Rhine romance wheel and ship 2023 / 24: 8 days on the MS Olympia from Mainz to Cologne

8 Days

Your trip

Once ride the great Rhine tour?

Verily! By bike and boat to the World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine.

Come aboard for the great Rhine cruise. Bike and ship is probably the noblest way to experience the Rhine, its cities and castles.

From the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Roman city of Mainz, through the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the valley of the Loreley. via the Prussian city of Koblenz and the old federal city of Bonn to the carnival metropolis of Cologne.

Behind rugged cliffs and steep vineyards of the slopes of Taunus and Westerwald you travel through the romantic Burgental. The hard rock of the Taunus below the Germania near Rüdesheim forces the Rhine to take a steep turn to the west. The up to the Bingen Mäuseturm in the middle of the Rhine then marks the beginning of the wildly romantic Middle Rhine Valley.

I bet the Rhine will knock you over!

Where else is the land so old, so saturated with myths and stories as on this ‘River of the Germans’: A trade artery since Celtic-Roman times, fiercely fought over and fortified with all its customs stations, defensive walls, border castles, symbols of power. Place of longing, European romance, carnival, lightness of life German French lifestyle.

Mountain ranges with fabulous views, vineyards as far as the eye can see, countless castles and palaces, enchanting half-timbered houses. You will discover all this and so much more on your tour: numerous romantic castles and palaces. Exciting stories are told about many of them. The legendary beauty of the landscapes invites you to a relaxing and beautiful vacation – with fine wines and many regional delicacies.

Your ship: The MS Olympia

On board of the comfortable and cozy riverboat MS Olympia the crew welcomes you in a family atmosphere.

The panoramic salon with bar, furnished in English club style, and the bright and friendly restaurant provide ample space for relaxed hours on board. On the spacious, partially covered sun deck, there are plenty of sun loungers at your disposal.

Board language: German & English

Cabins

All 49 cabins are outside cabins, comfortably and tastefully furnished.

They have shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, on-board radio, telephone, a small refrigerator and a safe.

Upper deck

On the upper deck you will find 22 two-bed cabins of approx. 11m2 each and four larger ones in the rear part of the ship as well as two 1-bed cabins (approx. 9m2). The panoramic windows on the upper deck can be opened.

Main deck

The main deck offers 21 2-bed cabins of about 11m2 each. These cabins are also all outside and each has a panoramic window, which, however, cannot be opened.

Technical data of the vessel

Year of built 1984 | renovation 2015/2016 | flag Switzerland | length 88.50 m | width 10.50 m | draft 1.50 m ½.
Crew approx. 21 | Passengers max. 96.

Cycling tour requirements

> The bike tours you ride individually and unguided. The gates are pre-discussed on a daily basis.

> They cover between 35 and 50 km a day. The total bike tour length is about 220 km.

> They mostly ride on paved bike paths and embankment roads or quiet country roads without any significant inclines. The tour is best suited for pleasure cyclists and beginners.

> The terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

>7-speed unisex touring bikes or 8-speed e-bikes (limited availability), Velo de Ville brand (custom made).

> Each with handbrake, freewheel or coaster brake (please specify as non-binding customer request when booking)

> Equipped with luggage carrier bag; incl. Rental bike insurance

Please indicate your height when booking.

Own bikes

> Bringing your own bikes is possible only on request is limited due to limited space.

> You take them with you at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. Helmets are compulsory in Austria for children under the age of 12.

Short overview arrival & departure times

Day Location To From
Day 1 Mainz ES 16:00
2nd day Mainz 10:00
2nd day Rüdesheim 11:30
Day 3 Rüdesheim 10:00
Day 3 St. Goar/St. Goarshausen 12:00
4th day St. Goar/St. Goarshausen 10:00
4th day Koblenz 13:00
Day 5 Koblenz 10:00
Day 5 Andernach 11:30
6th day Andernach 10:00
6th day Bonn 12:30
7th day Bonn 10:00
7th day Cologne 12:00
Day 8 Cologne AS until 09:00

Please note that changes are possible at any time. If, for example, due to low water, high water or bad weather, a route cannot be taken, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety. Please understand that this is not a reason for a free travel cancellation.

Arrival

Railroad

We recommend that you arrive by train. Get on vacation at your home and enjoy the journey to the Rhineland.

