Strasbourg to Mainz: Imperial Cities and Charming Landscapes Along the Rhine

    3.9/5 (11)
    7 nights | 30 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 729
    Bike tour in France and Germany
    Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
    3.9/5 (11)

    Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours

    7 nights | 30 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 729
    Bike tour in France and Germany

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    • Strasbourg to Mainz

      This cycle tour goes through three magnificent European regions – Alsace, Baden, and the Palatinate – and there is a very pleasantly mild climate throughout. Due to both the history and the climate, these three regions have one thing in common: wine-growing. In terms of food, you will enjoy a large variety here.

      During this tour, charming landscapes alter and you can expect lots of cultural highlights too. How did the Romans bring wine-growing to this region? What did the German emperors leave behind in Strasbourg, Speyer, and Worms? Look forward to the great atmosphere and a lovely route along the river Rhine.

      • Heidelberg Germany (photo:khaledali)
      • Grapes (photo:amosbar-zeev)
      • Strasbourg Mainz
      • Alsace Flammekueche Wine Food France (photo:adonyigabor)
      • Mainz Germany (photo:michaelbehrens)
      • Alsatian Wine Riesling France (photo:agne27) CC-BY-SA-3.0
      • Strasbourg France (photo:clemencebergougnoux) ©
      • Quiche France (photo:brettjordan)

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      Highlights

      • Strasbourg Cathedral
      • Beautiful nature along the Old Rhine
      • World-famous city of Heidelberg
      • Fruity Riesling in Nierstein

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    • Traveler photos

      • Our bikes! (photo by TinaM)
      • Main square in Speyer, Germany. (photo by TinaM)
      • Heidelberg, Germany. (photo by TinaM)

      Strasbourg to Mainz

       Tour Description Daily Program 

    • Daily program

      Day 1: Arrival to Strasbourg
      Tour information and bike fitting. You will spend a wonderful evening in the Alsatian capital with its many canals and a unique atmosphere.
      Overnight in Strasbourg

      Day 2: Strasbourg – Rastatt (40 miles/65 km)
      A wonderfully made cycle path takes you through the town to the Rhine’s river bank. You will cycle comfortably along the Rhine through the gentle Rhine valley. In Drusenheim, you will take a ferry to the other side of the Rhine river bank and then you will continue through the charming meadow landscape until you get to Rastatt with its baroque old town.
      Overnight in Rastatt

      Day 3: Rastatt – Germersheim (34 miles/55 km)
      Today you cycle along the old Rhine arms through what seems like untouched nature. Then you head through the biggest nature protection area in the Palatinate, the Hördter Rheinauen until you get to the former fortress city of Germersheim. The newly formed Rhine river bank and the unhurried center of Germersheim provide some amusement.
      Overnight in Germersheim

      Day 4: Germersheim – Heidelberg (31 miles/50 km)
      The Old Father Rhine brings you to the Imperial city of Speyer and its impressive and UNESCO world heritage cathedral. The famous ensemble of the palace and palace gardens in Schwetzingen are further highlights of the tour before your day comes to an end in the oldest German university town in Heidelberg.
      Overnight in Heidelberg

      Day 5: Heidelberg – Worms (28 miles/45 km)
      You will cycle along the river Neckar to the old Roman town of Ladenburg with its beautiful medieval inner city. Then you will continue your tour through the Rhine valley to the imperial city of Worms with its cathedral built in the 12th century, the Martin Luther monument and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
      Overnight in Worms

      Day 6: Worms – Nierstein (34 miles/55 km)
      You will comfortably cycle along the Rhine River. Lots of agriculture will accompany you on this stage. Everything that tastes good gets grown here! At times you will cycle along the old Rhine arms today, eventually ending end up on the other side of the river bank where you will see the first vines. Afterward, there are only a few more kilometers and then one more crossing over the river until you reach the charming wine-making village, Nierstein. You should definitely try a glass of Riesling in the evening!
      Overnight in Nierstein

      Day 7: Nierstein – Mainz (12 miles/20 km)
      Today’s stage is short giving you lots of free time to enjoy. Shortly after Nierstein, the cycle path goes through the vineyards. Take a view across the Rhine valley – the impressive steep wine-growing slopes and the large river are the lifelines for this region. The cycle path runs along the Rhine’s riverbank and then into the center of Mainz. The imperial cathedral, as well as many other attractions, are the magnets attracting many visitors here from both close and far away.
      Overnight in Mainz

      Day 8: Departure
      Individual departure or tour extension.

