Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Daniel Knieper

Amsterdam's famous gables! Photo via Flickr:maurobrock
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Amsterdam to Cologne

Netherlands, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat along the majestic Rhine in Holland and Germany

  • Offered in both directions, 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.

    Each boat offers different highlights so be sure to check the day to day itinerary for the corresponding boat.

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful landscapes as you cycle two diverse countries
    • Cultural highlights
    • History from the Roman times to WWII
    • 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.

  • May 9, May 16, May 30, June 6:
    Twin/double: $ 2440 £ 1194 $ 2,091 1338 $ 2502 kr 14956 $ 1,480 Twin cabin/single-use: $ 3414 £ 1671 $ 2,926 1872 $ 3500 kr 20927 $ 2,070 June 27 and July 4:
    Twin/double: $ 2230 £ 1091 $ 1,911 1223 $ 2287 kr 13670 $ 1,352 Twin cabin/single-use: $ 3106 £ 1520 $ 2,662 1703 $ 3184 kr 19037 $ 1,884

    Sailing Home

    Saturday to Saturday

    Amsterdam to Cologne
    Low season: June 26 & July 24, 2021
    Standard season: June 5, 2020
    Cologne to Amsterdam
    Low season: July 3 & July 31, 2021

    Cabin type/pricing

    Low seasonStandard season
    Twin cabin $ 2324 £ 1137 $ 1,992 1274 $ 2383 kr 14246 $ 1,409 $ 2554 £ 1250 $ 2,189 1400 $ 2619 kr 15655 $ 1,549
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 3236 £ 1584 $ 2,773 1774 $ 3318 kr 19837 $ 1,963 $ 3876 £ 1897 $ 3,322 2125 $ 3975 kr 23762 $ 2,351

     

    Magnifique III

    Tuesday to Tuesday

    Amsterdam to Cologne 
    May 25, July 6, August 3, & August 31, 2021
    Cologne to Amsterdam
    June 1, July 13, August 10, & September 7, 2021

    Cabin type/pricing

    May, June & Aug. 31 - Sept.July 6 - Aug. 10
    Twin/lower deck $ 2816 £ 1378 $ 2,414 1544 $ 2888 kr 17265 $ 1,708 $ 2725 £ 1334 $ 2,336 1494 $ 2794 kr 16706 $ 1,653
    Single/lower deck $ 3601 £ 1762 $ 3,086 1974 $ 3692 kr 22073 $ 2,184 $ 3316 £ 1623 $ 2,842 1818 $ 3400 kr 20329 $ 2,011
    Twin/lower deck/single-use $ 4120 £ 2016 $ 3,531 2259 $ 4224 kr 25254 $ 2,499 $ 3983 £ 1949 $ 3,414 2184 $ 4084 kr 24416 $ 2,416
    Suite/upper deck $ 3728 £ 1825 $ 3,196 2044 $ 3823 kr 22856 $ 2,261 $ 3637 £ 1780 $ 3,117 1994 $ 3730 kr 22297 $ 2,206
    Twin/lower deck/triple-use* $ 2725 £ 1334 $ 2,336 1494 $ 2794 kr 16706 $ 1,653 $ 2634 £ 1289 $ 2,258 1444 $ 2701 kr 16147 $ 1,598
    Suite/upper deck/triple-use* $ 3546 £ 1736 $ 3,039 1944 $ 3636 kr 21738 $ 2,151 $ 3455 £ 1691 $ 2,961 1894 $ 3543 kr 21179 $ 2,095

    *Third bed is only suitable for a child
     

     

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: $ 150 £ 74 $ 129 83 $ 154 kr 923 $ 91 Gluten-free/celiac/vegan diets: $ 91 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 94 kr 559 $ 55 Please be aware that in the small kitchens on the ships, avoidance of cross-contamination cannot be guaranteed.

    Sailing Home

    Electric bike: $ 155 £ 76 $ 133 85 $ 159 kr 950 $ 94 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet: $ 91 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 94 kr 559 $ 55 Tag-Along Bike with helmet (ages 5-9): $ 100 £ 49 $ 86 55 $ 103 kr 615 $ 61 Bike Seat with helmet (age 11 mos-5 yrs): $ 27 £ 13 $ 23 15 $ 28 kr 168 $ 17 Bike Trailer: $ 363 £ 178 $ 311 199 $ 372 kr 2225 $ 220 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
    Children's discounts available

    Magnifique III

    Electric bike: $ 210 £ 103 $ 180 115 $ 215 kr 1286 $ 127 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet subject to supplement. Please ask.

