Southern Holland Bike and Boat

  • 4.7
    (8 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    151 miles/243 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    008-104CNL
Price From £550

Overview

This bike and boat cycling holiday around Southern Holland introduces you to a number of famous Dutch cities as well as leading you through the green heart of this cycling nation. If you are looking for a cycling holiday that showcases the best bits of Holland then this is a great choice.

Your river cruiser is waiting for you in the heart of Amsterdam so after checking in get out and see the sights of this unique capital city. We recommend taking a canal tour, a visit to the Anne Frank Museum and admiring the Dutch masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum.

For the next 7 days you will cruise the dutch waterways, disembarking each day for easy cycle rides on dedicated cycle paths to historic towns and cities. You’ll visit Haarlem, Utrecht, and Rotterdam as well as the pottery town of Delft and the cheese town of Gouda. You’ll also cycle through the iconic polder landscapes of green meadows, canals and windmills that are the very essence of Holland.

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Kinderdijk windmills – Holland

Another highlight of the trip is bound to be a visit to Kinderdijk to marvel at the 19 authentic working windmills. Here you can learn why windmills are so important to Dutch heritage and how they helped reclaim the land from the sea. A night in Schoonhoven (Silver City) allows you to peruse the skilled silversmith stores  and a visit to a nearby cheese farm is an interesting and tasty experience.

The cycle path through the sand dunes on the North Sea coast is memorable and if it’s hot you may even be tempted in to the sea for a dip!

On this holiday the going is always flat and very easy. You can opt to rent a regular bike or an e-bike and both will come with a spacious pannier for the day’s necessities. Of course, because your floating hotel moves with you each day it’s also possible to skip the day’s cycling altogether and to stay on board for a leisurely cruise if you prefer.

Itinerary & Map

Easy cycling mostly along dedicated cycle paths. On some days it is possible to choose between longer and shorter routes. It is also possible to skip the day’s cycling altogether and to stay on board if you like.

The detailed day to day itinerary below showcases the route for the De Amsterdam boat. The De Nassau boat takes a slightly different route. Please see a summary at the end.

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: Arrive Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Holland*

Canals of Amsterdam

Upon arrival into Amsterdam make your way to your barge where boarding is between 2pm-4.30pm. Then at 5pm there is a welcome drink and safety briefing.

After check-in and before 5pm, you are free to explore this colourful city. Perhaps visit the superb Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank’s house where she wrote her famous diaries during the Second World War. Stroll through some of Amsterdam’s wonderful gardens and parks and enjoy the views or for those who like to shop – you will not be disappointed as there is such a huge choice of shops for all budgets! Your welcome briefing will be during the dinner tonight and the first night is spent on-board in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Utrecht – Rotterdam, 16 or 25 miles/25 or 40 kms

De Haar castle - Utrecht - Holland

De Haar castle – Utrecht

During breakfast the boat cruises to Breukelen where we start our first cycle ride. Enjoy a nice, easy cycle alongside the beautiful and winding Vecht River through pleasant countryside to Utrecht. A feature of this town is De Haar Castle which is well worth a visit. Here we have a break before re-boarding the boat for a short cruise to Rotterdam.

Day 3: Rotterdam – Delft – Rotterdam, 17 or 31 miles/28 or 50 kms

Town Hall - Delft - Holland*

Delft Town Hall

Today we cycle via Schiedam, best known for its gin distilleries and malt houses, to Delft, home of the famous Delft Blue earthenware that has been produced here since the 17th century. The town also boasts a beautiful city centre with small canals, pretty bridges and winding streets. We then return to Rotterdam for the evening  where you can enjoy a short city walk around the town town before retiring for the night.

Day 4: Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven, 19 or 36 miles/30 or 58 kms

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The windmills of Kinderdijk

The day starts with a waterbus ride to the town of Alblasserdam where we disembark with the bikes for the short ride to Kinderdijk. This small village is quite unique as it’s home to 19 windmills dating back to the 1500s and the views are very impressive. Afterwards you can choose between a longer ride to the beautiful and historic ‘cheese city’ of Gouda or a shorter ride around the Alblasserwaard Polder which was one of the original land reclamation projects in Holland. Both routes conclude in Schoonhoven, known as ‘silver city’ due to the abundance of silvermiths. The boat remains moored in Schoonhoven overnight.

Day 5: Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht – Haarlem, 28 miles/45 kms

Oudewater - Holland*

Oudewater

Today’s ride leads us through the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. Meadows, mills, farms and dykes drift by on this easy and enjoyable route. Once in Oudewater we suggest a visit to the Witches Weigh House where centuries ago those suspected of being witches were weighed to see if they were light enough to fly on a broomstick! Nearby you can visit a cheese farm and perhaps purchase some locally produced Gouda. We then cycle on to Utrecht where we re-board the boat for an evening cruise to Haarlem.

Day 6: Haarlem – Zaandam, 25 or 31 miles/40 or 50 kms

Dutch beach - Holland

North Sea Coast

Today you can choose between two tours which will both take you through the beautiful Kennemer dunes. Cycle through seaside resorts and through the forest back to Haarlem to board the ship. The longer cycling takes you to the largest steam engine in the world and pumping station before heading back to Haarlem.  During dinner the boat will cruise along the waterways to Zaandam where we moor for the night.

