Canals in Amsterdam are a UNESCO site. North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:faungg's photos

Windmill in Leiden, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Tambako the Jaguar
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Southern Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

See some of Holland’s best cities!

  • This bike tour in Holland takes you along beautiful paths through some of Holland's most scenic countryside and each day's destination seems better than the one before. Starting and ending in Amsterdam, this tour also visits the prestigious towns of Haarlem, Leiden, Scheveningen, The Hague, Delft, and Rotterdam.

    Depending on the boat, the itinerary may include a visit to Gouda, where traditional horse-drawn carriages still bring cheese to the Waag or weighing house. And don’t forget that April and May are the tulip months in Holland, and during this time there is an opportunity to visit the Keukenhof (a park filled with hundreds of various tulips and other floral marvels).

    Be sure to check out all of our Bike and Boat tours in Holland.

  • 2017

    Angela Esmee

    CabinsMay 6 and Sep 2All other departures
    Twin Cabin (lower) £ 808 $ 1,395 909 NOK 8484 kr 7831 $ 1,018 £ 844 $ 1,456 949 NOK 8857 kr 8176 $ 1,063
    Twin Cabin (upper) £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 959 $ 1,655 1079 NOK 10071 kr 9296 $ 1,208
    Single Cabin (lower) £ 1004 $ 1,732 1129 NOK 10537 kr 9727 $ 1,264 £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309
    Single Cabin (upper) £ 1119 $ 1,932 1259 NOK 11751 kr 10847 $ 1,410 £ 1155 $ 1,993 1299 NOK 12124 kr 11191 $ 1,455

    Children's discount for July 8 and August 5 departures: 50% discount on tour price valid for ages 11 and under.

    Anna Maria Agnes

    CabinsEarlyMiddleMainLate
    Twin Cabin (lower) £ 737 $ 1,272 829 NOK 7737 kr 7142 $ 928 £ 808 $ 1,395 909 NOK 8484 kr 7831 $ 1,018 £ 844 $ 1,456 949 NOK 8857 kr 8176 $ 1,063 £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996
    Twin Cabin (upper) £ 852 $ 1,471 959 NOK 8951 kr 8262 $ 1,074 £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 959 $ 1,655 1079 NOK 10071 kr 9296 $ 1,208 £ 906 $ 1,563 1019 NOK 9511 kr 8779 $ 1,141
    Single Cabin (lower) £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 1004 $ 1,732 1129 NOK 10537 kr 9727 $ 1,264 £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309 £ 977 $ 1,686 1099 NOK 10257 kr 9468 $ 1,231
    Single Cabin (upper) £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309 £ 1119 $ 1,932 1259 NOK 11751 kr 10847 $ 1,410 £ 1155 $ 1,993 1299 NOK 12124 kr 11191 $ 1,455 £ 1101 $ 1,901 1239 NOK 11564 kr 10674 $ 1,388
    Triple Cabin (lower) £ 719 $ 1,241 809 NOK 7551 kr 6970 $ 906 £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996 £ 826 $ 1,425 929 NOK 8671 kr 8004 $ 1,040 £ 772 $ 1,333 869 NOK 8111 kr 7487 $ 973
    Triple Cabin (upper) £ 835 $ 1,441 939 NOK 8764 kr 8090 $ 1,052 £ 906 $ 1,563 1019 NOK 9511 kr 8779 $ 1,141 £ 941 $ 1,625 1059 NOK 9884 kr 9124 $ 1,186 £ 888 $ 1,533 999 NOK 9324 kr 8607 $ 1,119

    * There are a limited number of triple cabins on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    Sailing Home

