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Neckar and Rhine by Bike and Boat

“(The) best way to see the little towns and castles of the Rhine valley.” — Miles

“(The) best way to see the little towns and castles of the Rhine valley.” — Miles

“(The) best way to see the little towns and castles of the Rhine valley.” — Miles

“(The) best way to see the little towns and castles of the Rhine valley.” — Miles
  • 7 nights | 22 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €849
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  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
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  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 traveling. During this bike and boat tour, you don’t have to pack and unpack 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 onboard 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
May 9, Jul 4, Aug 29, 2020

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
May 16, Jul 11, Sep 5, 2020

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 program. 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: May 9, Jul 4, Aug 29, 2020. From Bad Wimpfen: May 16, Jul 11, Sep 5, 2020

Prices

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Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€ 949
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
€ 470
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€ 75
Electrically assisted bikes
€ 165

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Lower deck
Per person, double occupancy
€ 849
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
€ 405
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€ 75
Electrically assisted bikes
€ 165
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  • 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 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. Package Travel Contract Conclusion/Travellers’ Duties
a) During the booking process (travel registration), Client makes a binding offer to the tour operator to conclude a Package Travel Contract. This offer is based on the folder and/or catalogue descriptions and additional information which Tour Operator provides for the relevant travel on the condition that they are available upon booking.

b) Registrations shall apply to all clients indicated on the registration. The registrant expressly declares that he/she will be responsible for contractual duties of any clients listed on the registration.

c) Booking may occur in writing, by electronic means (e-mail, internet).
d) The travel contract shall be concluded only after Tour Operator confirmed this in writing (by e-mail or letter).

e) Regarding bookings based on e-commerce (such as the internet), the following shall apply to contract conclusion:
Client is guided through each booking step; they will be able to correct their entries, delete or clear the entire online booking form. When clicking on “Book Now,” Client bindingly offers Tour Operator to conclude the travel contract, whereby an electronic confirmation of travel registration receipt does not represent travel contract acceptance. The contract is concluded once Client receives Tour Operator’s booking confirmation on a permanent data storage device.

However, the Package Travel Contract is immediately concluded based on a travel confirmation if this is displayed immediately after Client clicked on the “Book Now” button. In this case, the travel contract binding force shall not depend on Client saving or printing such travel confirmation or on them receiving this by letter. f) Any Tour Operator travel confirmations deviating from registration contents shall be considered a new offer from Tour Operator to which they are bound for ten (10) days from confirmation receipt. A travel contract shall be concluded based on the new offer if Client expressly and conclusively agrees to this or if they make any partial payments within that period.

g) Tour Operator points out that the law does not provide for a cancellation right regarding distance-selling (by letter, telephone, e-mail, telemedia or online services) package travel contracts, but only for a right to withdrawal and termination (see also item 5). A cancellation right exists, however, if contracts for travel services in terms of sec. 651a BGB were concluded outside business premises, unless negotiations on which contract conclusion is based were previously requested by Client; in the latter case, there is no cancellation right.

2. Payment

a) Should Client fail to make timely payments, Tour Operator may, after reminders without success and a grace period, withdraw from the travel contract and request cancellation costs in terms of item 5. Tour Operator reserves the right to charge on to Client any additional costs (such as bank fees) due to failed or incomplete payments.

3. Services and Prices

The scope of contract services is exclusively based on booking confirmations in connection with the catalog, folder and/or travel descriptions valid at the time of booking, including remarks and explanations therein; travel confirmations shall prevail in the case of contradictions.

b) Tour Operator reserves the right to make changes to catalog or folder information and/or travel descriptions for justified reasons, whereby Client must be informed about this.

4. Changes to Services

a) Changes to and deviations of single travel services from travel contract contents required after contract conclusion, such as due to special navigation situations, excluding those caused by Tour Operator in bad faith, shall be admissible unless significant, leading to significant changes of travel services and interfering with the overall travel structure. This shall also apply to changes to travel times and/or routes (for safety or weather conditions) upon which the captain in charge of the vessel shall decide. Any warranty claims shall not be affected to the extent to which service changes are defective. Tour Operator must immediately inform Client about travel service changes in a clear, comprehensive and highlighted way on a permanent data storage device.

b) In the event of significant changes to travel services, Client may withdraw from the travel contract without incurring any costs, whereby they must exercise this right within a reasonable period and/or immediately after being informed about any changes. Client has a right, but no obligation, to react to such information letter. Should Client respond to Tour Operator, they may agree to contract amendments, request participation in replacement travels (if offered to Client) or withdraw from the contract without any costs. If Client reacts not at all or not during legally prescribed period, the indicated changes shall be considered accepted.

