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Rhine Cycle Route – from Arnhem to Rotterdam
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Rhine Cycle Route – from Arnhem to Rotterdam
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Rhine Cycle Route – from Arnhem to Rotterdam


Bike Tour: Rhine Cycle Route – from Arnhem to Rotterdam - 6 days

The Rhine Cycle Route is over 1200 km long and traverses many countries. It is described in parts in four Bikeline cycling guides. In our new Rhine Route, we will follow the Bikeline from Arnhem to Rotterdam. It is a varied route past historical places, beautiful fortified towns and typical Dutch polder landscapes. The Rhine cycling route is fully signposted and mostly follows cycle paths. It takes you from Arnhem to historical towns such as Oosterbeek, Wijk bij Duurstede, Buren, Gorinchem and Dordrecht.

Day 1: Arrival in Arnhem
Day 2: Arnhem – Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede - Leerdam/Asperen
Day 4: Leerdam/Asperen - Papendrecht/Dordrecht
Day 5: Papendrecht/Dordrecht - Rotterdam
Day 6: Leave Rotterdam to Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Arnhem

The start of this route is in Arnhem, known for the Battle of Arnhem in WWII. Today it boasts a great zoo, a wonderful open air museum and lovely Sonsbeek Park. Arnhem is a big city located at a stone’s throw from two National Parks: Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom. In Arnhem you can choose whether to stay at a hotel in the city centre or outside the city at the foot of Veluwezoom National Park (free parking). 

Day 2:    Arnhem – Wijk bij Duurstede
60 km

A diverse trip through the woods of Veluwezoom, past a 52-meter high hill called Grebbeberg. Military cemeteries bear witness to the heavy fighting that went on during WWII. In the Netherlands the Rhine divides into numerous rivers that go by different names and now you will follow the Nederrijn (Lower Rhine) to Amerongen Castle surrounded by gardens. Today’s destination is Wijk bij Duurstede. Around 800 AD, when it was known as Dorestad, it was the most important Northern European centre of trade. Enjoy the lovely historical centre and - weather permitting - sit down at a pavement café on the market square. 

Day 3:    Wijk bij Duurstede - Leerdam/Asperen
40 km

Wijk bij Duurstede is located at a crossroads of waterways. Cross the Lower-Rhine on Wijkse Veer ferry and head for the Netherlands’ number one fruit growing district: Betuwe. Past the historical town of Buren you will reach the Linge River. Follow it to Glass Town Leerdam which boasts a glass museum and a fantastic glass-blowing workshop as well as a crystal factory. You will find accommodation in Leerdam or in Asperen on the other side of the Linge. 

Day 4:    Leerdam/Asperen - Papendrecht/Dordrecht
55 km

From your hotel it is not far to Gorinchem (pronounced as Gorcum). Take your time to explore the historical centre of town. Then catch a ferry to the fortress town of Woudrichem. Next up is Biesbosch National Park, probably unlike any other you’ve ever been to. ‘De Biesbosch’ ferry will take you across the Nieuwe Merwede River to the town of Dordrecht. The main attraction here is the lovely old harbour quarter. Finally, a waterbus will take you across the Lower Merwede to the town of Papendrecht.

Day 5:    Papendrecht/Dordrecht - Rotterdam
35 km

Cycling through Alblasserwaard polder you will reach Kinderdijk. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The nineteen polder windmills are a major international attraction. Next, the route continues to the city of Rotterdam, your final destination. At this point, if you are determined to follow the Rhine all the way to where it flows into the North Sea, you could opt to prolong your trip by an extra 30 km and cycle to Hoek of Holland. From Hoek of Holland you can travel back to Rotterdam by train. One of the newest attractions in Rotterdam is the Markthal (market hall). 

Day 6:    Leave Rotterdam to Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, your holiday with Dutch Bike Tours will come to an end.

Starting dates:  
Each Saturday from May 2 till September 19.  

Season A 01/05/2020 – 31/05/2020 en 01/09/2020 – 22/09/2020
Season B 01/06/2020 – 31/08/2020

Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
Surcharge season B 25,00
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room  220,00
Dinner  165,00
Bike rental  60,00
E-Bike  125,00
Bike breakdown pass  13,75
Supplement when starting on an other day 40,00
Extra night 70,00
Starting point:  

Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

Best Western Hotel Haarhuis **** (Arnhem)
O.T.T.O. (Wijk bij Duurstede)
Het Oude Posthuys *** (Leerdam)
Apollo Hotel Papendrecht **** (Papendrecht)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike



practical info

5 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airports are Flughafen Düsseldorf (DUS) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Dusseldorf to Arnhem departs 1 time per hour. Travel time is about 1.4 hours.  The train from Schiphol to Arnhem departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is a bit more then 1 hour. A single ticket costs approx €19,- per person excl. bicycles.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:

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