Cities & Countryside of Central Holland - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland

Why we love this tour

"Discover the historic cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam from the comfort of your superior barge. You will have the choice of longer or shorter rides on gentle cycle paths and quiet roads. The two boats follow similar itineraries but in a different daily order."

Famous cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Haarlem

Peaceful waterways, green meadows and UNESCO windmills

Gentle cycle paths and quiet roads, plus several sections by boat

Gouda cheese, Delft chinaware, Dutch gin and local silverwork

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
104miles/168km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
NL037
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Families, Riverside Routes, Solo
Return
Amsterdam

Watch central Holland reveal itself as you cycle and cruise through its Green Heart to villages, farms and famous cities. Amsterdam is your start and finish point, with its tilting buildings and incredible museums. The ride into medieval Utrecht is a highlight on day two, and you’ll love the cobbled streets and grand churches in Haarlem. Staying aboard your boat, you can choose between longer and shorter cycles, meeting the boat each day to sail onto the next city.

With lush landscapes of waterways, meadows and UNESCO listed windmills, this is Holland at its best. Along the way, you can taste cheese in Gouda, try Dutch gin in Schiedam, and buy famous blue and white pottery in Delft. At Zaanse Schans museum you’ll walk through history before riding back to Amsterdam past beaches, parks and grazing cows.

Accommodation

De Amsterdam

The superior and spacious river cruiser " De Amsterdam" is 95m long and 11m wide and offers 56 cabins for up to 112 passengers. All cabins come with air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, private shower and wc and a large picture window that can be partially opened. The lower deck has 30 twin cabins whilst the upper deck has 18 twin cabins and 8 spacious French balcony suites with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors instead of a window. The suites have a twin beds pushed together but can be set up as two single beds on request. The lounge and bar with large panoramic windows is located on the upper deck whilst the restaurant is on the lower deck. Wi-Fi is available with additional data packages available. The large, partially roofed sun deck offers plenty of space for chairs and sun loungers and a separate area for bike storage.

De Amsterdam

De Amsterdam

De Nassau

The De Nassau sleeps up to 60 guests in en-suite air-conditioned cabins. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (one can be made into a triple bunk cabin) and 8 superior twin cabins. All of the lower deck cabins have a small window that opened.  The upper deck has 10 twin cabins and 2 double cabins, four of the cabins can be made into triple bunk cabins. All upper deck cabins have a window that can be opened. 

It has a large saloon, restaurant and bar area with panoramic windows on the upper deck. There is a partially covered sun deck where you can relax in a sun lounger and enjoy the scenery. The cabins, restaurant and the saloon in the front of the ship have been completely refurbished in 2018.

De Nassau

De Nassau

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation aboard the De Amsterdam or De Nassau boats

Board basis: Full board including, breakfast, packed lunch on 6 cycling days and 3 course dinner

Services of an English speaking on-board with daily briefings of the bike tours

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

Welcome meeting and drink

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning 

Daily coffee and tea until 4pm

A city walk with tour leader (Rotterdam)

Music night onboard

Free Wi-Fi on board - data use not included

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Cycle helmets

Entrance fees & excursions 

Ferry fees during cycle rides

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 pannier, a small repair kit, and lock all included at no extra cost.

Bike hire (2020 departures)

£71

E-bike hire (2020 departures)

£176

Bike hire (2021 departures)

£76

E-bike hire (2021 departures)

£180

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£11
Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable

£0
Excursions

Guided cycling - 2020: May 2 & 23, June 13, August 29 & September 12

£122

Guided cycling - 2021: May 8, 15, 22 & 29, June 5, 12 & 19, September 4, 11 & 18

£127

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!

 

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.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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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. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

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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