    Double cabin: £ 1018 $ 1,757 1145 NOK 10687 kr 9865 $ 1,282

    Single cabin: £ 1413 $ 2,439 1590 NOK 14840 kr 13698 $ 1,781

    Liza Marleen

    Double cabin: £ 956 $ 1,649 1075 NOK 10033 kr 9262 $ 1,204

    Double bed (extra large cabin): £ 1009 $ 1,741 1135 NOK 10593 kr 9778 $ 1,271

    Triple Cabin:   £ 902 $ 1,557 1015 NOK 9473 kr 8745 $ 1,137

    Two bed cabin for single use: £ 1084 $ 1,872 1220 NOK 11387 kr 10511 $ 1,366

    Wending

    Double cabin: £ 907 $ 1,565 1020 NOK 9520 kr 8788 $ 1,142

    Triple cabin: £ 858 $ 1,481 965 NOK 9007 kr 8314 $ 1,081

    Two bed cabin for single use: £ 1084 $ 1,872 1220 NOK 11387 kr 10511 $ 1,366

    Zwaan

    Double cabin: £ 996 $ 1,718 1120 NOK 10453 kr 9649 $ 1,254

    Triple Cabin: £ 969 $ 1,672 1090 NOK 10173 kr 9391 $ 1,221

    Two bed cabin for single use:   £ 1436 $ 2,478 1615 NOK 15073 kr 13914 $ 1,809

    Anna Antal

    Two bed bunk bed cabin: £ 773 $ 1,335 870 NOK 8120 kr 7495 $ 974

    Two bed bunk bed cabin for single use: £ 996 $ 1,718 1120 NOK 10453 kr 9649 $ 1,254

    Two bed cabin with low beds: £ 907 $ 1,565 1020 NOK 9520 kr 8788 $ 1,142

    2018

    Angela Esmee

    CabinsApril 28, May 26, and Sep 1All other departures
    Twin Cabin (lower) £ 808 $ 1,395 909 NOK 8484 kr 7831 $ 1,018 £ 844 $ 1,456 949 NOK 8857 kr 8176 $ 1,063
    Twin Cabin (upper) £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 959 $ 1,655 1079 NOK 10071 kr 9296 $ 1,208
    Single Cabin (lower) £ 1004 $ 1,732 1129 NOK 10537 kr 9727 $ 1,264 £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309
    Single Cabin (upper) £ 1119 $ 1,932 1259 NOK 11751 kr 10847 $ 1,410 £ 1155 $ 1,993 1299 NOK 12124 kr 11191 $ 1,455
    Triple Cabin (lower) £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996 £ 826 $ 1,425 929 NOK 8671 kr 8004 $ 1,040
    Triple Cabin (upper) £ 906 $ 1,563 1019 NOK 9511 kr 8779 $ 1,141 £ 941 $ 1,625 1059 NOK 9884 kr 9124 $ 1,186
    Quadruple (lower) £ 772 $ 1,333 869 NOK 8111 kr 7487 $ 973 £ 808 $ 1,395 909 NOK 8484 kr 7831 $ 1,018
    Quadruple (upper) £ 888 $ 1,533 999 NOK 9324 kr 8607 $ 1,119 £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164

    Anna Maria Agnes

    CabinsEarlyMiddleMainLate
    Twin Cabin (lower) £ 737 $ 1,272 829 NOK 7737 kr 7142 $ 928 £ 808 $ 1,395 909 NOK 8484 kr 7831 $ 1,018 £ 844 $ 1,456 949 NOK 8857 kr 8176 $ 1,063 £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996
    Twin Cabin (upper) £ 852 $ 1,471 959 NOK 8951 kr 8262 $ 1,074 £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 959 $ 1,655 1079 NOK 10071 kr 9296 $ 1,208 £ 906 $ 1,563 1019 NOK 9511 kr 8779 $ 1,141
    Single Cabin (lower) £ 924 $ 1,594 1039 NOK 9697 kr 8951 $ 1,164 £ 1004 $ 1,732 1129 NOK 10537 kr 9727 $ 1,264 £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309 £ 986 $ 1,701 1109 NOK 10351 kr 9554 $ 1,242
    Single Cabin (upper) £ 1039 $ 1,794 1169 NOK 10911 kr 10071 $ 1,309 £ 1119 $ 1,932 1259 NOK 11751 kr 10847 $ 1,410 £ 1155 $ 1,993 1299 NOK 12124 kr 11191 $ 1,455 £ 1101 $ 1,901 1239 NOK 11564 kr 10674 $ 1,388
    Triple Cabin (lower) £ 719 $ 1,241 809 NOK 7551 kr 6970 $ 906 £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996 £ 826 $ 1,425 929 NOK 8671 kr 8004 $ 1,040 £ 772 $ 1,333 869 NOK 8111 kr 7487 $ 973
    Triple Cabin (upper) £ 835 $ 1,441 939 NOK 8764 kr 8090 $ 1,052 £ 906 $ 1,563 1019 NOK 9511 kr 8779 $ 1,141 £ 941 $ 1,625 1059 NOK 9884 kr 9124 $ 1,186 £ 888 $ 1,533 999 NOK 9324 kr 8607 $ 1,119

