Amsterdam and South Holland Cycling Holidays
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Amsterdam and Southern Holland
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


Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam

Individual arrival in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you check in on board. In the afternoon and in the evening you have the opportunity to get to know the city of Amsterdam.

Day 2 (Sun): Shipping from Amsterdam via Aalsmeer to Alphen aan den Rijn, Cycle tour from Aalsmeer to Alphen, approx. 42 km

In the morning, cruise from Amsterdam to Aalsmeer. You will pass 14 bridges, most of them are lifted up exclusively for the MS SIR WINSTON. In Aalsmeer, start off for your cycle tour. Via the inland lake Brassemermeer you will reach Alphen aan den Rijn.

Day 3 (Mon): Shipping from Alphen aan den Rijn to Gouda, Cycle tour from Alphen to Gouda, approx. 25 km

From Alphen a/d Rijn, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. You may take a detour to the city centre of Leiden (plus 20 km). Cyclists with a good level of fitness continue cycling to the seaside town of Katwijk, with its long beaches along the North Sea (plus 45 km).

Tip: During the tulip flowering season (departures 1st Apr to 13th May) we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (only bookable in advance).

Day 4 (Tues): 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). Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour (optional).

Day 5 (Wed): 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 silvermaking and its enchanting old-town.

Day 6 (Thurs): 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.

Day 7: Friday, Shipping from Utrecht via Zaandam to Amsterdam, Cycle tour from Zaandam to Amsterdam, approx. 30 km

In the morning you are shipping from Utrecht to Zaandam. 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 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 moisture, cheese, pastries, etc. are produced there and can be bought. You are cycling back to Amsterdam through the recreational area of Twiske.

Tip: In the afternoon you have the opportunity to take part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt” (shipping on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats, optional).

Day 8 (Sat): Journey home

After breakfast you are checking out 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.

Inportant Information

• 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: from 15:00 hours to 17:00 hours

Disembarkation: After breakfast by 09:30 hours.

Bicycles on board: Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake 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 by booking.

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: The excursions mentioned in the programme are all optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) and can be booked directly on board at the cruise director.

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

Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport.

Included services

- 7 overnights in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
– Program according to tour course from/to Amsterdam
– Welcome drink
– Daily cleaning of cabins
– Linen and change of towels as required
– Full board: breakfast buffet, small lunch or lunch package for bike tours, coffee and tea in the afternoon, dinner
– All harbour, lock and bridge dues
– 1 travel guide per booked cabin
– Daily briefing of bike tours
– Tour guidance on board
– Languages on board: German, English

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Your Prices

Amsterdam and Southern Holland, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

31st March | 6th October:
Cat B: £569
7th April | 29th September:
Cat B: £599
14th April | 15th September | 22nd September:
Cat B: £689
21st April | 28th April | 1st September | 8th September:
Cat B: £789
5th May to 25th August:
Cat B: £829
Availability: 31st March to 6th October 2018
Departure Days: Saturdays
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Promenade Deck

31st March | 6th October:
Cat A: £689
7th April | 29th September:
Cat A: £719
14th April | 15th September | 22nd September:
Cat A: £819
21st April | 28th April | 1st September | 8th September:
Cat A: £909
5th May to 25th August:
Cat A: £949
Availability: 31st March to 6th October 2018
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.

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