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Amsterdam-Maastricht 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (SH)
“Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incredibly tenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder's rim”. These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterize this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly: although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental Bike (incl. Pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80 per bike
Rental E-Bike: €180 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Helmets:A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
Transfer between Amsterdam and Maastricht: there is a good train connection between these two cities.
Double cabin for single use - very limited, please enquire
Slow Tours offers other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Amsterdam – Weesp test ride in Weesp (11 km/6 mi.)
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 PM and 2PM. Around 2 PM the barge sails to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical centre with many canals and buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It also has a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attract yachters and cyclists. As soon as you arrive the tour leader will organize a test ride.After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.
Weesp – Utrecht Utrecht – Vianen (47 km/28 mi.)
Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
Vianen – Gorinchem Gorinchem – Heusden (41 km/25 mi.)
From Vianen you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit of the centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. Later on you continue biking on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a short visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.
Heusden – Maasbommel Maasbommel – Cuijck (40 km/24 mi.)
During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the bargein Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church, houses avery well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands
Cuijck – Arcen (48 km/29 mi.)
Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. The destination for today is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens with a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens: the water- and sculpture garden: the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets: the Valley, offering six ‘international’ gardens : Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens: the Golf garden with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.
Arcen – Venlo – Roermond (50 km/30 mi.)
Again your bike route follows the Meuse river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. The first stop is Venlo, with many historical monuments and alively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse.There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ stands proudly along the river. Today’s tour ends in the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Meuse come together. Roermond is known by its rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the centre you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.
Roermond – Born Born – Maastricht (42 km/25 mi.)
Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the province of Limburg. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known forits cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik. This city is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht.Maastricht, the capital of the province is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored!
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
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