Hofgarten at University of Bonn, Germany. Flickr:Thomas

Mosel and Rhine Rivers meet in Koblenz, Germany. Flickr:Anrew Gustar

Amsterdam to Koblenz

Germany, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Bike & Boat 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 stroll 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 World War II to the German reunification.

    Highlights:

    • National Park de Hoge Veluwe
    • Arnhem and Remagen
    • Cologne Cathedral
    • Romantic Rhine Valley

    A full list of our Bike and Barge tours in Holland and our Bike and Barge tours in Germany can be found here.

  • Zwaan

    August 15 & October 18
    Luxury double $ 2888 £ 1413 $ 2,475 1583 $ 2961 kr 17701 $ 1,751
    Twin  $ 2596 £ 1270 $ 2,225 1423 $ 2662 kr 15912 $ 1,574
    Triple $ 2504 £ 1226 $ 2,147 1373 $ 2568 kr 15353 $ 1,519
    Small double/front of boat $ 2293 £ 1122 $ 1,965 1257 $ 2351 kr 14056 $ 1,391
    Small double for single use/front of boat $ 3261 £ 1596 $ 2,795 1788 $ 3344 kr 19993 $ 1,978

    Iris

    8-day tour:
    Twin cabin: $ 2681 £ 1312 $ 2,298 1470 $ 2750 kr 16437 $ 1,626 Single supplement: On request
    Extended 15-day tour:
    Twin cabin: $ 4830 £ 2364 $ 4,140 2648 $ 4953 kr 29610 $ 2,930  

    Allure

    8 - day tour:
    Twin cabin: $ 2143 £ 1049 $ 1,837 1175 $ 2198 kr 13139 $ 1,300 Twin cabin for single use: $ 3123 £ 1528 $ 2,677 1712 $ 3202 kr 19143 $ 1,894

    Flora 

    8-day tour: 
    Twin cabin: $ 1895 £ 928 $ 1,624 1039 $ 1943 kr 11618 $ 1,149 Twin cabin for single use: $ 2753 £ 1347 $ 2,359 1509 $ 2822 kr 16874 $ 1,669 *Triple cabin (third bed is only for a child, and includes bike rental): $ 1713 £ 838 $ 1,468 939 $ 1756 kr 10500 $ 1,039 *Please ask us for discount if bicycle is not needed and for pricing for child seat, child bicycle, or tag along)

     

    Zwaan

    Amsterdam to Koblenz
    Saturday to Sunday: 
    August 14, 2021
    Koblenz to Amsterdam
    Sunday to Monday:
    October 17, 202

    Cabin type/pricing

    August 14 & October 17
    Luxury double $ 3127 £ 1530 $ 2,680 1714 $ 3206 kr 19166 $ 1,896
    Twin  $ 2836 £ 1388 $ 2,431 1555 $ 2908 kr 17388 $ 1,720
    Triple $ 2608 £ 1277 $ 2,236 1430 $ 2675 kr 15990 $ 1,582
    Small double/front of boat $ 2444 £ 1196 $ 2,095 1340 $ 2506 kr 14984 $ 1,482
    Small double for single-use/front of boat $ 3539 £ 1732 $ 3,033 1940 $ 3629 kr 21693 $ 2,146

     Iris

    Amsterdam to Koblenz
    Thursday to Thursday
    June 24, 2021

    Cabin type/pricing 
    Twin  $ 3238 £ 1585 $ 2,775 1775 $ 3320 kr 19848 $ 1,964
    Twin/single-useOn request

     

    Allure

    Amsterdam to Koblenz:
    Saturday to Saturday
    May 8, 2021

    Cabin type/pricing

     
    Twin $ 2243 £ 1098 $ 1,922 1230 $ 2300 kr 13748 $ 1,360
    Twin/single-use $ 3268 £ 1600 $ 2,801 1792 $ 3351 kr 20035 $ 1,982

     

    extra options

    Zwaan


    Electric bike $ 150 £ 74 $ 129 83 $ 154 kr 923 $ 91

    Children's discounts, bikes, seat, trailer bike, and bike trailer are available.

