|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||From Koblenz: May 17, Jul 12, Aug 23, Sep 20, 2014. From Bad Wimpfen: May 24, Jul 19, Aug 30, Sep 27, 2014.|
|Start city:||Bad Wimpfen or Coblenz, Germany|
|End city:||Coblenz or Bad Wimpfen, Germany|
Enjoy calm riverside cycling through German towns, castles and fortresses on this bike and boat tour along the Neckar and Rhine Rivers. The rivers, important transport routes since Roman times, are lined with historic towns and cities. Visit the cathedral in Worms, castle in Heidelberg and historic old town in Eberbach, each providing a glimpse into the region's eventful history. History is set amidst the beautiful landscape of green forests, abundant meadows, blooming orchards and rich vineyards. If you get tired of cycling, you can just stay aboard the boat.
Please note that this tour has a German-speaking crew and guide with English partially available.
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Koblenz – Bad Wimpfen
Day 1: Koblenz
Upon arrival in Koblenz, transfer to the harbor of Koblenz, where the captain of the MS Patria and his crew welcome you aboard as embarkation begins at 4 pm. Stroll through the old city.
Overnight in Koblenz
Day 2: Koblenz – Mainz (24 mi/37 km)
In the morning cruise on the MS Patria to Bingen, arriving around noon. Bingen was the starting point of Ausoniusstraße, a Roman military road that connected the city with Trier. After procuring your rental bike, cycle along the riverside through world-famous Rüdesheim, Rheingau and Eltville into the center of Mainz. In the late afternoon you have time for a city tour of Mainz where perhaps you can visit one of the numerous museums.
Overnight in Mainz
Day 3: Mainz – Nierstein (12 mi/20 km)
Today you cycle along the beautiful bank from Mainz to Nierstein, the biggest wine-growing village on the river Rhine. Lunch will be served onboard. In the afternoon, explore the vineyards, then enjoy wine and a rustic dinner at the vineyard.
Overnight in Nierstein
Day 4: Nierstein – Worms (25 mi/40 km)
You leave Nierstein after breakfast and cycle south via Oppenheim and Worms, with its well-known Nibelungen gate. In the evening you have time for yourself to explore the bewitching dome city Worms.
Overnight in Worms
Day 5: Worms – Heidelberg (34 mi/55 km)
Today you’ll bike out of Worms and cycle via Nibelungen Bridge to Lampertheim and Mannheim into the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you will meet the river Neckar for the first time. After a short section along the river, you’ll arrive in Heidelberg where your boat will be awaiting you. Maybe enjoy a stroll through Heidelberg in the late afternoon and visit the palace. There is an optional tour of the city, as well.
Overnight in Heidelberg
Day 6: Heidelberg – Eberbach (25 mi/40 km)
From Heidelberg you cycle through Ziegelhausen, Odenwald, Neckarstein and Hirschhorn to reach your goal, the old city of Eberbach. Enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the city while strolling through the angular alleys and small squares.
Overnight in Ederbach
Day 7: Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen (25 mi/40 km)
After breakfast you cycle to Hornberg, one of the most beautiful fortresses in the Neckar valley, the seat of the Bishop of Speyer after 1259 and Bishop von Berlichingen in the 16th century. Bad Wimpfen, the medieval city of dreams, was home to Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa in 1182.
Overnight in Bad Wimpfen
Day 8: Bad Wimpfen
After breakfast your disembarkation marks the end of your tour.
Bad Wimpfen – Koblenz
Day 1: Bad Wimpfen
Upon arriving in Bad Wimpfenk, transfer to the harbor. The captain and crew of the MS Patria welcome you as embarkation begins 4 p.m. There will be time for an evening stroll through the beautiful old city.
Overnight in Bad Wimpfen
Day 2: Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (25 mi/40 km)
You cycle to Neckarzimmern. From there, go by foot or bike to Hornberg, one of the most beautiful fortresses in the Neckar valley, the seat of the Bishop of Speyer after 1259 and Bishop von Berlichingen in the 16th century. Continue your bike tour via Zwingenberg with its imposing palace and reach Eberbach in the late afternoon. Enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the city while strolling through the angular alleys and small squares.
