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Bike and Barge Tour Germany: Strasbourg – Mainz | Lale Andersen

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.

 

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  • Ship information

    Lale Andersen
    The ambiance of the cosy LALE ANDERSEN will instantly put you at ease. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Smoking is not permitted on board the ship but naturally, you may smoke on the sun deck. All 56 cabins (approx. 11 m²) are outside cabins. They are comfortably furnished and equipped with en-suite shower facilities, satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, in-house telephone, and an individually controlled air conditioning. The cabins feature large opening windows, while the suites (approx. 15 m2) on the upper deck have French balconies (= ceiling to floor sliding windows) and a small fridge. The twin beds in the suite can either be joined in a double bed or split in two separate beds. In the restaurant on the main deck, you can enjoy delicious food. In the lounge/ bar with large panoramic windows on the upper deck, you can let the day pass in review over a glass of wine. Look forward to meeting nice people, going for interesting bike rides and passing pleasant hours aboard the ship. On-board languages: German/English.

    Technical Details: Year Built: 1991, Last Refurbished: 2017, Registry: German, Length: 94.8 m, Width: 11 m, Passenger Capacity: 112, Number of Crew: 18, Cabins: 56, Credit Cards: Visa, Eurocard, Master Card; Currency on Board: Euro

  • Program Strasbourg-Mainz

    Tour Details Germany: From Strasbourg to Mainz – Lale Andersen 

    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.

  • Program Mainz-Strasbourg

    Tour Details Germany: From Mainz – Strasbourg – Lale Andersen

    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.

  • Included

    Included:

    • 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
    • Program according to itinerary from/to Strasbourg or Mainz
    • 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 when required
    • Passenger and port fees
    • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
    • Tour guide on board
    • Maps and information material 1x per cabin

    Not included:
    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)

  • Cabin types and prices

    Travel Dates 2018 | Strasbourg – Mainz | Lale Andersen:
    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 | Lale Andersen:

    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
    Twin Cabin for Sole Use Main Deck (limited number) 1,199 1,349
    Twin Cabin for sole Use Upper Deck (limited number) 1,349 1,499

    Single cabin is on request. Please contact us if you want to book a cabin for single use.

  • Good to know

    Good to know:
    Bike Hire on Board: smooth-running 7 speed – unisex- city bikes (custom built) with hand- and back pedal brakes or with free-wheel hub (please indicate upon booking) and pannier bags. Electric bikes (limited availability – timely booking required) Please inform us about your body height upon booking.

    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: September 22nd, 2017

    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 80
    Legal notice: Tour operator for this tours is SE Tours, Bremerhaven, Germany.
    Other conditions may apply to this tour.

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