     

    please note

    Children's bikes, tag-alongs, and bike trailers are available.
    Children's discounts are offered.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • 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.

    Local Travel

    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.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. There are many good websites to visit to research regional weather information including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, & more.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.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check 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.


Tour Dates

Saturday to Saturday

Amsterdam to Cologne: 
May 9, May 30, and June 27, 2020
Cologne to Amsterdam: May 16, June 6, and July 4, 2020

Sailing Home

Saturday to Saturday

Amsterdam to Cologne
Low season: June 26 & July 24, 2021
Standard season: June 5, 2020
Cologne to Amsterdam
Low season: July 3 & July 31, 2021

Magnifique III

Tuesday to Tuesday

Amsterdam to Cologne 
May 25, July 6, August 3, & August 31, 2021
Cologne to Amsterdam
June 1, July 13, August 10, & September 7, 2021
 

 

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated on the Deluxe class vessel, the Magnifique III, or the Premium class boat, the Sailing Home.

What’s Included

Sailing Home

  • 7 nights accommodation in climate-controlled cabin
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Fully guided cycling itinerary (one guide)
  • 24 gear city 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)

Magnifique III

  • 7 nights accommodation in climate-controlled cabin
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and 6 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Fully guided cycling itinerary (from 22 guest, a second guide will be added)
  • 7-speed unisex city touring bicycle (Azor brand) consisting of lightweight aluminum frame, frame lock, gel saddle, water bottle, & helmet
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps for self-guided cycling (one set per cabin)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Kröller-Müller museum
  • Entrance Cologne Cathedral
  • GPS tracks
  • Wifi

What’s Not Included

Sailing Home

  • Beverages (other than coffee & tea)
  • Electric bicycle, available with supplement, see pricing (24 gears with detachable lithium Ion battery, pannier bags, lock, helmet, water bottle & helmet)
  • Museum entrance fees (approximately €15)
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Magnifique III

  • One dinner
  • Beverages (other than coffee & tea)
  • Electric bicycle, available with supplement. (7 speed Azor Steps with Shimano motor and 4 support levels with frame lock, gel saddle, water bottle, & helmet)
  • Entrance fees & excursions not mentioned as included
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1223 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy guided (or self guided) bike and boat tour that traverses mainly flat terrain. Daily distances average about 45 km per day.

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Cologne Map

This tour is offered in both directions and on different boats.  Be sure to check dates and corresponding start and end cities as well as detailed day to day itinerary, what is included, and pricing. All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Sailing Home

Amsterdam to Cologne

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam, sailing to Breukelen - cycling to Wijk bij Duurstede, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede - Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Rees - Ruhrort, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Ruhrort - Dusseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 7: Dusseldorf - Cologne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Cologne, departure

Day 1: Amsterdam 
Individual arrival in Amsterdam between 3 and 4 pm. If you arrive earlier, your luggage can be dropped off beginning at 12 PM, but cabins will not be ready for check-in at that time.  Docking location in Amsterdam is the Oosterdok near the Nemo Science Museum.

There is free time to explore the city and visit one of the famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum, or the ‘Stedelijk Museum’ of modern art. Later, enjoy a welcome drink and crew introduction. In the evening, you will have time to take a walk through the center of Amsterdam or go on a canal trip if you wish to do so.
 
Day 2:  Sailing to Breukelen and cycling to Wijk bij Duurstede, 34 mi. (40 km)
Enjoy breakfast on board while the boat cruises to Nigtevecht, where your cycling tour begins. The route leads to Breukelen (known in New York as Brooklyn) along the meandering Vetch River.  On the way, a visit is scheduled at a traditional  Dutch cheese farm. Then, it's on to Utrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands that contains a beautiful cathedral. Today’s tour ends in Wijk bij Duurstede, an old settlement Lek River. 

Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Enjoy breakfast while the boat cruises to the city of Wageningen and then cycle along the Nederrijn River through a wonderful river landscape. Later, you bike through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant beauty. You can visit the Kröller-Möller museum right in the middle of the park. Your bike tour ends today in Arnhem, famous for its role in WWII.

