The best biking Holland has to offer
Experience Holland in the best possible way on this gorgeous short break aboard one of our comfortable barges. This 5-day bike and barge tour will take you through charmingly scenic landscapes, such as the polder flatlands of North Holland and the sandy dunes along the North Sea coast. You’ll cycle flat terrain on dedicated bike paths along dikes, canals and bridges.
Discover the Zaanse Schans open-air museum with its windmills, traditional cheese and clog makers and authentic Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the cheese capital Alkmaar and the historic city of Haarlem, with its cobbled streets, pretty canals, shops and cafés.
The tour begins and ends in Amsterdam, which some call the smallest metropolis in Europe. In the heart of this historic city you’ll find many unique museums, enticing shops and UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, all of which certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight.
Tour dates 2021:
- Princesse Royal (former Magnifique): May 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26 and 30; June 3, 7, 11 and 15
- Magifique III: July 6, 11 and 15
- Magnifique IV: June 24 and 28; July 2
Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in takes place at 2 pm, with the crew welcoming you on board. Once all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a town famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth for the night in the center of the city. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through Zaandam’s picturesque center.
Day 2: Zaandam – Alkmaar (44 km/27 mi.)
A pleasant 5 km bicycle ride leads you to ‘Zaanse Schans’. This old Dutch village is home to beautiful windmills still in use, traditional wooden houses and artisans like a cheesemaker and a clog maker. Zaanse Schans is in fact more than an open-air museum, as the people you’ll see around are actual inhabitants! Your tour continues through the ‘Land of Leeghwater’, a luscious green polder area. Stroll through the former whaler’s village of De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. In the cheese city of Alkmaar your barge will be waiting for you near the historic city center. As you wander through the streets of Alkmaar’s old town, you’ll be charmed by the beauty of its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals.
Day 3: Alkmaar – Haarlem (48 km/29 mi.)
After breakfast you’ll cycle towards the North Sea coast. A great bike ride through the sand dunes is on the program today. In the afternoon, a local ferry will take you across the North Sea Canal, which is a major shipping route. Back on land, you’ll cycle to Haarlem: a pretty city of cobbled streets, historic buildings, grand churches, cozy bars, canals, top-notch restaurants, and antique shops.
Day 4: Haarlem – Amsterdam | Waterland loop (28 km/18 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)
During breakfast the ship will take you back to Amsterdam. Today you can choose to take a last beautiful bike ride through the idyllic pastures and wetlands north of Amsterdam in Waterland, or to discover this amazing city. Explore the flower market in the center, visit the Rijksmuseum or a modern art museum like the Stedelijk, or go shopping in the ‘Nine Streets’… there’s so much to do!
Day 5: Amsterdam
Enjoy your last breakfast on board before disembarkation until 9.30 am. End of the tour.
Good to know
On this Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bicycle option.
Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bicycle option.
You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m..
Included in this tour
- 5 days/4 nights
- 4 x breakfast
- Packed lunches
- 4 x 3-course dinner
- Coffee and tea on board
- Welcome drink
- Use of bed linen and towels
- Daily cleaning of the cabin
- Climate-controlled cabin
- Daily briefings
- Fully guided cycling tours
- Some short walking tours
- Entrance windmill Schermerhorn
- Visit and entrance experience “This is Holland”
- Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
- GPS tracks
- Use of a waterproof pannier bag
- Fees for ferries
Excluded in this tour
- Bicycle rental or e-bike rental
- Helmet rental
- Personal insurances
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
- Transfers to/from the docking place
- Parking fees
Additional options & information - 2021
- Rental bicycle Premium: € 65 per tour (optional)
- Rental E-Bike Premium: € 130 per tour (optional, only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
- Parking own bicycle: € 7 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
- Parking + charge station own E-Bike: € 17 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
Travel during corona time
On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!