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Green Heart of Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (LM)
During this eight day, seven night tour on board a charming barge you can either cycle with the group or at your own pace and discover for yourself the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. This is a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery. Along the way you will visit historical cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Leiden and Gouda, uncover many culturally historic attractions and importantly, you will be able to immerse yourself in the very Dutch fabric of this fascinating part of Holland. If you are an art lover you will revel in being able to visit Leiden, Haarlem and Delft where Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer, all famous artists lived and worked. Far from just being about big cities and Dutch history, this tour is also about the picturesque villages and beautiful scenery of the ‘green lung’ districts of central and South Holland. One thing is certain, by the end of the tour you will not only come away with a new-found appreciation for bike and barge cruising, but everything Dutch!
The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader. During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice for the longer or the shorter option together with the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.
The barge has twelve spacious twin cabins (10,5 m² – 113 sq.ft.) with two separate beds. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating. Furthermore, you will find a hair dryer in each cabin. On the upper deck you will find the cosy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, where you can have a drink. On nice evenings, or while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here
8 days/7 nights accommodation onboard
7 x breakfasts
7 x 3-course dinners
Coffee and tea on board
Use of bed linen and towels
1 x cleaning of the cabin during the tour
Daily briefings by the crew
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Fees for ferries / water-bus
Transfers to/from the docking place
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office [email protected]
Rental bicycle: €75 per week (80 in 2020)
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available) (180 in 2020)
A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment
Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week
Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week
Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 13 (at the ticket
desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board your ship on the first day of the tour.
Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.
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Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 1 PM-2 PM in the center of Amsterdam. After unpacking your luggage in your cabin you will still have plenty of time to explore this famous city. Treat yourself to a canal tour, visit one or more museums or simply do some shopping. An introduction to the tour will take place at 5.30 PM, during which the crew will be presented and your first dinner on board will be served: your rental bicycles will also be distributed at this time.
Amsterdam – Zaandam Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Haarlem (40 km/24 mi. or55 km/34 mi.)
After a short cruise on board you are finally off and cycling today after first visiting the lovely open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ in Zaandam where an authentic 18th and 19th century Dutch village has been reconstructed. In the museum you will learn about iconic Dutch traditions such as windmills and cheese and clog making. You will then cycle to Haarlem where celebrated portraitist and genre painter Frans Hals lived and worked in the 16th century. In the evening you can stroll through the lovely city center and the Grote Markt (market square). If preferred, today’s cycling tour can also be extended with a visit to the sea locks of IJmuiden and the Kennemer Dunes. During this cycling tour you can visit some forts of the Defense Line of Amsterdam (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Haarlem – North Sea coast – Leiden (42 km/25 mi. or 50 km/34 mi.)
After enjoying breakfast with your newfound cycling friends, you will pedal today along the North Sea coast through seaside dunes via the resorts of Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee to the vibrant university city of Leiden, the birthplace of celebrated artist Rembrandt van Rijn. The city’s picturesque old city center is crisscrossed with canals lined by beautiful 17th-century buildings and is very definitely a must to see. The longer cycling tour leads you from Haarlem to Cruquius(steam engine museum) and Hillegom (several flower nurseries) to Leiden.
Leiden – Delft (35 km/22 mi. or 41 km/34 mi.)
From Leiden you will cycle to Delft, famous for its Blue porcelain (Delftware), where you will have the opportunity to visit a porcelain studio. Another major attraction in the beautiful city center of Delft is the royal crypt of the House of Orange. The longer cycling tour brings you to seaside resort Scheveningen and to The Hague, where you can visit the Binnenhof (Parliament) and the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) and then continues to end in Delft.
Delft – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Gouda (several options from 23 km/15 mi. to 66 km/41 mi.)
This morning you will sail from Delft through the remarkable international port of Rotterdam. From here you can start cycling or you can hop on the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will bring you and your bicycle over the river in 30-40 minutes to Alblasserdam. From there you cycle just a few miles to Kinderdijk, world famous for an impressive row of 19 large windmills.These 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From Kinderdijk you will cycle directly to the cheese city of Gouda, or if you prefer, on a longer tour via the silver city of Schoonhoven to Gouda, your destination for the day.
Gouda – Kudelstaart (45 km/28 mi or 55 km/34 mi)
The highlight of today’s cycling tour is the naturally idyllic beauty of the South Holland landscape.Your destination for the day is the village of Kudelstaart where the Jelmar will be waiting for you.Along the way you will cycle along numerous small canals and past picture-perfect farms and small villages. At the mooring place on the banks of the Westeinder Plassen (‘West End’ lakes) there is a beautiful view to savor while enjoying a wine during or after dinner.
Kudelstaart – Aalsmeer – Amsterdam (30 km/19 mi. or 37 km/23 mi.)
If you are keen for an early start to the day you can visit the largest trade centre for plants and flowers in the world at Aalsmeer (optional extra, not included). The market is a hive of activity: it is guaranteed that you will never have seen so many flowers in the one place. After a late breakfast you can either stay on board as we cruise through the City of Amsterdam to the mooring place or you can cycle into the city through the city park ‘Amsterdamse Bos’ or along the Amstel river. Once you reach Amsterdam take the opportunity during the afternoon and evening to go for a canal cruise, discover Anne Frank’s House, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM.
On this tour you will ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 20 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jun 27 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 05 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||24||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||24||Single rooms||1,289€|
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