Day 4: Sailing to Pannerden and cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km) 
After a wonderful sailing breakfast once again, biking begins in Pannerden. Before the German border, the route leads through Doornenburg, with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairy tale castle was the scene of many movies. From Doornenburg, you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith. On the way to today's destination, Rees, you pass Emmerich, a larger town with a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. It is possible to stop at Kalkar. This beautiful town is also known for the failure of the German Nuclear Energy program in the 1970s. A completely finished nuclear processing plant was never put into operation and has been re-opened as an attraction park! The day ends in Rees, a town with an impressive and fortified town. 

Day 5: Rees  -  Ruhrort, Sailing to Wesel and Cycling to Ruhrort, 25 mi. (40 km) 
From Wesel, the focus is on the Ruhr area where Germany’s, and perhaps even Europe’s largest industries are housed. On a surface of  4.600 km2, very rich in coal, a vast landscape folds out of steel plants and textile industries, combined with chemical industrial plants. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhaussen, and Dortmund are tied together through a maze of highways, railways, and waterways. Once very prosperous, it was a target in 1923 during WWI and WWII. The German government put a lot of effort into developing the area after numerous factories had closed down. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord. The boat is waiting for you in Ruhrort. 

Day 6: Ruhrort – Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km) 
Leaving the Ruhr-area, the route leads to Krefeld. In the 18th century, Krefeld grew thanks to the textile industry. Velvet, silk, and brocade were sold to emperors and kings from all over the world. There is still the statue of a silk weaver. The weavers worked in small houses that simultaneously served as a factory and house. In Krefeld, one can still see some of these houses. Today's destination is  Düsseldorf. In the evening, there will be time to visit the Altstadt and to taste the famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed at what an international city this is, with almost a fifth of the population being foreigners 
  
Day 7: Dusseldorf to Cologne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today's route is along the Rhine in the direction of Cologne. This is is the oldest of the larger German cities, founded by the Romans. It received its city rights in 50 AD as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippa. Later, Cologne became one of the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. One highlight is, of course, the Cathedral right next to the railway station and the railway bridge over the Rhine. In 1248, they started with the construction of the cathedral and only finished it in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed but the city hall, however, dating from 1330, is beautifully restored. 

Day 8: Cologne 
Departure from Cologne after breakfast.

Cologne to Amsterdam

Day 1: Embarkation in Cologne
Day 2: Cologne - Dusseldorf, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Dusseldorf - Ruhrort , 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Ruhrort - Rees, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Rees - Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Wijk bij Duurstede - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, departure

Day 1: Arrival in Cologne
Individual arrival to Cologne and embarkation at 4 PM. Boat will be moored at Bayenstraße 28a in Cologne. Welcome drink and crew introduction. You will have free time to explore the city. Cologne is the oldest of the bigger German cities, founded by the Romans and later became one of the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. An important highlight here is of course the Cathedral right next to the railway station and the railway bridge over the Rhine. In 1248 they started with the construction of the cathedral and only finished it in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in 1944-1945. The city hall, however, dating from 1330, is beautifully restored.

Day 2: Cologne - Dusseldorf, 19 mi. (30 km)
Cycling in the direction Düsseldorf,  you will stay close to the Rhine, arriving at the day's destination in the afternoon so there will be time to visit the Altstadt. You can try their famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed at what an international city this is, with almost a fifth of the population being foreigners.

Day 3: Dusseldorf - Ruhrort, 26 mi. (42 km)
First, on the agenda is Krefeld. In the 18th century, Krefeld grew thanks to the textile industry. Velvet, silk, and brocade were sold to emperors and kings from all over the world. The weavers worked in small houses that simultaneously served as a factory and house. In Krefeld, one can still see some of these houses.
Leaving Krefeld behind, you will then enter the Ruhr-area.

