Bike tour through Veere in Zeeland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Rolf Schmitz

Carriage ride in Middelburg, Zeeland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Marian van der Weide

Rotterdam to the Zeeland Province

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour from Holland’s second largest city

  • The province of Zeeland, also referred to as the "Land in the Sea" is located in the west of the Netherlands and mostly consists of islands and peninsulas. The Eastern and Western Scheldt estuaries reach far inland, thus making Zeeland a paradise for flora and fauna. You will cycle from the energetic city of Rotterdam, which is unlike any city in the Netherlands, to the province of Zeeland. You will discover the historic towns of Zierikzee, Middelburg, and the Delta Works, Holland’s most impressive storm surge barriers. Sample delicious mussels, oysters and Eastern Scheldt Lobster. You should not miss out on a stop in one of the numerous fish restaurants!

    Highlights:

    Innovative Rotterdam
    Relaxing Dordrecht
    Majestic harbor of Middleburg and the central market
    Beautiful Zierikzee
    Engineering marvel, the Delta Works
    Deltapark Neeltje Jans

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  • Twin cabin/main deck £ 769 $ 1,549 889 NOK 8520 kr 7864 $ 1,022
    Twin cabin/upper deck/astern £ 898 $ 1,810 1039 NOK 9957 kr 9191 $ 1,195
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 942 $ 1,898 1089 NOK 10436 kr 9633 $ 1,252
    Single cabin/upper deck £ 1287 $ 2,594 1489 NOK 14270 kr 13172 $ 1,712

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 82 $ 166 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109

    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

    Fly into and out of Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take a train to Rotterdam. Travel time is 26 minutes.

    Climate

    Zeeland gets the largest amount of annual hours of sunshine in the Netherlands. During the warmest days an ever blowing sea breeze offers some cooling. This combination causes the climate of Zeeland to be one of the most pleasant in the Netherlands during the summer. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good site to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    It is possible to book optional excursions on board.  Depending on the group composition, the tours will be bilingual, German-English

    Documents

     

    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 traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.


Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort plus boat, the Olympia

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Program according  to itinerary from/to Rotterdam
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Change of linen and towels on request
  • All meals: 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches or light lunch on board, 7 three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • All port, bridge, and lock fees
  • Daily briefing on the respective cycle tours 
  • Maps and information material for the cycle tours (one set per cabin)
  • Tour leader on board
  • Bike rental -7 speed unisex hybrid city touring bike (Velo de Ville) with hand and back pedal brakes or freewheel, equipped with pannier

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From889 Rates
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Tour Dates

June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, and September 14, 2019

*Minimum number of participants: 70 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Skill Level

This is an easy self guided bike and boat tour. Due to its numerous cycle paths, Holland has become a paradise for cyclists. The cycle routes are on flat terrain and are easy to cycle on but headwinds can be a factor.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rotterdam to the Zeeland Province Map

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam, Rotterdam – Dordrecht
Day 2: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Hellevoetsluis, 28 mi. (45 km) 
Day 3: Hellevoetsluis - Bruinisse, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bruinisse - Middelburg, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Middelburg - Veere | Middelburg - Neeltje Jans - Veere, approx. 35 km
Day 6: Veere - Bruinisse - Willemstad | Bruinisse - Willemstad, approx. 34 km
Day 7: Willemstad - Rotterdam, approx. 39 km
Day 8: Departure from Rotterdam

In case of flood or low tide or severe weather,  the shipping company reserves the right to change the route   Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit.

Italicized parts will be undertaken by boat.

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam, Rotterdam - Dordrecht
Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation at about 4:00 pm. You may have  some time left to see Rotterdam’s stunning Market Hall. The Dutch refer to it as their version of the "Sistine Chapel“. At 6:00 pm, the boat navigates to Holland’s oldest town, Dordrecht, impressively located on an island between three wide rivers. 

Day 2: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Hellevoetsluis, 28 mi. (45 km)
In the morning, set sail for Willemstad, a small fortified town dating from the 17th/18th century, which is well worth visiting. Here start for your first cycle tour. Cross the inland waters of Haringvliet over the Volkerakdam, and cycle through fields and past storybook villages like Zwartsluis and Goudswaard to the popular water sports center of Hellevoetsluis. 

Day 3: Hellevoetsluis - Bruinisse, 28 mi. (45 km)
During good swimming weather, before you begin to cycle, it is well worth it to take a detour to the bathing beach of Rockanje, a wide fine sand beach with marvellous dunes. Once on the bike, you will cross the Haringvliet again, passing through small villages like Stellendam with the mill Korenlust, the small water sport village of Herkingen. Continuing along the Grevelingendam, you reach the mussel village of Bruinisse. 

Day 4: Bruinisse - Middelburg, 34 mi. (54 km)
Today you cycle to the small town of Zierikzee, which is among the 10 most beautiful Dutch national heritage towns. Once a rich trading city, it has a beautiful port and lots of monuments. The "fat tower" rises high above the town. The top of the tower offers marvellous views over the town, the harbor, and the island. Yoy crossthe Zeeland Bridge to Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland. Once the second most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Middleburg is a town full of history. Numerous shops and cafes are waiting to be discovered.

Day 5: Middelburg - Veere | Middelburg - Neeltje Jans - Veere, 22 mi. (35 km)
Destination of today’s cycle tour is Neeltje Jans. The former working island was created by rafcdising a sand flat to facilitate the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. You will have the possibility not only to marvel at the locks from up close but also from the inside. Afterwards, continue the cycle tour to Veere, a beautiful holiday seaside town, where once deeply loaded Scottish ships landed.

Day 6: Veere - Bruinisse - Willemstad | Bruinisse - Willemstad, 21 mi. (34 km)
Cycle via Oude-Tonge – the small, popular water sports village was badly impacted by the 1953 flood catastrophe. 305 people are buried in a mass grave near the dike just outside the village – and via small villages like Achthuizen back to Willemstad. 

Day 7: Willemstad - Rotterdam, 24 mi. (39 km)
Today´s cycle tour starts in Willemstad and takes you back to Rotterdam. While passing the popular Erasmus Bridge you can see MS Olympia from a distance which already awaits you. Use this opportunity and experience Europe´s largest harbor on an interesting harbor tour.

Day 8: Departure from Rotterdam
Disembarkation until 9:00am and individual journey home.

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