Old Bridge over the Neckar River in Heidelberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Alex Hanoko

Vineyards in Nierstein, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Ulrich Vismann

Mainz to Strasbourg or Strasbourg to Mainz

Germany, France Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat the Rhine and Neckar Rivers

  • To bike along a river is sheer bliss. To actually be on the river is more! This bike and boat tour in Germany and France combines cycling perfection on riverside cycle paths and accommodations on a comfort plus boat. You unpack once and call the vessel your home!

    This tour begins in either Mainz, with its 1000 year old Romanesque cathedral, towering over the medieval and early modern quarters, or Strasbourg, the ultimate European city, with flavors of both France and Germany.

    You will be in the heart of Germany's wine country and will cycle delightful river paths, past marvellous lakes, through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural floodplains, as well as historic cities and typical German villages.

    Highlights:

    • Mainz
    • Strasbourg
    • Wine country and culture
    • Heidelberg Castle
    • Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of Europe's most beautiful example of gothic architecture
    • Terrain of the oxbow lakes of the old Rhine
    • The bike and boat experience!

    For a list of all of our cycling tours in Germany click here.

  • Mainz to Strasbourg June 2, June 16 & August 25
    Twin cabin/main deck £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 1029 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 10799 kr 9969 $ 1,296
    Suite (two beds)/upper deck £ 1123 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 11791 kr 10884 $ 1,415
    *Twin cabin/main deck/single use £ 1359 $ 2,168 1439 NOK 14270 kr 13172 $ 1,712
    *Twin cabin/upper deck/single use £ 1501 $ 2,394 1589 NOK 15758 kr 14545 $ 1,891
    Strasbourg to Mainz September 1June 9 & June 23
    Twin cabin/main deck £ 840 $ 1,339 889 NOK 8816 kr 8138 $ 1,058   £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177 £ 1029 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 10799 kr 9969 $ 1,296
    Suite (two beds)/upper deck £ 1029 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 10799 kr 9969 $ 1,296 £ 1123 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 11791 kr 10884 $ 1,415
    *Twin cabin/main deck/single use £ 1217 $ 1,942 1289 NOK 12783 kr 11799 $ 1,534 £ 1359 $ 2,168 1439 NOK 14270 kr 13172 $ 1,712
    *Twin cabin/upper deck/single use £ 1359 $ 2,168 1439 NOK 14270 kr 13172 $ 1,712 £ 1501 $ 2,394 1589 NOK 15758 kr 14545 $ 1,891

    *Single cabins limited

    extra options

    Electric bikes: £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The closest major international airport to Mainz and to Strasbourg is the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    The Frankfurt Airport Regional Station is located below Terminal 1. If your tour begins in Mainz, you can access a direct train here with travel time of approximately 1/2 hour. If your tour begins in Strasbourg, you will have approximately a 2 1/2 train ride with one or two transfers depending on departure time and type of train.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your departure. This region in Germany has a cool continental climate, moderated in places by the Rhine River and protected by a series of low mountain ranges. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more, is www. weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees F in the region during of time of travel are: June, 71/51 °, July, 75/57°, August, 73/55°, and September, 68/50°.

    Remarks

    Soft luggage recommended as storage space is limited.
    Optional excursions, tour lengths, and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion program will be organized. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.
    Special Dietary Needs: (e.g. lactose- and gluten-free food) possible on demand and at extra charge, must be ordered at least two weeks prior to departure. For certain special dietary products it may be necessary for you to bring your own!


Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort plus class boat, the Lale Andersen

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations in booked category
  • Welcome drink
  • All meals: breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Change of bedding and towels when required
  • Passenger and port fees
  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
  • Maps and information material, one set per cabin
  • 7 speed unisex city bike with hand and back pedal brakes or with free wheel hub equipped with pannier bag
  • Bike protection

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival and departure to ship
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From989 Rates
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Tour Dates

Mainz to Strasbourg: Saturdays, June, 2, June 16, and August 25, 2018
Strasbourg to Mainz: Satudays, June 9, June 23, and September 1, 2018

Skill Level

The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead along the Rhine dikes without any gradients to note. This makes the trip suitable even for beginners!

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Mainz to Strasbourg

Day 1: Mainz
Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein by bike, Nierstein - Worms by boat, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Worms - Heidelberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 5: Mannheim - Speyer, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Speyer - Karlsruhe, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Karlsruhe - Gambsheim by boat, Gambsheim - Strasbourg, by bike: 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 8: Strasbourg

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1: Mainz
Individual arrival to Mainz. Embarkation will be from 3:00 – 5:00. There may be time to explore the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate with its lovingly restored half-timbered houses and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin. 

Day 2: Mainz - Nierstein by bike, Nierstein - Worms by boat, 13 mi. (20 km)
A short cycling itinerary is on the agenda today and thus plenty of time for one to indulge oneself! You will cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route with its well-paved cycle path directly alongside the Rhine to Nierstein. With almost 1,000 hectare of viticulture area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. You will have opportunity to visit the historic Old Town with its medieval market square and the noble houses. In the afternoon, on board, you will navigate from Nierstein to Worms. If you would like to cycle a longer stretch, you can cycle the entire way from Mainz  to Worms (cycle tour Mainz-Worms approx. 60 km).

