The Middle Rhine is a classic among cycling fans – a series of well-connected and beautifully flat cycle paths follow the river downstream and branch off to its numerous tributaries, including the Neckar, Main, Nahe, Lahn and Moselle. Along the way, the broad Rhineland Plain between the Palatinate and Odenwald forests becomes the narrow and dramatic Upper Middle Rhine Valley between Rüdesheim and Koblenz.
8 days / 7 nights: from € 678.00
at Speyer: € 49.00
at Mainz: € 60.00
at Koblenz: € 52.00
The dream landscape that lies ahead with its mild, almost mediterranean climate has been a source of enchantment for more than 2,000 years. Few other regions can boast such a diversity and abundance of cultural treasures, which are lined up one after another as you cycle along the route.
The imperial cathedral in Speyer is followed by St. Peter's Cathedral in Worms and St. Martin's Cathedral in Mainz. The stories behind these monumental buildings are closely associated with specific areas of German culture and history, such as Roman times, Jewish history, Martin Luther's Reformation, the Nibelungs legend and Gutenberg's printing press. Other highlights include one of the finest palace-park ensembles from the 17th/18th century in Schwetzingen and the castles and pretty medieval towns in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Riverboat cruises are a simply enchanting way to appreciate the full beauty of the narrow river valleys, either gliding along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley from Bingen or on the waters of the Moselle from Koblenz. Cycling into the heart of German wine country is all the better for the near mediterranean climate that makes it all possible. The names of the regions – Palatinate, Rheinhessen, Rheingau and Moselle – should be familiar to connoisseurs, while the outstanding wines they produce can be enjoyed in the ubiquitous vintners' taverns. A delightful way to while away the hours and an experience you'll never forget.
Flat terrain in the Rhine and Moselle valleys. Continuous cycle path net with sign-posting on surfaced cycle path, outside towns and away from traffic
Day 1 Speyer – individual arrival
With the imperial cathedral, the episcopal residence and the old city gate Altpörtel, Speyer has retained much of its medieval charm and boasts numerous attractions such as the Jewish baths and the Old Mint. The day ends in style in a traditional wine tavern or beer garden on the Rhine terraces.
Day 2 Speyer – Mannheim (approx. 30 km)
Having left Speyer you cross the Rhine. Form the Salier Bridge you can enjoy the wonderful view on the historic city centre of Speyer. You follow the Rhine through idyllic nature reserves to Mannheim. On your way you should stop at Schwetzingen to visit the former summer residence and its beautiful gardens of the 17th /18th cent.
Day 3 Mannheim – Worms (approx. 30 km)
Leaving Mannheim you pass one of the largest industrial plants in the world: The BASF is a town of its own inside Ludwigshafen. You follow the Rhine which leads you to the imperial city of Worms and to its cathedral for the 12th century. Also the Martin-Luther Memorial and the oldest preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe are worth visiting.
Day 4 Worms – Oppenheim (approx. 30-55 km)
Another pleasant day of cycling beside the Rhine including picturesque stretches along the Old Rhine (the original course of the river). Oppenheim is your destination, renowned for its Gothic architecture and vineyards. Here, you can explore the Oppenheim labyrinth, the "town beneath the town", and learn all about the history of Martin Luther.
Day 5 Oppenheim – Mainz (approx. 30 km)
From Oppenheim, it's just a few kilometres to Mainz. Near the mouth of the River Main you can explore the impressive imperial cathedral St. Martin, the electoral palace and the Gutenberg Museum, as well as narrow streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and beautiful river walks.
Day 6 Mainz – Rüdesheim (approx. 30 km)
You follow the Riesling Route to Rüdesheim. On your way through the Rheingau you pass romantic wine-growing villages such as Eltville and Oestrich-Winkel. A little way away you find Eberbach Abbey which is worth a side-trip. In Rüdesheim you visit Eibingen Abbey which was founded by St. Hildegard. You can also use the cable car to visit the Niederwald Monument.
Day 7 Rüdesheim – Koblenz approx. (30 – 70 km)
After an approx. 30 km riverboat cruise to St. Goar that lasts just under 90 minutes your day of cycling begins beyond the famous Loreley rock. On your way through the Middle Rhine valley to Koblenz you pass beautiful little towns such as Boppard and Rhens and numerous typical castles. Koblenz is famous for its historical town centre situated directly at the so-called “Deutsche Eck”, at the confluence of Moselle and Rhine.
Day 8 Koblenz – individual departure