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

Bike and boat through some of Holland’s best cities and countryside

  • 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. Not only will you get the chance to visit these famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside, the country’s “Green Heart”. It is here that you will see a wonderful Dutch landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms.

    Highlights:

    • Cities of Haarlem, Leiden, and Delft
    • The Hague
    • Windmills of Kinderdijk
    • Gouda, city of cheese
    • Dunes and beaches
    • International port of Rotterdam

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

  • De Amsterdam
    Middle season: August 31, September 7, and September 14, 2019
    Main season: All other departure dates, Saturdays from June 1 up to and including August 24, 2019
    Late season: September 21, September 28, October 5*, and October 12*, 2019
    *Now being offered at discount based on two people. Valid for bookings from June 4, 2019
    Guided dates: June 15, August 31 and September 14.

     Mid MainLate*October 5 + October 12
    Twin/lower £ 809 $ 1,631 944 $ 1435 NOK 8968 kr 8278 $ 1,076 £ 835 $ 1,682 974 $ 1480 NOK 9253 kr 8541 $ 1,110 £ 792 $ 1,596 924 $ 1404 NOK 8778 kr 8103 $ 1,053 £ 621 $ 1,251 724 $ 1100 NOK 6878 kr 6349 $ 825
    Superior/lower £ 852 $ 1,717 994 $ 1511 NOK 9443 kr 8717 $ 1,133 £ 878 $ 1,769 1024 $ 1556 NOK 9728 kr 8980 $ 1,167 £ 835 $ 1,682 974 $ 1480 NOK 9253 kr 8541 $ 1,110 £ 663 $ 1,337 774 $ 1176 NOK 7353 kr 6787 $ 882
    Twin/lower for single use £ 1109 $ 2,235 1294 $ 1967 NOK 12293 kr 11347 $ 1,475 £ 1135 $ 2,287 1324 $ 2012 NOK 12578 kr 11610 $ 1,509 £ 1092 $ 2,201 1274 $ 1936 NOK 12103 kr 11172 $ 1,452 Please ask
    Superior/upper £ 981 $ 1,976 1144 $ 1739 NOK 10868 kr 10032 $ 1,304 £ 1006 $ 2,028 1174 $ 1784 NOK 11153 kr 10295 $ 1,338 £ 963 $ 1,941 1124 $ 1708 NOK 10678 kr 9857 $ 1,281 £ 792 $ 1,596 924 $ 1404 NOK 8778 kr 8103 $ 1,053
    Superior/upper for single use £ 1238 $ 2,494 1444 $ 2195 NOK 13718 kr 12663 $ 1,646 £ 1263 $ 2,546 1474 $ 2240 NOK 14003 kr 12926 $ 1,680 £ 1221 $ 2,460 1424 $ 2164 NOK 13528 kr 12487 $ 1,623 £ 1049 $ 2,114 1224 $ 1860 NOK 11628 kr 10734 $ 1,395
    Suite/upper £ 1066 $ 2,149 1244 $ 1891 NOK 11818 kr 10909 $ 1,418 £ 1092 $ 2,201 1274 $ 1936 NOK 12103 kr 11172 $ 1,452 £ 1049 $ 2,114 1224 $ 1860 NOK 11628 kr 10734 $ 1,395 £ 878 $ 1,769 1024 $ 1556 NOK 9728 kr 8980 $ 1,167

    Twin cabins for single use are very limited.
    Supplement for fully guided option:  £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143

    De NassauSepJune and Aug
    Twin/low £ 809 $ 1,631 944 $ 1435 NOK 8968 kr 8278 $ 1,076 £ 835 $ 1,682 974 $ 1480 NOK 9253 kr 8541 $ 1,110
    Triple/low £ 792 $ 1,596 924 $ 1404 NOK 8778 kr 8103 $ 1,053 £ 818 $ 1,648 954 $ 1450 NOK 9063 kr 8366 $ 1,088
    Superior twin/low £ 852 $ 1,717 994 $ 1511 NOK 9443 kr 8717 $ 1,133 £ 878 $ 1,769 1024 $ 1556 NOK 9728 kr 8980 $ 1,167
    Single/low £ 1109 $ 2,235 1294 $ 1967 NOK 12293 kr 11347 $ 1,475 £ 1135 $ 2,287 1324 $ 2012 NOK 12578 kr 11610 $ 1,509
    Twin/upper £ 921 $ 1,855 1074 $ 1632 NOK 10203 kr 9418 $ 1,224 £ 946 $ 1,907 1104 $ 1678 NOK 10488 kr 9681 $ 1,259
    Triple/upper £ 903 $ 1,821 1054 $ 1602 NOK 10013 kr 9243 $ 1,202 £ 929 $ 1,872 1084 $ 1648 NOK 10298 kr 9506 $ 1,236
    Single/upper £ 1178 $ 2,373 1374 $ 2088 NOK 13053 kr 12049 $ 1,566 £ 1203 $ 2,425 1404 $ 2134 NOK 13338 kr 12312 $ 1,601

