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

Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" in Delft Blue, Delft, Holland. Photo via Flickr:bert knottenbeld
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South Holland Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

See some of Holland’s best cities!

  • This bike tour in Southern 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 (again depending on the boat) there is an opportunity to visit the Keukenhof (a park filled with hundreds of various tulips and other floral marvels) depending on your boat/itinerary.

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

  • 2018

    De Holland (prices valid as per January 1, 2018)

    CabinsApril 28 and Sep 1
    Twin/lower £ 880 $ 1,369 909 NOK 9242 kr 8531 $ 1,109
    Superior /lower £ 938 $ 1,459 969 NOK 9852 kr 9094 $ 1,182
    Triple/lower £ 861 $ 1,339 889 NOK 9038 kr 8343 $ 1,085
    Twin/lower for single use £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451
    Superior twin/upper £ 1074 $ 1,670 1109 NOK 11275 kr 10408 $ 1,353
    Superior twin/upper for single use £ 1287 $ 2,002 1329 NOK 13512 kr 12472 $ 1,621
    Suite/upper £ 1171 $ 1,821 1209 NOK 12292 kr 11346 $ 1,475
    Suite/upper for triple use £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451

    Twin cabins for single use and triple cabins are limited and only on request. Please contact us and we can provide availability.

    De Amsterdam (prices valid as per January 1, 2018)

    CabinsPreseasonMid MainLate
    Twin/lower £ 803 $ 1,249 829 NOK 8428 kr 7780 $ 1,011 £ 880 $ 1,369 909 NOK 9242 kr 8531 $ 1,109 £ 919 $ 1,429 949 NOK 9648 kr 8906 $ 1,158 £ 861 $ 1,339 889 NOK 9038 kr 8343 $ 1,085
    Superior/lower £ 861 $ 1,339 889 NOK 9038 kr 8343 $ 1,085 £ 938 $ 1,459 969 NOK 9852 kr 9094 $ 1,182 £ 977 $ 1,520 1009 NOK 10258 kr 9469 $ 1,231 £ 919 $ 1,429 949 NOK 9648 kr 8906 $ 1,158
    Twin/lower for single use £ 1074 $ 1,670 1109 NOK 11275 kr 10408 $ 1,353 £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451 £ 1190 $ 1,851 1229 NOK 12495 kr 11534 $ 1,499 £ 1132 $ 1,761 1169 NOK 11885 kr 10971 $ 1,426
    Superior/upper £ 996 $ 1,550 1029 NOK 10462 kr 9657 $ 1,255 £ 1074 $ 1,670 1109 NOK 11275 kr 10408 $ 1,353 £ 1113 $ 1,731 1149 NOK 11682 kr 10783 $ 1,402 £ 1054 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 11072 kr 10220 $ 1,329
    Superior/upper for single use £ 1209 $ 1,881 1249 NOK 12698 kr 11721 $ 1,524 £ 1287 $ 2,002 1329 NOK 13512 kr 12472 $ 1,621 £ 1326 $ 2,062 1369 NOK 13918 kr 12848 $ 1,670 £ 1267 $ 1,972 1309 NOK 13308 kr 12284 $ 1,597
    Suite/upper £ 1093 $ 1,700 1129 NOK 11478 kr 10595 $ 1,377 £ 1171 $ 1,821 1209 NOK 12292 kr 11346 $ 1,475 £ 1209 $ 1,881 1249 NOK 12698 kr 11721 $ 1,524 £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451

    Twin cabins for single use and triple cabins are limited and only on request. Please contact us and we can provide availability.

    Early season: 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

    Liza Marleen
    Twin bed cabin: £ 1099 $ 1,710 1135 NOK 11539 kr 10652 $ 1,385 Double bed (extra large cabin): £ 1196 $ 1,860 1235 NOK 12556 kr 11590 $ 1,507 Triple Cabin:   £ 1012 $ 1,574 1045 NOK 10624 kr 9807 $ 1,275 Two bed cabin/single use: £ 1549 $ 2,410 1600 NOK 16267 kr 15015 $ 1,952

    Sailing Home
    Twin bed cabin: £ 1118 $ 1,740 1155 NOK 11743 kr 10839 $ 1,409 Single cabin: £ 1588 $ 2,470 1640 NOK 16673 kr 15391 $ 2,001

    Twin bed cabin : £ 1017 $ 1,581 1050 NOK 10675 kr 9854 $ 1,281 Twin bed cabin/single use: £ 1215 $ 1,890 1255 NOK 12759 kr 11778 $ 1,531 Triple cabin: £ 963 $ 1,499 995 NOK 10116 kr 9338 $ 1,214

    extra options

    De Holland and De Amsterdam:

