Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

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8 nights
28 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1890
Countries: Germany and Holland
Rider Level: Leisure Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

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Rider Level: Leisure Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

8 nights
28 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1890
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Iris
Countries: Germany and Holland

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  • Enjoy pedaling along the scenic Rhine river through Holland and Germany

    What is more beautiful than a Dutch Master's painting? The landscapes that inspired the paintings! This bike and boat tour along the great Rhine river blends dazzling European cities, Medieval villages, and the idylic landscapes that inspired the likes of Rembrandt and Ruisdael. Start in either Amsterdam or Koblenz and bike through such cities as Arnhem, Remagen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, and many more! Your floating accommodation the delightful Iris, navigates the Rhine with ease as you cycle the bike paths of these two iconic European countries.

    • The iconic Hoge Veluwe National Park in Holland. Eric Huybrechts@Flickr
    • Yummy pastries in Amsterdam. Stephanie LeBlanc@Unsplash
    • Restaurants in Arnhem, Holland. Martijn Baudoin@Unsplash
    • Contemporary architecture in Düsseldorf, Germany. Lāsma Artmane@Unsplash
    • Pristine Düsseldorf, Germany. Laura Heimann@Unsplash
    • A delicious Kölsch beer famous in Cologne, Germany. shankar s.@Flickr
    • Inside the beautiful Cologne Cathedral in Germany. edward stojakovic@Flickr
    • The streets of Zons in Germany. Günter Hentschel@Flickr

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    Highlights

    • The diverse and exciting city of Amsterdam
    • Hoge Veluwe National Park
    • Kröller-Müller Art Gallery
    • Bonn, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Koblenz, Germany's oldest and most beautiful cities


    Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

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  • Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    • Day 1: Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede
      The Iris awaits you in the heart of Amsterdam, ready to set off on this bike and boat adventure. You'll stop for the first ride of the trip along the glamorous Vecht, lined with beautiful and sophisticated houses. This winding little river is a branch of the Rhine, and although you're riding upstream, the terrain is flat. You'll stop biking in Breukelen, where Brooklyn, NY gets its name, and board the Iris once again for a short cruise to Wijk bij Duurstede. This small, fortified town was the subject of Jacob van Ruisdael's 1670 iconic Dutch landscape painting. Enjoy an evening stroll before settling into your comfortable cabin.

      Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen - Arnhem
      No bike tour through Holland is complete without pedaling through the Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to Europe's largest drifting dunes. Hoge Veluwe contains an unprecedented diversity of plant and animal species, including a large number of rare ornamental species. Reaching the other side of the park, you are in for a treat: the world-famous Kröller-Müller art gallery, known for having the largest private Van Gogh collection in the world. Here you'll also find works by Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Piet Mondriaan. Riding along, you'll finally reach Arnhem, a welcoming city with a vibrant atmosphere. Be sure to have a drink at one of its trendy bars or check out the exceptional museums.

      Day 3: Arnhem - Pannerden - Rees
      The day begins with a tour of the 13th-century Doornenburg Castle. Unfortunately, this castle found itself on the front lines as in 1944, following the failed Battle of Arnhem, it became headquarters for the Germans. British bombers promptly destroyed the castle in 1945 but just ten years later, it was rebuilt to all of its former glory. Time to say tot ziens (see ya) to Holland and head into Germany. In Emmerich, you cycle across Germany's longest suspension bridge. This bridge spans 1,600 ft over the Rhine and makes for an ideal photo op. The day ends in Rees, famous for its medieval wall, towers, and its promenade along the Rhine complete with art sculptures, restaurants, and cafes. This is the perfect spot to rest and refresh after a day of biking.

      Day 4: Rees - Wesel - Düsseldorf
      Biking along this part of the Rhine, you will notice remains of this area's industrial prowess. Factory stacks once used for coal have been quietly converted into other venues. You'll board the Iris to sail from the world's biggest inland harbor in Duisburg to the modern city of Düsseldorf. Here is where we recommend you drink an Altbier; a beer that is fermentated top-down and has a hoppy, bitter-crisp taste. The waiters won't ask if you want seconds, it will just appear in front of you! After a few refreshing drinks, you must explore the Altstadt or the Media Harbor, a riverside warehouse district that bustles with an international flair. In the evening, rub elbows with the locals at the 17th century Füchschen Brewery where the plate of choice is haxen or roast pork shank. Düsseldorf will enchant you!

      Day 5: Düsseldorf - Zons
      There is more of Düsseldorf to see today before riding along the meandering Rhine to Zons. This small, fairytale-like town has a very long history; it was one of the first settlements of the 7th Century! Zons is filled with original structures from the Middle Ages including its impressive city gates. The rustic charm of this place is fascinating.

      Day 6: Zons - Cologne
      Today you'll ride from one rival city to the other. Be it beer or soccer clubs, Düsseldorf and Cologne can't seem to agree on anything. In Düsseldorf, you drank Altbier, but here in Cologne, you must forget that word exists. Kölsch is king! Despite this being Germany's fourth largest city, everything worth seeing is within walking distance from the Iris. While there are several highlights, we recommend visiting the Cologne Cathedral, a giant Gothic beauty that is longer than a football field and holds 20,000 people. The famous bell tower is so impressive that earplugs are provided on Sundays. In Cologne, you can see Roman and Germanic cultures melding together in dishes like Sauerbraten, or wine-soaked meat, which was an invention of Roman soldiers and has come to be a Rhineland specialty. Be sure to also visit the Hay Market where you can fill your steins with a good Kölsch and take in the sites and sounds of the city.