    Liza Marleen
    Twin bed cabin: £ 1009 $ 1,741 1135 NOK 10593 kr 9778 $ 1,271 Double bed (extra large cabin): £ 1098 $ 1,895 1235 NOK 11527 kr 10640 $ 1,383 Triple Cabin:   £ 929 $ 1,603 1045 NOK 9753 kr 9003 $ 1,170 Two bed cabin/single use: £ 1422 $ 2,455 1600 NOK 14933 kr 13785 $ 1,792

    Sailing Home
    Twin bed cabin: £ 1027 $ 1,772 1155 NOK 10780 kr 9951 $ 1,294 Single cabin: £ 1458 $ 2,516 1640 NOK 15307 kr 14129 $ 1,837

    Wending
    Twin bed cabin : £ 933 $ 1,611 1050 NOK 9800 kr 9046 $ 1,176 Twin bed cabin/single use: £ 1116 $ 1,925 1255 NOK 11713 kr 10812 $ 1,406 Triple cabin: £ 884 $ 1,527 995 NOK 9287 kr 8572 $ 1,114

    extra options

    Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, Wending, and Zwaan:

    Electric bike: £ 58 $ 100 65 NOK 607 kr 560 $ 73 Helmet rental (must be reserved at the time of booking):  £ 9 $ 15 10 NOK 93 kr 86 $ 11 Bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation required): £ 25 $ 44 29 NOK 266 kr 246 $ 32

    2017:
    Angela Esmee and Anna Maria Agnes:

    Electric bike (limited number): £ 84 $ 146 95 NOK 887 kr 818 $ 106 Gluten free or dairy free meals, payable on board: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56 Canal tour in Amsterdam: £ 11 $ 18 12 NOK 112 kr 103 $ 13  

    2018:
    Angela Esmee and Anna Maria Agnes:

    Electric bike (limited number): £ 84 $ 146 95 NOK 887 kr 818 $ 106 Gluten free or dairy free meals, payable on board: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56 Canal tour in Amsterdam: £ 11 $ 19 13 NOK 117 kr 108 $ 14 Helmets: available on request
    Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, and Wending
    Electric bike: £ 71 $ 123 80 NOK 747 kr 689 $ 90 Helmet rental (must be reserved at the time of booking):  £ 9 $ 15 10 NOK 93 kr 86 $ 11 Bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation required): £ 25 $ 44 29 NOK 266 kr 246 $ 32

    please note

    On the Liza Marleen, Wending, and Sailing Home pricing is based on fuel costs as of July 2017. If  the fuel cost increase 5%, additional fees may apply  (even for reservations already booked).

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

Tour Dates

2017 dates
On the Comfort Plus class boats:
Angela Esmee: July 8*, August 5*, and September 2, 2017
*Family discount now being offered! Please see pricing.

