Rotterdam to Cologne by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland, Germany

Why we love this tour

"Starting with the impressive UNESCO windmills at Kinderdijk you will follow the River Linge and then the Rhine Cycle Path to Cologne. Relax in the panoramic saloon or on the sundeck of the superior MS Olympia and enjoy the hospitality. "

UNESCO windmills and the oldest city in Holland

Riverine nature and the De Biesbosch National Park

Medieval, Roman and Hanseatic history

Relaxed cycling on surfaced bike routes

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
151miles/243km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
May, Jun, Aug, Sep
Code
NL039
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Return
Cologne

Experience one of the largest cycle networks in Europe as you pedal and cruise through the Lower Rhine region. History abounds, with the UNESCO windmills of Kinderdijk and Holland’s oldest city of Dordrecht among the highlights. Throughout the week, you’ll be cycling past riverside landscapes, pristine nature reserves and protected landscapes like De Biesbosch National Park – one of the world’s few tidal freshwater zones.

Staying on the MS Olympia you’ll set off on gentle daily cycle rides, re-joining the boat each afternoon for coffee on deck. The cycle routes are well-established and ideal for all levels. Most stretches are flat, with paved or tarmacked surfaces. Along the way, you’ll call into quaint towns and ancient cities with Roman ruins, medieval walls and Hanseatic history. When you arrive in Cologne’s historic streets, you can toast your trip with a glass of Kölsch (a locally brewed Cologne beer).

This one week tour can be combined with Cologne to Mainz and Mainz to Strasbourg to create a unique two or three week trip along the Rhine on the same boat.

Accommodation

Rotterdam to Cologne

The superior class MS Olympia was refurbished in 2016 and has 49 cabins with a maximum of 96 passengers. There are 21 main deck twin cabins (approx. 11m²) and 22 upper deck twin cabins (approx. 11m²) plus two single cabins (approx. 9m²). Four larger upper deck twin cabins located at the stern where engine noise is possible are sold with a reduction. All cabins are en-suite with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, fridge, hair dryer, small safe, TV and large panoramic windows (that open on the upper deck cabins only).

On the upper deck there is a panoramic saloon with a bar and the restaurant is on the main deck.  The partly shaded large sun deck has deck chairs from which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

MS Olympia

MS Olympia

Cologne to Rotterdam

This is the reverse route from Rotterdam to Cologne on the MS Olympia. 

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation on the MS Olympia

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists or light lunch on board (non-cyclists) and dinner

English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)

Welcome meeting with drink

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning

Mooring fees

Coffee in the afternoon

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets

Bike hire

Entrance fees and excursions

Drinks on board

Transfers to/from the docking place

Ferry fees & tips

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier and a handlebar bag, small repair kit with spare inner tube, pump and lock are given per cabin and are included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 7 gears

£74

E-bike

£161

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly or Eurostar to Amsterdam, then take the train (NS) from Amsterdam Central Station to Rotterdam.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Rotterdam.

How do I get back?

To fly from Cologne, take the train (DB) from Cologne to the airport.

 

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

 

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

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