Boat and Bike tour Cologne Amsterdam
Cruising on a boat and cycling through a colorful countryside is the perfect recipe for a successful holiday. Biking and active during the day, the boat accompanies you along the river to welcome you at the day’s goal as your swimming hotel. And if you do not want to cycle you can enjoy the tour on board, admiring the passing scenery!
We follow the Rhine valley downstream, first through industrial areas where we learn about the important history of the river, later wide and flat along farmland and meadows. You will enjoy the gorgeous river scenery of the rivers Rhine and IJssel, first in Germany and later in the Netherlands. We also bike through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant scenic beauty and we can visit the famous Kröller-Möller museum.
The last part of the tour you will bike through the flat, peaceful countryside of Holland, with the famous windmills along the way. You bike along the winding river Vecht with its impressive mansions on its banks and you visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional method.
- Day 1: Saturday: Cologne, embarkation at 4PM
- Day 2: Sunday : Cologne –Dusseldorf, sailing to Zons and
- cycling to Dusseldorf, 30 km.
- Day 3: Monday: Dusseldorf – Ruhrort, 42 km.
- Day 4: Tuesday: Ruhrort, sailing to Orsoy and cycling to Rees.
- Day 5: Wednesday Rees- Arnhem, cycling to Emmerich and cycling to
- Arnhem, 40 km.
- Day 6: Thursday: Arnhem, cycling to Wageningen and sailing to Wijk bij
- Duurstede, 50 km Day 7: Friday: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Breukelen and cycling to
- Amsterdam, 40 km. Day 8: Departure after Breakfast.
1 km= 0,62 miles
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.
Important note: This tour also is available in reverse order. See Amsterdam Cologne
Dutch Barge Cruises reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure
Day to day schedule
Day 1 Cologne, embarkation at 4 p.m.
Upon arrival on board of your ship your luggage can be left in your cabin while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. During this coffee break there is plenty of opportunity to get to know your guides, the crew and your fellow passengers.
Free time to explore the city. Cologne is the oldest of the bigger German cities, founded by the Romans. It got its city rights already 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. Landmark is of course the Cathedral right next to the railway station and the railway bridge over the Rhine. In 1248 they started with the construction of the cathedral and only finished it in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in the 1944-1945. The city hall however, dating from 1330, is beautifully restored.
During dinner aboard the ship, the program for the next day and the global planning of the week are discussed.
Day 2: Sunday: Cologne –Dusseldorf, sailing to Zons and cycling to Dusseldorf, 30 km.
Cycling direction Düsseldorf you will stay close to the Rhine in order to be in Düsseldorf not too late in the afternoon. There is time to visit the Alstadt. You can try their famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed to what an international city this is, with almost a fifth of the population being foreigners.
Day 3: Monday: Düsseldorf - Ruhrort, 42 km
Today we head first for 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.
Leaving Krefeld behind us, we enter the Ruhr-area.
Day 4: Tuesday: Ruhrort, sailing to Orsoy and cycling to Rees.
Today we 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 number 1 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 a factory. In the afternoon we visit the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord, where we get to see huge former industrial plants and 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.
Day 5: Wednesday Rees- Arnhem, cycling to Emmerich and cycling to Arnhem, 40 km.
We sail to Emmerich, a bigger town with a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. At Tolkamer the Dutch used to impose tolls on incoming ships. We pass the border at Lobith, a village every schoolchild in Holland knows and we take the right bank of the Rhine to Doornenburg. This town has a wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairy tale castle was the scene for many a movie.
Day 6: Thursday: Arnhem, cycling to Wageningen and sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede, 50 km
First you bike through National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant scenic beauty. You can visit the Kröller-Möller museum right in the middle of the park. Later you bike along the river Nederrijn and you can enjoy great river landscape. At Wageningen you go on board and sail to today’s destination: Wijk bij Duurstede, an old settlement at the river Lek.
Day 7: Friday: Wijk bij Duurstede, sailing to Breukelen and cycling to Amsterdam, 40 km.
During breakfast we will sail to Breukelen from where we will cycle to Amsterdam along the two most beautiful rivers of Holland, the Vecht and the Amstel.
Along the route you will find the magnificent country houses and mansions from the 18th century with their splendid, well-kept gardens. On the way we can visit a working cheese farm. After diner you have the option to take a canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam
Day 8 Saturday Amsterdam
Departure after breakfast at 10 AM.
- All nights on board
- Breakfast and dinner on board
- Lunch packages when on the road
- Coffee and tea on board
- Tour guide, cycles with the group
- Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
- Free WiFi (in the Netherlands; up to 100 Mb is limited available in lounge and on deck)
- Road book, 1x per cabin
- Ferry fares on the route
- Bicycle rent
- Bicycle insurance (optional) E 15,- per bicycle
- Bicycle insurance E-bike (optional) E 40,- per bicycle
- Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15,- per tour
- Travel / cancellation insurance (optional)
The program is subject to change without notice.
Dutch Barge Cruises reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.