Cycling Holiday along the Main, Rhine and Mosel

Along the Main, Rhine and Mosel

Visit the famous rivers of Germany

Starting at € 1.495,-
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Summary
  • 8 Days Monday to Monday
  • 40 km average per day
  • Arrival Aschaffenburg Frankfurt Airport
  • Departure Cochem Frankfurt Airport
Highlights
  • Metropole Frankfurt am Main
  • Loreley cliffs
  • Koblenz city of 2 rivers
  • Cochem
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Cycling level 1

    Distance: 35-50 km average per day. Altitude: 0-100 hm average per day. The lightest cycling holiday; over mostly flat terrain, with not too long daily distances (average 50 km). Short spicy slopes with height differences of up to ± 100 meters occur.

Discover the famous rivers of Germany

Ride along waters such as the Main and Moselle, tributaries of the mighty Rhine. Pedal through villages dating back to the Middle Ages. The Rhine is a throbbing artery of European commerce. The Main and Moselle are smaller rivers with a long history.

This bike and barge holiday takes you through very diverse landscapes and regions. You travel along the rivers Main, Rhine and Moselle. Legends come to life around every turn; steep vineyards, the deep Loreley cliffs, the deadly Bingen Reef, the legendary site where Rheingold is buried. But you also visit vibrant cities such as Mainz and Frankfurt am Main. A journey through ancient and new Germany.

Daily Program

  • Day 1 Aschaffenburg

    Embarkation between 2 pm and 3 pm. Starting in the beautiful city of Aschaffenburg with a lot of shops and terraces. After boarding the Zwaan you will be introduced to the crew and will be allocated your bike. In the evening you can take a walk around the city of Aschaffenburg.
    Aschaffenburg is famous for its dominating Johannisburg castle overlooking the Main river. The massive four-winged complex, built from 1605 to 1614 under Archbishop-Elector Johann Schweikard von Kronberg, is one of the most important examples of palace architecture from the German Renaissance era. You can also visit the Pompejanum, an idealized replica of a Roman Village, build in the 19th century.

     

  • Day 2 Aschaffenburg - Frankfurt-am-Main 45 km

    The first stop on your cycle route is in Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm Brothers were born. A small ferry takes you to the other side of the Main River where the route leads to the small, romantic city of Selingenstadt with its winding alleys, basilica, and medieval half-timbered houses. The final destination today is Frankfurt, one of Germany’s largest cities. Frankfurt is a vibrant and thriving commercial city, home to many international banks and the stock market. The city has a long history and is also home to many museums.

  • Day 3 Frankfurt-am-Main – Mainz 45 km

    Following the river downstream, your route will first lead away from the Main. A shortcut through a wooded area leads to the banks of the mighty Rhine. Today’s destination is Mainz, where the Main River flows into the Rhine. In the afternoon, there is time to explore this exciting city. Mainz’s inner city is its pride and joy, filled with spacious squares, lovingly restored half-timbered houses and magnificent Baroque-style churches. The old city center datesback to Roman times

  • Day 4 Mainz - Ruedesheim 35 km

    The short route today gives you plenty of time to enjoy the day's destination, the lovely town of Ruedesheim. You cycle through rolling vineyards and well-known wine villages. The Rhine flows gently, forming small islands and broadening its bed up to 800 m wide. Stroll through the “Drosselgasse”, famous for its entertaining music and taste some of the wines of this wine village. This small old “gasse” is only 144 meters long and has thousands of paving stones. There is a cable car to a very scenic viewpoint over the Rhine Valley. Another option is to explore the center of Asbach, home of German Brandy, which has been produced locally since 1892.

  • Day 5 Ruedesheim - St. Goar 33 km

    You now ride upstream along the Rhine, with vineyards all around. At the end of the ride near St Goar you cycle through the narrow passage at the Loreley, where legends still live. There is an ancient poem about an enchanting woman, the beautiful Lore Lay, betrayed by her sweetheart, and accused of bewitching men and causing their deaths. Instead of sentencing her to death, the bishop sent her to a nunnery. Along the way, accompanied by three knights, she comes to Lorelei rock. She asks permission to climb it and view the Rhine once again. Thinking that she sees her love in the Rhine, she falls to her death. The rock still echoes her name.