     

    Liza Marleen*Low**Standard 
    Twin cabin £ 934 $ 1,883 1090 $ 1657 NOK 10355 kr 9558 $ 1,243 £ 1029 $ 2,073 1200 $ 1824 NOK 11400 kr 10523 $ 1,368
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1316 $ 2,651 1535 $ 2333 NOK 14583 kr 13461 $ 1,750 £ 1449 $ 2,919 1690 $ 2569 NOK 16055 kr 14820 $ 1,927
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for twin use £ 1020 $ 2,055 1190 $ 1809 NOK 11305 kr 10435 $ 1,357 £ 1114 $ 2,245 1300 $ 1976 NOK 12350 kr 11400 $ 1,482
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for triple use £ 861 $ 1,736 1005 $ 1528 NOK 9548 kr 8813 $ 1,146 £ 947 $ 1,909 1105 $ 1680 NOK 10498 kr 9690 $ 1,260

    *Low season: July 20 and August 10, 2019
    **Standard season:  June 1, and June 8, 2019

    Wending*Low **Standard ***High 
    Twin cabin £ 887 $ 1,788 1035 $ 1573 NOK 9833 kr 9076 $ 1,180 £ 977 $ 1,969 1140 $ 1733 NOK 10830 kr 9997 $ 1,300 £ 1067 $ 2,150 1245 $ 1892 NOK 11828 kr 10918 $ 1,419
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1033 $ 2,081 1205 $ 1832 NOK 11448 kr 10567 $ 1,374 £ 1136 $ 2,289 1325 $ 2014 NOK 12588 kr 11619 $ 1,511 £ 1239 $ 2,496 1445 $ 2196 NOK 13728 kr 12672 $ 1,647
    Triple cabin £ 840 $ 1,693 980 $ 1490 NOK 9310 kr 8594 $ 1,117 £ 930 $ 1,874 1085 $ 1649 NOK 10308 kr 9515 $ 1,237

      £ 1011 $ 2,038 1180 $ 1794 NOK 11210 kr 10348 $ 1,345

    *Low season: June 29, July 6, July 13, July 27, and August 3, 2019
    **Standard season: August 24, August 31, and September 28, 2019
    ***High season:  September 14, and September 21, 209

    Zwaan*Low 
    Twin cabin £ 1046 $ 2,107 1220 $ 1854 NOK 11590 kr 10698 $ 1,391
    Double cabin £ 1046 $ 2,107 1220 $ 1854 NOK 11590 kr 10698 $ 1,391
    Cabin in front of barge for single use £ 1483 $ 2,988 1730 $ 2630 NOK 16435 kr 15171 $ 1,972

    *Low season: July 27, 2019

    Anna Antal

    *Low season
    Twin cabin £ 977 $ 1,969 1140 $ 1733 NOK 10830 kr 9997 $ 1,300
    Bunk bed cabin for twin use £ 840 $ 1,693 980 $ 1490 NOK 9310 kr 8594 $ 1,117
    Single cabin £ 1046 $ 2,107 1220 $ 1854 NOK 11590 kr 10698 $ 1,391

    *Low season: June 15 and June 22, 2019

    Sailing Home
    July 13:
    Twin/double:  £ 951 $ 1,916 1109 $ 1686 NOK 10536 kr 9725 $ 1,264 Single cabin: £ 1346 $ 2,712 1570 $ 2386 NOK 14915 kr 13768 $ 1,790 September 28:
    Twin/double: £ 1046 $ 2,107 1220 $ 1854 NOK 11590 kr 10698 $ 1,391 Single cabin: £ 1483 $ 2,988 1730 $ 2630 NOK 16435 kr 15171 $ 1,972