      Surface and terrain

      You mainly cycle on well-built cycle paths along the Rhine cycle path. A predominantly flat route that is an easy cycle for everybody. Through the Rhine flood plains there are longer sections on gravel paths.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels

      BOMA, Strasbourg
      www.boma-hotel.com

      Hotel Schwert, Rastatt
      www.hotel-schwert.de

      Hotel Germersheimer Hof, Germersheim
      www.hotel-germersheimer-hof.de

      Qube Bergheim, Heidelberg
      qube-hotel-heidelberg.de

      Dom-Hotel, Worms
      www.dom-hotel.de

      BW Wein & Parkhotel, Nierstein
      www.weinhotel.bestwestern.de

      Intercity Hotel Mainz, Mainz
      www.intercityhotel.com


      Category B: 3-star hotels or winegrowers

      Le Grand, Strasbourg
      www.le-grand-hotel.com

      Ibis Styles, Rastatt
      all.accor.com

      Hotel Germersheimer Hof, Germersheim
      www.hotel-germersheimer-hof.de

      Premier Inn City, Heidelberg
      www.premierinn.com

      Asgard Hotel, Worms
      www.asgard-hotel.de

      Weingut & Gästehaus Schwibinger, Nierstein
      www.weingutschwibinger.de

      Intercity Hotel Mainz, Mainz
      www.intercityhotel.com

      Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour Start
      Nearest Airport: Strasbourg, France (SXB)
      Nearest Train Station: Strasbourg central station

      Tour End
      Nearest Airport: Strasbourg, France (SXB)
      Nearest Train Station: Mainz, Germany

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      Strasbourg to Mainz

       Tour Photos Dates & Prices 

    • Dates

      Thursdays and Saturdays: Apr 01-Oct 07, 2023

      Low Season: Apr 01, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023

      Shoulder Season: Apr 15, 2023 - Jun 02, 2023, Sep 30, 2023 - Oct 07, 2023

      High Season: Jun 03, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023

      Prices

      Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
      Per person, double occupancy €999 €1079 €1179
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1438 €1518 €1618


      Category B: 3-star hotels and guesthouses

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
      Per person, double occupancy €869 €959 €1029
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1208 €1298 €1368

      Bike Rentals

      Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame €99
      Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame €99
      Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade €159
      Electrically-assisted bike €239

      Extra Nights, Mainz

      Cat. A Cat. B
      Per person, double occupancy €69 €69
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €108 €108

      Extra Nights, Strasbourg

      Cat. A Cat. B
      Per person, double occupancy €89 €75
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €158 €130

      Included services

      • 7 nights accommodation in hotels of chosen category
      • Breakfast buffet or ample breakfast
      • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
      • Detailed tour documentation (1 set per room; maps, route description, places of interest, signposting along the route, and telephone numbers)
      • 7-day Service Hotline available in case of problems or questions
      • Welcome briefing
      • GPS tracks available upon request

      Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.


      Bike rentals

      The bikes available for rent on this tour are:

      • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, unisex
      • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, men's frames, crossbar (upon request only)
      • Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade
      • Electrically assisted bike, Pedelec, unisex*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Equipment included with the bike rentals:

      • Saddle bag (water repellent), rear
      • Handlebar bag (water repellent), with clear cover on top for map viewing
      • Tools
      • Pump
      • Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
      • Combination lock

      Bike Protection:
      Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE. 

      Pedals:
      The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are not included with the bike rentals. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.

      Specifications on hybrid touring bikes

      • Modern, high-resistant aluminum frame
      • V-brakes
      • Aluminium-rims
      • Reliable tires, which ensure high duration
      • Shimano Alivio derailleur on 21-speed
      • Selle Royal Saddles

      *Posture for 21-speed hybrid bikes will be upright for comfort

      Upgraded components on 27-speed hybrid bikes

      • Hydraulic Magura HS 11 brakes
      • Shimano Deore XT derailleur on 27-speed
      • High-quality Suntour suspension fork

      *Posture for 27-speed upgraded hybrid bikes will be upright and forward


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      Strasbourg to Mainz

       Daily program Route Map 

    • Route Map

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


      Strasbourg to Mainz

       Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

      • William Sholten 2 months ago

        Our Alsatian Bike Trip

        We have enjoyed 2 other bike trips in the past. This route was not easy to follow without GPS. We used a Garmin GPS to help confirm our path along the way (and highly recommend this). There are many intersecting bike paths around towns, so we had to stop often to determine which route/path to take. There were several detours due to construction (not indicated on our route plans) which made travel both longer and more challenging to navigate.
        We cycled on gravel roads in addition to the bike paths, making the ride somewhat longer than anticipated.

        Hotels were comfortable, but not all hotels in Category A had air conditioning. Hotel staff and breakfasts were first rate!

