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Southern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (SW)
Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-day journey by bike and boat. 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 ship 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 endless opportunities to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture, historical highlights of the province “Zuid-Holland”. Experience such different cities as Gouda and Schoonhoven and of course Rotterdam, also known as the “Manhattan on the river Maas”. Gorgeous lakes like the Reeuwijkse Plassen, not to forget the major porcelain manufacture in Delft with its “Delfter Blue”.
A cosy river boat with restaurant and bar. Loggia and sun deck with seats and store place for the bicycles. The ship comprises 35 cabins: 22x2-bed-cabins and 2 single cabins on the Main Deck and 11x2-bed-cabins with additionally air condition on the Promenade Deck (2-bed approx. 7 sqm, 1-bed approx. 6 sqm). All cabins are small and practical with two beds standing in a right angle (1 bed cabin with 1 bed) shower/toilet, TV and safe (key-deposit). The windows can be opened on both decks. Limited availability of two-bed cabin for single use. Single cabin (2 x Main Deck) with no extra charge (please check single cabin availability through our office before booking)
Option: day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (approx. 9:30 – 16:30 hours): 28 Mar -2 May 2020 (59 euro p.p.)
Seven nights in outside cabins of the MS Sir Winston shower/WC in the booked cabin category
Programme according to routing from/to Amsterdam
Room cleaning every day
Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
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
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin) plus GPS tracks
Daily meeting for the cycle tours
Journey to and from Amsterdam
Entrance fees and excursions
Drinks on board
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bike: € 75.-7-gear rental bike, back bags and rental bike insurance
Rental e-bike: € 165.- E-Bike (advance reservation, limited number) with back bags and rental bike insurance
Promenade deck cabins available from 639 euro p.p.
Slow Tours offers other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Individual arrival at Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you check in on board (embarkation is at 3 pm). In the afternoon and in the evening you have the opportunity to get to know the city of Amsterdam.
Shipping Amsterdam – Zaandam -Utrecht, Cycle tour from Zaandam and back, approx. 31 km
You are starting your round trip by bike: crossing polderland you cycle via Westzaan to “De Schoolmeester”, a paper mill which is maintained in full working order. It is the only wind powered paper mill in the world. From here you are cycling to the museum’s village “Zaanse Schans”, an open air museum (entrance fee not included) which was built to show the Dutch historical heritage. You can visit an ancient Dutch village, a cheese manufacture, a shipyard, a Dutch wooden shoe manufacturer, a museum of bakery, the Zaanse watch museum and the unique colour mill, De Kat. Connected with the exhibition terrain is the Zaans museum, which gives an insight into the development of the “Zaanstreeks” as the first industrial area. Products like mustard, cheese, pastries, etc. are produced there and can be bought. You are cycling back to Zaandam through the recreational area of Twiske.Around 5 pm shipping to Utrecht..
Amsterdam via Utrecht to Gouda, Cycle tour from Utrecht to Gouda, approx. 40 km
From Utrecht, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. You may take a detour to Kasteel de Haar, the largest castle of the Netherlands with its beautiful garden or you may take a refreshing swim in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen. Tip: During the tulip-flowering season (departures 28 Mar-2 May) we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (€ 59,- per person, only bookable in advance).
Gouda to Rotterdam, Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Delft or from Rotterdam via Den Haag to Scheveningen, approx. 35 - 85 km
Prior to breakfast, the ship leaves Gouda for Rotterdam. Here you have 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. € 15,- p. Pers, not in rush hour between 16:30 h and 18.00 h). Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.
Rotterdam to Schoonhoven, Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Schoonhoven, approx. 43 km
You cycle from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk (UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage with 19 windmills in a row) and further to Schoonhoven, known for its silver-making and its enchanting old-town.
Schoonhoven to Utrecht, Cycle tour from Schoonhoven to Utrecht, approx. 40 km
Today you are cycling through the beautiful landscape of Polderland to Oudewater (witch’s scales) and further on to Utrecht. The Utrecht Dome is one of the most important ones in the Netherlands.
Utrecht to Amsterdam, Cycle tour from Utrecht to Amsterdam, approx. 50 km
Your cycle tour takes you along the small and winding river Vecht through beautiful landscapes. The river Vecht is also known as the “Loire of the Netherlands”. Numerous castles and villas will be seen beside the river.
Departure from Amsterdam
After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey home.
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).
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