France Bike, specialist for bike tours invites you for cycling holidays in Germany along the river of wine, castles and romance. Hot springs and spas already attracted the ancient Romans to the Rhine, 2000 years ago. Today vineyards and picturesque towns add to the region‘s charm and attract bikers like us. People from all over the world visit the Rhine Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002) between Mainz and Cologne and admire this manmade landscape as much as Tuscany and the Loire Valley. Enjoy your ride along the Rhine cycle route.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Mainz
Arrive early enough to visit the town! Not just the Roman-Germanic central museum, the Gutenberg museum, the emperor’s cathedral and the elector’s castle are worth an ample visit (arrival possible by German railway/ rental bike at hotel).
Day 2: Mainz > Rüdesheim, ~35-49 km
The beautiful first stage leads through rolling vineyards and well-known wine villages. The Rhine is flowing quite unhurriedly, forming little islands and broadening its bed up to 800 m width! Until you reach Rüdesheim you may visit (+ 14 km) the half-timbered town of Eltville and monastery Eberbach, which are worth seeing.
Day 3: Rüdesheim > St. Goar, ~34 km
Pompous castles attract on your way. And you definitely should climb up to the Lorelei! A hiking path leads up to this lovely spot and offers a beautiful sight to the narrowest part in the romantic Rhine Valley.
Day 4: St. Goar > Koblenz, ~36 km
Further on in the narrow Rhine Valley, the route first leads to Boppart. In this place it is quite turbulent, but if you wish you can go to "Vierseenblick" by cable car in densely wooded heights. Or you may visit on your further way to the ‚Deutsche Eck‘ in Koblenz the well preserved castle Marksburg and castle Stolzenfels.
Day 5: Koblenz > Bad Godesberg, ~61 km
Cozy health resorts and inviting wine villages vie for your visit! Thermal baths and beer gardens also want to regale you. Or you may have a break from cycling and go to an enjoyable boat trip on the Rhine. Between Koblenz and Bad Godesberg everything is possible!
Day 6: Bad Godesberg > Cologne, ~43 km
Bonn will be on your way and invites for an ample visit until the Cologne cathedral comes into field of vision. The today’s stage isn’t that long so you will be quite early in your hotel which is located in the city center. You will still have enough time to admire the manifold sights of Cologne.
Day 7: Cologne, end of the trip
Nobody wants to leave, but after a week in the beautiful Rhine Valley the tour ends in Cologne (departure possible with German railway).
6 nights in middle class hotels in cat. A
6 nights in guest houses and hotels in cat. B
6x tourist tax
map with route marked
detailed tour description
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
season I (649 €/person in double, cat. B and 719 €/person in double, cat. A)
season II (+30 €/person)
season III (+80 €/person)
route (1): ~209-223 km/132-142 miles
very easy cycling, also possible for family with children
how to get there
by car: motorway to Mainz
by train: station Mainz
by plane: airport Frankfurt-am-Main
in public car park near the hotel for ~10 €/day
back to Mainz every Wednesday and Saturday at 11a.m. for 89 €/person and 30 €/bike if own bike
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