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Amsterdam to Koblenz 8-day Bike and Barge Tour (All)
During this cycling holiday through the Netherlands and Germany, you will follow the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Koblenz. You will see and feel the rich history of this majestic river, from Roman times to the Industrial Revolution, and from WWII to German reunification. In the Netherlands, you will cycle through the flat, peaceful, farming countryside and ride through the Hoge Veluwe National Park with its abundant scenic beauty. Later on, in Germany, you will follow the Rhine upstream, through cities like Remagen and Bonn. Next stop is Cologne, once one of the most important centres of the Holy Roman Empire. Cologne’s landmark is, of course, its monumental Dom cathedral, situated right next to the city’s central station and railway bridge across the Rhine. During the second half of this trip, you follow a more romantic section of the Rhine valley, with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards appearing on the hills. The tour ends in Koblenz, a lively and interesting city, where the Rhine and the and the Mosel converge.
The barge started cruising in 1998 and after a restyling the barge with its sleek lines was turned into a comfortable and friendly passenger barge. From that moment on, the barge has been successfully hosting bike and barge tours in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In all of the ten comfortable cabins, you’ll find two twins or a double, and a private bathroom. And in the afternoon and evening you are more than welcome relax in the cozy lounge, but let’s not forget about the three-course dinner you can enjoy in the restaurant each night.
If you would like to rent a bike (85 EUR) or e-bike (185 EUR), Helmet (10 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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Amsterdan - Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht - Breukelen 17km | Breukelen - Wijk Bij Duurstede
Embarkation in Amsterdam is at 12.30pm. Please be sure to arrive on time! Following a welcome meeting with the crew, the barge will depart immediately for Nigtevecht. Here you will set out on a short test-ride to Breukelen, after which Brooklyn in New York is named. You will enjoy the Dutch countryside and the meandering river Vecht. Dinner is served while sailing on the Amsterdam – Rhine dam – Rhine Canal. The ship brings us to dock at Wijk Bij Duurstede one of the oldest settlements in the lowlands.
Wijk Bij Duurstede - Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem 35km or 52km
Enjoy breakfast while sailing. Today we cycle from Wageningen through the Hoge Veluwe National Park, with a visit to the Kröller-Müller museum. The museum is a cultural heritage site founded at the start of the twentieth century by Anton and Helene Kröller-Müller. Anton was a successful businessman who enjoyed hunting with business associates and friends, so he purchased the Hoge Veluwe, in several phases from 1909, as a hunting ground. Helene was an enthusiastic art collector. Anton and Helene had a dream: to bring nature and culture together. Between 1909-1923 they laid the foundations for today’s national park, and started construction of a museum for their art collection. In 1935 the park was placed in a foundation: The Hoge Veluwe National Park. The foundation received a loan from the Dutch government, and the art collection was donated to the State of the Netherlands, which completed the museum. Today the Kröller-Müller Museum features a world-famous collection of mainly 19th and 20th-century art. Central to the extensive collection are many works by Vincent van Gogh. Today’s ride has some elevation (by Dutch standards) and we cycle through abundant forest. In the afternoon we ride to Arnhem where we meet the barge. After dinner you can join a walking tour of Arnhem.
Arnhem - Pannerden | Pannerden - Rees 42km or 47km
Sail through the Dutch countryside during breakfast, then start the day’s cycling from Pannerden. Before reaching the German border. We pass Doornenburg with its wonderfully maintained medieval stronghold. This fairytale castle has provided the location for many movies. From Doornenburg you take the right bank of the Rhine and pass the border at Lobith. En route to our destination of Rees, you pass Emmerich, a larger town boasting a lovely boulevard along the Rhine. We end the day in Rees, with its impressive fortification.
Rees - Wesel | Wesel - Duisburg 40km | Duisburg - Düsseldorf
The barge departs early this morning and over breakfast we sail to Wesel, where we disembark. Today we focus on the Ruhr area where Germany and possibly Europe’s, largest industries are located. Cities like Essen, Duisburg, Oberhausen and Dortmund are intertwined together through a maze of highways, railways and waterways. This region was once very prosperous and therefore a target in 1923, when French and Belgian troops tried to occupy it to enforce Prussia’s WWI reparation payments. From 1944-1945 the Ruhr was also a top target for the Allies. After so much conflict and industry, it’s hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put a lot of effort into redeveloping the area after the closure of many factories. It may not be always scenic, but it is an impressive and evolving postindustrial landscape not to be missed when visiting the Rhine. However, as we don’t want to cycle too long past factories, the ship picks us up at Duisburg and takes us on to Düsseldorf. We dine while sailing. In the evening there is time to visit the Altstadt, where you can try the famous local dark beer, Altbier. You will be amazed what an international city Düsseldorf is, with foreigners comprising almost a fifth of the population.
Düsseldorf - Zons | Zons - Cologne 28km or 54km
During breakfast, we cruise to the old town of Zons. We leave the Ruhr behind as we cycle towards Cologne. Today we follow the Rhine closely in order to arrive in Cologne early enough for some afternoon exploring. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is the oldest of Germany larger cities. In 50 AD it was already granted the status of ‘city’ as a gift from the Roman empress Agrippina. Later, Cologne became one of the most important centres of the Holy Roman Empire. Its landmark is, of course, the Dom cathedral, located right next to the central station and railway bridge crossing the Rhine. Construction on the cathedral began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in Allied bombings of 1944-1945. The city hall, however, dating from 1330, has been beautifully restored.
Cologne - Bonn 38km
Today we again follow the river by bike in order to reach Bonn in time to visit West Germany’s capital from 1945 until 1990. Berlin was re-established as the capital after Germany’s reunification, but Bonn continues to house six governmental departments. Like Cologne, Bonn was founded by the Romans, around the year 10 BC, as it was a good site to bridge the Rhine. Worth visiting is the old City Hall, the Münster Basilica, and the house where Beethoven was born. After dinner you can join a city walk through Bonn.
Bonn - Remagen | Remagen - Koblenz 44km
During breakfast, we sail to Remagen. Your cycling tour starts here, but first, there’s time to explore this town’s rich historical past. Nowadays it is best known for its once-famous Ludendorff Bridge, the only functional Rhine bridge captured by Americans in Operation Lumberjack in March 1945. The bridgehead houses a museum dedicated to its history. After Remagen, a more romantic section of the Rhine valley begins with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards at the foothills of central Germany. We pass the beloved bathing resort of Bad Breisig and also Burg Rheineck. This stronghold, set in stunning scenery, dates back to 1100AD. We visit Andernach, once a Roman settlement. It is still a wonderful town with many historical sites. Shortly after Andernach, we arrive in Koblenz. Its name comes from the Latin confluences, meaning the merging of two rivers (the Rhine and Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia at the intersection of the two rivers is an impressive landmark. Koblenz is a city that was also rebuilt after the damages of the Second World War.
The end of your tour our tour: Enjoy one final breakfast and disembark by 9.30am.
The tour details are barring any changes, for example, as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological conditions.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 20 2022||Aug 27 2022||20||Single rooms||1,649€|
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