        Rental bike performed well but were heavier than expected.

        What was the date of your tour?
        September 2022
        How many tours have you completed?
        third tour
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • Christopher Blair 2 months ago

        Strasbourg - Mainz

        It was okay.
        First day, bags were not picked up. Had to call. Delivered after dinner time. Expected some explanation or perhaps an apology. Nothing.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 2022
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 3/5 Value
        • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 3/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 2/5 Tour documents
        • 1/5 Local tour company services
        • 1/5 Route selection
      • Rob Gage 4 months ago

        Great, but different from expectations

        The mapping software was essential in staying on the recommended path, as sign posting wasn't always clear. The whole trip was more variable than we had expected, both from road quality and scenery.
        One suggestion is that the instructions on picking up the bikes could have been sent out ahead of time and made clearer.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 2022
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        • 3/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 3/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 2/5 Tour documents
        • 3/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Richard 69 6 months ago

        A nice ride

        This is our eighth time cycling in Europe so we are experienced cyclers. This is the first and only time we had any problems. When we arrived in Strassbourg in the evening and checked our bikes we noticed right off that one of the bikes had a problem. We called Eurobike the next morning to resolve the issue and we were underwhelmed by their response. After several phone calls and two and a half hours taken out of the day we planned to spend sightseeing in Strassbourg I finally demanded that they bring us another bike which they reluctantly agreed to do. If we had not taken an extra day in Strassbourg there would have been no way for us to complete the first leg of our tour. So there was that.
        We have always chosen the B level hotels and have always been more than satisfied. This tour the hotels were hit and miss. The Hotel Ibis in Heidelberg gave us a room that was literally the size of a closet nd it was more than a mile walk to get to the historic old town. The hotel Asgard in Worms was also a long way from the city center. I will say that all the hotels served a good breakfast.
        The bikes were the typical rental bikes that we always get so they are a little heavy and slow so no surprises there. But we found the road surfaces to be very rough in many places which made for very slow travel and we found ourselves reaching our destinations much later than we planned.
        We cycled through forests and lots of farmland which was fine but we really did not cycle along the Rhine as much as we would have liked. The scenery was pleasant enough but not nearly as spectacular as other tours we’ve taken.
        The printed directions are always confusing and at times our route was not as well marked as we would have liked so there was a lot of stopping to check our phones. We found the app that we downloaded to be very helpful.
        It’s always fun and exciting to be cycling in Europe and we did enjoy ourselves and had many fine meals along the way. Unfortunately this ride did not compare favorably with the other seven tours we’ve taken.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 18-25 2022
        How many tours have you completed?
        8
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 2/5 Hotels or boat
        • 2/5 Scenery
        • 2/5 Ease of navigation
        • 2/5 Tour documents
        • 1/5 Local tour company services
        • 3/5 Route selection
        • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Martin June 5, 2019

        Lovely trip along the Rhine

        This trip starts in France and crosses into Germany on the first day of riding. The bicycling was very pleasant; the towns were interesting; the locals helpful and friendly. The written cycling directions were only marginally helpful, but the signage in both France and Germany is excellent. It helps to have google maps. Download the google map in your hotel the night before with hotel WiFi, or have a data plan. The hotels were fine. Ibis has very small but adequate rooms. It is somewhat generic. The non-ibis hotels were definitely more interesting and rooms were larger.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 22-30
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 2/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • Rode November 20, 2018

        Perfect Service

        Every think perfect in all the tour.....................

        What was the date of your tour?
        October
        How many tours have you completed?
        more than 10
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • eva m November 10, 2018

        Great ride along the river

        The tour was well organized with nice hotel choices. There were some challenges for the route, especially where construction was taking place. A gorgeous section of the river for riding.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Oct 13 to 20
        How many tours have you completed?
        5
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • TinaM September 30, 2018

        Excellent Bike Tour!

        My husband and I had a fabulous time on the Strasbourg, France to Mainz, Germany bike tour September 6-13th. We arrived a day early and loved walking around and exploring the beautiful city of Strasbourg.

        Our bikes and information were dropped off the day before our trip and we were off early the next morning. We would highly recommend having a data plan to download the GPS maps offered to your phone. These maps show you exactly where you are at all times! Would also be very beneficial to have a cell phone holder for the handlebars on the bikes.

        We rode mostly on bikepaths and trails and occasionally on roadways. The terrain was mostly flat and winding around farmer’s fields, through towns and cities, and along or near the Rhine. Our favorite town was Speyer, Germany the day we were on our way to Heidelberg. The main street had beautiful, colorful buildings, a lovely, church, quaint shops, and a fabulous clock tower.

