Gorgeous Baroque architecture at Ludwigsburg Castle, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Daniel Petzold Photography
Frankfurt on the Rhine River, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Carsten Frenzl

Astronomical Clock in Heilbronn, Germany. Photo via Flickr:roger4336
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Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling through the valleys of the Main, Rhine, and Neckar Rivers!

  • On this tour, you will bike and barge through the valleys of the rivers Main, Neckar, and Rhine, from Frankfurt/Offenbach on the Main River to Ludwigsburg on the Neckar River.

    You begin in Frankfurt, a bustling and modern metropolis and end in Ludwigsburg, a city of many different faces from being a center of education, culture, and history to also being a major industrial center.

    Highlights include:

    • City tour of Heidelberg
    • Residential palace in Ludwigsburg
    • Vineyard tour and wine tasting in Nierstein
    • The lively city of Mainz
    • Wonderful cycling from village to village

    For a list of all of our cycling tours in Germany click here.

  • 2020

    Twin/double: $ 2782 £ 1362 $ 2,384 1525 $ 2852 kr 17052 $ 1,687

    Single Supplement: on request


    Twin/double: $ 2982 £ 1460 $ 2,556 1635 $ 3058 kr 18282 $ 1,809

    Single Supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric bicycle (price per day), advanced reservations required, payable on board: $ 55 £ 27 $ 47 30 $ 56 kr 335 $ 33

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt (FRA) International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Frankfurt Airport is well connected by public transportation. Frankfurt Airport Train Station, located next to Terminal 1, offers connections to popular German cities via Deutsche Bahn, the national railway company of Germany. There are local S-bahn lines (lines S8 and S9) that take travelers into central Frankfurt in about 10-15 minutes. From the main train station in the city, it is just a short taxi ride to the boat. From Ludwigsburg back to Frankfurt airport by train is approximately 1.5 hrs, cost approximately €35/person. The German rail site bahn.de is good resource when researching train travel in Germany.


    Please check local conditions before arrival. A good website to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.comThe average high/low temperatures for the area in ° F in September is 68/51 °.


    High-quality bike helmets are available on board free to use. Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.


    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

On the deluxe vessel, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
Welcome drink

  • 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches, and 6 three-course dinners
  • Unlimited ice water, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea on board

  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, a famed Dutch company. Bikes come equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, and universal helmet
  • Daily tour information
  • Tour guide

  • Canal, bridge, and harbor fees
  • Mountain tour and wine tasting
  • †Wifi
  • †Important to note, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, and other factors, Wifi signal speed, and strength may not be what you are accustomed to and may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    Extra Stay

    Extra nights are always recommended in either Frankfurt or Ludwigsburg!

    TourBike + Boat
    Length8 days
    From1525 Rates
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    Tour Dates


    September 5 2020


    September 25, 2021

    Skill Level

    This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 16 to 30 miles (26 to 45 km).

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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg Map

    Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt. Frankfurt to Mainz
    Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein, 16 mi. (25 km)
    Day 3: Nierstein - Worms, 34 mi. (55 km)
    Day 4: Worms - Mannheim - Heidelberg, 26 mi. (42 km)
    Day 5: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 20 mi. (32 km)
    Day 6: Eberbach - Heilbronn, 34 mi. (55 km)
    Day 7: Heilbronn - Marbach -  Ludwigsburg, 34 mi. (55km)
    Day 8: Ludwigsburg

    *All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

    Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt to Mainz
    You are welcomed onboard the Merlijn with a welcome cocktail. You can drop your luggage off at 10 am. Mainz has beautiful squares, half-timbered houses, and impressive baroque churches. Behind Rococo Façades and in Baroque houses hide inviting elegant boutiques, cafés, and ‘Weinstuben’. And of course, there’s the famous Cathedral of Mainz you shouldn’t miss.  Official check-in will be at 3:30. You will be offered a complimentary welcome drink and crew introduction and learn about your upcoming tour, the ship, and safety.  At 5 pm the Merlijn sails to Mainz where you will spend the night. 

    Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein, 16 mi. (25 km)
    After breakfast, you can enjoy another visit to the city of Mainz. Your first bike tour will start from here and leads you along the Rhine river. In Nierstein you will board the Merlijn to drop your bikes, changes clothes, and enjoy an included wine tour through the mountains and wine-tasting. 

    Day 3: Nierstein - Worms, 34 mi. (55 km)
    After breakfast, the bike tour to Worms starts and promptly leads away from the Rhine, through the vineyards, and rolling paths. Your destination is Worms, famous for its Cathedral and Marten Luther. In the afternoon you will have time to explore this interesting city. After dinner, you may want to have a look at the famous Nibelungen tower, which is located directly on the banks of the the Rhine River, close to where the Merlijn will be docked.

    Day 4: Worms - Mannheim - Heidelberg, 26 mi. (42 km)
    The Merlijn sails during breakfast to Mannheim, the city where the Neckar and Rhine rivers merge. From here, the cycling begins following parts of the Neckar and parts of the Rhine to reach your destination, Heidelberg. In the afternoon you can take a city tour through Heidelberg. After the tour you will enjoy your dinner on your own, in one of the many restaurants in Heidelberg.

    Day 5: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 20 mi. (32 km)
    You will bike through the southern part of the Odenwald. From Heidelberg to Eberbach you will pass Hirschhorn, one of the pearls on the Neckar river. Hirschhorn has a charming castle, a Carmelite Monastery and an interesting Market Church. Your tour today ends in Eberbach, a charming village with quiet narrow streets.

    Day 6: Eberbach - Heilbronn, 34 mi. (55 km)
    During breakfast the captain navigates over the Neckar river,  the bikes are unloaded, and you begin your cycling day. First, a short loop to the castle of Hornberg. This castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. After 1259,  the bishop of Speyer had his quarters here and in the 16th century, it became the house of Berlichingen. The bike tour ends in Eberbach where the Merlijn is waiting for you to navigate to Heilbronn.

    Day 7: Heilbronn - Marbach - Ludwigsburg, 16 mi. (26 km)
    While you enjoy your sailing breakfast the Merlijn will navigate a short distance where your bike tour starts on the right bank of the Neckar river to Benningen. Here you can see Roman history in the Castle Vicus.  You will board the Merlijn in Marbach, a charming city on the Neckar River where the famous writer Schiller was born. We will sail to our destination Ludwigsburg. After farewell dinner onboard you will have the chance to stroll through the city.

    Day 8: Departure from Ludwigsburg
    Departure after breakfast. 

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    Tour Reviews

    • Suzanne F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Our boat staff were very friendly and competent and really made the effort to make sure that you were enjoying yourself. Jantien, our boat den mother and chef always made you feel so welcome and cared for. And Jacques, our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about all the history and scenery. Absolutely a memorable experience all around. Thank you.

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    • Patricia M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      It was magical from start to finish, the personalized service for our group of 22 was amazing , we loved it!

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    • Ian & Janis M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Jantien was amazing! She was always available, ready to help in anyway, answer questions, run a tidy and very clean ship... in short, do anything to make our stay pleasant and stress free. It was obvious she was genuinely concerned for the happiness of her, as she called us, "Dear Guests". We looked forward every day to her well thought out and wonderfully prepared evening meals. The staff were all highly focused on the same things, a testament to Jantien's leadership. We have no hesitation in recommending Jantien and the Merlijn.

      Boat: Merlijn

    • Heather L. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Jantien & Henz were supreme hosts and their barge Merlijn delightful. As for tips just sit back, relax & enjoy the marvelous holiday that they provide.

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    Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!