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Rotterdam to Zeeland - 8-Day Bike and Barge Tour (NO)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Self-Guided Bike and Barge tour to the Province of Zeeland

The province of Zeeland, also referred to as the "Land in the Sea“ is located in the west of the Netherlands and mostly consists of islands and peninsulas. The Eastern and Western Scheldt estuaries reach far inland, thus making Zeeland a paradise for flora and fauna. Cycle with us from the energetic city of Rotterdam–the city stands for easy and relaxed togetherness like no other city in the Netherlands –to the province of Zeeland. Discover the historic towns of Zierikzee and Middelburg and the Delta Works, Holland’s most impressive storm surge barriers. Sample delicious mussels, oysters and Eastern Scheldt Lobster. You should not miss out on a stop in one of the numerous fish restaurants!

Accomodation 

You will be immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. In winter 2019/2020 all cabins were completely renovated. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. The boat possesses altogether two 1- bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower hotel beds, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower hotel bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

Tour Character: Level 2

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy. This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility. 

Included in the Bike and Boat Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category 
  • Programme according to routing from/to Rotterdam 
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks 
  • Room cleaning every day, changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary 
  • Welcome-Drink 
  • Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x 3-course-dinner 
  • Daily meeting for the cycle tours 
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin) 
  • GPS tracks 
  • Tour guide on board

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to and from Rotterdam
  • Shuttles
  • Bike rental
  • Entrance fees to museums and excursions
  • City maps
  • Ferry fees
  • Travel insurances
  • Parking fees
  • Tips
  • Drinks on board
  • Helmet (40 EUR)

Notes:

  • Upper deck cabins available from 1049 EUR 
  • The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins, this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas. 
  • Please indicate your body height when you book a bike so an appropriate size is given
  • Languages on board: German, English 
  • Excursions: we offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English)
  • Embarkation 4:00 pm  Disembarkation until 09:00am
  • Minimum number of participants 60 guests, max 100 (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure)
  • To bring your own bike On request only–due to lack of space on sun deck
  • Luggage we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.
  • Schedule and program changes:  Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). Same applies to previously unknown administrative orders of lock or bridge repairs.
  • Travel documents EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility 
  • We recommend that you take out a travel health insurance with repattriation coverage as well as baggage, accident and travel cancellation insurances. 

If you would like to rent a bike (79 EUR) or e-bike (189 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

Covid 19 info updated Nov 2022

  • For all trips from 2023 onwards, guests only need to provide a negative test result for Covid-19 from an official testing station (max. 24 hours old, no self-tests). The costs for the tests are to be paid by each guest and the certificate is to be brought/shown at embarkation. There are NO testing facilities available on board.
  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate is therefore no longer required, but is expressly recommended by us. Even if vaccination is not mandatory for travel, it protects against severe courses of the disease.
  • We still recommend to wear a FFP2 mask or a surgical mask.

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Rotterdam, Boat Tour Rotterdam - Dordrecht Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation at about 3:00pm. You may have some time left to see Rotterdam’s stunning Market Hall. The Dutch refer to it as their version of the „Sistine Chapel“. At 6:00pm sail to Holland’s oldest town, Dordrecht, impressively located on an island be-tween three wide rivers.

  • Day 2

    Dordrecht - Willemstad - Hellevoetsluis, Cycle Tour approx. 45km In the morning, set sail for Willemstad, a small fortified town dating from the 17th/18th century, which is well worth visiting. Here start for your first cycle tour. Cross the in-land waters of Haringvliet over the Volkerakdam, and cycle through fields and past storybook villages like Zwart-sluis and Goudswaard to the popular water sports centre of Hellevoetsluis

  • Day 3

    Hellevoetsluis - Bruinisse, Cycle Tour approx. 45km With fine weather, it is worth to take a detour to the bathing beach of Rockanje, a wide fine sandy beach with marvellous dunes, before starting the bike tour. Crossing the Haringvliet again, you pass through small villages like Stellendam with the mill Korenlust, the small water sport village of Herkingen and, continuing along the Grevelingendam, you reach the mussel village of Bruinisse

  • Day 4

    Bruinisse - Veere Cycle Tour approx. 45km Today you can visit the "Watersnoodmuesum" during your bike tour. Here you will learn all about the great flood disaster of 1953 and the "drowned" village of Viane, which was flooded and never rebuilt. Continue towards Zierikzee, which is among the 10 most beautiful Dutch national heritage towns.The "fat tower“ rises high above the town. The top of the tower offers marvellous views over the town, the harbour and the island. Continue your tour crossing the Zeelandbrug. An impressive structure 5 km long, built on 54 piers - to your destination of the day. The harbour town of Veere. Where once richly laden ships from Scotland docked, today impressive yachts are moored.

  • Day 5

    Veere - Neeltje Jans - Veere, Round Trip Cycle Tour approx. 35 - 50km

    Today you can choose between three different routes, for example the former working island Neeltje Jans, which was created by rising a sand flat to facilitate the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. You will have the possibility not only to marvel at the locks from up close but also from the inside. The adjacent amusement park "Deltapark" gives an insight into the life of sea lions and the underwater world of the Oosterschelde (optional)

  • Day 6

    Veere - Middelburg - Veere / Boat Tour Veere - Dordrecht, Round Trip Cycle Tour approx. 40km The first stop on your cycling tour is Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. The city looks back on a rich past and was once the most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. Numerous stores and cafés invite you to visit. During a city tour (optional) you will have the opportunity to learn all kinds of interesting facts about the charming city. The tour continues through the picturesque, typically Dutch landscape on the Walcheren peninsula. Wide beaches, forests and dunes await you. Nowhere in the Netherlands the sun shine as often and as long as here

  • Day 7

    Dordrecht - Rotterdam, Cycle Tour approx. 40km On your last stretch, explore the best known windmills in the Netherlands at Kinderdijk. The 19 windmills, which date back to the 18th century, are beautifully preserved and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The windmills are well worth a visit! Follow the route along the Maas River up to Rotterdam, one of the largest ports in the world

  • Day 8

    Departure from Rotterdam Disembarkation until 9:00 am and individual journey home.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 03 2023 Jun 10 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€
Jun 10 2023 Jun 17 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€
Jun 17 2023 Jun 24 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 05 2023 Aug 12 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 12 2023 Aug 19 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 19 2023 Aug 26 2023 100 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€

Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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