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Southern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (deA)
It doesn’t get any better than the Southern Tour of Holland on board your home away from home. 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:
Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk (Unesco World Heritage Site), the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”.
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.
This impressive and well maintained river cruise ship has 56 cabins for a maximum of 112 passengers. All of the cabins have a window, giving you a different view every day. They are well-equipped and provided with two comfortable single beds. In the spacious restaurant on the lower deck you can go for a cyclist’s breakfast and in the evening it’s time for a three course dinner. A good spot for relaxing after a great cycling day, is in the lounge area and bar on the upper deck, or – on a sunny day – at the partially roofed sun deck.
During this trip there is an expert and experienced tour leader on board. He or she will discuss the next day’s cycling routes on a daily basis and provide you with tips and information about the route. You will cycle the tours independently and at your own pace using a detailed cycling map, GPS directions via the free Ride With GPS app and printed route descriptions (available on board). The tour leader will also cycle the routes, so they will be riding nearby and can be reached by phone in case of emergencies, problems or questions.
If you would like to rent a bike (90 EUR), E-bike (195 EUR) or helmet (10 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Mar 25 2023||Apr 01 2023||112||Single rooms||1,109€|
|Apr 01 2023||Apr 08 2023||112||Single rooms||1,109€|
|Apr 08 2023||Apr 15 2023||112||Single rooms||1,109€|
|Apr 15 2023||Apr 22 2023||112||Single rooms||1,349€|
|Apr 22 2023||Apr 29 2023||112||Single rooms||1,349€|
|Apr 29 2023||May 06 2023||112||Single rooms||1,544€|
|May 06 2023||May 13 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|May 13 2023||May 20 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|May 20 2023||May 27 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|May 27 2023||Jun 03 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 03 2023||Jun 10 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 10 2023||Jun 17 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 17 2023||Jun 24 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 24 2023||Jul 01 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 01 2023||Jul 08 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 08 2023||Jul 15 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 15 2023||Jul 22 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 22 2023||Jul 29 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 29 2023||Aug 05 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 05 2023||Aug 12 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 12 2023||Aug 19 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 19 2023||Aug 26 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 26 2023||Sep 02 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Sep 02 2023||Sep 09 2023||112||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Sep 09 2023||Sep 16 2023||112||Single rooms||1,544€|
|Sep 16 2023||Sep 23 2023||112||Single rooms||1,544€|
|Sep 23 2023||Sep 30 2023||112||Single rooms||1,349€|
|Sep 30 2023||Oct 07 2023||112||Single rooms||1,349€|
|Oct 07 2023||Oct 14 2023||112||Single rooms||1,109€|
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