Amsterdam and South Holland Cycling Holidays
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Southern Holland (Bike & Barge) – Updated for 2019
Self-Guided | Bike & Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £569 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Cycle along the excellent network of cycle paths and waterways
• Explore the province of Zuid-Holland
• Cycle around Rotterdam, Den Haag and Scheveningen
• Sail on the MS Sir Winston

Route features
Flat riverside paths suitable for beginners and children.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


1st day: 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.

2nd day: Shipping Amsterdam – Zaandam – Amsterdam, Cycle tour from Zaandam to Amsterdam, approx. 30 km

In the morning you are shipping from Amsterdam to Zaandam. From here you are cycling to the muse-um’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 manufacture, 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 Amsterdam through the recreational area of Twiske. Tip: a canal tour is the most beautiful way to get to know the city of Amsterdam.

3rd day: Shipping from 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 de-tour to Kasteel de Haar, the largest castle of the Netherlands with its beautiful garden or you may take a refreshing bath in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen. Tip: During the tulip-flowering season (departures 30th Mar-11th May) we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (€ 59,- per person, only bookable in advance).

4th day: Shipping from Gouda to Rotterdam, Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Delft or from Rotterdam via Den Haag to Scheveningen, approx. 35 – 85 km

Prior to breakfast, MS SIR WINSTON 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 16:00 h and 18.30 h). Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.

5th day: Shipping from Rotterdam to Schoonhoven, Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Schoonhoven, approx. 43 km

You are cycling 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.

6th day: Shipping from 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.

7th day: Shipping from 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.

8th day: Departure from Amsterdam

After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey home.

Map & Route Information

Route profile
You cycle daily about 30 to 60 km. Nearly all routes are easy to cycle. You cycle on asphalted and signposted bike paths.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Sir Winston

A cosy river boat with restaurant and bar, 2014 renovated (with air condition). Loggia and sun deck with seats and storage place for the bicycles.

The cabins are small and practicable (approx. 7 sqm) with two beds standing in a right angle, shower/toilet, TV and safe (key-deposit).

The windows can be opened on both decks. The MS SIR WINSTON has 24 cabins on the Main Deck and 11 cabins with additionally air conditioning on the Promenade Deck.

Technical data: Length 67.20 m. Width 7 m. Max. 70 passengers. Dutch flag and guidance.

Your journey to and from Amsterdam will be individual.

Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. 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).

The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Embarkation: 3-5 pm

Disembarkation: after breakfast at 9 am.

Bicycles on board: unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are on these tours only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book.

To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck.

Languages on board: German, English

Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Excursions: We offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English).

Luggage: We recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.

Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise.

We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.

This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Included services

Seven nights in outside cabins of the MS Sir Winston Shower/WC in the booked cabin category
Programme according to routing from/to Amsterdam
Welcome-Drink
Room cleaning every day
Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
Full board consisting of 7 x breakfast buffet, 6 x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7× 3-course-dinner
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
Daily meeting for the cycle tours
Tour guide

Not included:
Journey to and from Amsterdam, parking fee, shuttles, bike rental, entrance fees and excursions, ferry tickets, drinks on board, tips,travel insurances.

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Your Prices

Southern Holland (Bike & Barge), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

30th March | 5th October:
Cat B: £569
6th April | 28th September:
Cat B: £599
13th April | 14th September | 21st September:
Cat B: £689
20th April | 27th April | 7th September:
Cat B: £789
4th May to 31st August:
Cat B: £829
Availability: 30th March to 5th October 2019
Departure Days: Saturdays
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Promenade Deck

30th March | 5th October:
Cat A: £689
6th April | 28th September:
Cat A: £719
13th April | 14th September | 21st September:
Cat A: £819
20th April | 27th April | 7th September:
Cat A: £909
4th May to 31st August:
Cat A: £949
Departure Days: Saturdays
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

Day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (approx. 9:30 – 16:30 hours):

Dates: Monday April: 01/08/15/22/29 May: 06/13

Minimum passenger 20, max. passenger 30. Price per person: € 59.- Services included: Transfers by coach from/to ship, entrance fee to Keukenhof Gardens, approx. 5 hours free to visit.

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Holiday Price: From £569
Single Supplement: 50% extra on basic price

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