Mainz to Strasbourg by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Germany, France

Overview

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Why we love this tour

"Gentle cycle paths following the Rhine and Neckar rivers. You will be partly on the romantic Castle Road, this scenic route has fairytale fortresses that inspired local legends. This tour can be combined with the Rotterdam to Mainz route to create a three week tour."

Romantic castles, palaces and half-timbered houses

Oxbow lakes and protected wetlands

Fairytale fortresses on the Castle Road

Gentle cycling on paved riverside cycle paths

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
122miles/197km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
Jun, Aug, Sep
Code
GE044
Fly to
Frankfurt
Good for
Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Return
Stuttgart

Cycle and cruise to the historic cities and stunning landscapes between Mainz and Strasbourg. Medieval market squares, grand cathedrals and half-timbered houses are just some of the highlights. The region’s palaces are magnificent, and Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle is simply breathtaking. Staying on the MS Olympia, you’ll dine on board and pedal to a different destination each day. During afternoons, you can explore on foot or relax on the ship’s sun deck.

Gentle cycle paths guide you beside the Rhine and Neckar rivers, past pristine wetlands and oxbow lakes. Paved and signposted, the cycling is suitable for all. Halfway through the tour, you’ll pedal along part of the romantic Castle Road – steeped in tradition, this scenic route is imbued with legends and lined with fortresses that include Europe’s second-biggest Baroque palace. When you arrive in Strasbourg, prepare to be spellbound by its Gothic cathedral, pretty canals and twisting alleys.

This one week tour can be combined with Rotterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Mainz to create a unique two or three week trip along the Rhine on the same boat.

Accommodation

Mainz to Strasbourg

The superior class MS Olympia was refurbished in 2016 and has 49 cabins with a maximum of 96 passengers. There are 21 main deck twin cabins (approx. 11m²) and 22 upper deck twin cabins (approx. 11m²) plus two single cabins (approx. 9m²). Four larger upper deck twin cabins located at the stern where engine noise is possible are sold with a reduction. All cabins are en-suite with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, fridge, hair dryer, small safe, TV and large panoramic windows (that open on the upper deck cabins only).

On the upper deck there is a panoramic saloon with a bar and the restaurant is on the main deck.  The partly shaded large sun deck has deck chairs from which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

MS Olympia

MS Olympia

Strasbourg to Mainz

This is the reverse route from Strasbourg to Mainz on the MS Olympia. 

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation on the MS Olympia

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists or light lunch on board (non-cyclists) and dinner

English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)

Welcome meeting with drink

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning

Mooring fees

Coffee in the afternoon

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets

Bike hire

Entrance fees and excursions

Drinks on board

Transfers to/from the docking place

Ferry fees & tips

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier and a handlebar bag, small repair kit with spare inner tube, pump and lock are given per cabin and are included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 7 gears

£74

E-bike

£161

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Frankfurt, then take the train (DB) to Mainz.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, change for Cologne and change for Mainz.

How do I get back?

Take the train (DB) from Strasbourg and fly from Stuttgart.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

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