Main - Rhine and Neckar Tour, guided bike tour
On this bike and boat trip you cycle through three of the most attractive river valleys in Europe: The Main and the Rhine, whose breathtaking landscapes are full of history, and the Neckar, which flows through the idyllic Odenwald. In addition to nature, exciting cities such as Mainz, Heidelberg and Heilbronn await you on this journey. This route is rated easy, with short moderate parts (short steep inclines.
With the Quo Vadis is included:
• 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, 8 x 3-course dinner and 1 x 4 course dinner)
• Welcome meeting and toast
• Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
• Daily cabin cleaning
• Free 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
• Ticket Blooming Baroque (Pumpkin exhibition)
• City tour Heidelberg
• Wine tasting
What’s not included
• Local transportation and airfare
• 1 x dinner in Heidelberg
• Other entrance fees than mentioned
• Drinks other than mentioned
• Private excursions
• Bicycle protection
2021 August 21th: Aschaffenburg - Stuttgart
Price: € 1995 per person
Single cabin: on request
Supplement e-bike: 150 euro (to reserve in advance, limited available)
Day 1: Arrival in Aschaffenburg in the afternoon
You are able to check-in from 3 pm. You’ll have time to unpack, get some rest or to explore the city. At 6 pm we welcome you on board of the Quo Vadis with an welcome cocktail followed by the dinner on board. After dinner you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.
Day 2: Aschaffenburg - Offenbach - Frankfurt, cycling tour approx. 30 mi (48 km)
We start the bike tour in Aschaffenburg, you’ll bike trough Kleinosheim and Dettingen. After crossing the river with a small
ferry you’ll visit a small and romantic town called Seligenstadt. This town has winding lanes, half-timbered houses and a basilica. The tour continues along the Main to Klein-Krotzenburg and Steinheim with its charming old town to Hanau, the birthplace of the famous Brothers Grimm. From Mühlheim you bike to Offenbach, where the Quo Vadis is waiting for us. Together we sail to Frankfurt. Frankfurt has many things to visit, like the Old Town Center, the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, the beautiful Old Opera House, great museums and much more. Dinner is on board, after dinner you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.
Day 3: Frankfurt - Mainz, cycling tour approx. 25 mi (40 km)
Today the tour will continue following the Main river to the car city Rüsselsheim. In this city Adam Opel started his first machine factories that became one of the largest car manufacturers. You’ll go further by bike on the left side of the river to Ginsheim-Gustavsburg. Here the Main flows into the Rhine. You’ll cross the river to Mainz with its Rheinuferpromenade where the Quo Vadis will be waiting for you. Mainz is famous for the timbered houses, the Cathedral of Mainz lovely churches and squares. Also you can visit small boutiques, pubs and ‘Weinstuben’ which are hidden in Baroque houses and behind Rococo Façades. Dinner is on board; after dinner you will have some spare time.
Day 4: Mainz - Nierstein, cycling tour approx. 24mi (38 km)
After breakfast you’ll leave Mainz and bike partly upstream along the Rhine and mainly via a wonderful rails-to-trails route through the hills of Rheinhessen to Nierstein. Nierstein is known for the many ostrich farms and vineyards, including the oldest vineyard in Germany: Glöck.
Day 5: Nierstein - Worms – Ladenburg , cycling tour approx. 25 mi (40 km)
Today, we first visit Worms, known for its Dom-church and reformer Martin Luther. Then we’ll cycle a quiet route crossing the river Rhine, through a forest towards Ilvesheim where we’ll see the river Neckar for the first time and… find a great place for icecream. A little further we find the Quo Vadis docked in Ladenburg where we spend the night. Off course we’ll visit the pittoresk old town of Ladenburg.
Day 6: Ladenburg - Heidelberg, cycling tour approx. 16 mi (25 km)
The Neckar will lead us further upstream to Heidelberg where our ship is waiting for you. In the late afternoon you’ll get a city tour through the city. Heidelberg is a lovely city, lots of nice buildings and a beautiful bridge across the river. In the evening you will go out for dinner at one of the local restaurants in Heidelberg (at your own expense). Overnight is on board in Heidelberg.
Day 7: Heidelberg - Eberbach, cycling tour approx. 24 mi (38 km)
You will start the bike ride from Heidelberg to Nechargemünd via Ziegelhausen. The route continues through the southern part of the Odenwald to Neckarsteinach with it’s four castle ruins. After that you’ll go to Hirschhorn, known as “The Pearl of the Neckar valley”. Highly recommended to see is the Burg Hirschhorn, the former Carmelite Monastery Church. You’ll continue the bikeride to Eberbach, today’s destination. After dinner on board you will have some spare time to walk trough the winding streets and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere.
Day 8: Eberbach - Bad Wimpfen - Heilbronn, cycling tour approx. 30 mi (48 km)
After breakfast you’ll bike to Neckarzimmern. We’ll take a short and steep detour to Burg Hornberg. This castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Neckar valley. After 1259 the home for bishops of Speyer and in the 16th century owned by Berlichingen. From here we continue the cycle tour along the Neckar to the celtic city, Bad Wimpfen. Here the Quo vadis will pick you up and sail you further to Heilbronn. In the evening you’ll have some time to stroll through Heilbronn.
Day 9: Heilbronn - Lauffen - Ludwigsburg, cycling tour approx. 27 mi (44 km) + 5mi (8km)
This morning the ship will bring you to Lauffen, from here the bike tour starts on the right side of the Neckar. Later on we’ll cross the river to visit Marbach. Marbach is not only the birthplace of Schiller, but also a really amazing country town with lovely corners, romantic streets, stairs and fountains. We continue our journey on the right side of the Neckar again. In the afternoon we’ll arrive at the pier Hohen-eck. From there we can make an optional (5mi/8km) detour to Ludwigsburg, this will be an uphill bike ride but the effort of this journey will be rewarded with the beautiful castle and baroque gardens of Ludwigsburg.
Day 10: Ludwigsburg - Stuttgart, cycling tour approx. 15 mi (24 km) + 6 mi (10km)
From Hoheneck we’ll once more follow the Neckar bringing us smoothly into the Stuttgart agglomeration, where we find the Quo Vadis docked in Bad Cannstatt. From there we can do an optional tour (6mi/10km) via the beautiful big castle gardens into the lovely centre of Stuttgart; with sights like the Rosenstein museum, Planetarium and the Schlossplatz.
Day 11: Departure in Stuttgart
Departure is after breakfast, till 09:30.
Program and timetable may differ.
9766 VK Eelderwolde
T+31 6555 70 911
Groningen berth opposite Oosterkade No. 14
Phone on board: +31 624 755 688
Spacious double cabins