Gorgeous facades and canals in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Andres Nieto Porras

Cheese shop in Schoonhoven, the Netherlands. Flickr:bert knottenbeld
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The Best of Holland Bike and Boat Tour

Bike and Barge Tour of Netherlands

The best of Holland on the best boats

  • This new bike and boat tour in Holland on board premium barges combine many of the highlights that you might expect on a tour in Holland, and then some that you do not! The cycling cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam, the city that most want to visit, bursting with culture, art, history and, don't forget, the red light district. But the native Dutch are quick to point out that Amsterdam is NOT Holland. There is so much more to experience.

    Think of water, flowers, and wind.

    One third of Holland's land mass is below sea level and the Dutch have expertly managed and mastered the seas for centuries. The water rich grey skies and dramatic clouds, have inspired some of the world's best artists. Flowers and Holland are inextricably linked, splashing the landscape with pastels, exploding in immaculate Dutch gardens, and cascading down canals, and buildings. Flowers are one of the main export products of the Netherlands. Dutch windmills have harnessed the power of the wind in Holland for as long as the country has been in existence. Windmills, old and new, dot the landscape.

    Think cheese, silver, and bicycles!

    Gouda, Schoonhoven, and EVERYWHERE, a bike. You will visit Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland, and Schoonhoven, the silver city. Holland is the country of bikes! Outnumbering the people, flowing on the one of the world's most developed and well-maintained bicycle route system, bikes are not only a mode of travel but a way of life. You will see for yourself and experience the Best of Holland.


    • Unique wetlands of Waterland
    • Marken
    • The silver and UNESCO site at Kinderdijk or Schoonhoven
    • Dordrecht
    • Gouda
    • CHEESE

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  • 2020 Prices

    Twin cabin $ 2277 £ 1202 $ 2,046 1384 $ 2367 kr 14902 $ 1,566
    Premium twin $ 2606 £ 1376 $ 2,342 1584 $ 2709 kr 17055 $ 1,792
    Twin cabin for single-use $ 3329 £ 1758 $ 2,991 2024 $ 3460 kr 21787 $ 2,289
    Single cabin $ 2908 £ 1536 $ 2,614 1768 $ 3024 kr 19036 $ 2,000
    *Triple cabin $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509
    *Premium triple $ 2491 £ 1315 $ 2,238 1514 $ 2589 kr 16301 $ 1,713

    *Triple cabins are limited and available as premium or regular cabin.

    Magnifique II 
    Twin cabin $ 2277 £ 1202 $ 2,046 1384 $ 2367 kr 14902 $ 1,566
    Premium twin $ 2606 £ 1376 $ 2,342 1584 $ 2709 kr 17055 $ 1,792
    Upper deck suite $ 3099 £ 1636 $ 2,785 1884 $ 3222 kr 20285 $ 2,131
    Twin cabin for single-use $ 3329 £ 1758 $ 2,991 2024 $ 3460 kr 21787 $ 2,289
    *Triple cabin $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509
    *Triple suite upper deck $ 2935 £ 1550 $ 2,637 1784 $ 3051 kr 19208 $ 2,018

    *Triple cabins are limited and on request, 3 per departure, 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck

    Magnifique III 
    Twin cabin $ 2277 £ 1202 $ 2,046 1384 $ 2367 kr 14902 $ 1,566
    Upper deck suite $ 3099 £ 1636 $ 2,785 1884 $ 3222 kr 20285 $ 2,131
    Single cabin $ 3329 £ 1758 $ 2,991 2024 $ 3460 kr 21787 $ 2,289
    *Triple cabin $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509
    *Triple suite upper deck $ 2935 £ 1550 $ 2,637 1784 $ 3051 kr 19208 $ 2,018

    *Triple cabins are limited and on request,  3 per departure: 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck

    Magnifique IV 
    Twin cabin $ 2277 £ 1202 $ 2,046 1384 $ 2367 kr 14902 $ 1,566
    Upper deck Suite $ 3099 £ 1636 $ 2,785 1884 $ 3222 kr 20285 $ 2,131
    Twin cabin/single use $ 3329 £ 1758 $ 2,991 2024 $ 3460 kr 21787 $ 2,289
    *Triple cabin $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509

    *Triple cabins are limited and on request

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 165 £ 87 $ 148 100 $ 171 kr 1077 $ 113

    Gluten free requests (payable on board): $ 82 £ 43 $ 74 50 $ 86 kr 538 $ 57

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start is Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)

    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. We will provide detailed docking/mooring information in your final travel information.