Overnight in Eberback
Day 3: Eberbach – Heidelberg (25 mi/40 km)
As you cycle from Eberbach to Hirschhorn, the “pearl of the Neckar valley” you’ll pass the fortress of Hirschhorn. From the tower you’ll have a wonderful view onto the Neckar loop, the former monastery and the church. Continue through Odenwald and Neckarsteinach with its 4 fortresses, via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg, where your boat is waiting. Maybe enjoy a stroll through Heidelberg in the late afternoon and visit the palace. There is an optional tour of the city, as well.
Overnight in Heidelberg
Day 4: Heidelberg – Worms (34 mi/55 km)
You start your bike tour in Heidelberg and cycle along the old bridge over the river. Here you will have a last look onto the palace. You continue your journey to Ladenburg, established by the Romans. There you can visit wonderful half-timbered houses, the Benz workshop and the gothic city church. After Mannheim you leave the river to cycle into the Rhine valley until you reach Worms. A visit to the Dome is definitely worthwhile.
Overnight in Worms
Day 5: Worms – Nierstein (25 mi/40 km)
The scenery is beautiful on your way to Nierstein. There are fruit orchards, meadows, fields and vineyards. Lunch takes place onboard today. You go by tractor into the vineyards. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a rustic dinner with wine at a winery.
Overnight in Nierstein
Day 6: Nierstein – Mainz (12 mi/20 km)
You begin today’s cycle from the biggest grape-producing village on river Rhine. Mainz has many places of interest like churches, museums, fountains, and monuments. The Dome, the palace, the city theatre, the citadel, the carnival fountain, and the Gutenberg monument are among the most important places to see.
Overnight in Mainz
Day 7: Mainz – Koblenz (22 mi/35 km)
In the morning you’ll cycle along river Rhine towards Bingen. In Gaulsheim, which is located just before Bingen, you take the ferry to reach the other side of the river and the well-known city of Rüdesheim. After a lunch break you’ll cruise on your boat through the beautiful Upper Rhine valley to Koblenz.
Overnight in Koblenz
Day 8: Koblenz
After breakfast you’ll disembark, marking the end of your tour.
From Koblenz: May 17, Jul 12, Aug 23, Sep 20, 2014. From Bad Wimpfen: May 24, Jul 19, Aug 30, Sep 27, 2014.
|Low season:||Sep 27-Oct 3, 2014|
|High season:||May 17-Sep 26, 2014|
|Tour package: MS Patria|
*Special wishes concerning dietary needs or vegetarian food can be provided upon request. There is a €25 per person/week charge, payable upon site. Please inform us upon booking.
The MS Patria is a rustic, cozy riverboat featuring a restaurant, saloon, air-conditioned bar and sun deck with seats and space for the bikes. There are 14 cabins on the main deck with air-conditioning (windows cannot be opened) and 19 cabins on the promenade deck with no air-conditioning (windows can be opened), totalling space for 68 guests. There are only two-bed cabins available (approximately 86 sq ft/8 sq m). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet. The ship's length is 223 ft/68 m with a width of 25 ft/7.7 m.
Bikes and equipment available for rent:
All bikes are equipped with:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmets are available on this tour, but we recommend that you bring your own for safety and hygiene purposes.
The routes on this tour are primarily on very good bike paths. You also cycle on roads with some or no traffic, side roads and asphalted bike paths along the banks. No noteworthy climbs and short stages make this an excellent tour for beginners.
This tour is relatively easy and great for average cyclists, with mostly flat terrain and short stages up to 18 mi/30 km.
Tour Start and End
Nearest airport: Frankfurt, Germany
Nearest train station to Koblenz: Koblenz, Germany
Nearest train station to Bad Wimpfen: Bad Wimpfen, Germany
Train station at the Frankfurt Airport gives easy rail access to both Koblenz (about 70 minutes) and Bad Wimpfen (about 90 minutes).
Return train journey to either Koblenz or Bad Wimpfen takes 3 hours and costs about €35. You can also take a minibus (minimum of 4 persons) for €85 per person, payable locally. There is limited space on the minibus and reservations at the time of booking are necessary.
