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Cologne to Mainz by Bike and Barge

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
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  • Cycling through the fairytale Middle Rhine Valley
  • Indulging in regional delicacies and wines
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its romantic castles and picturesque towns such as Koblenz, Rudesheim, Cologne and Mainz
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable MS Arkona

Short Description

Explore the storybook inspired landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley by bike and barge

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking



Cities & Attractions

Bonn Cologne Koblenz Rudesheim

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Day 1 Arrive Cologne

On arrival in Cologne, you are welcome on board the MS Arkona, a river barge with a comfortable atmosphere, between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Enjoy the evening on board and afterwards perhaps sample a Kölsch beer in one of the pubs overlooking the Rhine river.

meals : D

Day 2 Cycle to the city of Beethoven, Bonn (37km/23mi)

Before heading out on the cycle today, you have the option to join a walking tour of Cologne's old town and cathedral (additional cost - payable locally). Today you will cycle to Bonn, the city of Beethoven. This federal city and former capital of Germany still has international flair. On your way it is worthwhile to visit the leisure island Groov amidst a vast landscape of the Rheinaue wetland in the Cologne suburb Porz-Zundorf. In Bonn there are museums of interest such as the House of History, the Bundeskunsthalle and House of Beethoven. You can also visit the Rheinaue Leisure Park, and the Bundesviertel on the 'Path of Democracy' in the former Government Quarter of Bonn.

meals : B,L,D

Day 3 Continue to Andernach via Drachenburg Castle (45km/28mi)

The cycle today will lead you to Andernach. Along the way you will pass through Konigswinter with its Drachenburg Castle on the Drachenfels (steep ascent), and the Sea Life aquarium with more than 6,000 sea inhabitants. Your destination for today, Andernach, is famous for the world's largest cold water spring with an impressive 60m / 196ft fountain.

meals : B,L,D

Day 4 Cycle to Koblenz (25km/15.5mi)

On today's cycle to Koblenz you will find Engers Castle in Neuwied, built around the 17th century. Continue to the famous "Deutsche Eck" (German corner) where the Moselle river merges with the Rhine river. Further along you will find the Ehrenbreitstein fortress, which you can reach by cable car across the Rhine in Koblenz (tickets available for purchase on board).

meals : B,L,D

Day 5 Continue through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley to St Goar (38km/24mi)

Today you cycle up the Rhine river through the UNESCO world heritage site the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. You will pass the romantic fortress Marksburg, the only hilltop castle of Middle Rhine which has never been destroyed. Continue to the city Boppard with its fortress Kurfürstliche Burg, before reaching St Goar. Here you will find the ruins of the fortress Rheinfels, the largest of its kind along the Rhine. Also worth visiting are the fortresses of Katz and Maus (cat and mouse) in St. Goarshausen on the opposite side of the Rhine.

meals : B,L,D

Day 6 Pass beautiful castles en route to Rudesheim (32km/20mi)

You will cycle through more beautiful castles today such as the Burg Reichenstein and Burg Rheinstein, then past the famous rock Loreley before you reach Rudesheim. Take a guided tour around the historic town with its beautiful half-timbered houses (optional - additional cost payable on board). Alternatively, treat yourself with a ride on the cable car up to the Niederwald monument, for a beautiful view over the old town of Rudesheim and the river (not included).

meals : B,L,D

Day 7 Cycle to Mainz and explore its charming old town (32km/20mi)

On your final cycling stage you will find the Rhine at its best (if you weren't already impressed!). Along the way is the city Eltville am Rhein with its emblem, the castle Kurfurstliche Burg. Mainz, your destination for today, presents itself with numerous remarkable buildings. You may want to visit the cathedral Hoher Dom St. Martin, one of the proud emperors' cathedrals of Germany, or the castle Kurfurstliches Scloss. In the old town you will find attractive alleys and squares like the Augustinerstraße and the Kirschgarten with its lovely timber framed houses and wine restaurants.

meals : B,L,D

Day 8 Trip concludes in Mainz

Trip concludes after breakfast around 9:00am and individual departure from Mainz. Note: Itinerary operates in reverse every alternate departure, i.e. Mainz to Cologne.

meals : B


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I've done 3 trips with UTracks and I'm constantly dreaming of which one I'll choose next! They have all been excellent - fantastically interesting and well planned.
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Most memorable moment? Cycling through the beautiful countryside and small villages of Holland

Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.


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Only ground transport


    Additional Information:

    7 nights barge

    Physical Requirements

    INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 This trip involves 6 days cycling of between 30 and 45km/19 and 28mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. In and out of the cities there will be some light traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat. For this reason the trip is a grade 1 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners.*For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

    Rules & Other Requirements

    Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. (A comprehensive packing list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking).

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