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Taste of Holland Premium

The best biking Holland has to offer
Amsterdam Round tour.
From €729 p.p.
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Highlights of this tour

Short tour through Holland’s most beautiful places

Historic cities Amsterdam, Alkmaar & Haarlem

Zaanse Schans & cycling on the North Sea coast

Ships with 22 to max. 40 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 Guided 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.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 5 days

Experience Holland in the best possible way on this gorgeous short break aboard one of our comfortable barges. This 5-day bike and barge tour will take you through charmingly scenic landscapes, such as the polder flatlands of North Holland and the sandy dunes along the North Sea coast. You’ll cycle flat terrain on dedicated bike paths along dikes, canals and bridges.

Discover the Zaanse Schans open-air museum with its windmills, traditional cheese and clog makers and authentic Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the cheese capital Alkmaar and the historic city of Haarlem, with its cobbled streets, pretty canals, shops and cafés.

The tour begins and ends in Amsterdam, which some call the smallest metropolis in Europe. In the heart of this historic city you’ll find many unique museums, enticing shops and UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, all of which certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight.

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.

Fully Guided
Accompanied by a competent, professional and multilingual tour leader, you and the group will visit interesting sights and places on the daily cycling tours. During the bike tour, they will explain the local history and culture behind the things you encounter along the way. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board)

Day to day program

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam

Embarkation and check-in takes place at 2 pm, with the crew welcoming you on board. Once all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a town famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth for the night in the center of the city. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through Zaandam’s picturesque center.

Day 2: Zaandam – Alkmaar (44 km/27 mi.)

A pleasant 5 km bicycle ride leads you to ‘Zaanse Schans’. This old Dutch village is home to beautiful windmills still in use, traditional wooden houses and artisans like a cheesemaker and a clog maker. Zaanse Schans is in fact more than an open-air museum, as the people you’ll see around are actual inhabitants! Your tour continues through the ‘Land of Leeghwater’, a luscious green polder area. Stroll through the former whaler’s village of De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. In the cheese city of Alkmaar your barge will be waiting for you near the historic city center. As you wander through the streets of Alkmaar’s old town, you’ll be charmed by the beauty of its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals.

Day 3: Alkmaar – Haarlem (48 km/29 mi.)

After breakfast you’ll cycle towards the North Sea coast. A great bike ride through the sand dunes is on the program today. In the afternoon, a local ferry will take you across the North Sea Canal, which is a major shipping route. Back on land, you’ll cycle to Haarlem: a pretty city of cobbled streets, historic buildings, grand churches, cozy bars, canals, top-notch restaurants, and antique shops.

Day 4: Haarlem – Amsterdam | Waterland loop (28 km/18 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)

During breakfast the ship will take you back to Amsterdam. Today you can choose to take a last beautiful bike ride through the idyllic pastures and wetlands north of Amsterdam in Waterland, or to discover this amazing city. Explore the flower market in the center, visit the Rijksmuseum or a modern art museum like the Stedelijk, or go shopping in the ‘Nine Streets’… there’s so much to do!

Day 5: Amsterdam

Enjoy your last breakfast on board before disembarkation until 9.30 am. End of the tour.

Good to know
  • Accompanied by a competent, professional and multilingual tour leader, you and the group will visit interesting sights and places on the daily cycling tours. During the bike tour, they will explain the local history and culture behind the things you encounter along the way.
  • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.
  • 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.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

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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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 729 Premium twin cabin (Pr.R) 2 pers. € 859 Upper deck suite (not on Pr.R) 2 pers. € 1019 Single cabin (Pr.R/MAGIII) 1 pers. € 929 Twin cabin for single use 1 pers. € 1058.50 Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children till 16 yrs, Pr.R) 3 pers. € 699 Premium Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children till 16 yrs, Pr.R) 3 pers. € 829 Suite Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children till 16 yrs, MAGIII) 3 pers. € 989
Included in this tour
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • 4 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 4 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • Some short walking tours
  • Entrance windmill Schermerhorn
  • Visit and entrance experience “This is Holland”
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Fees for ferries
  • Wi-Fi
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Excluded in this tour
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or e-bike rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
Additional options & information - 2021

2021:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: € 65 per tour (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: € 130 per tour (optional, only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: € 7 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: € 17 per tour (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
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking here.
Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.



Available ships for this tour

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Ship Princesse Royal Germany, Netherlands

Classic elegance

Jacuzzi

Piano

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 35 passengers
16 cabins
5 tours available with this ship
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Ship Magnifique III Belgium, Germany, Netherlands

Spacious teakwood deck

Jacuzzi

Intimate and exclusive

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
6 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique IV Belgium, Netherlands

Spacious teakwood deck

Jacuzzi

Restaurant and separate lounge

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 36 passengers
18 cabins
6 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Zwaantje Belgium, France, Netherlands

Tours in France

Spacious sundeck

Free coffee and tea 24/7

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 24 passengers
12 cabins
6 tours available with this ship

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