Bridge in Heidelberg. Photo via Flickr:revjett
Ludwigsburg Palace Garden. Photo via Flickr:Daniel Petzold Photography

Market-time in Ludwigsburg. Photo via Flickr:Jorbasa

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 Ludwigsburg on the Neckar river to Frankfurt/Offenbach on the Main 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. The Residential Palace located here is one of the greatest German Baroque palaces in existance today with 452 rooms and 28 buildings.

Highlights include:

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

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Where You’ll Stay

On the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights on board the Merlijn in a double room with private bathroom
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
Welcome drink

  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x lunches, 5 x 3-course dinners
  • Unlimited ice water, coffee, hot chocolate & tea on board

  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle, incl. a bike bag, water bottle, towel and helmet
  • Route information

  • Tour guide

  • Guided city tour Heidelberg
Ferry fares en route

  • Wine tour through the vineyards in Nierstein

What’s Not Included

  • 2 x dinner
  • Organized city tours other than Heidelberg
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and and excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended in either Frankfurt or Ludwigsburg!

Length8 days
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Tour Dates

September 2, 2017

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 am Main
Day 2: Frankfurt - Mainz, 30 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Mainz - Worms, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 4: Worms - Heidelberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 6: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen - Heilbronn, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Heilbronn - Ludwigsburg, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 8: Ludwigsburg

*All distances are approximate. The above planned 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
You are welcomed on board the Merlijn with a welcome cocktail. The afternoon is free, allowing you to explore Frankfurt, with its modern buildings, museums, and lively shopping center. Dinner and overnight in Frankfurt.

Day 2: Frankfurt - Mainz, 30 mi. (45 km)
While you enjoy your breakfast, the Merlijn takes you a little further downstream the Main River. Your bike tour leads you partly along the Main river and then you cross the Rhine river into Mainz, where you meet the Merlijn. 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. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner in one of the many restaurants in Mainz.

Day 3: Mainz - Worms, 16 mi. (25 km)
This morning you will explore the city of Mainz a little more before you bike to Nierstein. Here you will enjoy a tour through the vineyards including a wine tasting. You will have marvellous views of the Rhine river and surroundings.

Day 4: Worms - Heidelberg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today the bike tour starts from Worms along the Rhine river and later on you will follow the Neckar river to Heidelberg. You will enjoy your dinner tonight at your own expense in one of the many local restaurants in Heidelberg.

Day 5: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 20 mi. (32 km)
In the morning there will be a guided city walk through the historic center including the castle. Afterwards you will bike from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen to Neckargemünd. The tour continues through the southern part of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach. Our next stop is Hirschhorn, one of the pearls on the Neckar river. Hirschhorn has a charming castle, a Carmelite Monastery and an interesting Market Church. Our tour today ends in Eberbach, a charming village with quiet narrow streets.

Day 6: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen - Heilbronn, 25 mi. (40 km)
After breakfast you bike to Neckarzimmern and make a short tour towards the castle of Hornberg. This castle is to be considered as 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 follows the Neckar River to Bad Wimpfen, where you will board the Merlijn. Together you sail to Heilbronn.

Day 7: Heilbronn - Ludwigsburg, 16 mi. (26 km)
While you enjoy your sailing breakfast the Merlijn will take you to Besigheim. This is 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.

Day 8: Departure from Ludwigsburg
Departure after breakfast. 

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Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.