Boats in Harderwijk in Gelderland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Frank Meijn

Tulip fields abound in April and May before harvest. Photo via Flickr:IMBiblio
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Authentic Holland

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle Central and Northern Holland!

  • This wonderful bike and boat tour showcases the authentic Holland as you travel through the central and Hanseatic region of the Netherlands. It cuts through the Rhine valley and its very beautiful tributary the IJssel, and across the "border lakes", which are situated between the “old” mainland with many beautiful harbor towns, and the “new” reclaimed land of the province of Flevoland, that was once the bottom of the sea.

    This region thrived during the Middle Ages when rivers were the most important trade routes in Europe. The affluence of those years is visible everywhere in abundant civil and religious architecture.

    The east-central mainland province, Gelderland is the least populated and the largest of the Dutch regions and is a lovely green area with several large national parks and excellent cycling.

    Highlights:

    • Amsterdam
    • The nature reserves of Achterhoek, Veluwe, and Gooi
    • Large and small Hanseatic cities and towns such as Deventer and Kampen
    • Natural beauty of the Rhine and Ijssel Valley
    • Border Lake region of reclaimed land
    • Flat, easy cycling

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  • Sailing Home

    Standard season
    Twin cabin $ 2308 £ 1151 $ 1,990 1278 $ 2381 kr 14261 $ 1,419
    Single cabin $ 3272 £ 1632 $ 2,821 1812 $ 3376 kr 20223 $ 2,013

     

    De Nassau

    Season ASeason BSeason CSeason DSeason E
    Twin cabin/lower deck $ 1443 £ 720 $ 1,244 799 $ 1489 kr 8920 $ 888 $ 1534 £ 765 $ 1,322 849 $ 1582 kr 9478 $ 943 $ 1624 £ 810 $ 1,400 899 $ 1676 kr 10036 $ 999 $ 1696 £ 846 $ 1,462 939 $ 1750 kr 10483 $ 1,043 $ 1768 £ 882 $ 1,525 979 $ 1825 kr 10929 $ 1,088
    Superior twin cabin/lower deck $ 1624 £ 810 $ 1,400 899 $ 1676 kr 10036 $ 999 $ 1714 £ 855 $ 1,478 949 $ 1769 kr 10594 $ 1,054 $ 1804 £ 900 $ 1,556 999 $ 1862 kr 11152 $ 1,110 $ 1877 £ 936 $ 1,618 1039 $ 1937 kr 11599 $ 1,154 $ 1949 £ 972 $ 1,680 1079 $ 2011 kr 12045 $ 1,199
    Triple cabin/ lower deck $ 1407 £ 702 $ 1,213 779 $ 1452 kr 8696 $ 866 $ 1497 £ 747 $ 1,291 829 $ 1545 kr 9255 $ 921 $ 1588 £ 792 $ 1,369 879 $ 1638 kr 9813 $ 977 $ 1660 £ 828 $ 1,431 919 $ 1713 kr 10259 $ 1,021 $ 1732 £ 864 $ 1,494 959 $ 1787 kr 10706 $ 1,066
    Twin cabin/single-use/lower deck $ 2075 £ 1035 $ 1,789 1149 $ 2142 kr 12827 $ 1,277 $ 2166 £ 1080 $ 1,867 1199 $ 2235 kr 13385 $ 1,332 $ 2256 £ 1125 $ 1,945 1249 $ 2328 kr 13943 $ 1,388 $ 2328 £ 1161 $ 2,008 1289 $ 2402 kr 14390 $ 1,432 $ 2401 £ 1197 $ 2,070 1329 $ 2477 kr 14836 $ 1,477
    Twin cabin/upper deck $ 1624 £ 810 $ 1,400 899 $ 1676 kr 10036 $ 999 $ 1714 £ 855 $ 1,478 949 $ 1769 kr 10594 $ 1,054 $ 1804 £ 900 $ 1,556 999 $ 1862 kr 11152 $ 1,110 $ 1877 £ 936 $ 1,618 1039 $ 1937 kr 11599 $ 1,154 $ 1949 £ 972 $ 1,680 1079 $ 2011 kr 12045 $ 1,199
    Triple cabin/upper deck $ 1588 £ 792 $ 1,369 879 $ 1638 kr 9813 $ 977 $ 1678 £ 837 $ 1,447 929 $ 1731 kr 10371 $ 1,032 $ 1768 £ 882 $ 1,525 979 $ 1825 kr 10929 $ 1,088 $ 1841 £ 918 $ 1,587 1019 $ 1899 kr 11376 $ 1,132 $ 1913 £ 954 $ 1,649 1059 $ 1974 kr 11822 $ 1,177

     

    Zwaan

    Low season
    Luxury double  $ 2805 £ 1399 $ 2,419 1553 $ 2895 kr 17337 $ 1,726
    Twin  $ 2516 £ 1255 $ 2,169 1393 $ 2596 kr 15551 $ 1,548
    Triple  $ 2444 £ 1219 $ 2,107 1353 $ 2522 kr 15104 $ 1,503
    Small double/front of boat $ 2189 £ 1092 $ 1,888 1212 $ 2259 kr 13530 $ 1,347
    Small double for single-use/front of boat $ 3175 £ 1583 $ 2,738 1758 $ 3277 kr 19626 $ 1,953