Day 7: Zaandam – Amsterdam, 19 or 28 miles/30 or 45 kms

Zaanse Schans - Holland

Zaanse Schans

The final day’s ride leads us along cycle paths to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Although they call this a museum it is in fact a small town with authentic and well-preserved architecture that will help you appreciate what the Netherlands was like in a bygone era. There are windmills, a wooden clog makers and yes, a cheese farm as well as some tiny museums. You can walk around freely, perhaps sampling some of the local food on offer. Afterwards you cycle through the ‘recreational’ area of Twiske to Amsterdam. This is an area that has a diverse landscape including forests, pastures and of course water and where the locals go to enjoy outdoor activities. Arrive back in Amsterdam for your last night on board. The boat is conveniently located for further exploration of the city.

Day 8: End of cycle trip

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9.30am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Summary of the De Nassau bike and boat route

De Nassau

De Nassau

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam to check at 2pm. Late afternoon the boat motors to nearby Haarlem for the evening.
Day 2: Haarlem – North Sea coast – Zaandam, 40 or 50 kms
Day 3: Zaandam – Amsterdam, 30 or 45 kms
Day 4: Amsterdam- Breukelen – Utrecht – Rotterdam, 25 or 40 kms
Day 5: Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam, 28 or 50 kms
Day 6: Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Gouda – Schoonhoven, 30 or 58 kms
Day 7: Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht – Amsterdam, 45 kms
Day 8: After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9.30am.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option available on De Amsterdam only
De Amsterdam
March28
April4111825
May2*91623*30
June613*2027
July4111825
August18152229*
September512*1926
October310
De Nassau
March28
April41125
May2
June620
July4
August
September12
October310

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De Amsterdam - comfort
Lower Deck
Twin £617 £712 £759 £807 £854 £892 £930 £892 £854 £759  
Single £949 £1044 £1092 £1139 £1187 £1225 £1263 £1225 £1187 £1092  
Upper Deck
Twin £759 £854 £902 £949 £997 £1035 £1073 £1035 £997 £902  
Single £1092 £1187 £1234 £1282 £1329 £1367 £1405 £1367 £1329 £1234  
Upper deck Suite £949 £1044 £1092 £1139 £1187 £1225 £1263 £1225 £1187 £1092  
De Nassau - comfort
Lower Deck
Twin £569 £617   £712 £759   £835 £797   £664  
Superior Twin £617 £712   £807 £854   £930 £892   £759  
Single £902 £949   £1044 £1092   £1168 £1130   £997  
Superior Single £949 £1044   £1139 £1187   £1263 £1225   £1092  
Triple £550 £598   £693 £740   £816 £778   £645  
Upper Deck
Twin cabin £617 £712   £807 £854   £930 £892   £759  
Single £949 £1044   £1139 £1187   £1263 £1225   £1092  
Triple £598 £693   £788 £835   £911 £873   £740
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard your chosen boat. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea until 4pm
Services of an on board representative
Maps & route information
Short walking tours
Live music on-board
Free use of Wi-Fi in the ship lounge
GPS route data

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire, helmet & bike insurance (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/tips
Entrance fees, excursions and ferries
Valet parking in Amsterdam (approximately €170)

Supplements

Guided bike tours, De Amsterdam only (min 8/max 20 people) (£127)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£73)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£183)
Regular bike damage insurance (£11)
Electric bike damage insurance (£26)
Helmet (£11)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of the bike provided on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes come equipped with rear pannier, lock and repair kit.

Smaller framed bikes for children, tag-a-longs and child seats are also available on request at time of booking.

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

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

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.

Two very comfortable ships will operate this route in 2020 – De Amsterdam and De Nassau.

De Amsterdam

De Amsterdam - Upper Deck Suite

De Amsterdam – Upper Deck Suite

The De Amsterdam was refurbished in 2017 and has 56 well-appointed outside cabins with windows that can be partially opened.

The lower deck has 30 twin cabins (11 m²) – 8 twins and 22 superior twin cabins. The difference in the twin versus superior twin cabins is the location of the cabins in relation to the engine room, stairs and salon.

The upper deck has 18 twin cabins (11 m²) and 8 upper deck double suites (15 m², can be twin on request). The suites are larger in size and have a mini bar and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors instead of a window.

All cabins have individual climate control system, digital TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

De Amsterdam - twin

De Amsterdam – twin

The lower deck has a restaurant while the upper deck has a cosy lounge and bar with small dance floor and large panoramic windows.

Outside there is a partially covered sun deck with chairs and sun loungers to relax in the fresh air.  Wi-Fi is available in the bar/lounge area. A limited amount of data is included (once used you are required to purchase additional data online).

 

 

 

 

De Nassau

The De Nassau underwent substantial refurbished in early 2019 with the salon and restaurant on the upper deck and the front ‘superior’ cabins on the lower deck being completely re-done.

