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Cochem – Aschaffenburg or Aschaffenburg – Cochem Premium

Along the Mosel, Rhine & Main rivers
Cochem One way tour. Possible in both directions. Aschaffenburg
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Highlights of this tour

As far as European bike tour destinations go, there are few better than the Rhine and Main river valleys in Germany. During this cycling cruise, you can experience it for yourself. In a word, it’s a stunning region, highlighted by enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards and historic medieval towns and villages. We start on the Moselle river, visiting Burg Eltz, one of the most impressive medieval fortresses of Western Europe. We then follow the Rhine upstream from Koblenz past numerous fortresses, beautiful vineyards and the legendary and perilous Lorelei […]

Explore three beautiful rivers by bike

Taste fine regional wines

Visit medieval castle Burg Eltz

Ship with max. 31 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

As far as European bike tour destinations go, there are few better than the Rhine and Main river valleys in Germany. During this cycling cruise, you can experience it for yourself. In a word, it’s a stunning region, highlighted by enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards and historic medieval towns and villages.

We start on the Moselle river, visiting Burg Eltz, one of the most impressive medieval fortresses of Western Europe. We then follow the Rhine upstream from Koblenz past numerous fortresses, beautiful vineyards and the legendary and perilous Lorelei rocky cliff. With a little bit of imagination, you can almost hear a siren singing. In addition to the beautiful landscape, you’ll see cultural highlights, art treasures, and you can enjoy regional culinary specialties. From Mainz we follow the river Main as it loops and winds its way through Bavarian countryside, passing old towns and cities full of historical sights. Cycling through charming vineyards, orchards and lovely meadows along the banks of the river Main makes a great finish for this tour.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

Fully Guided
Accompanied by a competent, professional and multilingual tour leader, you and the group will visit interesting sights and places on the daily cycling tours. During the bike tour, they will explain the local history and culture behind the things you encounter along the way. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of our Ride with GPS app and our BBT cycling map (available on board).

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Day to day program Cochem - Aschaffenburg

  • Parts of the journey written in italics will be traveled aboard the ship.
  • All daily cycling distances are approximate calculations.
  • The tour details are excluding any changes as a result of (for example) nautical, technical or meteorological conditions.

Day 1: Embarkation: Cochem

Individual arrival and embarkation from 2 p.m. in Cochem, where you will stay for the night. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a test ride.

Day 2: Cochem – Karden | Karden – Koblenz (38 km/23 mi.)

Today you travel to Karden by barge, from where you will visit the queen of German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz. You are still in the midst of wine territory and will cruise past Klotten, Pommern, Karden and Alken, amongst others. These are all typical Mosel towns, with nice timber-framed houses and, of course, their own wines. The “Pommerner Sonnenuhr” comes highly recommended. Today’s destination is Koblenz. This fascinating and historic city has been an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein, which dominates the right bank of the Rhine; the 12th century Alte Burg Castle; and old Koblenz town.

Day 3: Koblenz – St. Goar (37 km/23 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour first goes to the castle Stolzenfels. Next is 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 a 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.

Your destination is St. Goar, opposite famous Loreley rock. A ferry and a bus bring you 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 on St.Goarshausen, from the Loreley outlook point, leaves a wonderful impression.

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. After dinner you can join the city walk.

Day 4: St. Goar – Oberwesel | Oberwesel – Rüdesheim (Bingen) (23 km/14 mi. or 30 km/18 mi.)

During breakfast we will join the ship through this famous passage. From Oberwesel we continue cycling along the lovely banks of the middle Rhine to Rüdesheim. Pompous castles attract on your way. 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 cozy 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. After dinner you can join the city walk through Rüdesheim.

Day 5: Rüdesheim (Bingen) – Mainz (35 km/21 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)

This beautiful stage leads us through rolling vineyards and well-known wine villages. The Rhine flows leisurely, sometimes around little islands, and in places broadens its bed up to 800 meters in width! Our destination today is Mainz, where the Main river flows into the Rhine. 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 -timbered houses and magnificent Baroque style churches. The ‘Old Town’ has a very charming and warm atmosphere. Dinner in town at your own account.

Day 6: Mainz – Frankfurt-am-Main (40 km/24 mi.)

