People Cycling Rides

Rhine Source to Sea.

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Marty Fink
Tour Dates
Start Location
Zurich, Switzerland
End Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost (est.)
$5400 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1480 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
60 mi / 97 km
Avg. Elevation
1300 ft / 396 m
Ride Description


The Rhine Source to Sea bike tour is a stunning 825 mile ride along the banks of the mighty Rhine River.  This ride will take you through six countries:  Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and The Netherlands.  From the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, the Rhine has been at the heart of central Europe's cultural and economic development for over 2,000 years.

Our route, which is basically downstream all the way, drops out of the Swiss Alps and arcs round to Lake Constance, and then on to Basel before heading north through Strasbourg.  Passing west of Frankfurt, we continue through Bonn and Dusseldorf to Arnhem, then west to finish in Amsterdam.  You’ll delight at exploring the beauty of this river landscape and the picturesque towns and villages lining its banks, a number of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

Day 1 - Arrival.   We'll gather in the exciting city of Zurich, Switzerland.  Good airline connections make your arrival for this tour easy.  Once on the ground, there is much to see and do with dozens of museums, art galleries and a charming Old Town district.

Day 2 – Zurich to Andermatt 
We'll transport your bikes, leaving you free to enjoy the meticulous precision of the Swiss rail system on the delightful mountain railway for a spectacular climb to Ande… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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