Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Kehl (Strasbourg) / Mainz
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    175 km / 109 mi
  • Distance per day:
    20-60 km / 12-38 mi
  • Altitude profile:
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths and quiet side roads
  • Return transfer:
    individually by train

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike

Kehl/Strasbourg - Mainz on MS Olympia - from EUR 949

The Tour

Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike - Bergheim

The upper Rhine accompanies you on this bike tour through a landscape that is steeped in history. The locals on both sides of the river are connoisseurs of good food and drink. Mainz, Heidelberg and Strasbourg are impressive, while the small villages have a unique charm and are characterised by half-timbered houses. The tour "Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike" is suitable for less experienced cyclists. The tour starts in Kehl.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Olympia.

Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike - MS Olympia

Day 1 Arrival in Kehl
Embarkation is between 3 and 5 pm, afterwards you can cross the Rhine river by foot and spend the evening in the historic city centre of Strasbourg.

Day 2 Bike tour Strasbourg - Germersheim, 25 km/16 mi
There is an extensive lock system you can visit in Gambsheim. You’ll reach the impressive fortress down of Germersheim by ship.

Day 3 Bike tour Germersheim - Speyer, approx. 25 km/16 mi
You’ll cycle through the Flotzgrün landscape conservation area to the Roman city of Speyer, where one of the former imperial cathedrals awaits your visit.

Day 4 Bike tour Speyer - Mannheim, approx. 20 km/12 mi
Your route will take you through nature reserves and hints at the natural wetland landscapes, which characterised this area before the straightening of the Rhine. The Technoseum offers a fascinating journey through time, which illuminates various aspects of industrialisation.

Day 5 Bike tour to Heidelberg, approx. 60 km/38 mi
Today you’ll cycle across the Palatinate to the old university town of Heidelberg. The famous castle ruin towers high above the historic town centre. The Roman town Ladenburg is worth seeing.

Day 6 Bike tour Mannheim - Worms, approx. 25 km/16mi
Make your way to the imperial city of Worms via the Friesenheimer Island. Explore the winding streets and walk in the footsteps of the Nibelungs. In addition, another former imperial cathedral awaits you.

Day 7 Bike tour Nierstein - Mainz, approx. 20 km/12 mi
The ship will then take you further to the small wine town Nierstein, then you will reach Mainz, the former residence of the electoral prince and the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your tour Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike ends.



Here are the details on MS Olympia.

Included in "Baden & Palatinate by Boat & Bike":
  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • all harbour- and lock fees
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS-tracks
  • optional excursions, can be booked on board
  • optional rental bike
  • outside cabins, approx. 11-12 sqm (118-129 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • level-access beds
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • upper deck cabins offers openable windows
  • cabins aft: during sailing and manoeuvres the engine sounds can be more audible here

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes/coaster brakes or freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 20201:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    12.06. + 02.10.
  • Minimum number of participants: 75. This tour can be cancelled by the provider up to 3 weeks prior to its commencement. If this is the case, we will strive to supply our customers with an equivalent offer.


All prices are per person in a double cabin.

  •   949 EUR 2 bed cabin main deck 02.10.
  •   999 EUR 2 bed cabin main deck 12.06.
  • 1149 EUR 2 bed cabin upper deck 02.10.
  • 1199 EUR 2 bed cabin upper deck 12.06.
  • 1099 EUR 2 bed cabin upper deck, aft 02.10.
  • 1149 EUR 2 bed cabin upper deck, aft 12.06.
  • 1299 EUR single cabin upper deck 02.10.
  • 1349 EUR single cabin upper deck 12.06.
  • 1249 EUR cabin main deck, single occupancy 02.10.
  • 1299 EUR cabin main deck, single occupancy 12.06.
  •     75 EUR rental bike
  •   165 EUR e-bike

The booking process


The Tour



  • Arrival by car
    P & R parking space in Kehl free

  • Arrival by train:
    Strasbourg main station / Kehl train station

  • Arrival by plane:
    Airport Basel/Mulhouse

Return transfer:

  • Under your own steam by train, every hour, duration approx. 3 h, 1-2 train changes, normal fare approx. EUR 70.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.

The Tour
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