A TALE OF TWO RIVERS
This journey leads you along two beautiful German rivers – Neckar and Rhine. While the romantic Upper Middle Rhine region is world-famous and UNESCO-listed, the Neckar Valley is still a well kept secret. It's not less fascinating, though: like River Rhine it features towering cliffs, steep vineyards, castles perched on every hilltop, and pretty villages lining the river banks.
"Father Rhine" is associated with myths like the Nibelungs and the Loreley, with some of the best preserved medieval castles of Germany and with traditional towns like Rüdesheim and Boppard, River Neckar boasts Marbach, picturesque birthplace of writer Friedrich Schiller, the idyllic spa town of Bad Wimpfen and the city of romanticism, Heidelberg. Which will be your favorite? Come and decide for yourself!
For the duration of the tour you will live and travel on board MS Patria, cycling is on paths without any gradients of note, asphalted or paved.
Embarkations 2018 (Sat.):
09.06., 21.07., 15.09.DAY 1 - EMBARKATION: BAD WIMPFENDAY 2 - HORNBERG CASTLEBad Wimpfen - Eberbach, ca. 45km
Start cycling and visit Hornberg Castle, the largest and oldest castle on River Neckar, located on a steep outcrop overlooking the valley. In the afternoon continue to cycle to the historic town of Eberbach, and at night accompany a night watchman on a tour of the city (optional).DAY 3 - HEIDELBERGDAY 4 - LAND OF WINEHeidelberg - Mannheim, ca. 25km
In the morning, cross River Neckar and enjoy the view of Heidelberg and its famous castle. You will then ride to Mannheim, where you re-board your ship for lunch. You sail to Nierstein, where you might explore the massive vineyards with a tractor wagon and have a wine-tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers (optional excursion, guest who will not participate have dinner on board).DAY 5 - THE OLD CITY OF MAINZDAY 6 - RHEINGAU REGIONMainz - Rüdesheim, ca. 35km
Cycle from Mainz along through the beautiful Rheingau Region, famous for its fantastic wines. You pass the historic village of Eltville and get to Rüdesheim. Make sure you take a stroll through Drosselgasse, a lane in the heart of its old town full of wonderfully restored buildings.DAY 7 - ROMANTIC RHINERüdesheim - Boppard, ca. 45km
Ride from Rüdesheim to Boppard, past towering castles and through the Loreley Valley. In Boppard you board the ship and sail the river upstream along the beautiful UNESCO heritage-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley to Koblenz. Spend the last night of your trip in this fascinating and historic city.DAY 8 - DISEMBARKATION: KOBLENZDisembarkation after breakfast until 9 AM.
Embarkations 2018 (Sat.):
02.06., 14.07., 08.09.DAY 1 - EMBARKATION: KOBLENZDAY 2 - ROMANTIC RHINEDAY 3 - THE OLD CITY OF MAINZRüdesheim - Mainz, ca. 35km
Ride along the north bank of the Rhine through the beautiful Rheingau Region, famous for its fantastic wines, to the historic village of Eltville and then onto Mainz. Mainz is a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times: visit places like the massive Cathedral or the Gutenberg Monument.DAY 4 - LAND OF WINEMainz - Nierstein, ca. 20km
You cycle to Nierstein, the biggest wine-growing community on River Rhine, and re-join your ship to have lunch on board. In the afternoon explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon and have a wine-tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers (optional excursion, guest who will not participate have dinner on board).DAY 5 - FROM RHINE TO NECKARDAY 6 - CROSSING ODENWALDDAY 7 - THE WATER OF BAD WIMPFENDAY 8 - DISEMBARKATION: BAD WIMPFENDisembarkation after breakfast until 9 AM.
A rustic, comfortable river boat with restaurant and saloon with small bar (air-conditioned). Partially roofed sun deck with seats and storage for bikes. Dutch flag and captaincy.
Cabins 34 (with shower/toilet, ca. 7m²) Max. Number of Guests 68 15 twin cabins with air-condition on the cabin deck/main deck (windows cannot be opened) Length 68 m Width 7.7 m 19 twin cabins on the upper deck
(no air-condition, windows can be opened)
Twin Cabin Lower Deck (Shared) 1.150 EUR Twin Cabin Lower Deck (Single) 1.650 EUR Twin Cabin Upper Deck (Shared) 1.290 EUR Twin Cabin Upper Deck (Single) 1.950 EUR
Accommodation: 7 Nights on Board of MS Patria (Cabin of the Booked Category) Full Board (7 x Breakfast, 6 x Picnic Lunch, 7 x Dinner with Several Courses) Use of Bed Linen and Towels, Daily Cleaning of the Cabin Welcoming Drink and Introduction on the First Evening Daily Coffee and Tea until 4 PM Board Guide (Engl.-Speaking) with Briefing of Daily Bike Tour.
The Guide doesn't cycle but can always be reached on his/her Mobile Phone.
Telephone Briefing and 7-Days-Service Hotline Detailed Travel-Documents
NOT INCLUDED (Services not mentioned above, i.e.)
Journey to / from Start and End Point Optional Excursions (bookable on Board) Drinks on Board Entrance Fees Travel Insurance Transfers Personal Expenses and Tips
Airport Transfer (Hotel Frankfurt a.M.) incl. Bicycle / One Way 40 EUR Transfer (Frankfurt a.M. – Koblenz, Koblenz – Frankfurt a.M.) incl. Bicycle / One Way 60 EUR Transfer (Frankfurt a.M. – Bad Wimpfen, Bad Wimpfen – Frankfurt a.M.) incl. Bicycle / One Way 60 EUR Rental Bike:
7-Gear with Backpedal-Brake (Unisex/Gents)
90 EUR Rental Electric Bike 210 EUR Extra Night in Frankfurt a.M. (Shared Double, p.p.) 80 EUR Extra Night in Frankfurt a.M. (Single Room) 120 EUR Extra Night in Koblenz (Shared Double, p.p.) 75 EUR Extra Night in Koblenz (Single Room) 110 EUR Extra Night in Bad Wimpfen (Shared Double, p.p.) 75 EUR Extra Night in Bad Wimpfen (Single Room) 110 EUR
Tour Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Total Distance: 200km
Daily Cycling: 20km – 45km
Highlights: Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Romantic Neckar Valley; German Wine Culture; Historic Cities Koblenz, Mainz and Heidelberg