Anna Maria Agnes
Early: April 15 and April 22, 2017
Middle season: April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, September 2, and September 9, 2017
Main season: All other departures weekly (Saturdays) from June 3 up to and including, August 26, 2017
Late season: September 16, 2017
Sailing Home: July 8, July 15, 2017

On the Comfort class boats:
Liza Marleen: June 3, July 22, and September 9, 2017
Wending: May 13, May 27, June 10, June 17, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2017
Zwaan: June 24, July 1, and August 5, 2017 

On the Standard Plus boat: 
Anna Antal: May 20, May 27, and July 22, 2017

2018 dates
On the Comfort Plus class boats:
Anna Maria Agnes
Early seaon: April 14 and April 21, 2018
Middle season: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, September 1,  and September 8, 2018
Main season: All other departure dates, weekly from June 2 up to and including August 25, 2018
Late season: September 15, 2018
Angela Esmee
Middle season: April 28, May 26, and September 1, 2018
Main season: July 7 and August 4, 2018
Liza Marleen: May 19, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, and September 15, 2018
Sailing Home: June 9, 2018
On the Comfort class boats:
Wending: May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, and September 22, 2018

Skill Level

Easy, guided tour with average daily distances of ± 26 miles on flat, bike paths and well-maintained asphalt roads with little traffic. On the Angela Esmee and the Anna Maria Agnes, on board tour guide will give extensive descriptions of the day’s cycling route. Guests will bike using provided route descriptions & maps. The guide will also cycle the route but does not actually guide a group. The main role of the tour guide is to provide assistance if needed during the cycling itinerary. On all other boats, tours are fully guided with option for self-guided.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Standard Plus or Comfort Plus class vessels.

What’s Included

  • Angela Esmee and Anna Maria Agnes
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Complimentary drink on first evening and tour presentation
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board until 6 pm
  • One live music night on board
  • Guide support (please see emboldened note below)
  • Printed tour information and detailed maps for cycling (one set per cabin)
  • Minimum two guided city walks (Rotterdam and Doredrecht) with the the tour leader
  • Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in program
  • Free wifi in lounge of ship
  • 7-speed ladies model touring bike with hand brake and hub brake equipped with pannier bag and lock
  • Please note: These tours are not fully guided bike tours but rather supported by a guide who ensures the safety of riders and takes care of mechanical issues. The guide is cycling the route and can be reached by cell phone for quick assistance
  • Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, Wending, and Zwaan
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Printed tour information (one per cabin)
  • Minimum three city guided city walks
  • Ferry fares
  • Free wifi (limited) in lounge and on deck. Surcharge applies for more than 100 MB
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route (Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, and Wending
  • 24-speed hybrid touring bike equipped with pannier bag, water bottle cage, water bottle, and lock (Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, Wending, and Zwaan)

What’s Not Included

  • Anna Maria Agnes and Angela Esmee:
  • Ferry fares en routes
  • Optional visits,entrance not included: Delftware factory, Kinderdijk visitor’s center, St. Jans Church, cheese farm in Oudewater, silversmith in Schoonhoven, city hall in Zaandam
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Special diets (fee may apply)
  • Helmets (available on request, reserve at time of booking)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, Wending, and Zwaan
  • Helmets (available on request, reserve at time of booking, fee applies, see pricing)
  • Museum entrance fees (approximately €30 per tour)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Maps for self guided option. See pricing.Aboard the Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, Wending, or Zwaan: Maps for self-guided option. See pricing.
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern Tour Map

We are now busy updating our site for 2018. Therefore, an itinerary that you have booked in 2017, may be slightly different  from what you now see on our site. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will provide your detailed itinerary.

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.

On the Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, and Wending

*Aboard these boats, it is possible to do the tour as self-guided with route descriptions. Please specify at the time of booking if you wish to do this. Maps are available for an additional fee. Ask us for details.

Day 1: Amsterdam, boarding must be completed by 2:00 pm! Sailing to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Haarlem – through the dune area – Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Leiden – Delft, 30 mi. (49 km)  
Day 4: Delft 
Day 5: Delft – sailing to Rotterdam/Kinderdijk – cycling to Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Gouda – Uithoorn, 25 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Uithoorn – Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 8: Amsterdam

Day 1: Amsterdam, boarding, complete by 2:00 pm; Sailing to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
After arriving on board the ship, you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew, and of course your fellow passengers. The first part of the tour will take you by boat to Spaarndam, known as the village of Hansje Brinker, and from here take an easy bike ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem. You  must be very prompt in boarding as the boat will depart the mooring shortly after 2 pm.
Back on board, the program for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you as you enjoy a lovely dinner. 