    Be sure to check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use when researching local weather is weatherbase.com. Here you will find average high/ low temperatures, average rainfall, and other information related to the weather.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and 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. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *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

2020 Dates

Deluxe class 

Magnifique: Saturdays, May 9, June 13, June 20, September 5, and September 12, 2020
Magnifique II: Wednesdays, July 1, July 8, August 26, and September 2, 2020
Magnifique III: Saturdays, May 23, May 30, August 1, and August 8, 2020
Magnifique IV: Wednesdays, June 24, and July 1, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy guided or self-guided bike and boat tour. The majority of the time you will cycle on dedicated bike paths or county roads, but there are times that you will share the road with car traffic and have to cross busy intersections. Average distance is 40 km and 60 km each day and average speed is 15 km/hr. You should be confident and prepared to cover the distances. On most days there will be a choice between two cycling options: a shorter/longer or quicker/slower tour (this depends on the day-to-day program). Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option. It is possible to cycle self-guided with the maps and route descriptions provided or with GPS tracks.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the Deluxe class boats, Magnifique, Magnifique II, and Magnifique III.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights in climate controlled cabin
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches during bike tours, six three-course dinners (dinner in Gouda is not included)
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation
  • Light daily cleaning of the cabin
  • 2 tour leaders (multilingual)
  • Daily briefings of the bike tours
  • 7 gear hybrid unisex touring bike (Batavus - Dinsdag) with brakes, integral frame lock, gel saddle, pannier bag, repair kit, pump, water bottle, helmet.
  • Printed instructions and detailed map for daily bike tours (one set per cabin)
  • Wifi (steel construction of ship effects speed)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Mill visit at Zaanse Schans
  • Entrance to cheese farm
  • Visit to St. Johns church in Gouda
  • Entrance "This is Holland"
  • GPS tracks available for download via maps.me

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam
  • Dinner in Gouda
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in inclusions
  • Drinks other than coffee and tea. All additional beverages can be ordered on board and must be paid in cash
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may apply
  • Electric bike (Batavus – Dinsdag E-go with Nexus 8 gears, 4 support levels, and hand brakes)
  • Travel Insurance
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Best of Holland Map

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam, 3 mi. (1 - 5 km)
Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans museum – Waterland – Volendam, 21 or 26 mi. (33 or 43 km) 
Day 3: Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden | Muiden – Vianen, 24 or 28 mi. (39 or  46 km)
Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven | Schoonhoven - Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht (waterbus ferry), 26 or 34 mi. (41 or 55 km)
Day 5: Dordrecht – Alblasserdam (waterbus ferry) | Alblasserdam –  Gouda, 22 or 33 mi. (37 or 52 km)
Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering, 16 or 34 mi.  (25 or 54 km)
Day 7: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Around Amsterdam Waterland, 18 mi. (28 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, end of the tour

*All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges. On this tour with more than 22 guests, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bike option. Those that choose the short option may not visit all the mentioned highlights. Parts in italics are covered on board.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam, 3 mi. (1 - 5 km)
Embarkation and check-in in the center of Amsterdam.  (It is possible to bring your luggage on board as early as 9:30 am but the cabins will not be ready for check-in.) Just before dinner, the ship will leave Amsterdam to make a short dinner cruise to Zaandam. In Zaandam, the ship moors in the center of the city or near the open-air museum Zaanse Schans. Bikes will be handed out and you can take a short test ride to be sure the fit is correct.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans museum – Waterland – Volendam, 21 or 26 mi. (33 or 43 km) 
Your first cycling tour leads to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans for a short visit and continues cycling through small villages in the beautiful wetlands of Waterland to Volendam. There will be two cycling options offered, one slightly shorter. The ship sails via Amsterdam to Volendam. Late afternoon, dinner, evening, and night on board in Volendam, the small and picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of the Lake IJsselmeer.

Day 3: Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden | Muiden - Vianen, 24 or 28 mi. (39 or  46 km)
In the morning you will have a half hour ferry crossing from Volendam to the former island of Marken. After visiting an authentic Dutch village, you will continue cycling along the coastline towards IJburg, a new and modern part of Amsterdam that was recently built on reclaimed land from the sea. From there on you’ll cycle to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th Century castle on the waterfront. Your day ends in the nearby village of Weesp, where the ship is moored. Around 4  or 5 pm the ship departs for Vianen and you can enjoy a three-course dinner while cruising. Evening and night on board in Vianen, a small fortified town on the lower Rhine River.

Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht (waterbus ferry),  26 or 34 mi. (41 or 55 km)
Today you have a few cycle options. The long option leads all the way from Vianen to Alblasserdam. If you prefer a shorter bike tour you can either bike in the morning or bike in the afternoon. The ship will make a stop halfway in Schoonhoven, also called the ‘Silver City’. In the afternoon the cycling tour takes you from Schoonhoven through the Alblasserwaard polder to Alblasserdam, This is where you pass the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage site). It is known as one of the most photogenic sights of the Netherlands. You can have a look around in one of the windmills and the visitor center before you will take the Waterbus ferry to Dordrecht. Dordrecht, or Dordt as it is called by insiders, is one of the oldest Dutch cities, at the junction of three major rivers. In the evening, after dinner, you can join for a short city walk. You will spend the night in Dordrecht on board of the ship.

Day 5: Dordrecht – Alblasserdam (waterbus ferry) | Alblasserdam –  Gouda, 22 or 33 mi. (37 or 52 km)
When you’ve finished breakfast you will return by Waterbus to Alblasserdam to start your cycling tour. Close to Bergambacht you may visit a cheese farm where you will learn about the traditional cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results. Continue cycling to Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland. Enjoy this beautiful historical city, the old market square and the Cheese Weighing House during the afternoon and evening. This evening dinner is not included, so you will enjoy a wonderful meal in one of many restaurants in Gouda. We have various restaurant recommendations available on board.

Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering, 16 or 34 mi.  (25 or 54 km)
Today’s cycling tour starts in Gouda and shows you the typical scenery of the Green Heart of Holland with green landscapes, wide views, small canals, and tiny lakes – all below sea level! The optional longer cycling tour leads via Leiden, the birthplace of renowned painter Rembrandt and residence of the oldest university of the Netherlands. Both cycling options end in Oude Wetering. Dinner, evening and night on board the ship in this small village.

Day 7: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Around Amsterdam Waterland, 18 mi. (28 km)
After breakfast, you’ll start your last cycling day from Oude Wetering along the canal and through the ‘Amsterdam forest’ into Amsterdam. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, a museum, do some shopping... there is just so much to do! In the evening you can join a boat tour through the beautiful canals of old Amsterdam(UNESCO cultural heritage). A wonderful way to conclude of your trip!

Day 8: Amsterdam, end of the tour
Check-out and disembarkation right after breakfast by 9:30 am. 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).

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Tour Reviews

  • David B. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    Everything was superb! The boat (Magnifique II), the food, the Ebikes we rented, and the scenery. The guides were helpful and professional. The Ebikes we rented were for say to use and ride. We recommend the ebike option for everyone, especially if you have concerns about the riding.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Mimi C. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Everything was well organized on this beautiful boat and the crew was very helpful and attentive to everyone’s needs. We had a great time and would highly recommend this tour.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Doug D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    A fantastic experience , I cant think of a thing I would change. The Best of Holland tour was great aboard the Magnifique III, cant wait to select our next tour.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Daniel S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Atmosphere was great and bike guide was excellent. I already recommended to few friends.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Elizabeth S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed the 'Best of Holland' bike tour. The Magnifique III Team were all wonderful, the food was truly excellent and our rooms were spacious and comfortable. We particularly loved Edam and the Waterlands area, also Gouda and Leiden. The daily tours were very well planned and we really did see the best of Holland.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Carol M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Biking thru picturesque Holland was was delightful. The next thing to view was more beautiful than the last.
    Next time I’d get an ebike.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Nicholas M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We completed the Best of Holland Cycling tour.
    Not only was the the scenery beautiful, but the attentiveness of the crew on the boat and during our bike ride was exceptional.

    Boat: Magnifique III

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Best of Holland Boats + Barges

Magnifique Photo

Magnifique 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.

Magnifique II Photo

Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat In 2016, we saw the launch of a new premium barge, the Magnifique II, to wonderful reviews. The ship boasts a classical style with emphasis on superior comfort. Highlights of the barge include 4 upper deck suites, with cozy seating area, and lovely large panoramic windows. This ship has earned the premium designation!

Magnifique III Photo

Magnifique III Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat A new ship in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!

Magnifique IV Photo

Magnifique IV Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat Following the overwhelming success of the premium barges Magnifique, Magnifique II (2016), and Magnifique III (2018), we are proud to now offer a new addition, the Magnifique IV. The Magnifique IV is currently being constructed and will be ready for the 2020 season!