Car show at the Palace in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Jorbasa Fotografie

Nibelungen Bridge in Worms, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Dirk Wessner

Ludwigsburg to Koblenz

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

  • This bike and boat tour takes you through some of the most romantic cities in Germany. Beginning in Ludwigsburg you'll cycle along the Neckar and Rhine rivers to the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine Rivers, Koblenz. Your floating hotel, the beautiful Merlijn, will make you feel right at home after a day of cycling.


    • Historic center of Heidelberg
    • Vineyards and Wine tasting in Nieterstein
    • Visits to romantic cities such as Worms and Mainz

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  • 2017: £ 1205 $ 1,922 1265 NOK 12650 kr 11677 $ 1,518

    2018: £ 1257 $ 2,005 1320 NOK 13200 kr 12185 $ 1,584

    Single supplement: £ 286 $ 456 300 NOK 3000 kr 2769 $ 360

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (price is per day): £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    We recommend that you fly to Frankfurt International Airport. Frankfurt is well connected by train to both Ludwigsburg and Koblenz.

    Local Travel

    A train from Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg takes between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on connections. From the main station in Ludwigsburg, take a taxi to the mooring location.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 5 x 3-course dinners, and 6 x packed lunches
  • Unlimited ice water, coffee, hot chocolate & tea on board
  • Use of a 24-gear bicycle including a bike bag, water bottle, and helmet
  • Route information
  • Tour guide
  • Guided city tour Heidelberg
  • Wine tasting at Niertsein
  • Ferry fares en route

What’s Not Included

  • Insurances
  • 2 x dinner
  • Travel to and from the Merlijn
  • Organized tours other than Heidelberg and Nierstein
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

October 14, 2017

September 29, 2018

Skill Level

This is rated as an easy, guided tour. Cycling takes place on good asphalted bike paths and country roads. Daily biking distances range from 16 to 35 miles. The routes follow the flow of the rivers and are therefore mainly flat with only a few slight climbs.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ludwigsburg - cruise to Besigheim
Day 2: Besigheim - Heilbronn, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 3: Heilbronn - Eberbach, 26 or 35 mi. (42 or 56 km)
Day 4: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Heidelberg - Worms, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Worms - Nierstein, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Nierstein - Mainz - Koblenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Koblenz 

*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 Ludwigsburg - cruise to Besigheim
After arriving on board the Merlijn, you are welcomed with a cocktail. The afternoon is free, allowing you to explore Ludwigsburg. At 5 PM the Merlijn starts sailing to Besigheim, a charming city on the Neckar river. Sailing dinner and overnight in Besigheim. After dinner there is a chance to visit Besigheim. 

Day 2: Besigheim - Heilbronn, 16 mi. (26 km)
After your breakfast your bike tour starts along the Neckar river and you will come to Benningen. Roman history is evident here in the Castle Vicus. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner in one of the many restaurants in Heilbronn. Overnight stay in Heilbronn.

Day 3: Heilbronn - Eberbach, 26 or 35 mi. (42 or 56 km)
Enjoy a sailing breakfast while Capitan Henk takes you to Neckarzimmern, where your bike tour begins. You will 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 tour ends in Eberbach where the Merlijn is waiting. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Eberbach.

Day 4: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 20 mi. (32 km)
Today you will bike through the southern part of the Odenwald. From 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. In the afternoon you will be offered a city tour through Heidelberg. After the tour you will enjoy your dinner in one of the many restaurants in Heidelberg.

Day 5: Heidelberg - Worms, 26 mi. (42 km)
The Merlijn sails during breakfast to Ladenburg, where the bike tour to Worms begins. The barge cruises partly along the Neckar and partly along the Rhine river today, ending in Worms. Here you may want to have a look at the famous Nibelungen tower, which is located directly at the Rhine river, close to the Merlijn. And of course Worms is famous for its Cathedral and Marten Luther. At night you can explore the center of Worms a little more.

Day 6: Worms - Nierstein, 25 mi. (40 km)
In the morning there might be another opportunity to visit Worms, if there wasn’t enough time yesterday. After this visit the bike tour takes you along the Rhine river to Nierstein, a wine village, where the Merlijn awaits you. Before dinner you have the opportunity to take a tour through the vineyards and enjoy wine tasting. Overnight stay in Nierstein.

Day 7: Nierstein - Mainz - Koblenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast the barge cruises to Mainz, where you will disembark. After a visit to this city you will cycle to Rüdesheim/Bingen, where the Merlijn awaits you. From here, sail together to Koblenz, the Rhine further downstream. Along the way, the barge passes the famous rock ‘Lorelei’ and many beautiful castles along the Rhine river. Today's cruise ends at Koblenz situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. After dinner you will have time to explore Koblenz.

Day 8: Departure from Koblenz 
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and continue your European trip or leave for the airport.

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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.