Both Cologne and Mainz are easily accessible by long-distance and regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. For more information on schedules, visit www.bahn.de.

For a stress-free start to your trip, we recommend that you allow plenty of time and arrive at the quay no later than 17:00.

Car/Parking

You can use a parking garage at the main train station in Mainz. The pitches are unguarded and cannot be reserved in advance. Cost about € 10,- per day.

Return journey

From Cologne, you can easily take the train back to Mainz at direct hourly intervals. The return journey on the Mittelrheinbahn is a real experience! Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.

More Rhine ?!

No problem – this trip has three pairs of pretty sisters at once:

> Tours 301a and 301b take you along the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz.

> Tours 302a and 302b take you from Mainz further along the Rhine into the land of the Nibelungen to Worms, the home of Tours And Travel, to Heidelberg and on to Alsace to Strasbourg.

> Voyages 305a and 305b take you from Koblenz on the Moselle and Saar rivers to the Roman city of Trier and the border triangle of Germany – France – Luxembourg.

Notes

Please note our information on entering Germany, Austria and Switzerland under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

You can also find more ideas about events and tips in the region on our toptours page.

Things to see on the way ...

  • The valley of the castles, the Loreley, World Heritage Middle Rhine
  • Koblenz, the most beautiful fortified city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers
  • Cologne, the cathedral, the Hohenzollern bridge, the carnival capital of Germany
  • Mainz, the city of the Romans and capital of Rhineland-Palatinate

Day by day

Journey to Mainz :
Day 1

Journey to Mainz

Individual arrival in Mainz and embarkation from 16:00. On board, the captain and his crew as well as your on-board tour guide will give you a warm welcome.

Have you ever been to Rheinlad-Pfalz?

Welcome to the capital!

We can promise you one thing: you will not be the first to be captivated by this stream in the Upper Rhine basin shortly before it breaks through into the bedrock of the Taunus and Hunsrück mountains. The Romans were already trudging around here, securing ‘their’ forts on the fertile alluvial land with the Limes deep in the woods above the vineyards.

Do you have a little time before the hiking boots press the next morning? Mainz is worth a visit. St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Deutschhaus with the State Parliament, the beautiful Old Town on the Rhine with its half-timbered buildings, the Gutenberg Museum or the Electoral Palace of the Prince Bishops with their Archbishopric and Churwürde… When the railroad tunnel south of the main station was renovated a few years ago, what happens so often on the Rhine happened. A Roman bone, long thought to be dead, poked and and blocked all construction work. A grandiose amphitheater cut into the rock came to light.

What does the Rhinelander do in such a situation? Well, he simply built the S-Bahn station onto the theater stage. One of the most remarkable train stations in Germany – worth your visit!

Dinner
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Mainz - Rüdesheim :
Day 2

Bike tour Mainz – Rüdesheim, approx. 40 km

Already on the first day, the Rhine shows its loveliest side. In the wide Rheingau below the Germania near Rüdesheim, the Romans already felt so comfortable that they built the Limes far up in the Taunus to protect the fertile alluvial land of the Rhine for agriculture and viticulture.

Salve!

Beautiful Rhine islands, steep slate cliffs and vineyards characterize the region near Rüdesheim. By bike, the route passes Eltville, with its Electoral Castle, and Oestrich-Winkel, whose landmark is a historic wine loading crane, to Rüdesheim.

The old winegrowing town of Rüdesheim, where even the Romans grew wine, welcomes you with quaint wine taverns and historic half-timbered houses.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Rüdesheim - St. Goar :
Day 3

Bike tour Rüdesheim – St. Goar, approx. 35 km

The heart of the Middle Rhine Valley awaits you today – with winding paths, fantastic views and legendary castles.

The most famous rock on the Rhine, the Loreley is also on your program, as well as the three-castle view of Burg Katz, Maus and the largest of all Rhine castles, the fortress castle Rheinfels.

A crowning conclusion to your day’s stage before you reach St. Goarshausen.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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St. Goar - Koblenz :
Day 4

Bike tour St. Goar – Koblenz, approx. 45 km

Boppard and Marksburg Castle are possible stops today on your way to Koblenz with its famous Deutsches Eck, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine.

Finally, on the Moselle, you will reach the ancient capital of the Rhenish Republic, the Romans, Chur-Trier, the Prussians, the Germans.

