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Bike and Barge Holland: Southern Tour 

| De Amsterdam and De Holland

It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour on board your home away from home, the barges De Amsterdam and De Holland. Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside – the country’s “Green Heart”. It is here that you will see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms… it is a landscape that is impossible to feel or look any more Dutch. In short the Southern tour is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of “typical” central Holland as is possible in one week. What you will come away with at the end of the tour is a greater appreciation of why this part of the Netherlands attracts so many visitors from all corners of the globe every year. As well as being able to discover the natural beauty of Holland’s Green Heart you will visit:

  • The world famous city of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht, the geographical center of Holland
  • Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe
  • Delft, a city with close ties to the Dutch Royal family and the world renowned painter Johannes Vermeer
  • Haarlem, a sightseers’ paradise

Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”. For the duration of the tour you will live and travel on board the barges De Amsterdam and De Holland. 

Tip: You can book a guided option on De Amsterdam
On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests.
If  you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability).

For 2019 the dates are: May 04, May 25, June 15, August 31 and September 14. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

Semi-guided cycling tours: daily individual cycling at your own pace. The tour leader also cycles all tours and is available for tips, directions and in cases of emergency.

departure date April 6, 13 and 20.
Midseason:         departure date April 27, May 4, 11, 18 and 25;  August 31; September 7 and 14.
Main season:      all other departure dates, weekly from June 1 up to and incl. August 24.
Late season:       departure date September 21 and 28 and October 5.

Tour Program the Netherlands: Southern Tour | ships De Amsterdam and De Holland* 2018

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (approx. 25-40 km**/16-25 mi.) | Utrecht – Rotterdam Your first cycle tour starts in Breukelen. You’ll tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms. You will follow the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam. 

Day 3 (Mon): Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam (approx. 28-50 km/17-31 mi.)  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 (Tue): Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “waterbus” |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven (approx. 30-58 km**/19–36 mi.) Today you can cycle the first part or the “waterbus” will take you and your bicycle to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO cultural heritage, with 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 and a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

Day 5 (Wed): Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht (approx. 45 km**/28 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Haarlem 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 (Thu): Haarlem – North Sea coast – Haarlem (Approx. 40-50 km**/25-31 mi.) | Evening: Haarlem – Zaandam Today 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 (Fri): Zaandam – Amsterdam (Approx. 30-45 km/29-28 mi.) From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today. 

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam Disembarkation after breakfast: End of your trip.

Details: the in italics printed parts will be covered by ship. ** Both possibilities are offered – you can choose. All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours. Departures dates between April 14 and May 5: on Thursday there is an opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bus/train or partly with train + bike; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included). When you do not want to cycle, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbor.

*: ship DE HOLLAND is on the Southern Tour only on departure dates April 28 and Sept. 01, 2018

Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons or force majeure.
On the arrival day is it possible to put your luggage on board from 09:30 am


  • Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
  • Full board (7x breakfast, 6x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
  • Use of bed linen and towels (daily change of towels possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;
  • Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
  • Experienced and local tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city walking tours; during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour as well and can be reached on his cell phone;
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for cycling tours, 1 set per cabin;
  • Min. 2 city walks (Rotterdam, Dordrecht) with the tour leader;
  • Visits (optional): Delftware factory, visitors center windmills Kinderdijk, St-Jans church Gouda, cheese farm Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and some more (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discounts);
  • 1x live music night on board;
  • Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €25 p.p.;
  • Use of free Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship;
  • Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.


  • Transfers to/from the docking place at the Sumatrakade in Amsterdam;
  • Rental of bicycle or e-bike;
  • Rental bike helmet (optional);
  • Other transfers;
  • Parking fees;
  • 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 brakes, pannier bag: €70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer or similar) with 3 support levels, 7 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles): €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Rental bike helmet: € 10 per piece/week
Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, ca. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: € 12,50 (at the ticket office approx.: €16)

Tip: You can book a guided option on De Amsterdam
On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests.
If  you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability).

For 2019 the dates are: May 04, May 25, June 15, August 31 and September 14. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

Cabins 2019 p.p. PS MS Main S LS
Twin lower deck € 749 € 849 € 879 € 829
superior twin lowerdeck € 799 € 899 € 929 € 879
Twin lowerdeck single use € 1.099 € 1,199 € 1.229 € 1.179
Superior twin upper deck € 949 € 1.049 € 1.079 € 1.029
Superior twin upperdeck single use € 1.249 € 1.349 € 1.379 € 1.329
Upper deck suite € 1.049 € 1.149 € 1.179 € 1.129
Bicycle rent € 75
E-Bike € 175