Highlights of this tour

Explore the Lower Rhine region

Ride one of Europe’s longest bike routes

Charming cities Dordrecht & Dusseldorf

Ship with max. 96 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 Individual
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
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Bike and Barge Netherlands & Germany: Lower Rhine river Rotterdam – Cologne | Arkona

What could be more natural than discovering the beauty of the Lower Rhine by bike? The Lower Rhine Region has one of the most beautiful and largest cycle route networks in Europe. Along high-quality routes, explore the marvelous landscape: this well-developed route leads past river landscape, meadows and fields and offers especially for lovers of nature  a relaxed possibility to explore the region. Labyrinths of rivers on the Rhine delta in the Netherlands, quaint little towns and vibrant major cities along the route offer a welcome change and  guarantee a relaxed and eventful stay.

The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the stretches is paved or asphalted, lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpracticed cyclists

Day to day program Rotterdam to Cologne

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

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

Alterations of schedule or programme:  Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat.): Rotterdam

Embarkation in Rotterdam from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Enjoy your first evening on board or have a stroll through the city of Rotterdam with Europe’s largest port.

Day 2 (Sun): Rotterdam – Dordrecht (40 km/25 mi.)

Cycle first along the Maas River until you reach Kinderdijk boasting the best-known windmills in the Netherlands. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue the cycle tour and after a short while, you reach today’s destination- Dordrecht. The oldest city in the Holland area lies on an island bordered by large rivers and is characterized by numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

Day 3 (Mo): Dordrecht – Gorinchem (37 km/22 mi.)

For today’s cycle trip, leave behind the lively cities and dive into the quietness of nature: pass through the national park of De Biesbosch, an adventurous labyrinth composed of rivers with crystal clear water and small islands. It is one of the few tidal freshwater zones in the world.

Day 4 (Tue): Gorinchem – Wijk bij Duurstede (50 km/30 mi.) | Wijk bij Duurstede – Rhenen

Leave the fortified city of Gorinchem and enjoy a bike ride through unspoilt nature. Follow the River Linge, a tributary of the Rhine, and by reaching today’s destination Wijk bij Duurstede.  Enjoy an evening cruise to Rhenen.

Day 5 (Wed): Rhenen – Arnheim (30 km/18 mi.) | Arnhem – Emmerich

You cycle along the Lower Rhine and past the foreshore of the dike. Enjoy your Bike tour through the Betuwe – one of the Netherland’s largest fruit-growing regions. A detour to the city centre becomes a trip to bygone times with narrow lanes and picturesque buildings. In the night shipping from Arnhem to Emmerich by passing the Dutch-German border.

Day 6 (Thu): Emmerich – Xanten (31 km/18.6 mi.) 

In Emmerich, start for today’s bike ride and cycle past the nature reserve of the Reeser Schanz to the Roman city of Xanten. The Archaeological Park is always worth a visit. Explore how the Romans lived and settles down 2000 years ago.

Day 7 (Fr): Xanten – Düsseldorf | Düsseldorf – Cologne (55 km/34 mi.)

In the morning you will already have reached Düsseldorf from where you start your last cycle tour along the well-developed Rhine cycle path with a particularly attractive section where historic Old Towns and idyllic nature are interspersed with industrial heritage. The towns located directly on the Rhine, often boasting well preserved medieval town walls and towers, are well worth a detour. Eventually reach the Cathedral city of Cologne where the vivid riverbank of the Rhine invites for a stay. Enjoy a cosy evening on board or have a Kölsch, the typical beer from Cologne, in one of the numerous pubs.

Day 8 (Sat): Cologne

Disembarkation after breakfast until 09:00 am.

Good to know

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

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

Alterations of schedule or programme:  Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Cycle Tours: unguided. You will cycle between 30 and 55 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate.
Cycle routes/ level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclist.
Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited!
Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Day to day program Cologne to Rotterdam

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

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

Alterations of schedule or programme:  Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

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

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

Alterations of schedule or programme:  Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Cologne

Embarkation from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Enjoy a cozy evening on board the ship or taste a Kölsch, a typical beer from Cologne, in one of the numerous Old Town pubs with view over the Rhine. Besides its many historical treasures, the Cathedral City offers a considerable number of parks and gardens. 

Day 2 (Sun): Cologne – Düsseldorf | (55 km/34 mi.)

Cycle along the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways, past quaint villages and with view over the other bank of the Rhine. This route offers variety between industry and idyll. At the end of this tour leg, you reach Düsseldorf. The multifaceted city is one of the leading cultural metropolis’ in Germany.

