At Boat Bike Tours we love to be on the road experiencing new things. Travel’s in our blood! Staying at home, drinking tea and waiting and isn’t exactly our thing. But even during this travel hiatus we’re not getting down about it – we’re already eager to make plans for the future.
We know we’re not alone in feeling the travel bug itch, so we’d like to share some of our 2021 plans with you. There are exciting new journeys and a brand-new ship to look forward to, not to mention plenty of travel inspiration.
1. Luxury trip to three countries
This pampering trip starts in the most romantic part of Germany’s Moselle Valley. We welcome you on board our premium ship Princesse Royal in Cochem, before taking you on a journey through three countries along the fairytale Moselle river. From your seat on deck you’ll enjoy a unique view of the valley slopes dotted with vineyards and castles. Each day offers a new bike ride through historic landscapes full of cultural monuments, picturesque towns and natural beauty.
Discover the ancient Roman city of Trier, marvel at the waterfall in Saarburg city center and taste fabulous local Riesling wines along the way. The tour continues through the Duchy of Luxembourg, a melting pot of cultures in the heart of Europe, and into the French region of Lorraine. Your journey ends in the Carolingian city of Metz, where the mighty Saint-Étienne cathedral dominates the city panorama. You can also travel this tour in the reverse direction.
2. One river, two countries: From Amsterdam to Cologne
What a river! Majestic and dignified, the Rhine winds its way through fascinating natural and cultural landscapes in the heart of Europe. Our new Premium tour from Amsterdam to Cologne is like time traveling through this region’s history. Your comfortable home on this fascinating and relaxing expedition is our premium ship Magnifique III.
Start in Amsterdam in the era of the great seafarers then cycle back to the early Middle Ages at the fortress town of Wijk bij Duurstede before visiting important Second World War sites near Arnhem. After crossing into Germany, take a detour to Lohengrin Castle of the Nibelungen saga then visit the impressively restored remains of Xanten’s ancient Roman town. Leap through time to the industrial revolution as you explore the monumental industrial structures of the Ruhr area. Finally reach Cologne, where a visit to the mighty Dom cathedral with its two towers is a must. Founded by the Romans, this metropolis has so much to offer. From museum visits to walking the Rhine promenade or a shopping spree – the choice is yours!
3. New year, new ship
It’s always a very special event when a new ship joins our fleet. That’s why we’re already looking forward to welcoming De Willemstad, which will sail our Northern Tour of Holland from 2021. With her 48 cabins, the De Willemstad belongs to our larger ship family, like the De Amsterdam, De Holland and De Nassau. With her authentic style and contemporary interior, the Willemstad is a perfect match for her big sisters.
You’ll feel immediately welcome as soon as you enter the reception hall. Cabins on De Willemstad are each equipped with two single beds, which can be folded away during the day for more space. And as on all our ships, each cabin has its own bathroom with shower and toilet.
From the upper deck with lounge and bar there’s a fantastic panoramic view of the landscape. Breakfast and evening meals are served in the spacious restaurant where you’ll enjoy not only delicious food but also great views of passing scenery. And the large, partly covered sun terrace offers plenty of space for comfortable relaxation.
4. Even more Premium
Good news for those who like a little luxury: our Premium tours are so popular that we’re expanding our range. From 2021, our popular river tour from Amsterdam to Maastricht (or vice versa) will also be available as a premium version. Discover the fascinating river landscapes formed by the Lower Rhine, Waal and Meuse. En route you’ll pass through the Maasduinen National Park, visit the castle gardens of Arcen and see glassblowers at work in the royal glass factory at Leerdam.
Even your stay aboard the Magnifique IV, newly completed this spring, will be an experience in itself: our latest addition to the popular Magnifique fleet offers stylish and modern interiors, large windows, a light-filled restaurant, and jacuzzi on the top deck. With its 10 suites on the upper deck, the Magnifique IV is quite likely our most spacious ship. And since its tours have no more than 36 people, this means plenty of comfort and personal attention.
5. A whole ship for your group
Want to book a whole ship for your own group of family or friends? Then now’s the time to start planning! The sooner you’re involved, the more we can organise for you. If you travel with at least 20 people, then we can reserve a whole ship exclusively for you. An anniversary, family reunion, cycling club vacation, or trip with colleagues – just tell us what you’d like. The possibilities are endless!