Self-guided Bike and Barge

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Germany / Rhine and Neckar cycle route

From Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz

Sailing on the boat Patria you will explore a landscape made of towering cliffs, steep vineyards, castles perched on virtually every hilltop and pretty villages lining the river banks, where history and nature mingle beautifully. Simply a romantic gem, waiting to be discovered by you on the best possible means of transport to truly savour it: a bicycle.
  • Day by Day


    1. Bad Wimpfen.

    Arrival and embarkation. The Patria awaits you in Bad Wimpfen where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 pm onward. Your first night will be spent in Bad Wimpfen, an idyllic and romantic spa village on the Neckar River well-known for the warm, salty and revitalizing water that attracts people from throughout Germany and beyond. The main sights are the Blue Tower, the “Steinhaus” (Stone House) and the medieval old town.

    2. Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (45 km - 28 miles)
    Today you will pedal to Neckarzimmern, where you can decide to either cycle or walk to Burg Hornberg (Hornberg Castle), where Götz von Berlichingen once lived. After visiting the castle you will continue to cycle to the historic and picturesque town of Eberbach, your destination for the day. While strolling through the winding streets and small squares, you can enjoy the serene life of the old city of the royal family: the Hohenstaufen.

    3. Eberbach – Heidelberg (35 km - 22 miles)
    Your first destination today is Hirschhorn – the “Pearl of the Neckar valley” – situated on a horseshoe bend on the Neckar River. From there you will cycle through the low mountain range of Odenwald to Neckarsteinach, then via Ziegelhausen to Heidelberg where the Patria will be waiting for you. Heidelberg is a city that attracts tourists from all over the world to visit the Castle, the Old Neckar Bridge, the Philosophers’ Way, the narrow winding alleys of the Old Town,  numerous market squares and the city’s magnificent churches. Definitely worth a visit.

    4. Heidelberg – Nierstein (25 km - 15 miles)
    Make sure you cross the Neckar before leaving this morning for a perfect view of Heidelberg and its famous castle. Today you will cycle via Ladenburg, which was founded by the Romans, on to Mannheim where you will re-board the Patria for lunch and the journey to Nierstein, the largest wine growing community along the Rhine and a popular destination if you’re interested in exploring the vineyards especially on a tractor!

    5. Nierstein – Mainz (15/25 km - 10/16 miles)
    Today you will cycle along picturesque cycle paths next to the Rhine up to Mainz, a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times. While you are there take the time to discover the city’s many churches, museums and monuments. The most important ones are the Dom (cathedral), the Royal Palace, the State Theatre, the Citadel and the monument of Gutenberg.

    6. Mainz – Rüdesheim/Bingen (35 km - 23 miles)
    After  breakfast you will leave Mainz and pedal through the beautiful Rheingau region, one of 13 designated German wine regions, via the historic  town of Eltville to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim. Make sure you take a stroll through the famous Drosselgasse, the old town’s lane full of beautifully restored buildings. The Patria will berth for the night in either Rüdesheim or Bingen.

    7. Rüdesheim/Bingen – Koblenz (45 km - 28 miles)
    Cycle on the left river bank to Boppard 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 small burgs alongside the celebrated Rock of Lorely. In the afternoon, the Patria will take  you to Koblenz where the rivers Rhine an Moselle meet. You will spend your last night on board in this fascinating 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.

    8. Koblenz
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast  approx 9.00 am.

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



  • How to get there

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

    The precise point of embarkation will be written in the Final Tour Details which you will receive a few days before departure. It will not be far from Bad Wimpfen’s train station (about 200 mt).

    By plane
    The easiest way to get to Bad Wimpfen is flying into Stuttgart . From the airport you can then take a train that in 2 hours and at least 2 changes will take you to Bad Wimpfen. Further information on

    By car
    We suggest you leave your car at the parking place by the station for the whole week. Alternatively you can park at the free parking place adjacent the bus station (Busparkplatz Seegarten). From there you can walk to the point of embarkation (15/20 minute on foot). Further information on parking places on


  • Accommodation and meals

    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 helmet are not mandatory. 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 a collaborator of ours will explain the route of the day. Do not hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. During the day he/she will be riding along the route and can be reachen on his/her mobile phones for any problem.

    Staff support
    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.

  • 1 Variations

Tour details


from 849 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type



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 and specified meals
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • 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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