Day 2: Haarlem – through the dune area – Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today starts with a short tour by bicycle to the center of Haarlem, where you can see some of the city's typical almshouses. Upon departure from Haarlem you may cycle to the 'Cruquiusgemaal' (Cruquius Pumping Station), one of the three steam-powered pumping stations that drained the Haarlemmer Lake between 1849 and 1852. Now a museum, it gives you an excellent idea of the Dutch 'battle against the water'. During the summer months, cycle through the dunes to the beach.
 

Day 3: Leiden – Delft, 30 mi. (49 km)  
You leave the city and cycle South along the Vliet canal. In Voorschoten you turn westwards towards the coastline. At 'Wassenaarse Slag' you can take a break on the beach. 
The Wassenaarse Slag is an entrance to the beach near the Dutch town of Wassenaar. The coastline is over 8 km long.
The route to Delft takes you along the water once again. The old center is a well-preserved medieval city with canals, a magnificent town hall, and a royal tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk. It is well worth a visit.

Day 4: Delft  
Today you can enjoy the day at your leisure. You can stay in Delft and discover the old center, visit The Hague by public transport, or go to Rotterdam by bike.
Delft  
Delft is a beautiful town to wander through and learn more about the famous dutch painter, Vermeer at the Vermeer Center or visit the Nieuwe Kerk. When the weather is clear the view from the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is spectacular. A large part of the Southern Tour can be seen from here!
The Hague
The city of The Hague has wide avenues, parks and stately mansions. Possible visits are Peace Palace (housing the International Court of Justice), the 'Binnenhof' with the 13th-century 'Ridderzaal' (Knights' Hall), seat of the Dutch Government and Parliament. Every third Tuesday of September the Queen's Speech is delivered in the Ridderzaal. The Mauritshuis, a former palace, is now a famous museum with paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Rubens. It also houses 'Panorama Mesdag', the largest panoramic, circular painting in the world, depicting 19th-century Scheveningen. Of the many royal palaces in The Hague, only a few are still operational. You may see the Noordeinde Palace and the Huis ten Bosch Palace.
Rotterdam  
This bustling city has many architectural highlights, some interesting museums, and is the main port of Holland. Skyscrapers stand in the scaffolds and  rise steadily towards the stars. On the Maas River, Erasmus Bridge is the gateway to the Kop van Zuid district. The modern architecture makes up what is known as ‘Manhattan on the Maas’. Here you can find the New Orleans and the Maastoren, the highest residential tower and the highest office building in the Netherlands. With so much of the city changing on a daily basis, it is internationally known as a city of architecture. The city also offers historical significance and some interesting museums such as the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, where you can find Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Dali, and Dutch Design. 

Day 5: Delft – sailing to Rotterdam/Kinderdijk – cycling to Gouda, 27/32 mi. (40 km)  
The barge will take you to the center of Rotterdam, giving you the best view of the modern architecture of this port. Your cycling day starts in Kinderdijk and then takes you through the Alblasserwaard, situated in between rivers. You'll enjoy the lovely scenery or water and meadows. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed. Nineteen of these windmills remain today. Their job has nearly been taken over by electric pumping stations. After a visit to one of the mills, you will continue on bike. 
The long route leads via the 'storks' village' of Groot-Ammers. Here you cross the river Lek and enter Schoonhoven, renowned for its silver industry. 

Day 6: Gouda – Uithoorn, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Gouda, you will continue your tour over country roads, banks, and channels through the Green Heart and polders to Uithoorn. Gouda is most known for its cheese but is also popular for its pipes, ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle,) pottery, and stained-glass windows. You will surely enjoy exploring its fairy-like town hall, atmospheric canals, and mostly intact city center. As on most days, after dinner, there will be plenty of time to take a city walk.