Koblenz is probably the most underrated city in Germany. The banks of the Rhine and Moselle, the three fortresses, the fortress garden, the promenades, the beautiful old town. Koblenz is worth an extra day.

At the famous Deutsches Eck with the equestrian monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Moselle flows into the Rhine.

Worth seeing is the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, to which you can also take the Koblenz Rhine cable car.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Koblenz - Andernach :
Day 5

Bike tour Koblenz – Andernach, approx. 25 km

The route takes you past Neuwied with its Engers Castle to Andernach, your destination today.

Like Koblenz, the city is considered one of the oldest in Germany. Famous is the cold water geyser, which with its 50 to 60 meters high water fountain is considered the highest in the world.

Also experience historic Andernach with sights like the Round Tower or visit the wine village Leutesdorf, which can be reached by ferry from Andernach.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Andernach - Bonn :
Day 6

Bike tour Andernach – Bonn, approx. 45 km

By bike we head in the direction of Bonn. On the penultimate cycling stage, the Rhine once again shows its most beautiful side around the Siebengebirge.

Remagen invites you with its world-famous Peace Bridge . It is the only Rhine bridge that survived the blastings of the German Wehrmacht during the retreat across the Rhine. Later, it did collapse under the weight of the war for which it was once built.

Königswinter with the castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels as well as the Rhine bank near Bad Honnef at the foot of the Siebengebirgewith the islands Nonnenwerth and Grafenwerth under the Rolandsbogen are worth a visit and a rest.

In the evening you will reach the old federal city of Bonn. Castella Bona, traditionally the most beautiful part of Kölle has retained a unique Rhenish international flair even and especially since the departure of the federal government. Tomorrow you will continue the planetary path, the old towpath from the sun at the former Bundestag, the Bonn waterworks towards Cologne.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Bonn - Cologne :
Day 7

Bonn – Cologne bike tour, approx. 40 km

Before you reach the old imperial and Hanseatic city of Cologne on your bike, you can take a nice rest on the “leisure island” Groov in the extensive Rhine floodplain landscape of the Cologne district Porz-Zündorf, weather permitting.

Once in Cologne, you should take the time for a walking tour of the old town. You might also visit one of the numerous museums as well as modern Cologne, which can be seen at the Rheinauhafen with its crane houses, for example. The big city presents itself cozily, for example, in the Cologne breweries with their famous beer, the Kölsch.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Farewell :
Day 8

Departure from Cologne

Do you have a little time before heading back to Mainz?

Cologne is worth a visit. The cathedral, the city, life – Kölle is e Jefüül.

Afterwards, you will make your way back to Mainz by train. The journey with the Mittelrheinbahn is an experience. For schedules and tickets, visit https://www.mittelrheinbahn.de/.

Breakfast
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Services

are included ...

  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary
  • All passenger and port charges
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • Welcome drink
  • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for bike tours or small lunch, 6x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 7x 3-course dinner
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Map material for individual tours 1x per cabin
  • GPS data for the bike tours
  • Tour guide on board

supplement you should still ...

  • Arrival and departure
  • Parking fees - if not booked -
  • Transfers, any ferry fees
  • Drinks and expenses of personal use
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees, excursions, tips

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: only Saturday in each …
Season 1 22.06. – 29.06. and 20.07. – 27.07.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 1.200 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 1.560 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 1.400 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 1.820 €
Upper deck: single cabin 1.450 €
Upper deck aft double cabin (1) 1.350 €
(1) Cabins in the rear part of the ship, engine and generator noise perceptible when the ship is moving or in the locks.
Additional offers
Bring your own bike 30 €
Rental bike tours 90 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €

Travel start 2323: only Saturday in each …
Season 1 24.06. – 01.07. and 22.07. – 29.07.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 1.100 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 1.350 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 1.300 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 1.950 €
Upper deck: single cabin 1.450 €
Upper deck aft double cabin (1) 1.250 €
(1) Cabins in the rear part of the ship, engine and generator noise perceptible when the ship is moving or in the locks.
Additional offers
Rental bike tours 80 €
Rental bike e-bike 190 €

Questions

Is there an excursion program?

Yes. Every day we will make suggestions about what you can visit and see. The program points are optional, supplementary and can only be booked directly on board. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions are usually also offered bilingual German-English.

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