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Strasbourg - Mainz, MS Olympia

Travel from Strasbourg to Mainz by bike & barge

The tremendous imperial cathedrals in Speyer, Worms and Mainz are impressive evidence for the approximately 1000 year history along the very celebrated river. 

They are all located in a particularly scenic area. Make sure that you take a small diversion to Heidelberg. The cathedral cities along the Rhine also have famous palaces and former noble residences. Enjoy this interesting cycle tour along the romantic Old Rhine Arms in which you will go past lots of cultural highlights in Germany's largest wine growing regions in Rhine-Hessen and the Palatinate. 

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 75 persons
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Embarkation in Strasbourg from 3:00 – 5:00am. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00am. Individual journey home.

Tour character

This bike tour runs along excellent cycle paths, which are usually asphalted. You even cycle along the Rhine dikes. Overall there are no noteworthy ascents. This makes the tour well-suited even for novice cyclists. 

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Jun 13, 2020 | Sep 5, 2020 |
Bike & Boat Along the river Rhine - Strasbourg - Mainz, main deck, MS Olympia, 8 days, DE-RHSSM-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Bike & Boat Along the river Rhine - Strasbourg - Mainz, MS Olympia, upper deck, 8 days, DE-RHSSM-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge 1-bed-cabin with queen-size bed
Discount astern cabin
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike

Services and infos


  • 7 nights stay in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
  • Programme according to itinerar
  • Full board (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7x three-course dinner)
  • Daily cabin cleaning



  • Change of bedding  and towels if desired
  • Passenger and port fees
  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour 
  • Tour guide on board
  • 1 set of maps and information material per cabin



  • Strasbourg/Kehl main station is near the pier

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 50 people


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



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