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 marvellous 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: £ 958 $ 1,490 989 NOK 10055 kr 9281 $ 1,207

    Twin cabin, upper deck: £ 1054 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 11072 kr 10220 $ 1,329

    Suite (two bed) upper deck with French balcony: £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451

    Twin cabin for single use, main deck (limited): £ 1393 $ 2,167 1439 NOK 14630 kr 13504 $ 1,756

    Single cabin upper deck (two per departure): £ 1393 $ 2,167 1439 NOK 14630 kr 13504 $ 1,756

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116

    please note

    Special dietary requests may be subject to an additional fee. 

    Rates are 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

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
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks on board
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From989 Rates
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Tour Dates

Rotterdam to Cologne: July 14 and August 11, 2018

Cologne to Rotterdam: July 7 and August 4, 2018

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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, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Gorinchem – Wijk bij Duurstede, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 5: Boat Tour Wijk bij Duurstede – Rhenen, Rhenen – Arnheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Boat Tour Arnheim – Emmerich, Emmerich – Wesel, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Boat Tour Wesel – Düsseldorf, 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, 27 mi. (43 km)
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.

Day 5: Boat Tour Wijk bij Duurstede – Rhenen, Rhenen – Arnheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast, the ship sets sail. After a short passage, you reach Rhenen – the starting point for your bike ride. Cycle along the Lower Rhine past the foreshore of the dike and reach Arnheim. A detour to the city centre becomes a trip to bygone times with narrow lanes and picturesque buildings.

Day 6: Boat Tour Arnheim – Emmerich, Emmerich – Wesel, 31 mi. (50 km)
In the early morning, the ship takes you across the German-Dutch border. In Emmerich, start for today’s bike ride and cycle past the nature reserve of the Reeser Schanz and the Roman city of Xanten. Today’s destination is Wesel, a hanseatic city with numerous remnants of the Prussian past, situated on the confluence of the Lippe and Rhine rivers.

Day 7: Boat Tour Wesel – Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf – Cologne, 34 mi. (55 km)
In the morning you will already have reached Düsseldorf from where you start your last cycle tour 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 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 until 09:00 am.

Cologne to Rotterdam

Day 1: Arrival in Cologne
Day 2: Cologne - Düsseldorf, Cycle Tour, 34 mi. (55 km); by boat from Düsseldorf - Wesel
Day 3: Wesel - Emmerich, 31 mi. (50 km); by boat from Emmerich-Arnhem
Day 4: Arnhem - Rhenen, 25 mi. (40 km); by boat from Rhenen - Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 5: Wijk bij Duurstede - Gorinchem, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 6: Gorinchem - Dordrecht, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Dordrecht - Rotterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Rotterdam

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

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