Day 3 (Mon): Düsseldorf – Xanten | Xanten – Emmerich (30 km/18 mi.) |  Emmerich – Arnhem 

Already at night your ship will move to Roman City of Xanten. Almost 2000 years ago the Romans liked this tiny place and settled here. The Archaeological Park is worth a visit. Here you start your today cycle tour, passing nature reserves and moving on to the village Kalkar until you reach the oldest German suspension bridge in Emmerich. Your ship is waiting here to go on and to pass the Dutch-German border and brings you to Arnheim.

Day 4 (Tue): Arnhem – Rhenen (30 km/18 mi.) | Rhenen – Wijk bij Duurstede 

Today start for the cycle tour in Arnhem – a detour to the city centre will take you back to bygone days with narrow alleys and picturesque buildings. Continue cycling through the Betuwe – one of the Netherland’s largest fruit-growing regions, past dike foreland and reach Rhenen. In the evening, the ship will take you from Rhenen to Wijk bij Duurstede.

Day 5 (Wed): Wijk bij Duurstede – Gorinchem (50 km/30 mi.)

Enjoy your cycle tour through unspoilt nature and pass cute villages and the historic place of Fort Everdingen. Continue following the Linge River, a tributary of the Rhine to reach the fortified city of Gorinchem.

Day 6 (Thu): Gorinchem – Dordrecht (37 km/22.2 mi.)

On your way from Gorinchem to Dordrecht, you pass by the national park of De Biesbosch, a green maze of rivers with crystal clear water and small forested islands. It is one of the few tidal freshwater zones in the world.  At the end of the day, from the quietness of nature dive into the vivid city life of Dordrecht. The oldest city in the Holland area lies on an island bordered by large rivers and is characterized by numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

Day 7 (Fri): Dordrecht – Rotterdam (40 km/25 mi.)

On your last stretch, explore the best-known windmills in the Netherlands at Kinderdijk. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The windmills are well worth a visit! Follow the route along the Maas River up to Rotterdam, one of the  largest ports in the world.

Day 8 (Sat): Rotterdam

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:00 am. Individual journey home.


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. €999 Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony 2 pers. €1199 Twin cabin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €1498 Single cabin on upper deck 1 pers. €1598
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

Outside cabin with shower/WC and air conditioning

Program according to itinerary

7 x breakfast

6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists

6x afternoon coffee break

7 x 3-dinner

Captains greeting and Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels; change when required

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings by multilingual (German/English) on board tour manager

Independent cycling tours (on board tour manager can be reached on his cell phone)

Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Maps and information material for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

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

Reiseveranstalter sind nach geltendem Europäischen Recht dazu verpflichtet, erhaltene Kundengelder für den Fall eigener Zahlungsunfähigkeit oder Insolvenz abzusichern. Boat Bike Tours (Handelsregisternummer 3714 7084) ist ein in den Niederlanden unter Nummer 3734 registrierter Teilnehmer von SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden). Diese Registrierung ist auf www.sgr.nl überprüfbar. Die teilnehmenden Reiseveranstalter unterliegen dem in den Niederlanden gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Garantieschutz des SGR Insolvenz-Garantiesystems. Gemäß der Garantieleistung von SGR werden dem Endverbraucher die im Voraus bezahlten Reisesummen erstattet, wenn der Reiseveranstalter finanziell nicht in der Lage ist, seine vertraglichen Verpflichtungen zu erfüllen. Sofern die Vereinbarung Transport beinhaltet und das Ziel bereits erreicht ist, wird die Rückreise arrangiert. Boat Bike Tours hat die vom Gesetzgeber vorgeschriebene Insolvenzversicherung für Endverbraucher, deren Wohnsitz in Deutschland ist, über die tourVERS, eines in Deutschland führenden Anbieters, abgeschlossen. Über 1.200 Veranstalter aller Größenordnungen und touristischen Bereiche sind über tourVERS versichert. Auf der Internetseite der tourVERS finden Sie alle Informationen zur Insolvenzabsicherung. Endverbraucher, die in Deutschland bewohnhaftet sind, erhalten bei Buchung bei Boat Bike Tours mit der Buchungsbestätigung auch den Sicherungsschein von tourVERS.

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Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Coffee and tea on board at other hours

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental incl. pannier bag

Helmet (not available on board)

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

City maps

Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: €70 per week
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship’s time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.

Transfers:
There is a train connection between Rotterdam and Cologne. Duration between 3:20 hrs and 4 hrs depending on the connection.
Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.

Minimum number of participants: 80 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Partner tour:
Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’, available on request. Tour operator is: SE Tours, Bremerhaven, Germany



Available ships for this tour

Ship Arkona Germany, Danube
max. 96 passengers
58 cabins
3 tours available with this ship

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