Biking along the Rhine

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AMSTERDAM - DUSSELDORF - COLOGNE - KOBLENZ - MAINZ - STRASBOURG - BREISACH - BASEL

DAY 1: AMSTERDAM

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m in Amsterdam After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: AMSTERDAM

We’ll spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon, our tour will take us along Lake Markermeer and through the coastal village of Durgerdam Once we get back to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the canal-crossed capital at your own pace. We’ll then return to the ship. Enjoy an evening of dancing as our ship leaves for Wesel. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Biking itineraries: to Edam 30.6 km/19 mi. (107 m/351 ft. elevation gain) - to Katwoude 53.1 km/33 mi. (183 m/600.4 ft. elevation gain) - to Amsterdam 75.6 km/46.9 mi. (244 m/800 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 3: EMMERICH AM RHEIN - WESEL - DUSSELDORF

We’ll cruise to Emmerich am Rhein where we'll leave for an excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem Here, the architecture and daily life in the former Dutch provinces are represented by 80 authentic farms, mills, and workshops. During our visit, the ship will cruise to Wesel. After we return to the ship, we’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Dusseldorf. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board.

DAY 4: DUSSELDORF - COLOGNE - KONIGSWINTER - KOBLENZ

We’ll cruise to Cologne before biking around the city, where you’ll be able to admire the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Don’t miss the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll then continue through the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Konigswinter, where we’ll board the ship for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll cruise the Rhine toward Koblenz, arriving in the early evening. After dinner, we suggest using your free time tonight to stroll through town to see the famous “Deutsches Eck.” We’ll remain in port overnight.
Biking itinerary: to Dusseldorf 55 km/34.1 mi. (274 m/899 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 5: KOBLENZ - MAINZ - WORMS

We’ll begin to cruise to Mainz. Throughout this part of the cruise, you will see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. We’ll arrive in Mainz during the afternoon. We'll then head to Bingen where our bike tour will begin—bringing you to the most picturesque part of the river. You’ll cross the magnificent region which claims the most castles in the world. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, and you’ll be able to see the infamous Lorelei Rock again: the subject of many myths and legends. We’ll continue to bike to Worms, where we'll board the ship. During the night, we’ll cruise to Strasbourg.
Biking itineraries: to Bingen am Rhein 24.7 km/15.34 (213 m/698.8 ft. elevation gain) - to Lorelei 49.9 km/31 mi. (396 m/1,289.3 ft. elevation gain) - to Koblenz 62.8 km/39 miles (488 m/1,601 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 6: STRASBOURG - BREISACH

We’ll arrive in Strasbourg in the early morning. Spend the morning on your bike discovering the city of Strasbourg and its Grande Île, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll pass by the European Parliament and ride through the Orangerie Garden, the city’s oldest park. You’ll be able to continue your tour on the Forts Trail—which connects the ancient forts around the city—crossing the Grande Île and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. You’ll go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral. This afternoon, we’ll cruise toward Breisach through the magnificent wine-producing region. Tonight, we’ll have our gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing. We’ll arrive in Breisach during the night.
Biking itinerary: Strasbourg 16.1 km/10 mi. (76 m/249 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 7: BREISACH - BASEL

Today’s tour will bring you through the countryside in the very heart of the Wine Route. You’ll bike through vineyards, beautiful landscapes and villages with half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing on the tour. We’ll stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages and enjoy a tasting of wine. Following our tour, return to the ship on your bike or by minibus—as you wish! We’ll then cruise towards Basel. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board.
Biking itineraries: to Ribeauvillé 37 km/23 mi. (213 m/699 ft. elevation gain) - to Riquewihr 41.8 km/26 mi. (366 m/1,201 ft. elevation gain) - to Breisach 78.9 km/49 mi. (549 m/1,801 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 8: BASEL - SCHAFFHAUSEN - BASEL

We’ll leave on a minibus for the south of Alsace. Once we arrive in Ensisheim, you’ll get on your bike and ride to Colmar. During the trip, you’ll see the Chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, built during the second half of the 13th century. We’ll stop in Colmar to enjoy some free time visiting the quintessential neighborhood of “Little Venice.” We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue biking on the famous Alsatian Wine Route. We’ll stop in Eguisheim, listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Biking itineraries: to Colmar 33.8 km/21 mi. (137 m/449 ft. elevation gain) - to Eguisheim 43.5 km/27 mi. (213 m/699 ft. elevation gain) - to Rouffach 54.7 km/34 mi. (305 m/1,000 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 9: BASEL

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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Practical Information
 
 

+ Types of bikes:

  • Unisex hybrid bikes that can be used by both men and women (flat handlebars), similar or equivalent to the Alpenchallenge AC01 with Shimano 105 or Ultegra derailleurs.

