Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 
 

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 Manheim 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 cobblestone 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.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Koblenz
DAY 2 By boat to Bingen, then cycle to Mainz (37km)
DAY 3 Cycle to Nierstein with wine growing tour and dinner in the evening (20km)
DAY 4 Cycle to Worms with its famous dome (40km)
DAY 5 Cycle to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university and a well preserved medieval old town (55km)
DAY 6 Cycle to Eberbach via the Odenwald low mountain range (38km)
DAY 7 Cycle to Bad Wimpfen (41km)
DAY 8 Trip concludes

traveller reviews

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.

J. Mulcahy. QLD, Australia

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Trip Code: RVB
Trip Grading: Introductory
Duration:  8 days
Activities:  Cruising Cycling
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upper deck twin supplement £ 100
Single Supplement - main deck £ 220
Single Supplement - upper deck £ 290
H high season supplement £90

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