    Gluten-free/Celiac/vegan diet: $ 91 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 94 kr 559 $ 55

    Iris


    Electric bike (8-day tour): $ 164 £ 80 $ 141 90 $ 168 kr 1006 $ 100 Electric bike (15-day tour): $ 328 £ 161 $ 281 180 $ 337 kr 2013 $ 199

     

    Allure and Flora


    Electric bike: $ 182 £ 89 $ 156 100 $ 187 kr 1118 $ 111 Helmet rental(must be reserved at time of reservation): $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11

    Zwaan

    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: $ 164 £ 80 $ 141 90 $ 168 kr 1006 $ 100 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
    Children's discounts available!

    Iris

    Electric bike: $ 173 £ 85 $ 149 95 $ 178 kr 1062 $ 105

    Allure

    Electric bike: $ 182 £ 89 $ 156 100 $ 187 kr 1118 $ 111 Helmet rental (must be reserved at time of reservation): $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11  

     

    please note

    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

    Closest international airport to Amsterdam is Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and to Koblenz, Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). You could fly into one airport and out of another depending on your tour start and end. Both airports have train stations in the lower level.

    Local Travel

    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 approx. € 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 and costs approx. €45
    Koblenz:
    There are many direct train departures that run from the airport in Frankfurt to Koblenz. Travel time is approx. 1 1/2 hour.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. There are many websites that you can visit to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and Koblenz, as well, has a mild continental climate.

    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

Zwaan (9-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz (Saturday to Sunday): 
Standard season: August 15, 2020
Koblenz to Amsterdam (Sunday to Monday):
Low season: October 18, 2020

Allure (8-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz:
May 9, 2020
 

Iris (8-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz: May 16, 2020

(You can extend the tour on the Iris all the way to Metz for a 15-day bike and boat extravaganza!) See Metz to Koblenz on board the Iris beginning May 23, 2020.


Flora (8-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz: August 22, 2020

Zwaan (9-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz
Saturday to Sunday: 
August 14, 2021
Koblenz to Amsterdam
Sunday to Monday:
October 17, 2021

Iris (9 - day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz
Thursday to Thursday
June 24, 2021

Allure (8-day tour)

Amsterdam to Koblenz:
Saturday to Saturday
May 8, 2021

 

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation aboard the standard class boat the Flora, the comfort class boats, the Zwaan or Allure, or the premium class boat, the Iris.

What’s Included

Zwaan

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast & dinner onboard
  • Packed lunches
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Roadbook (one per cabin)
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • 24-speed city touring bicycle (Batavus Boulevard) featuring upright riding position with helmet, pannier, lock, & water bottle
  • GPS tracks on request
  • †Free Wifi (limited, available in the lounge and on deck)

Iris (2020)

  • 7 nights accommodations in climate-controlled cabins
  • Breakfast & 6 dinners
  • Glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • Packed lunches
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Bike rental, helmets, panniers, & water bottle
  • Bike protection
  • Entrance to the National Park Hoge Veluwe

Flora & Allure

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Packed lunches
  • 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • Some short walking tours
  • Fees for ferries
  • Rental bike
  • Allure: 7-speed city touring bike (Velo de Ville) with handbrakes, pannier bag, & lock
  • Flora: 24-speed touring/trekking bike (Trek X 300)with handbrakes, pannier bag, & frame lock
    • GPS cycling route maps
    • †Wifi
  • †Note on Wifi if your ship includes this, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, and other factors, Wifi signal speed and strength may not be what you are accustomed to and may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    Zwaan

    • Electric bicycle (Van Dijck Eris, step through with helmet) available with supplement. See pricing.
    • Drinks other than mentioned
    • Entrance fees & excursions not mentioned (approx: €15)
    • Gratuities
    • Bicycle Protection
    • Travel Insurance

