Neues Schloss in Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Creative Commons:Julian Herzog

Rudesheim am Rhine in Germany. Flickr:michael clarke stuff

Stuttgart to Cochem

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat Germany’s river valleys

  • On this boat and bike trip you cycle through three of the most charming river valleys in Europe: the Neckar, which flows through the idyllic Odenwald, the Rhine, whose breathtaking landscapes are full of history, and the Moselle, with rolling vineyards and picturesque villages such as Cochem.

    Highlights:

    • Stuttgart, set in historic Swabia between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alp
    • Ludwigsburg, city of media and Baroque palaces
    • River valley cycling
    • Nierstein, surrounded by vineyards and the Swabian Forest
    • Rüdesheim's Old Town
    • Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a Unesco World Heritage Site
    • Koblenz, Germany's oldest town
    • Cycling to Cochem

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  • Twin cabin: $ 3289 £ 1713 $ 2,983 1995 $ 3423 kr 21346 $ 2,250 Single supplement: on request

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 247 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 257 kr 1605 $ 169

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start and tour end is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). It is located 147 km from Stuttgart and 61 km from Cochem.

    Local Travel

    Frankfurt airport has two railway stations, one for regional trains (S-Bahn, RE), and one for long-distance high-speed trains (ICE/IC). Regional trains from Frankfurt and other local towns arrive to and leave from the Regionalbahnhof on the lowest level of Terminal 1 and are two sets of escalators to check-in. Long-distance trains arrive at and depart from the Fernbof which is connected to Terminal 1 by a walkway (5 to 10 minutes). To travel from Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart, you can access a direct train or a train with one transfer depending on time of departure from the Fernbof to Stuttgart. Travel time is only about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Climate

    Bavaria lies in the continental climate zone. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research regional weather conditions, including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    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. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa


Where You’ll Stay

Onboard the Deluxe class vessel, the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • 10 nights accommodation in air-conditioned cabin
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 packed lunches, 8 three-course dinners and 1 four-course dinner
  • Welcome meeting and complimentary drink
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water on board
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 8-speed hybrid touring bike (VSF brand with T-50 Shimano components) with gel saddle, lock, pannier, and helmet
  • Complimentary water bottle
  • Two cycling guides
  • Daily tour briefing
  • GPS tracks
  • Tourist tax and ferry fares
  • Entrance Blooming Baroque (Pumpkin exhibition)
  • City tour Heidelberg
  • Visiting Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
  • Wine tasting
  • †Wifi
  • †Important to note, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, and other factors, Wifi signal speed and strength may not be what you are accustomed to and may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    TourBike+Boat
    TypeGuided
    SkillEasy
    Length11 days
    From1995 Rates
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    Tour Dates

    Tuesday:  August 31, 2021

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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Stuttgart to Cochem Map

    Day 1: Arrival in Stuttgart
    Day 2: Stuttgart - Ludwigsburg, 15  + 5 mi. (24 + 8 km)
    Day 3: Ludwigsburg - Lauffen - Heilbronn, 27 mi. (43 km)
    Day 4: Heilbronn - Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, 30 mi. (48 km)
    Day 5: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 24 mi. (38 km)
    Day 6: Heidelberg - Ladenburg - Worms - Neirstein, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 7: Worms -  Nierstein, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 8: Nierstein - Mainz - Rüdesheim, 22 + 5 mi. (36 + 8 km)
    Day 9: Rüdesheim - Oberwesel - Koblenz, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Day 10: Koblenz - Winningen - Cochem, 26 or 31 mi. (41 or 50 km)
    Day 11: Departure

    All distances are approximate and subject to change due to changing weather conditions, lock repairs, or other unforeseen circumstances. The captain reserves the right to always put safety first and can make changes, even at the last minute, if he feels it is necessary.

    All highlighted portions are undertaken onboard ship.

    Day 1: Arrival in Stuttgart
    Check-in begins at 3 pm. We suggest that you take some time before boarding to begin your exploration of the city. Though a major metropolis, this city on the Neckar is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Germany. The Solitude Palace and Wilhelmla and the city zoo and botanical garden will give you a taste of the old and the Art Nouveau market hall and a state-of-the-art hyper-modern central library, a taste for the new. Though the epicenter of the German automaking industry ( perhaps you would like to visit the Porsche or Mercedes Benz museums) it is also a green city, with the Schlossplatz, Killesbergark, and Killesbergturm.  Once onboard, you will have plenty of time to unpack, refresh, and get familiar with your home away from home, the lovely Quo Vadis. At 6 pm, you will be officially welcomed on board as you enjoy a complimentary beverage followed by dinner.

    Day 2: Stuttgart - Ludwigsburg, 15  + 5 mi. (24 + 8 km)
    Your first cycling day is rather easy but very scenic. Once outside Stuttgart, you follow the lovely Neckar River downstream, through a valley of meadows, orchards, and vineyards on steep-sided slopes. By early afternoon, you will arrive at the Hoheneck Pier where the Quo Vadis is docked for the night. If you want, you can add on another 5 miles (8 km) tour to Ludwigsburg, this will be an uphill bike ride but the effort of this journey will be rewarded with the beautiful castle and baroque gardens of Ludwigsburg.