        The hotels provided were clean, centrally located, and had friendly and helpful staff. Silka at Hotel Schwert in Rastatt went above and beyond helping us with all of our questions and requests! Thank you Silka!

        After our first day of our Eurobike tour, we were fortunate to have met another couple also travelling on the same tour. We decided to travel together and the four of us spent the rest of our trip biking and having a great time together!

        This was our first bike trip and we loved it! The weather was beautiful and the biking experience was fabulous!

        What was the date of your tour?
        September 6-13, 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        This was our first bike tour.
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Our bikes! (photo by TinaM)
        • Main square in Speyer, Germany. (photo by TinaM)
        • Heidelberg, Germany. (photo by TinaM)
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • pmcmanamon September 21, 2018

        Tour instructions were outdated, and hard to follow

        The cities we visited were great, and so were the hotels. I was warm, so air conditions would have been nice, but not a big deal. The tour instructions consisted of a generic book with instructions, and a generic set of maps. The maps were not that detailed. When the maps disagreed with the instructions the maps were right. The signage along the routes changed since they made the instructions . We were told to look for a large E along European bike paths, but it appears to have been replaced by a circle with 15 inside it, i guess for the # of countries in the EU. The bikes were great. The luggage was always delivered on time. I downloaded a Eurobike app to help with the directions, but it did not work well. In order to update my positions I had to quit the app, and restart it. The Biketours people did suggest a new app, RidewithGPS, that worked much better. Because they did not have cues the pass could not tell me ahead of a turn, but it did tell me if we go off course.
        I think the local tour company, Eurobike, needs to update their instructions. I also would appreciate if they made unique instructions for each tour. The instructions start and end at a city center. When we got close I would use google maps to find the hotel directly, rather than going to the city center and then to the hotel. My ideal would be a unique set of instructions for a tour, with small maps above or below each instruction. We have had that with other tours, but different providers. On this tour I could not mount my instructions and maps so I could see both while riding, I picked the instructions. In some cases they recommend stopping at a certain place for lunch, but you cannot see if from the tour route, and there is no map to locate it.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 15,2018 start date
        How many tours have you completed?
        this is the 4th
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 3/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 3/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • MaryF June 21, 2018

        Strasbourg France to Mainz Germany

        Great value. Would have appreciated option for rooms with AC even if it meant a higher cost. Would have appreciated a sticker with the arrow and the E in order to see the actual size. The signage was much smaller than we expected and did not find any until the second day. Also, the instructions need to be rewritten by a native speaker who is actually biking the route. The instructions appear to be translated from another language. Much was lost in translation. The instructions were confusing. We originally thought the instructions were in British English until we met up with couple on the same tour from Manchester who found the instructions as confusing as we did. (There was a brand new app for navigation this year but none of us were able to get it to function on our trip. Once the bugs are ironed out, I suspect this will help a lot. We used Google maps to assist in navigation.) I would suggest giving stickers to actual bicyclists to place over top faded stickers or to add stickers in areas of confusion. Overall, it was a good experience and am very glad we did this tour.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 31 to June 9, 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 2/5 Tour documents
      • Jack Luther October 30, 2017

        Beer and Wine Along the Rhine with Martin Luther as a Travel Companion

        My wife and I have previously done the BikeTours.com tour from Munich to Salzburg as well as the Loire Garden and Chateaux Tour and greatly enjoyed both of those. We invited good friends who are also cyclists to join us on this tour. All of us agreed that it was one of our best vacations ever and having
        friends riding with us added to the pleasure. We do the tours "self guided" and enjoy the freedom of being able to explore off route if we want to. For example, on this trip we rode up into the vineyards near Nierstein, Germany which was not on the route but gave us some beautiful views and a wine tasting at the Huff Winery. There were a few days with some light rain but nothing that we were not prepared for. We stayed in the Category A hotels which were all of excellent quality and located close to the attractions we were interested in seeing. The written directions and the "E" stickers on posts along the way were often missing or confusing but the GPS offered by BikeTours worked very well. I would strongly recommend that anyone doing this tour "self-guided" absolutely plan to use the GPS mapping. The local tour company, Eurobike, does an excellent job. We have never had even the first problem with the bicycles or any of the services they provide.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 17 - 22, 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        Video: Video 1
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany October 31, 2017

          We're delighted to have helped you on your third BikeTours.com tour and to hear that it was a great success! Your experience is exactly what we hope to bring to clients on each tour. It's a pleasure to have the time to explore sites, scenery, and of course, vineyards. We think these are some of the best parts of a vacation. We'll be sure to work with our partner operators and improve at keeping you on the right path. Thank you very much for your feedback!

        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection

      Strasbourg to Mainz

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