Biking and boating in Kinderdijk, Molenwaard, South Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

Harbor and Town Hall in Leiden, South Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Roman Boed
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Heart of Holland

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

  • This bike and barge tour will take you over quiet cycle paths through Holland's beautiful green countryside. Beginning in Amsterdam, the route leads to Zaanse Schans, a unique village with a collection of wooden houses, windmills, and shops. From there, it is on to the beautiful town center of Haarlem with all its wonderful little courtyards. A stunning route along the North Sea coast will take you to the university cities Leiden and Delft, where you can admire the world-famous Delft Blue. Visit the Kinderdijk with its 19 windmills in a row. Other highlights include the province Zuid-Holland, the cheese town Gouda, and the small village of Kudelstaart. Early birds can visit the largest flower market in the world in Aalsmeer.

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  • 2017:
    May, June, July, and August: £ 818 $ 1,289 889 NOK 8594 kr 7933 $ 1,031

    Twin cabin for single use: £ 1095 $ 1,724 1189 NOK 11494 kr 10610 $ 1,379

    Triple cabin: £ 736 $ 1,159 799 NOK 7724 kr 7130 $ 927

    September: £ 772 $ 1,217 839 NOK 8110 kr 7486 $ 973

    Twin cabin for single use: £ 1049 $ 1,652 1139 NOK 11010 kr 10163 $ 1,321

    Triple cabin: £ 690 $ 1,086 749 NOK 7240 kr 6683 $ 869

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the comfort class boat, the Jelmar

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x three course dinner)
  • 7 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • 1 x weekly cabin cleaning
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions
  • Wifi in the lounge
  • Coffee and tea until 4 p.m.

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival and departure from the boat
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From829 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates:
July 1, July 8, August 26, and September 16, September 23, and September 30, 2017

Skill Level

This is an easy, self guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 10 and 34 miles (15 and 55 km).

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaanse Schans – Haarlem, 22-34 miles (approx. 35-55 km)
Day 3: Haarlem – North Sea coast – Leiden, 34 miles (approx. 55 km)
Day 4: Leiden – Delft, 22 miles (approx. 35 km)
Day 5: Delft – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk (Schoonhoven) – Gouda, 19-28 miles (approx. 30-45 km)
Day 6: Gouda - Kudelstaart, 34 miles (approx. 55 km)
Day 7: Kudelstaart – Aalsmeer – Amsterdam or Kudelstaart to Amsterdam, 10-25 miles (approx. 15-40 km)
Day 8: End of the tour; disembarkation in Amsterdam

Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam
Embarkation begins at 2 p.m. in the center of Amsterdam at NEMO museum, Oosterdok. You can then set out to explore the city center, which is located within walking distance, and make a round trip through the canals. An introduction takes place at 5:30, during which the crew is presented, and the first dinner on board is served; the rental bicycles are also handed out at this time.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaanse Schans – Haarlem (approx. 35-55 km / 22-34 miles)
You visit the lovely open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ after a short cruise to Zaandam. An old 18th and 19th century Dutch village was reconstructed in the museum, where you can visit windmills, a cheese-maker, and a clog maker. You then cycle to Haarlem, where you are able to stroll through the lovely city center and the Grote Markt (market square) in the evening. If preferred, today’s bike tour can also be extended with a visit of the sea locks of IJmuiden and the Kennemer Dunes.

Day 3: Haarlem – North Sea coast – Leiden (approx. 55 km / 34 miles)
You cycle along the North Sea Coast and through the dunes, via the seaside resorts Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee. The day ends in Leiden, on of the the oldest university cities. Here you can follow in the footsteps of the famous painter, Rembrandt, through the beautiful old city center.

Day 4: Leiden – Delft (approx. 35 km / 22 miles)
From Leiden you cycle to Delft, where a Delft Blue porcelain studio can be viewed and visited. The royal crypts of the House of Orange are also located in the beautiful center of Delft. From Delft you can also visit The Hague. If you prefer not to cycle here, you can also take the or per train or tram. Highlights of today's route include the Binnenhof, the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), and the Scheveningen seaside resort. 

Day 5: Delft – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk (Schoonhoven) – Gouda (approx. 30-45 km / 19-28 miles)
You travel per boat through the remarkable international port of Rotterdam, from Delft to Kinderdijk. The Kinderdijk offers an impressive view of 19 windmills in a row. From here, you cycle a shorter distance directly to Gouda, known for its famous cheese. You can also choose to take the longer route via Schoonhoven, also known as the silver city.

Day 6: Gouda - Kudelstaart (approx. 55 km / 34 miles)
You cycle to the small town of Kudelstaart, straight through the idyllic South Holland landscape with numerous little canals. At the mooring place on the banks of the Westeinder Plassen (“West End” Lakes), you can enjoy the beautiful view.

Day 7: Kudelstaart – Aalsmeer (Amsterdam) (approx. 15-40 km / 10-25 m) | or Kudelstaart - Amsterdam
Early in the morning you can visit the large flower auction at Aalsmeer (entrance fee not included). After breakfast you can choose to cruise through the City of Amsterdam to the mooring place or cycle into the city through the city park Amsterdamse Bos or along the Amstel river. Take some time to enjoy the attractions in the city center during the afternoon and evening.

Day 8: End of the tour; disembarkation in Amsterdam
Bid the crew farewell and disembark after breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

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Customer Feedback

  • Shirley 2 months ago

    We just completed this trip (may 13 - 20), and loved the experience. The rural scenery was so lovely - however if you are looking for more than peaceful pastures and canals for 6 days, then this might not be the trip for you. The first day of biking was into a strong wind for 55 km which made it very challenging. I would recommend an e-bike! The bikes were very heavy, the gears changed easily, the saddlebags and bike locks worked very well. Although we had maps, 2 GPS, a discussion of the route by the captain....we still got lost every time we went through a city. There were several times that the map showed a road number however that number was not found on the road signs. The food was served family style and was plentiful. The boat was small but suitable for the 19 passengers, the bathrooms were tiny but there was plenty of hot water for showers.
    Negatives - no ice for our water bottles; no fans or air conditioning for the couple of days that were extremely hot; our rooms were never cleaned; the captain tended to be curt; the maps were not always accurate.

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Jelmar Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Jelmar, recently renovated during the winter of 2006/2007, has 10 twin cabins with level beds, washbasin and shower/toilet, and 1 twin cabin with a bunk bed. The well upgraded ship is ready to receive new guests while sailing in the Netherlands.