Schloss Stolzenfels in Koblenz, one of the many sights on this German Bike Tour - photo by Holger Weinandt

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, a popular cake in Germany. Photo via Flickr:kochtopf
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Koblenz to Amsterdam

Germany, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

From the mountain chains of the Rhineland to the flat farming countryside of Holland….

This bike and boat tour from Germany to the Netherlands begins in the beautiful city of Koblenz, where the Rhine & the Mosel rivers meet. The city itself constists of the Aldstadt (old city) and the Neustadt (new city). The Aldstadt is the shape of a triangle, with 2 sides consisting of the Rhine & Mosel rivers, and the third side is covered by endless hills topped with fortresses.

Cycling along the fascinating landscapes of the Rhine, you visit typical German towns such as Neuwied and Bonn. Cologne will entice you as it is a major cultural center and in the international city of Düsseldorf, the famous local dark beer, Altbier is a must try!

Crossing over into the Netherlands , the route leads to Arnhem. As one of the bigger cities of Holland, it is famous for its open air museum just outside the city. Before reaching Amsterdam you will bike through the flat, peaceful, farming countryside of Holland, not missing the famous windmills along the way. You will spend a night in Wijk bij Duurstede meaning "neighborhood near Duurstede". Duurstede is a castle/ruin nearby.

Your final destination is Amsterdam, the most bicycle-friendly city in the world, Amsterdam! Among its beautiful Renaissance architecture there will be many sights to see and enjoy, including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank house.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on the comfort class barge, the Allure

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfasts, 6 x packed lunch, and 6 x three-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Daily cleaning service
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Daily briefing of routes

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From985 Rates
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Tour Dates

October 15, 2016

October 14, 2017

Skill Level

Easy, guided bike & boat tour. Routes take place on mainly flat, asphalted country roads or bike paths. Average distances are 50 km per day with the entire day to complete the distances at your leisure.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Koblenz to Amsterdam Map

Day 1: Arrival in Koblenz
Day 2: Koblenz - Bonn, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Bonn - Cologne - Düsseldorf, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Düsseldorf - Rees, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Rees - Arnhem, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede, 31mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Wijk by Duurstede - Amsterdam, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

*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 Koblenz
Your floating hotel will be docked in Koblenz on the Mosel bank close to the center at Peter Altmeier Ufer.Check-in begins at 2 PM. At 4 pm there will be a welcome meeting with a complimentary welcome drink. Information about the ship, the tour, and bikes will be shared. Dinner will follow, after which a city walk will be offered beginning at 8 pm.

Day 2: Koblenz - Bonn, 28 mi. (45 km)
Breakfast is served each day at 8 am. Today you will enjoy a cruise during breakfast to Andernach, where the cycling itinerary begins, leading through a romantic section of the Rhine valley, with strongholds, mansions and vineyards in the mid-German hills. You pass by beautiful Burg Rhineeck, dating from the 1100s and the spa resort of Bad Breisig. Remagen is also quite interesting, famous for the Ludendorff Bridge, of operation Lumberjack. In the bridgehead is a museum dedicated to its history. The day ends in Bonn, probably best known as the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 (and of reunified Germany until 1999), Bonn's history dates back to the 1st century BC.

Day 3: Bonn - Cologne - Düsseldorf, 31 mi. (50 km)
Morning begins motoring from Bonn, by boat to Cologne, where there will be opportunity to spend some time in this beautiful city. Cologne is the oldest of the bigger German cities, founded by the Romans. It received its city rights 50 years after Christ as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippa. Later, Cologne became one the most important centers of the Holy Roman Empire. A famous landmark here is of course the Cathedral right next to the railway station and the railway bridge over the Rhine. The route continues along the river to Düsseldorf.

Day 4: Düsseldorf - Rees, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today's main focus is on Germany's Ruhr Valley. Historically, the region has always been known for its industry, but this rose to great heights and subsequently fell to great depths, leaving behind a depressed and ravaged area. From this decline, the Ruhr Valley is rising again and has been transformed into a landscaped area of parks, beautiful gardens, canals, and lakes. Many things were tried to support the Ruhr's rise and to develop a model region of renewal. Those efforts have changed the region and the results include the "Emscher Park International Building Exhibition". Between 1989 and 1999, abandoned industrial plants were turned into cultural centers and former railroad lines into bike paths. Canoes now paddle the Ruhr River. A 400-kilometer "Route of Industrial Culture" passes alongside historic factory buildings that have been turned into museums, office buildings and artists' studios.

During breakfast the boat cruises to Duisburg where a visit to the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord is on the agenda. From Duisburg, following the river downstream, the route leads to Wesel. It may not be always scenic, but it is an impressive landscape indeed and not to be missed when one visits the Rhine.

Destination today is Rees, a town with impressive remains of fortification.

Day 5: Rees - Arnhem, 28 mi. (45 km)
First on the agenda is 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 has never been put into functioning due to massive protest and is recently re-opend as an attraction park! The route passes through Emmerich, a larger town with a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. Just after crossing the German border, you pass Doornenburg, with a wonderfully maintained medieval castle.  Crossing over to the right bank of the Rhine, the cycling continues to Lobith, at the Dutch border. Final destination is Arnhem.

Day 6: Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede, 31mi. (50 km)
Today the route leads through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant scenic beauty. Later it follows the river Nederrijn and you can enjoy a great river landscape. The bike tour ends today in Wijk bij Duurstede; one of the oldest settlements in the Low Lands.

Day 7: Wijk by Duurstede - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
A morning breakfast cruise leads through the charming town of Breukelen, from which the cycling begins along the meandering river Vecht with its impressive mansions that line the banks. A visit to an authentic Dutch cheese farm, where they still make cheese in the traditional way is on the agenda. Amsterdam, the city of bikes, canals, and museums, is your final destination. You can take a canal cruise or visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum. In the evening the tour guide will be available for a walk through the city.

Day 8:  Departure from Amsterdam
The Allure will be docked  in the Oosterdok, close to the Central Station.

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Customer Feedback

  • Angela Rayner 11 months ago

    We had a lady guide, who was very quiet and we had a large group (20) which made her job difficult as the people at the back could not hear her. Some of her instructions were not clear and maybe there should have been an instruction on road usage in Europe eg keep to the right hand side of the road (coming from Australia) . Understanding the various traffic lights was also a bit of an issue as we come from a relatively small country town with NO traffic lights and no cycle paths we had to be extremely careful negotiation some of the busier roads as there were 2 sets of traffic lights to negotiate while crossing the roads. It was a wonderful trip and greatly enjoyed by all. The only thing that marred the experience was an unfortunate accident on the very first day which resulted in a serious leg injury.

    Boat: Allure

  • Cheryl New 11 months ago

    Our 1st guide was not quite as good as our 2nd. She wasn't as clear on her instructions as she could have been.
    On the barge we had to ask for our sheets to be changed after 2 weeks. Everything else was clean and well run. Ours may have been an oversight. This in no way stopped us from having a great holiday. Loved everything from start to finish. Would love another trip on the same boat.

    Boat: Allure

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Koblenz to Amsterdam Boats + Barges

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Allure Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg Comfort Class Boat The Allure is a very comfortable Comfort class ship. It has 10 2-person cabins, each with their own private bathroom. There is no air conditioning on the ship, however.

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