     

    Wending

    High season
    Twin cabin $ 2280 £ 1137 $ 1,966 1263 $ 2353 kr 14094 $ 1,403
    Single cabin $ 2651 £ 1322 $ 2,286 1468 $ 2735 kr 16383 $ 1,631
    Triple cabin $ 2317 £ 1155 $ 1,997 1283 $ 2390 kr 14317 $ 1,425

     

    Gandalf

    April 25May - July
    Twin cabin $ 1804 £ 900 $ 1,556 999 $ 1862 kr 11152 $ 1,110 $ 1985 £ 990 $ 1,712 1099 $ 2048 kr 12269 $ 1,221
    Triple cabin $ 1732 £ 864 $ 1,494 959 $ 1787 kr 10706 $ 1,066 $ 1913 £ 954 $ 1,649 1059 $ 1974 kr 11822 $ 1,177
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 2616 £ 1305 $ 2,256 1449 $ 2700 kr 16170 $ 1,610 $ 2887 £ 1440 $ 2,490 1599 $ 2979 kr 17845 $ 1,776

    Price for second traveler in remaining twin cabins for the 2020 season. Valid for reservations between February 11 and March 1:

    Gandalf

    April 25May - July
    Twin cabin $ 993 £ 495 $ 857 550 $ 1025 kr 6140 $ 611 $ 1084 £ 540 $ 934 600 $ 1118 kr 6698 $ 667

     

    Princess Royal

     
    Twin  $ 2554 £ 1274 $ 2,202 1414 $ 2635 kr 15785 $ 1,571
    Premium twin  $ 2915 £ 1454 $ 2,514 1614 $ 3008 kr 18018 $ 1,793
    Single  $ 3259 £ 1625 $ 2,810 1804 $ 3362 kr 20139 $ 2,005
    Twin/single-use $ 3727 £ 1858 $ 3,214 2064 $ 3846 kr 23036 $ 2,293
    Triple*  $ 2464 £ 1228 $ 2,124 1364 $ 2542 kr 15227 $ 1,516
    Premium triple* $ 2825 £ 1409 $ 2,436 1564 $ 2915 kr 17460 $ 1,738

    *3rd bed is only suitable for a child

    May 29, June 5, & June 12, 2021

    De Holland

    Season ASeason BSeason CSeason D
    Suite/upper deck $ 2175 £ 1084 $ 1,875 1204 $ 2244 kr 13441 $ 1,338 $ 2446 £ 1219 $ 2,109 1354 $ 2524 kr 15115 $ 1,504 $ 2626 £ 1310 $ 2,264 1454 $ 2710 kr 16232 $ 1,616 $ 2771 £ 1382 $ 2,389 1534 $ 2859 kr 17125 $ 1,705
    Twin/upper deck $ 1814 £ 904 $ 1,564 1004 $ 1871 kr 11208 $ 1,116 $ 2084 £ 1039 $ 1,797 1154 $ 2151 kr 12883 $ 1,282 $ 2265 £ 1129 $ 1,953 1254 $ 2337 kr 13999 $ 1,393 $ 2410 £ 1201 $ 2,078 1334 $ 2486 kr 14892 $ 1,482
    Twin/lower deck $ 1362 £ 679 $ 1,174 754 $ 1405 kr 8417 $ 838 $ 1633 £ 814 $ 1,408 904 $ 1685 kr 10092 $ 1,004 $ 1814 £ 904 $ 1,564 1004 $ 1871 kr 11208 $ 1,116 $ 1958 £ 976 $ 1,688 1084 $ 2020 kr 12101 $ 1,204
    Twin/upper deck/single-use $ 2625 £ 1309 $ 2,264 1454 $ 2709 kr 16226 $ 1,615 $ 3032 £ 1512 $ 2,614 1679 $ 3128 kr 18738 $ 1,865 $ 3303 £ 1647 $ 2,848 1829 $ 3408 kr 20413 $ 2,032 $ 3520 £ 1755 $ 3,035 1949 $ 3632 kr 21752 $ 2,165
    Twin/lower deck/single-use $ 1948 £ 971 $ 1,680 1079 $ 2010 kr 12040 $ 1,198 $ 2354 £ 1174 $ 2,030 1304 $ 2429 kr 14552 $ 1,448 $ 2625 £ 1309 $ 2,264 1454 $ 2709 kr 16226 $ 1,615 $ 2842 £ 1417 $ 2,451 1574 $ 2933 kr 17566 $ 1,748
    Triple/lower deck* $ 1326 £ 661 $ 1,143 734 $ 1368 kr 8194 $ 816 $ 1597 £ 796 $ 1,377 884 $ 1648 kr 9869 $ 982 $ 1777 £ 886 $ 1,533 984 $ 1834 kr 10985 $ 1,093 $ 1922 £ 958 $ 1,657 1064 $ 1983 kr 11878 $ 1,182

