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  • 7 nights | 22 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Self-guided from: €829
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Travel by bicycle and ship: a unique concept, where a bike holiday and a journey on a comfortable ship are combined. Cycling cruises are ideal for those who like to cycle during the day and explore beautiful areas, without giving up a comfortable way of travelling. During this tour you don’t have to pack and un-pack your suitcases every day to travel from one beautiful place to the next!

Is the Neckar more picturesque at Marbach, the birthplace of the writer and poet Schiller, or perhaps at the Odenwald, which the river flows through? Maybe you prefer "Father Rhine", which is associated with the famous Nibelungen saga, the Loreley rock, the city of Worms and the numerous museums in Mainz or the famous city of Heidelberg?

After you have returned home, you will enjoy browsing your photos: of course Heidel-berg with its magnificent Castle, the narrow streets of the old town centers of Eberbach and Koblenz, which are just a few of the highlights of this trip along the Rhine and the Neckar. Every photo revives your pleasant memories. What more could you expect from such a wonderful trip?

The quality of cycling tracks is very good: you will mostly cycle on paved tracks along the rivers without any gradients of note. This makes the trip also suitable for relatively unpractised cyclists. You will live and travel on board the MS Patria, which has been a favorite ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.

This tour operates in two directions: from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz and from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen.

Daily program

Please note that this tour operates in two directions, from Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz or from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen, depending on departure date. Both itineraries are detailed below.

Koblenz – Bad Wimpfen
Jun 2*; Jul 14*; Sep 8*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival in 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 4:00pm. Stroll through the old city.
Overnight in Koblenz

Day 2: Koblenz – Boppard – Rudesheim (29 mi/46 km)
You cruise up the Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. From there you cycle on the left river bank via castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei to the beautiful and famous city of Rüdesheim.
Overnight in Rüdesheim or Bingen

Day 3: Rudesheim – Mainz (20-22 mi/32-35 km)
The many picturesque houses and beautiful landscape along the way from Rüdesheim to Mainz make your bike tour an unforgettable experience. Mainz has numerous churches, museums, and historical monuments, such as the Cathedral or the Electors Palace, one of the most magnificent of the residences on the Middle Rhine. Discover the city on a guided tour.
Overnight in Mainz

Day 4: Mainz – Nierstein (10-16 mi/17-26 km)
You cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where your will enjoy your lunch on board. In the evening you have the chance to join a special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and dinner at the local winegrowers (optional, bookable on board). Guests who choose to not participate will have dinner on board.
Overnight in Nierstein

Day 5: Nierstein – MannheimHeidelberg (16 mi/26 km)
The ship brings you to Mannheim. From there on you will cycle via the Celtic city of Ladenburg, where you reach the Neckar River first, to Heidelberg. This old city draws tourists from all over the world. Visit the castle. If you would like to learn more about Heidelberg, you can book a guided city tour.
Overnight in Heidelberg

Day 6: Heidelberg – Eberbach (21 mi/34 km)
After a bike tour from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen and through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach you will reach picturesque Eberbach, a nice old town with narrow streets. A real "Eberbacher" will greet you at the pier in a traditional uniform will take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (excursion, bookable on board).
Overnight in Eberbach

Day 7: Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen (28 mi/45 km)
The first stop of today’s bike tour is Burg Hornsberg in Neckarzimmern. Bad Wimpfen, the destination of this tour, looks like a dream village of the middle Ages.
Overnight in Bad Wimpfen

Day 8: Departure from Bad Wimpfen
After breakfast, your disembarkation marks the end of your tour.


Bad Wimpfen – Koblenz
Jun 9, Jul 21*, Sep 15*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival in Bad Wimpfen
Upon arriving in Bad Wimpfen, transfer to the harbor. The captain and crew of the MS Patria welcome you as embarkation begins 4:00pm. There will be time for an evening stroll through the beautiful old city.
Overnight in Bad Wimpfen

Day 2: Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (28 mi/45 km)
By bike to Neckarzimmern, from here you can go on foot or by bike to the castle Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. Continue your bike tour to the old picturesque town of Eberbach. A real "Eberbacher" will greet you at the pier in a traditional uniform will take you for a night watch through the romantic old town (optional excursion, bookable on board).
Overnight in Eberbach

Day 3: Eberbach – Heidelberg (21 mi/34 km)
The first destination: Hirschhorn, the "Pearl of the Neckar valley." You cycle through the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg. A walk through town and a visit to the castle are highly recommended. Optional guided city tour (bookable on board).
Overnight in Heidelberg

