Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Strasbourg / Mainz
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    162-171 km / 101-106 mi
  • Distance per day:
    18-52 km / 11-32 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 afternoon coffee and cake, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches, otherwise there is a small lunch.

Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike

Alsace, Baden & Palatinate on MS Olympia - from 1199 €

The Tour

Strasbourg - Mainz 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 "Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike" is suitable for less experienced cyclists. The tour starts in Strasbourg.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Olympia.

Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike - Cyclist
Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike - MS Olympia

Day 1 Arrival in Strasbourg
Embarkation starts at 4 pm, afterwards you can cross the Rhine river by foot and spend the evening in the historic city centre of Strasbourg.

Day 2 Strasbourg - Gambsheim, 18 km/11 mi + boat trip
There is an extensive lock system you can visit in Gambsheim. You’ll reach the impressive fortress down of Germersheim by ship.

Day 3 Germersheim - Speyer, approx. 22 km/14 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 Speyer - Mannheim, approx. 28 km/17 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 Roundtrip to Heidelberg, approx. 52 km/32 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 Mannheim - Worms, approx. 26 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 Nierstein - Mainz, 17-20 km/ 10-12 mi + boat trip
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 "Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike" ends.

Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike - Heidelberg
Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike - Bergheim
Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

Here are the details on MS Olympia.

Included in "Strasbourg - Mainz 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
  • 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
    15.06. + 13.07.
  • 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 "Strasbourg - Mainz by Boat & Bike":

  • Arrival by car
    Outside the center there are numerous Park & Ride parking spaces.
    Parking garage Gare Wodli at the main station, cost approx. 140 €/week.

  • Arrival by train:
    Strasbourg main 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. 70 €.

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.
The Tour
Prices & Dates
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