Rhine & IJssel

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Rhine & IJssel boat and bike tour


During this fascinating bike and barge tour you will be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the medieval Hanseatic period of Dutch history. On a daily basis you will cycle through the central region of Holland and will have the opportunity to discover the region’s fascinating history, beautiful river landscapes, diverse natural areas, numerous historical cities and picturesque harbour towns.

Numerous rivers and streams, the Rhine valley and diverse natural areas.This area of modern-day Holland thrived during the Middle Ages under the auspices of the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation created to protect the economic interests of cities and countries throughout the Baltic region. Explore this area – one of the most loved amongst Dutch cyclists –by bike and barge.


  • Day 1.Saturday Amsterdam, embarkation at 2 PM near Central Station. Sailing to Wijk bij Duurstede 
  • Day 2. Sunday Wijk bij Duurstede – sailing to Wageningen. Cycling to Arnhem, 30 
  • Day 3. Monday Arnhem - by barge to Doesburg. Cycling to Zutphen, 45. During dinner sailing to Deventer. 
  • Day 4. Tuesday Deventer - Zwolle, 48. During dinner the ship sails to Kampen. 
  • Day 5. Wednesday Kampen - Harderwijk, 44 
  • Day 6. Thursday Harderwijk - Spakenburg, 30 
  • Day 7. Friday Spakenburg - Muiden - Amsterdam, 45/57 
  • Day 8. Saturday Amsterdam, debarkation before 10 AM near Central Station. 

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

Day 1 Saturday: Embarkation in Amsterdam the latest at 2 PM

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 2 PM in Amsterdam. At approximately 3 PM the barge will leave Amsterdam to sail over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine where you will spend your first night.

On the arrival day it is possible to load your luggage on board from 11 AM.

Day 2 Sunday: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen – Arnhem, 30 km 

While you are enjoying breakfast, the barge will sail to Wageningen where, following the distribution of bicycles, you are finally off and cycling through the picturesque river valley of the Rhine. Along the way you will visit the protected nature reserve “De Blauwe Kamer” (the Blue Chamber), followed by the woods and moorlands of Veluwe National Park. The 5400 hectare park is home to many plant and animal species and, importantly, the Kröller-Müller Museum, the largest private Van Gogh collection in the world. Late in the day you pedal through the suburbs and past lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the city centre.

Day 3 Monday: Arnhem – sailing to Doesburg – biking to Zutphen, 45 km – sailing to Deventer.

Today’s cycle tour takes you along the Hanseatic Town Route to the small village of Doesburg and along the IJssel to Bronkhorst, which has the distinction of being recognised as the smallest town in Holland. Guests will have two choices today – a shorter tour along the riverbank to Zutphen; or a longer bicycle trip via Vorden passing country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the barge will sail to Deventer where you have the option of a short guided walking tour in the evening.

Day 4 Tuesday: Deventer – Zwolle by barge to Kampen 48 km. 

This morning you will enjoy a short bicycle ride along the IJssel riverbank before boarding a ferry at Wijhe to cross the river to Hattem. The 800-year-old town of Hattem has a rich history that is still clearly visible today. Guests have the opportunity, if they want, to stretch their legs with a longer bicycle trip through east Veluwe. During dinner the ship will sail to Kampen where you have the opportunity to go on an optional guided walking tour in the largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

Day 5 Wednesday: Kampen – Elburg - Harderwijk, 44 km. 

In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes of the IJssel to the fishing harbour of Harderwijk. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and is still a fascinating old city to explore. From Harderwijk you will cycle along Veluwe lake where swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favourite summertime activities. The longest cycle trip on the tour also takes in the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s lovely old fishing harbour.

Day 6 Thursday: Harderwijk - Spakenburg, 30/50 km 

Today guests have two cycling choices: a short pedal along the coast or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that also takes in adjacent woodlands. The night will be spent in Spakenburg, a village well-known for its traditional costumes.

Day 7 Friday: Spakenburg – Amsterdam, 45/57 km. 

Once again guests have a choice to make this morning. After breakfast you can cycle to Huizen or, if you prefer to take things easier, you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour (not included).

Day 8 Saturday: Amsterdam,end of the trip after breakfast before 10.00 AM. 

After breakfast you go ashore and conclude the tour.


  • All nights on board (incl. bed-clothes, 2 towels) 
  • 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 

Not included 

  • Bicycle rent (see below) 
  • Bicycle insurance Hybrid bike (optional) € 15,- per bicycle 
  • Bicycle insurance E-bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle 
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15,- per tour 
  • Personal insurance 


  • Rental bike incl. bike helmet: € 90,- (Hybrid bike with 24 gears, pannier bags, lock, water bottle) 
  • Rental E-bike incl. bike helmet: € 170,- (with 21 gears) 
  • Child’s bike: € 55,- (incl. helmet; with 21 gears; for children from approx. 9 years and older) 
  • Bike seat: € 15,- (incl. helmet; suitable for children from approx. 11 months until 5 years; max. weight 25 kg) 
  • Trailer bike: € 50,- (incl. helmet; bike attached to adult’s bike; suitable for children from approx. 5 until 9 years; max. weight 35 kg) 
  • Bike trailer: € 85,- (suitable for babies who can not sit by themselves; a car seat/baby seat not included) 

If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking. In case of Glutenfree diet there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. 

Dutch Barge Cruises reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure. 

Cabins 2019 p.p. 10 aug 2019 other dates
Double cabin lower beds € 925,- € 1.030,-
Double cabin bunk beds € 780,- € 870,-
Single € 999,- € 1.110,-
Rental bike € 90,- € 90,-
E-bike € 170,- € 170,-