    *3rd bed suitable only for a child

    Saturday to Saturday

    Season A: March 27, April 3, April 10, & October 9, 2021
    Season B: April 17, April 24, September 25, & October 2, 2021
    Season C: September 11 & September 18, 2021
    Season D: All other departures, weekly from May 1 up to and including September 4, 2021

    Zwaan

     
    Luxury double  $ 2962 £ 1477 $ 2,554 1640 $ 3057 kr 18308 $ 1,822
    Twin  $ 2673 £ 1333 $ 2,305 1480 $ 2758 kr 16522 $ 1,645
    Triple  $ 2448 £ 1220 $ 2,110 1355 $ 2525 kr 15127 $ 1,506
    Small double/front of boat $ 2285 £ 1139 $ 1,970 1265 $ 2358 kr 14122 $ 1,406
    Small double for single-use/front of boat $ 3369 £ 1680 $ 2,905 1865 $ 3476 kr 20820 $ 2,072

    Saturday to Saturday, May 22, July 10, July 17, July 24, & July 31, 2021

    Anna Antal

     
    Regular twin  $ 2159 £ 1076 $ 1,861 1195 $ 2227 kr 13340 $ 1,328
    Bunk bed cabin for twin use $ 1851 £ 923 $ 1,596 1025 $ 1910 kr 11443 $ 1,139
    Bunk bed cabin for single-use $ 2312 £ 1153 $ 1,994 1280 $ 2386 kr 14289 $ 1,422

    Saturday to Saturday
     May 8, September 25, & October 2, 2021

    Lena Maria

    May - Sept. 11Sept. 18 & 25
    Twin/lower deck $ 1994 £ 994 $ 1,719 1104 $ 2058 kr 12325 $ 1,227 1054
    Twin/lower deck/single-use $ 3059 £ 1525 $ 2,638 1694 $ 3156 kr 18905 $ 1,882 $ 2896 £ 1444 $ 2,497 1604 $ 2989 kr 17901 $ 1,782

    Saturday to Saturday
    May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, August 14, August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, & September 25, 2021

    Sarah

    June
    Twin/lower deck $ 1994 £ 994 $ 1,719 1104 $ 2058 kr 12325 $ 1,227
    Twin/lower deck/single-use $ 3059 £ 1525 $ 2,638 1694 $ 3156 kr 18905 $ 1,882
    Triple/lower deck $ 1886 £ 940 $ 1,626 1044 $ 1946 kr 11655 $ 1,160

    Saturday to Saturday
    June 12, 2021

     

    extra options

    Sailing Home, Zwaan, and Wending:
    Children's discounts available
    Children's bikes, trailer bike, child seat, and trailers are available
    Electric bike: $ 149 £ 74 $ 128 83 $ 154 kr 921 $ 92 Gluten-free/Celiac/vegan diet: $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 558 $ 56

    De Nassau and Gandalf:
    Electric bike: $ 181 £ 90 $ 156 100 $ 186 kr 1116 $ 111 Helmet: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11

    De Holland, Sarah, & Lena Maria

    Electric bike: $ 181 £ 90 $ 156 100 $ 186 kr 1116 $ 111 Helmet: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11 Canal Cruise Ticket (one hour cruise in Amsterdam): $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 14 $ 26 kr 156 $ 16 * Must be reserved and paid for in advance

    Zwaan & Anna Antal

    Electric bike: $ 154 £ 77 $ 132 85 $ 158 kr 949 $ 94 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet: $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 558 $ 56 Tag-Along Bike with helmet (ages 5-9): $ 99 £ 50 $ 86 55 $ 103 kr 614 $ 61 Bike Seat with helmet (age 11 mos-5 yrs): $ 27 £ 14 $ 23 15 $ 28 kr 167 $ 17 Bike Trailer: $ 359 £ 179 $ 310 199 $ 371 kr 2222 $ 221 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
    Children's discounts are available.

    Princess Royal

    Electric bike: $ 208 £ 104 $ 179 115 $ 214 kr 1284 $ 128 Canal Cruise Ticket (one hour cruise in Amsterdam): $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 14 $ 26 kr 156 $ 16 * Must be reserved and paid for in advance

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam International Airport (Amsterdam Schiphol)

    Local Travel

    Trains to Amsterdam Central leave from platforms 1, 2, or 3 which are all on the floor below the airport terminal. Tickets can be purchased either at the ticket desk on the arrivals level or at the yellow machines using Euro coins or credit/debit cards (pin required!) The direct trains to the Amsterdam train station run every 10 to 15 minutes between 6:00 AM and 12:30 AM and the trip takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Short taxi ride to mooring location, or depending on the boat, embarkation point may be within walking distance. We will provide detailed docking/mooring information in your final travel information.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. There are many good websites to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more. Don’t forget your rain gear! Average high/low temp in °F for the region is approximately April, 53/40°, May, 61/46°, June, 66/52°, July, 69/55°, August, 70/55°, September, 64/51°, and October, 57/46°.

