Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL028

Holland / Hansa Highlights: among villages and canals

At the heart of Holland

This tour leads you through a region that’s one of the most beloved among Dutch cyclists. The area you’ll be going through was shaped over millennia by numerous rivers and streams: the so-called Bordering Lakes. These are situated between the “old” mainland with many beautiful harbour towns, and the “new” reclaimed land of the province of Flevoland, that was once the bottom of the sea. Many of the cities along their banks were members of the Hanseatic League, a confederation aimed to protect the economic interests of its members in large parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Northern Europe. The abundant civil and religious architecture is a clear sign of the thriving of these regions in the past.
  • Day by Day


    1° Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede

    Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew will welcome you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. The boat starts sailing from Amsterdam at approximately 2 p.m. on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River. Here, you will spend your first night aboard the ship.


    2° Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.)

    While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large green area,  heartland of Holland. You will cycle to Arnhem, through the lovely Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks. the Nassau docks for the night close to the center of this former Hanseatic city. 


    3° Arnhem – Deventer (25 km/16 mi. or 42 km/26 mi.)

    We’ll leave Arnhem aboard the Nassau, and your cycling day will start in Doesburg, riding along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, the ‘proud to be’ smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, there are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen. You either take a shorter route along the riverbank; or a longer trip via Vorden, where you’ll be passing lovely country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the ship will sail to Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!


    4° Deventer – Kampen (45 km/27 mi or 56 km/35 mi.)

    This morning you will enjoy a short cruise along the riverbank of the Ijssel until Wijhe, where you begin to cycle until Hattem. This 800-year-old town has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. The boat will be waiting close to Zwolle and sail to Kampen during dinner. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.


    5° Kampen – Harderwijk (50 km/29 mi.)

    From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are the favourite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where you will spend the might docked in its old harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.


    6° Harderwijk– Huizen (45 km/28 mi. or 55 km/35 mi.)

    Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coastal route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes, still worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.


    7° Huizen – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)

    Huizen is the starting point for a ride to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden. The latter is famous for its historic castle on the waterfront. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. You have the afternoon and evening to spend in the Dutch capital any way you like. Seize the chance to do a canal tour, to visit Anne Frank’s home or any of a number of world renowned museums around the Museumplein. Or just enjoy looking at everyday life in this bustling city.


    8° Amsterdam

    The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation, enjoy a nice breakfast until 9.30 a.m.


    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.


  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat landscape, beneath the sea level. The cycling path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signals and with small numbered stumps called “mushrooms”,   signalled on the maps.


    It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Ask your guide on board, he/she will be able to give you more information.


  • How to get there

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. Consider about a 15 minute bus ride from the train station to the point of embarkation (the busses are frequent).


    By Plane

    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.


    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.


    In order to get to the embarkation point you need to leave from Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about €5. To book the train tickets in advance visit


    By Train

    The nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on


    By Car

    Parking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of  the city.



    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: .

    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:

    • parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on The cost for 8 days is about 70/100 €.
    •  P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre: (Prins Hendrikkade 20A). This is the closest parking place to the embarkation points Scheepvaart Kwartier e Oosterdok. You can make a reservation on The cost for 8 days is about 160 €.


  • Accommodation and meals

    In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.


    De Nassau is a medium-sized cozy river cruise ship. In the summer of 2018 the cabins and the salon/restaurant in front of the ship have been completely refitted:  a full restyle of the interior. 


    • Length:            72 m (236 ft.)
    • Crew:               12
    • Cabins:            34
    • Pass.:               73 (max.)


    Watch De Nassau photo gallery.




  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • a lightweight frame unisex touring bike (name brand Gazelle Chamonix), equipped with  Shimano 7 gears, gel-saddle and hand or pedal brake. All wheels are 28 inch, but a few different frames are available on board for shorter/taller individuals.
    • a unisex e-bike Trenergy E-Relax Pro with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand brakes.


    The bikes are equipped with: 

    • pannier bag;
    • lock. 

    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin.


    In Holland bike helmets are not mandatory. We advise you wear one for your safety anyway, A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.


  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you wll receive via email the following:

    • embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    • Tour Notes
    • Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.


    Tour maps will be delivered on site.


  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, you will be able to reach the tour leader on his/her mobiles. The tours are unaccompanied and unguided. Languages spoken on board are English and German. 


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.


  • 1 Client reviews
    • Giovanna

      Departure 20-27 July 2019

      Online from 13 August 2019

      Ottimo giro per scoprire che l'Olanda non è tutta piatta e può essere anche selvaggia, oltre che ricca di storia.
      Per la sistemazione in barca può essere necessario un po' di spirito di adattamento, ma si mangia bene.
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Tour details


from 779 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge De Nassau

Tour type
self-guided tour
Price per person

779 € 


every Saturday from 4.05 to 5.10.19


  • 7 overnights;
  • full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch);
  • on board tour guide (German and English);
  • bed linen and towels;
  • 7-days Hotline service.

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board 
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • extra transport
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included


390 € single cabin

90 € superior lower deck cabin

130 € cabin upper deck

30 € high season (from 1.06 to 24.08.19)


75 € rental bike

175 € e-bike

50 € gluten free/ non dairy menu (to be paid on the spot)



60/30 € third person in cabin below/upper deck 

20 € late season (departures 21.09, 28.09 and 5.10.19)

180 € super saver season (4.05.19)


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