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View of the Rhine from a terrace

Koblenz – Mainz, MS Olympia

Introductory bike tour along the Rhine

8 Days / 7 Nights
Easy
View of the Rhine from a terrace

Vineyards, castle ruins, and half-timbered charm: This cycling holiday along the Rhine is perfect for beginners but also offers numerous highlights for experienced travelers. Starting from Koblenz, you'll embark on an eight-day escape from everyday life aboard the MS Olympia, which not only transports you to various stage destinations but also serves as your accommodation. Immerse yourself in the flavors of regional wines, be mesmerized by the landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and discover the picturesque treasures along the way.

Upon arrival in Koblenz, you'll acquaint yourself with your floating hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening on board. The first leg of the cycling journey leads you along the Rhine to Boppard, followed by a continuation to Oberwesel the next day. Along the route, you'll encounter vineyards, ruins, and fortresses, with a special attraction awaiting just before your destination—the Loreley Rock.

 

The following cycling stage brings you to Rüdesheim, where you can savor the region's top-notch wines in the charming Drosselgasse. On day 5, you'll pedal through stunning landscapes to Mainz, renowned for its picturesque old town. Continuing along the Rhine Cycle Path, you'll reach Nierstein. While you unwind, the boat will transport you to Worms, your next destination. The final leg of the journey returns you to Nierstein by bike and concludes by boat back to Mainz.

  • The picturesque Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The UNESCO World Heritage Site captivates visitors with its steep vineyards, picturesque castles, and the mystical Loreley. According to legend, a beautiful mermaid named Loreley once sat on the rock, luring passing sailors with her enchanting song.
  • The historic old town of Mainz: The imposing cathedral, the Gutenberg Museum, and the electoral palace define the cityscape of this carnival stronghold. Explore the citadel for views of the River Main, and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming alleyways of the old town, where you can pause for a bite to eat.
  • The wine region around Nierstein: The notable wine village in Rheinhessen is renowned for its premium-quality Riesling. The hills surrounding Nierstein not only provide breathtaking views but also boast a wide array of wineries. Be sure to visit the traditional taverns and indulge in wine tasting to fully experience the region's rich offerings!

The short stages, ranging from 20 to 40 kilometers, are perfect for leisure cyclists. You'll have ample time to unwind on deck and discover charming towns and breathtaking scenery. Along the river, you'll encounter flat cycle paths and magnificent views. And while wine may recharge you, aboard the MS Olympia, you can also enjoy delectable specialties as part of the included full board.

 

Explore our bike and boat tours in Germany, whether along the Oder, Main, or Rhine rivers. A vacation on and along the water offers a unique experience that combines relaxation and adventure.

itinerary at a glance

Individual arrival and embarkation 4p.m;On the ship, you will be welcomed by your captain and crew and the tour management.

You begin your first cycle tour at the gate to the Upper Mid-dle Rhine Valley, in the historic city ofKoblenz. Surrounded by vineyards and castle ruins, cycle alongside the Rhine River in the direction of Boppard

From Boppard, start off for a cycle tour that leads along the Rhine to Oberwesel. On this short trip, you come by many scenic outposts from where you have the possibility to enjoy the varied landscape. From the bank of the river, the many fortresses and the legendary Loreley cliff offer a picturesque backdrop all along the way.

Today`s cycle tour starts in Oberwesel. Ridingpast slate cliffs and through thick forests,on your way you pass sights likethePfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub and the Nie-derwaldMonument before reaching today`s destination, the wine town of Bingen.Here we suggest that you visit the world-famous Drosselgasse.

On this stretch, the Rhine River shows off again all of its beauty. On your way, you ride past Eltville am Rhein. The town`s landmark, the Electoral Castle, is well worth a visit.  Mainz, today`s destination, is home to numerous impressive buildings. You may want to visit St Martin`s Cathedral, one of the proud imperial cathedrals in Germany, or the Electoral Palace. Lined with beautiful half-timbered buildings and wine taverns, pretty narrow lanes and marvellous squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten Square invite you for a stroll through the Old Town.

A short leg of the journey with lots of time to indulge: directly alongside the Rhine, you cycle on the well-paved Rhine Cycle Route to Nierstein. With almost 1.000 hectares of vineyard surface area, Nierstein is the biggest wine-growing municipality on the Rhine. You may also want to visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, enjoy the boat tour from Nierstein to Worms.

Start off for today`s cycle tour in Worms, the city of the Nibelungs. On an extensive cycle tour alongside the bank of the Rhine River, you will have again the possibility to fall for the charms of the vineyards and to enjoy the scenery along the Rhine. Coming from the south, you cycle towards Nierstein, also referred to as the Riesling City. From there, your ship sets sail for Mainz.

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:00 am.

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route information

Easy

Most of the stretches are paved or as-phalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes with-out any gradients of note. Nearly all cycle tours canbe classified as being easy.

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Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour

Inlcuded

  • Program according to itinerary from Koblenz to Mainz
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x 3-course-dinner)
  • On board tour guide incl. daily tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS-data

Optional

  • Bringing your own bike/electric bike:  €29,- (on request only, limited)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Koblenz train station approx. 3 km from the pier
  • Public parking garage near the pier in Koblenz. From there you can take the public bus to the city. No reservation possible.

Things to note

  • Minimum number of participants: 75 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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