    Recommended

    Onboard the De Nassau, De Holland, and the Princesse Royal, you can purchase a discounted ticket for a one hour canal cruise through Amsterdam. Please request this in advance and you will collect this on board the ship on your first day of the tour.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check  the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Deluxe Class

De Nassau:
Season A: April 18, 2020
Season B: September 26, 2020
Season C: May 9 & September 19, 2020
Season D: May 16, May 23 & May 30, 2020
Season E: All other departure dates, weekly from June 13 up to & incl. September 5, 2020 (excl. June 20 & July 4)

Please note that due to the nautical event Sail Amsterdam, the itineraries on August 1, August 8, & August 15, 2020 had to be adjusted.

About SAIL Amsterdam 2020
SAIL is the largest nautical event in the world, organized every five years, and will be held for the tenth time in 2020.
For five days the entire port area of Amsterdam will then be the homeport for numerous tall ships from all over the world, as well as for several thousand smaller and larger sailing ships, yachts and naval vessels. SAIL Amsterdam is freely accessible to the public.


August 1:  The tour will not end in Amsterdam but In Utrecht from which Amsterdam and the Schiphol Airport are easily accessible by train.
August 8: The tour will not start or end in Amsterdam but in Utrecht which is easily accessible by train from the airport and back to Amsterdam or the airport.
August 15: The tour will not begin in Amsterdam but in Utrecht which is easily accessible by train.
Please see more details in the day to day section

Premium Class

Sailing Home:
Standard season: May 23, 2020

Comfort Class

Zwaan:
Low season: July 18 & July 25, 2020

Standard Class

Wending:
High season: September 5, 2020
Gandalf *: April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, & July 4, 2020

*Discounted departures! Please see pricing.

Deluxe Class

Princesse Royal (formerly known as the Magnifique): 
Saturday to Saturday
May 29, June 5, & June 12, 2021

De Holland:
Saturday to Saturday
Season A: March 27, April 3, April 10, & October 9, 2021
Season B: April 17, April 24, September 25, & October 2, 2021
Season C: September 11 & September 18, 2021
Season D: All other departures, weekly from May 1 up to and including September 4, 2021

Comfort Class

Zwaan:
Saturday to Saturday
May 22, July 10, July 17, July 24, & July 31, 2021

Standard Class

Anna Antal: 
Saturday to Saturday: 
May 8, September 25, & October 2, 2021

Lena Maria: 
Saturday to Saturday

May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, August 14, August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, & September 25, 2021

Sarah
Saturday

June 12, 2021

 

Skill Level

This is an easy guided or semi-guided bike and boat tour on flat terrain along the network of cycling routes (fietsroutenetwerken) that makes Holland a cycling paradise! This cycling infrastructure consists of 30,000 km of cycle routes, cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries, and special signposting. Always keep in mind that you are sharing the road, either with other cyclists or at times with motor vehicles. A good command of your bicycle is required including good balance and ability to stop and start in a group.

Where You’ll Stay

There are several boats of different categories that do this tour, each with its own unique itinerary. Be sure to check out the boat page, what is included, and not included and pricing specific to your tour date.

What’s Included

Princesse Royal

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • 7 breakfasts, packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Fully-guided bike tours (Second cycling guide will be added for more than 22 guests)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • 7-speed unisex city touring bike rental (Batavus Dinsdag) with handbrakes, water bottle, repair kit with pump, pannier bag, & helmet
  • GPS tracks
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Airborne Museum
  • Visit to aDutch cheese Fram
  • Guided walk Deventer
  • Wi-Fi

De Nassau & De Holland

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea onboard till 4 p.m.
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Semi-guided bike tours (independent cycling, tour leader is available for questions &/or emergencies)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps & notes for bike tours (1 set per cabin)
  • 7-speed unisex hybrid city touring bike rental (Velo de Ville C100 or Gazelle-Chamonix) with handbrakes, repair kit with pump, & pannier bag
  • GPS tracks
  • Wi-Fi

Zwaan, Sailing Home, Anna Antal, & Wending

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Fully guided bike tours
  • 24-speed city touring bicycle (Batavus Boulevard), including helmet, pannier bags, lock, repair kit, & water bottle
  • Free limited WiFi (in the lounge and on deck)
  • Roadbook, one per cabin
  • Ferry fares
  • GPS tracks on request

Gandalf, Lena Maria, & Sarah

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea
  • Welcome drink
  • Weekly cabin cleaning
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Fully guided bike tours
  • Some short city walks
  • 7-speed unisex city touring bike (Gazelle Chamonix or Velo de Ville C100) with handbrakes, gel saddles, frame lock, & pannier
  • Route notes & maps (one set per cabin)
  • Fees for ferries
  • GPS tracks