Today we follow the river Main, passing some small villages to arrive in Frankfurt, the financial heart of Germany. A unique feature of Frankfurt is its significant number of skyscrapers in the city center which form the Frankfurt skyline. Frankfurt is one of only a few cities in the European Union that have such a skyline, the others being London, Warsaw, Madrid, Rotterdam and La Défense in the outer Paris region. Because of the city’s skyline, Germans sometimes humorously refer to Frankfurt am Main as “Mainhattan”. After dinner you can join the city walk through Frankfurt.

Day 7: Frankfurt-am-Main – Aschaffenburg (50 km/31 mi. or 54 km/33 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour passes by Philippsruhe Castle and leads first to Hanau, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, famous for their fairy tales. We cross the river and go on to the small, romantic town of Seligenstadt with its winding alleys, wood-framed houses, and basilica. You will find the barge again in Aschaffenburg, with 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. We will visit the castle in the afternoon. And after dinner you can join the city walk.

Day 8: Aschaffenburg

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before warm goodbyes and disembarking the ship at 9.30 am in Aschaffenburg.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • A detailed cycling map and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Day to day program Aschaffenburg - Cochem

  • Parts of the journey written in italics will be traveled aboard the ship.
  • All daily cycling distances are approximate calculations.
  • The tour details are excluding any changes as a result of (for example) nautical, technical or meteorological conditions.
  • Parts of the journey written in italics will be traveled aboard the ship.
  • All daily cycling distances are approximate calculations.
  • The tour details are excluding any changes as a result of (for example) nautical, technical or meteorological conditions.

Day 1: Embarkation: Aschaffenburg

Individual arrival and embarkation from 2 p.m. in Aschaffenburg, where you will stay for the night. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a walking tour town. The tranquil university-city is located at the foot of the Spessart and offers numerous magnificent buildings. Johannisburg Castle, build with red sandstone, is one of the most important and most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The lively center with narrow streets offers many half-timbered houses and numerous wine bars and cafes.

Day 2: Asschaffenburg – Frankfurt-am-Main (50 km/31 mi. or 54 km/33 mi.)

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 winding alleys, wood framed houses, and basilica. We bike further along the river to Hanau, the town where the famous  Grimm Brothers were born. You will find the barge again in in Frankfurt-am-Main, the financial heart of Germany. A unique feature of Frankfurt is its significant number of skyscrapers in the city center which form the Frankfurt skyline. Frankfurt is one of only a few cities in the European Union that have such a skyline, the others being London, Warsaw, Madrid, Rotterdam and La Défense in the outer Paris region. Because of the city’s skyline, Germans sometimes humorously refer to Frankfurt am Main as “Mainhattan”. After dinner you can join the city walk through Frankfurt.

Day 3: Frankfurt-am-Main – Mainz (40 km/24 mi.)

Today you bike from Frankfurt to Mainz, still following the lovely valley of the river Main.

Our destination is Mainz, where the Main river meets the Rhine. 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 -timbered houses and magnificent Baroque style churches. The ‘Old Town’ has a very charming and warm atmosphere. Dinner in town at your own account.

Day 4: Mainz – Rüdesheim (Bingen) (35 km/21 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)

This beautiful 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 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 5: Rüdesheim (Bingen) – St. Goar (40 km/24 mi.)

Today we bike along the lovely banks of the middle Rhine to St. Goar. Pompous castles attract on the way. We pass the Loreley, the narrowest part in the romantic Rhine Valley. 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 on St.Goarshausen, from the Loreley outlook point, leaves a wonderful impression.

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. After dinner you can join the city walk.

Day 6: St. Goar – Koblenz  (45 km/27 mi.)

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 Moselle rivers meet.

Day 7: Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (40 km/25 mi.)

We start the day by sailing to Alken where you’ll set out by bike to Moselkern. The village of Moselkern is famous for its castle Burg Eltz. This stronghold is one of the most impressive medieval buildings of Western Europe. It’s not easy to reach though, you need to hike the last section to reach the castle. After visiting Burg Eltz, you continue the bike tour to Cochem, one of the Moselle region’s most frequently visited wine towns. Cochem is a cozy traditional town full of wine cellars and half-timbered houses.

