Windmills in the Zaanse Schans, Zaandam. Photo via Flickr:MoyanBrenn

Souvenir shop with "klompen" in Holland. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Highlights of Holland

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Discover the world of Rembrandt

Go to the Netherlands and discover for yourself the world’s #1 bike country personally during this bike and boat tour in the land of Rembrandt. You will ride through Holland’s country side: polders in Purmerend, 18th century windmills in Zaanse-Schans, and the flower auctions of Aalsmeer. You will see Holland’s art: The Maurits House Museum full of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer, the Panorama Mesdag cylindrical painting that is over 45 feet tall, the Stedelijk Museum (Museum of Modern Art), and the Van Gogh Museum. You can also explore Holland’s history: St. Bavo’s Church in Haarlem where Mozart once played, 17th century almshouses or ‘hofjes’, and the Cruquius Pumping Station museum, illustrating the Dutch’s battle with the sea.

This is only a taste of what can be experienced on this tour, so come along and see for yourself!

A list of all of our bike barge tours in Holland can be found here.

Tour Dates

Aboard the Comfort class boat: 
Jelmar: June 3, June 24, July 22, September 2, and September 9, 2017

Aboard Standard Plus boats:
Tijdgeest: June 10, July 1, and July 29, 2017

Clair de Lune: July 15, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort class boats the Jelmar or the Tidjgeest

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 3 course dinners on board
  • 7 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with pannier bags
  • Bicycle protection
  • Tour guide
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares
  • Museum entrance fees

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks on board
  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned in program
  • Gratuities
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From780 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy, guided bike and boat tour with variable cycling distances per day in and around interesting cities and towns.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Highlights of Holland Map

Day 1: Amsterdam - Uithoorn/Kudelstaart, 12 miles (20 km)
Day 2: Uithoorn/Kudelstaart - Leiden, 33 miles  (55 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Haarlem, 30 miles (50  km)
Day 4: Haarlem - Alkmaar, 30 miles (50 km)
Day 5: Alkmaar, round trip, 33 miles (55 km)
Day 6: Alkmaar - Purmerend, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Purmerend - Amsterdam, 30 miles (50 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam 

*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Amsterdam - Uithoorn/Kudelstaart, 12 miles (20 km)
Boarding time in Amsterdam begins at 12:30 PM. The boat begins cruising at 1:30 pm and will take you right through the city's center. There is a short cycle trip following the banks of the Amstel river ending in Uithoorn/Kudelstaart,  a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen.

Day 2: Uithoorn/Kudelstaart - Leiden, 33 miles (55 km)
Today’s route uses bike paths and crosses the real Green Heart of Holland through the lake areas of Langeraarse Plassen and Braasemer Meer. It ends in the university town, Leiden. You will spend the night in Leiden, birthplace of the great painter Rembrandt. Leiden originated around 800 AD as a market place at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine Rivers, the Vliet River, and the Mare. For a long time, it was the center of the textile industry in Medieval Times. A well-known episode from Leiden history is the siege of 1574 by the Spanish. They were finally driven away after dikes were broken through and a Watergeuzen fleet had come to help. The rescue of Leiden is still celebrated every year on October 3. In 1575, Leiden was given the right to establish a university as a reward for the courage shown during the siege. It boasts 13 museums, including the Rijksmuseum for Anthropology with many priceless foreign items, the Municipal Museum (Lakenhal, 1640) with works by Dou, Steen, Rembrandt, and Van Goyen, and the Rijksmuseum of Antiques with ancient Egyptian artifacts. There is also the Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden). It is home to a 400-year-old-garden with innumerable exotic plants and trees and is definitely worth a visit. The center of town has several shops and places to eat, or you can sit on an outdoor terrace on the water’s edge and enjoy the unique and lively atmosphere. 

Day 3: Leiden - Haarlem, 30 miles (50  km)
Today you will cycle to the seaside resort, Katwijk, and then through the dune area to Zandvoort. If weather permits, you may spend some time on the beach. Cycling on the path that was used by the fishermen's wives to go to the market, you will end today's tour in Haarlem. The small city center is an inviting place to shop and has been called "best shopping town of the Netherlands". You may also want to relax after a day of cycling at one the of terraces at the big market place. 

Day 4: Haarlem - Alkmaar, 30 miles (50 km)
The first village you arrive in is Spaarndam (the Village of Hans Brinker). After the crossing of the North Sea canal by ferry, you continue your Netherlands cycling through rural villages like Nauerna. The itinerary allows for a visit to the open air museum the Zaanse Schans. After a visit to the museum, you continue following the river Zaan and the Knollendammer canal to the cheese town of Alkmaar. 

Day 5: Alkmaar, round tour, 33 miles (55 km) 
The boat stays docked in Alkmaar. Today's route leads to the unique wood and dune area near the villages Bergen and Schoorl and to the Hondsbossche Zeewering, a sea wall. There will be plenty of time to have a drink at an outdoor cafe or to walk on the beach. You may also choose to spend the day on your own sightseeing in Alkmaar or relaxing at the seaside. 

Day 6: Alkmaar - Purmerend, 27 miles (45 km)
After passing Oterleek and Avenhorn, you arrive in Hoorn, a historic port town. The road along the coast offers a splendid view over the Ijssel Lake and follows the canal "Beemsterringvaart" to Purmerend. Along the way, you will visit the windmill museum in Schermerhorn. 

Day 7: Purmerend - Amsterdam, 30 miles (50 km)
Today your Holland bike tour takes you to the picturesque village of Edam and through the fishing village of Volendam. You will ride along the coastline of the Ijsssel lake and via the ferry crossing, you will arrive back in Amsterdam. Of the many interesting places to explore in Amsterdam, we recommend the rings of canals, the Jordaan area with its many pubs, outdoor cafes and quaint shops, the Vondelpark and its outdoor concerts, the antique shops in the Spiegel district; Museum square with the Rijksmuseum (National Museum), Stedelijk Museum (Museum of Modern Art), the Van Gogh Museum, and of course the Anne Frank House. Other typical features of Amsterdam are its numerous ‘hofjes’ or almshouses, the floating flower market, and the hundreds of houseboats that line the canals.

Day 8: Amsterdam, end of the tour after breakfast

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  • S. Littlefield 4 months ago

    Holland has such fabulous bike routes and a tradition of bicycling. We left the boat by 9 am and reconnected with it by 4 at a new location. The cities that we rode to and through were old, small and quaint. The many stops along the way we're interesting and the people everywhere were wonderful. I highly recommend this trip.

    Boat: Tijdgeest

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