Half-timbered architecture in Bad Wimpfen, Germany. Photo via Tour Operator
Eltville on Rhine River, Germany. Photo via Tour Operator

Sausages with sauerkraut, traditional Deutsche fare! Photo via Flickr:virtualern
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Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Take a historic Bike & Boat Tour on the Rhine and Neckar Rivers 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.

    Highlights:

    • Lorelei Rock
    • Heidelberg with its magnificent castle
    • Old town centers of Eberbach and Koblenz
    • River path cycling
    • Wonderful camaraderie, good food, great fun


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  • Twin cabin, main deck: £ 788 $ 1,587 919 $ 1397 NOK 8731 kr 8059 $ 1,048

    Twin cabin, upper deck: £ 882 $ 1,777 1029 $ 1564 NOK 9776 kr 9024 $ 1,173

    Twin cabin for single use, main deck: £ 1143 $ 2,304 1334 $ 2028 NOK 12673 kr 11698 $ 1,521

    Twin cabin for single use, upper deck: £ 1285 $ 2,589 1499 $ 2278 NOK 14241 kr 13145 $ 1,709

    *Please note: Below deck cabins are called main deck!

    Twin cabin, main (lower) deck: £ 809 $ 1,631 944 $ 1435 NOK 8968 kr 8278 $ 1,076

    Twin cabin, upper deck: £ 895 $ 1,803 1044 $ 1587 NOK 9918 kr 9155 $ 1,190

    Twin cabin for single use, main (lower) deck: £ 1156 $ 2,330 1349 $ 2050 NOK 12816 kr 11830 $ 1,538

    Twin cabin for single use, upper deck: £ 1298 $ 2,615 1514 $ 2301 NOK 14383 kr 13277 $ 1,726

    *Please note: Below deck cabins are called main deck!

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 81 $ 164 95 $ 144 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108

    Extra nights available upon request.

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103

    Extra nights available upon request.

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest and most convenient airport to fly to for your tour, regardless of tour start in Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen, is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    The Frankfurt Airport(Flughafen) station is the largest airport train station in Germany and currently has multiple terminals connected by corridors including the "Fernbahnhof" which hosts long distance trains, and the "Regional Bahnhof" for regional travel. Train from Frankfurt airport to Koblenz takes about 1½ hours, and costs around €24. Train from the airport to Bad Wimpfen can take from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on type of train and time of departure. From either train station, it is just a short taxi ride to your boat. For return travel, your guide can assist with ticket purchase. If returning to either Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen, there is a transfer by minibus (minimum 4 persons). Cost is approx. € 85 per person. If you have traveled with your bicycle, there will be an additional charge of €15 to transfer the bike. Limited space, reservation for the transfer bus required in advance, to be paid on spot.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions prior to departure. The Heidelberg region is one of the warmest in Germany. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Please note: this is a self-guided tour. There is an onboard tour director who presents each day’s itinerary the evening before. He is available by cell phone during the cycling itinerary for assistance.
    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people.
    If you have specific dietary requests, please inform us at the time of booking. Requests may be subject to a €25 surcharge.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

    It is each traveler's responsibility to research your country's travel requirements and to ensure that you are in compliance. This includes and is not limited to passport validity,  blank visa pages required for your destination (s), and any other requirement.

    US citizens:  A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and other countries,  and to read about passport validity requirements, visa requirements,  as well as blank pages necessary for entry into each country is travel.state.gov.

    *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.

    Non-EU citizens: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and the destination country.


    EU-citizens:  (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months from the end of your tour.


Tour Dates

Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen:

July 13, and September 7, 2019

 

Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz:

July 20, and September 14, 2019

Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen

May 9, July 4, and August 29, 2020

Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz

May 16, July 11, and September 5, 2020

 

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort class boat, the 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 city touring bicycle with step-through frame with hand and back pedal brakes or free-wheel hub, equipped with pannier. If you want a bike with freewheel hubs, you must request this at time of booking.
  • Bicycle protection
  • Route descriptions and maps (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks (2020)
  • Welcome drink on the first evening
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4:00 pm
  • All port and lock dues

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to the boat
  • Optional excursions (may be booked on board)
  • Drinks (other than those mentioned)
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Koblenz & Bad Wimpfen by request.

