Germany Meets Holland: Cologne to Rotterdam by Bike & Barge v.v.

8 Days / 7 Nights

Travel between Germany’s 2000 year old cathedral town of Cologne spanning the Rhine River in western Germany to South Holland‘s port city of Rotterdam with its proliferation of art, maritime tradition and futuristic architecture. Start cycling in the Lower Rhine region, one of the most beautiful cycle networks in Europe, into Holland with its’ quaint Dutch towns and villages.  


  • Cologne's magnificent cathedral.
  • Dordrecht - Holland's oldest city situated on an island.
  • Medieval towns of the Rheinschiene adventure trail.
  • The windmills of the Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Your Journey

Day 1  Arrive Cologne

Embarkation between 3 – 5 pm.  Allow time to visit the famous cathedral.

Day 2 Cologne – Düsseldorf (55 km)

Start cycling from Cologne along the Rhine Route, with views to the other bank.  Short detours to the villages located directly on the Rhine are well worth the effort and the remains of medieval walls and towers will leave you impressed.  Reach Dusseldorf, one of Germany’s leading cultural metropolis’.

Day 3  Wesel – Emmerich – Arnhem  (50 km)

The Hanseatic city of Wesel has numerous remains of the Prussian past.  You will also pass the Roman city of Xanten before you reach Emmerich where you board the vessel to cruise to Arnhem crossing the German - Dutch border.

Day 4 Arnhem – Rhenen - Wijk bij Duurstede  (40 km)

Across the Dutch border, the Rhine branches off in small rivers, which form the Rhine-Maas-Delta.  Wander the narrow alleyways of Arnhem with their impressive buildings then start the cycle ride through parks and woods, past dijk foreland to reach Rhenen.  Board the boat to cruise to Duurstede.

Day 5 Wijk bij Duurstede - Gorinchem;  (43 km )

Enjoy a biking through unspoilt nature following the Linge River, a tributary of the Rhine, to reach the fortified city of Gorinchem.

Day 6 Gorinchem – Dordrecht   (30 km)

Cycle in 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.  Leave the tranquility of nature behind when you arrive Dordrecht, the oldest city in the Holland area which lies on an island bordered by large rivers.  It has numerous historic buildings, city ports and a fantastic atmosphere.

Day 7 Dordrecht – Rotterdam (40 km)

Cycle to 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.  Follow the Maas River up to Rotterdam.

Day 8

Arrangements end after breakfast.


Easy cycling on paved  cycle paths with little gradients.


Breakfast and dinner daily plus 6 picnic lunches.

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