Day 8: Cochem

Final morning of your tour: disembark the ship after breakfast and warm goodbyes until 9.30 am in Cochem.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • A detailed cycling map and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

The bicycles of Boat Bike Tours

Always the best rental bikes

The rental bikes on our ships are unisex bicycles with a low bar and a comfortable upright sitting position. These are stable and dependable bikes, good for miles in the saddle. Decide which kind of bike you want to rent and simply fill in your preference with your reservation. We’ll make sure you get the right bike for you. On most of our tours, the bike rental cost is not included in the tour’s price.

Every Boat Bike Tour rental bike is well equipped. The bikes consist of a lightweight aluminum frame and have highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds, an adjustable gel seat, normal flat pedals (no clips), an easy-to-use lock attached to the frame, and special puncture-resistant tires. All told, this is a light, stable and reliable bike, very suitable for touring long distances pleasantly.

Our e-bikes also have at least seven speeds and handbrakes. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame, and sport anti-puncture tires. Note that some of the ships have their own bikes on board. They may look a bit different, but qualitatively they are equal to Boat Bike Tours’s e-bikes.

Bicycle helmets
The use of bicycle helmets is not required in the Netherlands, but for safety’s sake they are suggested. If you wish to rent one, you can do so during the booking process. If you book a premium tour and rent a bike or e-bike, then the helmet and a “limit of liability for damage or loss” for your bike or e-bike is included in the rental price.

Other rental items
Other items such as children’s bikes, tandems, family tandems (child & adult), tag-along, trailers to carry toddlers and child seats are available on request.

Taking your own bike or e-bike?
The fee for parking your own bicycle is €10 per week. For an e-bike the fee is €25 to cover parking and charging the battery. For safety reasons it is not always possible to charge your e-bike batteries in your cabin. The crew will tell you where you can charge the battery on board the ship. Neither the crew nor Boat Bike tours is responsible in any way for any damage, loss or theft of a guest’s own bike or e-bike or its accessories. Note: not all the ships are suitable or have enough room for extra bikes, so make sure you check with us well ahead of travel.

Cyclists in a green landscape

Touring bikes

Our bicycles have a lightweight aluminum frame and are furnished with highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds and a gel seat whose height can be adjusted. Attached to the frame is an easy-to-use lock and the wheels carry puncture-resistant tires.

E-bikes

Our e-bikes also have highly-responsive handbrakes and a minimum of seven speeds. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame and special anti-puncture tires. If all e-bikes on the ship are booked, it is possible to rent a limited number of additional e-bikes through an external bike rental company. This is on request and at an additional cost (including transportation costs).

Taking your own bicycle

It is possible to take your own bike or e-bike with you, as long as it doesn’t have mirrors or other elements that stick out. There’s only limited space available on board for guests’ bikes. You can reserve a place for your bike for a small fee. Boat Bike tours is not responsible for damage to your bike or for theft.


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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For June
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 1949 Premium Twin 2 pers. € 2199 Single cabin 1 pers. € 2549 Twin cabin for single use (max. 1) 1 pers. € 2923.50
Included in this tour
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of towels and bed linen
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully-guided cycling tours ( from 22 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Visit Burg Eltz
  • Local winetating in Rüdesheim
  • Visit Johannisburg Palace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit
Excluded in this tour
  • 1x Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
  • SGR Insolvency protection
SGR Insolvency protection (mandatory consumer contribution SGR insolvency protection guarantee scheme: € 5 per person - will be specified separately on the booking confirmation)
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • The bicycles on board are unisex city bicycles of the brand Batavus Dinsdag with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag.
  • The e-bike is of the brand Batavus Dinsdag or of the brand Velo de Vile with Nexus 7 gears, 5 support levels and hand breaks only, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model). E-Bikes are limited available, on request).
  • Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles/e-bikes (limited number of parking places available). Guests can book a parking place for a normal bicycle or a parking and charge station for an e-bike for a small additional fee. For safety reasons it is no longer possible to charge the batteries of your own e-bikes in the cabin. The crew will inform you where on deck/ on board you can recharge your battery. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles or e-bikes.
  • Tours in Germany: Extra e-bikes can be requested (limited, on request). The rental price of these e-bikes is higher than the ship’s e-bikes because they have to be brought on board by an external bike rental company
Additional options & information - 2024

2024:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €104 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €256 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: €10 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: €25.20 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)


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