Day 7: Uithoorn – Amsterdam, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Today you will cycle into a polder and along the river Waver and Amstel. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel.
Almost without noticing, you enter Amsterdam, following the Amstel River. The extensive network of bicycle paths ensures a relatively easy way back into the city, showing you some remarkable sites in the center. Then it is time to say goodbye to your bike. Before the farewell dinner, you may want to go for a walk in town. At night there you may want to take a canal trip or go on a city walk through the center of the city.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam
End of the trip after breakfast.

On the Angela Esmee and the Anna Maria Agnes:

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht, 15 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Rotterdam
Day 3: Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam, 30 mi. (50 km)  | Evening: Rotterdam – Dordrecht
Day 4:  Dordrecht – Kinderdijk |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven, 18 or 32 mi. (30 or 50 km)
Day 5: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht, 27 - 32 mi. (45 - 55 km) | Afternoon: Utrecht - Beverwijk
Day 6: * Beverwijk – North Sea coast – Haarlem – Beverwijk, 27 or 33 mi. (45 or 55 km) | Evening: Beverwijk – Zaandam
Day 7: Zaandem - Amsterdam, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure 

All distances are approximate. The above-planned itineraries are subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. On days that two distances are provided, you can choose between the longer and shorter route.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation and check-in begins at 2 PM. While you are in Amsterdam make sure you take the opportunity to do some shopping, visit a museum, or enjoy a canal tour (reduced price tickets available on board, until 10 PM). A canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from a different perspective. Your first night on board will be spent in Amsterdam, so you will have plenty of time to explore the city.

Day 2: During breakfast: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Utrecht, 15 or 25 mi. (25 or 40 km) | Afternoon: Utrecht - Rotterdam
During breakfast the MS Anna Maria Agnes will cruise to Breukelen. Following the distribution of bicycles, your first day of cycling is along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses, and quaint tearooms. There is simply no better way to start a bike tour. You will follow the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the Dom Cathedral tower and the beautiful center of the old village. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam, your destination for the day. In the evening enjoy a short city walking tour.

Day 3: Rotterdam - Schiedam - Delft - Rotterdam, 32 mi. (50 km) | Evening: Rotterdam – Dordrecht
You will cycle today via the "jenever" city of Schiedam (jenever is a traditional Dutch gin) and through the Delfland area to Delft which is famous, of course, for its blue earthenware. Visit the beautiful city center with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many guests a visit to the Delftware factories of “Royal Delft” is one of the highlights of the tour. In the evening enjoy a dinner cruise from Rotterdam to Dordrecht with arrival at around 8 PM. In the evening, enjoy a short walk around the city of Dordrecht.

Day 4: Dordrecht - Kinderdijk |  Kinderdijk - (Gouda) - Schoonhoven, 18 or 32 mi. (30 or 50 km)
First thing this morning the barge will cruise from Dordrecht to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight of the entire trip. You will have the opportunity to visit one. You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda or a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the Lek River, where you can visit a silversmith. In the evening, enjoy a small cheese tasting on board the barge.

Day 5: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht, 27 or 33 mi. (45 or 55 km) | Afternoon: Utrecht - Beverwijk
Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland via Oudewater (visit the Witches Weigh House) to Utrecht. Near Oudewater you can visit a traditional cheese farm where you can also buy delicious farm-made Gouda cheese. In the late afternoon the barge will cruise from Utrecht to Beverwijk, your destination for the night. In the evening enjoy live music on board.

Day 6: *Beverwijk - North Sea coast - Haarlem - Beverwijk, 21 or 32 mi. (45 or  55 km) | Evening: Beverwijk - Zaandam
You will have the choice between two bike tours today, with both finishing in the historic city of Haarlem. If you are up to the challenge the longer tour takes you through the sand dunes of the North Sea coastline via Bloemendaal and Zandvoort; the shorter tour heads inland to Haarlem. On both tours you will cycle back to Beverwijk. In the evening your barge will cruise to Zaandam.

Day 7: Zaandam - Amsterdam, 21 mi. (35 km)
From Zaandam, your final day of cycling will take you to the open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum continue to cycle through the recreational area of Twiske to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today. From Zaandam, you will cycle to the open air museum "Zaanse Schans" (a.o. traditional wooden houses, windmills, cheese farm and wooden shoe manufacturing). Continue the bike tour through the recreational area "Twiske" to Amsterdam. You'll arrive back in Amsterdam in late afternoon and have the evening to spend there. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do it today.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast: End of your trip.

