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Netherlands: Southern Tour of Holland

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Highlights of this tour

It doesn’t get any better than the Southern Tour of Holland on board your home away from home, the ship De Amsterdam. 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 […]

Bike through the Green Heart of Holland

Historical cities Amsterdam & Rotterdam

Kinderdijk’s windmills & Zaanse Schans

Ships with max. 112 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Independent cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

It doesn’t get any better than the Southern Tour of Holland on board your home away from home, the ship De Amsterdam. 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.

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.

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Day to day program

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam

Embarkation and check-in between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum. At 5 p.m. welcome drink and safety instructions. Dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (20 km/12 mi. or 39 km/23.4 mi.) | 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 center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: 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 (48 km/28.8 mi.) 

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* (30 km/19 mi. or 58 km/36 mi.)

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.
*On some departures, the night in Schoonhoven on day 4 is not possible. The ship will dock in the cheese city of Gouda instead. All cycling highlights will remain in the program.

Day 5: Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht (36 km/21.6 mi. or 44 km/26.4 mi.) | Utrecht – Haarlem

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 (40 km/25 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)  | Haarlem – Zaandam 

Today you can choose from 2 cycling tours. Both tours takes 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 center 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.

* Departures dates between March 27 and incl. May 1:
From Haarlem you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bicycle or public transport; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included).

Day 7: Zaandam – Amsterdam (32 km/19.2 mi. or 53 km/31.8 mi.)

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 9.30 a.m.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • A detailed cycling map, route tips and a GPS app are available to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Prices & availability

To view the availability of this tour and/or book online please click on the button below. A new screen will open.

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Prices & information

Get 10% summer discount per person on this trip. This offer is valid for departure dates in July and August 2023. The promotion runs until 31 May 2023. The discount is only valid for new bookings and cannot be combined with other discount offers. Please enter the discount code SUMMER23 when booking or provide it if booking by phone.

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 739 € 899 € 1029 € 1099 Twin low for single use (max. 5) 1 pers. € 1108.50 € 1348.50 € 1543.50 € 1648.50 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 939 € 1099 € 1229 € 1349 Twin upper for single use (max. 1) 1 pers. € 1408.50 € 1648.50 € 1843.50 € 2023.50 Suite upper deck 2 pers. € 1189 € 1349 € 1479 € 1599
Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 799 € 999 € 1099 € 1199 Twin low for single use (max. 5) 1 pers. € 1198.50 € 1498.50 € 1648.50 € 1798.50 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 1049 € 1249 € 1349 € 1449 Twin upper for single use (max. 1) 1 pers. € 1573.50 € 1873.50 € 2023.50 € 2173.50 Suite upper deck 2 pers. € 1349 € 1549 € 1649 € 1749
Included in this tour
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 7 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • 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
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • Wi-Fi is available in restaurant – data use is not included
  • Live music on board
  • Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit
Excluded in this tour
  • Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Helmet rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries/waterbus
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • The bicycles on board are unisex city bikes of the brand Velo de Ville C100, with lightweight frames and normal mount (ladies model), with easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, hand brakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels.  Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons. For large gentlemen (from 1.90m and above) we have a few traditional men’s models (with a horizontal bar) available.
  • The e-bike is a Velo de Ville CEB 200 with Nexus 7 gears, 4 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model). E-bikes available (on request, limited stock, pending availability).
  • Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles/e-bikes (limited number of parking places available). Guests can book a parking place for a normal bicycle or a parking and charge station for an e-bike for a small additional fee. For safety reasons it is no longer possible to charge the batteries of your own e-bikes in the cabin. The crew will inform you where on deck/ on board you can recharge your battery. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles or e-bikes.
  • Prices of other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”/tag-a-long, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.
Additional options & information - 2023

2023:

  • Rental bicycle: € 90 per week
  • Rental E-Bike: € 195 per week (only on request, limited number available)
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week (only bookable in advance)
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week (only bookable in advance)
  • Parking own bicycle: € 10 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: € 25 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Please click on this link for more information about the rental and own bicycles/E-bikes
  • Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
  • Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 15 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

 

Optional visits (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discount/several with discount or free of charge):
* Delftware factory
* Visitors center windmills Kinderdijk
* St. Jan’s church Gouda
* Cheese farm Oudewater
* Silversmith Schoonhoven
* City hall Zaandam and more…..

Additional options & information - 2024

2024:

  • Rental bicycle: € 90 per week
  • Rental E-Bike: € 225 per week (only on request, limited number available)
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week
  • Parking own bicycle: € 10 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own E-Bike: € 25 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Please click on this link for more information about the rental and own bicycles/E-bikes
  • Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
  • Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 16 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 19). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

 

Optional visits (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discount/several with discount or free of charge):
* Delftware factory
* Visitors center windmills Kinderdijk
* St. Jan’s church Gouda
* Cheese farm Oudewater
* Silversmith Schoonhoven
* City hall Zaandam and more…..



Reviews

based on 73 reviews on
20 Oct 2022

Anthony

Our boat bike tour was excellent. The organisation and information ( both predeparture and during the week) were superb. The staff were always helpful and friendly. I had read good reviews and they were all true. Our cabin was clean with a very decent shower room. The food was really nicely cooked and presented. It was tasty and the right amount. Our two guides were both very good. There were only six English speakers on the biat but they ensured we always had a guide or explanation that spoke English e.g at the cheese farm. We will be travelling with them again

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 26 Oct 2022

Hi Anthony, I am delighted to hear that our staff have provided you with excellent service. I will make sure that they receive the feedback and that it will make their day. Best, Romy

7 Oct 2022

Craig

My wife and I had the most amazing and fun trip aboard the Boat Bike Tour of Southern Holland on board the ship De Amsterdam. The cycling routes were scenic and fun and fully accomplished on well-maintained bikes. The on-board food was excellent, the cabin was comfortable and quite cozy with the amenities of a private bathroom and daily housekeeping which at end of the day of cycling was truly welcomed. The entire staff from Captain to crew was friendly and knowledgeable and performed their duties well and above what was expected. Personally, we will not hesitate to travel with Boat Bike Tours again!

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 14 Oct 2022

Thank you so much for such a nice review and for taking the time to write it. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and wish to see you soon. Best Romy

6 Oct 2022

PHIL MACIVER

One of the Best holidays I’ve ever experienced. Superb boat, amazing food and service. Cycling through Holland was just so beautiful and relaxing. When it was bedtime, you certainly slept well and woke up feeling amazing – every day!

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 14 Oct 2022

Thank you very much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being our customer and helping to spread the word about us. We look forward to seeing you again on our tours in the near future. Best Romy

5 Oct 2022

Kim Wasik

We enjoyed a wonderful week biking through southern Holland with the Boat/bike tour. Even though the weather was a bit rainy the first day, we were encouraged to ride the short ride and supported by the staff. We are so glad that we decided to ride. Every day was a new adventure with great rides through small Dutch towns, windmills, beautiful rolling countryside, and stopping and enjoying the sights.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 14 Oct 2022

Thank you for your review. We really hope to see you among our guests again. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience on our tour. Best Romy


Available ships for this tour

Cycling cruise ship De Amsterdam Netherlands

Restaurant and separate lounge

Dance floor

Piano

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 112 passengers
56 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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