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Maastricht-Amsterdam 8-day Bike and 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”. This opening line from the famous poem ‘Memory of Holland’ by Dutch poet Hendrik Marsman, characterizes the wonderful journey between the southernmost city of the Netherlands – Maastricht and Amsterdam. The journey starts in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively centre, vibrant hospitality and the Dutch violinist - Andre Rieu! When you leave Maasrticht and head towards Amsterdam you'll cycle through magical green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse. You'll also discover a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains along the way. Stop and visit historical, medieval towns, villages and some remarkable castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg the cycling tours will cross borders regularly. Yes, the Meuse River flows through the Netherlands but Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and in the afternoon have a delicious beer in a street café in a Belgium village. This is a fabulous tour not to be missed!
8 days / 7 nights on board
7 x breakfast
6 x dinner on board
Packed lunches for bike trips
Coffee and tea on board
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Beer tasting on board
Entrance glass museum Leerdam
Bike rental € 80
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)
E-bike rental 180 Euros
Double cabin for single use - very limited, please enquire
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Maastricht (5 km/3 mi.)
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 PM and 2PM. After the welcome meeting there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride along the river.After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the centre of town. We advise you to come to Maastricht one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover this interesting city. Maastricht 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!
Maastricht – Born Born – Roermond (40 km/24 mi.)
During breakfast you join the barge to Born via the Juliana Canal, where you disembark at the locks. From here you bike over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Then you continue to Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, whereof 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 – Venlo – Arcen (50 km/30 mi.)
Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ stands proudly along the river. Then you crossover to the other bank to Kessel. Kessel is one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. At lunchtime you arrive in Venlo, with many historical moments and a lively inner city. In the afternoon you ride to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens: the water and sculpture garden: the Lommerrijk, with shadows, waterfalls and streams: the valley, with six ‘international’ gardens: Casa Verde, with Mediterranean and tropical gardens: the golf garden, overlooking the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.
Arcen – Cuijk (48 km/29 mi.)
Today a magnificent bike tour is on the program. First you will bike pass Well where you find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. Around lunchtime you arrive in Afferden. You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Meuse.The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church, houses a very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.
Cuijk – Maasbommel Maasbommel – Heusden (40 km/24 mi.)
Today you bike from Cuijk along the Meuse river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. 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. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages in the city park. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.
Heusden – Gorinchem Gorinchem – Vianen (41 km/25 mi.)
In the morning you will join the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there 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.In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
Vianen – Breukelen Breukelen – Amsterdam (42 km/26 mi.)
You will sail during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.
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.|
|Aug 24 2019||Aug 31 2019||22||Single rooms||1,189€|
|Sep 21 2019||Sep 28 2019||22||Single rooms||1,129€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|May 30 2020||Jun 06 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||22||Single rooms||1,299€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||22||Single rooms||1,249€|
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