Best of Holland - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland

Why we love this tour

"We loved the shared camaraderie in the evenings, fantastic international cuisine, personal and professional service and very friendly hospitality on our boat. The GPS app gives you the freedom, confidence and flexibility to explore at our own pace on occasions."

Amsterdam’s world famous museums, the UNESCO windmills at Kinderdijk and the famous cheese city of Gouda

Choice of four barges, the premium Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and the brand new Magnifique IV

Flat cycling terrain across the Dutch landscape, with a choice of longer or shorter daily rides

Guiding
Self-Guided, Guided
Distance
114miles/183km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior
Departs
Wed, Sat
Runs
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Code
NL038
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Luxury, Riverside Routes
Return
Amsterdam

Starting and finishing in the historic capital city of Amsterdam, this tour takes in the very best that Holland has to offer, whilst staying aboard your choice of luxurious barges. Enjoy glorious cycling through polders and along canalside paths to charming fishing harbours and authentic Dutch villages.

The highlights of this tour include the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans, the unique wetlands of Waterland and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kinderdijk, with its famous windmills. Visit the 13th Century city of Dordrecht, cycle through the 'Green Heart' of Holland and taste cheese in Gouda.

You have the option of three premium barges to stay aboard, all of which provide comfortable cabins, a stylish lounge (with well-stocked bar) and a sundeck to relax on. The cyling terrain is flat and with two cycle guides you have the luxury of choosing between shorter or longer daily guided rides.

Read Saul and Catherine's trip report from their time cycling on this tour.

Accommodation

MS Magnifique III

The premium Magnifique III was a new addition for 2018 and can accomodate up to 40 guests. The lower deck has 15 twin cabins (11M²) and 1 single cabin. The upper deck has 5 suites (14M²) with a small sitting area and a large window that opens partially.

The air conditioned saloon has a combined restaurant, bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck.  The top deck has a whirlpool/jacuzzi and deckchairs for you to relax.

Magnifique III

Magnifique III

MS Magnifique II

The MAGNIFIQUE II is a 63 meter long premium barge that can accommodate up to 34 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 13 cabins: 11 twin cabins (11 M²), 1 single cabin (8 M²) and one larger premium twin cabin. The upper deck has 4 beautiful suites with large panoramic windows (14 M²). The cabins on the lower deck have two portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), with the upper deck suites having a 2 meter wide window (one window can be opened). All cabins have en-suite shower + toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV and if requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds).

On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished air conditioned salon with restaurant, bar, lounge, large windows, Wi-Fi (limited use of data) and a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables and on the aft deck and a cycle shed.

Exterior

Exterior

MS Magnifique

The premium class MS Magnifique is a 63 meters long barge which sails under a Dutch flag and can accommodate up to 30 guests. She was last renovated in 2013 and has 16 tastefully furnished cabins: 11 twin cabins (11m2), 4 premium twins (14m2) with small sitting area & 1 single cabin (8m2). All cabins have fixed portholes, shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, hairdryer and a flat screen satellite TV. An extra bed is available on request in two twin cabins and two premium twin cabins.

On the upper deck, there is a spacious, elegant air conditioned salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with panoramic large windows. The front deck features two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables & cycle storage, while the aft deck has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and a barbecue.

MS Magnifique

MS Magnifique

MS Magnifique IV - New 2020

On the back of the huge success of the Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III we are pleased to announce that the Magnifique IV will be ready to sail for 2020! This premium barge can accommodate up to 36 guests. The upper deck has 10 beautiful suites (approx. 14M²) with double beds, a small seating area and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The lower deck cabins (approx. 12M²) have twin beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some lower deck twin cabins above one of the other beds.

The saloon has a air conditioned bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck and the top deck has a hot tub and deckchairs for you to relax. The dining room is on the lower deck and has a glass wall to the kitchen.

Lounge - Artist's impression

Lounge - Artist's impression

We have been on this tour - and loved it! Speak to us and find out if it's right for you.

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: on the ship and cabin of your choice

Board basis: Full board including, 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 5 three course dinners (dinner in Rotterdam is not included) 

Services of two English speaking guides on-board and on bike with daily briefings*

Maps and route information (1 set per cabin) - GPS tracks available

Welcome meeting and drink on the first evening

Free tea and coffee

Some short city tours 

Daily cabin cleaning 

​Local contact number for assistance

Ferry fees, mill at Zaanse Schans, Dutch cheese farm, St. Johns church in Gouda, 'This is Holland' experience

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Dinner in Rotterdam

Entrance fees & excursions 

Drinks & tips on board

​Special dietary requests - see below

Transfers to/from the docking in Amsterdam

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a gel-saddle, pannier, water bottle, helmet, a small repair kit and built in lock at no extra cost.  

Hybrid bike

£76

E-bike

£180

Other Extras

Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet

£45

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Amsterdam Aiport Schiphol. Take the train (NS) to Amsterdam Central Station and then take a taxi to your barge. 

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam.

How do I get back?

Take the train (NS) from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Amsterdam or ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich, UK.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

We are always on hand to offer advice, as we have cycled this tour please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

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