Hofgarten in Bonn, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Thomas

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

Amsterdam to Koblenz and Koblenz to Amsterdam

Germany, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

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

  • During this cycling holiday in the Netherlands and Germany, you will follow the river Rhine from Amsterdam to Koblenz (or reverse). In the Netherlands, you will cycle along the winding river Vecht with its impressive castles form the 17th century along the riverbanks. You can enjoy lovely Dutch river country as you ride through the “Hoge Veluwe” National Park with its abundant scenic beauty. In Germany you will spend the night in Remagen and visit Bonn, where you will visit the beautiful city center and in Cologne, where visiting its extraordinary cathedral is a must. Koblenz is an interesting and lively city, where the Rhine and the Mosel converge.
    As you follow the Rhine Cycle Route, you will see and feel the rich history of this majestic river from the Romans to the Industrial Revolution and from the WWII to the German reunification.

  • Twin cabin £ 1045 $ 1,857 1275 NOK 12538 kr 11573 $ 1,505
    Twin cabin family style £ 1045 $ 1,857 1275 NOK 12538 kr 11573 $ 1,505
    Twin cabin friend's style £ 1045 $ 1,857 1275 NOK 12538 kr 11573 $ 1,505
    Triple cabin family style £ 1020 $ 1,814 1245 NOK 12243 kr 11301 $ 1,469
    Triple cabin friend's style £ 1020 $ 1,814 1245 NOK 12243 kr 11301 $ 1,469
    Single cabin/front of barge £ 1463 $ 2,600 1785 NOK 17553 kr 16202 $ 2,106

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 66 $ 117 80 NOK 787 kr 726 $ 94

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Train from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for the area: May, 61°/46°, June 66º/52º, July 69º/55º, and October, 57°/46°


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation aboard the comfort boat, the Zwaan

What’s Included

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Packed lunches
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle rental with helmet and pannier

What’s Not Included

  • Bicycle protection
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned (approx: €15)
  • Gratuities
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length9– days
From1275 Rates
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Tour Dates

Amsterdam to Koblenz: 
August 17, 2019
Koblenz to Amsterdam:
October 20, 2019

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 and Koblenz to Amsterdam Map

Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Wageningen, cycling to Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Rees, sailing to Wesel, cycling to Ruhrort, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Ruhrort - Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Düsseldorf, sailing to Zons and cycling to Cologne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Cologne to Remagen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Remagen - Koblenz, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 9: Koblenz

Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede , 11 mi. (17 km)
You are expected to arrive on the barge on Saturday by 2 PM. Boarding begins at 1 pm. It is very important to be on time since the barge needs to leave the mooring place in Amsterdam at 2: 15 PM. The barge can’t wait due the opening hours of bridges and/or locks.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.The bike tour starts in Nigtevecht. You cycle along the river Vecht, where in the 17th and 18th centuries, many country estates known as “buitenplaats” were built on the banks of the river by rich merchants and administrators from Amsterdam.  You bike along the meandering river to Breukelen. This town is known in New York as Brooklyn. The Zwaan is waiting for you to sail to Wijk bij Duurstede, an old settlement at the river Lek.

Day 2:  Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Wageningen, cycling to Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you enjoy breakfast during sailing to the city of Wageningen and then bike along the Nederrijn River. Later you bike through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant scenic beauty. Your bike tour ends today in Arnhem, famous for her role in the Second World War.

Day 3: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
Biking starts from Pannerden. Before you hit the German border, you pass Doornenburg, with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. From Doornenburg you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith, a village every schoolchild knows. At Tolkamer the Dutch used to impose tolls on incoming ships. On the way to your destination Rees you pass Emmerich, a bigger town with a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. You may also stop at 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 has never been put into functioning due to massive protest and is recently re-opened as an attraction park! You end your day in Rees, a town with impressive remains of fortification.

Day 4: Rees, sailing to Wesel, cycling to Ruhrort, 25 mi. (40 km)
Once again you sail during breakfast and get off at Wesel.Today you focus on the Ruhr area where Germany’s and probably 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, Oberhausen 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 numbe one target in 1944-1945 for sure. Hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put a lot of 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 you get to see huge former industrial plants and receive a 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 find the ship in Ruhrort

Day 5: Ruhrort - Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today you leave the Ruhr-area behind and head first 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. The destination is Düsseldorf. In the evening there is 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 6: Düsseldorf, sailing to Zons and cycling to Cologne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will enjoy a great ride into West Germany’s former Capitol city. When the wall came down in 1990 most of the government moved back to Berlin. It’s the birthplace of musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven. Even after he’d lost his hearing in his ‘20s, Beethoven continued to write classics like Moonlight Sonata. It’s a tune that puts you in the Bonn mood. This is also where gummy bears are born every day. You can visit the world-famous Haribo factory with all the gummy sweets and gadgets—imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Sure Bonn has its “museum mile,” but Bonn’s parks and gardens are the cat’s meow when it’s sunny. The first-rate Botanical Gardens at Poppelsdorf Palace are among the oldest. Have you ever seen a water lily whose giant pads hold the weight of a 95 pound child!? And the world’s rarest flowering plant, titan arum—the stinky Sumatran Corpse Flower that takes 7 years to blossom for one day…fairytale flowers! Stroll Bonn’s endless river promenade and the nearby Rheinaue Leisure Park. So many sights right near our dock. For the best views of legendary Siebengebirge hills, join locals under the great chestnut trees at the ‘Alter Zoll’ beer garden. It’s a former Rhine toll station and military fort along the river and another BikePlanet favorite.

Day 7: Cologne to Remagen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you cycle further along the Rhine to the former capital of West-Germany and birthplace of Beethoven Bonn. From Bonn you keep following the river and former border of the Roman Empire to mooring place Remagen. Remagen was once a Celtic settlement and after that a Roman fort. Remagen became world famous in the 2nd World War, thanks to the struggle for the “Bridge of Remagen” and the 60’s film of the same name. In March 1945 the Allies crossed the Rhine on the Ludendorff Bridge after the failure in Arnhem in September 1944. Today the Peace Museum is housed in the surviving piers.
In the city center you will find a pedestrian area with stylish shops, interesting cafes, and traditional, cozy pubs. Narrow streets with ancient Roman names will take you from the old town to the Rhine promenade

Day 8: Remagen - Koblenz, 28 mi. (45 km)
During the final stage of your bike and barge cycling holiday you will experience for the last time the rich history of this majestic river. You visit the Andernach, once a Roman settlement. It is still a wonderful town with many historical sites. Shortly after Andernach, you arrive in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin Confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers (Rhine en Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia on the merging point is impressive landmark. Koblenz is a city cozily rebuilt after the Second World War damages.

Day 9: Departure
Your tour officially ends after breakfast.

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