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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights barge
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1399USD

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Overview

Trip Code: RVB

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the stunning Rhine & Neckar Valleys
  • Wine tasting and dinner in Nierstein and learning of the ancient wine growing traditions of the region
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its impressive castles and towns
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable MS Patria

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 cobblestone 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.

Trip Grading

introductory

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On arrival in Koblenz, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river barge with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it’s worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches.

Meals:  D

In the morning the boat will bring you to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left bank of the river, passing castles en route to the famous city of Rudesheim. Overnight in Rudesheim, or occasionally in Bingen on the other side of the river.

Meals:  B,L,D

The cycle today will take you past many postcard-perfect houses and the beautiful landscapes of the Rhine Valley. Mainz, the destination for today, has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments, including the Cathedral and the Electors Palace, which is one of the most magnificent Renaissance building in the Middle Rhine.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you cycle along the beautiful bank from Mainz to Nierstein, the biggest wine growing village along the Rhine River. You will have lunch on board the boat. In the afternoon you can explore Nierstein, a popular destination for visiting the vineyards by tractor.

Meals:  B,L,D

Travel by barge to Mannheim to commence your cycle to the Celtic town, Ladenburg. You will soon reach the river Neckar for the first time then on to Heidelberg, famous for the oldest university of Germany. The old town still preserves the unique atmosphere of the Middle Ages. There will be time to explore the hill top castle for a great view over the Neckar. You have the possibility to attend a city tour (optional).

Meals:  B,L,D

From Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen to Neckarsteinach. We now enter Odenwald, Germany’s lovely wooded low mountain range and once crucial strategic lines for the Romans. Eberbach gives a good impression of every day life in medieval Germany. Enjoy the cheerful life of this city during a stroll through the angular alleys and small squares. A real 'Eberbacher' will greet you at the pier on a traditional uniform and if you wish, take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (bookable on board).

Meals:  B,L,D

Fortress Hornberg in Neckarzimmern is the first important stage of the cycle today. It is here that Götz von Berlichingen used to live. Bad Wimpfen, the final destination for today, is a charming health and spa resort. The long history involved early settlements (Stone Age), Celts and Germans, the Roman Empire, and was the flourishing centre of Germany’s famous nobility Hohenstaufer, home of Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa. Explore the modern and historic centre that is both charming and lively.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip concludes after breakfast with disembarkation at 9:00am

Meals:  B

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On arrival in Bad Wimpfen, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river barge with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. Bad Wimpfen is a charming health and spa resort. The long history involved early settlements (Stone Age), Celts and Germans, the Roman Empire, and was the flourishing centre of Germany’s famous nobility Hohenstaufer, home of Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa. Explore the modern and historic centre that is both charming and lively.

Meals:  D

Today you will cycle to Neckarzimmern. From there you can visit fortress Hornberg either by foot or by bike. This fortress is one of the most beautiful fortresses in the Neckar Valley. Continue by bike to Zwingenberg with its imposing palace and then to Eberbach. Take a stroll through the alleys and get to know the cheerful life of this old city. A real 'Eberbacher' will greet you at the pier and if you wish, take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (optional).

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycle to Hirschhorn, the "pearl of the Neckar Valley". The fortress in Hirschhorn is well-worth visiting. From the tower there is a wonderful view onto the Neckar loop, the former monastery and the church. Continue through Odenwald to Neckarsteinach with its four fortresses. Continue via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg where the boat is waiting. We recommend strolling through Heidelberg in the late afternoon or visiting the palace. Optional city tour.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will cycle over the old Nibelungen bridge along the river. Here you will have a last look onto the palace in Heidelberg. Continue to Ladenburg, where you can visit the wonderful half-timbered houses, the Benz workshop and the Gothic city church. You will board the ship in Mannheim for lunch, and then cruise on board to Nierstein, a popular destination for visiting the vineyards by tractor.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you cycle from the biggest wine grower village on the Rhine river to Mainz. Mainz is awaiting you with many places of interest, including a lot of churches, museums, fountains and monuments. The dome, the palace, the city theatre, the citadel, the carnival fountain and the Gutenberg monument are the most important places to see. Get to know Mainz during a stroll through the city.

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy the many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscapes en route to Rudesheim today. This afternoon you can explore the old town of Rudesheim, which is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Overnight in Rudesheim or in Bingen on the other side of the river.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will cycle along the left back to Boppard. As you cycle be sure to take in the spectacular view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your way you will pass castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Loreley. Late you board the boat and cruise to Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the trip arrangements conclude with disembarkation at 9am.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners, tea and coffee in the afternoon - breakfasts are buffet style consisting of breads, cereals, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurt and breakfast beverages. Picnic lunches are assembled at breakfast time. Dinners are 3 courses served in the dining room. Special diets may be catered for on request (e.g. lactose-free and gluten-free diet) however there will be an extra fee. Please advise us at the time of booking or at least 21 days prior to departure. If necessary, some special dietary supplements may need to be brought with you.
  • 7 nights accommodation in main deck cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck). We do not match travellers together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
  • Welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard
  • Bicycle, 7 speed with hand and back pedal brakes or freewheel hubs with hand brakes only (the latter must be reserved in advance - limited number). The bike is supplied with a pannier and bicycle insurance (electric bike available on request for a supplement)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS Tracks for cycling routes

  • Travel to and from Koblenz / Bad Wimpfen
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. No hire facility is available, you may be able to purchase from bike shops locally.
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Optional excursions - bookable and payable on board
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR25pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend around EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour

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Bike information


Grading

introductory  

INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 This trip involves 6 days cycling of between 17km and 46km/10.5 to 28.5mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. Distances provided daily are provided as a guide only and may change according to the location of the boat. In and out of the cities there will be some light traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat. For this reason the trip is a grade 1 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners.*For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates


Notes

IT1
Trip begins in Koblenz.
IT2
Trip begins in Bad Wimpfen.

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Total Priceper person from

$1399USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for 14 May departure (deck supplements still apply)USD$-111
  • upper deck twin supplementUSD$130
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Single Supplement - main deckUSD$440
  • Single Supplement - upper deckUSD$630
*Prices listed are per person

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