During this tour, you cycle individually and at your own pace. The itinerary leads you through the wetlands of the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland: experience many highlights in this beautiful area. Visit historical cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Leiden and Gouda and enjoy cultural-historical attractions in the province of Zuid-Holland. Famous painters like Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer lived and worked in cities like Leiden, Haarlem and Delft. Enjoy the picturesque and in the lake district of central Holland. Enjoy a variety of bike tours and lovely cruising.
Experience the relaxed and familiar surroundings on board of the small Lena Maria passenger barge, which caters for 20 guests at most, and allow yourself to be pampered with great service and delicious meals.
You can embark from 14:00 in the center of Amsterdam (at NEMO museum, Oosterdok). You can then still set out to explore the city center, which is located within walking distance, and make a round trip through the canals. An introduction takes place at 17:30, during which the crew is presented, and the first dinner on board is served; the rental bicycles are also handed out at this time.
You visit the lovely open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ after a short cruise to Zaandam. An old 18th and 19th century Dutch village was reconstructed in the museum, where you can visit windmills, a cheese-maker and a clog maker. You then cycle to Haarlem, where you are able to stroll through the lovely city center and the Grote Markt (market square) in the evening. If preferred, today’s bike tour can also be extended with a visit of the sea locks of IJmuiden and the Kennemer Dunes.
(approx. 40-55 km / 24-34 miles)
After enjoying breakfast with your newfound cycling friends, you will pedal today along the North Sea coast through seaside dunes via the resorts of Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee to the vibrant university city of Leiden, the birthplace of celebrated artist Rembrandt van Rijn. The city’s picturesque old city centre is crisscrossed with canals lined by beautiful 17th-century buildings and is very definitely a must to see. The short bike tour leads you from Haarlem to Cruquius (steam engine museum) and Hillegom (several flower nurseries) to Leiden. (approx. 42-55 km / 25-34 miles)
From Leiden you cycle to Delft, where a Delft Blue porcelain studio can be viewed and visited. The royal crypts of the House of Orange are also located in the beautiful center of Delft. The longer bike tour brings you to The Hague, where you can visit the Binnenhof and the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) or the Scheveningen seaside resort or any one of many other attractions and further to Leiden. (approx. 37-42 km / 22-34 miles)
This morning you will sail from Delft on the MS Jelmar through the remarkable international port of Rotterdam. Here you have to hop on the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will bring you and your bike to Kinderdijk, a village famous for an impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From Kinderdijk you will cycle directly to the cheese city of Gouda, or if you prefer, on a longer tour via the silver city of Schoonhoven to Gouda, your destination for the day. (approx. 30-45 km / 19-28 miles)
You cycle to the small town of Kudelstaart, straight through the idyllic South Holland landscape with numerous little canals. At the mooring place on the banks of the Westeinder Plassen (“West End” Lakes), you can enjoy the beautiful view. (approx. 55 km / 34 miles)
Early in the morning you can visit the large flower auction at Aalsmeer (optional extra, not included). After breakfast you can choose to cruise through the City of Amsterdam to the mooring place or to cycle into the city through the city park Amsterdamse Bos or along the Amstel river. Today you also have the opportunity to visit/see some forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Once you reach Amsterdam take the opportunity during the afternoon and evening to go for a canal cruise, discover Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city.
(approx. 15-40 km / 10-25 miles)
Bid the crew farewell and disembark after breakfast at 9:00.
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About this ship: Lena Maria
The Lena Maria started her second life as a passenger barge in 2006. This ship was built by Hans de Lange who had previously built and operated similar vessels. The Lena Maria is a very comfortable ship, ideal for bike and barge tours in the Netherlands and very popular on the Hanseatic tour.
Description of the cabins
The Lena Maria has twelve spacious twin cabins (10,5 m² – 113 sq.ft.) with two separate beds. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating. Furthermore, you will find a hair dryer in each cabin.
Description of the ship
On the upper deck of the Lena Maria you will find the cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, where you can have a drink. On nice evenings, or while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.
All distances are ‘approximations’ of the recommended cycling routes. If you decide not to cycle for a day, you can simply remain on board and enjoy the cruise.
Program + information are subject to change in the interim, due to technical, meteorological and / or nautical reasons.
On the day of arrival you can already bring your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.
Tour and accommodation on board 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner);
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin,
Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
Daily briefings of the bike tours by the captain / crew member;
Printed instructions and detailed maps for cycling tours, 1 set per cabin;
Use of Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship (if available: mobile internet; instructions on board);
Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm.
Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam; reservation costs €15 (obligatory surcharge, per booking), rental bicycle, other transfers, parking fee, entrance fees & excursions, fees for ferries, drinks on board, personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion). Dietary requirements on request / surcharges may be calculated.
Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag : € 70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer) with 3 support levels, 7 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles): € 165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, ca. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: € 12,50 (at the ticket office approx. € 16)
Min. number of participants: 12, max. 22 pers.| For groups: charter of the whole barge on request