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Rhein–Neckar: bike & boat

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The Rhine and Neckar river cruise

You will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful part of the Rhine between Koblenz and Boppard from the sundeck. Let the castles and fortresses float by! The Rhine bike trail passes well-known and worthwhile places such as St.Goar, Rüdesheim, Eltville and the historical Mainz. Passing the town of the Nibelung Saga Worms you sail to the Neckar mouth. By bike you explore the Celtic town of Ladenburg and the world-famous Heidelberg. Marvel at the Old-town which is well worth seeing and visit the magnificent castle. The romantic atmosphere of the Neckar will be experienced next! Take your time to enjoy Neckarsteinach as well as the small town of Hirschhorn with its former Karmelit monastery. Loaf around the angular lanes of Eberbach and bike to Hornberg castle.

 

This trip is also offered in the opposite direction from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz.

MS Patria

The MS Patria offers capacities for 68 guests in 15 air-conditioned cabins (it's not possible to open the windows) on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (here you can open the window, no air condition). All cabins are equipped with two single beds, shower and toilet. A cozy atmosphere and a friendly crew await you in the saloon and bar. You also have a partially covered sundeck where you can spend your time after the bike tours. The crew is an experienced team, supplying a familiar atmosphere on board.

1. day Koblenz arrival

Individual arrival at Koblenz. Embarkment starts at 4 p.m.. The crew welcomes you on bord.

Experiencing the Old-town on your own is very recomendable. Have a walk to the "Deutsches Eck" where Moselle and Rhine meet. It's only a few minutes away from the ship. Walk alog the Rhine promenade or through the old city centre.

2. day Koblenz – Rüdesheim 46 km

In the morning you cycle comfortably with the first ship up the Rhine to Boppard. Look forward to your bike tour through the most beautiful part of the Middle Rhine Valley. On both sides of the river, a large number of castles (UNESCO World Heritage) can be seen. You cycle past castles and palaces on the flat Rhine bike trail through the valley of the Loreley till you reach the beautiful town of Rudesheim, which features the world-famous Drosselgasse (throttle alley). Overnight in Rudesheim or Bingen.

3. day Rüdesheim - Mainz 32-35 km

Today you cycle along the banks of the Rhine from Rudesheim through the Rheingau and Eltville to Mainz. Look forward to the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, as in Mainz there is much to discover. Marvel at the many churches, museums, fountains and monuments. The main attractions include the cathedral, the Electoral Palace, the State Theatre, the Citadel, the Fastnachtsbrunnen and the Gutenberg monument. Enjoy the late afternoon during a stroll through Mainz, where you can visit perhaps one of the many interesting museums.

4. day Mainz - Nierstein 17-26 km

Some time you will stay right by the side of the Rhine, then you will see the mighty river from the distance. Via Laubenheim you go to Nierstein, the biggest wine growing community on the Rhine. You will have lunch on board the Patria and in the afternoon you'll have an excursion into the vineyards with a tractor. The day ends with a good wine and a rustic meal at a winegrower.

5. day Nierstein - Heidelberg 25 km

Comfortable you start the day with a boat trip up the Rhine past the town of the Nibelung Saga Worms to the starting point of your bike tour to Mannheim. On flat roads you cycle on the idyllic Neckar Cycle Path to the Celtic town of Ladenburg, with its beautiful half-timbered houses. Stroll through the quaint downtown, enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the small village and treat yourself with a break in one of the many nice cafes. Then follow the Neckar Cycle Path to the famous city of Heidelberg. Be enchanted by the majestic Castle towering on the mountain which is worth a visit or take part in an interesting city tour.

6. day Heidelberg - Eberbach 34 km

Leaving Heidelberg, your nect destination will be Neckargemünd. On your way you will also pass Ziegelhausen. The route we have chosen leads through the southern Odenwald to Neckarsteinach. You can now look forward to the next stage, the small town Hirschhorn and its castle; the town is considered the treasure of the Neckar valley. The most worthwhile sights are Hirschhorn castle, the ancient Karmelit monastery and the market church. Finally, you will bike to Eberbach, today’s final destination. Enjoy a walk around the narrow streets and the small places supplying a lively atmonsphere.

7. day Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen 45 km

Ready, steady, go! After breakfast you will bike to Neckarzimmern via Ziegelhausen. A short trip to Hornberg castle will be very interesting. Hornberg castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. It used to be the domicile for the bishops of Speyer after 1259 and came into possession of Götz von Berlichingen in the 16th century. The last stage along the Neckar leads you to the very athmospheric, medieval looking small town of Bad Wimpfen.

8. day Bad Wimpfen departure

After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye to the river and to the MS Patria.

Please notice:

All bike and ship trips may underlie spontaneous changes of the route due to certain weather conditions. For this trip exist special terms of cancelation.

Je nach Reisetermin startet diese Reise in Koblenz oder Bad-Wimpfen.

Fahrtrichtung Koblenz – Bad-Wimpfen:

09.05.2020/ 04.07.2020/ 29.08.2020

Fahrtrichtung Bad-Wimpfen – Koblenz:

16.05.2020/ 11.07.2020/ 05.09.2020

prices & services

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Rhein–Neckar: bike & boat
tour no.:
00152
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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duration:
8 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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Prices are per person.

Season 1

09.05. – 05.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

cabin main deck
Double room 849,00 €
 
cabin upper deck
Double room 949,00 €
 
2-Bett Kabine zur Alleinnutzung Hauptdeck
Single room 1.254,00 €
 
2-Bett Kabine zur Alleinnutzung Oberdeck
Single room 1.419,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
75,00 €
 
electric bike
165,00 €
 
Travel services
  • 2-bed outside cabin
  • daily cleaning of the cabines
  • full board
  • welcome drink
  • coffee and cake until 4.30 pm
  • daily route information on board
  • any fees for harbors, bridges and watergates

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worth knowing

Worth knowing about the Rhine & Neckar boat and bike tour

Please find more information about the Rhine & Neckar boat and bike tour below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.

Arrival Koblenz

The pier in Koblenz (Peter-Altmeier-Ufer) is about 3 km away from Koblenz main station.

Close to the pier you find a car park. Cost: ca. 125.00 Euro per week.

Arrival Bad Wimpfen

If you do the tour in the opposite direction: the ship is located in Bad Wimpfen at pier "Alten Steige" in Bad Wimpfen close to the old town and 200 m away from the train station. You find parking spaces in the close surroundings, approx. 20 Euro per week

Deck schema

Cabin on the main deck

Cabin on the upper deck

Breakfast

Salon

Bar

Condition of cycle paths

Most of the time you cycle on car-free roads, low-traffic agricultural roads and paved bike paths along the dyke without significant gradients.

Available rental bikes

We provide 7-speed gear shift unisex bikes with hand and pedal brake by KTM and a pannier.

You can travel with your own bike, by prior appointment (exclusion of liability for damage, loss and theft).

A limited number of freewheel bikes and electric bikes is available. 

Luggage

For lack of space please abstain from hard-top cases, storage space is limited.

Transfer back to the starting point of the journey

By train in 3,5 hours: approx. 45,- € per person. For a group ticket please ask your guide on site.

By bus (4 pax and more): 85,- € per person (transport fee for your own bike plus 15,- Euro per bike). Limited seats, reservation required with your booking. Payable on site.

7 days hotline service

Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

"Deutsches Eck" Koblenz

World-famous: Where Father Rhine and Mother Moselle meet: The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner")

The establishment of the Teutonic Order at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle in 1216 gave this historic site its name, the “Deutsches Eck”. Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz.

Shortly after Kaiser Wilhelm I’s death, the idea arose of creating a memorial to him, as it was the Kaiser who had brought about the unification of Germany after three years of war. Three years later in 1891, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the grandson of the deceased, chose the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz as the most suitable location. A harbour of refuge in the Moselle estuary was filled in to create space for the memorial. The Deutsches Eck in its present form was created.

