Courtyard of Ludwigsburg Palace, Ludwigsburg, Germany. Wikimedia Commons:Gregorini Demetrio

Stained glass in Providenzkirche, Heidelberg, Germany. Flickr:stanze
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Aschaffenburg to Stuttgart

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Boat the Main, Rhine, and Neckar Rivers in Germany

  • Bike and boat Germany on this easy, well-marked bike route endorsed with 4 stars by the German Cycling Association. From the ship’s deck and the wonderful bike path you’ll see hilltop castles, sloping vineyards, medieval villages, and legendary forests. While this region boasts high-tech automakers, nowhere has medieval charm and Renaissance architecture been so well-preserved. This is the land of fairy tales and Grimm's unforgettable folklore.

    “Germany in summer is the perfection of the beautiful.” Mark Twain

    Highlights:

    • The ancient city of Worms, the heart of Germany’s national identity and other historical cities, Heidelberg, Ludwigsburg, Mainz, and Frankfurt
    • Three rivers cycling
    • Mythical Odenwald forest

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  • Twin cabin: £ 1695 $ 3,757 1995 $ 3006 NOK 18786 kr 17341 $ 2,254 Single supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into and out of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Frankfurt Airport is located 51 km from your tour start of Aschaffenburg and 195 km from Stuttgart, your tour end. Frankfurt airport has two railway stations, one for regional trains (S-Bahn, RE), and one for long-distance high-speed trains (ICE/IC). Regional trains from Frankfurt and other local towns arrive to and leave from the Regionalbahnhof on the lowest level of Terminal 1 and are two sets of escalators to check-in. Long-distance trains arrive at the international station which is connected to Terminal 1 by a walkway (5 to 10 minutes).

    Climate

    Bavaria lies in the continental climate zone. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research regional weather conditions, including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated on the Deluxe class boat, the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • 11 days/10 nights on board
  • All meals (10 breakfast, 9 packed lunches, 8 three-course dinners, and 1 four-course dinner
  • Climate-controlled cabins
  • Welcome meeting and complimentary beverage
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 8-speed hybrid touring bike (VSF brand with T-50 Shimano components) with a gel saddle, lock, pannier, and helmet
  • Two cycling guides
  • Daily cycling route discussion
  • Tourist-tax and ferry fares
  • Ticket Blooming Baroque (Pumpkin exhibition)
  • City tour in Heidelberg
  • Wine tasting

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length11 days
From1995 Rates
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Tour Dates

August 21, 2021

Skill Level

This is an easy bike and boat tour that follows three rivers on an easy, well-marked bike route endorsed with 4**** by the German Cycling Association. There are small sections with short but steep inclines.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Aschaffenburg to Stuttgart Map

Day 1: Arrival at Aschaffenburg
Day 2: Aschaffenburg - Offenbach - Frankfurt, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 3: Frankfurt - Mainz, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 5: Nierstein - Worms - Ladenburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Ladenburg - Heidelberg, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Heidelberg to Eberbach, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 8: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen -  Heilbron, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 9: Heilbronn - Lauffen -  Ludwigsburg, 27 + 5 mi. (44 + 8 km)
Day 10: Ludwigsburg - Stuttgart, 15 + 6 mi. (24 + 10 km)
Day 11: Stuttgart

All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to weather, last-minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

Day 1: Arrival at Aschaffenburg
You are able to check-in from 3 pm. You’ll have time to unpack, get some rest or explore the city. At 6 pm you will be offered a complimentary welcome cocktail followed by the dinner on board. After dinner, you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.

Day 2: Aschaffenburg - Offenbach - Frankfurt, 30 mi. (48 km)
You start your bike tour in Aschaffenburg, cycling through Kleinosheim and Dettingen. After crossing the river with a small ferry you will visit a small and romantic town called Seligenstadt. This town has winding lanes, half-timbered houses, and a basilica. The tour continues along the Main to Klein-Krotzenburg and Steinheim with its charming old town to Hanau, the birthplace of the famous Brothers Grimm. From Mühlheim, the route continues to Offenbach, where the Quo Vadis waits to navigate to Frankfurt. Frankfurt has many things to visit, like the Old Town Center, the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, the beautiful Old Opera House, great museums, and much more. Dinner on board. After dinner, you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.

