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Rhine bike path with boat and bike

Marvellous Lower Rhine - Discover two countries

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-develloped route leads past river landscape, meadows and fields and offers especcially for lovers of nature  a relaxed possibility to explore the region. 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.


  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 80
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Embarkation from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. 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. Besides its many historical treasures, the Cathedral City offers a considerable number of parks and gardens.

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.

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.

Today start for the cycle tour in Arnhem – a detour to the city centre will take you back to bygone 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.

Enjoy your cycle tour through unspoilt nature and pass cute villages and the historic place of Fort Everdingen. Continue following the Linge River, a tributary of the Rhine to reach the fortified city of Gorinchem.

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.


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.

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:00am. Individual journey home.

The route

Easy cycle tour.


Netherlands with bike

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Place of arrival: Köln
  Season 1
27.06.2020 - 04.07.2020
19.09.2020 - 26.09.2020

Boat & Bike - Cologne-Rotterdam - MS Olympia - Main deck, DE-RHSKR-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin as sgl room 290.00
Boat & Bike - Cologne-Rotterdam - MS Olympia - Upper deck, DE-RHSKR-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge sgl cabin 200.00
Reduction fore/back area -50.00
Season 1
Jun 27, 2020 - Jul 4, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
Boat & Bike - Cologne-Rotterdam - MS Olympia - Main deck, DE-RHSKR-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin as sgl room
Boat & Bike - Cologne-Rotterdam - MS Olympia - Upper deck, DE-RHSKR-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge sgl cabin
Reduction fore/back area
7-gear unisex (back pedal brake)
7-gear unisex (free wheel)
Electric bike

Services & Extras

  • 7 nights in outside cabins on MS Olympia with private facilities and air condition
  • Programme according itinerary
  • Port fees included
  • Captains greeting and Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
  • Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x dinner
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Services not included

  • Journey to Cologne and from Mainz
  • shuttles
  • entrance fees and excursions
  • bike rental
  • ferry fares
  • travel insurances
  • parking fee
  • drinks on board, tips.

Parking information

  • Parking garage/Parking area - Globus-Parkgarage (with reservation) - approx. 6 km away, cost approx. € 90,- to € 110,- per week.

Embarkation: between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. • Disembarkation: until 9:00 a.m. • Bike Hire on Board: smooth-running 7 speed - unisex- city bikes with hand- and back pedal brakes or with free-wheel hub (please indicate upon booking) and pannier bags. Electric bikes (limited availability – timely booking required) Please inform us about your body height upon booking. • To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible. • Cycle Tours: unguided. You will cycle between 25 and 45 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate. • Cycle routes/ level of difficulty: 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. • Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship. • Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited! • Alterations of schedule or programme:  Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy. • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.



5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Kerstin G. DE | 19.06.2019
Schöner Niederrhein
Die Reisevorbereitung durch Rückenwind verlieg sehr ordentlich. Anfragen und Wünsche wurden schnell bearbeitet. Die Betreuung durch die Reiseleiterin Regine hat uns sehr gut gefallen (kompetent und humorvoll). Die Schiffscrew war sehr fleißig, freundlich und umsichtig und die Unterkünfte und Aufenthaltsräumlichkeiten sehr angenehm gestaltet. Die Arkona können wir sehr empfehlen. Unbedingt zu erwähnen wäre noch die ausgezeichnete Küche. Die Radtouren mit den E-Bikes waren ein Erlebnis!

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