    Day 3: Ludwigsburg - Lauufen - Heilbronn, 27 mi. (43 km)
    As you, continue to follow the meandering Neckar River, once again the lovely landscape will be your backdrop. As you pedal, you will pass through medieval Marbach, not only the birthplace of Schiller, but also a charming town, well worth a casual stroll amid old houses, churches, and interesting side streets The route continues through Kirchheim (Castle Liebenstein) and ends in Lauffen, known for its wines (and wine festivals), Roman ruins, and numerous medieval sites. Here you board the Quo Vadis and navigate to the day's final destination, Heilbronn.

    Day 4: Heilbronn - Bad Wimpfen - Eberbach, 30 mi. (48 km)
    During breakfast, the Quo Vadis will navigate to  Bad Wimpfen. This is where today's bike tour begins, beginning with a short but steep detour to Burg Hornberg. This castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley and your climb will be rewarded with some lovely views. Continuing along the Neckar to reach your destination, Eberbach in the late afternoon, once again the river valley cycling will be a delight.  A stroll through the winding streets and the small squares and relaxing in the Old Town, with its fantastic pedestrian district will be a highlight. Though much of the older neighborhood was destroyed towards the end of WW II, a number of historical buildings remain. The Pulverturm (Powder Tower), from the 15th century, is still part of the attachment on the original Stadtmauer (Fortification Wall).

    Day 5: Eberbach - Heidelberg, 24 mi. (38 km)
    Your first destination today is the castle town of Hirschhorn, the pearl of the Neckar valley. Worth seeing here are the castle Hirschhorn, the former Carmelite monastery, as well as the market church. The route continues through the southern part of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach with its four castle ruins. Via Neckargemünd you continue our journey to our current destination Heidelberg, where our ship is already waiting for us. A city tour through Heidelberg and the visit of the castle is planned in the afternoon. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy regional cuisine in one of the city's restaurants - at your own expense.

    Day 6: Heidelberg - Ladenburg - Worms,  25 mi. (40 km)
    During breakfast, the Quo Vadis navigates to Ladenburg where the cycling begins, leading along the last part of the Neckar, through a forested region, to finally connect with the Rhine River. Once you cross the river, you arrive in Worms with its well-known Nibelungentower, overlooking the Rhine, and of course the home of Martin Luther and the birthplace of the reformation. 

    Day 7: Worms -  Nierstein, 25 mi. (40 km)
    In the morning, you will have more time to explore Worms before cycling along the Rhine through the region Rheinhessen towards Nierstein. This village is known for the many ostrich farms and vineyards, including the oldest vineyard in Germany, Glöck. Here you will learn more about the great Rheinhessen wines.

    Day 8: Nierstein - Mainz - Rüdesheim, 22 + 5 mi. (36 + 8 km)
    As you enjoy breakfast, the ship navigates to just outside of Mainz where you will disembark and cycle into the center to enjoy the city, with the possibility to visit one of the many museums. Later, you will cycle along the Rhine passing lovely villages like Eltville. You can take an optional detour uphill (+ 5mi / 8km) to visit the Eberbach Abbey, a large Romanesque and Gothic abbey that was deconsecrated in 1803.  It is worth it. Their motto is "the door stands open, but the heart even more so!" In the afternoon you will reach 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 9: Rüdesheim - Oberwesel - Koblenz, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Your cycling tour takes you along the left bank of the Rhine, past towering castles, through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you will meet the Quo Vadis again, which will navigate the famous bend in the Rhine, the Loreley, and then onward to Koblenz. Of course, as most towns do, Koblenz claims to be one of Germany's most beautiful, but you will probably agree. Located in the corner where the Rhine and Moselle converge, it is also one of Germany's oldest cities. 2,000-years of history has given rise to beautiful churches and castles, palatial residences and grand townhouses. Vineyards, forests and four mountain ranges form the backdrop to the city. The river promenade is perfect for evening strolls.

    Day 10: Koblenz - Winningen - Cochem, 26 or 31 mi. (41 or 50 km)
    The Moselle River and its backdrop will be your companions today.  Climbing hillside vineyards, castles atop hills, charming half-timbered villages and small historic picturesque towns, decorated with vines and geraniums will be your highlights. Don't miss the Kobern town square, the garden of Schloss Liebieg, the vast Von der Leyen castle extending over the road, the Hatzenpfort ferry tower or the fine Romanesque church of Karden. At Klotten one could take a ferry to have a unique approach to Cochem, where the Quo Vadis will be moored and waiting. This is a charming small but very historic town with lively streets and terraces.  Reichsburg, the castle high upon a hill, a stunning view of Cochem and the Moselle Valley. The walk up to the castle, though steep, is an enjoyable experience that takes about 20 minutes from the center of town. You can also take a shuttle bus up the winding Schlossstraße.

    Day 11: Departure
    As all good things come to an end, today you bid farewell to the Quo Vadis, enriched with life long memories and new-found friends.

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