Highlights of this tour

Gentle cycling along a majestic river

Natural beauty of the Hoge Veluwe

Visit Cologne’s towering cathedral

Barges with max. 20 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 – Koblenz | Allure & Flora 

During this cycling holiday through the Netherlands and Germany, you will follow the Rhine river from Amsterdam to Koblenz. You will see and feel the rich history of this majestic river, from Roman times to the Industrial Revolution, and from WWII to German reunification.

In the Netherlands you will cycle through flat, peaceful, farming countryside and ride through the Hoge Veluwe National Park with its abundant scenic beauty.

Later on, in Germany, you follow the Rhine upstream, through cities like Remagen and Bonn. Next stop is Cologne, once one of the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. Cologne’s landmark is, of course, its monumental Dom cathedral, situated right next to the city’s central station and railway bridge across the Rhine.

During the second half of this trip you follow a more romantic section of the Rhine valley, with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards appearing on the hills. The tour ends in Koblenz, a lively and interesting city, where the Rhine and the Mosel converge.

Day to day program

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.

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht – Breukelen (17 km/9 mi.) | Breukelen – Wijk bij Duurstede

Embarkation in Amsterdam is at 12.30 p.m. Please be sure to arrive on time!

Following a welcome meeting with the crew, the barge will depart immediately for Nigtevecht. Here you will set out on a short test-ride to Breukelen, after which Brooklyn in New York is named. You will enjoy the Dutch countryside and the meandering river Vecht. Dinner is served while sailing on the Amsterdam – Rhine Canal. The ship brings us to dock at Wijk bij Duurstede; one of the oldest settlements in the lowlands.

Day 2 (Sun): Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 52 km/31 mi.)

Enjoy breakfast while sailing. Today we cycle from Wageningen through the Hoge Veluwe National Park, with a visit to the Kröller-Müller museum.
The museum is a cultural heritage site founded at the start of the twentieth century by Anton and Helene Kröller-Müller. Anton was a successful businessman who enjoyed hunting with business associates and friends, so he purchased the Hoge Veluwe, in several phases from 1909, as a hunting ground. Helene was an enthusiastic art collector. Anton and Helene had a dream: to bring nature and culture together. Between 1909-23 they laid the foundations for today’s national park, and started construction of a museum for their art collection.
In 1935 the park was placed in a foundation: The Hoge Veluwe National Park. The foundation received a loan from the Dutch government, and the art collection was donated to the State of the Netherlands, which completed the museum. Today the Kröller-Müller Museum features a world-famous collection of mainly 19th and 20th century art. Central to the extensive collection are many works by Vincent van Gogh.
Today’s ride has some elevation (by Dutch standards) and we cycle through abundant forest. In the afternoon we ride to Arnhem where we meet the barge. After dinner you can join a walking tour of Arnhem.

Day 3 (Mon): Arnhem – Pannerden | Pannerden – Rees (42 km/26 mi. or 47 km/29 mi.)

Sail through Dutch countryside during breakfast, then start the day’s cycling from Pannerden. Before reaching the German border, we pass Doornenburg with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairytale castle has provided the location for many a movie. From Doornenburg you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith. En route to our destination of Rees, you pass Emmerich, a larger town boasting a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. We end the day in Rees, with its impressive fortification remains.

Day 4 (Tue): Rees – Wesel | Wesel – Duisburg (40 km/24 mi.) | Duisburg – Düsseldorf 

The barge departs early this morning and over breakfast we sail to Wesel, where we disembark.
Today we focus on the Ruhr area where Germany, and possibly Europe’s, largest industries are located. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhausen and Dortmund are intertwined together through a maze of highways, railways and waterways. This region was once very prosperous and therefore a target in 1923, when French and Belgian troops tried to occupy it to enforce Prussia’s WWI reparation payments. From 1944-45 the Ruhr was also a top target for the Allies. After so much conflict and industry it’s hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put a lot of effort into redeveloping the area after the closure of many factories. It may not be always scenic, but it is an impressive and evolving post-industrial landscape not to be missed when visiting the Rhine. However, as we don’t want to cycle too long past factories, the ship picks us up at Duisburg and takes us on to Düsseldorf. We dine while sailing.
In the evening there is time to visit the Altstadt, where you can try the famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed what an international city Düsseldorf is, with foreigners comprising almost a fifth of the population.