    Liza Marleen

    LowStandard High
    Twin cabin £ 953 $ 1,920 1112 $ 1689 NOK 10559 kr 9747 $ 1,267 £ 1061 $ 2,138 1238 $ 1881 NOK 11756 kr 10852 $ 1,411 £ 1155 $ 2,328 1348 $ 2048 NOK 12801 kr 11817 $ 1,536
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1348 $ 2,716 1573 $ 2390 NOK 14939 kr 13790 $ 1,793 £ 1489 $ 3,001 1738 $ 2641 NOK 16506 kr 15237 $ 1,981 £ 1626 $ 3,278 1898 $ 2884 NOK 18026 kr 16640 $ 2,163
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for twin use £ 1043 $ 2,101 1217 $ 1849 NOK 11557 kr 10668 $ 1,387 £ 1151 $ 2,319 1343 $ 2041 NOK 12754 kr 11773 $ 1,530 £ 1245 $ 2,509 1453 $ 2208 NOK 13799 kr 12737 $ 1,656
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for triple use £ 867 $ 1,747 1012 $ 1537 NOK 9609 kr 8870 $ 1,153 £ 962 $ 1,939 1123 $ 1706 NOK 10664 kr 9843 $ 1,280 £ 1048 $ 2,112 1223 $ 1858 NOK 11614 kr 10720 $ 1,394

    Low season: July 4, July 18, August 1, 2020
    Standard season: May 9, May 30, and August 15, 2020
    High season: September 5, 2020

    De Amsterdam

    March 28Season ASeason BSeason CSeason DSeason ESeason F
    Twin cabin/lower deck £ 642 $ 1,294 749 $ 1138 NOK 7116 kr 6568 $ 854 £ 728 $ 1,466 849 $ 1290 NOK 8066 kr 7445 $ 968 £ 771 $ 1,553 899 $ 1366 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 £ 813 $ 1,639 949 $ 1442 NOK 9016 kr 8322 $ 1,082 £ 856 $ 1,726 999 $ 1518 NOK 9491 kr 8760 $ 1,139 £ 891 $ 1,795 1039 $ 1579 NOK 9871 kr 9111 $ 1,184 £ 925 $ 1,864 1079 $ 1640 NOK 10251 kr 9462 $ 1,230
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 771 $ 1,553 899 $ 1366 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 £ 856 $ 1,726 999 $ 1518 NOK 9491 kr 8760 $ 1,139 £ 899 $ 1,812 1049 $ 1594 NOK 9966 kr 9199 $ 1,196 £ 942 $ 1,898 1099 $ 1670 NOK 10441 kr 9637 $ 1,253 £ 985 $ 1,985 1149 $ 1746 NOK 10916 kr 10076 $ 1,310 £ 1019 $ 2,054 1189 $ 1807 NOK 11296 kr 10427 $ 1,355 £ 1053 $ 2,123 1229 $ 1868 NOK 11676 kr 10777 $ 1,401
    Suite/upper deck £ 942 $ 1,898 1099 $ 1670 NOK 10441 kr 9637 $ 1,253 £ 1028 $ 2,071 1199 $ 1822 NOK 11391 kr 10514 $ 1,367 £ 1071 $ 2,157 1249 $ 1898 NOK 11866 kr 10953 $ 1,424 £ 1113 $ 2,244 1299 $ 1974 NOK 12341 kr 11391 $ 1,481 £ 1156 $ 2,330 1349 $ 2050 NOK 12816 kr 11830 $ 1,538 £ 1191 $ 2,399 1389 $ 2111 NOK 13196 kr 12180 $ 1,583 £ 1225 $ 2,468 1429 $ 2172 NOK 13576 kr 12531 $ 1,629

    *Twin cabin on upper or lower deck for single supplement: £ 300 $ 605 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399

