Heidelberg in the Rhine Rift Valley with the Neckar River, Germany. Photo via Flickr:alex hanoko

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

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle through some of the Romantic cities along the Neckar and Rhine

  • This bike and boat tour in Germany takes you from the beautiful city of Mainz and to Ludwigsburg. Along the way, you will pass through some of the most Romantic cities along the Neckar and Rhine rivers. Your floating hotel, the beautiful Merlijn, will make you feel right at home after a day of cycling.

    You begin in the historic city of Mainz, with it's attractive town squares, impressive churches, and half-timbered houses. While biking along the Rhine River, you will pass lovely small German towns and villages. You can also stop and enjoy the local fine wines and delicious foods of the area. The River landscape will captivate you. Along the way, you will not be able to resist a swim in the lakes that beckon. Occasionally you come upon a road with a slight climb to a fortress that you can explore and of course enjoy the wonderful view. You will pass through towns with interesting stories to tell and fascinating castles to visit. Finally you will reach beautiful Ludwigsburg!


    • Historic center of Heidelberg
    • Vineyards and Wine tasting in Nierstein
    • The picturesque village of Marbach

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  • 2018: £ 1073 $ 1,839 1320 NOK 12870 kr 11880 $ 1,544

    Single supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric or tandem bicycle rental (price is per day): £ 20 $ 35 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    The Frankfurt Airport Regional Station is located below Terminal 1. S-Bahn train services S8 and S9 link the airport with central Frankfurt at Hauptbahnhof (central) station. Local train to Mainz.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the area in October are 57/43°.


    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English. Electric bikes and tandems available for rental for supplemental fee.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be staying on the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board in double room
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 5 x 3-course dinners.
  • Unlimited water, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea on board
  • Route information
  • 24 speed bicycle including towel, bike bag, water bottle, and helmet
  • Tour guide
  • Guided city tour in Heidelberg
  • Wine tour in Nierstein including wine tasting
  • Ferry fares en route

What’s Not Included

  • 2 x dinner
  • Drinks on board
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2018: September 22, 2018

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate guided bike and boat tour with daily distances ranging from 12 to 28 miles (20 to 45 km). Cycling is on mostly flat country roads and bike paths, with some rolling hills or gentle climbs to accomplish.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Mainz to Ludwigsburg Map

Day 1: Arrival in Mainz
Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Nierstein - Worms, 28 mi. (45 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: Departure from Ludwigsburg
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and continue your European trip or leave for the airport.

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Mainz
You will be welcomed on board with a cocktail. The afternoon is free, allowing you to explore Mainz. Mainz has beautiful squares, half-timbered houses and impressive baroque churches. Behind Rococo Façades and in Baroque houses hide inviting elegant boutiques, café’s, and ‘Weinstuben’. And of course there’s the famous Cathedral of Mainz you shouldn’t miss. Dinner and overnight in Mainz.

Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein, 12 mi. (20 km)
In the morning there will be more time to explore the beautiful city of Mainz, afterwards your bike tour starts to Nierstein. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour through the vineyards including a wine tasting. You will have marvelous views on the Rhine river and surroundings. Dinner on board an overnight stay in Nierstein.

Day 3: Nierstein - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
After breakfast you will bike from Nierstein along the Rhine river to 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. In the evening, you can further explore Worms.

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, that are all worth a visit. Your tour today ends in Eberbach, a charming village with narrow streets and a quiet life style.

Day 6: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen - Heilbronn, 25 mi. (40 km)
After breakfast, you cycle to Neckarzimmern and make a short tour towards the castle of Hornberg. This castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. In 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. Relax on board as it cruises to Heilbronn. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense in the city of Heilbronn.

Day 7: Heilbronn - Ludwigsburg, 16 mi. (26 km) 
While you enjoy 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.

When you come to Marbach you will change to the left bank and pay a visit to Marbach, the city where the famous German poet Friedrich Schiller was born. Further more it is a very picturesque village, which you definitely will enjoy. We change again to the right bank of the Neckar river and arrive at Hoheneck. You may want to bike to Ludwigsburg, the road is perhaps a little tough but your reward will be the view of Ludwigsburg with its beautiful castles and baroque gardens.

Day 8: Departure from Ludwigsburg
Departure after breakfast.

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  • Karen W. 11 months ago

    We cycled on the Merlijn from Mainz to Ludwigsburg. The staff, scenery, guide and accommodations were some of the best that we have experienced on our 10 bike and barge trips. Friendly, warm and caring describe Jantien and her husband.
    Hard working and most professional.

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  • George S. 12 months ago

    One of our best vacations ever! Met some great people. The owners and staff of the boat provided exceptional service. We're making plans to travel with them again.

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