Discover with France Bike, your partner for cycling holidays this very nice region between Germany and the Netherlands and experience all the lovely towns and beautiful landscapes on the daily bike tours. As all the other towns and villages around, Kevelaer looks like a Dutch town with its typical Gothic architecture. It is the greatest pilgrim's town in northwest Europe with about 1 million visitors. Xanten's cathedral is built in Romanesque and Gothic style and possesses very beautiful altars in wood from the 15th and 16th centuries. This town has kept its medieval and Gothic character, a part of the walls and ancient windmills. The archaeological park reminds you that Xanten has been an important Roman colony some 2000 years ago. Not less medieval and Gothic is Kalkar. The Gothic church Nikolai possesses one of the most important collection of medieval altars in wood. Kleve was considered the most elegant Residence town in Prussia of the 18th century. Great French and English parks and very nice buildings witness the glorious past of this ancient capital of the duchy of Kleve. Our tour continues along the river of Maas in Holland. You will see other lovely castles, villages and towns as Gennep, Well, Arcen and Nimegue, Venlo. The various and very charming landscapes of the Low Rhineland await you. You will ride on little roads and paths along the Rhine and the Maas, but also on paths along other little rivers like the Nette and Niers on the last day, when you return to Kevelaer.
Day 1: Kevelaer
Arrival at Kevelaer.
Day 2: Kevelaer - Xanten, ~20 km/13 miles
9:30 a.m.: Distribution of bikes - if they are rented - and necessary documents. From the hotel you ride on little roads and paths through the typical landscapes of the Low Rhineland. During about 20 km/12 miles, you ride on the Rhine-dike to Xanten.
Day 3: Xanten - Elten, ~55 km/35 miles
Today, you continue to discover the typical landscape along the Rhine River and visit the towns of Rees, Kalkar, Emmerich before you will arrive at Elten.
Day 4: Elten - Nimegue → Elten, ~50 km/31 miles
From the hotel to the ferry station, you cross the river on a little boat. You then ride on the Rhine dike until Nimegue, the oldest town from the Netherlands. On the other side of the Rhine and mainly on the high dikes across lovely villages you go back to Elten.
Day 5: Elten - Afferden, ~45 km/28 miles
From the hotel to the ferry station, you cross the river again on a little boat and continue by passing the very typical and fascinating landscape of the Duffel. You cross the great forest Reichswald and ride along the Maas to the little village of Afferden. Nice hotel near the Maas.
Day 6: Afferden - Kevelaer, ~45 km/28 miles
Always along the Maas river. Visit Arcen and its castle. Then on little paths back to Kevelaer.
Day 7: End of the tour and departure
6 nights in carefully chosen 3*** and 4**** hotels
6x copious breakfast
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
detailed documentation, brochures and maps
GPS tracks on request
tourist taxe (except in Afferden)
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
prices for solo travellers on request.
route (1): ~215 km/135 miles
mainly on flat and quiet roads and paths that anybody can do, also suitable for families with children
how to get there
by car: motorway to Kevelaer
by train: station Kevelaer
by plane: airport Weeze or Düsseldorf
e-bikes available on request
are available on request from 50 €/person in double room and 80 €/person in single room, prices depending on season
is available on request, prices depending on season
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