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South Holland Bike and Barge Tour 8-days (NO)
Through the Netherlands by Bike and Boat. Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-day-journey by bike and barge. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your “floating hotel” will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside. The Province of the Southern Netherlands: You are travelling through the green heart of the Netherlands. Hardly any province is more changing and many-faceted than the Southern Netherlands. Big cities as well as untouched nature are so close to each other. The many waterways offer uncountable opportunities to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture historical highlights of the province “ZuidHolland”. Experience such different cities like Gouda and Schoonhoven and of course Rotterdam, also known as the “Manhattan on the river Maas”. Beautiful landscape of Polderland, the famous windmill row of Kinderdijk and not to forget the major porcelain manufacture in Delft with its “Delfter Blue”.
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.
Technical details: Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.
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.
Day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, approx. 10:00am – 3pm (additional cost):
If you would like to rent a bike (75 EUR) or e-bike (165 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Slow Tours offers other Bike & Boat tours in Europe
Amsterdam - Haarlem
In Amsterdam you check in on board (embarkation is at 3pm). Departure at 5pm. Arrival in Haarlem around 9pm (*If necessary overnight stay at Haarlem lock – then, the next day, in the morning shipping to Haarlem).
Haarlem – Zaandam, approx. 20 - 28 km. Shipping from Zaandam to Schoonhoven
Haarlem is a charming, typically Dutch town with windmills, canals, drawbridges, small shops, cafés and restaurants. It is worth taking a little walk before you start your first cycle tour to Zaandam. Here you have plenty of time to make a detour to the museum village "Zaanse Schans”, an open-air museum which was built to show the Dutch historical heritage. You can visit an ancient Dutch village, a cheese manufacture, a shipyard, a Dutch wooden shoe manufacture, a museum of bakery, the Zaanse watch museum and the unique colour mill, De Kat. In the afternoon shipping from Zaandam to Schoonhoven. Tip: During the tulip-flowering season (departures 10Apr-2 May) we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (€ 59.- per person, only bookable in advance).
Schoonhoven – Rotterdam, approx. 40 - 48km
From Schoonhoven, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. When the weather is fine, you may take a detour for a refreshing bath in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen. Your today’s destination is Rotterdam. Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.
Rotterdam, Day at leisure / Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Delft and back or from Rotterdam via Den Haag to Scheveningen and back, approx. 40 - 70km
Two options for today’s cycling tour: First one will lead you to Delft (Tip: visit of the porcelain manufacture), second directly to the governmental seat Den Haag and to the North Sea coastal town and health resort Scheveningen and back. Alternatively, you can also go back to Rotterdam by train (rail and bike is not included, approx. € 15,- p. Person, not in rush hour between 4:30pm and 6pm).
Rotterdam to Schoonhoven, approx. 43km
Cycle tour to Kinderdijk (UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage with 19 windmills in a row) and further to Schoonhoven, known for its silver-making and its enchanting old-town.
Schoonhoven to Utrecht, approx. 42km
Today you are cycling through the beautiful landscape of Polderland to Oudewater (witch’s scales) and further on to Utrecht. The Utrecht Dome is one of the most important ones in the Netherlands.
Utrecht to Amsterdam, approx. 50km
Your cycle tour takes you along the small and winding river Vecht through beautiful landscapes. The river Vecht is also known as the “Loire of the Netherlands”. Numerous castles and villas will be seen beside the river. Tip: a canal tour is the most beautiful way to get to know the city of Amsterdam.
Departure from Amsterdam
After breakfast checkout until 9am– have a safe journey home!
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).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Apr 10 2021||Apr 17 2021||60||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Apr 17 2021||Apr 24 2021||60||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Apr 24 2021||May 01 2021||60||Single rooms||1,279€|
|May 01 2021||May 08 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|May 08 2021||May 15 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|May 15 2021||May 22 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|May 22 2021||May 29 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|May 29 2021||Jun 05 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jun 05 2021||Jun 12 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jun 12 2021||Jun 19 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jun 19 2021||Jun 26 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jun 26 2021||Jul 03 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jul 03 2021||Jul 10 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jul 10 2021||Jul 17 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jul 17 2021||Jul 24 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jul 24 2021||Jul 31 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Jul 31 2021||Aug 07 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Aug 07 2021||Aug 14 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Aug 14 2021||Aug 21 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Aug 21 2021||Aug 28 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Aug 28 2021||Sep 04 2021||60||Single rooms||1,399€|
|Sep 04 2021||Sep 11 2021||60||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Sep 11 2021||Sep 18 2021||60||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Sep 18 2021||Sep 25 2021||60||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Sep 25 2021||Oct 02 2021||60||Single rooms||1,049€|
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