Along the Rhine

Day 1 Transfer Holland - South Germany 

Travel day from Holland to South Germany for overnight in Basel.
(You also can start this tour in Basel or Zurich).

 

   

Day 2 Sedrun - Ilanz (42 km)

A beautiful ride by coach to the Oberalppass in Sedrun (1450 m.) Your first cycle route starts along the Rhine. You can enjoy beautiful views on the surrounding mountains. This beautiful stage ends at the hotel.

 

   

Day 3 Ilanz – Chur (30 km)

Today you can take the train from Chur to Reichenau(excl.). Enjoy the stunning views of the rift of the Voor-Rhine, better known as the Ruinaulta, which is one of the most impressive landscapes in the Alps. Then by bike to the oldest city of Switzerland, Chur. (This day consists of 30 min train + 12 km bike). If you take climbing and a long descent for granted, you can also cycle the whole route. You will enjoy stunning views of the Voor-Rhine.

 

   

Day 4 Chur – Werdenberg  (50 km)

On the bike just along the Rhine or via slightly hilly landscape to Bad Ragaz. At the picturesque castle of Werdenberg, your cycling day ends.

 

   

Day 5 Werdenberg –Rheineck (58 km)

We follow the Rhine to Lake Constance, here the Rhine Valley is becoming wider and wider. Through the protected nature reserve of the Rhine Delta you cycle to Gaissau.

 

   

Day 6 Rheineck – Konstanz (48 km)

First you cycle via Arbon to Romanshorn, with the hustle and bustle of the largest harbour of Lake Constance. In Konstanz where river, lake and city come together, your cycling day ends.

 

   

Day 7 Resting day

 

   

Day 8 Konstanz – Schaffhausen (50 km)

Along the banks of Lake Constance you will cycle further to the historic Stein am Rhein. Enjoy the richly painted houses and the cosy market square.

 

   

Day 9 Schaffhausen – Bad Säckingen (53/73 km)

Of course you will cycle past the famous waterfall and pass through the town of Waldshut-Tiengen with the worthseeing castle the "Storchenturm". In the Swiss town Full, you can get on the bus to the hotel. But you can also choose to cycle to the hotel.

 

   

Day 10 Bad Säckingen – Weil am Rhein (45 km)

First, take the time to visit the historic Bad Säckingen. Then through the beautiful landscape to Basel. After your visit to the city, there are still about 8 km to go to the overnight hotel in Weil am Rhein.

 

   

Day 11 Weil am Rhein – Neuf Brisach (62 km)

The first route along the Rhine you cycle on the German side of the Rhine. You can see the many dams and enjoy the floodplain landscape with the many waterfowl, as you cycle to Neuenburg on the Rhine; once this was an important fortress city. At the end of the day, the castle and cathedral of Breisach rise high above the banks of the Rhine. Take the time to visit this medieval place.

 

   

Day  12 Neuf Brisach – Rhinau (42 km)

From the hotel you will be up at the Rhine in no time, or do you choose to continue cycling along the edge of the Kaiserstuhl? The volcanic rock, vineyards and orchards dominate the landscape with the Schwarzwald in the background. The coach takes you to Kehl (Strasbourg).

 

   

Day 13 Rhinau – Strasbourg (42 km)

Through a rural area you cycle back to the Rhine. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Rhine, before cycling into the capital of Europe (Strasbourg). The cycle tour is not too long today, so you have plenty of time to visit the centuries-old centre of Strasbourg. The imposing cathedral, the old tanner's district 'La Petite France', you will see it all.

 

   

Day 14 Strasbourg – Rastatt (57 km)

Your bike almost goes automatically through the idyllic landscape of the Altrhein. You can choose whether to cycle via the German or French side of the Rhine. In the baroque city of Rastatt, the cycle route ends for today. Take the time to admire the castle, the chapel and the historic town hall.

 

   

Day 15 Rastatt – Germersheim (60 km)

You will cycle to Karlsruhe along ponds and floodplains. Take the time to visit this city. The palace of Karlsruhe is the centre of the city map, formed by 32 radial roads, the "fan". From the castle tower you can see the symmetry of the centre. In the old fortress town of Germersheim, your cycling day ends.

 

   

Day 16 Germersheim – Mannheim (55 km)

By bike to the scenic cathedral city Speyer. In this former free state city you feel the Middle Ages. The Kaiser cathedral is visible from afar before cycling into the city. The cycling day ends in Mannheim where the Neckar flows into the Rhine. Experience the unusual shape of the old centre and cycle past the old water tower, the castle with the gardens and the castle church.

 

   

Day 17 Mannheim – Gernsheim (52 km)

The Rhine remains your companion on the way to Worms, the Luther city, where a visit to the cathedral from the 12th century is well worth it.

 

   

Day 18 Gernsheim – Mainz (53 km)

Enjoy the nature reserves of the Altrhein on the way to Oppenheim, the city of gothic and wine. Opposite of the Main estuary you will find the old centre of Mainz.

 

   

Day 19 Mainz and Return journey

This morning you have time to visit the old city of Mainz. After lunch we leave for the return journey to the Netherlands.

   

 

The hotels used will be located as much as possible directly or nearby the cycling route. It is possible that there will be a coach transfer on some of the days to the start or finish of the day, due to lack of overnight hotels close to the route. As soon as the group is confirmed, we will give you the names of the hotels that will be booked for your group. The hotels will be in the mid-range category.

Travel dates 2020

18 days tour   from € 1495 p.p. 


On request between 1/5 and 30/9

Included 

All transport by coach with bike trailer from day 1 till day 18
English speaking bike guide
Double/twin room with private shower /toilet
Half board (daily breakfast buffet and 3 course dinner)
Routing map and description of tours in English
Luggage transport incl insurance
GPS tracks

 

Supplements 

Single room € 395
Bike Rental  7/21 gear € 95
Bike Rental E-bike € 195

 

Departure locations

Rotterdam
Alblasserdam
Utrecht

 

Conditions

Group tour: Minimum number of participants 15

 

 

Cycling Along the Rhine from the Source till Mainz

During this cycling holiday you will cycle through Central Switzerland first to Basel, then continue along the Rijn to end up in the old city of Mainz. On this spectacular cycling trip, you'll have breathtaking views of the Alps, cycle past the magnificent Bodensee, and enjoy the impressive natural wonder of Schaffhausen waterfall. Scenic border towns such as Laufenburg or Bad Säckingen can be found on your route. The Rhine is the border between Germany and France in many places and an important transport route of Europe. Through endless nature reserves and past wine-growing areas, cycle to major cities such as Karslruhe, Speyer, Worms and Mainz. In short, all the ingredients for a good cycling trip.

The whole tour you will be cycling on quite comfortable country roads or car-free cycling-paths.

This tour is highly valued by former American groups for the variety in routes and landscape and the beautiful and pittoresque towns.

  • I enjoyed to Danube tour very much- the weather was beautiful- the company was enjoyable. JC. Zeyl, Canada
  • Bob and I think about our adventure frequently including all the great locations we rode thru on our bicycles. L. Carter, USA
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