    De Nassau

    March 28Season ASeason BSeason CSeason DSeason ESeason F
    Twin cabin/lower deck £ 599 $ 1,207 699 $ 1062 NOK 6641 kr 6130 $ 797 £ 642 $ 1,294 749 $ 1138 NOK 7116 kr 6568 $ 854 £ 685 $ 1,380 799 $ 1214 NOK 7591 kr 7007 $ 911 £ 728 $ 1,466 849 $ 1290 NOK 8066 kr 7445 $ 968 £ 771 $ 1,553 899 $ 1366 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 £ 805 $ 1,622 939 $ 1427 NOK 8921 kr 8234 $ 1,070 £ 839 $ 1,691 979 $ 1488 NOK 9301 kr 8585 $ 1,116
    Superior twin/lower deck £ 642 $ 1,294 749 $ 1138 NOK 7116 kr 6568 $ 854 £ 728 $ 1,466 849 $ 1290 NOK 8066 kr 7445 $ 968 £ 771 $ 1,553 899 $ 1366 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 £ 813 $ 1,639 949 $ 1442 NOK 9016 kr 8322 $ 1,082 £ 856 $ 1,726 999 $ 1518 NOK 9491 kr 8760 $ 1,139 £ 891 $ 1,795 1039 $ 1579 NOK 9871 kr 9111 $ 1,184 £ 925 $ 1,864 1079 $ 1640 NOK 10251 kr 9462 $ 1,230
    Triple cabin/lower deck £ 582 $ 1,173 679 $ 1032 NOK 6451 kr 5954 $ 774 £ 625 $ 1,259 729 $ 1108 NOK 6926 kr 6393 $ 831 £ 668 $ 1,346 779 $ 1184 NOK 7401 kr 6831 $ 888 £ 711 $ 1,432 829 $ 1260 NOK 7876 kr 7270 $ 945 £ 753 $ 1,518 879 $ 1336 NOK 8351 kr 7708 $ 1,002 £ 788 $ 1,587 919 $ 1397 NOK 8731 kr 8059 $ 1,048 £ 822 $ 1,656 959 $ 1458 NOK 9111 kr 8410 $ 1,093
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 642 $ 1,294 749 $ 1138 NOK 7116 kr 6568 $ 854 £ 728 $ 1,466 849 $ 1290 NOK 8066 kr 7445 $ 968 £ 771 $ 1,553 899 $ 1366 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 £ 813 $ 1,639 949 $ 1442 NOK 9016 kr 8322 $ 1,082 £ 856 $ 1,726 999 $ 1518 NOK 9491 kr 8760 $ 1,139 £ 891 $ 1,795 1039 $ 1579 NOK 9871 kr 9111 $ 1,184 £ 925 $ 1,864 1079 $ 1640 NOK 10251 kr 9462 $ 1,230
    Triple cabin/upper deck £ 625 $ 1,259 729 $ 1108 NOK 6926 kr 6393 $ 831 £ 711 $ 1,432 829 $ 1260 NOK 7876 kr 7270 $ 945 £ 753 $ 1,518 879 $ 1336 NOK 8351 kr 7708 $ 1,002 £ 796 $ 1,605 929 $ 1412 NOK 8826 kr 8147 $ 1,059 £ 839 $ 1,691 979 $ 1488 NOK 9301 kr 8585 $ 1,116 £ 873 $ 1,760 1019 $ 1549 NOK 9681 kr 8936 $ 1,162 £ 908 $ 1,829 1059 $ 1610 NOK 10061 kr 9287 $ 1,207

    *Single cabin or twin cabin for single use on upper or lower deck supplement: £ 300 $ 605 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399

    Zwaan

    Standard
    Luxury cabin £ 1331 $ 2,682 1553 $ 2360 NOK 14749 kr 13614 $ 1,770
    Twin cabin £ 1194 $ 2,405 1393 $ 2117 NOK 13229 kr 12211 $ 1,587
    Triple cabin £ 1159 $ 2,336 1353 $ 2056 NOK 12849 kr 11860 $ 1,542
    Small double cabin/front of boat £ 1038 $ 2,093 1212 $ 1841 NOK 11509 kr 10624 $ 1,381
    Smaller front cabin for single use £ 1506 $ 3,036 1758 $ 2671 NOK 16696 kr 15412 $ 2,004

    Standard season: May 23, 2020

    Wending

    Low Standard High 
    Twin cabin £ 902 $ 1,818 1053 $ 1600 NOK 9999 kr 9230 $ 1,200 £ 992 $ 1,999 1158 $ 1759 NOK 10996 kr 10150 $ 1,320 £ 1082 $ 2,181 1263 $ 1919 NOK 11994 kr 11071 $ 1,439
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1038 $ 2,093 1212 $ 1841 NOK 11509 kr 10624 $ 1,381 £ 1155 $ 2,328 1348 $ 2048 NOK 12801 kr 11817 $ 1,536 £ 1258 $ 2,535 1468 $ 2231 NOK 13941 kr 12869 $ 1,673
    Triple cabin £ 846 $ 1,706 988 $ 1501 NOK 9381 kr 8660 $ 1,126 £ 932 $ 1,878 1088 $ 1653 NOK 10331 kr 9537 $ 1,240

    £ 1018 $ 2,051 1188 $ 1805 NOK 11281 kr 10413 $ 1,354

    Low season: June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8, 2020
    Standard season: May 16, June 13, August 22, August 29, and September 26, 2020
    High season: September 19, 2020

     

    extra options

    De Amsterdam and De Nassau
    Electric bike (limited number): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Gluten-free or dairy-free meals, payable on board: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 Helmets, advanced reservation required: £ 9 $ 17 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11 Fully guided option: £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143

    Liza Marleen, Wending, Sailing Home:
    Electric bike: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91 Bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation and payment required): £ 18 $ 36 21 $ 32 NOK 200 kr 184 $ 24 Child bike, tag-along, bike trailer, and child seat available on request.