What’s Not Included

Princesse Royal

De Nassau & De Holland

  • Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.
  • Drinks
  • Helmet rental (available with supplement. See pricing.)
  • Electric bike (available with supplement. 7 speed Velo de Ville CEB 200 with crank Bosch motor, with 4 support levels. See pricing.)
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Zwaan, Sailing Home, Anna Antal, and Wending

Gandalf, Lena Maria, & Sarah

  • Drinks
  • Helmet rental (available with supplement. See pricing.)
  • Electric bike (available with supplement. 7 speed Velo de Ville CEB 200 with crank Bosch motor, with 4 support levels. See pricing.)
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Authentic Holland Map

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary and also vary in what is included and not included. All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen | Rhenen – Arnhem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Arnhem - Doesburg | Doesburg – Vorden – Zutphen. During dinner sailing from Zutphen to Deventer, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Hattem – Zwolle.  Zwolle to Kampen, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Kampen - Elburg - Elspeet - Harderwijk, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Harderwijk – Bunschoten – Spakenburg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Spakenburg - Huizen; Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam
Day 8: Departure

Parts in italic undertaken on board.

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam
Embarkation and check-in between 1 and  2 pm. Please be on time as the barge will leave Amsterdam at 2:15 pm to sail over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine. If you arrive a bit early, you can leave your luggage on board beginning at noon. The mooring place of the barge in Amsterdam is Oosterdok (near the Science Center: ‘Nemo’, Oosterdok 2)

Day 2: Wijk bij Duursteed - Wageningen | Rhenen - Arnhem, 19 mi. (30 km)
While you are enjoying breakfast, the barge will sail to Wageningen where, following the distribution of bicycles, you are finally off and cycling through the picturesque river valley of the Rhine. In Oosterbeek,  you can visit the Airborne Museum. You ride through suburbs through lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the center
Arnhem is the capital of the province of Gelderland. In September of 1944, the center of the town was heavily damaged by the efforts of the Allies to conquer the bridge over the Rhine(Operation “Market Garden”). The plan failed. (The battle of Arnhem has been filmed in "A bridge too far"). Following the war, the city center was reconstructed to reflect its past patterns and design as closely as possible. Arnhem is generally known as the “Park City of the Netherlands” in large part due to its centuries-old city parks, which extend well into the town. Sonsbeek Park is the most important park of the city. It is located against the city’s dam walls and offers a multitude of breathtaking views with far-reaching vistas of the Rhine river on the one hand and hidden, intimate corners on the other. It contains waterfalls, a deer camp, a belvedere, and the watermill, “Arnhem”

Day 3: Arnhem - Doesburg – Vorden – Zutphen. Zutphen to Deventer, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today’s cycle tour takes you along the Hanseatic Town Route to the small village of Doesburg and along the IJssel to Bronkhorst, which has the distinction of being recognized as the smallest town in Holland. Guests will have two choices today – a shorter tour along the riverbank to Zutphen; or a longer bicycle trip via Vorden passing country houses, castles, and rural estates. During dinner the ship sails to Deventer. This city is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is therefore not surprising that the oldest stone house can be found in ‘Deventer (in the Sandrasteeg). Deventer is a prominent ‘Hanseatic Town'. In the Middle Ages, merchants from all over Europe came here to participate in the annual fairs.

Day 4: Deventer – Hattem – Zwolle | Zwolle to Kampen, 30 mi. (48 km)
This morning you will enjoy a short bicycle ride along the IJssel riverbank before boarding a ferry at Wijhe to cross the river to Hattem. The 800-year-old town of Hattem has a rich history that is still clearly visible today. Guests have the opportunity if they want, to stretch their legs with a longer bicycle trip through east Veluwe. During dinner, the ship will sail to Kampen where you have the opportunity to go on an optional guided walking tour in the largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands has been declared a protected townscape. Kampen retained three of its original city gates from the Middle Ages: the Broederpoort, Cellebroederspoort and the Koornmarktpoort.

Day 5: Kampen - Elburg - Elspeet - Harderwijk, cycle around Harderwijk, 27 mi. (45 km)
In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes of the IJssel to the fishing harbor of Harderwijk. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and is still a fascinating old city to explore. From Harderwijk you will cycle along Veluwe lake where swimming, boating, surfing, and fishing are favorite summertime activities. The longest cycle trip on the tour also takes in the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s lovely old fishing harbor.

Day 6: Harderwijk – Bunschoten – Spakenburg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today guests have two cycling choices: a short pedal along the coast (30 km)/19 miles) or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that also takes in adjacent woodlands. The night will be spent in Spakenburg, a village well-known for its traditional costumes.

Day 7: Spakenburg - Huizen; Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 36 mi. (57 km)
Once again guests have a choice this morning. After breakfast you can cycle to Huizen or, if you prefer to take things easier (45 km/ 28 miles), you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world-famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour (not included).

Day 8: Departure
End of tour.

A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available onboard. He/she will provide you with all the necessary tour information during daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks (to be downloaded before your arrival) and printed route notes (available onboard). The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle. During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options. 

