This is an active holiday by bike and boat in Germany on the banks of the Rhine and Main. Your adventure begins in Cologne, Germany's oldest city, which is watched over by the towering Gothic Cologne Cathedral, and ends in Bamberg, whose entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will spend time in legendary cities like Koblenz, Frankfurt and Würzburg, meandering through medieval alleys and cobbled streets that are surrounded by old times, but also filled with a youthful and energetic spirit.
History flows as deep and powerful as the currents of the rivers. On a relaxed, scenic and traffic-free route from one historic city to another, you can enjoy an exciting and varied landscape of cliffs, vineyards, forests, orchards, beautiful meadows and medieval hilltop castles.
• 11 days / 10 nights on board, 2-Persons cabin with private shower and toilet, air conditioning and central heating
• Full board (10 x breakfast, 9 x packed lunch, 9 x 3-course dinner
• Welcome meeting and toast
• Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
• Daily cabin cleaning
• WIFI on board
• 8-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag and a lock
• A universal sized bike helmet
• Complimentary water bottle
• 2 Tourleaders for the bike tours
• Daily cycling meeting
• GPS tracks
• All ferry fares en route
• Admission tickets for the Peace Museum Bridge at Remagen, Brewery tour and beer tasting in Miltenberg and a guided tour at the Residence Würzburg
What’s not included
• Local transportation and airfare
• 1 x dinner
• Other entrance fees than mentioned
• Drinks other than mentioned
• Private excursions
• Bicycle protection
2022 August 3th (wednesday): Cologne - Bamberg
Price: € 2085 per person
Single cabin: on request
Supplement e-bike: 150 euro (to reserve in advance, limited available)
Day 1: Cologne - Königswinter, 5-10 mi
Individual arrival in Cologne. Embarkation and check-in as from 1:00 PM. The Quo Vadis crew will welcome you on board. After the introduction we sail to Königswinter and have a warming-up ride.
Day 2: Königswinter – Remagen - Koblenz, 28 mi
We sail during breakfast to Remagen, here your bike tour starts, but first there is time to visit this town with a rich historical past. Nowadays it is known for its once famous Ludendorff Bridge, the only useable bridge over the Rhine taken over by the Americans in March 1945 in operation Lumberjack. In the bridgehead is a museum dedicated to its history. After Remagen a more romantic section of the Rhine valley starts with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards in the first mid-German hills. We pass the beloved bath resort Bad Breisig and also Bad Rhineeck. This stronghold in a beautiful scenery dates from 1100. Only 7 km before we re-unite with the Quo Vadis we visit Andernach, once a Roman settlement. It is still a wonderful town with many historical sites. Shortly after Andernach we arrive in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin Confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers [Rhine and Moselle]. The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia on the merging point is impressive landmark. Koblenz is a old city rebuilt after second World War damages
Day 3: Koblenz – Oberwesel - Bingen/Rüdesheim, 26 mi.
The barge sets off early today. The highlight of the morning is to sail along the Loreley, the magnificent rock on the right bank of the Rhine river. The cycle route begins in Oberwesel and leads along the Rhine river, passing charming villages such as Bacharach and Rüdesheim, known for its famous shopping street the Drosselgasse. Bingen is opposite of Rüdesheim on the left bank of the Rhine.
Day 4: Bingen/Rüdesheim – Mainz - Frankfurt, 22 mi.
Bike further along the Rhine river towards Mainz, the capital of Rhine-Palatinate. Stroll through the old city of Mainz, and see Mainz's Old Town, its inner city, which is the pride and joy of the city-scene. Broad, roomy squares and places, tastefully restored half-timbered houses, and magnificent Baroque churches give the Old Town its charming, "gemuetliches" character. In the afternoon you meet the Quo Vadis and together we sail to Frankfurt for the night.
Day 5: Frankfurt – Offenbach - Aschaffenburg, 28 mi
During breakfast the Quo Vadis takes you to Offenbach where the bike tour will start. Today’s tour leads us to Bürgel, Mühlheim and Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm brothers were born.
