Cologne to Arnhem Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £619 per person
Full holiday prices by date are shown on the ‘Book Now’ tab.
Cycle Tour Highlights
• Ride along the Rhine Cycle Path.
• Visit the cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Arnhem.
• Explore the redeveloped industrial spaces near Duisburg.
• See the bridge in Arnhem that was part of Operation Market Garden in World War II.
Cycle Route Features
The route is consistently flat and always follows the signposted Rhine Cycle Path.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Cologne
Arrive at Cologne in time and visit the famous Cologne Cathedral and the picturesque old town (Arrival by train (DB) is possible, parking in the underground parking garage or at public garages near the hotel, rental bikes on site).
Day 2: Cologne – Düsseldorf/Neuss approx. 55 km
With Cologne humor in the baggage you leave the cathedral city and cycle along the banks of the Rhine till you reach the medieval town of Zons. This fortress city with a city wall still entirely preserved is also called the Rothenburg of the Rhineland’. It features the mighty Rhine Tower from 1388, the Juddeturm with baroque dome and a windmill with a wooden mill from the 17th century.
You continue cycling the Rhine cycle path and in the afternoon you reach Düsseldorf’s Old Town, also known as “the longest bar in the world’. This expression leads back to the 250 pubs, restaurants and bars, lined up in the streets of the old town. Relax with a real Düsseldorf Altbier at Castle Square and enjoy a wonderful view of the Rhine. This square with the area around the castle tower was named as one of the most beautiful squares in Germany. Overnight in Dusseldorf or Neuss.
Day 3: Düsseldorf/Neuss – Duisburg approx. 45-50 km
Again directly on the Rhine you cycle first to Kaiserswerth with the picturesque ruins of “Kaiserpfalz”. Shortly after you take the ferry to cross the river to the left side of the Rhine. Here you take a short sidetrip to see the Moated Castle Linn. The green floodplains drain away and make space for impressive industrial architecture until the cycle path leads on the right side of the Rhine to the river mouth of the Ruhr. From here it is only a short distance to downtown Duisburg. Here it is worthwhile to take a boat tour of the largest inland port in Europe before you let the evening fade away in one of the many bars and restaurants at the harbor and waterfront.
Day 4: Duisburg – Wesel approx. 50 km
With a short transfer (6 minutes) you get to the district Duisburg Meiderich and from here you can cycle directly to the Landscape Park “Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord” , a 200-hectare disused steelwork. It is possible to take a guided tour about industrial history and climb the blast furnace. Visitors can walk through the former ore bunkers and get explanation about casthouse, Gasometer and Gebläsehalle.
After this impressive visit, which certainly is considered a highlight of this bike trip, you follow a comfortable bike path on an old railway line to the River Rhine. After a few kilometers you cycle on the left side of the river through rural idyll and nature reserves at the Lower Rhine to the Hanseatic city of Wesel with his Prussian Museum. A day of biking can not be more varied!
Day 5: Wesel – Emmerich approx. 50 km
Today the Rhine cycle path leads first to Xanten with the historic downtown, the splendidly decorated St. Victor’s Cathedral and the Archaeological Park and Roman Museum, which is by itself worth a trip. From here you continue the route along inviting bathing lakes and enjoy beautiful views of the wild Rhine-current to the amusement park “Wunderland Kalkar”.
Finally you reach the longest suspension bridge in Germany, also called as Golden Gate on the Lower Rhine. Your destination is the old Hanseatic city of Emmerich with the beautiful Rhine promenade, which still invites to an end-of-day stroll.
Day 6: Emerich – Arnheim approx. 40 km
Also today’s stage holds new impressions ready. Already in the morning you cross by ferry the Rhine to the Dutch side and cycle past the point where the river divides into Waal and Niederrijn. Here one speaks of the Rhine Delta, which extends until the North Sea.
Follow the Niederrijn on raised causeways, through locks and bridges to the old city of Arnhem, where you not only enjoy a varied shopping offer. In the Information Centre „Brücke von Arnheim“ you can indulge in history and in the open air museum you can visit more than 80 historic Dutch houses and windmills.
Day 7: Departure or extension
The route is consistently flat and always follows the signposted Rhine Cycle Path.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Cologne to Arnhem tour stays in familiar middle class hotels at 3*** level carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
– Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
– If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
– Luggage transfer between the hotels
– Detailed travel documents
– Guided tour in Park “Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord”
– Service hotline
The 21-speed tourer is manufactured for us by Campus, the specialists for high-quality, custom-made bicycles.
The robust modern aluminium frame with moulded lower tube guarantees quiet running even in case of high “payload”. Same applies to the steel forks. All frames are coated with a long-living and non-polluting powder lacquer showing the typical Velociped green. There are, of course, different types of frame available depending on the size of ladies and gentlemen, as the bike must fit the “rider”. And: all ladies’ bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier.
The right size
Ladies: Size 48
Gentlemen below 172 cm: Size 52
Gentlemen from 173 to 183 cm: Size 56
Gentlemen exceeding 183 cm: Size 60
21-speed gear shift
Modern Shimano dérailleur (Nexave 300) without back pedal, with one speed grading deriving from the mountainbike. There is no reason at all to dismount at the mountain! Using locking typing buttons, the speed can be changed to one gear more or one gear less. Both switches (left, respectively in the front, and right, respectively at the back) work equally. Newcomers also cope optimally with it.
Fast drivers should brake well: the brakes are ‘borrowed’ from the mountainbike. All bikes are equipped with most modern rim brakes (V-brakes), in the front and at the back, offering fair braking power. For a better dosification, braking-power modulators have been installed. With the back pedal as a third brake, you will always have the right brake under your control.
Our comfortable handlebar offers exactly the right bend lying perfectly in your hand. Together with the front part that can be adjusted in height and inclination using only one key, any biking position can be chosed. Sitting sportively stretched or comfortably upright – just as you like. Well pedded bars are a matter of course. All changing and braking bars are ergonomically ready to hand.
Smooth-running 28 inch wheels with sealed hubs, stable spokes and robust aluminium hollow chamber rims. We only use the extra breakdown-safe wheels ‘Marathon’ by Schwalbe, 622 × 40, that run smoothly on the road allowing at the same time excursions to open terrains. “Flats” have become a rarity.
21-speed tourers are equipped with slightly more sportive (i.e. smaller) gel saddles for ladies and gentlemen. The seat post has a quick release skewers in order to adjust the saddle size without tools. In case you swear by your own saddle, there is no problem at all to mount it to the Velociped tourer.
Aluminium pedals with a large rubber surface offer a wide and safe support for normal shoes.
Lights, mudguards, reflectors, carriers, lateral kickstands, lock
The smooth-running dynamo (side runner) generates current for the modern halogen lamp which illuminates the route perfectly. Behind, a backlight keeps watch with a big reflector. Of course, our tourers are equipped with all kind of prescribed reflectors in the spokes (alternatively, a reflex bar on the wheel) and on the pedals. And a bell, anyway, as it is already required by the road traffic regulations.
The stable carrier made of steel wire admits uncomplainingly the panniers. A spring mounted flap retains small pieces of luggage. Mudguards keep face and back clean, a lateral kickstand makes parking considerably easier, and a frame ring-lock protects against sudden desire of third parties.
Cologne to Arnhem, 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: April – May | September – October
Season 2: May – August
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £619 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £669 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £179
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: 3*** hotels
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: From £619
Single Supplement: From £179