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Ems Cycle Tour (Munster to the Coast) Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | From £669 per person
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River Ems runs along 371 kilometres from its origin in Nordrhein-Westfalen to the North Sea. It flows through romantic moorlands and floodplains, past fisher villages and cities with century-old architecture.

Follow the diversified river upstream from Münster to Emden, from the east Frisian sea harbour to the lively bike city in the Münsterland region. This tour will not be challenging, it will be just beautiful. Cyclists mostly have tailwind, which cares for an additional push.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Münster

Individual arrival until the late afternoon. Welcome briefing and distribution of rental bike (if booked), afterwards time to stroll through the city.

Day 2: Münster – Rheine approx 65 km

Today you will cycle through the peat bog “Emsdettener Venn” to Rheine. An impressing building is the Bentlage abbey.

Day 3: Rheine – Lingen approx. 40 km

Through a pictorial landscape with rivers and woods you will cycle to Lingen. Many of beak houses and the historical town hall at the market place.

Day 4: Lingen – Meppen approx. 35 km

At the international nature park Bourtanger Moor Vargerveen you will get introduce in the life of Moor from the Emsland – Moormuseum. Toady you will reach Meppen. The beautiful “City at the water” is presenting with a lot of historical buildiings.

Day 5: Meppen – Pappenburg approx. 65 km

You will cycle through the Dörpener Water landscape with lakes, rivers, heath, wood and moor. Your goal for this day will be Pappenburg, the Venice of the north. Very famous is the cruise liner building Meyer shipyard. If you want to visit this shipyard you have to register: Phone: 0049 4961/83960 or web:

Day 6: Papenburg – Leer approx. 35 km

With your arrival in Leer, you are still very close to the north sea. The historic centre Leers is with 365 single memorials one of the most significant cities of east friesland.

Day 7: Leer – Emden approx. 35 km

A ferry will bring you from Ditzum to the fishing village Petkum (not included). Enjoy the rest of the day in the sea which coin the landscape.

Day 8: Departure or extension

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The Cycle Tour along the Ems is located in an ideal countryside. All routes are flat! You cycle on asphalted or country lanes, sometimes on minor roads. This road is perfectly suited for beginners or groups.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Ems Cycle Tour (Munster to the Coast), tour stays in comfortable middle class hotels and good guesthouses 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.

Available Services

- 7 overnights in hotels as mentioned
– Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
– Half-board if booked: at least three-course-dinner or buffet (sometimes outside with voucher and not in the hotel)
– Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
– Detailed travel documents, route cards, route description, sight-seeing, telephone numbers (German, English) – At best elaborated route
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– GPS-Tracks on request available
– Rental bike insurance
– 7-day-service-hotline

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About the bikes...

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!

E-Bikes are available on this holiday. For more information about the benefits of E-Bikes, please find out more here

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Your Prices

Ems Cycle Tour (Munster to the Coast), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Saturdays between April and September

Season 1:
April.- April | September.- October
Arrival: Saturday
Season 2:
26.04.- May | August.- September
Arrival: Saturday
Season 3:
May – Sept
Arrival: Saturday

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £669 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £699 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £719 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £169
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: 3*** and 4**** 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.

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.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: From £649
Single Supplement: From £169

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Call: 0161 703 8161

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