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen - Deventer,  27 or 35 mi.  (44 or 56 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, 28 or 35 mi.  (45 or 56 km)
Day 7: Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 21 mi.  (35 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede:
Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. It is possible to leave your luggage on board at 11 am but the cabins will not be ready for check-in. At approximately 2 p.m. De Nassau sails from Amsterdam on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River. Here, you will spend your first night aboard the ship.

Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large area of woods and heathlands. At the end of the day, you pedal to Arnhem, via suburbs and past the lovely parks named Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal. Close to the center of this former Hanseatic city, the Nassau docks for the night. During World War II, Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. It ended in a failure, as the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulted in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.

Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen - Deventer,  27 or 35 mi.  (44 or 56 km)
You depart Arnhem on the Nassau, and then today’s cycling tour starts in the small town of Doesburg. There are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen and Deventer. The shorter option goes along the Ijssel River to Bronkhorst, a seeming hamlet that's proud to be the smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, you continue to Zutphen along the riverbank. The longer trip goes via Vorden, where you will be passing country houses, castles, and rural estates. Both options end in Deventer, a city known for its

delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!

Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 25 mi. (40 or 56 km)
During breakfast, the De Nassau will take you to Wijhe, where your bicycle ride begins. In the morning you will enjoy a nice bicycle ride to Hattem. You can choose a short option along the banks of the river, or opt for a long ride across the east Veluwe area. Hattem has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. Leaving Hattem, it is only a short ride to the city of Zwolle, one of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities. From Zwolle, you continue to Kampen. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi.  (48 km)
From Kampen, your cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing, and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where the night will be spent in its old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.

Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, 28 0r 35 mi.  (45 or 56 km)
Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes that are worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.

Day 7: Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 21 mi.  (35 km)
Huizen is the starting point for a ride to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden. The latter is famous for its historic castle on the waterfront. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world-famous city of Amsterdam. You have the afternoon and evening to spend in the Dutch capital any way you like. Seize the chance to do a canal tour, to visit Anne Frank’s home or any of a number of world-renowned museums around the Museumplein. Or just enjoy looking at everyday life in this bustling city.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Disembarkation in Amsterdam will take place after breakfast till 09:30 a.m. Please check your cabin for personal items. Before you leave, do not forget to hand over your cabin key to the crew. If you wish you can leave your luggage on board until noon. (please ask the crew).

August 1:
Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen - Deventer,  27 or 35 mi.  (44 or 56 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi.  (48 km)
Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, 28 or 35 mi.  (45 or 56 km)
Day 7: Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 21 mi.  (35 km) | Amsterdam - Utrecht by dinner cruise
Day 8: Utrecht
Disembarkation by 9:30

August 8:
Day 1:
 Utrecht | Utrecht– Wijk bij Duurstede. Ship sails from Utrecht at 3 pm to Wijk Bij Duurstede.
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen - Deventer,  27 or 35 mi.  (44 or 56 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi.  (48 km)
Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, 28 or 35 mi.  (45 or 56 km)
Day 7: Huizen | Huezen - Amsterdam - Utrecht, 16 mi. (25 km)
Huizen is the starting and ending point for a morning ride. Around noon: return to the ship and lunch on board. De Nassau will sail to Amsterdam to allow you to see it will slowly pass the full SAIL-area with hundreds of large sailing vessels and so-called “tall ships” from all over the world. This is a unique opportunity to see this large event “from the front row”. After this visit the ship will cruise to Utrecht.
Day 8: Utrecht
Disembarkation by 9:30 am

August 15:
Day 1: Utrecht | Utrecht– Wijk bij Duurstede. Ship sails from Utrecht at 3 pm to Wijk Bij Duurstede.
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen - Deventer,  27 or 35 mi.  (44 or 56 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi.  (48 km)
Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, 28 or 35 mi.  (45 or 56 km)
Day 7: Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 21 mi.  (35 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam
Disembarkation by 9:30 am

Parts in italics undertaken on board.

Day 1: Amsterdam, 8 mi. (13 km)
Day 2: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Wijk bij Duurstede, 23 or 28 mi. (36 or 46 km)
Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 4: Arnhem - Doesburg | Doesburg - Zutphen - Deventer, 27 or 35 mi. (45 or 55 km)
Day 5: Deventer - Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
Day 6: Kampen - Elburg - Harderwijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 7: Harderwijk - Huizen | Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

Parts in italics undertaken on board.

Day 1: Amsterdam, 8 mi. (13 km)
Embarkation at 2 pm in the center of Amsterdam. After unpacking your luggage, and settling in to your cabin, an introduction to the tour will take place at 3 p.m. After that your rental bicycles will be distributed and your tour leader will invite you to take a short test-ride. Upon your return, your first dinner on board will be served. After dinner, your tour leader will take you on an evening walk.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Wijk bij Duurstede, 23 or 28 mi. (36 or 46 km)
You will start your first day of cycling by pedaling out of Amsterdam to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th-century waterfront castle. The route leads along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses, and their large gardens. Close to Vreeland, you can visit a traditional cheese farm. After cycling through the charming villages of Loenen and Nieuwersluis you will arrive at Breukelen where the boat awaits. Around 4 pm the ship departs for Wijk bij Duurstede and you can enjoy dinner while cruising. Spend the evening and night in Wijk bij Duurstede, a small town on the Rhine River.

Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large area of woods and heathlands. At the end of the day, you pedal to Arnhem, via suburbs and past the lovely parks named Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal. Close to the center of this former Hanseatic city, the Nassau docks for the night. During World War II, Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. It ended in a failure, as the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulted in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.

Day 4: Arnhem - Doesburg | Doesburg - Zutphen - Deventer, 27 or 35 mi. (45 or 55 km)
You depart Arnhem on the Princesse Royal, and then begin your cycling itinerary in the small town of Doesburg. There are two cycling options to Zutphen and Deventer. The shorter option goes along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, a  hamlet that’s proud to be the smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, you continue to Zutphen along the riverbank. The longer trip goes via Vorden, where you’ll be passing country houses, castles, and rural estates. Both options end in Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, a guided walk with a local guide is on the program. Make sure to join!

Day 5: Deventer - Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen, 25 or 35 mi. (40 or 56 km)
During breakfast, the hip will take navigate to Wijhe, where your bicycle ride begins. In the morning you will enjoy a nice bicycle ride to Hattem. You can choose a short option along the banks of the river, or opt for a long ride across the east Veluwe area. Hattem has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. Leaving Hattem, it is only a short ride to the city of Zwolle, one of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities. From Zwolle, you continue to Kampen. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

Day 6: Kampen - Elburg - Harderwijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes. Today’s cycling tour starts at a lock, Roggebotsluis. From the lock you cycle along the border lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg, where swimming, boating, surfing, and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour leads to lovely Harderwijk through the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and it is still a fascinating old city to explore. Dinner on board is not included this evening, so you can enjoy a wonderful meal at one of Harderwijks restaurants.

Day 7: Harderwijk - Huizen | Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam, 21 mi. (35 km)
During breakfast, you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world-famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour

Day 8: Amsterdam
Breakfast, end of tour, disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem, 21 or 28 mi. (35 or 44 km)
Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen | Zutphen - Deventer 16 or 26 mi.  (26 or 42 km)
Day 4: Deventer – Hattam  | Hattem - Kampen, 23 or 29 mi. (36 or 48 km)
Day 5: Kampen – Roggebotsluis | Roggebotsluis- Elburg – Harderwijk, 29 mi. (48 km) 
Day 6: Harderwijk – Bunschoten - Spakenburg, 21 or 36 mi. (35 or 59 km)
Day 7: SpakenburgHuizen |Huizen Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam, 21 or 30 mi.  (35 or 49  km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.

 

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Tour Reviews

  • Lynn V. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Holland was on my bucket list to visit the country I was born in but left as a young girl. What better way to see it than on this wonderful barge/bike tour with a good friend. Upon arrival where the De Nassau’s docked we were greeted by our wonderful hosts and crew. There is absolutely nothing that I can criticize about this trip. The food, the accommodations and the beauty of biking through northern holland on my E Bike was amazing. I highly recommend these bikes as I usually don’t bike 186 miles in 7 days, but they sure help put “ the wind beneath my wings”. I even bought a smoked eel which we shared with some companions we biked with...not usual Canadian fare! Tripsite has opened up a whole new concept for me and my love of travelling. Perhaps Ireland, France, Portugal...I can hardly wait till the next trip I take knowing that I will not be disappointed. Thanks Tripsite for making my dream come true of visiting this amazing country.

    Boat: De Nassau

  • Jeanne G. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We really enjoyed the rural countryside for our biking tour. We would bike past horses, cows, swans and goats and stop in very quaint towns. I rented a regular bike because I thought the Netherlands was very flat, there was more incline and distance than I was prepared for. I was able to borrow another guest e-bike a few days and in retrospect I should have rented one. But it also made me realize I can go to other countries that are more of a challenge, I would just rent an e-bike. We also brought our own helmets, but the ones they had on the boat looked fine. My husband brought his cycle computer which was a good idea to see our distance etc. We really enjoyed the biking tour!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Mary T. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The whole barge experience with fellow bikers was awesome. There were only 23 of us and we all connected. The dining was exceptional. Our guide lacked knowledge of the tour and did not provide enough cultural experience.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Linda H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Really enjoyed the bike/barge tour on the Gandalf. The food & scenery were great. Enjoyed cycling into the forest & small towns. On the down side, be prepared for some wind. If new to cycling I would recommend getting the electric assist bicycle. The terrain is mostly flat but there are some hills which can be challenging with head on wind. Our guide, Fred, was very knowledgeable & friendly. He took good care of everyone.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Theresa G. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We were a family of 6 adults (aged 22-62) who did our first bike/barge trip and we are so fortunate that we booked the Merlijn and did the Amsterdam trip. It couldn't have been a better trip. Everything was perfect from the accommodations to the food to the bike ride itself. Most of all though it was the crew on the Merlijn that made it so fun for all of us. Henk & Jantien are so friendly and accommodating and their staff, Gisbert (sp) who led the daily bike tours & Jaqui & Clara who do a little of everything were all so kind and awesome with everything they did. The bikes are very new and ride great. The E-bikes are a whole lot of FUN. If you feel too guilty about using an E-bike you can turn it off and pedal like a regular bike. Jantien even went out of her way to get a birthday cake for our daughter-in-law. Henk leads an excellent Karaoke night which should not be missed. It was truly a great family vacation had by all. Thank you crew of Read more… Merlijn.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Sandra B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was my third time on this particular barge the Merlijn. I love everything about the experience and will for sure do it again