Via Steinheim, with its charming historic centre and Kleinauheim, Hainstadt and Klein-Krotzenheim along the river Main to the small and romantic city Seligenstadt with its meandering alleys, half-timber houses and the basilica. After crossing the river Main on a small ferry, we continue to Dettingen and Kleinostheim, and we will reach today’s destination Aschaffenburg, with its museums, churches and of course the castle that’s situated at the river bank.
Day 6: Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg, 25 mi
Following the river (sometimes at the right and then again at the left bank) we pass lovely small towns and villages, such as Obernberg, and further on Klingenberg and Groszheubach, both famous for their fine red wines. We continue and end our day in Miltenberg. This is a charming village because of its meandering streets and alleys, old restored half-timber houses and the historic market square. You may want to go for a drink in the oldest Pub of Germany. Tonight you will enjoy a brewery tour and beer tasting.
Day 7: Miltenberg – Wertheim - Gemünden, 31 mi
While you enjoy your sailing breakfast the Quo Vadis takes you from Miltenberg to Wertheim - situated right there where the rivers Main and Tauber meet – a town that invites you to come and visit its historic centre and the mountain ruins. From here you will bike to Gemünden, passing the half-timber castle Homburg, biking through the varying landscape with both wine mountains and afforested mountain slopes with bizarre rocks and historic monuments, like the Triefenstein monastery. Further on there is Lohr am Main and its Gothic and Baroque buildings. In Gemünden am Main is the confluence of three rivers: Sinn, Saale and Main.
Day 8: Gemünden – Würzburg - Markbreit, 28 mi
Today the bike tour will lead you further on along the river Main, passing Karlstadt with its historic centre, Zellingen and Erlabrunn. Afterwards you will reach Würzburg, the Baroque town on the river Main. Explore this beautiful city, hike the road that mounts gradually as you will go on and climb the fortress that offers a magnificent view on the historic centre of Würzburg with its many towers.
After your visit of Würzburg you will embark the Quo Vadis and together we sail to the charming village of Marktbreit. During our cruise we will pass vineyards and hills full of vines and charming wine villages like Sommerhausen, Eibelstadt and Ochsenfurt.
Day 9: Markbreit – Wipfeld/Schwarzach - Schweinfurt, 34 mi
We start cruising, passing Kitzingen, famous for its leaning tower of which the story goes that’s its leaning because the builders, who - because of water shortage - mixed the mortar with wine instead of water, had too much wine while mixing. The bike tour of today will start at Wipfeld, close to Schwarzach, further along the bike path we pass villages that are all very well known to wine connoisseurs like Sommerach, Nordheim and Volkach - where the Main eddies like crazy. Here you will admire a cultural highlight: the pilgrimage church ‘Maria im Weingarten’ and the famous ‘Madonna im Rosenkranz’ by Tilmann Riemenschneider. We will dock in the city of Schweinfurt, with its old centre full of cosy little spots, the town hall, the tower and the market place, the museums and galleries and a lot more, amongst them all the artificial ‘Schweine’ (pigs).
Day 10: Schweinfurt – Hassfurt - Bamberg, 22 mi
We start today with a sailing breakfast and disembark in Hassfurt, famous for the late gothic Ritter chapel and the late gothic church at the market square with its valuable paintings (John the Baptist and Maria with child) by Tilmann Riemenschneider. From here we bike to the town of Eltmann and further on the Main river, passing the famous pilgrimage church Maria Limbach. We reach Bamberg, a very charming, historic bishops town with Villa Concordia, the historic lock 100, the water castle, the baroque house on the bridge and the former fishing settling Small Venice all emphasizing the tight connection between town and river.
Day 9: Bamberg,
Disembarkation just after breakfast till 9:30 AM: End of your trip.
9766 VK Eelderwolde
T+31 6555 70 911
Groningen berth opposite Oosterhaven No. 7
Phone on board: +31 624 755 688
Spacious double cabins