Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code DE058

Germany / Rhine and Neckar cycle route

From Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen

Sailing on the boat Patria you will discover a landscape made of water, vineyards and villages, where history goes back to the Roman time and the Middle Ages.
  • Day by Day


    1. Individual arrival in Koblenz
    The Patria awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 p.m. Your first night will be spent in this fascinating and historic city, an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein, which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century “Alte Burg” Castle and old Koblenz town.

    2. Koblenz - Rüdesheim/Bingen (45 km - 28 miles)
    Your cycle tour starts with the Patria sailing downstream along the river Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard – where the Romans set up a fortress 2000 years ago to guard the river – along the beautiful UNESCO heritage-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley. From there you will cycle on the left bank of the river past towering castles and through the Lorely valley to Rüdesheim. Your night will be spent in either Rüdesheim or Bingen.

    3. Rüdesheim – Mainz (35 km - 23 miles)
    Today you will have the choice of cycling on either the north bank of the Rhine from Rüdesheim through the beautiful Rheingau district to the historic village of Eltville and then onto Mainz or along the quiet left bank directly to the city of Mainz. In Mainz, a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times, you can enjoy many churches, museums and monuments. The most important are the Dom (cathedral), the Royal Palace, the State Theatre, the Citadel and the monument of Gutenberg.

    4. Mainz – Nierstein (15/25 km - 10/16 miles)
    Today’s cycling will take you via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine and at the same time, a popular destination for exploring the vineyards with a tractor wagon. Here you will re-join the Patria to enjoy lunch on board.

    5. Nierstein – Heidelberg (25 km- 16 miles)
    Today the MS Patria will take you along the Rhine and into the Neckar River to Mannheim where you will start cycling to Heidelberg, your destination for the day. Along the way you will pass through the Celtic city of Ladenburg, one of the most colourful and best preserved villages on the Neckar River. Heidelberg is a city that attracts tourists from all over the world. People come to visit Heidelberg Castle, the Old Neckar Bridge, the Philosophers' Way, the narrow, winding alleys of the Old Town, the numerous market squares and the city’s magnificent churches.

    6. Heidelberg – Eberbach (35 km - 22 miles)
    After breakfast you will cycle from Heidelberg via Ziegelhausen through the low mountain range of Odenwald to Neckarsteinach – famous for the four old castles that guard the village – to your destination for the day, the historic village of Eberbach. While strolling through the winding streets and small squares, you can enjoy the serene life of the old city of the Hohenstaufen.

    7. Eberbach – Bad Wimpfen (45 km - 28 miles)
    The first stop on your final day of cycling is Burg Hornberg (Hornberg Castle) in Neckarzimmern. A partially ruined castle yet the oldest one in this area, located on a steep outcrop overlooking the Neckar Valley. After visiting Burg Hornberg you will cycle to Bad Wimpfen, the destination of this tour. Make sure you explore Bad Wimpfen, a famous health resort on the river Neckar. The idyllic and romantic spa village is especially well-known for the warm, salty and revitalizing water that attracts people from Germany and beyond. The main sights are the Blue Tower, the ‘Steinhaus’ (Stone House) and the medieval old town.

    8. Bad Wimpfen.
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.


  • Route profile

    The landscape in the the valleys of Neckar and Rhine is quite flat, middle to low difficulty for cycletourists. There are some ups and downs, but the route as a whole is simple. We suggest you do a bit of cycle training in order to deal with a six days-tour on the saddle and the short uphills. You will cycle mainly on bike path, sometimes unpaved, but of well-trod soil, as in the stretch between Mainz and Rüdesheim. Sometimes you might cycle on secondary streets with low traffic. The route from Koblenz to Mainz is well posted with green and white signals showing the distance in kilometers, or with blue signals with cycling indications. In the following stretches the signals will be different, but the maps you receive on board will help you.


  • How to get there

    You will begin embarking fom 4 p.m onward. Nonetheless the barge will start sailing only  the following day.

    The precise boarding area will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. You can take a bus or a taxi to the boarding area (3 kms from the station).

    By plane
    Koblenz has a little airport, but only for private companies, therefore you will have to fly to other airports, like Frankfurt am Main, Cologne/Bonn or Frankfurt Hahn.

    From Frankfurt am Main (130 km away) you can take a direct train to Koblenz (cost: about 20/30 €, duration: 1 hour and a half). Further information on
    From Cologne/Bonn (100 km far away) you can take a direct train to Koblens (cost: about 20 €, duration: 1 hour and a half). Further information on
    From the Frankfurt Hahn airport (80 km away) you can take a bus to Cologne (cost: 13 €). Please notice that there are not many departures. You can purchase the ticket only on board. Further information on

    By train
    You can reach Koblenz train station and take a bus or a taxi to the boarding area (3 kms from the station). Further information on

    By car
    The Josef-Görres-Platz garage that costs 15 € per day is close to the boearding area. You can find cheaper parking places outside the urban area, such as: the Park and Ride (P+R) Kurt-Schumacher-Brücke in Koblenz Rauental. From here you can take a shuttle (duration: 10 minutes to the city center). Further information on parking places on Be aware that during events like “Rhine in flames” it will be harder to find a parking place! For dates and information see



  • Accommodation and meals

    In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.



    The 68 meters long Patria can accommodate a max. of 68 guests. The ship has been adapted to suit bike and barge tours and it’s equipped with 15 cabins on the main deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck.

    All cabins are are fairly small twin cabins (approx. 7 sq meters), equipped with two beds placed at an angle, a porthole (it can be opened on the upper deck, but it is fixed on the main deck, for safety reasons), en suite shower/bathroom, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the main deck, as well in the restaurant and salon.

    Shared areas
    This ship has a nice salon with a bar and large windows at the front of the top deck, a separate restaurant on the main deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a shed for the bicycles.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 68
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning in the cabins: only below deck
    • Wi-Fi: to be paid on spot
    • Hairdryer


    Watch Patria photo gallery.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:
    - unisex touring 7/8 gears with pedal or hand brakes
    - unisex e-bikes with pedal or hand brakes

    At the moment of booking you can draw up a bike insurance against theft and damage (city bike €10; e-bike €25).
    This policy covers:
    - the theft of the bicycle only if you present the key of the lock;
    - the damage of the bicycle if it is not due to careless or improper behavior of the customer.
    Before proceeding with any mechanical intervention (bike repair) please contact your tour leader or the emergency number.
    Unauthorized repairs will not be refunded.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 one-sided saddlebag per bike
    1 lock per bike

    In Germany helmets are mandatory until 14. However, we advise you wear one during the bike tours. There are no helmets available on board.



  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you wll receive via email the following:
    - embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    - Tour Notes
    - Final Tour Details
    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.
    Tour maps will be delivered on site.



  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, you will be able to reach the tour leader on his/her mobiles. The tours are unaccompanied and unguided.  Languages spoken on board are English and German.

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.


    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details


from 849 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type:
self-guided tour


From Bad Wimpfen : departure on this link


Price per person
849 €


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
  • on board tour guide (Germand and English)
  • bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • extra transport
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included

415/580 € single cabin lower deck/upper deck
110 € cabin above deck
75 € rental bike
165 € E-bike
50 € gluten free/ lactose free menu (to be paid on site)


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