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

Biking and boating historical cities in Holland and also the green heart of Central and Southern Holland

  • 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: £ 847 $ 1,334 889 NOK 8890 kr 8206 $ 1,067

    Twin cabin for single use: £ 1132 $ 1,784 1189 NOK 11890 kr 10975 $ 1,427

    Triple cabin: £ 761 $ 1,199 799 NOK 7990 kr 7375 $ 959

    September: £ 799 $ 1,259 839 NOK 8390 kr 7745 $ 1,007

    Twin cabin for single use: £ 1085 $ 1,709 1139 NOK 11390 kr 10514 $ 1,367

    Triple cabin: £ 713 $ 1,124 749 NOK 7490 kr 6914 $ 899

    Cabin typeHigh seasonLow season
    Twin bed £ 866 $ 1,364 909 NOK 9090 kr 8391 $ 1,091 £ 799 $ 1,259 839 NOK 8390 kr 7745 $ 1,007
    *Twin for single use £ 1161 $ 1,829 1219 NOK 12190 kr 11252 $ 1,463 £ 1085 $ 1,709 1139 NOK 11390 kr 10514 $ 1,367
    **Triple £ 780 $ 1,229 819 NOK 8190 kr 7560 $ 983 £ 713 $ 1,124 749 NOK 7490 kr 6914 $ 899

    *One single per departure
    **Third bed in triple cabin is a bunk bed (70 x 180 cm) and only suitable for a child

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Bike helmet rental, MUST be reserved in advance: £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 100 kr 92 $ 12 Canal tour, Amsterdam: £ 12 $ 19 13 NOK 125 kr 115 $ 15

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Tour Dates

2017 Dates:
August 26, September 16, September 23, and September 30, 2017
2018 Dates: 
High Season:
May 12, May 19, May 26, June 9, June 16, June 30, July 7, August 18, August 25, and September 15, 2018
Low Season:
September 22, September 29, and October 6, 2018

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
  • Change of towels daily if requested
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions, one set per cabin
  • 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/waterfus
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From839 Rates
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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, 24 or 34 mi. (40 or 55 km)
Day 3: Haarlem – North Sea coast – Leiden, 25 or 34 mi. (42 or 55 km)
Day 4: Leiden – Delft, 22 or 34 mi. (37 or 42 km)
Day 5: Delft – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk (Schoonhoven) – Gouda, 19 or 28 miles (30 or 45 km)
Day 6: Gouda - Kudelstaart, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 7: Kudelstaart – Aalsmeer – Amsterdam or Kudelstaart to Amsterdam, 10 or 25 miles (approx. 15 or 40 km)
Day 8: End of the tour; disembarkation in Amsterdam

All distances are approximate. Changes in itinerary due to mooring regulations, bridge or lock repair may occur without advance notification.

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. This is a great opportunity to go on a canal cruise. 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, 24 - 34 mi. (40 - 55 km)
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, 25 or 34 mi. (42 or 55 km)
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, 22 or 34 mi. (37 - 42 km)
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, 19 or 28 miles (30 or 45 km)
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, 34 miles (55 km)​​​​​​​
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, 10 or 25 miles (approx. 15 or 40 km)​​​​​​​| 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 3 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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Heart of Holland Boats + Barges

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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.