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.
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 along the Rhine promenade or through the old city centre with its many sights, such as the Electoral Palace,Görresplatz with its column and the old Prussian government building.
2. day Koblenz – Boppard by boat - 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 - Mannheim by boat - 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.
We reserve the right to make changes to the program. If e.g. If a route cannot be traveled due to low water, high water or bad weather, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this is not a free reason to withdraw).
Fahrtrichtung Koblenz – Bad-Wimpfen:
14.05. / 09.07. und 03.09.2022
Fahrtrichtung Bad-Wimpfen – Koblenz:
21.05. / 16.07. und 10.09.2022
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
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.
Prices are per person.
21.05. – 10.09.2022
- 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
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 / Bad Wimpfen
The pier in Koblenz (Peter-Altmeier-Ufer) is about 3 km away from Koblenz main station. You will receive detailed information on the location of the boat with the detailed travel documents at least two weeks before the start of the journey.
In Bad Wimpfen your boat is moored at the pier on the "Alte Steige" in the immediate vicinity of the old town and 200 m from the train station.
Parking facilities in Koblenz / Bad Wimpfen
Parking in Koblenz:
Parking in a multi-storey car park near the pier costs around € 125 per week.
Free Park & Ride parking spaces are available outside of Koblenz.
From there you can take the bus / train into the city.
A reservation is not possible.
Parking in Bad Wimpfen:
Parking is available in the immediate vicinity. Parking is available from around € 20 per week. A reservation is not possible.
Embarkation on the MS PATRIA in Koblenz and Bad Wimpfen is possible from 4:00 p.m
For lack of space please abstain from hard-top cases, storage space is limited.
If the bike stages and lay times allow, an excursion program will be put together, which can only be booked and paid for on board. Depending on the group of participants, the excursions may be offered bilingual German-English.
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. A limited number of freewheel bikes and electric bikes is available.
You can travel with your own bike, by prior appointment. Due to the limited space on the sun deck, you can only bring your own bike on request and only to a limited extent.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
By train you can get to Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen in around 3.5 hours for around € 45. Group tickets can, if necessary, be booked on site through the tour guide.
Cabin on the main deck
Cabin on the upper deck
Subject to changes. If a route cannot be traveled due to low or high water or bad weather, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety. This is not a free reason to withdraw.
Costs, which are not included in the travel price
Arrival and departure, transfers, rental bike, optional excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
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.
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.
"Deutsches Eck" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hirschhorn, historical walk through the old town
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.
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.
A fairytale skyline with Blue Tower, churches and historic buildings promises an exciting history of Celts, Romans and royalty.