Rhine romanticism wheel and ship 2024: 8 days on the MS Olympia of Mainz to Heidelberg and Strasbourg

8 Days

Your trip

Experience the Rheingold in the land of the Nibelungen?

Verily! Enjoy with bike and ship!.

Come aboard for the extension of the great Rhine cruise all the way to France. 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 medieval metropolises, imperial diets and imperial cities of Worms and Speyer on the Neckar River to the heart of Romanticism in Heidelberg and on to Strasbourg. A dream!

The Rhine Cycle Route opens up views of the much-sung-about river, but also of untouched floodplain forests with rich flora and fauna.

The bike route leads through charming towns, villages and wine-growing areas. The diversity of the landscape, cultural testimonies and gastronomic delights do not quite want to fit into words. Experience for yourself!

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


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 180 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
1st day Mainz ES 16:00
2nd day Mainz 10:00
2nd day Nierstein 12:00 14:00
2nd day Worms 17:30
Day 3 Worms 10:00
Day 3 Mannheim 12:00
4th day Mannheim
Day 5 Mannheim 10:00
Day 5 Speyer 13:00
6th day Speyer 10:00
6th day Germersheim 11:30 15:00
Day 6 Gambsheim 22:00
7th day Gambsheim 12:00
7th day Strasbourg 14:00
Day 8 Strasbourg AS until 9:00

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.



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

Both Mainz and Strasbourg are excellently accessible by long-distance and regional German and French rail services. 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.


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 Strasbourg it is best to take the train back to Mainz. They travel by train between the cities for about 2 – 3 hours and usually change trains in Mannheim. Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.

More Rhine ?!

No problem – this trip has three pretty sisters:

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

> Tours 300a and 300b take you along the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz.

> Tour 301a or 301b will take you along the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz.

> 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.

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
  • Worms, the city of the Nibelungs and imperial days
  • Mainz, the city of the Romans and capital of Rhineland-Palatinate

Day by day

Journey to Mainz :
Day 1

Journey to Mainz

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!

Embarkation from 16:00

Mainz - Nierstein :
Day 2

Bike tour Mainz – Nierstein, approx. 25 km
Navigation Nierstein – Worms

A short stage and plenty of time to enjoy: You cycle directly along the Rhine on well-maintained paths on the Rhine Cycle Path to Nierstein. With almost 1,000 hectares of vineyards, Nierstein is the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. Also visit the historic center of the village with its medieval marketplace and noble houses.

In the afternoon, take a boat from Nierstein to the Nibelungen city of Worms: the city of the Nibelungs, the Imperial Diet, the trial of the Causa Martin Luther before the Emperor Charles V, the city and imperial cathedral of Worms. Welcome to the southernmost point of your tour!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Worms - Mannheim :
Day 3

Bike tour Worms – Mannheim, approx. 30 km

Today’s cycling stage starts in the imperial city of Worms. You will enjoy cycling past extensive fields and meadows. The beautiful bike path across Friesenheim Island offers an impressive contrast to BASF’s Rhine frontage opposite.

A few kilometers further on, you will reach the mouth of the Neckar River into the Rhine at Mannheim, where your ship is already waiting for you. Use the afternoon for a detour through the square city of Mannheim to the baroque castle with the university.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mannheim - Heidelberg :
Day 4

Round trip Mannheim – Heidelberg – Mannheim, approx. 60 km

Today, follow the course of the beautiful Neckar River by bike to Heidelberg.

The Roman town of Ladenburg with its historic old town is worth a short stopover. Visible from afar, the ruins of Heidelberg Castle tower over the old town.

Stroll across Heidelberg’s famous sandstone bridge or through the winding alleys and dreamy squares of the old town. The way back takes you through the heart of the Electoral Palatinate via the Electoral Palatinate Route to Schwetzingen Palace.

Here in the palace garden it is worthwhile to linger briefly before you dive back into the lively city life of Mannheim along the Rhine Cycle Path.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mannheim - Speyer :
Day 5

Cycle tour Mannheim – Speyer, approx. 20 km

Along the numerous arms of the Altrhein, today’s route takes you to the cathedral city of Speyer. Enjoy the short cycling stage through natural areas designated as a nature reserve and natural floodplain. The cathedral in Speyer has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.

The Speyer riverbank, the park around the cathedral, the old town, the Electoral Palatine Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Memorial Church of the Protestation. Speyer is worth a whole day. Let the city and the stream have an effect on you. Take your time for the cathedral. You will experience an impressive place that is in awe of all its historical contradictions. You will not forget it, the cathedral of Speyer.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Speyer - Germersheim :
Day 6

Bike tour Speyer – Germersheim, approx. 20 km
Navigation Germersheim – Gambsheim lock

By bike you will cycle through the Palatinate region along the arms of the Old Rhine through seemingly untouched nature. Look forward to the old fortress town of Germersheim with its many beautiful alleys, nooks and squares.

Enjoy the boat trip to Gambsheim and review the experiences of the day with a glass of wine on deck or in the salon.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gambsheim - Strasbourg :
Day 7

Cycling tour Gambsheim – Strasbourg, approx. 25 km

On the last cycling stage you will cycle comfortably directly along the river through the gentle Rhine plain to the Alsatian capital Strasbourg with its many canals. Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, the city’s landmark, or the picturesque Tanners’ Quarter with its historic half-timbered houses and enjoy a slice of French joie de vivre to round off your trip.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Farewell :
Day 8

Departure from Strasbourg

After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00. Individual journey home.



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

Start of the trip: Saturday only in …
Season 1 08.06. – 15.06. and 06.07. – 13.07.
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
Rental bike tours 90 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €
Bring your own bike / own e-bike (1) 30 €
(1) limited possible according to availability.


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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