8 -days bike and boat tour along the Rhine river, Netherlands - Germany
Amsterdam (NL) - Cologne (D) , Guided bike tour, Long: 300 km, short: 215 km ( 185/135 miles)
This fantastic formular of living on a boat and cycling through the countryside, from the Amsterdam to the European inlands. Enjoy the differences in landscape and culture of the Netherlands and Germany. A great variety of experiences is waiting for you. The panoramic dikes of the Dutch Rhine and the ondulating wooded lands around Arnhem; the flat countryside of populateted German lower Rhine area with interesting Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn. Exept for historical innercities all the cycling can be done on bikelanes or quiet countryroads.
• 8 days / 7 nights on board, 2-Persons cabin with private shower and toilet, air conditioning and central heating
• Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 6 x 3-course dinner)
• Welcome meeting and toast
• Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
• Daily cabin cleaning
• WIFI on board
• 8-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag and a lock
• A universal sized bike helmet
• Complimentary water bottle
• 2 Tourleaders for the bike tours
• Daily cycling meeting
• GPS tracks
• All ferry fares en route
• Admission tickets for the Peace Museum Bridge at Remagen and Airborne Museum Arnhem
• Visit of a cheese farm
What’s not included
• Local transportation and airfare
• 1 x dinner in Arnhem
• Other entrance fees than mentioned
• Drinks other than mentioned
• Private excursions
• Bicycle protection
2022 May 28th - June 4th: Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to Cologne (Germany)
Price: € 1395 per person
Single cabin: on request
Supplement e-bike: € 100 (to reserve in advance, limited available)
Day 1. Arrival in Amsterdam, 3km, 2miles.
Your cycling adventure starts in Amsterdam, famous for its 4 centuries old canal district, museums, street artists and performers on the squares, a notorious red light district, and more. Try to arrive early so you have time to visit the historical centre, World Heritage site, to admire the elegant tree lined canals, tall narrow townhouses and warehouses. We hope you can arrive at 3 pm, to check in, meet the crew and try out the bikes. That will give you time for a trial ride in the neigbourhood. Or you can take the opportunity to visit the interesting art collections of Van Gogh or the Rijksmuseum, and one of the historic houses like the Anne Frank or the Cromhout houses.
Day 2. Amsterdam – Nigtevecht – Vianen: 46 or 38km, 29 or 24miles.
Today we arrive in the lands of Utrecht, densed populated like Holland; and visit the Vecht river, known for its fine summer residences of wealthy Amsterdam merchands from the last 4 centuries. After a sailing breakfast we will land at Nigtevecht. Following the winding Vecht, we visit a cheesefarm where we can see how they produce and have a taste. Further along the riverbanks we see magnifique mansions, proud castles and villages with rich gardens. A longer route leaves the river towards castle De Haar, a vast and beautiful recreation of the middle ages by the 19th century leading architect Pierre Cuypers, which can be visited. The Quo Vadis waits for us in Vianen, a small historic market town.
Day 3. Vianen – Culemborg – Wijk bij Duurstede: 30 or 46 km, 19 or 29 miles.
This route partly goes along the Lek, you cycle past a number of fortresses, a castle and a windmill. After the Prinses Marijkesluis, the short route takes the ferry in Rijswijk to Wijk bij Duurstede. The longer route follows the Betuweroute, via the ferry to Amerongen and along the dyke and floodplains of the Nederrijn to Wijk bij Duurstede
The Quo Vadis is moored in this charming little town that deserves a walk with a hidden ruined castle and a gate under a windmill; Ruysdael painted a second one, now lost.
Day 4. Wijk bij Duurstede – Rhenen – Arnhem: 29, 38 or 56 km; 18, 24 or 35 miles.
