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

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Discover the Southern regions of Holland on barge and bike

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:

  • The world famous city of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht, the geographical center of The Netherlands
  • 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 sightseeing paradise

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”. 

The ship – Your sailing hotel


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.

 Your ship is an elegant medium-sized river cruise ship sailing the Dutch, German and Belgian rivers and canals. You will immediately feel at home on board this beautiful and intimate ship. The relaxed atmosphere and excellent service make every trip a pleasure. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and management and has a very enthusiastic and helpful crew.

The lower deck has 20 twin cabins (approx. 11 m2 / 118 sq.ft.) and one triple cabin (approx. 15m2 / 161 sq.ft.). On the upper deck there are 25 twin cabins (approx. 11 m2 / 118 sq.ft.) and one larger triple cabin (approx. 15 m2 / 161 sq.ft.).  Each twin cabin has two comfortable separate single beds. During the day, the crew modifies one bed into a bench. The triple cabin on the lower deck has three separate single beds. The triple cabin on the upper deck has two separate single beds and one bunk bed.  All cabins have air conditioning, a TV, mini-safe, plenty of cupboard space, a small desk, hair dryer and a large window that can be partially opened. The bathroom has a sink, shower and toilet.

Characteristic of the contemporary interior are the carefully selected types of wood and warm upholstery. The reception is in the centrally located hall. The lounge with cozy bar on the upper deck has comfortable seating areas and large windows, so that you can view the surroundings during the cruise while enjoying a drink. The restaurant on the lower deck also has large windows. The lounge and restaurant are air-conditioned. You can optimally enjoy the view from the spacious and partially covered sun deck. The bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck

You cycle independently


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.

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.

  • 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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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 10 2022 Apr 17 2022 96 Single rooms 899€
Double rooms 599€
Apr 17 2022 Apr 24 2022 96 Single rooms 1,124€
Double rooms 749€
May 22 2022 May 29 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
May 29 2022 Jun 05 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 19 2022 Jun 26 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jun 26 2022 Jul 03 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 17 2022 Jul 24 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Jul 24 2022 Jul 31 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 14 2022 Aug 21 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€
Aug 21 2022 Aug 28 2022 96 Single rooms 1,424€
Double rooms 949€

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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