Day 3: Frankfurt - Mainz, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today the tour will continue following the Main river to the car city Rüsselsheim. In this city, Adam Opel started his first machine factories that became one of the largest car manufacturers. You will go further by bike on the left side of the river to Ginsheim-Gustavsburg. Here the Main flows into the Rhine. You’ll cross the river to Mainz with its Rheinuferpromenade where the Quo Vadis will be waiting for you. Mainz is famous for the timbered houses, the Cathedral of Mainz lovely churches, and squares. Also, you can visit small boutiques, pubs and ‘Weinstuben’ which are hidden in Baroque houses and behind Rococo Façades. Dinner on board and then free time.

Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, 24 mi. (38 km)
After breakfast, you’ll leave Mainz and bike partly upstream along the Rhine and mainly via a wonderful rails-to-trails route through the hills of Rheinhessen to Nierstein. Nierstein is known for the many ostrich farms and vineyards, including the oldest vineyard in Germany: Glöck.

Day 5: Nierstein - Worms - Ladenburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today, you first visit Worms, known for its Dom-church and reformer Martin Luther. Then you will cycle a quiet route crossing the river Rhine, through a forest towards Ilvesheim where we’ll see the Neckar River for the first time and... find a great place for ice cream. A little further we find the Quo Vadis docked in Ladenburg where we spend the night. Off course you will visit the picturesque old town of Ladenburg.

Day 6: Ladenburg - Heidelberg, 16 mi. (25 km)
The Neckar will lead you further upstream to Heidelberg where your ship is waiting for you. In the late afternoon, you’ll get a city tour through the city. Heidelberg is a lovely city, lots of nice buildings and a beautiful bridge across the river. In the evening you will go out for dinner at one of the local restaurants in Heidelberg (at your own expense). Overnight is on board in Heidelberg.

Day 7: Heidelberg to Eberbach, 24 mi. (38 km)
You will start the bike ride from Heidelberg to Nechargemünd via Ziegelhausen. The route continues through the southern part of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach with its four castle ruins. After that you’ll go to Hirschhorn, known as “The Pearl of the Neckar valley”. Highly recommended is to see is the Burg Hirschhorn, the former Carmelite Monastery Church. You’ll continue the bike ride to Eberbach, today’s destination. After dinner onboard you will have some spare time to walk through the winding streets and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere.

Day 8: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen -  Heilbron, 30 mi. (48 km)
After breakfast, you’ll bike to Neckarzimmern. You will take a short and steep detour to Burg Hornberg. This castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. After 1259 the home for bishops of Speyer and in the 16th century owned by Berlichingen. From here you continue the cycle tour along the Neckar to the Celtic city, Bad Wimpfen. Here you board the Quo Vadis and sail you further to Heilbronn. In the evening you’ll have some time to stroll through Heilbronn. 

Day 9: Heilbronn - Lauffen -  Ludwigsburg, 27 + 5 mi. (44 + 8 km)
This morning the ship will bring you to Lauffen, from here the bike tour starts on the right side of the Neckar. Later on you will cross the river to visit Marbach. Marbach is not only the birthplace of Schiller, but also a really amazing country town with lovely corners, romantic streets, stairs and fountains. You continue your journey on the right side of the Neckar again. In the afternoon you will arrive at the pier Hohen-eck. From there you can make an optional (5mi/8km) detour to Ludwigsburg, this will be an uphill bike ride but the effort of this journey will be rewarded with the beautiful castle and baroque gardens of Ludwigsburg. 

Day 10: Ludwigsburg - Stuttgart, 15 + 6 mi. (24 + 10 km)
From Hoheneck, you will once more follow the Neckar bringing us smoothly into the Stuttgart agglomeration, where you find the Quo Vadis docked in Bad Cannstatt. From there you can do an optional tour (6mi/10km) via the beautiful big castle gardens into the lovely center of Stuttgart; with sights like the Rosenstein Museum, Planetarium, and the Schlossplatz.

Day 11: Stuttgart
Departure after breakfast by 9:30 am.
 

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Tour Reviews

  • David M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Iris is a well equipped and comfortable barge with a fantastic crew. Our guide, Thomas, was knowledgeable and very helpful and the Italian chefs (husband and wife) cooked delicious food and were super cute! Lenny, the owner of the Iris, was present throughout the trip and this added a special warmth to the trip. This was the first time this itinerary was offered on the Iris and it went off without a hitch. Many of the guests had E Bikes (which I recommend even though it was rated as an easy route) which made the several small hills a piece of cake! Would definitely recommend this trip on the Iris.

    Boat: Iris

  • Arthur S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great barge, good people, great guide and good food. The only thing missing was a good detailed map of where we were riding.

    Boat: Iris

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