Day 4: Ruhrort - Rees, 31 mi. (50 km)
The focus today is on the Ruhr area where Germany and probably Europe’s largest industries are housed. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhaussen and Dortmund are glued together through a maze of highways, railways, and waterways. Once very prosperous and therefore a target in 1923 when Belgium and French troops tried to enforce WW 1 payments of Prussia, and a number 1 target in 1944-1945 for sure. Hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put extensive effort in re-developing the area after the closing down of many factories. In the afternoon  you visit the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord, where we get to see huge former industrial plants and more detailed explanation and information about this area. It may not be always scenic, but it is an impressive landscape indeed and not to be missed when one visits the Rhine.
You will board the boat once again in Wesel and sail to Rees, a town with impressive remains of fortification.

Day 5: Rees - Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
First, on the agenda is Kalkar. This beautiful town is also known for the failure of the German Nuclear Energy program in the 70s. A completely finished nuclear processing plant was never put into operation to massive protests and has recently re-opened as an attraction park! The town of Emmerich is next, with its lovely boulevard along the Rhine. We pass the border at Lobith, a village every schoolchild in Holland knows and we take the right bank of the Rhine to Doornenburg. This town has a wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairy tale castle was the scene of many movies.
In Pannerden the barge is waiting to sail to Arnhem, famous for her role in the second World War

Day 6: Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede, 19 mi. (30 km)
First, you bike through scenic National Park de Hoge Veluwe.  You can visit the Kröller-Möller Museum, followed by biking along the river Nederrijn, where you can enjoy the river landscape. At Wageningen you go on board and sail to today’s destination: Wijk bij Duurstede, an old settlement at the river Lek.

Day 7: Wijk bij Duurstede - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will enjoy Utrecht today,  one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands with her beautiful cathedral, continuing on to  Breukelen (known in New York as Brooklyn) along the meandering Vecht River. You will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to the traditional method.
The bike tour ends in Nigtevecht and by boat, you arrive in Amsterdam. After dinner, you have the option to take a canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.

Day 8: Departure

Sailing Home

Amsterdam to Cologne

Day 1: Amsterdam, embarkation between 1 and 2 pm near the Central Trail Station. Sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Wageningen cycling to Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Arnhem & Dutch Open Air Museum
Day 4: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Rees, sailing to Wesel, cycling to Rhurort, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Ruhrort - Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 7: Düsseldorf, sailing to Zons, cycling to Cologne Rheinai Sport
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Amsterdam, embarkation between 1 and 2 pm near the Central Trail Station. Sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede
Amsterdam, embarkation between 1 and 2 pm near the Central Trail Station. Sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede
When you arrive on board the ship you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew, and of course your fellow passengers.

Please be on time as the barge will set sail around 2 on the Amsterdam-Rijncanal in a south-easterly direction. This is one of the busiest waterways in Europe. It was dug to connect Amsterdam Seaport with the European hinterland. You spend the night in Wijk bij Duurstede on the river that, which up to that point, is called the Rhine, but downstream the name changes to Lek. During the early Middle Ages, this town was a prestigious trading center. The marauding expeditions of the Norsemen put an end to their flourishing period however. The old city center is picturesque with its marketplace surrounded by trees, the town hall dating back to 1662 and the Main Church dating back to the 15th Century. The gothic tower has never been finished, though. On the other side of town, you will find the hidden ruins of Duurstede Castle, consisting of the (restored) Burgundy Tower and the Donjon (= bell tower) dating back to the 12th Century. In the 15th Century, Bishop David of Burgundy lived in the castle.

Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Wageningen cycling to Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoy breakfast while the boat cruises to the city of Wageningen and then cycle along the Nederrijn River through a wonderful river landscape. Later, you bike through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant beauty. You can visit the Kröller-Möller museum right in the middle of the park. Your bike tour ends today in Arnhem, famous for its role in WWII.

Day 3: Arnhem & Dutch Open Air Museum
Arnhem is the capital of the province of Gelderland. In September of 1944, the center of the town was heavily damaged by the efforts of the Allies to conquer the Rhine bridge (Operation “Market Garden”). The plan backfired. (The battle of Arnhem has been filmed in "A bridge too far"). Following the war, the city center was reconstructed to reflect its past patterns and design as closely as possible. Arnhem is generally known as the “Park City of the Netherlands” in large part due to its centuries-old city parks, which extend well into the city center. Sonsbeek Park is the most important part of the city. It is located against the city’s dam walls and offers a multitude of breathtaking views with far-reaching vistas of the Rhine river on the one hand and hidden, intimate corners on the other. It contains waterfalls, a deer camp, a belvedere and the watermill, “Arnhem”. In the afternoon you can visit the Dutch Open Air Museum