    Electric bike (limited number): £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Gluten free or dairy free meals, payable on board: £ 48 $ 75 50 NOK 508 kr 469 $ 61 Canal cruise in Amsterdam, payable on board: £ 12 $ 19 13 NOK 127 kr 117 $ 15 Helmets, advanced reservation required: £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 102 kr 94 $ 12 De Amsterdam:
    Fully guided package: £ 116 $ 181 120 NOK 1220 kr 1126 $ 146 Liza Marleen, Sailing Home, and Wending
    Electric bike: £ 77 $ 120 80 NOK 813 kr 751 $ 98 Helmet rental (must be reserved at the time of booking):  £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 102 kr 94 $ 12 Bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation required): £ 28 $ 43 29 NOK 290 kr 267 $ 35

    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.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Arrival in Amsterdam, short train ride to Amsterdam center. Mooring locations vary by boat and time in boarding as well.


    Check local weather conditions prior to departure. Always bring full rain gear. The average high in °F is approx. 48 (Mar), 53 (Apr), 61 (May), 66 (Jun), 69 (Jul), 70 (Aug), 64 (Sep) and 57 (Oct).


    Amsterdam City Card
    Museum Card


    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English. Fully guided packageis available on the De Amsterdam. Maximum group size is 20 people. See dates and pricing.

Tour Dates

On the Comfort Plus class boats:
De Amsterdam
Early season: 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
*On these dates a fully guided optional bike tour will be offered. See pricing.
De Holland
Middle season: April 28 and September 1, 2018
Liza Marleen: 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 bike and boat tour with average daily distances of ± 26 miles on flat, bike paths and well-maintained asphalt roads with little traffic. On the De Holland and the De Amsterdam, an 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 the De Amsterdam, on certain dates, it is possible to purchase a fully guided package. 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

  • De Holland and De Amsterdam
  • 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 (Delftware factory, Kinderdijk, St. Jans Church, cheese farm in Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and others
  • Free wifi in lounge of ship
  • 7-speed ladies model touring bike with hand 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. On board the De Amsterdam, with more than 60 guests, a second tour assistant will be added.
  • 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

  • De Amsterdam and De Holland:
  • Ferry fares en routes
  • Entrance fees for excursions
  • 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

South Holland Tour Map

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.

*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 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.
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.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht, 16 or 25 mi. (25 or 40 km) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Rotterdam
Day 3: Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam, 17 - 31 mi. (28 - 50 km)  
Day 4Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the "waterbus"  |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven, 19 or 36 mi. (30 or 58 km)
Day 5: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht, 28 mi. (45 km)| Afternoon: Utrecht - Haarlem
Day 6: Haarlem– North Sea coast – Haarlem, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km) | Evening: Haarlem– Zaandam
Day 7: Zaandem - Amsterdam, 29 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 km km)
Day 8: Departure 

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. It is possible for you to bring your luggage on board at 9:30 however, cabins will not be ready for check - in at this time. 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 boat 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, 17 - 31 mi. (28 - 50 km) 
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. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam. In the evening, enjoy a short walk around the city of Rotterdam.

Day 4: Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the "waterbus"  |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven, 19 or 36 mi. (30 or 58 km)
Today you can cycle the first part or the “waterbus” will take you and your bicycle to Alblasserdam.After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO cultural heritage, with its impressive row of 19 large windmills). You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Bothtours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

Day 5: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht, 28 mi. (45 km)| Afternoon: Utrecht - Haarlem
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 Haarlem, your destination for the night. 

Day 6:  Haarlem– North Sea coast – Haarlem, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km) | Evening: Haarlem– Zaandam
Today you can choose from 2 bike tours. Both tours takes you through the beautiful Kennemer dunes, a national park where you can spot several bird species, Scottish Highland cows and Shetland ponies. After a visit to the seaside resorts Bloemendaal and Zandvoort you cycle through the forests and the center of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine of the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner your ship will cruise to Zaandam.

Day 7: Zaandam - Amsterdam, 19 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 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 the De Amsterdam: Departures on April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5, there is an opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park Keukenhof in Lisse by bus/train or with train + bike. Transfers/tickets/entrance fee not incl.

*Aboard the De Holland: Departure on April 28, there is an opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park Keukenhof in Lisse by bus/train or with train + bike. Transfers/tickets/entrance fee not incl.

