Green Heart of Holland - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland

Why we love this tour

"Stay aboard a barge and cycle between two of Holland's most important cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam, taking in beautiful green landscapes as you pedal. The UNESCO windmills at Kinderdijk are a unique sight that shouldn't be missed! "

Historic cities and traditional Dutch villages

19 UNESCO windmills of Kinderdijk

Gouda Cheese and blue Delft pottery

Easy cycling on flat terrain

Guiding
Self-Guided, Guided
Distance
134miles/215km
Level
Easy
Standard
Comfort
Departs
Sat
Runs
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Code
NL040
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Riverside Routes
Return
Amsterdam

Cycle at your own pace as you journey through the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. Starting and finishing in Amsterdam, you’ll ride to historic cities and towns, passing farms, canals and coastal dunes. Staying aboard your boat, you’ll set off on relaxed daily cycle rides with the choice of longer or shorter routes. Each evening you’ll dock near fascinating towns and cities, where you can step ashore and explore on foot.

Along the way, you’ll discover cheese in Gouda, blue porcelain in Delft, and silversmiths in Schoonhoven. Art lovers can also look forward to Leiden and Haarlem, where famous Dutch artists like Rembrandt once lived. On day five, you’ll experience the 19 UNESCO windmills at Kinderdijk, which date back to the 18th century. During your last full day, you’ll have the option to visit the world’s largest flower market before cycling or cruising back to Amsterdam.

Guests can choose between a self-guided tour on the Flora or a guided tour on the Lena Maria or MS Gandalf. 

Accommodation

MS Gandalf - Guided - 2021 departures

This cosy and comfortable river cruiser accommodates up to 22 guests in 10 cabins, all with separate twin beds, central heating and private shower and wc. All cabin windows can be opened. Some cabins can take a 3rd bed on request. There is a spacious saloon and restaurant area and two sun decks, offering seating areas with tables and chairs and storage space for the bikes. The environmentally-friendly solar roof panels make for peaceful nights on board, as the ship needs to make little use of the generator to produce power.

MS Gandalf

MS Gandalf

Flora - Self-Guided

The comfort barge Flora (formerly Jelmar) has 10 lower deck cabins, all with shower and toilet and a window. All cabins are twin-bedded, except for two that have a third, raised bed suitable for a child up to 12 years.

Meals are taken in the lounge and dining area on the upper deck, which also has a small bar and sundeck for relaxing and sunbathing as you admire the views. 

Guests on the Flora will have daily briefings by the crew with self-guided cycle rides and be provided with excellent route notes and gps tracks. 

Flora

Flora

Lena Maria - Guided - 2020 departures

The comfortable Lena Maria barge has 12 lower deck twin cabins with a shower, toilet, hair dryer and a window.

The upper deck has a lounge with a bar and a dining area and you can relax on the sundeck with a drink as you take in the views. 

Guests on the Lena Maria will have guided daily cycling with an English speaking tour leader. 

Exterior

Exterior

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation aboard the Flora (self-guided) or Lena Maria (guided)

Board basis: Full board including, 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 7 three course dinners 

Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings and guided cycle rides for customers aboard the Lena Maria

Daily briefings by the crew for customers aboard the Flora 

Ferry fees for customers aboard the Lena Maria

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

Welcome meeting and drink on the first evening

Free tea and coffee

Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike & helmet hire

Entrance fees & excursions 

Drinks & tips on board

Special dietary requests - see below

Transfers to/from the docking in Amsterdam

Cost of ferries for customers aboard the Flora 

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Hybrid bikes have 24 gears on the Flora and 7 gears on the Lena Maria, gel-saddle, a pannier, a lock on the frame and a small repair kit included at no extra cost.

Hybrid bike (2020 departures)

£71

E-bike (2020 departures)

Limited availabilty

£176

Hybrid bike (2021 departures)

£76

E-bike (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

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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 and 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, so 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 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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