Let yourself be seduced by the romantic Middle Rhine to a particularly enjoyable cycling trip from Mainz to Cologne. Follow the Rhine cycle path on short daily stages alongside the famous vineyards to Eltville, the Kloster Eberbach, and further to Rudesheim. Marvel at the Loreley rock, walk up and enjoy a fantastic view of the Rhine Valley. Deep green forests, fortified castles and romantic castles are on your path. Such famous cities as Mainz, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne are very attractive overnight destinations. On this trip you have enough time for everything!
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Arrive in Mainz today. Free evening to enjoy this medieval city. Collect your rental bikes and tour information this evening.
The first stretch of the journey on the Rhine cycle path leisurely takes you through a wonderful landscape. A short detour to the wine, sparkling wine and rose town of Eltville is worthwhile. The oldest town in the Rheingau region awaits you with its colourful framework houses and romantic rose gardens. The abbey Eberbach is one of the most important cultural monuments in Germany. The history of the abbey reaches back to the 12th century and manifests itself in the splendid architectural features.
From Rudesheim to Bingen you can take the Rhine ferry and then cycle on the well-developed bike path to Bacharach. Alone on these 16 km you will pass the Mäuseturm, the castles Rheinstein and Reichenstein and Burg Sooneck and Hohneck and the ruin Fürstenberg. Everywhere it is worth to take a break and in Bacharach, you should climb the city walls before you finally cycle to St. Goar.
Here you should also climb the Loreley. A hiking trail leads up and gives you the beautiful view to the narrowest part in the romantic Rhine valley. The worth visiting visitor center on the Loreley offers interesting insights into the history, nature and culture of the region as well as the myth of the Loreley.
You continue along the Rhine Valley to Boppard, where you can take the chair lift up to quiet heights and wonderful views, or you take a detour by train (Hunsrückhöhenbahn) and reach the Moselle valley.
Also today, the Castles on the Rhine will be your loyal companion. Be it in Sayn and Neuwied, Andernach or Namedy and also in Brohl and Bad Breisig, the palaces and castles invite you to visit. On the flat Rhine cycle path you can drift comfortably and find even more time to relax at the end of the day at the spa “Römerthermen” in Bad Breisig.
This morning Remagen is worth a stop. See the location where the former towers of the famous bridge rise on the banks and where today an attractions peace museum is located. In Bad Honnef the pedestrian zone and the marketplace with many cafes invite to pause. Ot you visit the island Grafenwerth which is lying with lush meadows and ancient trees in the middle of the Rhine and is considered a recreational paradise. In the cause of the tour the Siebengebirge comes close to the river and in Koenigswinter you can go up with the oldest rack railway to the “fabled” Drachenfels and enjoy the view. Finally Bonn attracts with numerous monuments and museums, and you can again experience an interesting day.
Today the flat Rhine Cycle Route leads always right on the shore. This ensures that the stage to Cologne will be a real pleasure. Even from afar the Cologne Cathedral is moving into focus and increases the anticipation for this destination. Today the stage is not too long, and you can reached early your hotel in downtown. This gives you enough time to admire the manifold sights of Cologne.
Today your beautiful cycling holiday ends after breakfast in Cologne at the hotel.
RATING – Easy to Moderate
Paved cycle paths along the river, with a few small hills; suitable for novice cyclists and families alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Frankfurt, with regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal to Mainz (20 minutes). These cost approx. $40.00 one way.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
2019 Seasons / Departures: These independent tours depart daily from mid-April to early October
Season A: 19.04 – 09.05 and 01.09 – 06.10
Season B: 10.05 – 31.08
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1020|
|Season B Surcharge||$70|
|Upgrade to better 3 and 4 star hotels||$100|
This tour includes:
Various other Rhine tour options include:
6 nights from Mainz to Cologne
7 nights from Constance to Freiburg
9 nights along the Rhine and Moselle
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