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Cologne to Rotterdam Bike and Barge Cycling Holidays
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Tour Highlights
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Route features
The route along the river Rhine is completely flat, without any climbs.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Saturday, Cologne

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.

Day 2: Sunday, Cologne – Düsseldorf, Cycle Tour, approx. 55 km; Boat Tour Düsseldorf – Wesel

In the morning, start your cycle tour in Cologne. 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. Short detours to the villages located directly on the Rhine are well worth the effort and the medieval wall and tower remains will leave you impressed. At the end of this tour leg, you reach Düsseldorf. The multifaceted city is one of the leading cultural metropolis’ in Germany.

Day 3: Monday, Wesel – Emmerich, Cycle Tour
approx. 50 km; Boat Tour Emmerich-Arnhem

Situated at the Rhine’s confluence with the Lippe River and the Wesel-Datteln-Canal, the Hanseatic city of Wesel boasts numerous remains of the Prussian past of the region. Here you will start today’s tour leg, which also leads past the Roman city of Xanten. In Emmerich, the tour ends and in the evening the ship will set sail for Arnhem crossing the German – Dutch border.

Day 4: Tuesday, Arnhem – Rhenen, Cycle Tour approx. 40 km; Boat Tour Rhenen – Wijk bij Duurstede

After passing the Dutch border, the Rhine branch-es off in small rivers, which form the Rhine-Maas-Delta. 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 parks and woods, past dike foreland and reach Rhenen. In the evening, the ship will take you from Rhenen to Duurstede.

Day 5: Wednesday, Wijk bij Duurstede – Gor-inchem; Cycle Tour approx. 43 km

The day starts with a short stretch along the wood of „Utrechtse Heuvelrug“(eng.: Utrecht Hill Ridge), a tree-covered ridge of low sands created during the last glacial period. Enjoy a bike ride through unspoilt nature. Continue following the Linge Riv-er, a tributary of the Rhine to reach the fortified city of Gorinchem.

Day 6: Thursday, Gorinchem – Dordrecht, Cycle Tour approx. 30 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: Friday, Dordrecht – Rotterdam. Cycle Tour 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: Saturday, Rotterdam

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

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The routes along the river Rhine completely flat, without any climbs.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the Lale Anderson

The ambience of the cosy MS LALE ANDERSEN will instantly put you at ease. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Smoking is not permitted on board the ship but naturally, you may smoke on the sun deck. All 56 cabins (approx.11m²) are outside. They are comfortably furnished and equipped with en-suite shower facilities, satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, in-house telephone, and an individually controlled air conditioning.

The cabins feature large opening windows, while the suites (aprox. 15 m2) on the upper deck have French balconies (= ceiling to floor sliding windows) and a small fridge. The twin beds in the suite can either be joined in a double bed or split in two separate beds. In the restaurant on the main deck, you can enjoy delicious food. In the lounge/ bar with large pano-ramic windows on the upper deck, you can let the day pass in review over a glass of wine. Look forward to meeting nice people, going for interesting bike rides and passing pleasant hours aboard the ship.

On-board languages: German/English. Technical Details: Year Built: 1991, Last Refurbished: 2017, Registry: Ger-man, Length: 94.8 m, Width: 11 m, Passenger Capacity: 112, Number of Crew: 18, Cabins: 56, Credit Cards: Visa, Eurocard, Master Card; Currency on Board: Euro

• Bike Hire on Board: smooth-running 7 speed – unisex- city bikes (custom built for SE-Tours) 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.

• Cycle Tours: Guided or unguided. You will cycle between 30 and 55 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approxi-mate.

• 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 unpracticed 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: European citizens need a valid ID card or passport.

• Special Dietary Needs: (e.g. lactose- and gluten-free food) possible on demand and at extra charge, must be ordered at least two weeks prior to departure. For certain special dietary products it may be necessary to bring them along.

Included services

- 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/WC in the booked categoryM
– Programme according to itinerary from Cologne to Rotterdam
– Welcome drink
– Full board (breakfast, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
– Daily cabin cleaning
– Change of bedding and towels when required
– Passenger and port fees
– Daily briefing on board for the respective cycle tour
– Tour guide on board
– Maps and information material 1x per cabin

Not included: Arrival and departure, transfers, hire bikes, entrance fees and excursions, city maps, insurances, tips (at your discretion) and own expenses

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Your Prices

Cologne to Rotterdam (Bike and Barge), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include full board accommodation with bike hire.

Main Deck (Twin-Bed Cabin)

Holiday Price:
Cat B: £949
Availability: 7th July | 4th August 2018
Departure Days: Saturdays
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal brake): Included

Upper Deck (Two-Bed Cabin)

Holiday Price:
Cat A: £1039
Availability: 7th July | 4th August 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Suite Upper Deck

Holiday Price:
Premium: £1139
Availability: 7th July | 4th August 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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Holiday Price: From £949
Single Supplement: On Request

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