinations and cultural sites as well as of culinary specialities. You cannot miss a short detour to the Neckar River and to Heidelberg, a marvellous city steeped in history. Words are useless to describe the beautiful landscape, the unique cultural sites and the regional delicacies: you simply have to experience them yourself!

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.

Day to day program Strasbourg to Mainz

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Alterations of schedule or programme:  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).

Day 1 (Sat.): Strasbourg (Kehl)

Individual arrival at Strasbourg (Kehl) and embarkation from 3 – 5 p.m. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals.

Day 2 (Sun.): Strasbourg (Kehl) – Gambsheim | Gambsheim/Freistett – Plittersdorf  approx. 40 km/24 mi.

Enjoy your breakfast during a boat tour starting in Strasbourg. After arriving at the lock station in Gambsheim/Freistett you start your cycle tour directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Plittersdorf. Here you stay for the night. Active cyclists can also start their cycle tour directly in the morning in Strasbourg (Cycle tour Strasbourg – Plittersdorf approx. 60 km)

Day 3 (Mo.): Plittersdorf – Germersheim | Germersheim – Speyer, approx. 25 km/15 mi.

Early in the morning your ship starts its way to Germersheim. Here your today’s cycle tour begins: 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 (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 (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 (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 (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.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Alterations of schedule or programme:  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).

Cycle Tours: unguided. You will cycle between 20 and 47 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.
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!
Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.

This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Day to day program Mainz to Strasbourg

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Alterations of schedule or programme:  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).

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Alterations of schedule or programme:  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).

Day 1 (Sat.): Mainz

Individual arrival to Mainz. Embarkation will be from 3 – 5 p.m.. 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 (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 (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 (47 km/28 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 (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 – Germersheim, approx. 25 km | Germersheim – Plittersdorf

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. During dinner your ship moves on to Plittersdorf where you stay for the night.

Day 7 (Fr.): Plittersdorf – Gambsheim/Freistett, approx. 40 km/24 mi. | Gambsheim – Strasbourg (Kehl)

On your last cycle stretch, cycle in an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the lock station of Gambsheim/Freistett. Your ship waits for you to bring you to Kehl connected by a bridge to the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless canals. If you feel like it you have the possibility to 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. If you like you can cycle the whole tour to Kehl (cycle tour Plittersdorf – Kehl approx. 60 km).

Day 8 (Sa.): Strasbourg (Kehl)

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 a.m.. Individual journey home.


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. €999 Twin cabin on upper deck with French balcony 2 pers. €1199 Twin cabin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €1498 Single cabin on upper deck 1 pers. €1598
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

Outside cabin with shower/WC and air conditioning

Program according to itinerary

7 x breakfast

6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists

6x afternoon coffee break

7 x dinner

Captains greeting and Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels; change when required

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings by multilingual (German/English) on board tour manager

Independent cycling tours (on board tour manager can be reached on his cell phone)

Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Maps and information material for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

 

Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Coffee and tea on board at other hours

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental incl. pannier bag

Helmet (not available on board)

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

City maps

Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: €70 per week
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.

Transfers:
There is a train connection between Mainz and Strasbourg. Duration between 2 hrs and 3 hrs depending on the connection.
Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.

Minimum number of participants: 80 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Partner tour:
Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’, available on request. Tour operator is: SE Tours, Bremerhaven, Germany.



Available ships for this tour

Ship Arkona Germany, Danube
max. 96 passengers
58 cabins
5 tours available with this ship

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