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    • Travelcode: 359

    Lower Rhine by Bike + Boat

    Cologne - Rotterdam / Rotterdam - Cologne

    • 50% discount for the second person in a 2-bed-cabin on August 15th and September 19th (new bookings only)!

      What could be more natural than discovering the beauty of the Lower Rhine by bike? The Lower Rhine Region has one of the most beautiful and largest cycle route networks in Europe.

      Along high-quality routes, explore the marvellous landscape: this well-developed route leads past river landscape, meadows and fields and offers a relaxed possibility to explore the region - especially for lovers of nature. Labyrinths of rivers on the Rhine delta in the Netherlands, quaint little towns and vibrant major cities along the route offer a welcome change and guarantee a relaxed and eventful stay.

      Tour profile/ Level 1:

      The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclist.

      Itinerary Cologne - Rotterdam

      Day 1: Cologne
      Individual arrival in Cologne. Embarkation will be between 3 and 5 p.m. Enjoy a cosy evening on board the ship or taste a Kölsch, a typical beer from Cologne, in one of the numerous Old Town pubs with view over the Rhine.

      Day 2: Cologne - Düsseldorf, approx. 55 km
      Cycle along the Rhine Cycle Route on well-paved cycle ways, past quaint villages and with view over the other bank of the Rhine. This route offers variety between industry and idyll. At the end of this tour leg, you reach Düsseldorf. The multifaceted city is one of the leading cultural metropolis’ in Germany.

      Day 3: Düsseldorf - Xanten - Emmerich - Arnhem, approx. 30-35 km
      Already at night your boat will move to Roman City of Xanten. Almost 2000 years ago the Romans liked this tiny place and settled here. The Archaeological Park is worth a visit. Here you start your today cycle tour, passing nature reserves and moving on to the village Kalkar until you reach the oldest German suspension bridge in Emmerich. Your ship is waiting here to go on and to pass the Dutch-German border and brings you to Arnheim.

      Day 4: Arnhem - Rhenen - Wijk bij Duurstede, approx. 30 km
      Today start for the cycle tour in Arnhem – a detour to the city centre will take you back to by gone days with narrow alleys and picturesque buildings. Continue cycling through the Betuwe – one of the Netherland’s largest fruit-growing regions, past dike foreland and reach Rhenen. In the evening, the ship will take you from Rhenen to Wijk bij Duurstede.

      Day 5: Wijk bij Duurstede - Gorinchem, approx. 50 km
      Enjoy your cycle tour through unspoilt nature and pass cute villages and the historic place of Fort Everding-en. Continue following the Linge River, a tributary of the Rhine to reach the fortified city of Gorinchem.

      Day 6: Gorinchem - Dordrecht, approx. 37 km
      On your way from Gorinchem to Dordrecht, you pass by the national park of De Biesbosch, a green maze of rivers with crystal clear water and small forested islands. It is one of the few tidal freshwater zones in the world.  At the end of the day, from the quietness of nature dive into the vivid city life of Dordrecht. The oldest city in the Holland area lies on an island bordered by large rivers and is characterised by numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

      Day 7: Dordrecht - Rotterdam, approx. 40 km
      On your last stretch, explore the best-known windmills in the Netherlands at Kinderdijk. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The windmills are well worth a visit! Follow the route along the Maas River up to Rotterdam, one of the largest ports in the world.

      Day 8: Rotterdam
      After breakfast, disembarkation until 9 a.m. Individual journey home.

      Itinerary Rotterdam - Cologne

      Day 1: Rotterdam
      Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation between 3 and 5 p.m. Enjoy your first evening on board or have a stroll through the city of Rotterdam with Europe’s largest port.

      Day 2: Rotterdam - Dordrecht, approx. 40 km
      Cycle first along the Maas River until you reach Kinderdijk boasting the best-known windmills in the Netherlands. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue the cycle tour and after a short while, you reach today’s destination - Dordrecht. The oldest city in the Holland area is located on an island bordered by large rivers and is characterised by numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

      Day 3: Dordrecht - Gorinchem, approx. 37 km
      For today’s cycle trip, leave behind the lively cities and dive into the quietness of nature: pass through the national park of De Biesbosch, an adventurous labyrinth composed of rivers with crystal clear water and small islands. It is one of the few tidal freshwater zones in the world.

      Day 4: Gorinchem – Wijk bij Duurstede - Rhenen, approx. 50 km
      Leave the fortified city of Gorinchem and enjoy a bike ride through unspoilt nature. Follow the River Linge, a tributary of the Rhine, and you will reach Wijk bij Duurstede. Enjoy an evening Boat Tour to Rhenen.