    *On the Liza Marleen and Wending pricing is based on fuel costs as of February 2019. If  the fuel cost increase 5%, additional fees may apply  (even for reservations already booked).

    Liza Marleen, Wending, Zwaan

    Electric bike: £ 71 $ 143 83 $ 125 NOK 784 kr 723 $ 94 Bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation and payment required): £ 18 $ 36 21 $ 32 NOK 200 kr 184 $ 24 Gluten-free/Celiac/Vegan diet: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 Child bike, tag-along, bike trailer, and child seat available on request

    De Amsterdam and De Nassau

    Electric bike (limited number): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Gluten-free or dairy-free meals, payable on board: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 Helmets, advanced reservation required: £ 9 $ 17 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11 Fully guided option on De Amsterdam: £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143 1-hour canal cruise through  Amsterdam, discounted price:  £ 11 $ 22 13 $ 20 NOK 124 kr 114 $ 15 Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.


    please note

    *On the Liza Marleen, Wending, and Zwaan pricing is based on fuel costs as of February 2019. If  the fuel cost increase 5%, additional fees may apply  (even for reservations already booked).

    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 to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport

    Local Travel

    There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. We will inform you of the exact docking location of your barge with your final travel information. Some boats moor within walking distance and others will require a short taxi ride. If you prefer to travel by taxi from the airport to the barge, this takes about 30 minutes and costs about € 45.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean and Cologne, as well, has a mild continental climate. A good website to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Don’t forget your rain gear! Average high/low temp in °F for the region is approximately April, 53/40°, May, 61/46°, June, 66/52°, July, 69/55°, August, 70/55°, September, 64/51°, and October, 57/46°.

    Recommended

    Amsterdam City Card
    Museum Card

    Remarks

    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. The fully guided package is available on the De Amsterdam. Maximum group size is 20 people. See dates and pricing.

    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.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

     

    Excursions available on the De Amsterdam and De Nassau

    Optional visits (several with discount or free of charge):

    • Delftware factory
    • Visitors center windmills Kinderdijk
    • St. Jan’s church Gouda
    • Cheese farm Oudewater
    • Silversmith Schoonhoven
    • City hall Zaandam and more

    Canal cruise (one hour) Amsterdam: discounted price, € 12,50 (2019), €13 (2020). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.


Tour Dates

Deluxe Class Boat:

De Amsterdam
Middle season: August 31, September 7, and September 14, 2019
Main season: All other departure dates, Saturdays from June 1 up to and including August 24, 2019
Late season: September 21, September 28, October 5*, and October 12*, 2019
*Now being offered at a discount. Valid for bookings from June 4, 2019
Guided dates: June 15, August 31 and September 14.

De Nassau
Midseason: September 14, 2019
Main season: June 22 and August 3, 2019

Premium Class Boat:

Liza Marleen
Low season: July 20 and August 10, 2019
Standard season:  une 8, 2019

Sailing Home
July 13 and September 28, 2019

Standard Class Boat:

Wending
Low season:  June 29, July 6, July 13, July 27, and August 3, 2019
Standard season:  August 24, August 31, and September 28, 2019
High season: September 14, and September 21, 2019

Zwaan
Low season: July 27, 2019

Anna Antal
Low season:  June 15 and June 22, 2019

Deluxe Class Boats:

De Amsterdam
Early season: March 28, 2020
Season A: April 4, April 11, and October 10, 2020
Season B: April 18 and October 3, 2020
Season C: April 25 and September 26, 2020
Season D: May 2*, May 9, and September 19, 2020
Season E: May 16, May 23*, May 30,  and September 12*, 2020
Season F: All other departure dates, weekly from June 6 up to and incl. September 5, 2020

*Guided dates, only on De Amsterdam: May 2, May 23, June 13, August 29,  and September 12, 2020 

De Nassau

Early season: March 28, 2020
Season A: April 4, April 11, and October 10, 2020
Season B: October 3, 2020
Season C: April 25, 2020
Season D: May 2, 2020
Season E: September 12, 2020
Season F: June 6, June 20, and July 4, 2020

Premium Class Boat:

Liza Marleen
Low season: July 4, July 18, August 1, 2020
Standard season: May 9, May 30, and August 15, 2020
High season: September 5, 2020

Standard Class Boat:

Zwaan
Standard season: May 23, 2020

Wending
Low season: June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8, 2020
Standard season: May 16, June 13, August 22, August 29, and September 26, 2020
High season: September 19, 2020

 

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 Amsterdam, an onboard 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 an option for self-guided.