Deutsche Eck

Niederwald Monument, Rüdesheim

The Niederwald monument with its massive “iron lady” Germania is also known as the “Watch on the Rhine”. The foundation stone was laid in 1877 in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm I. and the Niederwald monument was inaugurated in 1883. The 38 metre high monument and the 10.5 metre high statue of Germania recall the founding of the new German Empire immediately after the Franco-German War.

This patriotic memorial has been a major tourist attraction ever since. It towers above the Rhine Valley which opens out beneath it and offers fascinating views from the Rheingau to the Middle Rhine Valley.

Niederwald Monument, Rüdesheim

Eltville

Where world-famous wines mature on gentle hills, the queen of the flower kingdom also thrives magnificently. Already at the end of the 19th century, Eltville, the oldest town in the Rheingau, was known as Rosenstadt. In 1871 Carl Schmitt founded a rose school in Eltville. More than half a million thorny beauties grew up before the walls of the city on large fields of roses.

Eltville

Gutenberg Museum, Mainz

With Johannes Gutenberg – the greatest son of the city, inventor of the printing press with moveable type, who has been named “Man of the Millennium”, a new age began – and not just in Mainz. More than one hundred years ago, a whole museum was dedicated to him. At the Gutenberg Museum, you can admire two of Gutenberg's famous bibles, the first printed books in the world.

Gutenberg Museum

Cathedral Worms

Romanesque pillar basilica with a double choir and a transept, built 1125/1130 – 1181 on the foundations of a structure erected by Bishop Burchard (1000 – 1025). Elaborate decorations in the east and west choirs. The “Emperor’s portal” on the north side is the setting of the “quarrel of the queens” in the Nibelungenlied epic. Gothic south portal (pre-13th century) with representational designs displaying an “illustrated stone Bible” ; Gothic St Nicholas chapel adjoining. The cathedral’s interior features Romanesque and late-Gothic stone sculptures. After the city’s devastation in 1689, the east choir was given a baroque design (high altar by Balthasar Neumann). Burial vault with sarcophagi of five generations of Salian dukes (10th – 11th centuries). St John’s baptistery in front of the south front demolished in 1807. 

St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms

Heidelberg Castle

It would be hard to imagine a more striking location: set against the deep green forests on the north flank of Königstuhl hill, the red sandstone ruins tower majestically over the Neckar valley. From its lofty position, the palace’s silhouette dominates the old town centre of Heidelberg.
The rich and eventful history of Heidelberg Palace began when the counts palatine of the Rhine, – later prince electors – established their residence at Heidelberg. First mentioned in 1225, this was destined to become one of the grandest palaces of the Renaissance.

Heidelberg Castle

King's Seat Heidelberg

The Königstuhl (King's Seat) is 568 m high and offers a fabulous view over Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley to the Rhine Valley. The Königstuhl mountain has several attractions: A network of paths for walkers, the Tinnunculus falconry, the "Märchenparadies" (a theme park for families) and the Observatory.

Königstuhl (king's seat)

Heidelberg, Funicular Railway

Hirschhorn, Historischer Rundweg durch die Altstadt

Hirschhorn is a small town in the south of Hesse and is worthy of the nickname 'Pearl of the Neckar Valley'. Hirschhorn is an accredited recreation and air spa and is located in the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald on a double loop of the Neckar. The Neckar has dug into the wooded heights of the Odenwald. On a circular route you can get an impression of the city.

Hirschhorn

Burg Hornberg

Hornberg Castle is located above the village of Neckarzimmern at the Neckar valley. Götz von Berlichingen bought the castle in the year 1517 and lived here until 1562. Since 1612 the castle is owned by the Gemmingen-Hornberg family. Guides tours are possible. 
The castle is also wellknown for the vineyards. One highlight in Neckarzimmern: Wine tasting in the historic wine cellars.

Hornberg Castle

Hornberg Castle

Bad Wimpfen

A fairytale skyline with Blue Tower, churches and historic buildings promises an exciting history of Celts, Romans and royalty.

Bad Wimpfen

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