Holland / Southern tour

Day 1 Amsterdam

Embarkation from 2 p.m., the boat will be waiting for you in the centre of Amsterdam. After leaving your luggage on board, you will have time to discover the capital city of the Netherlands.

   

Day 2 Amsterdam – Rotterdam (25/40 km - 15/25 miles)

In the morning you will ship to Breukelen and have the first bike tour along the beautiful river Vecht. You will follow it into the centre of Utrecht with its Dom (Cathedral) tower, 111 m. high, from where, if the weather is very limpid, you will be able to see
Amsterdam from afar. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam, a city that was completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the 50s-60s: that is why it looks so  modern nowadays. 
   

Day 3 Rotterdam – Delft (30/50 km - 18/32 miles)

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. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.
   

Day 4 Rotterdam – Schoonhoven (30/58 km - 19/36 miles)

Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike to Alblasserdam or Kinderdijk (depending on the departure time of the waterbus). After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous
for 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 or a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the
Lek River, where you can visit a silversmith. In the evening a (free) city walk through Schoonhoven.
   

Day 5 Schoonhoven – Haarlem (45 km - 28 miles)

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 Weigh House. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem. 
   

Day 6 Haarlem – Zaandam (40/50 km - 25/31 miles)

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 (30/45 km - 29 miles)

In Zandaam we recommend you a visit to the open air museum „Zaanse Schans“, built like an old village with traditional wooden houses, windmills, cheese farm and a clog maker. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy a last bike tour along
the canals of Amsterdam.
   

Day 8 Amsterdam

After breakfast, disembarkation and end of the tour.
   

Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary eviations (for example roadworks) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.

 

DE AMSTERDAM

DE AMSTERDAM is a 311 ft. long and  36 ft. wide, very well equipped river cruise ship. 

The vessel has 56 staterooms for max. 112 passengers. All staterooms are outside cabins.

The lower deck has 10 twin cabins and 20 superior twin cabins (approx. 135 sq.ft.). All cabins have an individual climate control system, digital TV, roomy wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets, 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet, basin and bath products. All twin cabins have a large picture window (4.59 ft. x 2.95 ft.) that can be partly opened. The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to the engine room, stairs and salon. 

The upper deck offers 18 identical superior twin cabins and 8 spacious French Balcony Suites. The Suites (approx. 200 sq. ft.) have the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a mini-bar and a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window. The beds in all suites are set as a hotel-style bed (78 x 62 inches) and can, optional (on request), be set as two separate single beds (78 x 31 inches). 

De Amsterdam has a restaurant on the lower deck. You can enjoy the scenery in the cozy lounge / bar with dance floor and large panoramic windows on the upper deck. In the bar/lounge, Wi-Fi is available for guests (complimentary limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online).

On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay.  Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck. 

Inside areas of DE AMSTERDAM are non-smoking areas; the sun deck has a smokers’ area.

Onboard languages: English/German (international guests, international crew).

 

Technical Details: 

Year Built: 1991, last Refurbished: 2017: Registry/flag: German; Length: 94.80 m (311 ft.), Width: 11,00 m (36 ft.); Passenger Capacity: 112, Cabins: 56; Number of Crew: 21.

Currency on Board: Euro; accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).

 

DE HOLLAND 

DE HOLLAND is a 257 ft. long and 24 ft. wide cozy, small river cruise ship. 

The vessel has 34 staterooms for max. 68-72 passengers. All staterooms are well-equipped outside cabins.

The lower deck has 24 twin cabins. All cabins (approx. 108 sq.ft.) have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets, 2 single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and bath products and a window (2.55 ft. x 1.28 ft.) that - for safety reasons - cannot be opened. Three “regular” twin cabins in the front have single beds, set in L-shape, and an additional Pullman Bed as optional third bed. Five twin cabins and 16 “superior” twin cabins have separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (78 x 62 inches). The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to engine room, stairs and salon and/or (in 3 cases) beds set in L-shape (optional triple cabin).

The upper deck offers 9 identical superior twin cabins (accommodation: s. lower deck) and 1 suite. The suite (approx. 140 sq. ft.) has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but is larger and – in addition – also has a mini-bar and a sofa bed as optional third bed. All upper premium deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.

Beds in most cabins are normally set as hotel-style beds (78 x 62 inches) or, optional, on previous request, can be arranged as 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches). 

DE HOLLAND has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available for guests in the salon (limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online). 

On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay.  Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck. 

Inside areas of DE HOLLAND are non-smoking areas; the sun deck has a smokers’ area.

Onboard languages: English/German (international guests, international crew).

 

Technical Details: Year Built: 1952, full refit: 2017/2018: Registry/flag: Dutch; Length: 78.25 m (257 ft.), Width: 7.32 m (24 ft.); Passenger Capacity: 68-72, Cabins: 34; Number of Crew: 11. Currency on Board: Euro; accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).

DISCLAIMER: Situation of 21 Dec. 2017; with reserve of changes during the construction period

Travel dates 2019

    low season (6/4,13/4,20/4) mid season (4/5 till 1/6 and from 25/8 till 14/9) high season  (1/6 till 24/8)
barge De Amsterdam Saturday from 604 to 5-10 € 749 p.p. € 849 p.p.  € 879 p.p.
barge De Holland 28-04 and 01-09 € 819 p.p.    

 

* departures 28-04, may, 1-09, 8-09
** departures from 2-06 to 25-08


Included

7 overnights
full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
city walks with the tour leader in Rotterdam and Dordrecht/Schoonhoven
board tour guide
7-days Hotline service

 

Not included

beverages on board
museums, fees and extras in general

 

Supplements

single cabin lower deck € 280 p.p. 
single cabin superior upper deck € 420 p.p.
superior cabin lower deck € 60 p.p. 
cabin upper deck € 130 p.p. 
superior cabin upper deck € 200 p.p. 
suite cabin € 300 p.p. 
rental bike € 70 p.p. 
E-bike € 180 p.p. 
gluten free/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot) € 50 p.p. 

 

Reductions

low season DE AMSTERDAM (departures 14.04, 21.04.18) € 60  

 

Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam

Discover famous cities, interesting cultural places and the “Groene Hart” of the Netherlands in this perfect introduction to Holland. Visit the best known historical towns in the western part of the Netherlands, and the lovely villages surrounded by a traditional rural environment.

  • I enjoyed to Danube tour very much- the weather was beautiful- the company was enjoyable. JC. Zeyl, Canada
  • Bob and I think about our adventure frequently including all the great locations we rode thru on our bicycles. L. Carter, USA
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