- High-quality Shimano 105 or Ultegra derailleurs make climbing hills easier
- Disc brakes for better stopping ability and avoiding skidding during rain
- A maximum 10 kg (22 lbs.) bike weight for optimal comfort

 

  • The bikes used currently are BMC Alpenchallenge AC01 Deore XT/SLX. Our partner will be upgrading their fleet in 2017.
  • Extra-padded seats for women.
  • Pouch for accessories (camera, windbreaker, etc.). Please do not carry large items with you.
  • Each bike is equipped with a GPS programmed with the day’s itinerary so that everyone can bike at their own pace.
  • Passengers can bring their own cleated cycling shoes, but you must also bring your own pedals so that they can be attached to our bikes.

 

+ Where we bike:

  • On paved roads or bike paths.
  • We will not go on mountain bike routes.

 

+ Biking while the ship cruises

  • One or more minivans with guide(s) will follow the group of cyclists.
  • Bikes will be stored in the minivan and picked up each day by passengers.
  • For the slightest problem, the driver of the minivan will either repair the bike or replace it.

 

Here is a FAQ list for several recurring questions:

 

  • Can I stop cycling during the day's tour, and if so, how do I get back to the ship?
           o Yes. Vans will be provided with an extra seat for each passenger if needed.
           o The return to the ship will be done at the first opportune moment; the passengers on the bike tour will remain our immediate priority.

 

  • Can we request an e-bike?
           o Yes. Please ask for our rates.

 

  • What happens if I get a flat tire?
           o Our guides will repair it!

 

  • Some travel agencies think that tours over 31 miles per day (50 km) are too much for the average client.
           o That’s why the shortest option each day will not be over 22 miles (35 km), except for one specific day on the Rhine.
           o If needed, our vans will be available for passengers who would like to stop.
           o Don’t forget that elevation gain is a very important aspect of biking: 31 miles (50 km) along the flat Danube route is very different than even 6 miles (10 km) up to Mont-Sainte-Odile.
           o Our goal is to offer as many options as possible so that different level passengers can participate in the same tours.
           o Even beginner cyclists will enjoy our tours because the shortest itinerary will never be longer than 22 miles (35 km).

 

Just for kids:

  • Do you have bikes for kids? What age must they be and what are the sizes?
            o We can provide wheels for children under the following conditions:


                         Kids’ bikes
                               • Children can ride on their own from 8 years and up
                               • 20” bike for children between 3’ 11” and 4’ 3” (120 to 130 cm)
                               • 24” bike for children between 4’ 3” and 5’ 1” (130 to 155 cm)

 

                         Trail-a-bike
                               • Maximum weight = 83 lbs. (38 kg)
                               • For ages 4 to 7

 

                         Bike trailer
                               • Maximum weight = 60 lbs. (27 kg)
                               • For ages 1 to 3


                  o Parents must have the Trail-a-bike or bike trailer attached to their bikes
                  o PLEASE NOTE: you must request these accessories when placing your order

 

  • Are the tours and itineraries adapted to children?
            o All of our tours are designed to limit contact with road traffic as much as possible.
            o If vehicle circulation during a specific tour becomes excessive, transfers for the children will be organized to remove them from any possible danger.

 

  • If our kids get tired, can they recuperate in the minivan?
            o This is always possible when accompanied by a parent.
            o For children less than 4 years, parents must provide an adapted car seat for the van.
            o For children who are older, booster car seats are usually provided.

 

  • Can children ride in the minivan without a parent?
            o NO

     

 


If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us. We update this information sheet regularly.