Parts in italics above will be covered by the ship.

*Aboard Anna Maria Agnes - Departures on April 5, 22, 29, and May 6, 2017, a visit to the Keukenhof is offered on day 6. Transfer & entrance fee not included.

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Customer Feedback

  • Connie V. 2 days ago

    Loved all the windmills, museum's, and bike routes. The food was delicious. Staff were excellent. I recommend to do the long routes as you get to see more.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Mike S. 4 weeks ago

    The overall experience was excellent. We enjoyed the intimacy of a relatively small group on the boat. It allowed us to meet a number of people over the course of the week. We will definitely be returning in the future.

    If I had one suggestion it would be to limit the number of days where there was a deadline to meet the boat in the late afternoon as these deadlines sometimes creates pressure to complete the route quicker than I would have otherwise chosen.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

    • Jehiel 4 weeks ago

      Hi Mike! I agree with you. We will pass this along to our local partner to see if we can remedy this. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Lauren F. 1 month ago

    The most memorable parts were the wonderful roads to ride on in The Netherlands, the food was delicious, the staff members were accommodating and friendly .
    We loved this barge experience so much we signed up to do Northern Holland.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Kathleen L. 1 month ago

    The most memorable part was riding through the windmill countryside.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Sya C. 1 month ago

    The most memorable part was the wonderful hospitality we experienced on the Zwaantje. The captain and staff were great and I could recommend them to anyone. It was a fantastic way to enjoy a siblings reunion.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • John O. 1 month ago

    The crew on the barge were fantastic. The trip exceeded our already high expectations.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Cornelis S. 1 month ago

    We were very pleased with the bike/barge tour on the Swaantje. Being a slightly smaller boat, it took us right into the heart of the towns. Boat staff most friendly and accommodating. Our bike guide Felix was a gem. Great sense of humour and understanding of everyone's concerns.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Helen M. 8 months ago

    The scenery was beautiful and the barge was lovely. The most memorable part of the trip was the people - the Dutch are friendly and helpful, and the Angela Esmee crew was exceptional!

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Maggie C. 10 months ago

    Wonderful standard of accommodation - meals quality and cabin comfort were excellent. Cheese tasting on board every evening was an unexpected bonus. The bikes are operated by a pedal break which was a new experience for our group of 7 but we adapted over the course of the trip. The cycle routes were excellent, not too strenuous and were long enough so that you really felt that you had a good day's exercise and yet there was just enough time to stop off in some of the lovely towns and villages for museum and cafe visits.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • W. Flink 1 year ago

    This is our third bike and barge trip and we would come back to do another. We had a great time! The boat, the Liza Marleen, was very nice, the crew very friendly, and our bike guide informative, interesting, and a lot of fun. It was very nice going on a small size boat and the crew created a family-like atmosphere which made the trip very enjoyable. One one particularly warm and longer day, the crew handed out delicious popsicles as we climbed back aboard at the end of the day. We appreciated the all the small details like this. We tell many friends that they should do one of these Bike and Barge trips. We'll be back.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • M. Gaherty 1 year ago