What’s Included

De Amsterdam and De Nassau

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Complimentary drink on the first evening and tour presentation
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board until 4 pm
  • Guide support (please see note below)
  • Printed tour information and detailed maps for cycling (one set per cabin)
  • Short city tours
  • Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program (Delftware factory, Kinderdijk, St. Jans Church, cheese farm in Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and others
  • Free wifi in the lounge of ship
  • 7-speed unisex hybrid touring bike (Velo de Ville C100 or Gazelle - Chamonix) with hand brakes, gel saddles, frame lock, pannier bag, and repair kit with pump
  • Please note: The majority of the dates 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. There are several dates in which a guide can be added for a supplement. See dates and pricing.

Liza Marleen, Wending, Sailing Home

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Printed tour information (one per cabin)
  • Minimum of three guided city walks
  • Ferry fares
  • Free wifi (limited) in the lounge and on deck. Surcharge applies for more than 100 MB
  • Route information
  • A 24-speed hybrid touring bike equipped with pannier bag, water bottle cage, water bottle, and lock
  • Helmet
  • GPS tracks on request

What’s Not Included

De Amsterdam and De Nassau

  • 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
  • Travel Insurance

Liza Marleen, Wending, Sailing Home

  • Museum entrance fees (approximately €15 per tour)
  • Electric bike. Available for supplement. See pricing.
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Maps for self guided option. See pricing.
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From714 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

South Holland Tour Map

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges. Each boat has a slightly different itinerary as well as what is included and not included.


*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 begins at 1 pm and 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, 35 mi. (40 km)  
Day 4: Delft 
Day 5: Delft – sailing to Rotterdam/ferry to 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 possible to bring your luggage on board at noon but the cabins will not be ready for check-in. Check-in begins at 1 pm.   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, 25 mi. (40 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/ferry to Kinderdijk – cycling to Gouda, 32 mi. (40 km)  
The first part of today's route will be sailing through the center of Rotterdam, thus giving you the best view of the modern architecture of this city. Your cycling day starts in Kinderdijk and will take you through the Alblasserwaard,
situated in between rivers and showcasing a variety of scenery, featuring 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; of the latter, nineteen remain today. After a visit to one of the mills, you will continue by bike, ending in Gouda. The city of ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle) and pottery, but also stained-glass windows, a fairy-like town hall, and atmospheric canals. Gouda is a real old Dutch town with a virtually intact town center
 

Day 6: Gouda – Oude Wetering*, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Gouda you will continue your tour over country roads, banks and channels through the Green Heart and polders to Oude Wetering, a sleepy village between the lakes of Braasemmermeer and Westeinderplannen. On the way you pass the wetlands of Reeuwijkse Plassen north of Gouda and will ride through typical Dutch countryside with many waterways, green pastures and of course some windmills.

*Please be aware that sometimes the boat will need to dock in Uithoorn due to docking availability. In this case, the itinerary will change slightly.

Day 7: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you will first ride to the village of Uithoorn  The name De Uithoorn (or also De Uythoorn) was used at the end of the Middle Ages for the location of the lower courts of the deanery of Saint John. The village was formed around its courthouse. People depended on agriculture and animal husbandry. Agriculture became increasingly more difficult due to the steady soil subsidence. From circa 1600 on, peat extraction became important and resulted in the formation of large ponds, which in turn would be made into polders later on. Circa 1885, several fortifications were built around Oude Wetering and Uithoorn as part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam. From Uithoorn you start your ride into Amsterdam. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel.

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 centre 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 or 31 mi. (28 or 50 km)  
Day 4:  Rotterdam – 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: Zaandam - Amsterdam, 19 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 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 begin 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, 17 or 31 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 or 31 mi. (28 or  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. Afterward, 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. Both tours 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 take 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.

*Departure dates between April 6 and May 11: On Thursday you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bicycle or public transport; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included).

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. 

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

Parts in italics above will be covered by the ship.

Day 1: Amsterdam to Haarlem
Day 2: Haarlem - North Sea Coast - Haarlem, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km) | Haarlem - Zaandam
Day 3: Zaandam - Amsterdam, 19 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 km)
Day 4: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Utrecht | Utrecht - Rotterdam, 16 or 25 mi. (25 or 40 km)
Day 5: Rotterdam - Schiedam - Delft - Rotterdam 17 or 31 mi. (28 or 50 km)
Day 6: Rotterdam - Alblasserdam with the 'waterbus' | Kinderdijk (Gouda) - Schoonhoven, 19 or 36 mi. (30 or 58 km)
Day 7: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht | Utrecht - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

On days that two distances are provided, you can choose between the longer and shorter route.

