Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam
Netherlands, Germany Bike + Barge Tours
Bike and boat along the majestic Rhine
This bike and boat tour in Holland and Germany showcases two diverse cultures. Historically, the Dutch and German connection is quite complicated, and though today they are united economically and share open borders, culturally, they are quite diverse.
As you cycle the daily itinerary, you will experience and connect with the local landscape and the diversity of both of these two European powerhouses.
Each night your boat will moor in a different village or city allowing you the opportunity to meander and explore the ancient cobblestone streets and alleyways for yourself.
- Beautiful landscapes as you cycle two diverse countries
- Cultural highlights
- Art treasures
- Regional culinary specialties
- Visit to Dutch cheese farm
- National Park de Hoge Veluwe
- River scenery of Ijssel and Rhine
- Bustling Amsterdam, historic Arnhem, metropolitan Cologne, charming Düsseldorf
Everyone wants to travel to Europe, many go and are able to tour in Europe, but few experience it. By bike and by boat, your 'going' will be different!
A full list of our Bike and Barge tours in Holland can be found here.
Children's bikes, tag-alongs, and bike trailers are available.
Children's discounts are offered.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
For tours starting in Amsterdam, the nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). The tour ends one week later in Cologne, to which the closest airport is the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). If you prefer, you can fly into Frankfurt even if your tour starts in Amsterdam. For tours starting in Cologne, the most practical scenario is to fly into Frankfurt International Airport and out of Amsterdam Schiphol.
For tour starts in Amsterdam, there is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about € 45. If you fly to Frankfurt, you can take the international train to Amsterdam Central Station. Travel time is about 4 hours and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 45. Return travel is simply reverse.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean and Cologne, as well has a mild continental climate. The greater part of Germany lies in the cool/temperate climatic zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. A good website to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
Electric bikes are available and can be rented on a per diem basis for €30, payable on board. Advanced reservation is required
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the Sailing Home, a Comfort Plus Class boat
- 7 nights accommodation
- Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinners on board
- Coffee and tea on board
- Tour guide
- 24 gear hybrid touring bicycle (Batavus Boulevard) equipped with pannier bags, lock, helmet, and water bottle (repair kits are available on request)
- Detailed route description and tourist information (one set per cabin)
- Harbor charges
- Free WiFi (in the Netherlands; up to 100 Mb) available in the lounge and on deck
- GPS tracks (on request)
What’s Not Included
This tour is offered in both directions. Be sure to check dates and corresponding start and end cities.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam Boats + Barges
Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Premium Class Boat Built in 2001, the Sailing Home was designed specifically to provide a more attractive hotel ship during your carefree vacation. It was built to meet the latest wishes and ideas with respect to comfort and service. The experience of a lifetime: cycling through the most beautiful spots within the Netherlands while residing on a very comfortable, newly built and well-furnished ship.