Day 1. Dunkirk overnight stop
Meet at 1500 at Dover to board the Bikeliner coach for the P&O 1700 sailing to Calais, on arrival in Calais continue to Dunkirk for overnight stay.
Day 2. Wijk Bij Duurstede
Continue by coach to pick up the Hotel Barge Flora just outside Amsterdam, sail to Wijk Bij Duurstede. B D
Day 3. Arnhem
During breakfast we sail to Wageningen to cycle along the river Nederrijn before turning inland to visit the National Park de Hoge Veluwe with its abundant scenic beauty and the famous Kroller-Muller art museum where the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world is held, here is also an impressive sculpture garden here, the tour ends today in Arnhem, famous for John Frost bridge featured in the film “A Bridge to Far” the interesting museum Airborne at the Bridge is situated on the quayside near where the Flora will be moored.B L D
Cycling distance: 32 miles.
Day 4. Rees
Today we start by cycling over the john Frost Bridge on our way to the Germany, before we hit the border, we pass Doornenburg, castle a medieval stronghold protecting the area. Near the German border at Tolkamer the Dutch used to impose tolls on incoming ships hence the name which means Toll Cabin in Dutch. Emmerich is our lunch stop on a lovely boulevard along the Rhine, we then cycle through Kalkar, this town is also known for the failure of the German Nuclear Energy program in the 70s. A completely finished nuclear processing plant has never been put into functioning due to massive protest and has recently re-opened as an attraction park! Finally, we take the ferry to Rees an old fortified town our destination for today. B L D
Cycling distance: 38 miles.
Day 5. Duisburg-Dusseldorf
During breakfast we sail to Wesel to start the day cycling along the rhine through the Ruhr area where Germany’s and probably Europe’s largest industries are housed. On a surface of 4.600 km2, rich in coal, a vast landscape folds out of steel plants and textile industries, once very prosperous, it is hard to imagine that you can cycle here, but you can! The German government put a lot of effort in re-developing the area after the closing down of many factories, and the results of this can be seen the enormous landscape park of Duisburg-Nord, where huge former industrial plants are set in an impressive landscape, we meet up with the Flora, in Duisburg port and sail to Dusseldorf our overnight stop. Dusseldorf old town called the Altstadt covers only half a square kilometre but has some 250 bars which supposedly all join together with their neighbour making the longest bar in the world. B L D
Cycling distance: 38 miles.
Day 6. Cologne
Today we will be cycling to Cologne the oldest of the bigger German cities, founded by the Romans. Cologne became one the most important centres of the Holy Roman Empire, famous for its landmark cathedral, construction of the massive edifice started in 1248 and only finished it in 1880! The city was almost completely destroyed in the 1944-1945. The city hall however, dating from 1330, is beautifully restored, we will approach Cologne from the Scenic railway bridge over the Rhine. The lunch stop today will be in the Carl Duisburg Park there is a lovely Japanese garden to visit here.
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Cycling distance: 34 miles.
Day 7. Bonn
Today we again follow the river to Bonn, capital of West Germany from 1945 until 1990 when Berlin was re-established as capital after Germany’s reunification, but Bonn continues to house six governmental departments. Like Cologne, Bonn was founded by the Romans, around the year 10 BC, as it was a good site to bridge the Rhine. Worth visiting are the old City Hall, the Münster Basilica, and the house where Beethoven was born. We will have lunch in Bonn before continuing to Konigswinter a pretty little town on the rhine.B L D
Cycling distance: 33 miles.
Day 8. Koblenz/Wanningen
During breakfast we sail to Remagen once a Celtic settlement and after that a Roman fort. Remagen became world famous in the 2nd World War, thanks to the struggle for the “Bridge of Remagen” and the 60’s film of the same name. In March 1945 the Allies crossed the Rhine on the Ludendorff Bridge after the failure in Arnhem in September 1944 today we stop in Andernach, another Roman settlement for coffee before continuing along the rhine to Koblenz whose name comes from the Latin Confluentes, meaning the merging of two rivers (Rhine and Moselle). The statue of Emperor Wilhelm of Prussia stands on the merging point of the rivers and is an impressive landmark. Koblenz is a lovely city with cobbled streets and large squares, for the adventurous you might like to take the exciting cable car crossing the Rhine to the 11th century Ehrenbreitstein Fortress a must see! After lunch and visiting the city we will continue to Wannengin a small town close by to meet with the Flora
Day 9. Return to Dover
Depart after Breakfast to travel by coach to Calais to board the 12.30 P&O sailing to Dover arriving at 1.00 continue to pick up points where holiday ends.
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner