Major highlights, famous towns and cities, beautiful scenery - „Southern Tour“ With bike and barge you will visit famous historical towns, picturesque cities and beautiful landscapes in the surprising varied “Green Heart” of Holland. Highlights are a.o. Amsterdam with it’s beautiful canals, Dom-city Utrecht, harbour city Rotterdam, Delft with it’s famous Delftware factories, cheese city Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, silver city Schoonhoven, the historical centre of Haarlem, the dunes and the North Sea beach and the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”. The Southern tour is the perfect tour to explore the variety of area in the central part of the Netherlands with it’s many small canals and lakes, and also the beautiful old cities during daytime and in the evening. You will live and on board of the DE AMSTERDAM, one of the beloved ships for boat & bike tours in the Netherlands.
Afternoon: As from 2 P.M. embarkation in Amsterdam (centre). Explore downtown Amsterdam: time for shopping, to visit a museum or to make a canal tour (reduced tickets available on board, until 10 pm): this is an unique way to see the capital of Holland from another side.
A breakfast cruise to Breukelen and first bike tour along the beautiful windingriver Vecht. Along this river you will see very nice villas, cottages and small castles. You will follow the Vecht into the centre of Utrecht with its Dom (Cathedral) tower, 111 m. high. In the afternoon: continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam, your destination for the day.
(ca. 25-40 km / 15-25 miles)
Cycling tour via “jenever-city” Schiedam (jenever is a traditional Dutch gin) and through the Delfland to Delft. Visit the beautiful city centre with it’s beautiful canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many guests a visit to the Delftware factories “Royal Delft” is one of the highlights of the tour. In the evening short city walk (free).
(ca. 50 km / 30 miles)
Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 30 minutes 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. 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! 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.
(ca. 30-50 km / 18 – 32 miles)
Cycle tour from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” via Oudewater (visit the Witches Weigh House) to Utrecht. Near Oudewater you can visit a traditional cheese farm, where you can also buy deilcious farm-made cheese. In the late afternoon, the ship will bring you from Utrecht to Beverwijk.
(ca. 40-55 km / 27-32 miles)
Today offers 2 bike tours, both leading to Haarlem: the longer tour leads through the dunes via Bloemendaal and Zandvoort and along the North Sea coast; the shorter tour goes through the inland to Haarlem. Both tours return to Beverwijk. In the evening your ship will sail to Zaandam.
(ca. 45-55 km / 27-33 miles)
From Zaandam you will cycle to the open air museum „Zaanse Schans“ (a.o. traditional wooden houses, windmills, cheese farm and wooden shoe „clog“ manufacturing). Continue bike tour through recreational area „Twiske“ to Amsterdam. Afternoon and evening in Amsterdam. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do it today.
(ca. 35 km / 21 miles)
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.
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De Amsterdam is a 311 ft. long and 36 ft. wide, very well equipped river cruise ship. The vessel has 56 cabins for maximal 112 passengers. All of these cabins have a window, giving you a different view every day (outside cabins).
Lower deck cabins
The lower deck offers space to 10 twin cabins and 20 superior twin cabins (approx. 135 sq.ft.). All of these have an individual climate control system, digital TV, 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.
Upper deck cabins
The upper deck has 18 superior twin cabins (identical to the ones on the lower deck) and 8 spacious 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 double bed (78 x 62 inches) and can (on request) be set as two separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).
Restaurant and lounge
De Amsterdam has a spacious restaurant on the lower deck. In the morning you can come to power for a healthy cycling day at the oval buffet in the middle. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows around, which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor, so the evenings can certainly become fun! In the lounge there is Wi-Fi available for guests; complimentary limited data packages included, but additional data packages can be purchased online.
On the partially roofed sun deck the chairs and sun loungers invite you for a stay on a sunny day.
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 smoking area.
Onboard languages are English and German. There is an international crew.
Year built: 1991, last refurbished: 2017
Length: 94.80 m (311 ft.), width: 11 m (36 ft.)
Passenger capacity: 112, cabins: 56; number of crew: 21.
Currency on board: Euro. Accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Departure Southern Tour on April 28 on Thu. opportunity to visit the World famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bus/train or partly with train+bike; transfers/entrance fee not incl.).
Program + details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage already on board as from 09:30 am.
The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring or trekking bikes with light-weight frames and normal mount (ladies model), with 7 gears, hand brake & hub brake and pannier bag. Prices of other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, parent-and-child tandems etc.) and child’s saddles (front or rear) are on request.
Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles. In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet, but helmets can be rented for €10,- per week (on request, limited available)
...The level of difficulty was fine, although some days we would have liked longer to see the the beautiful scenery and towns that we cycled through. This may, however, be a comment on the speed of our cycling! Overall the variety of experiences and scenery, making each day different, was well thought planned...
...The scenery was amazing. We travelled through cities, villages, farmland and sea Shores. Our tour guide Marje was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable and helpful...