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Customer Feedback

  • Adrianus S. 1 month ago

    My wife and I were part of a custom tour charter excursion as sibling/spouse reunion. The cycling portion of the trip was wonderful and accommodations on board were wonderfully. Great captain, hosts, and cooks did a wonderful job. We would love to do it again!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • John B. 3 months ago

    Cycling gave us a good look at south Holland. Wonderful variety. Passed through peaceful farm land and enjoyed the many small towns we passed through. Getting lost from time to time forced us to interact with locals and many of those occasions turned into highlights. Found the Dutch people to be most helpful.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Gaye S. 3 months ago

    It was quite an adventure! Best way to see the real country and people of Holland.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Eileen C. 5 months ago

    The Southern Tour from Amsterdam in the Netherlands is a wonderful trip. It was my first time on a cycling tour and I felt that I received all the information that I needed in order to prepare and to make a wonderful experience. The route had nice a diversity between cycling and stopping in Dutch cities. The crew was very helpful and friendly, and the food was great. My bicycle couldn't have been more comfortable. I highly recommend this trip.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • Walter V. 5 months ago

    A wonderful way to see the Netherlands and experience different parts of the country. Food on the barge was excellent. I do recommend you practice a lot before the trip to prevent saddle sores. Proper biking pants helps a lot.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Doyle S. 5 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: The trip to kinderdijk was fantastic.

    Boat: Wending

  • Christa V. 5 months ago

    The combination of beautiful bike routes and coming back to amazing meals each evening made for a vacation I would consider doing again.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Pak Ching A. 5 months ago

    Most memorable part: Getting to know many friends from different countries.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Sian W. 5 months ago

    The biking was wonderful with a great variety of landscapes and villages to see.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Thelma K. 6 months ago

    I learned and saw things from the Netherlands that I had never seen before. I loved the cycling through the dunes.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Daniel A. 6 months ago

    This tour was the perfect way to see the Netherlands.The biking and scenery was wonderful. The staff was nice, the food was adequate, the boat could use a style update but it was clean with basic small cabins.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Azam E. 6 months ago

    Boat and bike trip was our first experience. It was really amazing and well- organized one :)) we just wish to have more options for healthy food on board and choose our table at dinner time to socialize with more people than having assigned seats every night. -Thank you

    Boat: De Holland

  • Connie V. 7 months 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. 8 months 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: De Holland

    • Jehiel 8 months 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. 8 months 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. 8 months ago

    The most memorable part was riding through the windmill countryside.

    Boat: Anna Maria Agnes

  • Sya C. 8 months 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. 8 months ago

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

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Cornelis S. 8 months 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. 1 year 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: De Holland

  • Maggie C. 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.


  • P. Watson 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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

  • 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.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • 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.

    Boat: Anna Antal

  • 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 6 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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South Holland Tour Boats + Barges

Anna Antal Photo

Anna Antal Netherlands Standard Plus Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012, the salon and cabins were renovated.The sailing area of the Anna Antal includes all Dutch, German and Belgian waterways in so far as a ship of this size can sail. She also sails on the Waddenzee, IJsselmeer and Zeeland. The Anna Antal is built according to the rules of Maritime laws and holds a valid certificate for the Rhine.

De Amsterdam Photo

De Amsterdam Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The De Amsterdam, the former Lale Andersen, was built in 1991 but recently refurbished in 2017 and boasts both style and comfort. All 56 cabins on board are comfortably furnished and equipped with en-suite shower facilities, satellite TV, a safe, hairdryers, in-house telephone, and individually controlled air conditioning.

De Holland Photo

De Holland Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The former Angela Esmee, renamed now to De Holland, is being completely renovated and will be ready to sail in 2018. The De Holland has 34 well equipped staterooms for a maximum of 68 - 72 passengers.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Class Boat The Liza Marleen is a luxury motor passenger barge that was completely refurbished in 1998. This robust barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways. It has a beautiful salon area and spacious deck.

Sailing Home Photo

Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat Built in 2001, the Sailing Home was designed specifically to provide a more attractive hotel ship during your carefree vacation. It was built to meet the latest wishes and ideas with respect to comfort and service. The experience of a lifetime: cycling through the most beautiful spots within the Netherlands while residing on a very comfortable, newly built and well-furnished ship.

Wending Photo

Wending Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a luxury passenger motor barge in the early nineties and completely redecorated in 2002. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a strenuous day of cycling.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.

Zwaantje Photo

Zwaantje France, Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a wonderful comfort plus barge. The boat has 10 cabins with twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds. These cabins also have a bunk bed but cannot be used as a triple. Each cabin has private facilities.