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The Rhine Cycle Route provides fine views over the Rhine, which has often been immortalised in story and song, as well as over untouched riverside forests with rich varied fauna and flora. The cycleway also leads through picturesque towns, villages and winegrowing areas. The region boasts a wealth of popular touristic destinations and cultural sites as well as of culinary specialities. You cannot miss a short detour to the Neckar River and to Heidelberg, a marvellous city steeped in history. Words are useless to describe the beautiful landscape, the unique cultural sites and the regional delicacies: you simply have to experience them yourself!
Embarkation in Strasbourg from 3:00 – 5:00 am. There may be time to explore the capital of the Alsace with its many canals.
Enjoy your breakfast during a boat tour starting in Strasbourg. After arriving at the lock station in Gambsheim/Freistett you start your cycle tour directly alongside the Rhine through the gentle Rhine plain up to Plittersdorf. Here you stay for the night. Active cyclists can also start their cycle tour directly in the morning in Kehl (Cycle tour Kehl – Plittersdorf approx. 60 km)
Today’s cycle stretch leads along the oxbow lakes through seemingly unspoilt nature. Look forward to visiting the old fortified town of Germersheim with its many picturesque lanes, corners and squares. Continuing through the Palatinate land, you reach the cathedral city of Speyer. Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.
Enjoy a short cycle ride alongside the Old Rhine, past marvellous lakes, through untouched protected areas designated as National Nature Reserves and natural flood plains. You reach Mannheim, also called the “City of Squares” due to its layout in a grid-pattern. In these squares, countless places are well worth visiting as for example the famous Mannheim Baroque Palace – German largest Baroque palace complex and the water tower – the city’s landmark.
Today the tour leads through the core of the Electoral Palatinate and thus partly along the Castle Road. Schwetzingen Castle and its castle garden are only two reasons to visit the charming town of Schwetzingen. From here, the route continues via Plankstadt and Eppelheim to Heidelberg. Already visible from afar, the castle ruin of Heidelberg Castle towers over the Old Town. Admire the famous Heidelberg red sandstone bridge or stroll through meandering lanes and see the picturesque squares in the Old Town.
You leave the history-charged Heidelberg and follow the course of the Neckar River. The Roman city of Ladenburg with its historic Old Town is well worth a stop-off. After Mannheim, you will be back on the Rhine and follow its course until you reach the imperial city of Worms. On your journey through two millenniums of the city’s history, learn about emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelung, Judaism and Martin Luther.
With almost 1,000 Hectare of viticultural area, Nierstein is home to the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. The historic Old Town with its medieval market square and noble houses is also well worth visiting. A short stretch that leaves plenty of time for one to indulge oneself: cycle on the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways directly alongside the Rhine from Nierstein to Mainz. Guests, who would like to cycle a longer stretch, can also choose to start the cycle tour already in Worms. Cycle tour Worms-Mainz 60 km.
After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00 am. Individual journey home.
We recommend early bookings as these trips are quickly sold out!
The modern and elegant atmosphere aboard the vessel will make your journey a relaxed experience. The Upper deck holds the tastefully furbished saloon with bar and a bright and friendly restaurant. The spacious sun deck is partly shaded and features comfortable deck chairs for the passengers to enjoy the passing scenery. Upper deck: twelve cabins with sliding glass doors and French balcony and two cabins with opening panoramic windows. Currency on board is € and Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.
Last refit: 2018
Length: 83 m
Wide: 9.64 m
11 m², hotel-style beds, en-suite facilities with shower and hair dryer, TV, safe, and individually controlled air conditioning
Upper deck has 12 two-bed cabins with large floor to ceiling windows that can open from the top down to midpoint. There are 2 single bed cabins with panoramic windows that can open. Main deck has 34 two-bed cabins with non-opening windows.
Bedding as well as emptying of the dustbin, fresh towels mid-week
On the sundeck numerous comfortable deck chairs are awaiting the cyclists. The outdoor area on the main deck is furnished in the style of a lounge and invites you to have fun and relax.
Strasbourg departure dates : 25 May , 6 June, 20 July
Mainz departure dates : 18 May, 29 June, 13 July
|2 bed Cabin Main Deck||999€|
|1 bed cabin upper deck||1598€|
|2 beds upper deck with French balcony||1199€|
|2 bed cabin for single use main deck||1498€|
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