Biking along the Rhine

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

DAY 1: BASEL

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiBike vacation.

DAY 2: BASEL - Wine Route - BASEL

We’ll leave on a minibus for the South of Alsace. Once we arrive in Ensisheim, we’ll get on our bike and ride to Colmar. During the trip, we’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 to visit 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 and enjoy an evening of dancing before leaving for Breisach.
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./1000 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 3: BREISACH

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 the half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing our bike tour. We’ll stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines before returning to the ship on your bike or by minibus - as you wish!
Biking itineraries: to Ribeauvillé 37 km./23 mi. (213 m./699 ft. elevation gain) - to Riquewihr 41.8 km./26 mi. (366 m./1201 ft. elevation gain) - to Breisach 78.9 km./49 mi. (549 m./1801 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 4: BREISACH - STRASBOURG

We’ll spend the morning cruising the river, arriving in Strasbourg in the early afternoon. Spend the afternoon 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 Ile and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. You’ll go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing. We’ll begin to cruise to Mainz.
Biking itinerary: in Strasbourg 16.1 km./10 mi. (76 m./249 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 5: MAINZ - KOBLENZ

Once we arrive in Mainz, we'll head to Bingen where our bike tour will begin. Today’s trip will bring 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: the subject of many myths and legends. We'll then head to Koblenz and board the ship once more. This evening, enjoy some free time exploring Koblenz.
Biking itineraries: to Bingen am Rhein 24.7 km./17 mi. (213 m./699 ft. elevation gain) - to the Lorelei 49.9 km./31 mi. (396 m./1299 ft. elevation gain) - to Koblenz 62.8 km./38 miles (488 m./1601 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 6: KOBLENZ - COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF

We'll spend the morning cruising towards Cologne. You’ll discover the city on your bike, where you’ll be able to admire the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Don’t miss the tour of the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880 and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll continue biking across the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Düsseldorf. We’ll return to the ship. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
Biking itinerary: from Cologne 54.7 km./36 mi. (274 m./898 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 7: DÜSSELDORF - XANTEN - NIJMEGEN - AMSTERDAM

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Xanten, where you can join us for an excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Meanwhile, the boat will travel to Nijmegen. We'll return on board in Nijmegen and cruise to Amsterdam.

DAY 8: AMSTERDAM

We’ll spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent on our last bike tour along the banks of Lake Markermeer, biking through the village of Durgerdam. Upon your return to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the city renowned for its canals.
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 ft. elevation gain) - to Amsterdam 75.6 km./47 mi. (244 m./800 ft. elevation gain)

DAY 9: AMSTERDAM

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

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise, no transfers included.

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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.