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Holland Bike & Boat: Southern Circuit - De Amsterdam

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.3 Read 9 reviews
  • Easy cycle path and canal side cycling through Holland
  • Visit the Potters town of ‘Blue’ Delft
  • UNESCO Windmills of Kinderdijk.
  • Explore the cities of Rotterdam & Amsterdam
  • Discover Gouda, the home of Dutch cheese
Combine bike and boat to journey through the contrasts of Southern Holland. Easy going cycle paths link the futuristic city of Rotterdam with traditional craft towns of Delft, Gouda, and Schoonhoven. South of Amsterdam, the River Vecht flows to the imposing Dom Tower of Utrecht. From here you’ll cycle and sail Holland’s ancient river paths through Europe’s busiest port, Rotterdam to the gin town of Schiedam. Along the way, you’ll encounter the traditional potters of Delft, discover the cheese craft of Gouda and lose count of the perfectly preserved UNESCO windmills of Kinderdijk. Returning each evening to the comfort and calm of your boat makes for a very hassle-free adventure.

What To Expect

This boat & bike tour is well-suited to those who want easy flat biking on cycle paths, small roads and canals paths through many iconic sites and towns of Holland. There are ample opportunities to take a break in a typical Dutch cafes and you can always head out on foot if you want a day off the bike. At the end of each cycling day you'll re-join your comfortable river cruiser to enjoy on-board hospitality.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Bike and Boat, E-Biking | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation., E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Special Occasions

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

Almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy. The daily distances range from 40 to 60 km (25 to 38 mi). Keep in mind that there often are shorter daily rides available, should you prefer it. Please see your itinerary detail for the shorter daily routes.

You will be cycling along dedicated traffic-free cycle paths along canals, rivers, and some quiet roads. Some routes when approaching or departing towns and cities might be busier. The Netherlands has an excellent infrastructure that was developed with the cyclist in mind, after all, the country has more bicycles than residents! You shouldn’t have any difficulties, though we recommend to always be mindful of other road users, especially on roads shared with traffic.

This tour is well-suited to occasional or regular cyclists as it follows a flat and predominantly traffic-free network of cycle paths.

Navigation

The cycle paths are way marked throughout and upon arrival you will be supplied with printed instructions and detailed maps for each bike tour. There is also an on-board multi-lingual tour leader who will give daily briefings of the cycle tours. Daily rides are not guided but the on-board tour leader does cycle each route and is available on their phone should you require assistance.

Accommodation Information

You will spend each night on either De Amsterdam or De Nassau river cruiser in your very comfortable cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.

De Amsterdam

You stay onboard of river cruiser ‘De Amsterdam’ (56 cabins), which is a medium-sized cosy ship. All cabins are tastefully decorated, air-conditioned, en-suite and have windows that can not be opened. Facilities include a TV, hairdryer, mini safe and wardrobe. Enjoy the spacious deck to soak up the last of the sunshine. The bar and restaurant areas are perfect for gazing out over the river while you enjoy a cold beer after a day of cycling. Although the cabins are spacious they will be smaller than an average hotel room so you may wish to consider using softer luggage that can easily be stored in the cupboard or under the beds. All inside areas of the boat are non-smoking and a limited Wi-Fi service is available.

Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.

Meals

All meals onboard are included. Breakfast usually consists of fruits, granola, yogurt, bread, cheeses, and meats. There are also extra cheeses, meats, breads and snacks to make yourself a picnic lunch each day. In the evenings, return to the comfort of your boat and enjoy 3-course dinners with your fellow cyclists. Dietary requirements will be catered for where possible, please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements. Some special or unusual dietary requests may incur a surcharge. Coffee and tea are provided free of charge until 4.00 PM.

Included
  • 7 Nights private en-suite cabin
  • Full Board
  • Bike Rental
  • On board tour leader
  • Information pack & detailed route notes and map
  • Guided city walks of Rotterdam and Dordrecht
Excluded
  • Travel to and from Amsterdam
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks
  • Miscellaneous expenditure
  • Travel Insurance
Extras
  • E-Bike Rental

When To Go

You can start your Holland Bike & Boat tour on selected days between April and October. Prices vary depending on the preferred cabin and the departure date.

Bike & Boat tours require a minimum number of participants for each departure to go ahead. Should a departure have insufficient participants, you will be notified in good time, and you can change your departure to an alternative date. For more information, please speak to one of our team.

Getting to the Start

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.

By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.

By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.

General Information

All Bike & Boat tours made with Macs Adventure are subject to booking conditions that are different from our standard terms and conditions. Please make sure that you read these Bike & Boat booking conditions carefully, prior to booking your trip.

Equipment

Bike Rental: The rental bikes onboard are 7-gear unisex hybrid bikes with pedal brakes and are included in the cost of your trip. Please provide us with your height(s) during the booking process. There are also E-bikes available upon request and at a supplement, although these are in limited supply.

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddlebag) and we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet for hygiene purposes and for the best fit. Should you wish to hire a helmet locally, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can arrange this for you. This can otherwise not be guaranteed. Due to very restricted space on board, there is limited availability to bring your own bike.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam Day 2 Breukelen to Utrecht 25 miles / 40 km Day 3 Rotterdam, Schiedam & Delft 31 miles / 50 km Day 4 Kinderdijk to Schoonhoven 36 miles / 58 km Day 5 Schoonhoven to Utrecht 28 miles / 45 km Day 6 Haarlem & The North Sea Coast 31 miles / 50 km Day 7 Zaandam to Amsterdam 28 miles / 45 km Day 8 Amsterdam

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