Itinerary

Germany: Rhine and Neckar

Explore the valleys of Rhine and Neckar by bicycle and ship

8 days / 7 nights | Ship: MS Patria | Self guided bike tours

Highlights of this bike and boat trip

The valleys and wineyards of the Rhine and Neckar

Cycling along Germanies oldes trade route

Enjoying Moselle wines

Barge Partria a comfortable accomodation


Between Koblenz and Bad Wimpfen you can enjoy a beautiful and unique cycling tour and cruise and explore the famous river valleys of Rhine and Neckar. Beautiful scenery, very nice cycling tracks along the rivers, famous cities and picturesque villages.
The stretch of cycle path along the left bank of the Rhine between Bingen and Koblenz passes through the Rhineland Massif, which is fashioned by castles. After you have returned home, you will enjoy browsing your photos: the Cathedral in Worms, the Nibelungentor, of course Heidelberg with its magnificent Castle, the narrow streets of the old town centres of Eberbach and Koblenz, which are just a few of the highlights of this trip along the Rhine and the Neckar.
The quality of cycling tracks is very good: usually you will cycle on paved tracks along the rivers without any gradients of note. This makes the trip also suitable for relatively unpractised cyclists. You will live and travel on board the MS PATRIA, which has been a favourite ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.

Itinerary Koblenz - Bad Wimpfen

Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz: Arrival and embarkation

Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.

Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Boppard | Boppard – Rüdesheim (Cycling 46 km / 28 miles)

You sail by barge upstream the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank via castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful and famous city of Rüdesheim. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen.

Day 3 (Mon): Rüdesheim – Mainz (Cycling 32–35 km / 20–22 miles)

The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments, e.g. the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnificent of the residences on the Middle Rhine.

Day 4 (Tue): Mainz – Nierstein (Cycling 17–26 km / 10–16 miles)

You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where you will enjoy your lunch on board. Nierstein is a popular destination for exploring the vineyards with a tractor wagon.

Day 5 (Wed): Nierstein – Mannheim | Mannheim – Heidelberg (Cycling 25 km / 15.5 miles)

By ship to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you reach the river Neckar for the first time, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. Visit the castle and explore the old town on your own.

Day 6 (Thu): Heidelberg – Eberbach (Cycling 34 km / 21 miles)

After bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach you will reach picturesque Eberbach, a nice old town with narrow streets.

Day 7 (Fri): Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen (Cycling 45 km / 27 miles)

The first stop of today's bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the Middle Ages.

Day 8 (Sat): Bad Wimpfen

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


Itinerary from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz

Day 1 (Sat): Bad Wimpfen: Arrival and embarkation

Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Bad Wimpfen.

Day 2 (Sun): Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (Cycling 45 km / 26 miles)

By bike to Neckarzimmern, from here you can go on foot or by bike to the castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. Continue your bike tour to the old picturesque town of Eberbach.

Day 3 (Mon): Eberbach – Heidelberg (Cycling 34 km / 22,8 miles)

The first destination: Hirschhorn, the "Pearl of the Neckar valley". You cycle through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg. A walk through town and a visit to the castle are highly recommended.

Day 4 (Tue): Heidelberg – Mannheim (Cycling 25 km /15.5 miles) | Mannheim – Nierstein

You start your cycle tour in Heidelberg, cross the Neckar and have a perfect view to Heidelberg and its castle. Further on by bike to Mannheim and leave the valleys of the Neckar behind. The ship is waiting for you in Mannheim and takes you during lunch to Nierstein, a popular destination for exploring the vineyards with a tractor wagon.

Day 5 (Wed): Nierstein – Mainz (Cycling 17–26 km / 10–16 miles)

From the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine you cycle to Mainz. Romance, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque - today you will explore the city of Mainz.

Day 6 (Thu): Mainz – Rüdesheim (Cycling 32–35 km / 20–22 miles)

Picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Mainz to Rüdesheim make your bike tour an experience. The heart of Rüdesheim's old town is a meeting place for locals and visitors from all over the world. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen.

Day 7 (Fri): Rüdesheim – Boppard (Cycling 46 km / 28.5 miles) | Boppard – Koblenz

Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard and enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. On your way you will pass castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorely. In the afternoon, the MS PATRIA takes you to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet.

Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz

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

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.