Mainz - Cologne, MS Arkona

Along the Rhine by bike and boat

A holiday with a difference! The bike and boat trip from Mainz to Cologne is all about culture and romance. Gentle hilly landscapes, charming towns and romantic boat trips: all this awaits you on this Eurobike combined tour. What can you look forward to? To the historic castles and palaces and to the charming half-timbered houses that characterise the dreamy old town streets.

The details of the tour from Mainz to Cologne

Romantics take note! Enjoying time together with your loved one is at the forefront of this journey. Be it a romantic city walk, a cycle tour from castle to castle or relaxing on the sundeck. This combined bike and boat tour enchants with its varied programme and the wonderful landscape. So much is clear: the Rhine Valley is considered a true paradise for romantics.

But that’s not all! After all, culinary enjoyment is a top priority during the trip. Not only on land will you be spoiled with hearty delicacies and fine wines, but also aboard the MS Arkona.

What to expect? A varied breakfast buffet, lunch snacks and not to forget, a wonderful 3-course meal in the evening. Romantic tip: If you enjoy the sunset, we recommend a drink on the upper deck of the elegant and modern river boat. Because at the top you have the best view.

The highlights of the combined trip at a glance:

  • The Upper Middle Rhine Valley: Beautiful Rhine islands, graceful slate rocks and extensive vineyards line the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Incidentally, this region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a break to explore historic sites.
  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress: If you love expansive views, you will love this. The Ehrehbreitstein Fortress offers the best panoramic views of the magnificent Rhine landscape. The best part? The time to rest isn’t too short, because the castle is accessible by cable car. Just buy a ticket on the MS Arkona and get on your way.
  • Old Town tour Cologne: The city of Cologne has a lot to offer! An Old Town tour is the perfect way to discover the most beautiful corners of Cologne. A visit to the Roman-Germanic Museum, the Cologne Cathedral, a Kölsch and the Kranhäuser should definitely be on the programme.

Useful information about the bike and boat tour

On this bike and boat tour you cycle comfortably on flat and easy cycle paths. As soon as you put the bike aside for the day, the focus is on recovery. Your ship, the MS Arkona, was completely renewed in winter 2017/2018 and offers maximum comfort. A sundeck, upper deck, numerous bars and modern cabins make the trip a great experience.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Catharina Binder
Catharina Binder
+43 6219 7444 145 Contact


Embark between 3pm and 5pm. There may be time to see the old town of Mainz with its lovely alleys and public squares.

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 vineyards 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, the world-famous wine alley "Drosselgasse” is well worth a visit.

Today you will cycle along the Rhine through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, passing romantic castles and ruins. These buildings include the Reichenstein and Rheinstein fortresses. You will also go past the famous rock of the Loreley on your way to St. Goar - today's destination. From the top of the rock you will have a beautiful view of St. Goar and St. Goarshausen.

Boppard and the Marksburg are possible destinations today on your way to Coblenz with its famous “Deutsche Eck” (German corner), where the rivers Moselle and Rhine merge. 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.

Your path will lead you past Neuwied with its castle Engers to Andernach, which is today's destination. Like Coblenz this is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Here you will find the famous cold water gush spring. This water fountain with a height 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 you can visit the wine village Leutesdorf, which you can reach from Andernach by ferry.

On your way to Bonn it is worthwhile to visit castle Drachenburg in Königswinter on the Drachenfels (steep slope) or the Sea Life with its various marine inhabitants. Later in the day you will reach Bonn. Germany's former capital is cosy yet cosmopolitan. Numerous global organisations still have their headquarters here and provide the city of Beethoven with international flair.

Before you reach Cologne by bike, you can have a nice rest at the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in one of Cologne's suburbs, Porz-Zündorf.

Once you have reached the city centre of Cologne, take your time for a stroll through the old town. Museums like the Ludwig Museum or the Chocolat Museum by the river Rhine are worth a visit. The modern parts of Cologne are also good and can be found at the port of the Rheinaue wetland with its crane houses. The breweries with their famous “Kölsch” beer show a relaxed side to this big city.

After breakfast it is time to disembark. Please do so before 9am.

Tour character

The cycle paths on this tour are in excellent condition. Most sections are either paved or asphalted. You cycle alongside the Rhine dikes and there are not any noteworthy hills. This makes the tour suitable for novice cyclists too. 


Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Aug 24, 2019 |
Season 2
Jun 1, 2019 | Jul 27, 2019 |
Bike & Boat Along the river Rhine - Mainz - Cologne, main deck, MS Arkona 8 days, DE-RHSMK-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Bike & Boat Along the river Rhine - Mainz - Cologne, upper deck, MS Arkona 8 days, DE-RHSMK-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge 1-bed-cabin with queen-size bed
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike

Services and infos


  • Accomodation in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
  • Programme according to itinerary from Mainz to Cologne
  • Welcome drink
  • Full board (breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
  • Cabin cleaned daily


  • Change of bedding  and towels if required
  • Lock, harbour and bridge fees
  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tours 
  • Tour guide on board
  • 1 set of maps and information material per cabin


  • Mainz station is about 3 km away from the pier
  • Central station car park (unguarded, cannot be booked in advance) costs approx. €10 per day.

Number of participants:

  • min. 80 people


  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!


Catharina Binder
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Catharina Binder, Customer service


3 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
3 stars
Detlef L. DE | 07.07.2019
Rheinradweg 3

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