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Germany: Along rivers Rhine & Main, Koblenz – Aschaffenburg

Duration: 7 Days
Price: from € 975
Level: Easy
  • Along Rhine and Main

    Cruising on a boat and cycling through a colorful countryside is the perfect recipe for a successful holiday. Biking and active during the day, the boat accompanies you along the river to welcome you at the day’s goal as your swimming hotel. And if you do not want to cycle you can enjoy the tour on board, admiring the passing scenery!

    We follow the Rhine upstreams from Koblenz along numerous fortresses and beautiful vineyards. With a little bit of fantasy you can hear the singing mermaids. Apart from the beautiful landscape, you will see cultural highlights, art treasures, and you can enjoy regional culinary specialities. From Mainz we follow the river Main that winds through the diverse countryside of Franconia and Hesse in several wide loops, passing old cities and towns full of historical attractions. Cycling through charming vineyards, orchards and lovely meadows along the bank of the Main River is a great way to end this tour

    Itinerary: Koblenz – Alken –  St. Goar – Rüdesheim – Mainz – Frankfurt am Main – Aschaffenburg

    NB: On the Iris from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride. On the Allure there is only 1 guide.

  • Available dates in 2018:    
    Koblenz – Aschaffenburg (Iris)
    Koblenz – Aschaffenburg (Allure)
    Single supplement on request
    May 19
    May 26
    € 1.150
    € 975

  • Barge Iris (24 passengers/12 cabins)                    Premium

    The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. The Iris is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers and 50 day passengers. Since 2011 Lenny Versteeg is the proud female owner of the Iris. You will definitely recognize her ‘female touch’ by the tasteful interior as well as by the many details that make the Iris such a pleasant place to stay. Her hospitable crew looks forward to welcome you on board.  The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
    The Iris has two decks. On the top deck there is the lounge, a roomy sitting area with wide screen TV, a cozy bar and a sun deck. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge the Iris offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.
    Below deck, the Iris has 12 spacious and comfortable guest cabins (10 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.


    Barge Allure (20 passengers/10 cabins)

    The Allure started cruising in 1998. Jossie Verkerk, the former owner, redesigned the barge with its sleek lines herself and turned it into a comfortable and friendly passenger barge. From that moment on, the Allure has been hosting successful bike & barge vacations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since 2011 the Allure has a new owner: Martien van de Velde. He operates the Allure with new élan. Under his management the Allure is still a very popular small river barge for boat & bike tours.
    The Allure has a cozy lounge (air-conditioned) with wide screen TV, a small sitting area and a bar. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals of excellent quality, can be served if the weather is fine. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge the Allure offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The whole barge has central heating.
    In front there are 10 comfortable guest cabins. 9 twin cabins (9 m2, single beds) and 1 double cabin (9 m2, double French bed). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. The corridor is air-conditioned. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.


  • Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz
    14.00 h Arrival in Koblenz
    14.30 h Welcome speech and introduction of the crew
    15.00 h Safety lecture
    15.30 h Free time in Koblenz
    18.15 h Welcome drink
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h City walk in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin Confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers (Rhine and Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia on the merging point is impressive landmark.

    Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Alken
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    7.00 h Barge sails to Winningen
    8.00 h Sailing Breakfast
    9.00h Departure for bike tour to Burg Eltz
    After our early morning sail to Winningen, we start biking to the Burg Eltz. Part of it walking, as it is well hidden in the hills. This Castle is different from any other castle. It remained unscathed by wars. It has been owned and cared for by the same family from when it was built until today. Its architecture has no comparison and many of the original furnishings of the past eight centuries still remain in place. There is a Treasury and Armoury boasting world-class artworks in gold and silver. It towers high on a large rock, but is still in a valley. So you understand: we have to go there! After this great visit we will walk and bike back to the barge, which will offer us an afternoon and dinner cruise back to Alken were we will dock for the night.
    14.00 h Ship arrives in Moselkern
    16.00 h Ship leaves for Alken
    18.30 h Sailing Dinner
    20.00 h Docking in Alken

    Day 3 (Mon): Alken – Koblenz – St.Goar
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    7.00 h Ship starts sailing to Koblenz
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Ships docks in Koblenz: Todays bike tour first goes to the castle Stolzenfels. Next is the ancient city 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. 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.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 4 (Tue): St. Goar – Rüdesheim
    Biketour: about 40 km
    8.00 h During breakfast we will join the ship through this famous passage.
    9.00 h From Oberwesel we continue biking 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.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 5 (Wed): Rüdesheim  – Mainz
    Biketour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h The 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! 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.
    18.30 h Dinner in town at your own account.

    Day 6 (Thu): Mainz – Frankfurt-am-Main
    Biketour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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”
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 7 (Fri): Frankfurt-am-Main – Aschaffenburg
    Biketour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today’s bike tour leads first to the small and romantic city of Seligenstadt with its windings alleys, wood framed houses, and basilica. After that we cross the Main on a small ferry and we continue through Hanau the town where the famous Grimm Brothers were born. 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.
    17.30 h Tasting of local beers and wine
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 8 (Sat): Aschaffenburg
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (on the Iris from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate controlled cabins (Iris)
    – Welcome drink
    – Entrance Johannisburg
    – Beer and winetasting

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: On the Iris from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride. On the Allure is only 1 guide.

    Bike rental
    Allure: 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    Iris: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    The trip starts in Koblenz
    The ship will be moored at the Peter Altmeier Ufer in Koblenz.
    We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at about 14.00 hours.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel Iris: +31(0) 620245095
    Tel Allure: +31(0) 619531474
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Koblenz

    Koblenz weergeven op een grotere kaart