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Highlights of this tour

Cycle along the majestic river Rhine

Discover layers of fascinating history from Roman times to WW2.

Admire Over 80 Van Gogh paintings

Stay on luxurious ships with max. 40 passengers.

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Netherlands & Germany: Amsterdam – Cologne or vice versa | Magnifique III

On this premium tour you’ll follow the river Rhine on a fascinating exploration of the history and culture of the Netherlands and Germany. Marvel at ancient Roman settlements near Wesel, explore the remnants of the Industrial revolution in Duisburg and visit historic memorials to WW2 in Arnhem. Along the way you’ll be dazzled by the natural beauty of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, where over 500 plant species can be found in the varied, lush terrain consisting of forest, woodland heath and sparkling lakes. You’ll also have a chance to drink up the views along the famous Rhine Cycle Path, and immerse yourself in exciting architecture – from ancient castles to glass palaces to innovative modern art museums. One thing is clear: you’ll never be short of exciting things to do and see as you journey along the Rhine.

Other highlights of the tour include a visit to Castle Doorneburg and the cathedral of Cologne, a UNESCO World Heritage monument.

  • Get away from mass tourism in the Veluwe.
  • Visit the biggest inland harbor in Europe.
  • Explore the historic city of Amsterdam.
  • Sample delicious local beers and other delicacies.

Day to day program Amsterdam - Cologne

Day 1 (Tue): Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede

From 2 p.m you’ll be welcomed on board with tea and coffee and have the opportunity to meet the crew. Your tour will officially begin when the ship leaves the harbour and heads for the Amsterdam – Rhine channel. While cruising your guide will take her time to tell you all about what you can expect to see on the in the week to come. They’ll also give you a bike safety briefing. After you enjoy a freshly-prepared dinner served by our onboard chef, the ship will dock for the night in Wijk bij Duurstede.

Day 2 (Wed): Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)

Today is all about nature. After a hearty breakfast about the Magnifique III, you’ll embark on your first bike excursion, going deep into the Hoge Veluwe National Park. The park features one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Netherlands, where over 500 plant species can be found in the varied, lush terrain consisting of forest, woodland heath and sparkling lakes. You may well catch a glimpse of a deer or a fox, or some spectacular bird life. You’ll also have a chance to soak up some art with a visit the Kröller-Müller museum, renowned for its sculpture park and collection of over 80 Van Gogh paintings. When the day comes to an end you’ll cycle back down towards the river valley, and spend the night in Arnhem.

Day 3 (Thu): Arnhem (38 km/23 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.) 

Today we say goodbye to the Veluwe and cycle in a northerly direction towards the unique Hanseatic town of Doesburg, situated next to the IJssel river. This town used to be the oldest fortified town in the Netherlands, and features over 150 monumental buildings, as well as the oldest tavern in the country, founded in 1478! It’s still open for business, and well worth a stop for some delicious apple pie. We’ll cycle back to the boat on the popular bike path running along the banks of the river IJssel. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to explore Arnhem by night, and have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

*As the ship will remain stationary today, you also have the option to skip the bike tour and explore Arnhem by foot instead, exploring the Open Air Museum, doing some souvenir shopping, or finding out more about the fascinating WW2 history in the area.

Day 4 (Fr): Arnhem – Pannerden (44 km/ 27 mi.) | Pannerden – Rees 

As you enjoy an elaborate breakfast, your ship will cruise along the Pannerdens Kanaal, in the direction of Germany. Just before reaching the Rhine the ship will dock close to Fort Pannerden, constructed in 1869 and used as part of the Dutch defense effort in WW2. After a short visit you’ll cross the river and cycle over the border to visit the city of Kleve, built around the fairytale Schwanenburg Castle. Today’s final destination is the fortified town of Rees. In the evening you can rest and relax, and enjoy a delicious dinner on board. You’re also free to go for an evening stroll and sample some German liquer in Rees.

Day 5 (Sat): Rees – Wesel | Wesel – Duisburg (37 km/22 mi. or 49 km/30 mi.)

In the morning, the Magnifique III will head along the Rhine towards Wesel where your next cycling adventure begins. From here we’ll follow quiet roads through the German countryside, stopping at pretty villages along the way. For the last leg of the trip you’ll leave the medieval times and head straight into the the modern age as you visit the largest inland harbor of Europe, located in Duisberg. Duisburg had to be completely rebuilt after WW2 as 80 percent of the houses where destroyed by bombings. They rebuilt the entire city from the ground-up, creating a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern German city which is not to be missed when visiting the Rhine.

Day 6 (Sun): Duisburg – Düsseldorf (35 km/21 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

This morning we’ll leave the modern industry of Duisberg behind us and continue our journey along the Rhine Cycle Path, which runs all the way from the North Sea to the Swiss Alps, providing some of the most spectacular views in Europe. The path wends through an inviting landscape of wide fields and meadows, taking you all the way to our next destination: Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf is the capital of North Rhine Westphalia, famous for its glamorous shopping streets and incredible offerings of contemporary art. In the city center you can quench your thirst with a delicious icy beer at one of the traditional brewhouses.

Day 7 (Mon): Düsseldorf – Cologne (30 km/18 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

Today you’ll continue cycling along the Rhine to reach your final destination, Cologne. There is just so much to see in this diverse, ancient city with more than 2000 years of history to explore. You can visit the oldest perfume factory in the world, and learn all about the creation of the famous Eau de Cologne. Or meander around the vast botanical gardens featuring an exquisite glass palace. And don’t forget a visit to the Cologne Cathedral or to one of its twelve large Romanesque churches. After your busy day of sightseeing you can return to the ship for a delicious farewell dinner on board.

