Guided From
  • the historic town of Eberbach & romantic spa village of Bad Wimpfen
  • towering cliffs, steep vineyards, and stoic castles
  • wine-tasting at the local winegrowers in Nierstein
8 Days
7 Nights
199 Total kms
33.166666666667 km/day (avg)
On board the MS Patria, your floating hotel for the duration of this 8 day/7 night bike and barge tour, you are in for a very special treat as you explore the most beautiful sections of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers by bicycle. While the Upper Middle Rhine is famous for its history, castles and medieval towns and villages, it is the much lesser known Neckar valley that promises to be the surprise card on this particular tour.

Tour Route


Embarkation: The MS Patria awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 PM. Your first night will be spent in this fascinating and historic city, an important defensive and economic centre 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.
Koblenz - Boppard
Boppard – Rüdesheim

Your cycle tour starts with the MS 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.

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.

Today’s cycling will take you via Laubenheim to Nierstein, the biggest vine growing community on the river Rhine, where you will re-join the MS Patria to enjoy lunch on board. Later in the day you will 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 excursion, bookable on board). Guest who will not participate, will have dinner on board.
Nierstein - Mannheim
Mannheim – Heidelberg

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. In Heidelberg you can choose to walk to Heidelberg Castle on your own or you can join a guided tour through the city (optional excursion, bookable on board). Heidelberg is a city that attracts tourists from all over the world keen to visit Heidelberg Castle, the Old Neckar Bridge, Philosophers' Way, the narrow, winding alleys of the Old Town, the numerous market squares and the city’s magnificent churches.

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. In the evening a night watchman in traditional clothing will guide you on a tour of the city (optional excursion, bookable on board).
Bad Wimpfen

The first stop on your final day of cycling is Burg Hornberg (Hornberg Castle) in Neckarzimmern. A partially ruined castle located on a steep outcrop overlooking the Neckar Valley, it is the largest and oldest castle in the 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 attract people from throughout Germany and beyond. The main sights are the Blue Tower, the ‘Steinhaus’ (Stone House) and the medieval old town.
Bad Wimpfen

Disembarkation: After breakfast you will disembark, till 9 am: End of tour.


    • 8 days/7 nights
    • 7 x breakfast
    • Packed lunches or noontime snacks
    • 7 x 3- or 4-course dinner
    • Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
    • Welcome drink
    • Use of bed linen and towels
    • Daily cleaning of the cabin
    • Climate-controlled cabin (lower deck)
    • Daily briefings by multilingual (German/English) on board tour manager
    • Independent cycling tours (on board tour manager can be reached on his cell phone)
    • 2020: GPS tracks
    • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
    • Drinks
    • Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM
    • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental incl. pannier bag
    • Helmet (not available on board)
    • Personal insurances
    • Gratuities (at your discretion)
    • Entrance fees and excursions
    • City maps
    • Fees for ferries
    • Transfers to/from the docking place
    • Parking fees
    • Wi-Fi (unlimited data package to be purchased on board: € 10 per device)
  • The Patria, sailing on the Neckar, Rhine,  Moselle and Saar, is an authentic ship that has been adapted for cycling cruises. The ship sails under Dutch Flag and management. It had its sailing area in The Netherlands for many years and, as from 2011, it has been sailing in Germany. The Patria is a very popular ship for boat & bike tours.

    Description of the cabins
    The Patria has 34  twin cabins (7 m² – 75 sq.ft.) of which 15 are situated on the lower deck and 19 on the upper deck. Each cabin has two separate single beds,  a private shower, toilet and basin. On the upper deck, the windows of the cabins can be opened, on the lower deck the windows of the cabins are fixed for safety reasons; these lower deck cabins have an individually regulated air conditioning system. All cabins have central heating, a ventilation system and a hair dryer.

    Description of the ship
    On the lower deck, you will find the cozy, air-conditioned restaurant where the meals of excellent quality will be served. The beautiful, air-conditioned lounge of the Patria, with TV, a bar and large windows, is situated on the upper deck. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially covered sun deck, there is a cycle shed as well as sitting places (tables and chairs) where guests can relax on nice evenings and enjoy the scenery while cruising.

    Facts about the ship
    Length:            68 m (223 ft.)
    Width:             7,67 m (24 ft.)
    Crew:              12
    Cabins:            34
    Pass.:               68 (max.)






Guided / per person
Standard Adult Double €849-€849-
Adult Single €1254-€1254-
Premium Adult Double -€949-€949
Adult Single -€1419-€1419

weeks alternate departure and itinerary: Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen and Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz


Bike rental €75
e-Bike rental €165

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