Hofgarten in Bonn, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Thomas

Many canals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Elyktra

Amsterdam to Koblenz

Germany, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

From the flat, farming countryside of Holland to the mountain chains of the Rhineland

This bike and boat tour in Holland and Germany begins in Amsterdam, the most bicycle friendly city in the world! Among its beautiful Renaissance architecture there will be many sights to see and enjoy, including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank house. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat!

In lively and lovely Düsseldorf, on the banks of the Rhine River, sample the famous local dark beer, Altbier. Dusseldorf is a regional economic powerhouse and international city. The Altstadt is not just Dusseldorf's lovely old town, but also where the city's nightlife is based.

Highlight of your time in Wesel, will be the Willibrordi Cathedral. Though heavily damaged in WWII, it has now been restored.

The tour ends in the beautiful city of Koblenz, where the Rhine & the Mosel rivers meet. The city consists of the Aldstadt (old city) and the Neustadt (new city). The Aldstadt is the shape of a triangle, with two sides consisting of the Rhine & Mosel Rivers, and the third side is covered by endless hills topped with fortresses. While the old city is very condense, the new city is more spread out with an attractive view of the Rhine.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the lovely, comfort plus boat, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunches, 6 x three course dinners
  • Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and water on board
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle including bike bag, helmet, and water bottle
  • Welcome drink
  • Route information
  • Tour guide
  • Ferry fares en route

What’s Not Included

  • 1 x dinner in Cologne
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1290 Rates
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Tour Dates

Aboard the Merlijn
2017: July 8, 2017

2018: August 11, 2018

Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 35 and 45 km.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Koblenz Map

Aboard the Merlijn: 
Day 1:
Arrival in Amsterdam, cruise to Lelystad
Day 2: Lelystad - Deventer, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Deventer - Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Arnhem - Wesel, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Wesel - Düsseldorf, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 6: Düsseldorf - Cologne, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Cologne - Bonn - Remagen - Koblenz, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Koblenz

*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruise to Lelystad
After check in on board at 4 pm, the crew welcomes you and provides information about the week. At 5 pm, the Merlijn begins a three hour cruise to its first destination, Lelystad. Tonight's stay is in the harbor in Lelystad, Your dinner will be served while cruising on the Markermeer.

Day 2: Lelystad - Deventer, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today begins with breakfast on board as the Merlijn cruises to Hattem. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Gelserse Ijssel River, passing the city of Kampen, the first Hanseatic City on this tour.

Your first bike tour begins in Hattem, after a town visit and  the Anton Pieck Museum. Anton Pieck was a Dutch painter, artist, and graphic artist. His works are noted for their nostalgic or fairy tale-like character and are widely popular, appearing regularly on cards and calendars. Your bike tour leads you along the IJssel River, along the border of the Veluwe, a beautiful landscape fragranced with heather. The tour ends in Deventer, a medieval (9th century) Hanseatic City. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through this historic city.

Day 3: Deventer - Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Another breakfast cruise is on the agenda as the Merlijn cruises to the Hanseatic city, Zutphen and its historic center, dating back to the 11th century. Biking along the borders of the Veluwe, you will reach Doesburg and then, end the day in Arnhem.

Day 4: Arnhem - Wesel, 26 mi. (42 km)
First destination is Rees where your bike tour begins. Cycling via Xanten, a medieval city where you can still see traces of its rich history, you follow the Rhine River to Wesel, final destination for the day. 

Day 5: Wesel - Düsseldorf, 24 mi. (38 km)
After motoring to Duisburg/Ruhrort, you cycle to Düsseldorf. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to explore the city of Düsseldorf during a city walk!

Day 6: Düsseldorf - Cologne, 22 mi. (35 km)
First on the agenda is Zons and then onward by bike to the city of Cologne. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore this lively city. Dinner tonight is at your own expense in one of the many local restaurants. The staff on board would be happy to make a recommendation for you!

Day 7: Cologne - Bonn - Remagen - Koblenz, 28 mi. (45 km)
The Merlijn sets off early in the morning. While you enjoy your breakfast, the boat takes you further upstream on the river Rhine. After passing Bonn, the Siebengebirge, meaning "seven mountains", begins. It is a German range of hills to the East of the Rhine, southeast of Bonn, consisting of more than 40 mountains and hills.

Your bike tour will start in Remagen and end in Koblenz where the Merlijn awaits at the bank of the Moselle.

Day 8: Departure from Koblenz
Individual departure after breakfast.

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Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.

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