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Southern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (dA)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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8-day Bike & Barge tour Holland's South

It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour onboard your home away from home, the barge! Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside – the country’s “Green Heart”. It is here that you will see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms... it is a landscape that is impossible to feel or look any more Dutch. In short, the Southern tour is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of “typical” central Holland as is possible in one week. What you will come away with at the end of the tour is a greater appreciation of why this part of the Netherlands attracts so many visitors from all corners of the globe every year.

As well as being able to discover the natural beauty of Holland’s Green Heart you will visit: The world-famous city of Amsterdam; Utrecht, the geographical centre of Holland; Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe; Delft, a city with close ties to the Dutch Royal family and the world-renowned painter Johannes Vermeer; Haarlem, a sightseers’ paradise.

Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and the open-air museum “Zaanse Schans”. For the duration of the tour, you will live and travel on board our barge. In 2014 all of the barge’s cabins and the salon/restaurant at the front of the vessel were fully renovated, with the result that you are guaranteed a week of travel in total comfort.

Semi-guided cycling tours: daily individual cycling at your own pace. The tour leader also cycles all tours and is available for tips, directions and in cases of emergency.

A guided option:

On a few departure dates, you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. If you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability).

For 2020 the dates are: May 02 and 23, June 13, August 29 and September 12

The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is 125 EUR (130 EUR 2021) per person.

Accommodation:

The barge has a spacious restaurant on the lower deck. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows around, which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor. Wi-Fi is also available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax and have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing.  Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

The lower deck offers space to 30 twin cabins (11 m² – 135 sq.ft.) The upper deck has 18 twin cabins (11 m² – 135 sq.ft.) and 8 spacious suites (15 m² – 200 sq.ft.). All twin cabins have two separate single beds (200 x 80 cm – 78 x 31 inches), the suites have two separate beds set next to each other as a hotel-style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches) which, on previous request, can be arranged as two separate single beds. All 56 cabins aboard have an individual climate control system, digital TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hairdryer, 230V and 115V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

The twin cabins have a large picture window (140 x 90 cm – 55 x 35 inches) that can be partly opened. The suites have the same amenities as the twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a minibar, a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights 
  • Breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 7x three-course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
  • Daily short cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcoming drink 
  • Semi-guided cycling tours (guest cycle independently, tour leader also cycles the tour)
  • Some short walking tours Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant – data use is not included
  • Live music on board

Not included in the tour:

  • Coffee and Tea on board after 4pm
  • Drinks 
  • Bicycle or E-bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Fees for ferries/waterbus
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fee
  • Tulip exhibition park entrance fee (option day 6)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated

Notes:

  • All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. 
  • A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available onboard. He/she will provide you with all necessary tour information during daily briefings.  You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks and printed route notes (available onboard).
  • The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.
  • During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.
  • Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: 14 EUR (at the ticket desk approx.: 16 EUR). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it onboard your ship on the first day of the tour.
  • If you don’t feel cycling for a day (or more) you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing. But please note: lunch will not be served on board. So you can enjoy your packed lunch.
  • On arrival please bring your luggage on board from 11am.

Arrival/parking/departure:

  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.
  • Departure Saturdays only

If you would like to rent a bike (85 EUR), E-bike (185 EUR) or helmet (10 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Amsterdam

    Embarkation and check-in from 2-4.30pm in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum At 5 pm, a welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

  • Day 2

    Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht 25km or 40km | Utrecht – Rotterdam

    Your first cycling tour starts in Breukelen. You’ll tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms. You will follow the Vecht into the centre of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city centre: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam.

  • Day 3

    Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam 28km or 50km

    Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue pottery. Visit the beautiful city centre with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many of our guests, a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of their tour. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.

  • Day 4

    Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “waterbus” | Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven 30km or 58km

    Today you can cycle the first part, or the “waterbus” will take you and your bicycle to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling, you will reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO cultural heritage, with its impressive row of 19 large windmills). You then have the choice between a longer cycling tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short cycling tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

  • Day 5

    Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht | Utrecht – Haarlem 45km

    Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland along small villages and quiet roads to Utrecht. On your way you can visit a traditional cheese farm and in Oudewater you can visit the Witches Weigh House. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem.

  • Day 6

    Haarlem – North Sea coast – Haarlem 40km or 50km | Haarlem – Zaandam

    Today you can choose from 2 cycling tours. Both tours take you through the beautiful Kennemer dunes, a national park where you can spot several bird species, Scottish Highland cows and Shetland ponies. After a visit to the seaside resorts Bloemendaal and Zandvoort, you cycle through the forests and the centre of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine of the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner, your ship will cruise to Zaandam.

    • Departures dates between 27th March and incl. 1st May 2021: From Haarlem, you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse by bicycle or public transport, transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included.

  • Day 7

    Zaandam – Amsterdam 30km or 45km

    From Zaandam, your final day of cycling will take you to the open-air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.

  • Day 8

    Amsterdam

    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am.

    The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

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Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 23 2020 May 30 2020 112 Single rooms 1,289€
Double rooms 939€
May 30 2020 Jun 06 2020 112 Single rooms 1,289€
Double rooms 939€
Jun 06 2020 Jun 13 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jun 13 2020 Jun 20 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jun 20 2020 Jun 27 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jun 27 2020 Jul 04 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jul 04 2020 Jul 11 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jul 11 2020 Jul 18 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jul 18 2020 Jul 25 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Jul 25 2020 Aug 01 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Aug 01 2020 Aug 08 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Aug 08 2020 Aug 15 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Aug 15 2020 Aug 22 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Aug 22 2020 Aug 29 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Aug 29 2020 Sep 05 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Sep 05 2020 Sep 12 2020 112 Single rooms 1,329€
Double rooms 979€
Sep 12 2020 Sep 19 2020 112 Single rooms 1,289€
Double rooms 939€
Sep 19 2020 Sep 26 2020 112 Single rooms 1,249€
Double rooms 899€
Sep 26 2020 Oct 03 2020 112 Single rooms 1,199€
Double rooms 849€
Oct 03 2020 Oct 10 2020 112 Single rooms 1,149€
Double rooms 799€
Oct 10 2020 Oct 17 2020 112 Single rooms 1,099€
Double rooms 749€
Mar 27 2021 Apr 03 2021 112 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€
Apr 03 2021 Apr 10 2021 112 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€
Apr 10 2021 Apr 17 2021 112 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€
Apr 17 2021 Apr 24 2021 112 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
Apr 24 2021 May 01 2021 112 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
May 01 2021 May 08 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
May 08 2021 May 15 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
May 15 2021 May 22 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
May 22 2021 May 29 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
May 29 2021 Jun 05 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 05 2021 Jun 12 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 12 2021 Jun 19 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 19 2021 Jun 26 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 26 2021 Jul 03 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 03 2021 Jul 10 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 10 2021 Jul 17 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 17 2021 Jul 24 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 24 2021 Jul 31 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 31 2021 Aug 07 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 07 2021 Aug 14 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 14 2021 Aug 21 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 21 2021 Aug 28 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 28 2021 Sep 04 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Sep 04 2021 Sep 11 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Sep 11 2021 Sep 18 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Sep 18 2021 Sep 25 2021 112 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Sep 25 2021 Oct 02 2021 112 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
Oct 02 2021 Oct 09 2021 112 Single rooms 1,274€
Double rooms 849€
Oct 09 2021 Oct 16 2021 112 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€

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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