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

Windmills galore in Kinderdijk, South Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:John Morgan

Best of Holland

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

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 existance. 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 oa Schoonhoven
    • Dordrecht
    • Gouda
    • CHEESE
  • Cabin typeAll departures
    Twin cabin £ 1137 $ 1,768 1174 NOK 11936 kr 11018 $ 1,432
    Premium twin (Magnifique I and II) £ 1330 $ 2,069 1374 NOK 13969 kr 12894 $ 1,676
    Upper deck suite (Magnifique II and III) £ 1524 $ 2,371 1574 NOK 16002 kr 14771 $ 1,920
    Single cabin £ 1476 $ 2,295 1524 NOK 15494 kr 14302 $ 1,859
    Triple cabin £ 1088 $ 1,693 1124 NOK 11427 kr 10548 $ 1,371
    Premium triple cabin (Magnifique I) £ 1234 $ 1,919 1274 NOK 12952 kr 11956 $ 1,554
    Triple cabin/upper deck suite (Mag II & III) £ 1427 $ 2,220 1474 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798

    Triple cabins are limited and on request  Magnifique: 2 triple premium cabins and 2 normal triple cabins. Magnifique II and III: 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple cabin below deck). 

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110

    Gluten free requests (payable on board): £ 48 $ 75 50 NOK 508 kr 469 $ 61

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

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

    Local Travel

    From Schiphol, you can access train from the airport to Amsterdam Central. From there, either short taxi ride or mooring could be within walking distance.


    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.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the premium vessels, Magnifique, Magnifique II, and Magnifique III.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals, 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches during bike tours, six three course dinners (dinner in Gouda is not included)
  • Bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
  • Light daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation
  • 2 Tour leaders (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free) *Only available if 18 or more cyclists book
  • For self guided cyclists, the tour leader will cycle the daily bike tour and can be reached by individual travelers on his/her cell phone
  • Fully guided bike tours
  • Rental bicycle 7-gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag and helmet
  • Printed instructions and detailed map for daily bike tours (one set per cabin)
  • Complimentary coffee and tea

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam
  • Dinner in Gouda
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may apply
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
From1174 Rates
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Tour Dates

Magnifique: Saturdays, April 28, July 28, and August 4, 2018
Magnifique II: Wednesdays, May 16, 2018
Magnifique III: Saturdays, July 7, July 14, August 18, and August 25, 2018

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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 - 29 mi. (33 - 46 km) 
Day 3: Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden – Weesp, 22 - 28 mi. (35 – 45 km)
Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht (waterbus ferry), 14 - 30 mi. (22 - 48 km)
Day 5: Dordrecht – Alblasserdam (waterbus ferry) | Alblasserdam – Kinderdijk – Gouda, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering, 25 - 34 mi.  (40 – 54 km)
Day 7: Oude Wetering – Ouderkerk aan de Amstel – Amsterdam, 15 - 27 mi. (23 – 43 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, end of the tour

*All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam, 3 mi. (1 - 5 km)
Embarkation and check-in in the center of Amsterdam at 2 pm. (It is possilble 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 - 29 mi. (33 - 46 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 – Weesp, 22 - 28 mi. (35 – 45 km)
In the morning you will have a half hour ferry crossing from Volendam to the former island of Marken. After visiting 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 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), 14 - 30 mi. (22 - 48 km)
After breakfast it is time to get back on the bike. If you opt for the longer tour, you will start cycling straight from Vianen along the River Lek (lower Rhine) to Schoonhoven. In the meantime, the ship will sail to Schoonhoven, also called the ‘Silver City’, where the shorter cycling tour shall start. The next (or first, depending on what option you choose) part of today’s cycling tour goes from Schoonhoven through the Alblasserwaard polder to Alblasserdam, where you will take the Waterbus ferry to Dordrecht. Dordrecht, or Dordt as it is called by insiders, is one of the oldest Dutch cities, on the conjunction of 3 major rivers. In the evening, after dinner, you can join for a short city walk. The night will be in Dordrecht on board of the ship.

Day 5: Dordrecht – Alblasserdam (waterbus ferry) | Alblasserdam – Kinderdijk – Gouda, 19 mi. (30 km)
When you’ve finished breakfast you will return by Waterbus to Alblasserdam. This is where a short cycling tour starts to 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. 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. Night on board the barge in Gouda. Optional cycling option: an additional afternoon round tour from/to Gouda: 20-25 km.

Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering, 25 - 34 mi.  (40 – 54 km)
Today’s cycling tour starts in Gouda and shows you the typical scenery of the so called 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 – Ouderkerk aan de Amstel – Amsterdam, 15 - 27 mi. (23 – 43 km)
After breakfast, you’ll start your last cycling tour from Oude Wetering along the Amstel River via Ouderkerk aan de Amstel into Amsterdam. En route you can visit a cheese and clog farm, where you taste (and shop for) some cheeses. The Amstel River is the eponym of Amsterdam. For the optional shorter cycling tour you can stay on board for the first part and cross the Lake Westeinder. Start your cycling tour in the outskirts of Amsterdam, ride through the Amsterdamse Bos (forest area) and the Vondelpark. Dinner, evening and night on board in Amsterdam. In the evening you can join the boat tour through the canals of old Amsterdam (UNESCO cultural heritage). A wonderful end of your trip!

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

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