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Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
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In the field of active travel, we are se-tours, together with our partner company KVS-tours Europe's largest bike and boat operators. These special trips can be found in our separate catalog "bike and boat trips." Our trips by bike and boat offer a perfect combination for a great holiday. The wheel brings a further than the walk and allowed more impressions of the landscape, the villages and towns than any car. They live throughout the journey on ships that were partially built specifically for the region. For your cycling book a good rental bike, excellent route descriptions and maps, the lunch box set himself on board together. In the evening you will meet after the bike ride back to the ship, where you can enjoy a hearty cyclists dinner.
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By registering, you make a binding offer to you for conclusion a tour contract on the basis of the booking and payment terms and conditions and the respective folder or catalogue offer. The registration can take place in writing, orally or by telephone. You also make the registration on behalf of all participants listed in the registration, for whose contractual obligations you will be liable as for your own obligations, provided that you have expressly assumed such a separate agreement by separate declaration. The contract comes into existence upon our acceptance of the registration. You will receive a written confirmation from us or your booking centre.
Please make a down payment of 20 percent of the tour price when the certificate of insolvency insurance is sent or handed over to you. Pursuant to Section 651 k (3) of the German Civil Code (BGB), you are only under the obligation to pay once the certificate of insolvency insurance has been handed over. You are requested to make the remaining payment no later than 21 days prior to departure to the account of SE-Tours or to pay the amount to your booking centre when you collect the documents. If you pay directly, SE-Tour will send you the travel documents no later than 8 days prior to departure. Please note in the case of transfers from abroad, the total amount must be credited to our account without any deductions.
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The scope of the contractually agreed services is as specified in the respective offer, the general information in the catalogue and the details in the travel confirmation.
4. Service changes
Changes or deviations of individual tour services from the agreed content of the tour contract, which become necessary after the conclusion of the contract and that were not caused by us in bad faith, are permitted provided that the changes or deviations are not significant and do not impair the overall makeup of the booked tour. Any warranty claims for defects of the changed services shall remain unaffected. We will inform you or your booking centre without delay of any service changes or deviations.
4.1 Daily description
The itinerary may change if local circumstances (e.g. weather, berth is already serving other vessels or other important nautical reasons in the case of river and open sea cruises and bicycle and ship tours). In this case, the programme announced on the previous day shall be relevant.
5. Price changes
a) SE-Tours may demand price increases of up to 5 percent of the total tour price if more than four months lie between the conclusion of the contract and the agreed tour price.
b) A price increase may only be demanded up to the 21st day prior to the agreed date of departure. SE-Tours shall explain any price change permissible according to section 5.a) without delay after the reason for the price increase comes to its attention.
c) In the case of price increases of more than 5 percent of the total tour price after the conclusion of the contract, the traveller may cancel free of charge or request participation in another, at least equivalent tour if SE-Tours is able to offer such a tour from the available portfolio without any added costs for the traveller.
6. Cancellation by the customer, booking changes, substitute participants
You can always cancel prior to departure. Cancellation, booking changes and declarations of change must always be made in writing. In this case, we will promptly send you a confirmation. In the event of cancellation, we will charge compensation in the form of a percentage of the tour price for any travel arrangements already made.
6.1.1 Car, railway and bus trips 6.1.2 River and open sea cruises
Up to the 50th day prior to departure 10%
49th to 30th day prior to departure 20% Up to the 30th day prior to departure 20%
29th to 15th day prior to departure 30% 29th to 22nd day prior to departure 50%
14th to 7th day prior to departure 50% From the 21st day prior to departure 75%
From the 6th day prior to departure 75% On the day of departure or no show 90%
On the day of departure or no show 90%
6.1.3 Air travel
6.1.4 Bicycle/ship tours
Up to the 30th day prior to departure 25 % Up to the 84th day prior to departure 10%
29th to 15th day prior to departure 35 % 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
14th to 7th day prior to departure 50% 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
From the 6th day prior to departure 85% 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
On the day of departure or no show 90% From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%
6.2 Booking changes
If changes with respect to the date of the tour, the destination, the place of departure, the accommodation or the mode of transport are performed at your request after booking the tour, we will charge a fee of €30.00/person for the booking change up to 50 days prior to departure. In the case of later booking changes, we usually incur the same costs as if you had cancelled the tour. Therefore, we will have to charge you for the same costs as for a cancellation, depending on the time of the booking change.