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From919 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy, self-guided bike and boat tour. Routes follow country roads and bike paths that are 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 | Boppard - Rüdusheim,  28.5 mi. (46 km)
Day 3: Rüdusheim - Mainz, 20 - 22 mi. (32 - 35 km) 
Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 miles km) 
Day 5: Nierstein - Mannheim | Mannheim - Heidelberg, 15.5 mi. (25 km)  
Day 6: Heidelberg - Eberbach, 21 mi. (34 km) 
Day 7: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen, 28 mi. (45 km)  
Day 8: Departure from Bad Wimpfen

*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: 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 - Rüdusheim,  28.5 mi. (46 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 World 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:  Rüdusheim-Mainz, 20-22 mi. (32 - 35 km)
The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour 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. Nierstein is a popular destination for exploring the vineyards.

Day 5: Nierstein - Mannheim by ship | Mannheim - Heidelberg, 15.5 mi. (25 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, 21 mi. (34 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. 9 AM

 *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, 21 mi. (34 km) 
Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, 15.5 mi. (25 km)| Mannheim - Nierstein by ship  
Day 5: Nierstein - Mainz, 10 - 16 mi. (17 - 26 km)
Day 6: Mainz - Rüdesheim, 20 - 22 mi. (32 - 35 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, 21 mi. (34 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, 15.5 mi. (25 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 dinner 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, 20 - 22 mi. (32 - 35 km)
Picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Mainz to Rüdesheim make your bike tour an unforgettable 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, 28.5 mi. (46 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  

Departure after breakfast.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Tour Reviews

  • John S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: Beautiful countryside views both along the rivers and through the small towns. Come prepared with rain ponchos because it’s likely you will be riding in rain at least one day, but don’t let the rain scare you off biking.

  • Lou R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Once again the "Patria" gave us a wonderful trip with an excellent crew from top to bottom. The rooms are small but comfortable and spotlessly cleaned on a daily basis. The food on this ship never ceases to amaze. Breakfast and dinner for such a lot of guests it is always served with smiles, tirelessly by outstanding servers and the chef is a master in producing meals of top restaurant quality. Bravo. The guide Carsten was "spot on" with his PowerPoint presentations, never shy of answering any and all questions and always riding the course. The handouts were excellent. Not to be missed is the wine tour in Nierstein, a fun outing without the pretentious tasting and showy put-ons. Must make sure you arrive 2-3 days early at Koblenz as it is a great place to explore on your own on a rental bike. Also after Bad Wimpfen take a short train ride and stay a couple of days in Heidelberg to see and enjoy the many historical venues. Yes, it is a touristy place, but Read more… worth it. Castles and more castles the first 2 days, vineyards and fields the next 2 and rolling hills the last 2 days gives you a trip that showcases everything that is so much fun in the "Bike and Barge" style of vacationing. Enough bike riding every day to enable you to have the extra glass of wine or cold beer at dinner. This trip is a 10 out of 10 hands down, particularly if it is sunny and dry as it was for us this September of 2017. Our 6th trip with Tripsite and we looking forward to the next one in 2018. Thank you all.

    Boat: Patria

  • Wallace R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip and a lot of fun. The staff was excellent and Carsten made sure we got to where we were supposed to go.

    Boat: Patria

  • Thomas Rorabaugh 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Patria

  • Maribel Colon 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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!!!

    Boat: Patria

  • Margaret Bishop 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wonderful trip through the vineyards on the wine wagon!

    Boat: Patria

  • Robb Mary 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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.

    Boat: Patria

  • Sabina Zutter 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Patria

  • Thomas Rorabaugh 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Patria

  • Maribel Colon 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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!

    Boat: Patria

  • Paul and Carol Vanevenhoven 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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.

    Boat: Patria

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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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