Rhine Valley Barge & Bike
The Rhine River flows from high in the Swiss Alps through five countries and the majestic Lake Constance, to reach a vast delta in the Netherlands. The Neckar River joins the Rhine at Mannheim and the stretch between Koblenz on the Rhine and Bad Wimpfen on the Neckar is the focus of this engaging journey by bike and barge. This compact region is home to numerous castles, Roman ruins, quaint medieval towns and a rich wine making tradition as evidenced by the terraced vineyards lining the river banks. With a relaxed pace of cycling, there is ample time to explore the cobblestoned wine villages and absorb the fascinating history embedded in such towns as Heidelberg with its historic old town and castle ruin, the Dome of Worms and the Hornberg Fortress en route to Bad Wimpfen.
|DAY 1||Arrive Koblenz|
|DAY 2||By boat to Boppard, then cycle to Rudesheim (30km / 18.5mi)|
|DAY 3||Cycle to Mainz with its many churches, museums and monuments (34-37km / 21-23mi)|
|DAY 4||Cycle via Laubenheim to Nierstein, with wine growing tour and dinner in the evening (17 or 26km / 10.5 or 16mi)|
|DAY 5||By boat to Mannheim, cycle via Ladenburg to Heidelberg (26km / 16mi)|
|DAY 6||Cycle to Eberbach via the Odenwald low mountain range (36km / 22.5mi)|
|DAY 7||Cycle to Bad Wimpfen (45km / 28mi)|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
We have just returned from our Europe holiday which included your Rhine/Neckar barge and bike and offer the following comments:
Arrangements: instructions for arrival and boarding went as per instructions. Night stops were as per the pre-trip information and the boat was not difficult to find.
Boat: the Patria was ideal for this type of adventure - cabins were clean and comfortable and crew were helpful. Wifi was available in the salon.
Meals: particularly the evening 5 course meal much better than expected surely rivalling the much vaunted larger cruise ships on the Rhine.
Bikes: were solid, reliable and adequate for the riding undertaken.
The course: although we experienced unseasonal hot weather (39degrees) was not taxing and easily handled. Course briefings were helping and enjoyable. Our course leader was Gottfried
Overall: we chose UTracks because of our good experiences in an earlier booking and would recommend this tour.