  • Day 6 St. Goar - Koblenz 35 km

    Between St. Goar and Boppard you cycle through the area that is the most visited part of the Rhine. Boppard has always been a visitor magnet with steep vineyards and one of the most beautiful lakeside promenades on the Middle Rhine. It also boasts the oldest preserved Roman fortress walls north of the Alps. You continue through charming little wine villages and end at your final destination for the day, the city of Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle and overseen by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

  • Day 7 Koblenz – Cochem 41 km

    This last cycling day takes you for a short trip in the morning to the first lock in the Moselle, so that you have a head start for your cycle tour to the foot of the hills where Burg Eltz is hidden. Untouched by wars or fires, you will find this beautiful castle worth the hike to reach it. The guided tour takes you back through the ages. Then you cycle on to Cochem, the most visited village on the Moselle River. A vibrant and characteristic Moselle town with steep, vine-covered mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful half-timbered houses and cafés. Time for a Moselle wine!

  • Day 8 Cochem

    After breakfast: disembarkation at 10 AM. If you have an early flight, ask the the tourleader to arrange a taxi to the Airport.

Cycling in Germany

Along the Main, Rhine and Mosel

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots along the Main, Rhine and Mosel. The average daily distance is around 40 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Gps-tracks can be provided by e-mail.

Aschaffenburg view on the Main
Along the Main river
Aschaffenburg castle
Frankfurt am Main
Koblenz
Harvest of the grapes
Taking a ferry
Barge Zwaan
On the road
Zwaan on the Mosel river

What else do you need to know?

Prices per person in 2024

! Note: the tour starts on Monday! 

Supplements:
Reservation costs € 25,- per booking
Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)

Zwaan

All departure dates 
Luxury double cabin, with double bed € 1.955,- 
Twin cabin € 1.735,-
Smaller double front cabin, with double bed € 1.495,-
Smaller front cabin for single use € 2.225,- 

Extra options 
Rental touring bike per week (bike insurance included) € 110,-
Rental E-bike per week (bike insurance included) € 220,- (from 155cm)
Special diet (gluten free, lactose free, vegan) € 75,- per diet (to be specified when booking)

Included

  • All nights on board, bed-linen and towels
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route information
  • Bike maps, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not Included

  • Reservation costs
  • Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund (Insolvency Protection)
  • Bicycle rent (optional)
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 25,-
  • Other drinks on board 
  • Personal insurance

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • Due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, the route/program may be changed without notice.
  • We do not allow private e-bikes on board (due to safetly regulations)
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; lactose free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 75, – per diet per week (possible on request up to 14 days prior to start of the tour). If ordered upon arrival this supplement is € 100,- per diet per week, to be paid on spot.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 10 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.

Info

Boarding time on Monday is between 2 PM and 3 PM. You can recognise the barge by the banner with ‘Cycletours’ written on it. The name of your barge ‘Zwaan’ is printed on the voucher, which you will receive separately. After arrival there’s coffee and tea on board. Other drinks are also available on cash payment.  If you want you can bring your luggage in advance from noon onwards.

The mooring place of the barge in Aschaffenburg is along the Main.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Frankfurt Airport (FRA). You need to take the train to Aschaffenburg. Travel time is a about 1 hour.  The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) is about € 20,-. For the exact departure times and prices check deutschebahn

Train

Aschaffenburg has a train station. From the station it is walking distance to the mooring place of the barge (1.5 km/ 1 mile). You also can take a taxi to the barge (5 minutes).

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later on Monday morning after breakfast before 9.30 AM. You will spend the night from Sunday to Monday on board in Cochem.
From Cochem station you can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Travel time is about 2 hours. A one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 35,- per person. For the exact departure times and prices check deutschebahn

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Free WiFi is (limited) available in lounge and on deck.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you suffer from food allergies or food intolerance (such as lactose- or gluten- intolerance/-allergy) or if you have special meal requirements (vegetarian; pescetarian; vegan meals; gluten free meals etc.), we ask you to mention this when booking, but no later than 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus and special food requirements cannot always be met in all details.
In case of vegan meals, gluten free or lactose diet, there is an additional charge. This charge is € 75,- per diet/ per person/per week when you  order the diet when booking and € 100,- per diet/ per person/per week when ordering on spot.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays).

 

F.A.Q.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of gluten free diet; lactose free diet or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 75,- per week. 

  • What happens when it rains?

    Most of the participants then wear rainwear. When the weather is so bad that cycling becomes really impossible (and that is almost never the case!), The guide organizes an alternative program with, for example, cultural excursions and city tours.

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. The common language on board is English.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • Can I choose my own itinerary without a guide

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.