De Nassau - superior double cabin lower deck front

De Nassau – superior double cabin lower deck front

On the lower deck there are 21 twin cabins and one single cabin. Of these, 12 are regular twin cabins, measuring 9m² / 97sq.ft, located at the back and middle of the deck, each with two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches). One cabin has the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds), while the single cabin (7.5m² / 80.7sq.ft.) has one low bed (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).

Also, at the front of the lower deck there are nine newly-renovated “superior” cabins (9.5–11.5 m² / 102–124sq.ft.). Two superior cabins feature a double bed (200x160cm / 78×62 inches), while the other seven feature two separate beds set together as a hotel-style bed (200×160 cm / 78×62 inches). If requested in advance, these hotel-style beds can be arranged as two separate single beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches)

De Nassau - twin cabin lower deck front

De Nassau – twin cabin lower deck front

All of the lower deck cabins have a small window that can be opened.

On the upper deck there are 12 twin cabins measuring 9m² / 97sq.ft.). 10 of these cabins feature two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches), and two feature a double bed (200x140cm / 78×55 inches). Four of these upper deck cabins have the possibility for a third, collapsible bunk bed (above one of the beds). All upper deck cabins have a window that can be opened.

All 34 cabins feature individual climate control system, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

There is  a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available. The  partially covered sun deck, offers chairs and sun loungers where you can relax, have a drink and enjoy the scenery as it drifts by. Bicycles are stored on a separate section of the sun deck.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is provided each morning, as are packed lunches to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening in the dining area.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea is available until 4 pm.

Getting there

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar.

Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 8 reviews 4.7
  • Date - 12/08/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Your representative and I recognised each other from last year so it was easy to make arrangements.
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Good cycling,good company,good care from all the staff on board.
    Unfortunately, the boat spent a total of three nights in Amsterdam and two in Rotterdam and one night not in Harlaam but in its industrial harbour a long
    distance away. The only relaxing evening exploring was in Schonhaven .This was disappointing.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback and we're sorry that on this occasion the itinerary had to be amended somewhat.
  • Date - 03/06/2019
  • Name - Sandra Corrigan
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very responsive to emails regarding the trip. Ally and her colleagues are at all times professional and friendly.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The ship was great, good service, food, and reasonably priced, however, it was a first time experience for my friend, and I was under the impression that the biking was self guided, by gps on our phones, but guides were there to guide us on the route. This was not the case, and it became very frustrating trying to find our way, getting lost on many occasions. It needs to be made very clear what is provided regarding assistance on the routes.

    Other bike and barge trips I have taken through Flexitreks have been excellent, and I would say this one should be billed for very experienced cyclist, used to mapping their own rides.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Sandra, we really appreciate your comments.
    Product : Thanks for the useful feedback Sandra. The guiding service on bike and boat tours does vary by route and we try to make it as clear as possible what is provided on each tour within the website description.
  • Date - 03/06/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - This is our 2nd trip with Flexitreks. They are helpful and responsive in allour planning needs.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The routes were beautiful and there were optional city walks and tours along the way.
    The bike guides were incredibly kind and helpful. The crew were great and the food was tasty.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : We aim to please - thank you for your kind words.
    Product : Thank you - we think this has to be on of the nicest ways to explore Holland by bike.
  • Date - 21/05/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - excellent service throughout
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - everything went well, great staff, catering and routes.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Great to hear - thank you!
    Product : Thank you - another happy customer on a tried and tested route.
  • Date - 20/05/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - I understood that this holiday offered a guided tour if required when in fact it didn't. As a single woman travelling alone this was a big problem. There were only 8 other English speakers on the boat. The remaining 90 were German. I had to ask if I could attach myself to one of the couple's. Luckily for me that was okay but they could just as easily wanted to be alone. I asked Hilko one of the guides if I could cycle with him but he said No as he would be stopping and starting and monitoring one of the routes each day. The start to my holiday made me very anxious and worried.
    I tried to clarify this with Ali on the 10th of May the day before departure and she said she was sure that one of the guides would be available to support me and that she'd check and get back to me. She didn't.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Super routes. Great boat with fantastic well trained staff. Such a clean cabin serviced daily. Amazing food beautifully presented
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : So sorry for the breakdown in communication regarding the lack of guiding services on this trip. I am glad that we were able to resolve the matter to your satisfaction after your holiday. It was also pleasing to see that your second holiday with us to Croatia was a roaring success.
    Product : Lovely, thank you so much!
  • Date - 19/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Immediate response to inquiries, excellent service.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The staff was very welcoming and friendly. Excellent service, The food was very good, and the housekeeping was also great. I will be booking a future trip, I can't wait to go back!!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : We can't ask for more than that, thank you!

    Product : We're so glad you enjoyed your bike and boat trip so much and thank you for the lovely review.
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Holiday was good
    Bike journeys were just long enough
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - It was good but not excellent, just a couple of things would have made it perfect
  • Flexitreks response - We'd love to hear what those couple of things are! Maybe you coud get in touch and let us know?
  • Date - 04/06/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Service was excellent and all questions were answered promptly.
  • Flexitreks response - Glad to be of service!