Boat & bike on the Rhine - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Cologne / Mainz
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    210 km / 130 mi
  • Distance per day:
    25-45 km / 15-28 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.

Boat & bike on the Rhine

Cologne - Mainz with MS Olympia from 1199 €

The Tour

Boat & bike on the Rhine

Between Cologne and Mainz, Cologne Cathedral and Imperial Cathedral you will find a stunning landscape ideal for bike tours. The area offers ancient cultural landscapes, which date back further than Roman times and the Rhine Gorge, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is also well known as a wine region for excellent wines and offers outstanding cycle paths, which accompany the Rhine. This Boat & bike tour on the river Rhine is also ideal for less experienced cyclists. The tour starts in Cologne.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Olympia.

Boat & bike on the Rhine - MS Olympia
Boat & bike on the Rhine - cyclist

Day 1 Arrival in Cologne
Embarkation starts at 4 p.m., afterwards you can spend the evening in the historic city centre. 

Day 2 Cologne - Bonn, approx. 37 km / 23 mi
You can either visit Cologne Cathedral, or hop on your bike to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, which offers a number of interesting buildings and museums.

Day 3 Bonn - Andernach, approx. 45 km / 28 mi
Slowly the Eifel and Westerwald mountain ranges move closer to the Rhine. Bad Breisig profits from sulphur springs, which admittedly can sometimes be a little smelly, while Andernach offers a clear cold-water geyser.

Day 4 Andernach - Koblenz, approx. 25 km / 15 mi
The baroque castle Engers, which was once inhabited by the Bishops of Trier, is particularly worth seeing. You will have a splendid view of Koblenz from the fortress Ehrenbreitstein.

Day 5 Koblenz - St. Goar, approx. 38 km / 23 mi
Steep vineyards and countless hill castles such as Castle Katz and Castle Maus characterise the vistas on your tour through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley.

Day 6 St. Goar - Rüdesheim, approx. 32 km / 20 mi
Unlike many unlucky shipmen before you, you will safely pass the famous Loreley cliffs, which have been the stuff of legends for centuries. In Rüdesheim you will have great fun on a trip with the cabin cable car.

Day 7 Rüdesheim - Mainz, approx. 32 km / 20 mi
Up until now the vineyards mainly grew Riesling grapes, but now you can also find excellent Pinor Noir vines. In Mainz you should not miss the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral).

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your tour "Boat & bike on the Rhine" unfortunately comes to an end. Disembarkation at 9 a.m.

Boat & bike on the Rhine - Castle
Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

Here are the details on MS Olympia.
Included in your package "Boat & bike on the Rhine":
  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • complimentary coffee/cake
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink
  • english speaking on-board tour guide
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • passenger-, harbour- and lock dutie
  • optional rental bike
  • optional tickets for guided tours, bookable on board
  • outside cabins, approx. 11-12 sqm (118-129 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • level-access beds
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • cabins on the upper deck offer openable windows
  • eco cabins: 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.
  • If you choose to wear a helmet, we recommend using your own due to the variety of head sizes and shapes and for hygienic reasons.

Travel time 2024:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    29.06. + 27.07.
  • 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.
  • 1199 € 2-bed cabin, main deck
  • 1349 € 2-bed cabin, upper deck, eco
  • 1399 € 2-bed cabin upper deck
  • 1449 € single cabin, upper deck
  • 1559 € 2-bed cabin, main deck, single occupancy
  • 1819 € 2-bed cabin, upper deck, single occupancy
  •     90 € rental bike
  •   195 € e-bike
  •     30 € private bike/e-bike

The booking process

      The Tour


      Arrival for "Boat & bike on the Rhine":

      • Arrival by car:
        Parking: Car park or multi-storey car park: for example Globus multi-storey car park (guarded, prior reservation needed), approx. 6 km from the Cologne jetty, costs approx. € 109,- to 134,- € per week.

      • Arrival by train:
        Cologne Main Station

      • Arrival by plane:
        Airport Köln/Bonn:

      Return transfer:

      • Under your own steam by train, every hour, duration approx. 2 h, without train changes, normal fare approx. 55 €.

      Personal bikes:
      In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

      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.
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