Day 4: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
After a wonderful sailing breakfast once again, biking begins in Pannerden. Before the German border, the route leads through Doornenburg, with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairy tale castle was the scene of many movies. From Doornenburg, you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith. On the way to today's destination, Rees, you pass Emmerich, a larger town with a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. It is possible to stop at Kalkar. This beautiful town is also known for the failure of the German Nuclear Energy program in the 1970s. A completely finished nuclear processing plant was never put into operation and has been re-opened as an attraction park! The day ends in Rees, a town with an impressive and fortified town. 

Day 5: Rees, sailing to Wesel, cycling to Rhurort, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Wesel, the focus is on the Ruhr area where Germany’s, and perhaps even Europe’s largest industries are housed. On a surface of  4.600 km2, very rich in coal, a vast landscape folds out of steel plants and textile industries, combined with chemical industrial plants. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhaussen, and Dortmund are tied together through a maze of highways, railways, and waterways. Once very prosperous, it was a target in 1923 during WWI and WWII. The German government put a lot of effort into developing the area after numerous factories had closed down. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord. The boat is waiting for you in Ruhrort. 

Day 6: Ruhrort - Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
Leaving the Ruhr-area, the route leads to Krefeld. In the 18th century, Krefeld grew thanks to the textile industry. Velvet, silk, and brocade were sold to emperors and kings from all over the world. There is still the statue of a silk weaver. The weavers worked in small houses that simultaneously served as a factory and house. In Krefeld, one can still see some of these houses. Today's destination is  Düsseldorf. In the evening, there will be time to visit the Altstadt and to taste the famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed at what an international city this is, with almost a fifth of the population being foreigners.

Day 7: Düsseldorf, sailing to Zons, cycling to Cologne Rheinai Sport
Cycling direction Cologne you will stay close to the Rhine in order to be in Cologne not too late in the afternoon and having some time to look around. Cologne is the oldest of the bigger German cities, founded by the Romans. It got its city rights already 50 years after Christ as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippa. Later Cologne became one the most important centers of the HolyRoman Empire. Landmark is, of course, the Cathedral right next to the railway station and the railway bridge over the Rhine. In 1248 they started with the construction of the cathedral and only finished it in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in 1944-1945. The city hall however, dating from 1330,is beautifully restored.

Day 8: Departure
Disembarkation by 10 am.

Cologne to Amsterdam

Day 1: Cologne, embarkation at 2 pm. Sailing to Dusseldorf
Day 2: Dusseldorf - Ruhrort, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Ruhrort, sailing to Orsoy, cycling to Rees, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Rees - Arnhem, cycling to Emmerich and Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Arnhem
Day 6: Arnhem, cycling to Wageningen, sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Breukelen, cycling to Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 Km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, disembarkation by 10 am.

Magnifique III

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. In this case, 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. Please note that all mentioned highlights may not be visited during the short cycling option

Amsterdam to Cologne

Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede _ Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 24 mi. (35 or 40 km)
Day 3: Arnhem, 23 or 27 mi. (38 or 45 km)
Day 4: Arnhem - Pannerden | Pannerden - Rees, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 5: Rees - Wesel | Wesel Duisburg, 22 or 30 mi. (37 or 49 km)
Day 6: Duisburg - Düsseldorf, 21 or 34 mi. (35 or 55 km)
Day 7: Düsseldorf - Cologne, 18 or 34 mi. (30 or 55 km)
Day 8: Cologne

Day 1: 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 harbor and heads for the Amsterdam – Rhine channel. While cruising your guide will inform you of what you can expect in the week to come, including a bike safety briefing. After you enjoy a freshly-prepared dinner served by the onboard chef, the ship will dock for the night in Wijk bij Duurstede. (You may bring your luggage on board from 11 am but cabins will not be ready for check-in at this time.)

Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede _ Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 24 mi. (35 or 40 km)
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 birdlife. You’ll also have a chance to soak up some art with a visit to 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: Arnhem, 23 or 27 mi. (38 or 45 km)
Today you say goodbye to the Veluwe and cycle in a northerly direction towards the unique Hanseatic town of Doesburg, situated on the banks of 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. You willl cycle back to the boat on the popular bike path running along the banks of the IJssel River. 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: Arnhem - Pannerden | Pannerden - Rees, 27 mi. (44 km)
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 WWII. 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 liqueur in Rees.

