Rhine Cycle Path Mainz to Cologne

The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its gorgeous and unique scenery, enjoy this as well as the Lower Middle Rhine Valley. Cycling along the Rhine, your route will be dotted with multiple old castles sat watching over the river. The landscape is made up with vineyards on hills and there will of course be an abundance of culture. Visit quaint and traditional wine villages inviting you to try local grape varieties.

Calender 7 days

Difficulty: Moderate

From £995.00 P/P

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After making your own way to Mainz, get acquainted with this historical town home to half-timbered houses and a medieval market square. Find your bicycles waiting for you at the hotel.

As you leave Mainz the Rhine will be your guide, taking you through vineyards and enchanting wine-growing villages (where you can also try local grapes!). There is also the worthwhile opportunity to detour to Eberbach monastery. Rüdesheim will welcome you with its famous “Drosselgasse” street.

As you head to St. Goar you will be in a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. On route make sure you make some time for Loreley, a slate cliff and the name of the mermaid who sits on top of it. 19th century legend says she used to comb her long golden hair there attracting boatmen with her singing, causing shipwrecks.

Today entails another beautiful day in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, surrounded by numerous castles and palaces sitting high above the Rhine. Take a pleasant stop in the villages of Boppard and Rhens. The Lahn River joins the bigger river at Lahnstein, from where it’s just a short time to get to Koblenz. Central Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine and is the perfect place to have a nice evening stroll. We also recommend visiting the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

As you cycle you will notice the Rhine becoming wider as you now enter the Lower Middle Rhine Valley, be enchanted by numerous quaint villages on route. Visit an exciting Information centre in Remagen which will tell you about the bridge that achieved its fame in WW2 in sad circumstances. Worth visiting are also Rolandseck’s historical buildings and the Arp Museum Bahnhof. Your stop for the night will be in Bad Godesberg.

Your route to Cologne will take you via Bonn, the former capital of Germany. Cologne is iconic for its gothic cathedral which is visible from afar. The cycling here is purposely shorter, so you have time to get to know Cologne!

Enjoy a last breakfast and then either head home or stay for longer. We recommend taking more time to enjoy the amazing city that is Cologne.

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Route overview

Difficulty: Easy-medium

Start point: Mainz

End point: Cologne

Total distance: approx. 215km

The Rhine Cycle Route is mostly on paved roads and cycle paths, with the exception of some shorter sections with more traffic. Routes are clearly signposted.

What’s included

    • The Mainz to Cologne cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.
    • Subject to confirmation
    • Accommodations for 6 nights
    • Standard Bike Hire
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers between hotels
    • 7-Day Service Hotline
    • 1 x Tour information pack with route notes/maps (1 per room)

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • E-Bike Hire (available as an extra)
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
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We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.

16 Jul - 23 Jul

Bike Rental included

FROM £995 P/P


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We are excited to announce that we are offering a 20% discount on all European Cycling Tours!


Terms and Conditions: The discount is valid for bookings made before July 31, 2023. The discount must be used for travel before November 30, 2023. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.