Day 8 (Tue): Cologne 

Today marks the end of your tour. After enjoying a hearty breakfast you’ll say your last goodbyes, and can disembark anytime up until 9.30 a.m.

Good to know

 

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • With  22 guests or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
  • When there are less than 22 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

Day to day program Cologne - Amsterdam

Day 1 (Tue): Cologne – Düsseldorf 

You’re welcome aboard the ship from 2 p.m. After everyone is checked in the crew will introduce itself and start preparations to head out. This afternoon you’ll sail along the winding Rhine River towards Düsseldorf. Your guide will take their time to brief you on the upcoming week. You’ll also receive a thorough safety briefing all about cycling in Germany and the Netherlands. This evening we’ll dock in Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine Westphalia, famous for its glamorous shopping streets and art galleries. After dinner you can take an evening stroll to sample a delicious local beer at one of the city’s traditional brewhouses.

Day 2 (Wed): Düsseldorf Duisburg (35 km/21 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

After a delicious breakfast you’ll start your tour with a short visit to the historic city center of Düsseldorf. Then you’ll embark on your first cycle tour, following the Rhine Cycle Path which runs all the way from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, providing some of the most spectacular views in Europe. Your final destination for today is Duisburg. Known for having the biggest inland harbor of Europe, Duisburg had to be completely rebuilt from the ground-up, after 80 percent was destroyed by bombing in WW2. It’s now a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern German city which is not to be missed when visiting the Rhine.

Day 3 (Thu): Duisburg Wesel | Wesel – Rees (44 km/27 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)

After breakfast, the Magnifique will head along the Rhine towards Wesel, where your next cycling adventure begins. You’ll follow the the river to the ancient town of Xanten, home of the world’s largest open air archaeological museum where you can see the remains of Roman settlements. Don’t miss a trip to the medieval town center and a visit to the Xanten Catehdral! Leaving Xanten, you’ll continue wending your way along the Rhine, drinking up the scenery in the Reeser Schanz nature reserve to reach your final destination – the fortified town of Rees.

Day 4 (Fri): Rees – Arnhem (41 km/25.8 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)

Today you’ll cross over the border into the Netherlands! Shortly after entering the Netherlands you’ll reach the point where the Rhine river becomes the Rhine delta. A concrete dam divides the river into two. You can cross the river to pay a visit to the impressive fairytale castle of Doornenburg, one of the best-preserved castles in the Netherlands. Your final destination is Arnhem, a city well-known for its extensive WW2 history, and its role in the tactical assault Operation Market Garden. The Magnifique III will dock for the night on the edge of the city center.

Day 5 (Sat): Arnhem (37 km/ 22 mi. or 49 km/30.7 mi.)

Today’s cycling trip will take you away from the Rhine, and straight into the beautiful natural vistas of The Veluwe nature reserve. You’ll cycle in northerly direction towards the unique Hanseatic town of Doesburg, situated next to the IJssel river. This town used to be the oldest fortified town of the Netherlands, and features over 150 monumental buildings, as well as the oldest tavern in the country, in business since 1478! It’s still open for business, and well worth a stop for some delicious apple pie and a cold beer. We’ll cycle back to the boat on the popular bike path running along the river IJssel. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to explore Arnhem by night, and you’ll be free to have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

* As the ship will remain stationary today, you also have the option to skip the bike tour and explore Arnhem by foot instead, exploring the Open Air Museum, doing some souvenir shopping, or finding out more about the fascinating WW2 history in the area.

Day 6 (Sun): Arnhem – Wijk bij Duurstede (35 km/21 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

Today is all about nature. After a relaxed breakfast about the Magnifique III, you’ll cycle into the heart of The Hoge Veluwe National Park, a nature reserve where over 500 plant species can be found in the varied, lush terrain consisting of forest, woodland heath and sparkling lakes. You may well catch a glimpse of a deer or a fox, or some spectacular bird life. On your tour you’ll have a chance to soak up some art with a visit the Kröller-Müller museum, renowened for its extensive sculpture garden and collection of over 80 Van Gogh paintings. After returning to the ship, you can enjoy dinner with magnificent views as the Manifique III sails to your next destination: Wijk bij Duurstede.

Day 7 (Mon): Wijk bij Duurstede – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (36 km/22 mi. or 46 km/28 mi.)

As you enjoy an elaborate breakfast, your ship will cruise to Breukelen where you’ll disembark to start your final day of cycling. Today your route takes you along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you’ll arrive at Nigtevecht where you’ll have the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese farm, and see how the famous Dutch cheese wheels are made. You’ll continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time at Amsterdam harbor, in the center of the old city.

Day 8 (Tue): Amsterdam 

Today marks the end of your tour. After enjoying a hearty breakfast you’ll say your last goodbyes, and can disembark anytime up until 9.30 a.m.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • With  22 guests or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
  • When there are less than 22 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview
Cabin type For May, June - & Aug. 31 - Sept. July 6 - Aug. 10
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 1429 € 1379 Single cabin lower deck 1 pers. € 1859 € 1789 Twin cabin low for single use (max. 1) 1 pers. € 2143.50 € 2068.50 Suite upper deck 2 pers. € 1929 € 1879 Triple cabin (3rd bed only for child, max. 1) 3 pers. € 1379 € 1329 Triple Suite upper (3rd bed only for child, max. 1) 3 pers. € 1829 € 1779
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

6 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (from 22 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a helmet

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Water bottle

Fees for ferries

Entrance Kröller-Müller museum

Entrance cathedral Cologne

Wi-Fi

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Excluded in this tour

1x dinner

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information

2021:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €95 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €210 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: €10 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: €25 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Please click on this link for more information about the rental and own bicycles/E-bikes


Available ships for this tour

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Ship Magnifique III Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
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