6.3. Substitute participants
It is generally possible to change the name or to designate a substitute for a booked tour. The substitute must fulfil the tour requirements, and this person's participation in the tour must not be debarred by any statutory or official regulations. If a substitute enters into the contract, you will be jointly and severally liable for the tour price and any additional costs that result from the third party's entry. In this case, SE-Tours will charge a processing fee of €30.00 for ship, bus and railway tours and up to €150.00 for air travel. The cancellation fees of the airways shall apply to flights that are not part of the package tour we offer. Please feel free to ask for information on the cancellation terms before booking a flight. Moreover, an entitlement to transport shall exist only if the full tour price has been credited to one of our accounts prior to departure.
7. Unused services
If you do not use individual tour services due to early return or other mandatory reasons, we will endeavour to obtain a refund of the saved expenses from the service providers. This obligation shall not apply to insignificant services or if a refund is debarred by statutory or official provisions.
8. Cancellation and termination by the tour operator
In the following cases, we may cancel the tour contract prior to departure or terminate the tour contract after departure:
a) Without prior notice, if the traveller substantially disturbs the performance of the tour despite our warning or if the traveller breaches the contract to such an extent that immediate cancellation of the contract is justified.
b) Up to 21 days prior to departure if an announced or officially determined minimum number of participants is not reached, if a minimum number of participants is indicated in the tour offer for the respective tour.
9. Cancellation of the contract due to force majeure
If the tour is significantly impeded, endangered or impaired due to force majeure that was not foreseeable at the conclusion of the contract, the contract may be terminated by you or by us.
10. Liability of the tour operator
10.1 Our own services
Within the scope of the due diligence of a prudent businessman, we shall be liable for:- meticulous tour preparation;- careful selection and monitoring of the service providers;- correctness of the description of all tour services specified in the catalogues, unless we announce an amendment to the information of the catalogue information according to section 3 prior to the conclusion of the contract, but not with respect to the information in site, hotel or other brochures not published by us, which have been supplied to us or our booking centres or enclosed with your tour documents;- due performance of the contractually agreed tour services.
We shall be liable for faults of the persons entrusted with the performance of the services.
10.3 Third-party services
If regular transport services are made use of within the scope of a tour or in addition to the tour and you receive a ticket for this purpose, this shall be construed as third-party service insofar as we expressly indicate this in the tour offer. Therefore, we shall not be liable for the performance of the actual transport service.
11.1 Remedy and cooperation obligations
If the tour is not performed according to contract, you can demand remedy. Notwithstanding our paramount performance obligation, this requires your collaboration. Thus, you are under the obligation to do everything that you can reasonably be expected to do to contribute to the solution of the problem and to minimise or avoid any damage that may arise. SE-Tours may also remedy the situation by rendering equivalent substitute performance.
SE-Tours may refuse to remedy the situation if this would cause disproportionately high expenses.
11.2 Reduction of the tour price
You may request a reduction of the tour price for any period during which the tour is not performed according to contract. The tour price shall be reduced in the proportion of the value of the tour – had it been in a flawless state – to the actual value at the time of the sale. reduction shall not apply if you culpably failed to report the defect.
11.3 Termination of the contract
If the tour is substantially impaired by a defect and if we do not remedy the situation within a reasonable period despite your request, you may terminate the tour contract in accordance with the statutory provisions; for your own benefit and to secure proof, this should be done in writing. The same shall apply if the traveller cannot reasonably be expected to participate in the tour as a result of a defect due to an important reason that is evident to SE-Tours. The determination of a period to remedy the situation shall not be necessary only if remedy is impossible or if SE-Tours refuses to remedy the situation or if a special interest of the traveller justifies immediate termination. In this case, you shall owe us the portion of the tour price for the services already made use of, provided that these services were not entirely worthless to you.
