France & Germany : Along the River Rhine by Bike & Barge

From Mainz to Strasbourg

Cross the French-German border several times to explore both the French region of the Alsace and the German Black Forest area. Indulge in fine wine and delicious cuisine of these gourmet regions. Along with beautiful churches and romantic castles, visit scenic towns with half-timbered medieval houses like Speyer, Kehl and Strasbourg, nto to forget the magical “Student Prince” town of Heidelberg. Finish this exciting week in Strasbourg.


  • 2 countries with their distinctive features
  • Half timbered houses, Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture
  • Visit Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region
  • Taste the famous wines of the Alsace & Rhine regions

Your Journey

Day 1: Mainz

Embarkation between 3 - 5 pm. There may be time to see the lovingly restored half-timbered houses in the Old Town and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Martin.

Day 2: Mannheim-Heidelberg-Speyer (30 - 55 km)

Sail to Mannheim where one of the world‘s largest Baroque palaces is. From Mannheim, either you cycle to Speyer or you make a detour via Heidelberg with its world-famous castle ruin. Speyer’s cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 3: Speyer-Sondernheim (30 km)

Cycle to Sondernheim then cruise to Rastatt, a town characterised by Baroque buildings especially two marvellous Baroque palaces. Continue through the floodplains of the Rhine River close to a nature reserve.

Day 4: Plittersdorf-Gambsheim ( 40 km)

Set foot on French soil when cycling to the village of Gambsheim in Alsace. In the afternoon cruise to the German town of Kehl. Here, the Rhine River separates this German town from Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region. Visit Strasbourg and see the famous historic squares like the Cathedral Square and the Suckling Pig Market.

Day 5: Rhinau-Breisac (40 - 50 km )

Start your ride from the village of Rhinau in France, situated amidst an amazing landscape shaped by the Rhine River. From the rocky hill on which the Romanesque cathedral Saint Stephen towers over the town, there are panoramic views reaching from the Vosges Mountains over the Rhine valley to the Black Forest. Te vineyards around the town produce the well known sparkling wine.

Day 6: Breisach to Colmar, (45 km) or to Freiburg (60 km)

Cycle to Colmar, the unofficial capital of Alsatian wine, or to Freiburg im Breisgau, with gorgeous buildings like the Freiburger Münster, a Gothic minster cathedral, in the marvellous Old Town. Return to Breisach-am-Rhine and your vessel.

Day 7: Chalampé-Basel (30 km)

From the small French village of Chalampé, cycle along the French bank of the River Rhine via Ottmarsheim and across the border to Basel in Switzerland. The Swiss city is at the tripoint of Germany-France-Switzerland. Basel calls itself ”City of Gourmets” and has more than 20 restaurants with Gault Millau- or Michelin-valuation.

Day 8: Basel

Disembark after breakfast.

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