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

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

    Highlights:

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

    All of our bike and barge tours in Germany can be found here.

  • Merlijn: £ 1082 $ 1,923 1320 NOK 12980 kr 11982 $ 1,558

    Single supplement: £ 246 $ 437 300 NOK 2950 kr 2723 $ 354

    Quo Vadis: £ 1028 $ 1,828 1255 NOK 12341 kr 11392 $ 1,481

    Single supplement: £ 304 $ 540 371 NOK 3648 kr 3368 $ 438

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental on both boats (price is per day): £ 20 $ 36 25 NOK 246 kr 227 $ 30

    please note

    Rates are per person 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 Airport (FRA) 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.The train from Koblenz to Frankfurt Airport takes about 20 minutes.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boats, the Merlijn or the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • Aboard the Merlijn
  • 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 Heilbronn
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Aboard the Quo Vadis
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunch or lunch on board, 6 x 3 course dinner
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 8 speed touring bicycle with cycle bag and helmet
  • Tour guide
  • Daily briefing of cycle route
  • Tourist taxes
  • City tour in Heilbronn and Heidelberg
  • Wine tasting

What’s Not Included

  • On the Merlijn
  • Insurances
  • 2 x dinner
  • Travel to and from the Merlijn
  • Organized tours other than Heidelberg
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • On the Quo Vadis
  • 1 x dinner
  • Bicycle protection
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from the Quo Vadis
  • Drinks on board
  • Excursions and entrance fees
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1255 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018 Dates 

Merlijn: September 29, 2018

Quo Vadis: October 14, 2018

Skill Level

This is rated as an easy to moderate, 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 small climbs.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Ludwigsburg to Koblenz Map

Aboard the Merlijn

Day 1: Arrival in Ludwigsburg - cruise to Marbach.
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 Marbach
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 Marbach, a charming city on the Neckar river. Sailing dinner and overnight in Marbach. After dinner there is a chance to visit Marbach, where the famous writer Schiller was born. 

Day 2: Marbach - Besigheim - Heilbronn, 26 mi. (42 km)
While you enjoy breakfast the Merlijn takes you to Besigheim.  Your bike tour starts here along the Neckar river and you will come to Benningen. Roman history is evident here in the Castle Vicus. Tonight you will enjoy a wine tasting in Heilbronn. Dinner on board and 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 - Mainz, 35 mi. (55 km)
After breakfast the bike tour starts and soon takes you away from the Rhine River, along the vineyards and sometimes rolling paths. Beautiful nature will be your reward! Later along the ride the Rhine will be your companion again.  You will meet the Merlijn in Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate. Here you will enjoy your dinner at your own expense in one of the many restaurants.  Overnight stay in Mainz.  

Day 7: Nierstein - Mainz - Koblenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast the barge cruises to St. Goar, sailing through a unique landscape along the Rhine river.  We will pass the famous 'Lorelei', you can admire this while cruising as well as beautiful castles along the Rhine River.  Your bike tour starts in St. Goar and ends in 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.

Aboard the Quo Vadis

Day 1: Arrival to Ludwigsburg in the early afternoon - boat trip to Besigheim
The ship is docked at Hoheneck. Check in begins at 3 pm. You’ll have time to unpack, rest, or to explore the city. The Ludwigsburg Castle is definitely worth a visit. At 5 pm, you'll be officially welcomed you on board with a cocktail, followed by a boat trip. During the trip you will enjoy your dinner and afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit Besigheim.

Day 2: Besigheim - Heilbronn, cycling tour approx. 22 mi (35 km)
This first day of cycling starts in Besigheim. Proven vineyards and bright shell limestone are omnipresent in the landscape along the Neckar. The cycling route goes through Kirchheim, with the castle Liebenstein, and Lauffen, which houses the foundations of a Roman Estate dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century as well as many medieval sights. The ship will be waiting in Heilbronn, near the city. For the evening, a city tour in Heilbronn is planned.

Day 3: Heilbronn - Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, cycling tour approx. 25 mi (40 km)
During breakfast, travel by boat to Bad Wimpfen where today's bike tour begins. Afterwards, make a short detour to Burg Hornberg. This castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. Continue by bike along the Neckar until reaching Eberbach in the late afternoon. Enjoy the cheery life of the old Staufer city as you stroll through the winding streets and the small squares.

Day 4: Eberbach - Heidelberg, cycling tour approx. 22 mi (35 km)
Your first destination today is the castle town of Hirschhorn, the pearl of the Neckar valley. Worth a visit is the castle Hirschhorn, the former Carmelite monastery, and also as the market church. The route continues through the southern part of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach. Via Neckargemünd, continue cycling to today's destination Heidelberg, where the boat is already waiting for you. In the late afternoon, enjoy a city tour through Heidelberg and a visit to the famous castle. Tonight you will have the opportunity to enjoy regional cuisine in one of the city's restaurants - at your own expense.

Day 5: Heidelberg - Ladenburg - Worms - Nierstein, cycling tour approx. 25 mi (40 km)
During breakfast, the Quo Vadis cruises to Ladenburg where today's bike tour begins. You'll cycle the last part of the Neckar and then along the Rhine, via Mannheim to Worms with its well-known Nibelungentor directly above the Rhine. Then, it's on to the wine village Nierstein, your destination for today.

Day 6: Nierstein - Mainz - Rüdesheim, cycling tour approx. 22 mi (36 km)
The boat takes you to Mainz during breakfast. Here you cycle to the center of Mainz and enjoy a city tour, with the possibility to visit one of the many museums. Today you will cycle along the Rhine until reaching the picturesque Rüdesheim. Do not miss the opportunity to take a stroll through the Drosselgasse, a cobblestone alley with many restored half-timbered houses in the heart of Rüdesheim's Old Town.

Day 7: Rüdesheim - Boppard - Koblenz, cycling tour approx. 28 mi (46 km)
Your last day of cycling takes you along the left bank of the Rhine, past towering castles, through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Boppard. Here, the Romans built a fortress for security and surveillance 2000 years ago. In the afternoon you will board the Quo Vadis and cruise to Koblenz, the last stop of your journey at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle.

Day 8: Departure in Koblenz
Departure after breakfast by 9:30 AM. 

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Customer Feedback

  • Spencer H. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: The expertise of our tour guide Lea

  • Robert E. 11 months ago

    Compared to previous tours, the Merlijn was very well organized on board, but maybe over-organized to the point it was less fun and spontaneous. Very low key with lots of rules - no partying for sure. Also, we found the food was very disappointing by comparison. Highlights included the actual cycling, with beautiful countrysides, storybook towns, the wine tour, etc and the cycling guide was excellent. We were also fortunate to have another good group on the tour which was both interesting and fun. All in all, a satisfactory trip.

  • Roger S. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: A return with friends for a second trip and working on next year. We had a great guide very informative and fun to be with. Enjoy the riding and barging

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