A sailing breakfast brings to Rhenen, little town with impressive tower, for cycling along the slopes of the morains causing the big curve in the Rhine near Arnhem. First the 2 shorter routes follow lower roads between floodplains and hills to meet Wageningen, our smallest university town where the peace of WWII was signed. It has a lively marketplace, a huge sculpture collection and a nice arboretum on a terrace overlooking the river. Also Doorwerth castle is beautiful located, oldest parts from 13th century; on the courtyard is a thick trunked Robinia tree, the oldest of the country. Oosterbeek, once the centre of our first open air landscape painters, has a little 10th century church; used as a hospital during the 1944 Arnhem battle.
The longer route goes in Oosterbeek slowly climbing inland to have a nice undulating ride along sloping woods and parks, and visit the Dutch heritage museum; a nice collection of different traditional buildingtypes from all over the country. And the longest route sets of at Rhenen, directly inland through the forest of the Hoge Veluwe and can visit the Kröller Müller museum; with one of the best collections of early modern and recent Dutch art, with some fine Van Goghs and a sculpture park, an Art Deco palace and an original presentation of natural history. We find the Quo Vadis downtown Arnhem, at the banks of the Rhine close at the little Airbornemuseum near the John Frostbridge. Because of the bombings this province capital has a mix of historical buildings and some nice architecture of the 60-ties.
Day 5. Arnhem – Emmerich – Rees – Ruhrort: 44 or 54 km, 28 or 34 miles.
Today we cycle the last part in the Netherlands via quiet dikes at the left Rhinebank, and after castle Doornenburg we take a ferry direction German border. There we can visit Kleve with legendary castle Schwanenburg and a baroque park that inspired Berlin Tiergarten. The short track leads further via Germans longest suspension bridge to Emmerich, where the Quo Vadis is waiting.
Long continues, passing revival gothic Moyland castle, to Kalkar historic center with 7 beautiful altarpieces in the church; and is known for a theme park in a former nuclear power plant outside at the Rhinebank. On board at Rees we will have a sailing dinner on the Quo Vadis, arriving late in Ruhrort; opposite to Duisburg at the mouth of river Ruhr.
Day 6. Ruhrort – Düsseldorf: 42 or 52 km, 26 or 33 miles
We start in the Ruhrharbour; the port for the dense populated Ruhr area that was infamous for its polluting coalmines and steelfactories, and were closed during the last 20 years. Since then heritage is restored, museums were opened and green parks created. We can see some of these changes in nearby Duisburg.
The long route continues to Moers, friendly town with Arts & Crafts architecture and a model workers settlement; and meets the short one in Linn, tiny historic town with a castle build from 13th to 17th century, and a luxurious 18th century ‘hunting lodge’; both can be visited. After this we take a ferry to visit charming Kaiserswerth, with the impressive millennium old ruins of legendary Barbarossa castle.
We find the Quo Vadis just before the center of Düsseldorf, capital of the state Nordrhein-Westfalen and one of the main German centers of visual arts. Besides museums and academies there are wealthy shopping streets with fine modern architecture and a cosy ‘Altstadt’ with many venues.
Day 7. Düsseldorf – Zons – Cologne: 40km/ 25 miles or 30km/ 19 miles.
This morning we have a sailing breakfast, getting off near fortress Zons with its picturesque streets. We still are in the industrial zone, which gives good cycable roads through green zones between chemical plants, little villages and suburbs. The longer route leads via the ferry to the other Rhinebank and passes along Monheim with a little Altstadt and estate Marienburg, Wiesdorf with a Bayer workers settlement and Japanese garden, charming historical village of Flittard, and approaching Cologne via the Hohenzollern bridge, at its most impressive side.
Those who want to be earlier in Cologne remain on the left bank, and have a foretaste with the picturesque located romanesque church of Rheinkassel. Cologne, founded in Roman times and once a seat of a mighty bishopric, had great damage in WWII; in spite of that it still has the spectacular gothic cathedral, 12 beautiful romanesque churches, several other historical monuments and a lively cosy citycenter with a big choice of restaurants for our dinner out.
Day 8. Departure from Cologne, after breakfast, around 9 it is time to say goodbye.
9766 VK Eelderwolde
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Groningen berth opposite Oosterhaven No. 7
Phone on board: +31 624 755 688
Spacious double cabins