Holland Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    133 miles/214 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    008-114CNL
Price From £1088

Overview

Quite simply the best quality bike and boat holiday in Holland. Cruise and cycle the dutch waterways aboard one of the lovely Magnifique boats, enjoying in the country’s iconic sights. On this trip you’ll see Amsterdam, the IJssel lake, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the historic cities of Dordrecht and Gouda as well as the unique polder lanscapes of this beautiful country.

If you enjoy travelling in style and want to see the best of Holland in one week then this bike and boat cycling holiday is for you.

You’ll live aboard one of the three fabulous, well appointed Magnifique boats as it navigates a circular route from Amsterdam showcasing some of the country’s most famous sights.

Kinderdijk, Holland

Windmill at Kinderdijk

Each day you will disembark for easy, guided rides on flat terrain along well maintained cycle paths. Along the way you’ll visit places of interest such as the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, the island of Marken in the Ijssel Lake, the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk and the Silver City of Schoonhoven. You’ll also explore some of Holland’s most historic towns and cities such as Volendam, Dordrecht and Gouda.

The daily, guided cycle rides are leisurely and well within the abilities of anyone with a basic level if fitness. You can opt to accompany the bikes guides each day or guide yourself, using the maps and route notes that are available on board.

The terrain is invariably level and the routes follow a network of dedicated cycle paths. E-bikes are also an option on this highly enjoyable cycling holiday.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam, 1 to 3 miles/1 to 5 kms

Magnifique II

Magnifique II

Arrive in Amsterdam and make your way to the Magnifique/II/III which is moored close to the centre of the city. Embarkation and check-in are between 1pm and 2pm and once everyone is on board the boat will slip her moorings and cruise through the main waterway of Amsterdam to Zaandam to the north of the city. Here the bikes are handed out and we recommend making a short ride to get used to your bike and ensure it is set up to your liking.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans Museum – Waterland – Volendam, 21 to 26 miles/33 to 43 kms

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

After breakfast we disembark for the first proper ride of the week. The route leads us to the nearby Zaanse Schans open air museum where we can admire traditional working windmills as well as a clog-making workshop and other traditional professions from a bygone age. From here we cycle out into the beautiful wetlands of Waterland, passing some pretty villages along the way. Our destination is the picturesque, fishing port of Volendam on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer where the Magnifique/II/III is waiting for us.

Day 3: Volendam – Marken – Waterland – Muiden – Weesp – Vianen, 22 to 28 miles/35 to 45 kms

Bike - Marken - Holland

Lighthouse on Marken

After breakfast we disembark and board a small ferry with the bikes for the short hop across to Marken. Once a true island, Marken is now connected to the mainland by a causeway which we will cycle along after a vist to the lonely lighthouse at the tip of the island. Back on the mainland the route leads us along the shoreline towards a IJburg, a modern suburb of Amsterdam only recently reclaimed from the sea, through Muiden with its 14th Century castle qnd finally to the village of Weesp where we reboard the Magnifique/II/III. An early evening dinner cruise brings us to the pleasant town of Vianen, where the Magnifique/II/III moors for the night.

Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Dordrecht, 13 to 36 miles/22 to 57 kms

Schoonhoven - Utrecht - Holland

Cycling near Schoonhoven

You can choose between three cycling option today. If you opt for the longer option you’ll start cycling from Vianen along the River Lek to Schoonhoven and on to Alblasserdam and Dordrecht. Alternatively, you can either stay on board in the morning and let the Magnifique/II/III deliver you to Schoonhoven without turning a pedal or stay on-board in the afternoon. Schoonhoven is also known as Silver City due to the number of silversmiths who call the town home. Make time to peruse the many silver shops as well as the very interesting Silver Museum. In the afternoon the route then continues through the Alblasserwaard polder, one of the original land reclamations, to Alblasserdam itself. On route you will pass Kinderdijk, one of the most famous sights in Holland.This impressive collection of 19 windmills were originally built to pump the Alblasserwaard polder dry. Today, a modern pump does most of the hard work but the windmills are still fully functioning and all but one have resident families living inside. The unoccupied windmill is a museum which you are welcome to explore during your visit. Afterwards we catch a waterbus the short distance to Dordrecht. The Magnifique remains moored in Dordrecht, one of Holland’s oldest cities, overnight and after dinner we are invited to accompany the guide on a short stroll through the old city centre.

Day 5: Dordrecht – Alblasserdam – Gouda, 22 to 33 miles/37 to 52 kms

Gouda - Holland

Gouda – Market Square

After breakfast we return to Alblasserdam by waterbus and cycle the short distance to Bergambacht where you may visit a cheese farm to learn abut the traditional cheese-making process and have a little taster. We then continue northwards along rural cycle paths until we arrive in Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland where the Magnifique/II/III is waiting for us. You’ll enjoy exploring this beautiful old town in particular the old market square with its ornate Cheese Weighing House. The ship’s galley is closed this evening so you are free to make your own arrangements for dinner in one of the many fabulous local restaurants.

Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering, 21 to 33 miles/33 to 52 kms

Typical Dutch countryside scene with windmill and polder

Polder countryside

Today you can once again choose between a longer and a shorter route. Both options will showcase what is known as the Green Heart of Holland – green meadows as far as the eye can see, bordered by narrow canals and tiny lakes. A network of cycle paths guides us through this peaceful scenery with the longer option veering west to take in the town of Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt and home to the oldest university in Holland. Both routes finish in the small village of Oude Wetering where the Magnifique remains moored for the night.

Day 7: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam, 15 to 27 miles/23 to 43 kms

Amsterdam

Our last day of cycling leads us back to Amsterdam through the ‘Amsterdam forest’, a lovely forested area and into the centre of Amsterdam for a final night aboard the Magnifique/II/III at her home mooring. During the afternoon you have a choice of either do one last beautiful cycle tour through the wetlands of Waterland or take the opportunity to discover the city of Amsterdam, perhaps visit the inner city flower market or join a boat tour through the canals of old Amsterdam – a fitting finale to a great trip!

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to disembark by 09:30 and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
More information on the three Magnifiques can be found under practical information
Magnifique
June18
Magnifique II
May15
July310
August28
September4
Magnifique III
July2027

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2019 Prices
008-114CNL
Per person
01 Jun
to
04 Sep
 
Magnifique - superior
Twin £1137                  
Triple £1088                  
Single £1520                  
Premium Twin £1333                  
Premium Triple £1255                  
Magnifique II - superior
Twin £1137                  
Triple £1088                  
Single £1520                  
Premium Twin £1333                  
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1578                  
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1480                  
Magnifique III - superior
Twin/double £1137                  
Triple £1088                  
Single £1520                  
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1578                  
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1480                  
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Magnifique/Magnifique II/Magnifique III. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 6 x Dinner (Excludes one dinner in Gouda)
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Maps & route information
Fully guided cycling tours with a tour leader
GPS route data
Helmet
Ferries
Visit to mill at Zaanse Schans, Dutch cheese farm, St. John's church in Gouda.
Entrance to "This is Holland".
Wi-Fi

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/Tips
Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£79)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£196)

Practical Information

Bikes

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit and a reuseable water bottle which is yours to keep.

Electric bikes are available, but in limited supply and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets are included, however we always suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.

 

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash and debit/credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Three very comfortable sister-ships will operate this route in 2019. The Magnifique has long been recognised as one of the most luxurious barges afloat and in 2016 she was joined by her sister ship, Magnifique II, offering the same levels of style and space. In 2018 the Magnifique III joined the fleet, and she upholds the tradition of high quality finishing and attention to detail.

Magnifique

MS Magnifique barge - Twin Cabin

Magnifique – Twin Cabin

The Magnifique is a wonderful boat and offering an excellent standard of accommodation and facilities.

She has 16 lower deck cabins, 11 twin cabins (11 m²) with two single beds set next to each other, 4 premium twins cabins (14 m²) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and 1 single cabin (7 m²). On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds). Each cabin has en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have individually regulated air-conditioning, ventilation system, central heating and flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated spacious salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. There are also two, partly covered teak sun-decks with tables and chairs, and on the elevated aft deck you will also find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and BBQ.

Magnifique II

Magnifique II - twin cabin

Magnifique II – twin cabin

The Magnifique II offers exceptionally high levels of comfort and service and has 17 cabins. A modern design finished in a classical style, the ship makes a very pleasant base for your cycling holiday.

The lower deck features 13 cabins, 12 of which are twin bedded cabins (11m²) with two separate single beds, one of which is a larger premium twin with two separate single beds and a small sitting area (13m²). All the cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

The boat also features 4 elegant upper deck suites (14 m²), with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened.

Magnifique II - Upper deck suite

Magnifique II – Upper deck suite

All the cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore they are equipped with a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer. In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an extra bed is available in two lower deck twin cabins and one upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

On the upper deck there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed sundeck with table and chairs. On the top deck you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs.

Magnifique III

Magnifique III - twin

Magnifique III – twin

The Magnifique III offers the same exceptionally high level of comfort and service as the Magnifique and Magnifique II and has 21 cabins.

The lower deck features 14 twin cabins (12m²) with two separate single beds and 2 single cabins (9 m²). The upper deck has 5 spacious suites (16 m²) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the lower deck twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).

Magnifique III - upper deck suite

Magnifique III – upper deck suite

All cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. The airconditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. In each cabin you will find a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed teak wood sundeck with tables and chairs on the aft deck.

On the top deck, you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax.

Meals:
On all three vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening apart from one when you are free to step ashore and make your own arrangements – the crew will happily recommend restaurants on this evening.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea.

Getting There

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