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.
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.
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.
>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.
> 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
|1st day||Strasbourg||ES 16:00|
|2nd day||Gambsheim lock||14:00||16:00|
|Day 8||Mainz||AS 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.
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.
Strasbourg orients its transport policy towards “sustainable mobility”. The parking supply in the city center is deliberately limited and parking rates are higher than average. Outside the center there are numerous Park & Ride parking lots. The parking garage “Gare Wodli” at the main station costs about a 20 € per 24 h. Cf. www.strassburg.eu.
From Mainz, it is best to take the train back to Strasbourg. 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 at once:
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