Explore three beautiful rivers by bike
Enjoy the fine wines of the region
Visit spectacular Burg Eltz castle
Ships with max. 20 passengers
There are few better cycling tour destinations in Europe than Germany’s Rhine and Main river valleys. On this cycling cruise you’ll see with your own eyes what makes this region so stunning: from the fairy tale castles and enchanting countryside to the prizewinning vineyards and historic medieval towns. We set out on the Moselle river to visit one of Europe’s most impressive medieval fortresses, Burg Eltz. We then travel upstream along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge encountering countless castles and vineyards along the way. At the narrowest part of the valley we’ll also come upon the legendary Lorelei cliff. Surrounded by mystery and folklore due to its perilous conditions, Lorelei has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians for centuries. Besides the magnificent landscapes straight from a picture book, you’ll enjoy the area’s many layers of history, art highlights and regional cuisine. At Mainz we turn onto the river Main and follow its winding path through the Bavarian countryside, passing old towns and villages. Complete your cycling adventure surrounded by the orchards, vineyards and meadows that line the banks of the river Main and reach the end of your journey in Aschaffenburg.
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Aschaffenburg
Step aboard the Allure at 2 p.m. in Aschaffenburg, where the crew will be awaiting your arrival. After the captain and tour leader’s welcome you can join a walking tour of the town. Aschaffenburg, where you’ll stay the night, is a peaceful university city set in the lush green foothills of the Spessart mountains. The town features many magnificent buildings, the most impressive of which is Johannisburg Castle. Built in the 17th century from red sandstone, it’s one of the most beautiful and important Renaissance buildings in Germany. Aschaffenburg’s old center features narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses, wine bars and lively cafes.
Day 2 (Sun): Aschaffenburg – Frankfurt-am-Main (50 km/31 mi. or 54 km/33 mi.)
Today’s cycling tour takes you along the river Main past the towns of Kleinostheim and Dettingen. Cross the river on a small ferry to go through Seligenstadt, a romantic town of half-timbered houses, cobbled alleys, and a basilica. Cycle further downstream to Hanau, hometown of the brothers Grimm, authors of countless famous fairy tales. Rejoin the Allure in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany’s financial heart. Frankfurt is one of only a few European cities with so many skyscrapers. Thanks to its modern skyline. the city’s business center has acquired the ironic nickname of “Mainhattan”. Join a walking tour of Frankfurt after dinner.
Day 3 (Mon): Frankfurt-am-Main – Mainz (40 km/24 mi.)
This morning we set out from Frankfurt by bike along the Main’s lovely river valley. Today’s destination is Mainz, where the Main joins the Rhine. In the afternoon you can take your time exploring this picturesque city. Boasting spacious squares, beautifully restored wood-framed houses and gracious Baroque churches, Mainz is understandably proud of its charming old town. Dine out tonight at your choice of restaurant at your own expense.
Day 4 (Tue): Mainz – Rüdesheim (Bingen) (35 km/21 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)
Today’s scenic cycling stage leads you through beautiful rolling vineyards and notable wine villages. The Rhine lazily meanders through this region, sometimes expanding to a width of 800 meters, with sandbank islands appearing here and there. En route to Rüdesheim, you pass through the half-timbered town of Eltville and can head up the slope to pay a visit to the peaceful Eberbach monastery. Tonight’s base is Rüdesheim, an old winegrowing city that dates back to Roman times. The medieval center and some of the town’s fortifications, such as the Adlerturm (Eagle Tower), have been well-preserved. Take a stroll along the famous Drosselgasse. This renowned alleyway, in the heart of the town, is home to inviting wine taverns and restaurants.
Day 5 (Wed): Rüdesheim (Bingen) – St. Goar (40 km/24 mi.)
Today’s journey follows the Rhine towards St. Goar as it enters the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This steep and spectacular river gorge is host to castles, romantic ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. A dramatic outcrop situated at the narrowest point of the Rhine Gorge, Lorelei was well known as one of the most dangerous sections of the Rhine in the Middle Ages. You can follow a hiking path up the 132 meters (433 feet) to enjoy a magnificent view over the valley. Cloaked in myth and legend, Lorelei has inspired writers and musicians for centuries, as many river boatmen met their fate here. St. Goar, a monk and missionary in the 7th century, settled at this point on the river, gaining a reputation for his piety and hospitality. After dinner you can join an evening walk around the town that’s named after him.
Day 6 (Thu): St. Goar – Koblenz | Koblenz – Winningen (45 km/27 mi.)
We set out today towards the historic city of Boppard. It’s here that you’ll set eyes on Bopparder Hamm, the Rhine’s sharpest bend. Ascend to the famous lookout Vierseenblick (Four-Lake View) on foot or by chairlift, and understand how a river can be so vast that, when glimpsed between the hills, it looks more like four separate lakes. Described as the “Pearl of the Rhine”, Boppard features steep vineyards, scenic promenades along the river, and Germany’s oldest intact Roman fort walls. After taking in the view, we continue cycling to beautiful Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. In Koblenz we rejoin the ship and follow the Moselle to Winningen.
Day 7 (Sun): Winningen – Alken | Alken – Koblenz (42 km/26 mi.)
While enjoying breakfast we cruise upstream to Alken. We then set out from Alken towards the magnificent medieval castle of Burg Eltz. As it’s nestled atop a hill within a valley we continue part of the journey on foot. The beauty of Burg Eltz is partly due to the fact that it was never damaged by warfare. In fact, the family that founded the castle still owns and cares for it to this day! The castle features incomparable architecture and numerous original furnishings dating back to the 12th century, including world-class artworks in silver and gold housed in the treasury and armory. Following the castle visit we walk and cycle back to the barge for our last night of the tour in Koblenz.
Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before warm goodbyes and disembarking the Allure at 9.30am in Koblenz.
Good to know
The price of a charter depends on many things. The beauty of the tours that we offer is that they are fully customizable. We can add extra services such as special bikes, extra meals or we can organize visits to the highlights of the region where you cycle that are not included in the program. That all affects the price. You can request a quote here for a trip of your choice. Our team of specialists will assist you to choose the right ship and itinerary or design a customized program for you.
8 days/7 nights
7 x breakfast
6 x 3-course dinner
Coffee and tea on board
Use of towels and bed linen
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Fully-guided cycling tours
Some short walking tours
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Fees for ferries
Entrance to Burg Eltz
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Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Transfers to/from the docking place
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Roman history in Trier
Taste the region’s fine Riesling wines
Barges with max. 20 passengers
Biking in River Main’s idyllic vineyards
Visit UNESCO-listed Bamberg & Würzburg
Taste fine Bavarian wines
Barge with max. 20 passengers
Gentle cycling along a majestic river
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Visit Cologne’s towering cathedral
Barges with max. 20 passengers