5. Withdrawal by Client

a) Client has the right, prior to departure, to withdraw from the travel by making a declaration to Tour Operator. If travel agencies were involved in the booking process, such declarations may also be made to them. We recommend making written declarations which shall become effective once received by Tour Operator.

b) Should Client withdraw prior to departure or fails to begin the journey, Tour Operator may request reasonable compensation, unless Tour Operator is liable for such withdrawal or unless special circumstances at the destination or places in the immediate vicinity considerably interfere with the journey. Circumstances shall be considered unavoidable and special if beyond Tour Operator’s control and if their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautionary measures had been taken. Compensation shall depend on the travel price, less the amount of saved expenses for Tour Operator and income from using travel services in any other way. Tour Operator determined the below lump-sum compensation considering the period between the withdrawal and departure and considering expected saved expenses and income from using travel services in other ways. Compensation shall be calculated based on the below withdrawal scale after a declaration of withdrawal was received: River and sea cruises

  • up to 30 days prior to departure 20%
  • 29-22 days prior to departure 50%
  • from 21 days prior to departure 75%
  • on the day of travel or no-show 90%

Bike and ship journeys

  • up to 84 days prior to departure 20%
  • 83-42 days prior to departure 30%
  • 41-28 days prior to departure 60%
  • 27-4 days prior to departure 80%
  • from 3 days prior to departure or no-show 90%

c) Client shall have the right to show to Tour Operator that reasonable compensation which the latter may request is lower than lump-sum compensation requested by them.

d) Instead of the above lump-sum compensation, Tour Operator reserves the right to request higher, individually calculated compensation if they show that they incurred significantly higher expenses than the relevant lump-sum compensation amount. In this case, Tour Operator must indicate the exact amount considering saved expenses and income from using the services in other ways and they must provide reasons. e) Premiums for travel insurance contracts concluded via Tour Operator must be paid in full in addition to lump-sum compensation.

f) Client’s legal right in terms of sec. 651e BGB to name substitute participants shall not be affected by the above.
6. Booking Alterations

a) After contract conclusion, Client may not request travel times, destinations, places of departure, accommodations or types of transport to be changed (booking alterations). If, upon Client’s request, but without changing the overall structure, bookings are altered not later than 50 days prior to departure, service lump sums of EUR 30.00 must be paid by each traveler requesting alterations.

b) Client’s requests for alterations submitted to Tour Operator later than 50 days prior to departure shall be possible only through cancellation subject to charges in terms of item 5 (Withdrawal by Client) and subsequent new booking.

7. Unused Services

Should Client not use services which Tour Operator was ready and able to contractually perform for reasons within Client’s control, they shall have no claim for pro-rata travel price reimbursements. Tour Operator shall try and make service providers reimburse any expenses which they saved, whereby this is not required if such expenses are insignificant.

8. Withdrawal and Cancellation by Tour Operator
a) Withdrawal Due to a Lack of Participants
If travel descriptions or other documents being of the essence indicate a minimum number of participants, Tour Operator may withdraw from the travel contract up to 21 days prior to departure if they do not receive the minimum number of bookings. Should travels be cancelled for this reason, Tour Operator shall immediately reimburse to Client any payments made for the travel price.

b) In the event of withdrawal for the above reason, Tour Operator shall not reimburse any third-party service costs (train/flight tickets) which Client incurred outside Tour Operator’s service offer.

c) Cancellation and Exclusion for Behavioural, Mental or Physical Reasons
Tour Operator may totally or partially withdraw from the travel contract prior to departure or totally or partially cancel this after departure, without time limits, if Client, in the opinion of the captain or the tour operator travel guides,

  • requires assistance but travels without companions;
  • is in a mental or physical state rendering Client unfit for traveling or turning him/her into a threat for himself/herself or others;
  • carries dangerous items, intoxicants or certain alcoholic beverages intended for consumption during the journey;
  • obviously does not meet a physical or mental requirement set out in the travel description,
  • continuously interferes with the performance
  • of travel services, despite being warned and granted a grace period, or violates the contract in a way that contract annulment is justified.
    d) Regarding contract cancellations and/or exclusions, Tour Operator reserves a claim for the travel price, whereby they must deduct from this saved expenses and income which they gain from differently using unused services, including benefits which they received from service providers. Costs for return journeys shall be borne by Client.
    9. Withdrawal by Tour Operator due to Unavoidable, Special Circumstances
    a) Tour Operator may withdraw from the contract prior to departure if they are prevented from contract fulfillment for unavoidable, special circumstances and if they indicate such withdrawal immediately after becoming aware of this.
    b) Withdrawal in terms of item 9a has the effect of Tour Operator no longer having a claim for the contractual travel price and being obliged to travel price reimbursement and to make the relevant repayments without undue delay, in each case within 14 days from the withdrawal. 10. Client’s Duty to Cooperate; Warranty; Cancellation by Client
    a) Defect Notification
    If travel is performed contrary to the contract, Client may request rectification.
    Client must notify Tour Operator’s on-board travel guides of such defects without undue delay; should there be no such guides, they must inform the captain and/or Tour Operator at their registered office. On-board travel guides are requested to rectify defects if possible, whereby they may not acknowledge any claims. Should Tour Operator be unable to rectify defects due to Client culpably failing to notify them, Client may assert neither price reduction claims in terms of sec. 651m BGB nor damages in terms of sec. 651n BGB.
    b) Tour Operator may refuse rectification if this requires unreasonable efforts. However, they may also rectify by rendering equivalent substitute services, such as using other vessels or traveling along other routes.
    c) Time Limits Prior to Cancellation
    If Client intends to cancel the travel contract due to defects, they must previously grant Tour Operator a reasonable grace period for rectification. Should rectification fail within that reasonable period, Client may cancel the travel contract – preferably in writing – based on legal provisions. This shall also apply if Client cannot be expected to participate in the journey due to a defect and for reasons clearly understandable for Tour Operator. No time limit for rectification shall be required if rectification is impossible or if Client’s special interests justify immediate contract cancellation.