    Iris

    • Electric bicycle (available with supplement. See pricing)
    • One dinner
    • Drinks other than mentioned
    • Entrance fees & excursions not mentioned
    • Gratuities
    • Travel Insurance

    Allure & Flora

    • Drinks other than those mentioned
    • Electric bicycle (available with supplement. See pricing)
  • Allure: 7 speed, 4 support levels (Velo de Ville CEB 200) with hand brakes, pannier bag, & lock
  • Flora: 9 speed, 3 support levels (Trek TM2+) with hand brakes, pannier bag, & lock
  • TourBike + Boat
    TypeGuided
    SkillEasy
    Length8–9 days
    From1039 Rates
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    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

    *All distances are approximate. The 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. There are several boats that undertake this itinerary so be sure to look at your specific boat for the day to day details, what is included and pricing.

    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 (Oosterdok 2, near Nemo Museum) at 2:15 PM, as due to the opening hours of bridges and/or locks, timely departure is necessary. When you arrive onboard 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. Once the boat arrives in Negtevecht, the cycling begins. You pedal 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 its role in the Second World War.

    Day 3: Arnhem, sailing to Pannerden, cycling to Rees, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Today your 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 larger 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 use 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 linked together through a maze of highways, railways, and waterways. Once very prosperous, it was a target in 1923 when Belgium and French troops tried to enforce WW 1 payments of Prussia and a target in1944-1945. 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 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. 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 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 capital 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. 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 just one day…fairytale flowers! Stroll Bonn’s endless river promenade and the nearby Rheinaue Leisure Park. There are so many sights right near the 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 Confluences, meaning the merging of two rivers (Rhine en Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia on the merging point is an impressive landmark. Koblenz is a city cozily rebuilt after the Second World War damages.

    Day 9: Departure
    Your tour officially ends after breakfast.

    Koblenz to Amsterdam

    Day 1: Amsterdam, embarking between 1 and 2 pm. Amsterdam - Nigtevecht by boat |  Nigtevecht - Breukelen by bike | Breukelen - Wijkbij Duurstede by boat, 11 mi. (17 km)
    Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen by boat | Wageningen - Arnhem, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden by boat | Pannerden -  Rees by bike, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 4: Rees - Wesel by boat | Wesel - Ruhrort, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 5: Ruhrort - Düsseldorf, 26 mi. (42 km)
    Day 6: Düsseldorf - Zons by boat | Zons - Cologne Rheinau Sport, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Day 7: Cologne - Remagen, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 8: Remagen - Koblenz, 28. (45 km)
    Day 9: Departure by 10 am
     

    Please note that below is the itinerary for 2020. In 2021, this tour will be a 9 day tour. More details to follow.

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede
    Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen - Arnhem
    Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden - Rees
    Day 4: Rees - Wesel - Düsseldorf
    Day 5: Düsseldorf - Cologne
    Day 6: Cologne - Bonn
    Day 7: Bonn - Koblenz
    Day 8: Koblenz

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede
    Your adventure starts in the heart of Amsterdam, where the IRIS is docked and ready to sail. On board, as the boat navigates, you will get a taste of the beauty of Amsterdam seen from the water. You cycling begins as a scenic ride along the prestigious houses along the Vecht, where the sophisticated traders and aristocrats of Amsterdam had their country homes.  The winding little river is a branch of the Rhine and you follow this upstream. Your biking ends in Breukelen (yes, indeed: where Brooklyn NY gets the name. By the end of the afternoon, you board the barge and cruise to Wijk bij Duurstede, a small fortified town on the river Rhine. Enjoy an evening stroll and turn in your comfortable cabin!

    Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen - Arnhem
    What a magical place! No visit to Holland is complete without a ride through Europe’s largest drifting sand dunes in the National Park Hoge Veluwe. Imagine an African safari with grassy plains and weathered pines, bogs brimming with rare species, and hardwood forests filled with birdsong. The geography is wild thanks to an Ice Age glacier that dumped its load of sand and gravel in the region.  Awaiting you on the other side is the world-famous Kröller-Müller art gallery and sculpture park with the largest private Van Gogh collection in the world. Also showcased are works by Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaa.  The route continues to Arnhem ‘Home of Eagles,’ given its name by Romans stationed on the Rhine. Perhaps you recall the 1977 classic A Bridge Too Far and the failed Allied-Forces attempt to break through German lines and take several bridges (including Arnhem) in Operation Market Garden? Renamed the John Frost Bridge, you may walk or ride across this beloved landmark into Arnhem center which is teeming with art, fashion and all things Lekker (Sweet, fun, cool).

    Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden - Rees
    Of bridges, battlegrounds, and castles, for example,  the 13th-century Doornenburg Castle. It’s an impressive brick behemoth where German commanders set up headquarters during the Battle of Arnhem. Naturally, it became a prime target for British bombers. After a tour, your route leaves Holland, crossing the border into Germany. Around the bend is Emmerich, home of Germany’s longest suspension bridge. This engineering feat spans some 1,600 ft across the Rhine and you can bike across for super aerial photos. Some 500 ships pass underneath it every day. Before the Rhine was channeled in the 1800s, sturgeon, shad, and salmon used to swim the river — not anymore. Now, the barges are the big fish. Emmerich is also home to a WWII Biber submarine and one-man U-Boat which you can view in the Rhine Museum. Day's destination is Rees, famous for its medieval wall, towers and river promenade with art sculptures, restaurants, and cafés. This is the perfect place to raise your Riesling glass or beer stein and watch the Rhine flow by. 

    Day 4: Rees - Wesel - Düsseldorf
    The great Ruhr region was once Germany’s blast furnace during the Industrial Revolution. Not today.  Pedaling peacefully along the Rhine, you’ll see historic factory stacks, now mostly quiet and converted into other uses and venues, a reminder of when coal was king. This area is also where Neanderthal Man was found in 1856.  Your cruise through the world’s biggest inland harbor in Duisburg followed by the sparkling city of Düsseldorf, Germany’s fashion and advertising capital. Think supermodel Claudia Schiffer. You can sample Altbier which doesn’t mean the beer is old! It is a top-down fermentation style that’s hoppy and bitter-crisp. The waiters won’t ask if you want a second beer, it will just appear in front of you. Explore the Altstadt along the river or check out Media Harbo, the rehabbed riverside warehouse district that is very trendy. The city sparkles with international flair, übermodern architecture, and swanky folk. A casual feeling reigns in the evening when the “suits” loosen their ties at the 17th century Füchschen Brewery for roast pork shank (Haxen)  You’ll need a couple of cold ones to wash it down. Bring it on Düsseldorf!

    Day 5: Düsseldorf - Cologne
    Today’s ride stretches from one rival city to the other.  In Düsseldorf, you drink Altbier, but you’ll forget that word exists when you arrive in Cologne. Here, Kölsch is king. Everything worth seeing is within walking distance from the barge. The city isn’t just big, it’s ancient. The Romans set up their northern military headquarters here in 50 AD.  The blending of Roman and Germanic cultures is showcased in the Roman-Germanic Museum. The cathedral of Cologne towers above all. It is longer than a football field and holds 20,000 people! It takes an army of specialists to maintain the 750-yr old landmark, 80 stonemasons, glazers, and roofers. Once you hear the tolling of its bells, you will never forget it. There are many free concerts. The best place to take it all in is at Café Reichard for a German trifecta, coffee, cake, and cathedral views. district for rambling The medieval Hay Market is a wonderful place to meander.  Here you can fill your steins with good Kölsch beer and top it off with an order of Himmel un Ääd (heaven and earth). Apples and mashed potatoes are Cologne’s comfort food!

