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Rhine & Neckar Premium 2-river tour in Germany

Cycle along the amazing, nature-filled Neckar River!

September 18 - 26 / 2024

Departure date: 18 september 2024
Average biking distance per day 25 to 55 KM / Level: Easy


Bike, Barge and cruise the mighty Rhine and charming Neckar river. Surrounded by mountains, vineyards and castles you will cycle your way thru Germany’s best kept secrets. Visit the romantic cities of Mainz, Worms, Heidelberg, Heilbronn and more. Included excursion to a vineyards with wine-tasting and a guided city tour.

Our guides scale this tour higher than the well-known and similar trips along the Moselle River. The Neckar River is less known but according to reports; more beautiful, more attractive cycling routes, more nature, more castles and less touristy.

Rhine & Neckar Premium 2-river tour in Germany | Cycle along the amazing, nature-filled Neckar River!
Departure port: Mainz Destination: Ludwigsburg Travel time: 9 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 25 to 55 KM / Level: Easy
Surrounded by mountains, vineyards and castles you will cycle your way through Germany’s best kept secrets. Excursion to the vineyards of Nierstein and wine-tasting included
€ 2.545,- p.p.
No more cabins available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Mainz

Check in: 3:30 PM – 4 PM. We will offer a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We also inform you about the tour, the ship and give you a safety briefing. Mainz is known for its spacious squares, lovingly restored half-timbered houses and magnificent Baroque churches that lend the old town a “gemütliches” (charming) character. You can explore it during an after-dinner stroll, because we will stay here overnight.

Day 2: Mainz – Nierstein. Bike tour approx. 25 KM
Day 3: Nierstein – Worms. Bike tour approx. 55 KM
Day 4: Worms - Ladenburg. Bike tour approx. 42 KM
Day 5: Ladenburg - Heidelberg. Bike tour approx. 15 KM - or extend to 45 KM
Day 6: Heidelberg - Eberbach. Bike tour approx. 32 KM
Day 7: Eberbach - Heilbronn. Bike tour approx. 55 KM - or short tour 18 KM
Day 8: Heilbronn – Marbach - Ludwigsburg. Bike tour approx. 55 KM
Day 9: Ludwigsburg

Your bike & barge cruise will include:

  • 8 nights on board Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrobe & slippers
  • culinary care: 8 breakfast buffets, 7 packed lunches and 7 x 3-course dinners
  • coffee, tea and iced water
  • services of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS-tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees
  • wine tasting
  • guided city tour


Your bike & barge cruise does not include:

  • one dinner
  • drinks other than mentioned
  • excursions other than mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities

For your comfort we rent electric bikes € 30 each per day, reservations ahead are advisable.

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Cologne to Saarburg

July 16 - 23 / 2022
The trip was perfect: well organized and beautiful scenery. Easy biking mostly along paths instead of city streets. Delicious gourmet dinners on the Merlijn. Comfortable beds, pretty ship with bouquets of flowers. Lia, the biking tour guide was amazing; informative, flexible, fun, and strong! I was proud that I could do all the biking with the trusty e-bike!