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Germany’s River Rhine – Mainz to Cologne

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Homepage > Germany > Germany’s River Rhine – Mainz to Cologne
  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1-2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from April 6th to October 12th
  • Location: Mainz

Mainz to Cologne

Tour Details

Enjoy a self-guided bike vacation along the well signposted Rhine bike trail which leads you mainly on paved road and bike trails and causeways through the Rhine valley. This cycling holiday takes you through 2000 years of history. Nowadays the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a destination for tourists from all over the world. The area is full of vineyards and lovely old castles, perfect for gourmets, romantics and nature enthusiasts. What better way but to experience all these items by bike on this wonderful cycle tour.

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Price Includes

  • 6 Nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4 star hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Nights
  • Hybrid Rental Bike with Insurance
  • Visitors Taxes
  • E-Bike Rental Bike With Insurance
  • 6 x Dinners
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

Mainz:                         Best Western Hotel Mainz

Ruedesheim:             Hotel Traube

St Goar:                      Weinhotel Landsknecht

Koblenz:                     Hotel Hohenstaufen

Bad Godesberg:       Hotel Bonn

Cologne:                    Hotel Lyskirchen

Route Characteristics

Cycling along mainly on paved and mounted bike tracks and causeways, sometimes on quiet country roads. The route is well signposted.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Mainz

Arrive during the day in Mainz. We recommend timing your arrival so that you have time to explore this 2000-year-old city. Visit its churches and sacred buildings, excavation sites from Roman times, the historical town center, or some museums.

Day 2Mainz to Rüdesheim 25 miles 40 km.

Your first bike tour of the trip takes you into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and you travel through wine country, past traditional winemaking towns like Eltville. We recommend a side trip to the former Cistercian Convent Eberbach, where the movie “The Name of the Rose” was filmed. Later you reach Rüdesheim, an excellent town for some wine tasting. Take a stroll through the world-famous “Drosselgasse”. A ride in the gondola up to Niederwald monument offers an excellent view over the Rhine Valley and the “Binger Loch”.

Day 3Rüdesheim to St Goar 19 miles 30 km.

Before reaching the legendary “Loreley” rock, you bike through the Rhine valley with its many castles to Kaub, which is uniquely located between the Rhine and the steep rocky hillsides of the Rhenish Massif. Castle Gutenfels towers above the valley, while Castle Pfalzgrafenstein sits in the middle of the river.

Day 4St Goar to Koblenz 25 miles 40 km.

Today you cycle further along the Rhine passing Boppard a winemaking town. Alongside pretty, colourful truss buildings you reach the “Bopparder Hamm”, the largest loop of the Rhine. On the other side of the Rhine, you can see the Marksburg, a well preserved medieval castle. Via Lahnstein and the Lahn estuary you reach Koblenz, where you spend the night. The “German Corner” on the Mosel estuary, the Electoral Palace and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are only a few of the attractions in Koblenz.

Day 5Koblenz to Bad Godesberg 37 miles 60 km.

You cycle downstream through Andernach, passing “Mariendom” Abbey and the world’s highest cold-water geyser, before reaching the idyllic spa town Bad Breisig. Along the Golden Mile, an area with an especially mild climate where wine, fruits, and vegetables are grown, you follow the river to Remagen. In the town of Remagen near a famous bridge is an information center showing its history from the 2nd world war. Then continue to Rolandseck which has many historic buildings to admire.  If you want to take an extended break in one of the many wayside restaurants, you can take a boat for the last part of the way to Bad Godesberg.

Day 6 Bad Godesberg to Cologne 28 miles 45 km

On your last day cycling along the romantic Middle Rhine you approach Bonn. You continue to Cologne on an old Roman road. In Rodenkirchen the Cologne Cathedral comes into view. It is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. You have time for a tour through Cologne, which is full of sights and attractions. Apart from the cathedral, the town is famous for its Carnaval and “Kölsch” beer.

Day 7Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By plane to Dusseldorf or Frankfurt and then by train to Mainz.

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Cyclists along river path