d) Travel Documents
Client must inform Tour Operator if they do not receive required travel documents (such as cabin vouchers) within the period indicated by Tour Operator.
11. Limitation of Liability
a) Tour Operator’s contractual liability for damage not resulting from injuries to life, limb or health and not caused in a culpable manner shall be limited to three times the travel price. Any additional claims due to international conventions shall not be affected by this limitation. b) Tour Operator shall not be liable for defaults, personal and property damage related to services which they only brokered as third-party services (such as outings, visits to theaters) if travel descriptions and confirmations, expressly and by stating both the contract partners’ identities and addresses, indicate them as third-party services in a clear way so that Client understands that they are not included in the package and that they were separately selected. However, Tour Operator shall be liable if and to the extent that damage incurred by travelers is based on violations of their information and organization duties.
12. Claims Exclusion, Limitation and Assignment
a) Claims under sec. 651i BGB must be asserted against Tour Operator or the travel agency which made the booking, whereby assertion on a permanent data storage device is recommended. Client’s claims due to travel defects shall become time-barred after two years and the limitation period shall commence on the day following the end of the travel.
b) Should any negotiations be pending between Client and Tour Operator concerning claims or circumstances as the basis of a claim, limitation shall be suspended until Client or Tour Operator refuse to continue negotiations; limitation shall occur not earlier than three months from the end of suspension.
c) Client shall have no right to totally or partially assign to third parties claims against Tour Operator without Tour Operator’s approval; this shall not apply to co-traveling family members. 13. Passport, Visa and Health Provisions
a) Client must comply with all laws, regulations, instructions and provisions from countries and ports to which they travel as well as any rules and instructions from Tour Operator and/or their authorized staff.
b) Prior to contract conclusion, Tour Operator shall inform EU citizens to whom no special regulations apply (such as dual citizenship, statelessness, passport entries, refugee identification cards) about general passport and health provisions and about possible changes prior to departure. Other citizens and those having dual citizenship must refer to the consulate in charge.
c) Client shall be responsible for obtaining and carrying travel documents requested by authorities, any required vaccinations and compliance with customs and foreign currency provisions. Any disadvantages due to of non-compliance shall be at the expense of Client, unless Tour Operator causes them in a culpable manner due to providing wrong or insufficient information.
14. Travel Restrictions Applicable to Persons with Reduced Mobility
a) Bike and ship journeys are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

b) Some river and sea cruise vessels dispose of cabins which are suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Upon request, Tour Operator will provide information on suitability consider- ing Client’s needs; Client must indicate special needs during the booking process.

15. Brokerage of Third-Party Services

a) Via Tour Operator, Client can purchase train tickets at special conditions not tied to specific trains as a part of an The tour operator journey. In this case, Tour Operator is only the broker and not liable for any train delays or cancellations.

b) When booking other third-party services, such as insurance contracts, not included in our services description, T our Operator shall be liable only for brokering such third-party services, but not for rendering the services themselves; the relevant contract partners’ general terms and conditions and cancellation conditions shall apply.

16. Duties of Care with Bike and Ship Journeys

a) Only if you disregard the on-board travel guides’ instructions as to the use and the protection of items or if you act in a (grossly) negligent or intentional manner causing the damage or the loss shall you be liable for any damage to or the loss of bicycles and equipment provided to you.

b) Client shall be personally responsible for complying with traffic rules.
17. Insurance
We recommend purchasing overseas health insurance including return transport, accident, luggage and cancellation insurance.

18. Information on the Verbraucherstreit- beilegungsgesetz (VSBG [German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters])/Venue

a) With regard to the German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters, Tour Operator points out that they do not participate in ADR proceedings. If such proceedings become compulsory after these Terms and Conditions of Travel went to press, Tour Operator shall adequately inform Client about this. Regarding any travel contracts based on electronic legal transactions, Tour Operator refers to the EU oline dispute resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.

b) German law shall apply. Client may bring charges against Tour Operator only at the latter’s registered office. The courts of Bremer- haven shall be the venue for general merchants, persons not having a general venue in Germany, persons transferring their place of residence or their habitual abode to other countries after contractual conclusion, persons whose place of residence or habitual abode is unknown at the time of filing the complaint and for litigations as a defendant. However, this shall not apply if prevailing international conventions provide otherwise.

Dated: May 2018

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