Casual Barge Biking Cruises in Germany
The cruises listed below are for those passengers that are looking for a very laid back experience at an affordable price. These cruises are multi language. Your cabin consists of your own private toilet and shower, though you take care of cleaning your room. You are given clean linens during the cruise and you make your own bed. Lunch is a packed bag each day. There is no formal meals such as a Captain's Farewell dinner. No alcoholic beverages included in the rates.
These are a great value and great fun if the above features appeal to you.
Germany Main River Tour
Itinerary: Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg – Frankfurt am Main - Mainz – Rüdesheim – St. Goar– Koblenz
Highlights: Beer Gardens - Wine Village of Rudesheim - Renaissance Palace in Aschaffenburg - Fine White Wines
Bavarian joie de vivre
Cruising on a boat and cycling through a colorful countryside is the perfect recipe for a successful holiday. Biking and active during the day, the boat accompanies you along the river to welcome you at the day's goal as your swimming hotel. And if you do not want to cycle you can enjoy the tour on board, admiring the passing scenery!
First we follow the Main river that winds through the diverse countryside of Franconia and Hesse in serveral wide loops, passing old cities and towns full of historical attractions. Cycling through charming vineyards, orchards and lovely meadows along the bank of the Main river is a great beginning of the tour.
From Mainz, we follow the Rhine downstreams, along numerous fortresses and with a little bit of fantasy you can hear the singing mermaids. Apart from the beautiful landscape, you will see cultural highlights, art treasures, and you can enjoy regional culinary specialities.
Day 1 (Sat): Miltenberg
Arrival in Miltenbeg around 2pm to board the ship. Take advantage of your time and walk through the historic old town Miltenberg and visit its picturesque marketplace, also known as "Schnatterloch" (chattering place). After dinner a walk of the town.
Day 2 (Sun): Miltenberg - Asschaffenburg
Bike tour: 40KM (24 miles)
Your bike tour today goes through gentle wine landscape. Following the river, you will pass several small villages. Groszheubach and Klingenberg are famous for their fine red wines. Continuing via Bürgstadt to Freudenberg and further on to Aschaffenburg, you will be able to experience museums, churches, and of course the Johannisburg Palace, located on the banks of the Main River. This castle will be the first thing you see as you enter Aschaffenburg as it is the grandest of all Renaissance palace complexes. The upper levels of this castle serves as the town library where you can read scripts from past centuries, and the lower levels are art and science museums. After dinner a walk of the town.
Day 3 (Mon): Asschaffenburg - Frankfurt am Main
Bike tour: 45 km. (27 miles)
Today's bike tour leads through Kleinostheim and Dettingen. After crossing the River Main on a small ferry, the tour continues to the romantic city of Seligenstadt with its windings alleys, wood framed houses, and basilica. Further along the river to Klein-Krotzenburg, Hainstadt, Kleinauheim via Steinheim to Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm Brothers were born. You will find the Allure again in in Frankfurt-am-Main. After dinner a walk of the town.
Day 4 ( Tue): Frankfurt am Main - Mainz
Bike tour: ca 45 km (27 miles)
Today we bike from Frankfurt to Mainz, still following the Main. In the afternoon there will be time to explore this interesting city. Mainz's inner city is its pride and joy, filled with spacious plazas, lovingly restored halftimbered houses and magnificent Baroque style churches. The 'Old Town' has a very charming and warm atmosphere. After dinner a walk of the town.
Day 5 (Wed): Mainz - Rudesheim / Bingen
Bike tour: ca 35 / 50 km. (20 - 30 miles)
The beautiful first stage leads through rolling vineyards and well-known wine villages. The Rhine is flowing quite unhurriedly, forming little islands and broadening its bed up to 800 m width! Before you reach Rüdesheim you may visit (+ 14 km) the half-timbered town of Eltville and monastery Eberbach, which are worth seeing.
We stay overnight in Rüdesheim, a historic city of winegrowers. Already the Romans grew wine here.
The old town, dating from the Middle Ages, and parts of the city's fortifications like the Adlerturm (eagle tower) are maintained. Here you will find cosy traditional wine taverns in historic half-timbered houses. No tourist leaves this international well-known city without visiting the world-famous Drosselgasse. The Drosselgasse is the heart of Rüdesheim's old town, a "magnet" for guests from all continents.
Day 6 (Thu): Rudesheim / Bingen - St Goar
Bike tour: ca 40 km. (24 miles)
You continue biking along the lovely banks of the middle Rhine to St. Goarhausen. Pompous castles attract on your way. And you definitely should climb up to the Loreley! A hiking path leads up to this lovely spot and offers a beautiful sight to the narrowest part in the romantic Rhine Valley.
The Loreley is a 433 feet high slate cliff in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage. The view of St. Goarshausen, from the Loreley outlook point, leaves a wonderful impression.
The Rhine, at the Loreley , is up to 82 feet deep and only 371 feet wide.
Because this area is so deep and narrow, it is one of the most dangerous places in the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Ships, crossing each other here are directed by light signals.
First traces of human settlement have been apparent from the time the Loreley Plateau was level with the Rhine (600.000 years ago). During the Middle Ages the Loreley was well known, along with the Binger Loch, as the most dangerous section of the Rhine. Many mariners in their wooden dinghies came to tragedy here. In St. Goar, directly opposite the Loreley the Saint Goar settled to save shipwrecked mariners and nurse them back to health.
Day 7 (Fri): St Goar - Koblenz
Bike tour: ca 40 km. (24 miles)
Todays bike tour first goes to the ancient city of Boppard. Here the Rhine takes an amazing turn nearly 180 degrees. Boppard, also called the pearl on the River Rhine', is home to the most famous observation spot on the river which can be reached via chairlift.
Boppard has always been a visitors magnet with her precipitous vineyards and one of the nicest bank promenades on the Middle Rhine and the oldest preserved Roman fort walls to the north of the Alps.
Later you continue to the beautiful city of Koblenz, where the Rhine & the Mosel rivers meet.
Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz
After breakfast the tour is ended
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||7 night||1790|
|Departure Dates (Saturday)||Rate Type||Route|
|May 5||7 night||Amsterdam to Amsterdam|
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