2021
Cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz

Along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz

The Upper Rhine: Alsace, Palatinate and Rhine Hessen

Strasbourg – Heidelberg – Mainz

  • Capital of Europe, Imperial Cathedrals in Speyer, Worms and Mainz, Heidelberg Castle
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

Tage
8

Ø km pro Tag
50

The charming flair of the Alsace, the friendliness of Baden and the hospitality of the Palatinate - three good reasons for a cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz. Get to know Strasbourg, the capital of Europe from its picturesque side. The mightiness of the Imperial Cathedrals in Speyer, Worms and Mainz are also as impressive as the residential palace in Rastatt or the fortress city of Germersheim. Wine lovers will enjoy Alsace and Rhine Hessen, as both regions count among the best wine-growing regions in Central Europe. A trip to Heidelberg on the Neckar rounds your tour off nicely. 
A cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz promises variety - the historic inheritance of the Upper Rhine meets the unique natural landscape of the Rhine water meadows. The well-established Rhine cycle path, following mostly level ground, is ideal for beginners to cycling holidays or pleasure cyclists. No pressure, no hectic!

Itinerary

Cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz
  • Booking Code
    SW-RHSM7
  • Start / Destination
    Strasbourg / Mainz
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 295 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 20 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Strasbourg

The first evening of your cycling holiday is spent in Strasbourg. After the info meeting, grab your bike and explore Europe's capital. The city centre, Grande-Île, with its imposing church and the picturesque tanner's quarter La Petite France are real eye-catchers. In any of the winstubs - the small and cosy wine cellars, try an Alsace wine and their traditional cuisine.  

Day 2: Strasbourg – Rastatt, approx. 65 km

About half way to Rastatt, you cross over from the Alsace side of the river by ferry to the other side of the Rhine at Drusenheim to be in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Pedalling through meadow-countryside, you reach the Baroque town of Rastatt. Visit the stately residential palace and gardens. If you have time to spare, take a trip to the nearby spa and baths town of Baden-Baden with its wonderful parks and gardens and many museums

Day 3: Rastatt – Germersheim, approx. 60 km

Along the Altrhein, today your route takes you to Rhineland Palatinate. Before you reach today's destination of Germersheim, you cycle along the Hördt riverside meadows, a nature reserve with lush vegetation and isolate lakes. The town, Germersheim, whose fortress is worth visiting, will provide you with relaxing moments thanks to its newly designed Rhine banks and lovely city centre. On a boat trip - Nachenfahrt - on the Altrhein enjoy the countryside. The meadows here are regularly flooded by the river - find out more about the flora and fauna and this beautiful scenery. 

Day 4: Germersheim – Heidelberg, approx. 50 km

Today, your route first takes you to Speyer. In one of Germany's oldest towns at every corner you can see the eventful history of this town. The Imperial Cathedral in Speyer is the biggest intact Roman church in the world. From the south-west tower you have a wonderful view of the surrounding town and countryside. After Speyer, you have time until the next day to bid farewell to the Rhine. In Schwetzingen, the wonderful Baroque castle estate and parklands await you. You will continue to be amazed at the sights when you see Heidelberg. On a walk along the Philosopher's Walk above the Neckar you can enjoy views of Heidelberg Castle and the historic quarter. 

Day 5: Heidelberg – Worms, approx. 45 km

Passing the Roman town of Ladenburg, your cycling holiday takes you through the Rhine Levels today to Worms. As a town known for its cathedral, for Luther and the Nibelungen, Worms presents is multifaceted sides! The stately Imperial Cathedral of St. peter, the Nibelungen Museum and the Luther Monument are just some of the sightworthy buildings and places that tell of the town's 2000 year history. Wine is grown in and around Worms. Try a glass of Liebfrauenmilch from the vineyards around the Liebfrauenkirche - in a setting with a view of the Rhine from the riverside promenade. 

Day 6: Worms – Nierstein, ca. 55 km

More wine awaits you on today's route. Along the quieter Altrhein following endless green fields, you gradually cycle through the wine-growing region of Rhine Hessen. Today's destination, Nierstein, is considered the biggest wine-growing area on the Rhine. White wine, in particular, is produced here. A trip up to the Wartturm tower and the Red Cliffs in the vineyards is worth it for the views of the Rhine valley. 

Day 7: Nierstein – Mainz, ca. 20 km

To complete your cycling holiday along the Rhine, you cycle past the Nierstein wine gardens, along the Rhine cycle path, right into the heart of the Gutenberg town of Mainz. The short ride gives you lots of time to explore the Rhineland-Palatinate capital. Pay a visit to the cathedral, St. Martin, which has six steeples, and find out what "Henne Gensfleisch" has to do with the invention of the printing press. Closely related to wine-growing, lovers of wine will find what they're looking for in Mainz. Enjoy the local wines, a "Piffche" of wine - or maybe two or three! A "Piffche" is 0.1 litres. 

Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay

Today, your cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz unfortunately comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay in Strasbourg or Mainz by adding an extra night. 

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Thursdays and Saturdays from 03.04.2021 to 09.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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SW-RHSM7b

Season A
03.04. - 30.04.
02.10. - 09.10.
ab689 €
Season B
01.05. - 11.06.
04.09. - 01.10.
ab779 €
Season C
12.06. - 03.09.

ab829 €

SW-RHSM7a

Season A
03.04. - 30.04.
02.10. - 09.10.
ab799 €
Season B
01.05. - 11.06.
04.09. - 01.10.
ab889 €
Season C
12.06. - 03.09.

ab939 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 2*/3* level, category B (SW-RHSM7b)
  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*/4* level, category A (SW-RHSM7a)
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Mainz
  • Welcome meeting in Strasbourg
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • city or visitor's tax (if payable)
  • Ferry boat in Neuburg and Nierstein, each approx. EUR 3 / person inkl. bike
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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Category B
Category A

Additional fee single room

259 €

329 €

Half-board (7 x dinner)

189 €

229 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Mainz

65 €

65 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Straßburg

65 €

75 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Mainz

105 €

105 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Straßburg

99 €

119 €

Return transfer incl. bike, Mainz – Straßburg

65 €

65 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
79 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
189 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.85 m)
  • Electric bike 

Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

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Rental Bikes

7- or 21- gear Rental Bike

79 €

Electric bike

189 €

Brief Information

Cycling holiday along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz
  • Booking Code
    SW-RHSM7
  • Start / Destination
    Strasbourg / Mainz
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 295 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○○
    between 20 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Return to Strasbourg
    Optional by minivan every Saturday (morning) incl. bike, please include this option in your original booking, payable on side.
    Alternative on your own initiative by train: connections several times, 1 - 3 x change, duration approx. 3 -5 hours. 
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

Tage
8

Ø km pro Tag
50