Day 1: Amsterdam to Haarlem
Embarkation and check-in from 2 p.m. in Amsterdam. In late afternoon the ship will sail to Haarlem. You will be invited for a welcome drink and first briefing on board.

Day 2: Haarlem - North Sea Coast - Haarlem, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km) | Haarlem - Zaandam
Today you can choose from 2 cycling tours. Both tours take 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 3: Zaandam - Amsterdam, 19 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 km)
From Zaandam, your day of cycling will take you to the open air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum.

Day 4: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Utrecht | Utrecht - Rotterdam, 16 or 25 mi. (25 or 40 km)
Your cycling tour starts in Breukelen. Pedal along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses, and quaint tearooms. The route follows the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops, and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam.

Day 5: Rotterdam - Schiedam - Delft - Rotterdam 17 or 31 mi. (28 or 50 km)
Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue pottery. Visit the beautiful city center with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges, and alleys. For many of our guests, a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of their tour. Afterward, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.

Day 6: Rotterdam - Alblasserdam with the 'waterbus' | Kinderdijk (Gouda) - Schoonhoven, 19 or 36 mi. (30 or 58 km)
Today you can cycle the first part or take 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 cycling tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short cycling tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

Day 7: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht | Utrecht - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland along small villages and quiet roads to Utrecht. On your way, you can visit a traditional cheese farm and in Oudewater you can visit the Witches Weighhouse. In the late afternoon, the ship will sail from Utrecht to Amsterdam.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

Parts in italics above will be covered by the ship.

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  • Cheryl M. 5 months ago

    Loved the little towns, biking through them. Really nice trails. Sadly rain a couple of days but can't control the weather.

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  • Wilf C. 6 months ago

    In short, the South Holland boat-bike trip exceeded all my expectations. The routes, scenery and attractions were unbeatable. The boat cabins were small (akin to a university dorm room) but were extremely functional and comfortable. All of the staff did their utmost to satisfy our needs. We experienced windy days, a rainy day and lots of sun - the biking was always good. I'm typically a trip planner, so having all the logistics taken care of by the tour company made this an exceptional cycling vacation. I have already recommended the tour to many of my cycling friends.

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  • Colleen S. 7 months ago

    I very much enjoyed the beauty of the Netherlands countryside. Amazed by the extent to which the country is so bicycle friendly!

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  • Daniella from Tripsite 7 months ago

    This tour is incredible. It is all in one: beaches, dunes, historic towns, beautiful scenery, taste richness. Idyllic rides crossing the countryside passing by dreamy little towns while enjoying the caring of a dedicate and welcoming boat crew which felt like family. Getting up in the morning was a blessing. Every pedal took us to a new horizon of beauty, iconic landscapes and charming quarters which involved us in a good state of mind and body. Your whole self responds to this amazing atmosphere of enjoyment. History and culture just embraces you for the whole time. Meals are delicious; trying the local cheese, fruits, street food, or just finding a picturesque corner for a coffee is priceless. Getting back to our boat (Liza Marleen) was like arriving at home after an exciting and rewarding adventure. The captain and her crew knew exactly what we needed to replenish our energy while making every meal a pleasure. We were also lucky to get warm and long days, so as an extra, we Read more… got to jump into the inviting waters to extend a little more the incredible experience of each day. Our 7 years old daughter loved everything, even the cultural aspects of it is an invitation to all ages and tastes. I recommend this tour to every and anyone. It is definitely a bucket list top item.

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  • Ronerto R. 9 months ago

    Exciting bike and barge tour throughout Southern Holland. Definitely proclaiming a successful trip in a beautiful Holland. Safe and crew were very attentive and courteous.
    Felt mislead by bike insurance offerer by Tripsite. Later found out bike staff on the barge that if the bike was damaged I would have to pay upfront the amount of damage that I caused to the bike staff and then I can put a claim to the insurance by Tripsite which I would be reimbursed at that time This was a minor snafu and I was very disappointed about the misrepresentation when I was told the insurance would cover everything upon needing the coverage for bike damages.

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  • Donald B. 10 months ago

    South Holland trip was beyond what we were expecting in terms of scenery, trails and dedication by the Holland tour operators.

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  • Rachel F. 10 months ago

    It was the trip of a lifetime!!! This was a trip on my bucket list and could not have asked for better!! Thank you!

