Rotterdam-Cologne, MS Olympia - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Cologne / Rotterdam
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    approx. 236 km /146 mi
  • Distance per day:
    30 - 55 km / 19 - 34 mi
  • Altitude profile:
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths and quiet side roads
  • Return transfer:
    individually by train,
    look at "Info/arrival"

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Rotterdam - Cologne with MS Olympia

Rhine delta & Lower Rhine region from EUR 949

The Tour

Rotterdam-Cologne, MS Olympia - Rotterdam

The Lower Rhine and its many estuaries connect the two cities Cologne and Rotterdam, vibrant centres of European economy and culture. Between the two cities the river has shaped the natural landscape and there are many picturesque villages and towns, which are worth visiting. Good cycle paths in flat terrain mean that this bicycle holiday is also suitable for less experienced cyclists. Your tour starts in Rotterdam.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Olympia.

Rotterdam-Cologne - MS Olympia

Day 1 Arrival in Rotterdam
Embarkation from 3-5 p.m., afterwards you can spend the evening in the harbour or in the city.

Day 2 Rotterdam - Dordrecht, approx. 40 km/25 mi
Today you will cycle past the famous windmill ensemble of Kinderdijk. Dordrecht is located on an island and is the oldest city in the Netherlands.

Day 3 Dordrecht - Gorinchem, approx. 30 km/19 mi
The tour will lead you through De Biesbosch National Park. In Gorinchem you will find the remains of an impressive fortress.

Day 4 Gorinchem - Rhenen, approx. 50 km/31 mi + boat trip
Today you will once again cycle through extensive natural landscapes in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. You will pass Wijk by following the river Linge.

Day 5 Rhenen - Emmerich, approx. 40 km/25 mi + boat trip
Today’s landscape resembles a park. Arnheim offers a charming town centre with winding alleys and excellent shopping facilities.

Day 6 Emmerich - Düsseldorf, 35 km/19 mi + boat trip
The Lower Rhine presents its most beautiful side. In Xanten you will find extensive Roman ruins, which are easy to access.

Day 7 Düsseldorf - Cologne, approx. 55 km/34 mi + boat trip
Your boat will take you to Düsseldorf, where your bike tour starts. A full day of cycling lies between the place of origin of two very different types of popular beer - Kölsch and Alt Beer.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your tour Rotterdam-Cologne on MS Olympia comes to an end.



Here are the details on MS Olympia.

Included in your package "Rotterdam-Cologne, MS Olympia":
  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • all passenger- and harbour fees
  • on-board tour guide
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • GPS tracks
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • optional excursions, can be booked on board
  • optional rental bike
  • outside cabins, approx. 11-12 sqm (118-129 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • level-access beds
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • upper deck cabins with opening panoramic windows
  • cabins aft: during sailing and manoeuvres the engine sounds can be more audible here

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes/rear brake or freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2021:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    22.05. + 11.09.
  • Minimum number of participants: 75. This tour can be cancelled by the provider up to 3 weeks prior to its commencement. If this is the case, we will strive to supply our customers with an equivalent offer.
All prices are per person.
  •   949 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck
  • 1049 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck aft
  • 1099 EUR 2-bed cabin upper deck
  • 1299 EUR single cabin upper deck
  • 1249 EUR 2-bed cabin main deck, single occupancy
  •     75 EUR rental bike
  •   165 EUR e-bike
  • booking code "Rotterdam-Cologne, MS Olympia":

The booking process

The Tour



  • Arrival by car:
    Parking: Due to high parking costs in Rotterdam, we wouldn't recommend to arrive by car. However, you can use one of the P&R services, which are situated in the outskirts of the city.

  • Arrival by train:
    Rotterdam Centraal

  • Arrival by plane:
    Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Return transfer:

  • Under your own steam by train, every hour, duration approx. 3,5 h, 1 change, normal fare approx. EUR 50.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
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