    Trip was outstanding however a comment. Upon our arrival on the boat, the first thing they tried to do was sell us bike insurance. We showed them the paperwork that we had paid 15 Euros. They countered that their ins was only 10 Euro and that it would be easier to settle a claim because we would not have to get reimbursed by you. We did not buy their ins but this turned us off immediately. Also, why are we paying 15 when they charge 10? This option should have been explained to us. Now the good news: boat was beautiful and we had a great room. Food was absolutely outstanding! I thought it was exceptional on Theodor Kormer but Anna Maria Agnes had them beat by a hair! And our guide, Niko, what a doll! Wish I could have taken him home with me! Prior to our trip my friends and I spent a few days in Amsterdam. While visiting museums, I lost my new jacket, new Galaxy S-7 phone and my digital camera! We retraced our steps, went to police station. I came to the conclusion that I might have left them on the tram but it was Friday, the lost and found was closed until Monday. On Day 2 of our trip, I asked Nico if he could help me by calling the tram lost and found, which he did. The next evening, he approached me with a big grin and told me that they had recovered my items on the tram. What a miracle! He wrote down the case # and gave me directions to find the lost and found. Thank you Thank you to Nico!!
    One suggestion: we were given no instruction as to what the street signs meant. I know a little bit of Dutch and even I had a problem with them. I would suggest that a handout be prepared for all English speaking, showing pictures of the signs and interpretations. Also, a short session on cars vs bikes; who has the right of way etiquette ...that would be very helpful. Several times, we stopped at intersections, only to have bikers pass us or swear at us for stopping. At times, the route numbers were confusing but that was not the fault of Nico. There were some route changes, construction, which deviated from the map.
    Overall, we had a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!II have already had some friends who are interested in booking a trip to Holland through tripsite.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

    • Jan 12 months ago

      Thanks for getting back to us, Maureen. Per our earlier conversation, we will be refunding you the difference. It is our policy to match the boats bike insurance price and we apologize for this inconvenience.

      Regards,
      Jan

  • P. Watson 1 year ago

    Due to the length of the cycling routes, there should have been better quality bikes. All gears should have been in working order.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • V. Silberstein 1 year ago

    This was a fabulous trip! The best way to see the Netherlands is by boat and barge. This cruise far exceeded my expectations. The barge was homey and warm, the crew was so special. They took care of our every need, and did it in a friendly and caring manner. The chef was phenomenal! The value for your money was great. I would do this again in a heartbeat!

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • N. Miles 1 year ago

    There was initially a question with the insurance we had purchased from you. We had to purchase again on board. After it was reported to you, things were quickly resolved. We had another glorious trip with you and appreciate your help.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • A Burkin 1 year ago

    I was with a good group of friends and the barge staff where excellent.

  • Lynda Vera 2 years ago

    Excellent trip, guide & staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Only downside was the cabin or perhaps the pillow was a bit musty - had allergic symptoms/ loss of sleep during the night but was fine during the day.

    Boat: Wending

  • Jeffrey Douglas 2 years ago

    The trip is excellent and we are now booked for our third time. However, and I know this is out of control of anyone, but our last trip was affected because of the crane accident near Gouda. This caused a rerouting of half the trip and because of that, we missed half of the sites that we wanted to see. On another note, the country should really make it illegal to dump raw sewage from the boats. This is disgusting and makes the waterways unclean. One would think that the government should do something about this and set up pumping stations. Otherwise, we really enjoy the bike/barge rides and will continue to go on them in the future.

    Boat: Wending

  • Doug Dowell 2 years ago

    The food was spectacular on both tours. The crew and guides were excellent on both tours. In particular, having guides with expertise in the history and art of the area is much more important than expertise in cycling. We have been recommending these tours to friends and family all summer long. Thank you.

  • Bruce Carter 2 years ago

    The route presentations by the guide were difficult to follow because they did not use a Powerpoint type presentation with a screen. This left the guest fumbling through paperwork which made the presentation difficult to understand and increased the risk of getting lost along the way.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Jean Louis Bergeron 2 years ago

    On some days, we could have biked more. Very pleasant walks in the evenings.
    Very small window in our room

  • Ron Neesham 4 years ago

    We have just returned from our holiday on the Anna Marie Agnes which we thoroughly enjoyed. The whole voyage and cycle riding was well planned and, Ida, the guide could not have been better.

    We were allocated a dining table with a total of eight English speakers who all gelled from the first meal and we sometimes met at path side cafes.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Alison Stilwell 5 years ago

    It has been about 5 years since I did the Southern Tour. I have wonderful memories and have been thinking about booking another bike/barge tour for the past few years. Maybe 2012 will be the year! Never having completed a bike tour, I was happily surprised by the quality of the bikes and was always able to easily keep up with the group.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

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