Day 3: Worms - Heidelberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
In the imperial city of Worms, you start your cycling journey.  From Mannheim, you follow the course of the marvellous Neckar River up to Heidelberg. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a visit. The ruin of Heidelberg Castle can be seen already from afar and towers over the city of Heidelberg, today’s destination. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or take a stroll through the narrow lanes and see the picturesque square.

Day 4: Heidelberg - Mannheim, 29 mi. (47 km)
Via Eppelheim and Plankstadt, you will cycle today through the core of the region of Electoral Palatinate, partly following the "Castle Road." Schwetzingen Castle and its gorgeous castle garden is just one reason to visit this charming town. From there the route leads you to today’s destination, Mannheim. Almost all sights of the city, like the water tower and Mannheim Baroque Palace, are only a few minutes walking distance away from the city center and are well worth visiting. 

Day 5: Mannheim - Speyer, 13 mi. (20 km)
Today’s destination is the cathedral city of Speyer. You cycle the  numerous oxbow lakes of the Old Rhine. It is a short but very enjoyable bike ride past marvellous lakes, through unspoilt nature; areas that are designated Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. The Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981. 

Day 6: Speyer - Karlsruhe, 31 mi. (50 km)
The route today continues through the Palatinate region past oxbow lakes and untouched nature. The old fortified town of Germersheim will be a highlight with its numerous picturesque lanes, corners and squares. From here, the way leads to Karlsruhe, a city with a unique atmosphere. With the Baroque Palace in the center of the city, the botanic garden and with an abundance of parks, lakes and woods, Karlsruhe is “a city in the green”. 

Day 7: Karlsruhe - Gambsheim by boat, Gambsheim - Strasbourg, by bike: 14 mi. (22 km)
In the morning, the ship sets sail for Gambsheim. On your last cycle stretch, you cycle an easy pace directly alongside the river through the gentle Rhine plain until you reach the capital of the Alsace, the city of Strasbourg with its countless canals. Stroll to the Strasbourg Minster, the landmark of the city, through the picturesque tanners’ quarter with its small historic half-timbered houses and enjoy a piece of French lust for life while the end of your journey approaches.

Day 8: Strasburg
After breakfast disembarkation by 9:00 am. Individual journey home. 

Strasbourg to Mainz

Day 1: Strasbourg
Day 2: Strasbourg - Gambsheim, by bike, 14 mi. (22 km). Gamsheim - Karlsruhe, by boat
Day 3: Karlsruhe - Speyer, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Speyer - Mannheim, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 5: Mannheim - Heidelberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Freitag, Worms - Nierstein by boat, Nierstein - Mainz by bike, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 8: Mainz

Day 1: Strasbourg
Embarkation in Strasbourg from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals!

Day 2: Strasbourg - Gambsheim, by bike, 14 mi. (22 km). Gamsheim - Karlsruhe, by boat
This morning, you will cycle an easy route through Strasbourg and enjoy the French lust for life before you ride directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Gambsheim. From there, the ship takes you to Karlsruhe, a city with a unique atmosphere. With the Baroque Palace right in the core of the city centre, the botanic garden and over 1,000 Hectare of public parks, lakes and woods, Karlsruhe is a “city in the green“.

Day 3: Karlsruhe - Speyer, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today’s cycle stretch leads along the oxbow lakes through seemingly unspoilt nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its many picturesque lanes, corners and squares. Continuing through the Palatinate land, you reach the cathedral city of Speyer. Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.

Day 4: Speyer - Mannheim, 12 mi. (20 km)
Enjoy a short cycle ride alongside the Old Rhine, past marvellous lakes, through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. You reach Mannheim, also called the “City of Squares” due to its layout in a grid-pattern. In these squares, countless places are well worth visiting as for example the famous Mannheim Baroque Palace, Germany's  largest Baroque palace complex and the water tower, the city’s landmark. 

Day 5: Mannheim - Heidelberg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today the tour leads through the core of the Electoral Palatinate and thus partly along the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its castle garden are only two reasons to visit the charming town of Schwetzingen. From here, the route continues via Plankstadt and Eppelheim to Heidelberg. Already visible from afar, the castle ruin of Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or stroll through meandering lanes and see the picturesque squares in the Old Town.

Day 6: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
You leave the history-charged Heidelberg and follow the course of the Neckar River. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. After Mannheim, you will be back on the Rhine and follow its course until you reach the imperial city of Worms. On your journey through two millenniums of the city’s history, learn about emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelung, Judaism and Martin Luther.

Day 7: Freitag, Worms - Nierstein by boat, Nierstein - Mainz by bike, 13 mi. (20 km)
With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticultural area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. The historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses is also well worth visiting. A short stretch that leaves plenty of time for one to indulge oneself, cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route, a well-paved cycle path directly alongside the Rhine from Nierstein to Mainz. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can also choose to start the cycle tour already in Worms. (cycle tour Worms-Mainz approx. 60 km).

Day 8: Mainz
After breakfast disembarkation by 9:00 am. Individual journey home.

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Lale Andersen France, Germany Comfort Plus Class Boat The Lale Andersen was built in 1991 but recently refurbished in 2017 and boasts both style and comfort. All 56 cabins on board are comfortably furnished and equipped with en-suite shower facilities, satellite TV, a safe, hairdryers, in-house telephone, and individually controlled air conditioning. The cabins feature large windows that can be opened.

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