Day 4: Heidelberg – Mannheim – Nierstein (16 mi/26 km)
You start you bike tour in Heidelberg, cross the Neckar and have a perfect view of Heidelberg and its castle. Further on by bike to Mannheim and leave the valleys of the Neckar behind. The ship is waiting for you in Mannheim and takes you during lunch to Nierstein. In the evening you have the chance to join a very special excursion. Explore the vineyards with a tractor wagon including a wine-tasting and diner at the local winegrowers (optional, bookable on board). Guests who choose to not participate will have dinner on board.
Overnight in Nierstein

Day 5: Nierstein – Mainz (10-16 mi/17-26 km)
From the biggest vine growing community on the Rhine, you cycle to Mainz. Romance, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque–today you will explore the city of Mainz.
Overnight in Mainz

Day 6: Mainz – Rüdesheim (20-22 mi/32-35 km)
The many picturesque houses and the beautiful landscape along the way from Mainz to Rüdesheim make your bike tour an unforgettable experience. The heart of Rüdesheim's old town is a meeting place for locals and visitors from all over the world.
Overnight in Rüdesheim or Bingen.

Day 7: Rüdesheim – Boppard – Koblenz (28 mi/45 km)
Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard today and enjoy the panoramic view of the unforgettable Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. On your way, you will pass castles and burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorelei. In the afternoon, the MS Patria takes you from Boppard to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet.
Overnight in Koblenz

Day 8: Departure from Koblenz
After breakfast you'll disembark, marking the end of your tour.

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes of routing and programme. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

 

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

From Koblenz: Jun 2*; Jul 14*; Sep 8*, 2018. From Bad Wimpfen: Jun 9, Jul 21*, Sep 15*, 2018. (*indicates fully booked date)

Prices

Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€939
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
€470
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Lower deck
Per person, double occupancy
€829
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
€415
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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SE Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

Cancellation
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.

Cancellation terms

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%

1. Registration and confirmation
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.

3. Travel details and services
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) The tour operator 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. The tour operator 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 the tour operator 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
6.1 Cancellation
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.

6.1.4 Bicycle/ship tours

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • 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, the tour operator 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.

10.2 Agents
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. Warranty

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. The tour operator may also remedy the situation by rendering equivalent substitute performance. The tour operator 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 the tour operator. The determination of a period to remedy the situation shall not be necessary only if remedy is impossible or if the tour operator 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.

11.4 Damages
Not withstanding 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 in writing.

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. Insurance

16.1 Insolvency insurance
For the case of insolvency or bankruptcy, the tour operator 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.

17. Jurisdiction
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.

18. Severability
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.

19. Data protection
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).

20. Amendments
Printing errors and obvious calculation errors excepted.

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.3

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.8
  • Hotels or boat 3.8
  • Scenery 4.5
  • Ease of navigation 4
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4.5
  • Guides (if applicable) 4

Reviews

Baba K September 23, 2017

Wonderful way to experience the "Romantic Rhine" and Neckar Valleys

We enjoyed being based on this relatively small boat. The staff was friendly and the meals very good. Nice presentations were given in English about each day's route. The cycling was not too difficult, mostly flat and about 45 km max per day. The scenery was beautiful. Villages and towns along the way were charming and interesting. There were so many places to explore some days that it was hard to get back to the boat on time (for dinner). This was only a problem for those of us who like to toodle along and take in all the sights, walk around the towns, etc. As the guide said, "it's not a race" and we took that to heart. It was nice to do the trip slightly off-season, ie early September--the temperature was comfortable and we probably encountered smaller crowds in places like Heidelberg than would be the case in the summer.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president June 19, 2018
Thank you very much for your feedback, which really captured the flavor of what a bike and boat tour is like. I'm a huge Neckar fan, and I'm always pleased when clients come back with good reports.
Miles September 19, 2017

Wonderful time

Best way to see the little towns and castles of the Rhine valley. Took the time to ride through the old small towns and little cobblestone streets along the way which don't have a ton of tourists. We made a special effort to eat at small, local restaurants in these towns it that was some of the most memorable moments of the trip. We'll be planning another trip for next year we enjoyed this one so much.

Ginny50 June 9, 2016

This was an enjoyable bike/boat tour. The crew and staff were very nice. The riding days were usually short and manageable. The rainy weather was an issue which made for slippery riding on cobblestones. Due to the rains the Neckar River was closed and our ship was diverted. The company handled the diversion to the best of their ability and these detoured riding days were okay. We ended up in the town of Speyer, which was our favorite stop of the entire tour. One major complaint was the rooms on the ship were very small. They did state that in the promotional information, but we were not expecting that tiny. Everyone complained about the tiny rooms. We just laughed and dealt with it but it did make for close quarters. If you travel in May bring rain gear!