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  • Katie H. 10 months ago

    This was a very positive experience. Bikers of all abilities can participate in this tour. The navigation can be a bit tricky. I would definitely recommend using the navigation app in addition to the maps & briefings. However, there was usually a friendly local or another member of the group not too far away to help get you back on the route. The barge was very nice. We had an upgraded room. Plenty of storage space. The guides were excellent. The staff on the barge couldn’t have been nicer. The food was very good. The tour itself exceeded my expectations. Holland is beautiful. The route took us through a variety of geography. Lots of quintessential Dutch experiences, windmills, cheese, delft, etc.. The de Amsterdam is a larger boat than most so you have a large group. Neither here nor there, just a note if you prefer a more intimate group.

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  • Scott P. 11 months ago

    Our trip through south Holland was a history lesson with activity all in one. We had the day to enjoy countryside, beautiful gardens, canals and the old brick homes and cities along the way. Each morning we had fresh local baking to start our day and pack a lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful three course supper every evening experiencing different cuisines and fresh local produce. Many evenings a history walk was included after supper, finishing the day with some information on the city we were near. The week went by too quickly. ( I would recommend bringing earplugs to help sleep as some of the mooring places were noisier than where we live.) All in all a very wonderful holiday, we would do it again.

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  • Sarah D. 12 months ago

    There were 3 of us from the USA traveling together. They told us to lock our bikes and take the key with us when we went into a store or restaurant. Toward the end of the trip we ( all 3 of us ) went into a store and did not luck our bikes. When we came out of the store one of the bikes was GONE. We took one of our other phones and called the USA to have the spouse lock the missing phone and track the bike on the GPS. The missing bike was 6 miles away at a big store. The shop owner called the police- the police went to the store- closed the store down for 45 minutes and locked all the 4 doors to the store. The police walked into the store looking for the red and black bike bag- saw it- walked up to the man , who was using the stolen phone and arrested him. He had stolen bikes before. They were so happy to catch him this time. The police never found the helmet and the man took $100, US dollars. They found the bike in the front of the store, as we knew the Read more… bike's # and brand. The phone was recovered. The thief was put in jail for 2 nights- we were told. The bike was returned to the barge. The victim was returned to the barge by the police. Lesson learned- NEVER LEAVE YOUR BIKE UNLOCKED and TAKE the KEY! On a lighter note- the wildflowers and wildlife a long the canals, were unbelievable! Would do it again, but lock our bikes.

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  • Martha B. 1 year ago

    Scenery was excellent, dinners on the boat were superb, and the guide (Peter) was friendly, helpful, and competent. Suggestion--let there be hot water for tea or coffee available any time--not just till 6PM. Also, supply plastic bags for packing lunches--or advise people to bring their own.

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  • Pam W. 1 year ago

    This trip exceeded all my expectations. It is a wonderful way to see the country. The accommodations were very comfortable. We will be back. And recommend it to our friends.

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  • Dave C. 1 year ago

    The De Amsterdam is more like a cruise ship than a barge, very nice cabin, very nice dining room.

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  • Norma B. 1 year ago

    This trip has been on my bucket list for several years. I did it, just turned 70 years old. We had a lot of rain so felt we were constantly rushing or dodging the rain....no fault of yours of course. This was our first time using the bike trails so were somewhat confused but we did it. One suggestion would be to inform riders which direction to head, left or right, off the ramp. Loved it.

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  • Adrianus S. 2 years 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!

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  • John B. 2 years 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.

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  • Gaye S. 2 years ago

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

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  • Eileen C. 2 years 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.

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  • Walter V. 2 years 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.

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  • Doyle S. 2 years ago

    Most Memorable Part: The trip to kinderdijk was fantastic.

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  • Christa V. 2 years ago

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

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  • Pak Ching A. 2 years ago

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

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  • Sian W. 2 years ago

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

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  • Thelma K. 2 years ago

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

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  • Daniel A. 2 years 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.

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  • Azam E. 2 years 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

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  • Connie V. 2 years 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.

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  • Mike S. 2 years 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.

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    • Jehiel 2 years 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. 2 years 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.

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  • Kathleen L. 2 years ago

    The most memorable part was riding through the windmill countryside.

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  • Sya C. 2 years 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.

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  • John O. 2 years ago

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

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  • Cornelis S. 2 years 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.

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  • Helen M. 3 years 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!

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  • Maggie C. 3 years 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.

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  • W. Flink 3 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.

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  • M. Gaherty 3 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 Read more… 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 3 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.

      Regards,
      Jan

  • P. Watson 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 7 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

De Amsterdam Photo

De Amsterdam Netherlands Deluxe 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 Nassau Photo

De Nassau Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat Comfort Plus class boats are very nicely furnished 5-star ships containing cabins with low beds, private bathrooms, a large dining area, separate saloon, and more.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Premium 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 Premium 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 Standard 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.

Anna Antal Photo

Anna Antal Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2013, 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.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Standard 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.

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