      Day 5: Rhenen - Arnhem - Emmerich, approx. 30 km
      You cycle along the Lower Rhine and past the foreshore of the dike. Enjoy your Bike tour through the Betuwe – one of the Netherland’s largest fruit-growing regions. A detour to the city centre becomes a trip to bygone times with narrow lanes and picturesque buildings. In the night shipping from Arnhem to Emmerich by passing the Dutch-German border.

      Day 6: Emmerich - Xanten - Düsseldorf, approx. 31 km
      In Emmerich, start for today’s bike ride and cycle past the nature reserve of the Reeser Schanz to the Roman city of Xanten. The Archaeological Park is always worth a visit. Explore how the Romans lived and settles down 2000 years ago.

      Day 7: Düsseldorf - Cologne, approx. 55 km
      In the morning you will already have reached Düsseldorf from where you start your last cycle tour along the well-developed Rhine cycle path with a particularly attractive section where historic Old Towns and idyllic nature are interspersed with industrial heritage. The towns located directly on the Rhine, often boasting well pre-served medieval town walls and towers, are well worth a detour. Eventually reach the Cathedral city of Cologne where the vivid riverbank of the Rhine invites for a stay. Enjoy a cosy evening on board or have a Kölsch, the typical beer from Cologne, in one of the numerous pubs.

      Day 8: Cologne
      Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 a.m. and individual departure.

      Important Information

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.



      Airport: Cologne (CGN), Rotterdam (RTM)

      From Cologne/Bonn airport to the mooring place it is approx. 15 km (approx. 15 min. per taxi, approx. 30-35 €, depending on traffic). Alternatively, from the airport to Cologne Central Station by train (approx. 15 min./ € 3,- per person).

      From Rotterdam airport to the mooring place it is approx. 7 km by taxi (approx. € 35,-).

      Subject to changes. You will receive the exact description to the respective mooring places with the travel documents.


      Cologne: Car park/ parking garage - Globus Parking garage (guarded, must be booked in advance) - approx. 6 km from the mooring place in Cologne. Parking fee approx. € 90,- to € 110,- per week. Reservation can be made » here

      Rotterdam: due to high parking costs we recommend to arrive to Rotterdam by train. Alternatively, there are Park & Ride parking places located out of town, which are connected to the city center by public transport.


      Train station: Cologne, Rotterdam

      Travelling time between Cologne and Rotterdam is approx. 3 hours by train (with changing, costs 50-60 € per person). Please find schedules and prices here.


      Minimum: 80 persons


      Own bike: On request only - due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

      We ask you to refrain from bringing hard cover luggage, because storage space in the cabins is very limited.

      Schedule- and programme changes: The schedule and programme are always subject to change. If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim. Because your boat will generally dock at the next port on the same day, your time frame for some activities and sightseeing will be limited. Due to a very low overhead clearance of some bridges the sundeck will be closed from time to time.

      Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations) need a valid personal ID or passport!

      Special dietary: requests will be respected as far as possible. Please inform us on booking. Price € 25,- per person/week.

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked category
      • Programme according to itinerary
      • Full-board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack (non-cyclists), 6x coffee/tea on board in the afternoon, 7x dinner)
      • Welcome drink
      • Passenger and port fees
      • Daily cabin cleaning
      • Change of bedding and towels when required
      • Tour guide on board
      • daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
      • Maps and information material per room
      • Rental bike insurance
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      Bicycles & equipment
      7-speed-unisex-bike (back-pedal-brake)* 75
      E-Bike 165
      Additional bookings
      Special dietary - payable locally 25
      *limited number of bikes with freewheel on request  

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board the MS OLYMPIA!


      Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment.  The ship was refurbished in 2015/2016.
      The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you to pass relaxing hours here.

      A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles.


      Length 88.50 m.

      Width 10.50 m.

      Draught 1.30 m.

      Capacity max. 96 passengers.

      Flag Switzerland.

      Built  1984. Refurbished  2015/2016.

      Crew approx. 21


      Full board consists of breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee/tea in the afternoon, 3-course-menu for dinner


      A total of 49 comfortable outside cabins for a max. of 96 guests.
      All cabins boast en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe und large panoramic window.

      Main deck: 21 x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)

      Upper deck: 22 x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
      4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 qm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 qm).

      On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening windows. 


      German, English

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

      with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
      Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

      Additional information
      Bicycle breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained, flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair, you may call the local representative. Please don´t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the touroperator/local representative and their approval.

      You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.

      Own Bikes
      If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes. Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike.

    • 5,0 20.08.2018 | Lyndsay H. Lower Rhine by Bike + Boat

      Flat ride

      The terrain on this trip is very flat, often along the top of dikes. This leaves you exposed to the sun and any wind which may be blowing. We had to reroute several times due to the low water this year requiring the ship to moor at locations different ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 3
      • Board 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6

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