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Cologne to Amsterdam 8-day Bike and Barge Tour (MagIII)

  • 8days
  • Germany

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 Germany to the Netherlands  8-day Bike and Barge Tour

On this premium tour you’ll follow the river Rhine on a fascinating exploration of the history and culture of the Netherlands and Germany. Marvel at ancient Roman settlements near Wesel, explore the remnants of the Industrial revolution in Duisburg and visit historic memorials from WW2 in Arnhem. Along the way you’ll be dazzled by the natural beauty of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, where over 500 plant species can be found in the varied, lush terrain consisting of forest, woodland heath and sparkling lakes. You’ll also have a chance to drink up the views along the famous Rhine Cycle Path, and immerse yourself in exciting architecture – from ancient castles to glass palaces to innovative modern art museums. One thing is clear: you’ll never be short of exciting things to do and see as you journey along the Rhine.

Highlights:

  • Visit Castle Doorneburg 
  • The cathedral of Cologne, a UNESCO World Heritage monument
  • Get away from mass tourism in the Veluwe
  • Visit the biggest inland harbor in Europe
  • Explore the historic city of Amsterdam
  • Sample delicious local beers and other delicacies

Accommodation:

This beautiful ship has 16 lovely cabins on the lower deck, all with two very comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, mini-safe and hairdryer. The 5 suites on the upper deck also have a small sitting area and large windows. The air conditioned restaurant and lounge area are situated around the prominent bar; ideal spots to enjoy life aboard! Let’s not forget about the Jacuzzi and deckchairs on the top deck.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours (from 22 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Kröller-Müller museum
  • Entrance cathedral Cologne
  • Wi-Fi

Not included in the tour:

  • 1x dinner
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place 
  • Parking fees

Notes:

  • With  22 guests or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
  • When there are less than 22 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available onboard). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.  
  • On the arrival day is it please bring your luggage on board from 11am. 

Arrival/parking/departure:

  • Departure Tuesday only

If you would like to rent a bike (95 EUR) or e-bike (210 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Cologne - Düsseldorf

    You'll be welcomed aboard the ship from 2pm. After everyone is check in the crew will introduce themselves and start preparations to head out. This afternoon you’ll sail along the winding Rhine River towards Düsseldorf. Your guide will take their time to brief you on the upcoming week. You’ll also receive a thorough safety briefing all about cycling in Germany and the Netherlands. This evening we’ll dock in Düsseldorf, the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia, famous for its glamorous shopping streets and art galleries. After dinner, you can take an evening stroll to sample a delicious local beer at one of the city’s traditional brewhouses.

  • Day 2

    Düsseldorf - Duisburg 35km or 55km

    After a delicious breakfast, you’ll start your tour with a short visit to the historic city centre of Düsseldorf. Then you’ll embark on your first cycle tour, following the Rhine Cycle Path which runs all the way from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, providing some of the most spectacular views in Europe. Your final destination for today is Duisburg. Known for having the biggest inland harbour of Europe. Duisburg had to be completely rebuilt from the ground-up, after 80% was destroyed by bombing in WW2. It's now a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern German city which is not to be missed when visiting the Rhine.

  • Day 3

    Duisburg - Wesel | Wesel - Rees 44km or 50km

    After breakfast, the ship will head along the Rhine towards Wesel, where your next cycling adventure begins. You’ll follow the river to the ancient town of Xanten, home of the world’s largest open-air archaeological museum where you can see the remains of Roman settlements. Don’t miss a trip to the medieval town centre and a visit to the Xanten Cathedral! Leaving Xanten, you’ll continue winding your way along the Rhine, drinking up the scenery in the Reeser Schanz nature reserve to reach your final destination – the fortified town of Rees.

  • Day 4

    Rees - Arnhem 41km or 50km

    Today you’ll cross over the border into the Netherlands! Shortly after entering the Netherlands, you’ll reach the point where the Rhine river becomes the Rhine delta. A concrete dam divides the river into two. You can cross the river to pay a visit to the impressive fairytale castle of Doornenburg, one of the best-preserved castles in the Netherlands. Your final destination is Arnhem, a city well-known for its extensive WW2 history, and its role in the tactical assault Operation Market Garden. The ship will dock for the night on the edge of the city centre.

  • Day 5

    Arnhem 37km or 49km

    Today’s cycling trip will take you away from the Rhine, and straight into the beautiful natural vistas of The Veluwe nature reserve. You’ll cycle in a northerly direction towards the unique Hanseatic town of Doesburg, situated next to the IJssel river. This town used to be the oldest fortified town of the Netherlands, and features over 150 monumental buildings, as well as the oldest tavern in the country, in business since 1478! It’s still open for business today!, and well worth a stop for some delicious apple pie and a cold beer. We’ll cycle back to the boat on the popular bike path running along the river IJssel. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to explore Arnhem by night, and you’ll be free to have dinner at a restaurant of our choice.

    • As the ship will remain stationary today, you also have the option to skip the bike tour and explore Arnhem by foot instead, exploring the Open Air Museum, doing some souvenir shopping, or finding out more about the fascinating WW2 history in the area.

  • Day 6

    Arnhem - Wijk bij Duurstede. 35km or 55kmj

    Today is all about nature. After a relaxed breakfast, you’ll cycle into the heart of The Hoge Veluwe National Park, a nature reserve where over 500 plant species can be found in the varied, lush terrain consisting of forest, woodland heath and sparkling lakes. You may well catch a glimpse of a deer or a fox, or some spectacular birdlife. On your tour, you’ll have a chance to soak up some art with a visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum, renowned for its extensive sculpture garden and collection of over 80 Van Gogh paintings. After returning to the ship, you can enjoy dinner with magnificent views as the ship sails to your next destination: Wijk Bij Duurstede.

  • Day 7

    Wihk bih Duurstede - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam 36km or 46km

    As you enjoy an elaborate breakfast, your ship will cruise to Breukelen where you’ll disembark to start your final day of cycling. Today your route takes you along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you’ll arrive at Nigtevecht where you’ll have the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese farm, and see how the famous Dutch cheese wheels are made. You’ll continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time at Amsterdam harbour in the centre of the old city.

  • Day 8

    Amsterdam

    Today marks the end of your tour. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, say your last goodbye until next time and disembark by 9.30am

    The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 01 2021 Jun 08 2021 40 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jul 13 2021 Jul 20 2021 40 Single rooms 1,789€
Double rooms 1,379€
Aug 10 2021 Aug 17 2021 40 Single rooms 1,789€
Double rooms 1,379€
Sep 07 2021 Sep 14 2021 40 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,429€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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