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Boat and cycle along the legendary Rhine river

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Boat and bike along the Rhine

Germany, Europe
8 Days
€ 799 combadi price

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Holiday Type
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Koblenz-Bad Wimpfen: September 20, 2014

The Combadi Insight:

Ah the legendary Rhine river, shrouded in history, mystery and romance. The Romans considered it the border of civilization and reason! To cycle and cruise along it is an inspirational journey. "By the Rhine, the emerald river, How softly glows the night! The vine-clad hills are lying In the moonbeams' golden light."

Holiday Code: DF3

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Travel by bike & ship: A unique concept combining cycling and a voyage aboard our comfortable ship. Cycling cruises are perfect for all who like to cycle during the day and explore beautiful areas, without foregoing a comfortable way of travelling. You don't have to pack your suitcases every day to travel from one beautiful place to the next!

This eight day self-guided tours (briefings by tour leader with maps, instructions and directions)—running from Sat to Sat—will cover a total of 215-230 cycling kilometers (approx. 125-135 miles) in 6 days. (But you can always skip a day and cruise along on the ship).

Expect to enjoy a unique cycling tour and cruise along the famous river valleys of the Rhine and Neckar. The charms of these two rivers will not fail to disappoint. Enjoy stunning scenery daily, beautiful cycling tracks along the rivers, famous cities and picturesque villages.

Decisions decisions: Is the Neckar more picturesque at Marbach—birthplace of writer and poet Schiller, or perhaps at the Odenwald, which the river flows through? Maybe you prefer "Father Rhine" which is associated with the famous Nibelungen saga, the Loreley rock, the city of Worms with its Cathedral and the numerous museums in Mainz? Or Heidelberg with its magnificent Castle, the narrow streets of the old town centres of Eberbach and Koblenz—just a few of the highlights that can be seen along the Rhine and the Neckar.

The stretch of cycle path along the left bank of the Rhine between Bingen and Koblenz passes through the Rhineland Massif, fashioned with castles. Make your own choice as to what you consider to be the most beautiful. It won’t be easy.

The quality of cycling tracks is excellent: a majority are paved along the rivers without any gradients of note. This makes the trip also suitable for relatively unpractised cyclists.

The journey along the Rhine and Neckar leads from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen, and the return trip takes place the following week in reverse. On various dates, our ship also sails along the River Moselle and Saar—from Koblenz to Saarburg, and a week later makes the return journey, both tours with highlights like Trier, Cochem and Bernkastel. A combination of tours allows for a perfect match, with a particularly varied 14-day cycling cruise.

You will live and travel on board the MS PATRIA, which has been a favourite ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Saturday

Koblenz: Arrival

Embarkation starts at 4pm. The crew will welcome you aboard. You will spend the night in Koblenz.

Day 2 - Sunday

Koblenz - Bingen | Bingen Bingen - Rüdesheim - Mainz (ca. 37 km or 22,2 miles)

You cruise river Rhine from Koblenz to Bingen with a barge. Hereon, you cycle directly on the left bank or via the well known village of Rüdesheim to Mainz. The latter is a perfect destination for those who are fond of museum hopping.

Day 3 - Monday

Mainz - Nierstein | Nierstein (ca. 20 km or 12 miles)

An enchanting biking experience is what Mainz can offer. The view of magnificent houses along the way will make your ride one to remember. The tour goes to Nierstein, where your sumptuous lunch is served on-board. Sitting on a tractor wagon like a king, you can explore vast vineyards. Wine tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers will cap the beautiful night off.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Nierstein - Worms (ca. 40 km or 24 miles)

We cycle via Oppenheim to Worms. You will be given free time to tour these amazing places. Worms is highly regarded for its Cathedral, the Nibelungentor and as City of Luther.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Worms-Mannheim-Heidelberg (ca. 55 km or 33 miles)

Crossing the Nibelungen bridge, you cycle over Lampertheim and Mannheim to Celtic City of Ladenburg. The tour concludes in Heidelberg. This old and quaint city is very popular among tourists. Another must-visit spot is the Castle. Explore Heidelberg with your tour leader.

Day 6 - Thursday

Heidelberg - Eberbach (ca. 38 km or 22,8 miles)

Embark on a biking trip to Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach. From here, you will be able to reach the picturesque town of Eberbach. Navigate along the mysterious narrow streets.

Day 7 - Friday

Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen (ca. 41 km or 25 miles)

The first stop for the day’s biking tour is Burg Hornsberg located in Neckarzimmern. You will then reach your destination, Bad Wimpfen. This dream village is a well-preserved locale that reveals an affluent way of life during the Middle Ages.

Day 8 - Saturday

Bad Wimpfen

Eat breakfast. Day 8 is the end of the tour.

  • Tour and accommodation on-board depending on your chosen reserved category: 8 days or 7 nights (Saturday to Saturday) from or to Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen
  • Following meals: 7 breakfast, 6 picnic lunches during bike tours and 7 three course dinners
  • Daily change/replenishment of linen and towels
  • Daily short cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome drink and speech during the first night
  • Vineyard excursions, wine tasting and dinner at a local winery in Nierstein
  • German and English-speaking guides
  • Daily briefings of bike tours and some short city exploration. (Please take note that during your day at the tour, leader guides can be reached on their cell phones for directions and tips)
  • Printed instructions and comprehensive maps for bike tours
  • Free daily coffee and tea until 4 PM

NOT Included

  • Transfers to or from the docking place in Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen
  • Reservation fee amounting to €15,00 (obligatory surcharge)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees & excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Fees for ferries
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips (which are at your discretion).

YOUR SHIP: MS PATRIA

A 68-meter wide ship, MS Patria will serve as your home for the duration of the trip along the Rhine and Neckar. It can carry up to 68 guests.

Customized for boat and bike tours, the ship is home to 34 twin cabins, 15 of which are found on the lower deck and 19 on the upper deck. Each cabin showcases 2 single beds next to each other, porthole, en-suite shower & toilet and individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck, as well as the restaurant and salon. The large windows of salon and bar will allow you to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries. There is a separate restaurant on the lower deck if you get hungry. On the partially covered sun deck are chairs and tables where you can lounge while listening to music or having a drink. MS Patria sails under a Dutch Flag and has cruised around The Netherlands for many years until 2011. Today, it caters to boating and biking enthusiasts going to regions in Germany regions.

RENTAL BICYCLES: MORE INFORMATION

The bicycles on board are mostly unisex with normal mount (ladies model), with 7 gears , hand and/or pedal brake and pannier bag. Other bikes such as the E-Bikes, children's bikes and tandems can only be rented by request. Requests should be placed within a minimum of 2 months before departure date. These will only be deemed valid after a written confirmation by the tour operator is received. You have the option to rent a bicycle. Guests are allowed to bring their own bicycles, with no extra fee. However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of your bicycles. In Germany, cyclists are not obliged by law to wear a bike helmet. Please take note that bike helmets are not available on board. You may want to bring your own.

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