Day 5 (Wed): Düsseldorf – Zons | Zons – Cologne (28 km/17 mi. or 54 km/33 mi.)

During breakfast we cruise to the old town of Zons. We leave the Ruhr behind as we cycle towards Cologne. Today we follow the Rhine closely in order to arrive in Cologne early enough for some afternoon exploring. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is the oldest of Germany’s larger cities. In 50 AD it was already granted the status of ‘city’ as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippina. Later, Cologne became one of the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. Its landmark is, of course, the Dom cathedral, located right next to the central station and railway bridge crossing the Rhine. Construction on the cathedral began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in Allied bombings of 1944-1945. The city hall however, dating from 1330, has been beautifully restored.

Day 6 (Thu): Cologne – Bonn (38 km/23 mi.)

Today we again follow the river by bike in order to reach Bonn in time to visit West Germany’s capital from 1945 until 1990. Berlin was re-established as capital after Germany’s reunification, but Bonn continues to house six governmental departments. Like Cologne, Bonn was founded by the Romans, around the year 10 BC, as it was a good site to bridge the Rhine. Worth visiting are the old City Hall, the Münster Basilica, and the house where Beethoven was born. After dinner you can join a city walk through Bonn.

Day 7 (Fri): Bonn – Remagen | Remagen – Koblenz (44 km/27 mi.)

During breakfast we sail to Remagen. Your cycling tour starts here, but first there’s time to explore this town’s rich historical past. Nowadays it is best known for its once-famous Ludendorff Bridge, the only functional Rhine bridge captured by Americans in Operation Lumberjack in March 1945. The bridgehead houses a museum dedicated to its history. After Remagen, a more romantic section of the Rhine valley begins with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards at the foothills of central Germany. We pass the beloved bathing resort of Bad Breisig and also Burg Rheineck. This stronghold, set in stunning scenery, dates back to 1100. We visit Andernach, once a Roman settlement. It is still a wonderful town with many historical sites. Shortly after Andernach we arrive in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers (the Rhine and Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia at the intersection of the two rivers is an impressive landmark. Koblenz is a city cozily rebuilt after the damages of the Second World War.

Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz

The end of your tour: Enjoy one final breakfast and disembark by 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.

  • Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
  • All distances are “approximate distances” of the recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring any changes, for example, as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological conditions.
  • The tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader. On days when two cycling routes are possible, the tour leader will choose to guide the longer or shorter option in consultation with the group.
  • Not all highlights mentioned will be visited on the shorter cycling option.
  • A GPS cycling route map will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour start date.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike 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

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For May 9 August 22
Twin cabin 2 pers. €1075 €939 Twin cabin for single use (max. 1) 1 pers. €1612 €1408.50 Triple cabin (3rd bed only for child) 3 pers. Not available €839
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

7 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings

Fully-guided cycling tours

Some short walking tours

GPS cycling route maps

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Fees for ferries

Wi-Fi

Insolvenzabsicherung: Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden (SGR) und (nur für Endverbraucher aus Deutschland) Sicherungsschein über tourVERS

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Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information 2019
  • Rental bicycle: €80 per week
  • Rental E-Bike: €180 per week (only on request, limited number available)
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on the ship’s profile.
  • Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

 

Transfer between Amsterdam and Koblenz: There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.

Additional options & information 2020
  • Rental bicycle: €80 per week
  • Rental E-Bike: €180 per week (only on request, limited number available)
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on the ship’s profile.
  • Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

 

Only possible on the Allure:

  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week
  • Please click on this link for more information

 

Transfer between Amsterdam and Koblenz: There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.



Available ships for this tour

Ship Allure Holland, Germany, Netherlands
max. 20 passengers
10 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Ship Flora Holland, Netherlands
max. 20 passengers
10 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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