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Southern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (dA)
It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour on board 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.
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 2019 the dates are: May 4 and 25, June 15, August 31, September 14.
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 pp.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle, he/she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
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 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, hair dryer, 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.
Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category
Full board (7x breakfast, 6x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7x three course dinner)
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
Welcoming drink and speech on the first evening
Experienced and local tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city walking tours; during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour as well and can be reached on his cell phone
Printed instructions and detailed maps for cycling tours, 1 set per cabin
Min. 2 city walks (Rotterdam, Dordrecht) with the tour leader
Visits (optional): Delftware factory, visitors centre windmills Kinderdijk, St-Jans church Gouda, cheese farm Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and some more (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discounts)
Small cheese tasting and 1x live music night on board
Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €25 p.p.
Use of free WiFi in the lounge of the ship
Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM
Transfers to/from the docking place at the Sumatrakade in Amsterdam
Entrance fees & excursions
Fees for ferries
Drinks on board
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated
If you would like to rent a bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand and pedal brakes, pannier bag: €75 per week (optional) (80 in 2020)
Rental E-Bike : €175 per week (only on request, limited number available) (180 in 2020)
Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
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Embarkation and check-in from 2-5 p.m. 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.
Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (25 km/16 mi. or 40 km/25 mi.) | 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 center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: 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.
Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam (28 km/17 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)
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.
Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “waterbus” | Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven (30 km/19 mi. or 58 km/36 mi.)
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.
Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht | Utrecht – Haarlem (45 km/28 mi.)
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.
Haarlem – North Sea coast – Haarlem (40 km/25 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.) | Haarlem – Zaandam
Today you can choose from 2 cycling tours. Both tours takes 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.
Zaandam – Amsterdam (30 km/19 mi. or 45 km/28 mi.)
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.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Oct 05 2019||Oct 12 2019||112||Single rooms||979€|
|Oct 12 2019||Oct 19 2019||112||Single rooms||979€|
|Mar 28 2020||Apr 04 2020||112||Single rooms||999€|
|Apr 04 2020||Apr 11 2020||112||Single rooms||1,099€|
|Apr 11 2020||Apr 18 2020||112||Single rooms||1,099€|
|Apr 18 2020||Apr 25 2020||112||Single rooms||1,149€|
|Apr 25 2020||May 02 2020||112||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 02 2020||May 09 2020||112||Single rooms||1,249€|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||112||Single rooms||1,249€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||112||Single rooms||1,289€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||112||Single rooms||1,289€|
|May 30 2020||Jun 06 2020||112||Single rooms||1,289€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Jul 25 2020||Aug 01 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Aug 08 2020||Aug 15 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||112||Single rooms||1,329€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||112||Single rooms||1,289€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||112||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||112||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Oct 03 2020||Oct 10 2020||112||Single rooms||1,149€|
|Oct 10 2020||Oct 17 2020||112||Single rooms||1,099€|
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