Day 1: Arrive Cologne. Cologne is easily accessible from either the Cologne/Bonn or Dusseldorf airports, and has easy train connections from several other European cities such as Brussels and Amsterdam. Cologne is a great city to explore and is dominated by its cathedral, Kölner Dom. This world-famous cathedral is the largest in Germany and dates back to 1248! There are several worthwhile museums to visit, or you can explore the city and take a walk through the parks or along the riverfront. There are plenty of great restaurants and breweries where you can try the local Rhineland cuisine and some of the beer that Germany is famous for!
Day 2: Bike from Cologne to Konigswinter (27 miles, 40ft net elevation gain). The first day of biking is easy and flat, and a great warm up for the next few days. We bike along the river and pass through Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, and the birthplace of Beethoven. Bonn is a smaller city that features a lot of outdoor cafes and biergartens along with beautiful architecture from the historic buildings. We continue along the river to the resort town of Konigswinter where you have the evening free to wander and explore the town. We spend the night in a historic riverfront hotel that has hosted royalty and presidents as guests!
Day 3: Bike from Konigswinter to Koblenz (36 miles, 37ft net elevation gain). During the ride today, the surrounding countryside starts to become a little more hilly, although the path along the river remains flat and perfect for biking! Koblenz is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and has plenty of activities for you to enjoy after biking. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, perched above the city, is one of the largest forts in Europe and houses several museums. You can access the fort via a cable car that crosses the Rhine- a fun experience that gives a different view of the river!
Day 4: Optional biking along the Moselle River (distance varies). Today you have the option of staying in Koblenz to relax and partake in some of the many activities available in the city, or you can opt to do more biking. The optional ride today is along another famous German river, the Moselle. The river’s character is distinct from the Rhine, but the hills, vineyards and castles all provide plenty of beautiful scenery to admire. You can also decide to go and bike on your own to do more or less distance than what the group decides.
Day 5: Bike from Koblenz to Oberwesel (27 miles, 43ft net elevation gain). Biking south from Koblenz, we enter the Rhine Gorge, which is possibly the most gorgeous part of the trip (and maybe all of Germany!) This valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring more than 40 castles and fortresses, many dating back to the Middle Ages. Small towns along the river surrounded by vineyards become a common sight. One of the highlights of the trip is spending the night in a luxurious castle hotel with panoramic views of the Rhine! The atmosphere here cannot be beat, and a gourmet four course dinner is included. After a day of biking and a delicious meal, you will truly sleep like kings and queens!
Day 6: Bike from Oberwesel to Rudesheim (8 miles, 20ft net elevation gain). We cover less distance today to give you time to thoroughly enjoy the castle and to really explore this beautiful area. After a delicious breakfast at the castle and a chance to explore the garden and castle grounds, we continue biking through the scenic Rhine Gorge. On the way to Rudesheim, we stop and visit the storybook town of Bacharach. This region is famous for their wine, and in the afternoon you can partake in an optional wine tasting!
Day 7: Farewell Rudesheim! Today you are on your own to explore more of Rudesheim, visit another nearby town along the Rhine (Mainz and Heidelberg aren’t far!), or continue on to another destination in Germany or Europe. We are more than happy to provide some suggestions and help with arrangements.
This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.