Rhine river by boat and bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Mainz / Cologne
  • 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.

Rhine river by boat and bike

Mainz - Cologne with MS Olympia from 1199 €

The Tour

Rhine river by boat and bike - Rüdesheim

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 tour on the river Rhine by boat and bike is also ideal for less experienced cyclists. The tour starts in Mainz.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Olympia.

Rhine river by boat and bike - cyclist
Rhine river by boat and bike - MS Olympia

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

Day 2 Mainz - Rüdesheim, approx. 32 km / 20 mi 
You can choose whether you want to visit the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral), or hop on your bike straightaway. In Rüdesheim you will have great fun on a trip with the cabin cable car.

Day 3 Rüdesheim - St. Goar, approx. 32 km / 20 mi
You will not only find impressive castles up in the hills, but also directly on the Rhine. Unlike many unlucky shipmen before you, you will safely pass the famous Loreley cliffs, which have been the stuff of legends for centuries.

Day 4 St. Goar - Koblenz, approx. 38 km / 23 mi
Steep vineyards and countless hill castles such as Castle Cat and Castle Mouse characterise the vistas in your tour through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley.

Day 5 Koblenz - Andernach approx. 25 km / 15 mi
Today you will cycle past Neuwied to Andernach. The baroque castle Engers, which was once inhabited by the Bishops of Trier, is particularly worth seeing.

Day 6 Andernach - Bonn, approx. 45 km / 28 mi
The cold-water geyser in Andernach and the sulphur springs in Bad Breisig are testament to the region’s volcanic past.

Day 7 Bonn - Köln, ca. 37 km / 23 mi
Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, offers a number of interesting buildings and museums. In Cologne, the famous Cathedral awaits you.

Day 8 Departure 
After breakfast your tour "Rhine river by boat and bike" unfortunately comes to an end. Disembarkation at 9 a.m.

Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

Here are the details on MS Olympia.
Included in your package "Rhine river by boat and bike":
  • 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
    22.06. + 20.07.
  • 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 to "Rhine river by boat and bike":

  • Arrival by car
    Car park at the main station, costs approx. 10 €/day, no prior reservation possible

  • Arrival by train:
    Mainz Main station

  • Arrival by plane:
    Airport Franfurt, every half an hour, duration approx. 30 min, without train changes, normal fare approx. 15 €.

Return transfer:

  • Under your own steam by train, every hour, duration approx. 2 h, without train changes, normal fare approx. 50 €.

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 of 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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