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

Wine tasting in vine-clad Nierstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Flickr:Ulrich Vismann
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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 Ludwigsburg to Mainz. 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.

    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. Occasionally you come upon a road with a slight climb to a fortress that you can explore and of course enjoy the wonderful view.


    • Mainz with its history, atractive town squares, impressive churches, and half timbered houses
    • Historic center of Heidelberg
    • Vineyards and Wine tasting in Nierstein
    • The picturesque village of Marbach

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  • 2020:

    Price $ 2789 £ 1362 $ 2,390 1525 $ 2854 kr 17093 $ 1,684

    Single supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric or tandem bicycle rental (price is per day, payable on board): $ 46 £ 22 $ 39 25 $ 47 kr 280 $ 28  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

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

    Local Travel

    The Frankfurt Airport train station is located below Terminal 1. Train to Ludwigsburg takes approximately 1.5hrs and costs approximately €35. Train from Mainz to Frankfurt airport takes approximately 20 minutes, cost is approximately €14.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research regional weather conditions including high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other related weather information is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in September are 68°/°50 and in degrees Celsius, 20°/10°.


    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.

    Travel Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

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 6 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

TourBike + Boat
Length8 days
From1525 Rates
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Tour Dates

September 12, 2020

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 

*All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

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. Furthermore 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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Tour Reviews

  • Joan S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a wonderful time riding through the vineyards along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers and explore that small, picturesque towns along the way. Our tour leader made every effort to enhance our experience with interesting information and spontaneous adventures. Very much enjoyed the evening walks as extra value. Fine trip. Be aware that road surfaces vary.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Deborah G. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The rides along the Rhine and Neckar rivers were beautiful. My two favorite memories are very different. The first one was riding through the vineyards during harvest. The other special memory was traveling over the bridge into Heidelberg with the castle on the hill to the left and the archway into the old city framing the the entrance to the city beyond. It was something I hope I always remember.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Vikki Z. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Every day our biking adventure was a delight. We especially loved riding along lovely pathways through the vineyards, stopping to watch both mechanical and manual harvesting, with the fabulous aroma of ripened grapes filling our senses. Coupled with beautiful early morning sunrises while on the Neckar River....mists rising off the water, castles nestled into the forested hillsides, this entire trip was a delight.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Karen W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • George S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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.

    Boat: Merlijn

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