    Day 6: Cologne - Bonn
    Today you will pedal to  West Germany’s former Capital 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. You can visit the world-famous Haribo factory with all the gummy sweets and gadgets—imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Bonn’s parks and gardens are splendid. 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 Sumatran Corpse Flower that takes 7 years to blossom for just one day! Stroll Bonn’s endless river promenade and the nearby Rheinaue Leisure Park.  For the best views of the legendary Siebengebirge hills, join the 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.

    Day 7: Bonn - Koblenz
    This morning you cruise past the Siebengebirge (seven hills) and officially enter the legendary middle Rhine valley with its dramatic cliffs and curves, romantic castles, sloping vineyards and sleepy half-timbered villages. You sail past the ancient volcano, Dragon’s Rock where the hero Siegfried killed the dragon and bathed in its blood to become invincible. The Dragon’s Castle lies in ruins, a reminder of French revenge. Today’s biking starts in Remagen with a stop at Ludendorff Bridge. It was only one of two bridges still intact over the Rhine during Operation Lumberjack in the final days of WWII. In a stroke of good luck, U.S. Army got 25,000 troops, six Army divisions, tanks, artillery, and trucks across the river. You pass little villages with old churches and the medieval harbor crane. Arriving in Koblenz, you moor in the shadows of mighty Ehrenbreitensteinfortress. Here the noble Riesling grape is the Queen of Cups. Trocken means dry. Order one and prepare to become a convert for life. Prefer a beer in the Koblenz’ Biergarten? Just steps away from the barge!

    Day 8: Koblenz

     

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht - Breukelen | Breukelen -  Wijk bij Duurstede, 9 mi. (17 km)
    Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen |  Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 31 mi. (35 or 52 km)
    Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden | Pannerden - Rees, 26 or 29 mi. (42 or 47 km)
    Day 4: Rees - Wesel  | Wesel - Duisburg | Duisburg - Düsseldorf, 24 mi.(40 km
    Day 5: Düsseldorf  Zons | Zons- Cologne, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 54 km)
    Day 6: Cologne - Bonn, 23 mi. (38 km)
    Day 7: Bonn -  Remagen | Remagen - Koblenz, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Day 8: Koblenz

    On days when two day cycling routes are possible, the tour leader will choose to guide the longer or shorter option in consultation with the group. Not all highlights mentioned will be visited on the shorter cycling option.

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht - Breukelen | Breukelen -  Wijk bij Duurstede, 9 mi. (17 km)
    Embarkation in Amsterdam is at 12.30 p.m. Please be sure to arrive on time!

    Following a welcome meeting with the crew, the barge will depart immediately for Nigtevecht. Here you will set out on a short test-ride to Breukelen, after which Brooklyn in New York is named. You will enjoy the Dutch countryside and the meandering Vecht River. Dinner is served while sailing on the Amsterdam – Rhine Canal. The ship will dock at Wijk bij Duurstede; one of the oldest settlements in the lowlands.

    Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen |  Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 31 mi. (35 or 52 km)
    Enjoy breakfast while sailing. Today you cycle from Wageningen through the Hoge Veluwe National Park, with a visit to the Kröller-Müller museum. The museum is a cultural heritage site founded at the start of the twentieth century by Anton and Helene Kröller-Müller. Anton was a successful businessman who enjoyed hunting with business associates and friends, so he purchased the Hoge Veluwe, in several phases from 1909, as a hunting ground. Helene was an enthusiastic art collector. Anton and Helene had a dream: to bring nature and culture together. Between 1909-23 they laid the foundations for today’s national park, and started construction of a museum for their art collection. In 1935 the park was placed in a foundation: The Hoge Veluwe National Park. The foundation received a loan from the Dutch government, and the art collection was donated to the State of the Netherlands, which completed the museum. Today the Kröller-Müller Museum features a world-famous collection of mainly 19th and 20th-century art. Central to the extensive collection are many works by Vincent van Gogh. Today’s ride has some elevation (by Dutch standards) and we cycle through the abundant forest. In the afternoon we ride to Arnhem where we meet the barge. After dinner, you can join a walking tour of Arnhem

    Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden | Pannerden - Rees, 26 or 29 mi. (42 or 47 km)
    Sail through Dutch countryside during breakfast, then start the day’s cycling from Pannerden. Before reaching the German border, we pass Doornenburg with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairytale castle has provided the location for many a movie. From Doornenburg you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith. En route to our destination of Rees, you pass Emmerich, a larger town boasting a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. We end the day in Rees, with its impressive fortification remains

    Day 4: Rees - Wesel  | Wesel - Duisburg | Duisburg - Düsseldorf, 24 mi. (40 km)
    The barge departs early this morning and over breakfast, we sail to Wesel, where we disembark. Today we focus on the Ruhr area where Germany, and possibly Europe’s, largest industries are located. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhausen, and Dortmund are intertwined together through a maze of highways, railways and waterways. This region was once very prosperous and therefore a target in 1923, when French and Belgian troops tried to occupy it to enforce Prussia’s WWI reparation payments. From 1944-45 the Ruhr was also a top target for the Allies. After so much conflict and industry it’s hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put a lot of effort into redeveloping the area after the closure of many factories. It may not be always scenic, but it is an impressive and evolving post-industrial landscape not to be missed when visiting the Rhine. However, as we don’t want to cycle too long past factories, the ship picks us up at Duisburg and takes us on to Düsseldorf. We dine while sailing. In the evening there is time to visit the Altstadt, where you can try the famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed what an international city Düsseldorf is, with foreigners comprising almost a fifth of the population.

    Day 5: Düsseldorf  Zons | Zons- Cologne, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 54 km)
    During breakfast we cruise to the old town of Zons. We leave the Ruhr behind as we cycle towards Cologne. Today we follow the Rhine closely in order to arrive in Cologne early enough for some afternoon exploring. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is the oldest of Germany’s larger cities. In 50 AD it was already granted the status of ‘city’ as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippina. Later, Cologne became one of the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. Its landmark is, of course, the Dom cathedral, located right next to the central station and railway bridge crossing the Rhine. Construction on the cathedral began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in Allied bombings of 1944-1945. The city hall however, dating from 1330, has been beautifully restored.

    Day 6: Cologne - Bonn, 23 mi. (38 km)
    Today we again follow the river by bike in order to reach Bonn in time to visit West Germany’s capital from 1945 until 1990. Berlin was re-established as the capital after Germany’s reunification, but Bonn continues to house six governmental departments. Like Cologne, Bonn was founded by the Romans, around the year 10 BC, as it was a good site to bridge the Rhine. Worth visiting are the old City Hall, the Münster Basilica, and the house where Beethoven was born. After dinner, you can join a city walk through Bonn.

    Day 7: Bonn -  Remagen | Remagen - Koblenz, 27 mi. (44 km)
    During breakfast, you sail to Remagen. Your cycling tour starts here, but first there’s time to explore this town’s rich historical past. Nowadays it is best known for its once-famous Ludendorff Bridge, the only functional Rhine bridge captured by Americans in Operation Lumberjack in March 1945. The bridgehead houses a museum dedicated to its history. After Remagen, a more romantic section of the Rhine valley begins with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards at the foothills of central Germany. We pass the beloved bathing resort of Bad Breisig and also Burg Rheineck. This stronghold, set in stunning scenery, dates back to 1100. We visit Andernach, once a Roman settlement. It is still a wonderful town with many historical sites. Shortly after Andernach we arrive in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers (the Rhine and Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia at the intersection of the two rivers is an impressive landmark. Koblenz is a city cozily rebuilt after the damages of the Second World War.

    Day 8: Koblenz
    The end of your tour: Enjoy one final breakfast and disembark by 9.30 a.m.

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