Notwithstanding the reduction or termination, you may claim damages due to non-performance, unless the defect of the tour is based on circumstances for which we are not responsible.
12. Passport, visa, customs, foreign exchange and health regulations, health requirements
We are responsible for informing citizens of the country in which the tour is offered about passport, visa and health regulations as well as any changes to these prior to departure. Information for citizens of other countries is available from the respective consulates. You are personally responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa and immigration formalities as well as all regulations relevant to the performance of the tour. Any disadvantages arising from non-compliance with these regulations shall be borne by you, unless these were caused by us through culpable misinformation or failure to provide information. If immigration regulations are not complied with and you are therefore unable to participate in the tour, we may charge you for the respective cancellation fees. Some of the tours offered are physically demanding. Therefore, you must make sure that you fulfil the health requirements.
13. Limitation of liability
You are personally responsible for the compliance with the German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO).
13.1 Contractual limitation of liability
Our contractual liability under tour contract law for damage except for personal injury is limited to the triple tour price, provided that the damage is not caused by intent or gross negligence or to the extent that we alone are responsible for a fault of a service provider.
13.2 Limitation of tortious liability
Provided that the damage was not caused by intent or gross negligence, compensation claims against us for tort are limited to €4,100.00 for property damage. If the triple tour price exceeds this amount, the liability for property damage shall be limited to the triple amount of the tour price. These maximum liability amounts apply per customer and tour.
13.3 Statutory limitation of liability
Compensation claims against us are limited or excluded to the extent that compensation claims against the service provider can only be asserted under certain conditions or limitations or are excluded under certain conditions due to international agreements or regulations based upon such (e.g. Section 664 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) for maritime transport, the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and the innkeeper's liability pursuant to Sections 701 ff of the German Civil Code (BGB)), which are applicable to services to be performed by a service provider.
14. Exclusion of claims, statute of limitations and assignment
You may assert claims due to non-contractual performance of the tour against us within one month of the contractually designated end of the tour. After the end of this period, the traveller may assert claims if he was unable to comply with this period without any fault on his part. Claims of the traveller according to Sections 651 c to 651 f of the German Civil Code (BGB) shall expire after one year. This period begins on the date on which the tour should end according to contract. In the event of pending negotiations between the traveller and the tour operator about the claim or the circumstances establishing the claim, the limitation period shall be suspended until the traveller or tour operator refuses to continue the negotiations. At the earliest, the expiry shall take effect 3 months after the end of the suspension. You must submit all claims to the following address: SE-Tours GmbH, Barkhausenstr. 29, D-27568 Bremerhaven, Germany.
The assignment of claims against SE-Tours is prohibited.
15. Care duties in connection with bicycle tours/bicycle and ship tours
You shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you only if you detach yourself from the tour supervisor and are no longer in the sphere of influence of the tour supervisor, if you fail to comply with instructions of the tour supervisor concerning the handling and/or protection of the equipment or if you cause the damage or loss by negligence, gross negligence or intent. During individual bicycle tours without a tour supervisor, you shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you for use.
16.1 Insolvency insurance
For the case of insolvency or bankruptcy, SE-Tours has made sure that the paid tour price will be refunded to the extent that tour services are cancelled as a result. Moreover, any required expenses of the return trip will be refunded to you if such should be incurred as a result. In these cases, you will have a direct claim against R+V Versicherung AG as soon as you produce the certificate of insurance.
16.2 Travel insurance
For your own safety, we recommend duly taking out travel insurance, especially cancellation insurance and travel health insurance, including repatriation cover. These types of insurance are usually not included in the quoted tour price.
You can only bring legal action against us at our domicile in Bremerhaven, Germany. For any legal action that we bring against you, your domicile is relevant. The courts of Bremerhaven, Germany, shall have jurisdiction over registered merchants, persons who do not have any general place of jurisdiction in Germany and persons who have moved their domicile or habitual residence abroad or whose domicile or habitual residence is not known when the charges are filed.
Invalidity of individual provisions of the general booking terms and conditions does not result in invalidity of the entire booking terms and conditions or of the entire tour contract.
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All personal data that you make available to us for the processing of your tour are protected against misuse in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).
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