The Rhine River flows from high in the Swiss Alps through five countries and the majestic Lake Constance, to reach a vast delta in the Netherlands. The Neckar River joins the Rhine at Mannheim and the stretch between Koblenz on the Rhine and Bad Wimpfen on the Neckar is the focus of this engaging journey by bike and barge. This compact region is home to numerous castles, Roman ruins, quaint medieval towns and a rich wine making tradition as evidenced by the terraced vineyards lining the river banks. With a relaxed pace of cycling, there is ample time to explore the cobblestoned wine villages and absorb the fascinating history embedded in such towns as Heidelberg with its historic old town and castle ruin, the Dome of Worms and the Hornberg Fortress en route to Bad Wimpfen.
DAY 1 Arrive Koblenz DAY 2 By boat to Boppard, then cycle to Rudesheim (30km) DAY 3 Cycle to Mainz with its many churches, museums and monuments (34-37km) DAY 4 Cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, with wine growing tour and dinner in the evening (17/26km) DAY 5 By boat to Mannheim, cycle via Ladenburg to Heidelberg (26km) DAY 6 Cycle to Eberbach via the Odenwald low mountain range (36km) DAY 7 Cycle to Bad Wimpfen (45km) DAY 8 Trip concludes
1 Trip begins in Koblenz.
2 Trip follows a reverse itinerary beginning in Bad Wimpfen.
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights main deck cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck) *bicycle, 7 speed with pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *information pack including route notes and maps per cabin *welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard *all harbour, lock and bridge fees *daily cabin cleaning *linen and change of towels as required *daily briefing *emergency hotline