      Day 7: Cologne - Bonn
      The ride into Bonn is spectacular, but even more spectacular is West Germany's former capital city. Bonn, the birthplace of musical genius Beethoven, is known for its many museums, but there is so much more to discover. For example, the many parks and gardens in this city are a treat on a sunny day, but what takes the cake are the first-rate Botanical Gardens at Poppelsdorf Palace. Here you'll see water lilies whose giant pads can hold a small child, and don't forget the world's rarest flowering plant the titan arum or corpse flower that takes 7 years just to blossom for one day! End your day with a stroll on the river promenade and have another brew at the Alter Zoll.

      Day 8: Bonn - Koblenz
      The Iris takes you past the Siebengebirge (seven hills) and enters the legendary middle Rhine valley. Here you'll see the iconic cliffs, dramatic castles, sloping vineyards, and the half-timbered villages that this region is famous for. The bike tour begins in Remagen, with a stop at Ludendorff Bridge. This is only one of two bridges still intact over the Rhine during the final days of WWII. The U.S. Army got 25,000 troops, six Army divisions, tanks, artillery, and trucks across this bridge. You'll continue pedaling through sleepy villages with old churches before arriving in Koblenz. The Iris docks in the shadows of the mighty Ehrenbreitenstein fortress. Koblenz is a perfect city to end your cycling tour in Germany as it offers a 5,000-year-long history!

      Day 9: Departure from Koblenz
      Disembarkation takes place after breakfast, around 9:30 am.

      The daily biking distance is approximately 28 miles (44 km).

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      Day 1: Koblenz
      Day 2: Koblenz - Bonn
      Day 3: Bonn - Cologne
      Day 4: Cologne - Zons
      Day 5: Zons - Düsseldorf
      Day 6: Düsseldorf - Wesel - Rees
      Day 7: Rees - Pannerden - Arnhem
      Day 8: Arnhem - Wageningen - Wijk bij Duurstede
      Day 9: Wijk bij Duurstede - Amsterdam

      The daily biking distance is approximately 28 miles (44 km).


    Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

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  • Accommodation

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      Iris

      The Iris navigates on rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Read more

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        Overview

        • Lounge area, bar, and sun deck
        • Wi-Fi (keeping in mind the speed might not be what you're accustomed to)
        • Helmets available free of charge
        • NO smoking onboard
        • Payment accepted in Cash, debit cards/credit cards (with security pin code)
          • Gratuities in cash (preferably in Euros)

      Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

       Daily program Bikes 

    • Bikes

      • Giant Touring Bike from the LIV collection

        • 8 speeds
        • Hydraulic disc brakes
        • Gel saddle
        • Platform pedals

        All rental bikes are equipped with:

        • Panniers
        • Water bottle
        • Helmet

        Bike Protection:
        Bike protection can be included at the time of your booking. You can read more about that HERE.


        Gazelle Ultimate C8 Electric Bike 

        • Stable and rigid step-through frame
        • Integrated 500wh battery
        • Bosch Active Line Plus motor
        • Hydraulic disc brakes
        • Selle Royal Loire saddle

        All rental bikes are equipped with:

        • Panniers
        • Water bottle
        • Helmet

        Bike Protection:
        Bike protection can be included at the time of your booking. You can read more about that HERE.



      Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

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      Prices

      • Per person, double occupancy €2160
        Single-use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) On request

        Bike Rentals

        Standard touring bike €150
        Electrically assisted bike €280
      • Per person, double occupancy €1890
        Single-use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) On request

        Bike Rentals

        Standard touring bike €120
        Electrically assisted bike €250

      Included services

        • 8 nights aboard the Iris in climate-controlled cabins
        • 8 x breakfasts, 6 x packed lunches, 6 x dinners on board
        • Coffee and tea on board
        • Daily cabin cleaning
        • Cycling tour guide (for groups of over 18 guests, a second guide will be added)
        • Helmets, panniers, and waterbottle
        • Entrance to National Park Hoge Veluwe and Kroeller Mueller Museum
        • 7 nights aboard the Iris in climate-controlled cabins
        • 7 x breakfasts, 5 x packed lunches, 5 x dinners on board
        • Coffee and tea on board
        • Daily cabin cleaning
        • Cycling tour guide (for groups of over 18 guests, a second guide will be added)
        • Helmets, panniers, and waterbottle
        • Entrance to National Park Hoge Veluwe and Kroeller Mueller Museum

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      Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

       Bikes Other Details 

    • Surface and terrain

      This is a leisurely bike and boat tour. You'll be cycling on well-maintained asphalted bike paths and peaceful country roads. The daily biking distance is approximately 28 miles (44 km). The terrain is mostly flat.


      How to get there

      Tour start/end in Amsterdam
      Nearest airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
      Nearest train station: Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal)

      Tour start/end in Koblenz
      Nearest airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA
      Nearest train station: Koblenz (Koblenz HBF)

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