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Navigation in the Rhine Valley

Mainz – Strasbourg, MS Olympia

Romance at Rhine and Neckar

8 Days / 7 Nights
Navigation in the Rhine Valley

The Rhine is undoubtedly one of the most renowned rivers in Germany, if not all of Europe. A journey along the Rhine Cycle Route offers picturesque landscapes and visits to noteworthy towns such as Mainz, Speyer, and Mannheim. During the eight-day cycling vacation with Eurobike, we've included a detour along the Neckar, leading you to the charming city of Heidelberg. You can unwind aboard your floating hotel, the MS Olympia.

You'll board your accommodation for the next eight days, the MS Olympia, in Mainz. The first stage leads you along the Rhine Cycle Path to Nierstein, renowned for its wine-growing. You can continue by bike or boat to Worms. The following day, a short yet scenic route will take you via Friesenheimer Insel to Mannheim. On day 4, the itinerary includes a detour to the lovely city of Heidelberg, passing Schwetzingen Castle on the return journey.

Pedal along the Old Rhine from Mannheim to Speyer, and then continue to the fortified town of Germersheim the following day. After an exploratory tour, board the boat and enjoy the journey to your overnight stay in Gambsheim. The final stage brings you to Strasbourg, approximately 20 kilometers away - the charm of the Alsatian capital is simply enchanting.

  • The historic university city of Heidelberg: The Neckar River city boasts its castle, the Old Bridge, and the Old Town, all of which leave a lasting impression. Wander along the Philosophers' Walk to enjoy its breathtaking views and explore the Studentenkarzer. Immerse yourself in the abundant history, culture, and romantic ambiance of this German treasure.
  • Flora and fauna on the Old Rhine: This segment of the Rhine has been separated from its main channel due to changes in the river's course. The wetlands along the riverbanks provide sanctuary for waterfowl like herons and ducks, while the waters teem with various species of fish. Take a leisurely pace and observe your surroundings mindfully.
  • Wine and tarte flambée in Strasbourg: The half-timbered houses, canals, and Strasbourg Cathedral render the city nestled in the heart of Alsace an exceptionally unique destination. Bask in the romantic ambiance along the riverside and conclude your journey with exquisite French cuisine.

Overall, this is an effortless cycling route offering ample opportunities to see and experience a lot, facilitated by bike and boat transportation. The path along the Rhine and the Neckar is predominantly flat and follows well-kept cycle paths. Onboard your floating accommodation, the MS Olympia, you'll indulge in lavish full-board catering.

During your cycling stages, you'll get acquainted with the travel region, engage in conversations with locals, and pass by numerous attractions. If you opt for a bike & boat journey, your accommodation will transport you to the next destination overnight or during breakfast.

Itinerary at a glance

Individual arrival to Mainz. Embarkation at 4:00 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.

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).

In the Imperial city of Worms, set off for today‘s cycle leg. Enjoy riding through vast fields and meadows. The beautiful cycle trail across the Friesenheim Island offers a high contrast to the opposite Rhine bank dominated by the BASF plant. A few kilometres further on, you will reach the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar in Mannheim, where your ship will already be waiting for you. Make the most of the afternoon, and take a stroll through Mannheim, the City of Squares, up to the Baroque castle.

Today, follow the course of the marvellous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The ancient Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is worth a short stop-over. Visible already from afar, the ruin of the Heidelberg Palace towers over the Old Town. Stroll across the famous Heidelberg Sandstone Bridge, or through the winding lanes and charming squares of the Old Town. Your way back leads through the heart of the Electoral Palatinate along the Kurpfalzroute cycle way to Schwetzingen Palace. The palace garden is a perfect place for a short break before continuing along the Rhine Cycle Route to Mannheim, where you reach back to the buzzing city life.

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 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.

Along the old Rhine ox-bow lakes cycle through the unspoilt nature of the Palatinate region. Look forward to visiting the old fortified city of Germersheim with its numerous quaint lanes, corners and squares. Enjoy the boat tour to Gambsheim while having a fine glass of wine on deck or in the saloon, replaying the events of the day.

On your last bike tour 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 channels. 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 joie de vivre while your journey slowly comes to an end.

After breakfast disembarkation until 9:00 a.m. Individual journey home.

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Route information


This tour runs along good quality cycle routes, which are usually paved or asphalted. The paths run alongside the Rhine dikes and there are no noteworthy hills. This means that the cycle tour is even suitable for novices. 


Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Program according to itinerary from Mainz to Strasbourg
  • 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


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

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Mainz station, approx. 3 km from the pier
  • Car park at Mainz station (unguarded, cannot be booked in advance)

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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