Schloss Heidelberg on the Neckar River, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Plybert49

Vineyards in Rüdesheim, Germany. Photo via Flickr:michaelclarkestuff
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Heidelberg to Koblenz

Germany Bike Tours

A bike tour along the Romantic Rhine…

  • Starting in the magnificent old University town of Heidelberg, whose fame and history extend to Martin Luther and the Calvinists, this beautiful cycling tour meanders leisurely along the Rhine River to the medieval town of Koblenz – right at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. From here, this Rhine bike tour commences through the “Riviera of Germany”.

    The central Rhine Valley region gives way to a breathtaking landscape where the river flows between defiant castles, sunny vineyards, through slate mountains; and further on, past the castles of Reichenstein and Sooneck as well as the island-castle of Pfalzgrafenstein. The most splendid of castles (in Marksburg) is also on the list!

    Your bicycle tour in Germany will end in the commercial heart of the wine industry itself, namely Koblenz. This cozy village offers endless evening delights.

    Highlights:

    • Heidelberg
    • Heidelberg Castle and the view over the city
    • Riveriera of Germany
    • Heppenhiem's market place
    • 700 year old Zwingenberg
    • Chagal windows of St. Stephan's Cathedral
    • Rüdesheim
    • Castles of Reichenstein, Sooneck, Pfalzgrafenstein, and Marksburg
    • Koblenz
    • Lovely wines

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  • 2019

    Category A: £ 573 $ 1,271 675 $ 1017 NOK 6356 kr 5867 $ 763

    Single room: £ 786 $ 1,742 925 $ 1394 NOK 8710 kr 8040 $ 1,045

    Season supplement (May 4 - September 7): £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Category B: £ 506 $ 1,121 595 $ 896 NOK 5603 kr 5172 $ 672

    Single room: £ 646 $ 1,431 760 $ 1145 NOK 7157 kr 6606 $ 859

    Season supplement (May 4 - September 7): £ 38 $ 85 45 $ 68 NOK 424 kr 391 $ 51

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Bus transfer from Koblenz to Heidelberg: £ 57 $ 126 67 $ 101 NOK 631 kr 582 $ 76

    Possible daily leaving at 9 a.m. Advanced reservation necessary. Minimum of two people required to book.

    Extra nights (price is per person/night):

    Heidelberg Category A: £ 63 $ 139 74 $ 111 NOK 697 kr 643 $ 84

    Single room: £ 93 $ 205 109 $ 164 NOK 1026 kr 947 $ 123

    Heidelberg Category B: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68

    Single room: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102

    Koblenz Category A: £ 53 $ 117 62 $ 93 NOK 584 kr 539 $ 70

    Single room: £ 82 $ 181 96 $ 145 NOK 904 kr 834 $ 108

    Koblenz Category B: £ 46 $ 102 54 $ 81 NOK 509 kr 469 $ 61

    Single room: £ 71 $ 156 83 $ 125 NOK 782 kr 721 $ 94

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt.

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg, 1 hr.

    Climate

    The average high/low in °F in Heidelberg is approx. 59/41 in April, 66/48 May, 71/53 June, 75/57 July, 73/55 August & 68/50 September.


Where You’ll Stay

Category B: Comfortable guesthouses and quality inns
Category A: Middle class hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 21/24-speed hybrid bicycle equipped with panniers
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hotline
  • Gondola to Neiderwald monument in Rüdesheim (excl. bike)
  • GPS data (must be requested in advance)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Heidelberg and Koblenz are recommended!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival every Saturday from April 6 to October 5, 2019

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with distances averaging about 33 miles a day. Routes make use of good, hard asphalt roads (bike paths/side streets). Terrain is almost entirely flat with a possible sloping hill or two.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Heidelberg to Koblenz Map

Day 1: Arrival in Heidelberg
Day 2: Heidelberg – Zwingenberg/Bensheim, 26/30 mi. (42/48 km)
Day 3: Zwingenberg/Bensheim – Bodenheim/Mainz, 28/37 mi. (46/59 km)
Day 4: Bodenheim/Mainz – Bingen, 23/28 mi. (37/45 km)
Day 5: Bingen – Boppard, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Boppard - Koblenz, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 7: Departure from Koblenz

DAY 1: Heidelberg
Individual arrival in Heidelberg. If you would like to visit the world-famous Castle that reigns highly over the Neckar, ride with the mountain train to the top of the Königstuhl Mountain, or you could take a walk through the narrow lanes of the old part of town. Finish off the day in one of the many traditional restaurants usually frequented by students in this old University town.

DAY 2: Heidelberg - Bensheim/Zwingenberg, 26/30 mi. (42/48 km)
You'll leave Heidelberg and follow the famous Bergstraße, the smallest viticultural region of the republic. Enjoy the mild climate of the so-called “Riviera of Germany”, where almonds, figs, peaches and kiwis are cultivated. One of today's highlights is the market place in Heppenheim, with its timber-framed houses. Passing Bensheim, you'll then reach the 700-year old town of Zwingenberg. Taking an excursion through the small streets below the mountain church, you will find numerous quaint restaurants, in which there are delicious wines to try. Overnight in Zwingenberg.

DAY 3: Bensheim/Zwingenberg – Bodenheim/Mainz, 28/36 mi. (46/59 km)
Leaving the Bergstraße, you'll continue your German cycle tour through the flatland along the Rhine and then take the ferry over the Rhine to Gernsheim. Through scenic meadows and vegetable fields, you will come to the first foothills of the Platine vineyards. Following will be several picturesque wine villages. In Oppenheim, you should visit the German viticulture museum. Next will come Nierstein, where you can partake on a cruise on the romantic Rhine. Overnight in an old vine-growing estate some kilometers before Mainz or directly in Mainz.

DAY 4: Bodenheim/Mainz – Bingen,  23/28 mi. (37/45 km)
Before starting the day with a trek along the Rhine, you should visit the impressive Chagall windows in the St. Stephan's Church in Mainz, or the Gutenberg Museum. Next, you could either follow the calm bike tracks along the left bank of the Rhine through fields and meadows, or go along the right bank for a worthwhile visit to the village of Eltville. Here an excursion will lead you through a quiet valley of high altitude in the Rhine region to the impressive Eberbach monastery founded in 1116 that was used in the film “The Name of the Rose”. Then you will come to the most well-known wine town in Germany: Rüdesheim, where you'll find the “Drosselgasse” with its wine houses. A gondola takes you up to the Niederwald monument, where you have an excellent view over the Rhine valley. You spend the night in Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen or in Bingen on the other side of the river.

DAY 5:  Bingen - Boppard, 26 mi. (42 km)
The scenic highlight of your cycling holiday is the romantic middle Rhine valley. You will reach Bacharach and pass the legendary Loreley. You will soon arrive in Boppard.

DAY 6: Boppard – Koblenz, 39 mi. (63 km)
The romantic Middle Rhine valley is one of the highlights of the trip. The route takes you via Spay to Rhens. Rhens is known for its extravagantly carved and painted truss buildings. On the other side of the river you can see Braubach and the Marksburg, one of the most beautiful old fortresses alsong the Rhine. Finally, you reach Koblenz. Visit the “German Corner” on the Mosel estuary, take the gondola to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress or mingle with the happy wine drinking folk in the restaurants and bars. You spend the night in Koblenz.

DAY 7: Departure from Koblenz

 

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  • janet a. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part: Route we rode. Some of the small towns and countryside.

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