Bike rest at windmill in Rotterdam, South Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Luca Bolatti Guzzo
Bike and boating the Kinderdijk, South Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Anja Pietsch

Rotterdam to Cologne or Cologne to Rotterdam

Germany, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat Holland and Germany through the Lower Rhine Region

  • The Lower Rhine Region has not only one of the most beautiful cycle route networks in Europe but also one of the largest. On this bike and boat tour through the Netherlands and Germany, you will bike this marvelous landscape that leads through river landscapes, meadows, and fields. You'll explore labyrinths of rivers on the Rhine delta in the Netherlands, quaint little towns, and vibrant major cities. At the end of each cycling day, you will return to the boat, your home away from home.


    • Kinderdijk, the famous windmills in the Netherlands
    • Dordrecht
    • Düsseldorf
    • National park of De Biesbosch

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and barge tours in the Netherlands.

  • Twin cabin, main deck: £ 933 $ 1,881 1089 NOK 10346 kr 9550 $ 1,241

    Twin cabin, upper deck with French balcony: £ 1105 $ 2,226 1289 NOK 12246 kr 11304 $ 1,469

    Twin cabin for single use, main deck (limited): £ 1361 $ 2,743 1588 NOK 15086 kr 13926 $ 1,810

    Twin cabin for single use, upper deck (limited): £ 1447 $ 2,916 1688 NOK 16036 kr 14802 $ 1,924

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 81 $ 164 95 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108

    please note

    Special dietary requests may be subject to an additional fee. 

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to the Hague Airport which is located just outside of Rotterdam.

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take local transportation or a taxi to the mooring location.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is


    It is recommended to bring soft luggage as storage space in cabins is limited. Don’t forget to bring your rain gear and your own well fitted helmet.


    EU citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals withmultiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform themselves about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.


    Cycling routes time and distance and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion program may be organized. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship. 

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake or freewheel hubs (Limited number available. Must be reserved in advance)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches during cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinners
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Change of bedding and towels when required
  • Passenger and port fees
  • Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
  • Tour guide on board
  • Maps and information material (1x per cabin)

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival and departure to and from the docking location
  • Ferry fares
  • Any applicable entrance fees and excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks on board
  • Tips for crew
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From1089 Rates
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Tour Dates

Rotterdam to Cologne: June 15 and August 10, 2019

Cologne to Rotterdam: June 8 and August 3, 2019

Skill Level

This is an easy self guided bike and boat tour that leads along the Rhine dikes on excellent paved or asphalted cycle paths. This tour, due to the lack of gradients, is suitable for the occasional biker who nonetheless is saddle ready.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rotterdam to Cologne

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam
Day 2: Rotterdam – Dordrecht, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Dordrecht – Gorinchem, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 4: Gorinchem – Wijk bij Duurstede by bike, 31 mi. (50 km) | Wijk bij Duurstede - Rhenen by boat
Day 5: Rhenen – Arnhem by bike, 19 mi. (30 km) | Arnhem - Emmerich by boat
Day 6: Emmerich – Xanten by bike,  31 mi. (50 km) | Xanten -Düsseldorf by boat
Day 7: Düsseldorf – Cologne, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Cologne

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam
Embarkation in Rotterdam is from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Enjoy your first evening on board or have a stroll through the city of Rotterdam with Europe’s largest port.

Day 2: Rotterdam – Dordrecht, 25 mi. (40 km)
Cycle first along the Maas River until you reach the Kinderdijk, boasting the best-known windmills in the Netherlands. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue the cycle tour and after a short while, you reach today’s destination- Dordrecht. The oldest city in the Holland area lies on an island bordered by large rivers and is characterised by numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Gorinchem, 19 mi. (30 km)
For today’s cycle trip, leave behind the lively cities and dive into the quietness of nature: pass through the national park of De Biesbosch, an adventurous labyrinth composed of rivers with crystal clear water and small islands. It is one of the few tidal freshwater zones in the world.

Day 4: Gorinchem – Wijk bij Duurstede by bike, 31 mi. (50 km) | Wijk bij Duurstede - Rhenen by boat
Leave the fortified city of Gorinchem and enjoy a bike ride through unspoilt nature. Follow the River Linge, a tributary of the Rhine, and by reaching today’s destination Wijk bij Duurstede you arrive at the edge of the „Utrechtse Heuvelrug“(eng.: Utrecht Hill Ridge), a tree-covered ridge of low sands created during the last glacial period. In the evening, the boat will navigate to Rhenen.

Day 5: Rhenen – Arnhem by bike, 19 mi. (30 km) | Arnhem - Emmerich by boat
Today you will cycle along the Lower Rhine past the foreshore of the dike and reach Arnheim. A detour to the city center becomes a trip to bygone times with narrow lanes and picturesque buildings.

Day 6: Emmerich – Xanten by bike,  31 mi. (50 km) | Xanten -Düsseldorf by boat
From Emmerich, you cycle past the nature reserve of the Reeser Schanz to the Roman city of Xanten. The Archaeological Park is always worth a visit. Explore how the Romans lived and settled 2000 years ago.

Day 7: Düsseldorf – Cologne, 34 mi. (55 km)
Your last cycle tour will lead along the well-developed adventure trail "Rheinschiene“, a particularly attractive section where historic Old Towns and idyllic nature are interspersed with industrial heritage. The towns located directly on the Rhine, often boasting well preserved medieval town walls and towers, are well worth a detour. Eventually you will reach the Cathedral city of Cologne where the vivid riverbank of the Rhine invites for a stay. Enjoy a cosy evening on board or have a Kölsch, the typical beer from Cologne, in one of the numerous pubs.

Day 8: Saturday, Cologne
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:00 am.

Cologne to Rotterdam

Day 1: Arrival in Cologne, embarkation between 3 and 5 pm
Day 2: Cologne - Düsseldorf, Cycle Tour, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3:Düsseldorf - Xanten by boat/Xanten - Emmerich by bike, 19 mi. (30 km), Emmerich - Arnhem by boat
Day 4: Arnhem - Rhenen, 19 mi. (30 km); Rhenen - Wijk bij Duurstede by boat
Day 5: Wijk bij Duurstede - Gorinchem, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Gorinchem - Dordrecht, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Dordrecht - Rotterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation by 9 am

Please note that the above itinerary is subject to changes based on weather or last minute docking locations!

Please note as well that this ship is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

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