Day 5: Rees - Wesel | Wesel Duisburg, 22 or 30 mi. (37 or 49 km)
In the morning, the Magnifique III will head along the Rhine towards Wesel where your next cycling adventure begins. From here you 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 behind and head straight into the modern age as you visit the largest inland harbor of Europe, located in Duisberg. Duisburg had to be completely rebuilt after WWII as 80 percent of the houses were destroyed by bombings. They rebuilt the entire city from the ground-up, creating a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern German city, a highlight while visiting the Rhine.

Day 6: Duisburg - Düsseldorf, 21 or 34 mi. (35 or 55 km)
This morning you will leave the modern industry of Duisberg behind and continue the 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 winds through an inviting landscape of wide fields and meadows, taking you all the way to your 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: Düsseldorf - Cologne, 18 or 34 mi. (30 or 55 km)
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: 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.

Cologne to Amsterdam

Day 1: Cologne - Düsseldorf
Day 2: Düsseldorf - Duisburg, 21 or 34 mi. (35 or 55 km)
Day 3: Duisburg - Wesel | Wesel - Rees, 27 or 31 mi. (44 or 50 km)
Day 4: Rees - Arnhem, 26 or 31 mi. (41 or 50 km)
Day 5: Arnhem, 22 or 31 mi. (37 or 49 km)
Day 6: Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede, 21 or 34 mi. (35 or 55 km)
Day 7: Wijk bij Duurstede - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam, 22 or 28 mi. (36 or 46 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

 

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Tour Reviews

  • Rosemary M. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The mighty River Rhine was very memorable

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  • Gail M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great staff making us feel very welcomed and well cared for, from our guide Pete to the lady captain. I would highly recommend this company.

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  • Susan P. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The whole experience was wonderful. Pete was an excellent guide, crew and cook great and the group was very friendly.

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  • Katherine H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Enjoyed biking through the fields of heather, beautiful! Tip for others: use a gel seat!

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  • Gordon M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had an exceptional guide. He had a lot of local knowledge and often altered our route in order to extend our cycling experience.

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  • Kevin D. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    What a dream vacation! Eating like a king every morning & night, and riding far enough in the time between to feel like you're burning it all off. My wife and I had a wonderful time with the three couples from our church who made the trip with us; the pace was leisurely enough for the least athletic of us, yet brisk enough to keep everyone's attention, with lovely scenery throughout. We're only back a few weeks and already thinking about where to take our next biking vacation! Thanks for such a memorable trip.

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  • Lesa B. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is the BEST way to experience Europe! The countryside, scenery and little villages were breathtaking! We absolutely loved the food and experience on the barge! An experience for ALL your senses!

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  • Jennifer W. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was such a fabulous way to explore a new country that we had never been to before! Waking up in a new town every day, with all of our food & lodging needs cared for, and our only job was to SEE NEW SCENERY! Such a fun way to get up close & personal with the people & culture of the Netherlands & Germany! The staff was amazing, food was DELICIOUS, bikes were practically NEW. We are already researching our NEXT bike & barge trip! THE BEST!!!

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  • Robin V. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic dinners & wonderful guide, captain, staff!

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  • Julie M. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was an awesome experience! Loved everything!

  • Susan B. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved the Netherlands countryside. Beautiful flowers and farmland and great trails.
    Also the friendly and professional staff.

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  • David Fish 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was our first bike and barge trip and we loved it so much we've already booked next years trip!

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  • John Heinze 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our guide was ok but I've had better ones on previous trips. It was a lot of going through the motions since he had done 15-20 trips prior to ours it was maybe a case of being burned out. A bit more interaction on where we were going and what we were seeing would have been nice. Overall trip was top notch though as usual.

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  • Craig Morrison 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Amsterdam to Cologne Bike and Barge trip overall was very nice. I would have altered some of the biking to avoid Dusseldorf's industrial areas which were not very appealing. Otherwise the barge and their staff were excellent, the guide was good, but got lost a few times. In any case I would recommend it to friends.

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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.

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Magnifique III Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat A new ship in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!

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