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Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Take a historic Bike & Boat Tour on the Rhine River in Germany

The itinerary of this Bike & Boat tour along Germany's oldest trade route - the Rhine River - reads like an excursion into history: The Dome of Worms, Nibelungen Gate, the historic old town and castle ruin of Heidelberg, and the intimidating fortification of Koblenz. Between all these places, you cycle through lovely historic villages with half-timbered houses, small alleys and then again past vineyards and idyllic river meadows. Enjoy a varied and highly interesting cycling adventure through Germany's south-western region.

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Tour Dates

2016: 
Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz:  September 10, 2016

2017:
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
: May 13, June 24, and September 2, 2017

Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz: May 20, July 1, and September 9, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort class boat, the MS Patria.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Tour guide on board (does not ride with group)
  • 7-speed touring bicycle with step through frame with hand and back pedal brakes, equipped with pannier If you want a bike with freewheel hubs, you must request this at time of booking.
  • Route descriptions and maps (1 per cabin)
  • Welcome drink on first evening
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4:00 pm

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to the boat
  • Optional excursions (can be booked on board)
  • Drinks (other than those mentioned)
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From889 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy, self-guided bike & boat tour. Routes follow country roads and bike paths that our mostly paved. The route is mainly flat without any climbs worth mentioning. Average daily distances range from 13 to 34 miles.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen Map

Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen

Day 1: Board in Koblenz
Day 2: Koblenz - Boppard by ship, Boppard - Rudüsheim,  28 mi. (45km)
Day 3: Rudüsheim - Mainz, 21 - 23 mi. (34 - 37 km)
Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 miles km)
Day 5: Nierstein - Mannheim by ship, Mannheim - Heidelberg, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 6: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 7: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bad Wimpfen

*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: Board in Koblenz
Individual arrival to the ship. Boarding begins at 4 pm. The vessel remains moored in Koblenz this first evening.

Day 2: Koblenz -Boppard by ship, Boppard - Rudüsheim,  28 mi. (45 km)
You sail by barge upstream on the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank via castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful and famous city of Rüdesheim. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen on the other side of the river. 

Day 3:  Rudüsheim-Mainz, 21-23 mi. (34 - 37 km)
The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums and historical monuments such as the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnificent of the residences on the Middle Rhine. Discover the city on a guided tour. 

Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 miles km)
You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where your will enjoy your lunch on board. In the evening you explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers (bookable on board). Guests who do no participate will have dinner on board.

 Day 5: Nierstein - Mannheim by ship, Mannheim - Heidelberg, 16 mi. (26 km)
The ship brings you to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you reach the river Neckar first, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. Visit the castle. The tour leader offers you a tour through Heidelberg (bookable on board).

Day 6: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 22 mi. (36 km)
After a bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach you will reach picturesque Eberbach, a nice old town with narrow streets. A real ‘Eberbacher’ will greet you at the pier in a traditional uniform will take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (excursion, bookable on board)

Day 7: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Fortress Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern is the first highlight that you will visit on today's cycling tour. Here, Götz von Berlichingen used to live. Today's destination, Bad Wimpfen, is a charming little village that gives the appearance of being straight out of the middle ages. 

Day 8: Bad Wimpfen
Departure after breakfast.

 *Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz is the reverse itinerary.*

Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz

Day 1: Bad Wimpfen
Day 2: Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, 16 mi. (26 km)| Mannheim - Nierstein by ship
Day 5: Nierstein - Mainz, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 km)
Day 6: Mainz - Rüdesheim, 21 - 23 mi. (34 - 37 km)
Day 7: Rüdesheim - Boppard, 28 mi. (45 km) Boppard - Koblenz by ship
Day 8: Koblenz

Day 1: Bad Wimpfen
Individual arrival to the ship. Boarding begins at 4 pm. You will spend the first evening in Koblenz.

Day 2: Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
By bike to Neckarzimmern, from here you can go on foot or by bike to the castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. Continue your bike tour to the old picturesque town of Eberbach. A real ‘Eberbacher’ will greet you at the pier in a traditional uniform will take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (excursion, bookable on board).

Day 3: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 22 mi. (36 km)
The first destination: Hirschhorn, the “Pearl of the Neckar valley”. You cycle through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg. A walk through town and a visit to the castle are highly recommended. Optional guided city tour (bookable on board).

Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, 16 mi. (26 km)| Mannheim - Nierstein by ship
You start you bike tour in Heidelberg, cross the Neckar and have a perfect view of Heidelberg and its castle. Further on by bike to Mannheim and leave the valleys of the Neckar behind. The ship is waiting for you in Mannheim and takes you during lunch to Nierstein. In the evening you have the chance to join a very special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and diner at the local winegrowers (bookable on board). Guest, who will not participate, will have dinner on board.

Day 5: Nierstein - Mainz, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 km)
From the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine you cycle to Mainz. Romance, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque - today you will explore the city of Mainz

Day 6: Mainz - Rüdesheim, 21 - 23 mi. (34 - 37 km)
Picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Mainz to Rüdesheim make your bike tour an experience. The heart of Rüdesheim's old town is a meeting place for locals and visitors from all over the world. Overnight stay in Rüdesheim or in Bingen on the other side of the river.

Day 7: Rüdesheim - Boppard, 28 mi. (45 km) Boppard - Koblenz by ship
Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard and enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. On your way you will pass castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorely. In the afternoon, the MS PATRIA takes you to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet.

Day 8: Koblenz

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Customer Feedback

  • Thomas Rorabaugh 10 months ago

    We enjoyed the trip but felt our guide could have provided more detail on points of interest along the way.

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  • Maribel Colon 10 months ago

    We had a wonderful trip. Some routes could had better directions since in several occasions we got lost, yes we made the best out of the experience. The staff was excellent, at critical times during the trip the staff pull together and made the trip as comfortable and pleasant. They are champions, no doubt about it!!!

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  • Margaret Bishop 10 months ago

    Wonderful trip through the vineyards on the wine wagon!

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  • Robb Mary 10 months ago

    We were switched to the Mosel at the last minute and apparently our guide didn't feel the need to learn much about this route. He was less than helpful and in a few cases gave wrong information that cost some individuals time and energy.

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  • Sabina Zutter 10 months ago

    I ordered an electrical bike and found it VERY TOP heavy, causing me to take a fall and injure my hip.

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  • Thomas Rorabaugh 11 months ago

    Information provided by tour guide about towns and attractions very limited, and sometimes inaccurate, compromising planning and enjoyment of the daily ride.

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  • Maribel Colon 11 months ago

    It was everything we expected and more! Beautiful scenery, made great new friends, attentive staff, fantastic meals and wonderful weather. Our first experience, fantastic! We shall return!

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  • Paul and Carol Vanevenhoven 3 years ago

    Interesting area. Sometimes there were few places to stop along the route. Rain on 2 days were unfortunate. Route directions were not always clear.Overall, a decent tour.

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Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen Boats + Barges

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Patria Germany Comfort Class Boat The MS Patria is a cozy river ship with restaurant, saloon, and sun deck. It is 68 meters long, approximately 8 meters wide, and can accommodate 68 guests. The upper deck in the front of the ship has a beautiful lounge and bar with big windows, as well as a separate restaurant area on the lower deck. The boat also has a partially covered sun deck for relaxation. The guest cabins are each 7 square meters.

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