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Patricia C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved everything about my barge/bike trip from Bruges to Amsterdam. Wonderful staff members were very professional and accommodating making all of the guests feel special. The food rose above my expectations. The quality and presentation were superb. I have already booked another bike/barge trip for 2018!!

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Michael C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The route for the Authentic Holland Tour was very attractive and went through some very attractive Hanseatic villages. Our guide Meindirt made every day a pleasant experience. For people looking for a fun and relaxing bicycle trip in the Netherlands, this one will not disappointment you. Enjoy!

    Boat: Gandalf

  • John H. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Having been on several of these bike/barge tours, this was a different area culturally than trips south of Amsterdam. Interesting history of the area. Our guide was excellent and made the trip.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • G. Dunsmuir 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I would recommend this trip but only if a group of friends were going or if there was some way to know the mix of language of fellow travellers. I was the only person who did not speak the German language. I felt very isolated. A number of German people did try to speak English but it was hard work for them and they were on holidays. One English sailor on board as staff was very kind and attentive. The cook made wonderful gluten free dishes for me!! The guide did an excellent job of switching back and forth from German to English. The cycling and countryside was very pleasant. Sometimes the stops were a bit long but perhaps that was because I couldn't chat around with other travellers.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • L. Fesyk 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It would have been nice to have a group photo at the end. It seemed a little confused at the end. Also, with other trips I have been on the guide circulates an email list and anyone who wants to join it can. That way it is easy to connect with other participants to exchange photos etc. Other than that it was a great trip. I'd definitely like to do another one! I think the Gandalf is the best boat in the fleet (or so I hear from others).

    Boat: Gandalf

  • L. Roussinos 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is a great route and the cycling areas are excellent in so many ways. Scenic paths through forests, parks, graphic small towns and with well defined directions given daily by the guide. The barge cabins were quite adequate in size and even though the bathroom was small it served the purpose for the week long trip. Having porthole windows that we were able to open was great in order to bring in fresh air. The disappointment was that the barge was not very clean overall (dust and cobwebs), there was very little deck space to enjoy the views during cruising and having two large dogs on board did not help matters.
    The food quantity was good but hardly any quality in it. Four out of seven meals were rice oriented, little meat substance and overall not comparable to other similar meals on other barge and bike trips we have taken and the first time we have ever had "fish" lasagna!
    Breakfasts were by far the best meals and there was always plenty to go around and to Read more… prepare for your take away lunch. The crew were friendly and welcoming. I would most definitely recommend this trip if done on a better ship. The trip gets 5 out of 5 stars, the ship hardly 3 out of five.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • K. de Geest 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was nothing short of Fantastic! The towns we went through on the Hanseatic Route were so charming. Captain Hans on the Gandalf was so generous to me...he knows what he did! ;-) I will specifically seek out trips on the Gandalf. Fred the guide was superb...ensuring everyone got the biking experience they wanted and just a lovely guy all around!! This was my first Bike & Barge but it won't be my last...I've got friends lined up wanting to join me on my next trip...they didn't know such trips exist, but they do now!!

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Kris 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was such an amazing trip on the Gandalf with Captain Hans and Fred the guide. The description does not do this trip justice. You go through such varied terrain like forests, along the water and the towns were sooo charming! I've been to Holland many times and yet I saw such a beautiful side of Holland that blew me away!

    Boat: Gandalf

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De Nassau Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat Deluxe class boats are very nicely furnished 5-star ships featuring large cabins with low beds, private bathrooms, a large dining area, separate saloon, and more.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.

Gandalf Photo

Gandalf Netherlands, Belgium Standard Class Boat The classic MS Gandalf is a comfort class passenger ship that can accommodate 20 guests. Almost everything on this barge is on one level, including the comfortable salon which has scenic panoramic windows.

Wending Photo

Wending Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a passenger motor barge in the early nineties and faithfully maintained since. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a fulfilling day of cycling.

Sailing Home Photo

Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Premium Class Boat Built in 2001, the Sailing Home was designed specifically to provide a more attractive hotel ship during your carefree vacation. It was built to meet the latest wishes and ideas with respect to comfort and service. The experience of a lifetime: cycling through the most beautiful spots within the Netherlands while residing on a very comfortable, newly built and well-furnished ship.

Magnifique (Princesse Royal) Photo

Magnifique (Princesse Royal) Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.

De Holland Photo

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