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South Holland Bike and Barge Tour 8-days (NO)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Amsterdam Round Trip 8-days Bike and Boat Tour

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 Dordrecht, Utrecht 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.

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

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


  • On departure dates 1st April & 8th April, bike rental is included in the price (OR E-Bike only 110 EUR)
  • Upper deck cabins available from 699 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)
  • Passenger car parking options in Rotterdam
  • 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 

Slow Tours offers other Bike & Boat tours in Europe

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

    Rotterdam - Embarkation

    Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation from 4:00 pm. Rotterdam is a city with many faces: important port city, classy shopping city and hip artists’ city, but most importantly a city of architecture, and one of the most interesting cities in Europe.

  • Day 2

    Rotterdam – Dordrecht, Cycle tour approx 40 km

    Keep cycling alongside the waterfront via Krimpen aan den IJssel to Kinderdijk, where you will find the most famous group of windmills of the Netherlands. Dating back to the 18th century, the 19 well- preserved mills were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue through the polder area of the Albwasserwaard to reach Dordrecht. Dordrecht is considered to be Hollands oldest city. With about 1000 historic buildings that are housing restaurants, museums or theatres, the citys rich history and the marvelous historic port area will enchant you.

  • Day 3

    Dordrecht – Gorinchem, Cycle tour approx. 40 km

    After a short ferry ride, you reach the beautiful De Biesbosch National Park, where several rivers come together to form a fresh-water delta of no less than 8.000 hectares. You may enjoy a wonderful boat trip, offered here everywhere, before continuing your tour through the Rhine- Delta area and crossing over to Gorichem by water taxi. Do not miss out on the picturesque Old Town of this small but charming city.

  • Day 4

    Gorinchem – Utrecht, Cycle tour approx. 55 km

    Today an interesting and varied tour awaits you. From Gorinchem, cycle via Leerdam – famous for the Leerdammer cheese – into the fortified city of Vianen. Here you may stop for a short break in one of the numerous street cafes. Take the ferry boat to cross the Lek, and keep cycling to Vreeswijk with its narrow lanes. Continue to the little town of Nieuwegein – perhaps take a short side trip to Fort Jutphaas, hidden in a green oasis in Nieuwegein -before reaching Utrecht. Utrecht is considered the heart of Holland. The city was built around the cathedral. That is why it is almost impossible to lose your way in the car-free town with its picturesque canals

  • Day 5

    Utrecht to Schoonhoven, Cycle tour approx. 42 km

    This morning, be sure to take some time to explore the beautiful town of Utrecht, before getting back on your bike. Cycle tour through the beautiful polder landscape via Oudewater, with its famous Witches` Weigh House, (none of the so-called witches ever weighed here was found to be too light of weight and thus none of them was sentenced) to Schoonhoven, the Silver City of the Netherlands, with its typical Dutch Old Town.

  • Day 6

    Schoonhoven – Rotterdam, Cycle tour approx. 45 km

    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 dip in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen. Your today’s destination is Rotterdam. Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.

  • Day 7

    Rotterdam, Day at leisure / Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Delft and back or from Rotterdam via Den Haag to Scheveningen and back, approx. 40 - 70 km

    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. € 16 p.p., not in rush hour between 16:30 h and 18:00 h). You do not fancy a bike ride? Rotterdam offers endless possibilities to design your day. Really one is spoilt for choice

  • Day 8

    Departure from Rotterdam

    After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am– have a safe journey home.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 27 2023 Jun 03 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jun 24 2023 Jul 01 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jul 01 2023 Jul 08 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jul 08 2023 Jul 15 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jul 15 2023 Jul 22 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jul 22 2023 Jul 29 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Jul 29 2023 Aug 05 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 26 2023 Sep 02 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 02 2023 Sep 09 2023 60 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 09 2023 Sep 16 2023 60 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
Sep 16 2023 Sep 23 2023 60 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
Sep 23 2023 Sep 30 2023 60 Single rooms 1,124€
Double rooms 749€
Sep 30 2023 Oct 07 2023 60 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€
Oct 07 2023 Oct 14 2023 60 Single rooms 899€
Double rooms 599€

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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