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Self-guided Bike and Barge

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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

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    Aboard De Holland

     

    1. Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede

    Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. At approximately 2 p.m. the ship sails from Amsterdam 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 (35/45 km)

    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.

     

    3. Arnhem - Deventer (45/55 km)

    We leave Arnhem on the De Holland, and then today’s cycling tour starts in the small town of Doesburg. There are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen and Deventer. Both options first go to Bronkhorst, a seeming hamlet that’s proud to be the smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, the shorter option takes you by ferry to the western bank of the IJssel river, whereas the longer option stays on the eastern bank. Both options lead you through the countryside to Zutphen. The tour ends in 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 (40/60 km)

    During breakfast the De Holland will take you to Wijhe, where your bicycle ride begins. In the morning you will enjoy a nice bicycle ride to Hattem. You can choose a short option along the banks of the river or opt for a longer ride across the east Veluwe area. Hattem has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. Leaving Hattem, it is only a short ride to the city of Zwolle, one of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities. From Zwolle you continue to Kampen. 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 (50/60 km)

    From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where the night will be spent in its old fishing 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 (45/55 km)

    Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coast 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 that are worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.

     

    7. Huizen - Amsterdam (35 km)

    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

    Disembarkation after breakfast around 9:30 am and end of tour.

     

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    Aboard Lena Maria and Sarah

     

     

    1. Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede

    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 and 2 p.m. in Amsterdam. At approximately 2 p.m. the barge will leave Amsterdam to sail over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine where you will spend your first night.

     

    2. Wijk bij Duurstede - Arnhem (35/45 km)

    While you are enjoying breakfast, the barge will sail to Wageningen where you are finally off and cycling through the picturesque river valley of the Rhine. Along the way you will cycle through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe. At the end of the day you pedal through the suburbs and past lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the city center. During the second world war Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. The operation ended in a failure because of the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulting in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.

     

    3. Arnhem - Deventer (30/45 km)

    Today’s cycling tour takes you along the Hanseatic Town Route to the small village of Doesburg and along the IJssel to Bronkhorst, which has the distinction of being recognised as the smallest town in Holland. Guests will have two choices today – a shorter tour along the riverbank to Zutphen; or a longer bicycle trip via Vorden passing country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the barge will sail to Deventer where you have the option of a short guided walking tour in the evening.

     

    4. Deventer - Kampen (35/45 km)

    This morning you will enjoy a short bicycle ride along the IJssel riverbank before boarding a ferry at Wijhe to cross the river to Hattem. The 800-year-old town of Hattem has a rich history that is still clearly visible today. Guests have the opportunity, if they want, to stretch their legs with a longer bicycle trip through east Veluwe. During dinner the ship will sail to Kampen where you have the opportunity to go on an optional guided walking tour in the largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

     

    5. Kampen - Harderwijk (50 km)

    In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes. Today’s cycling tour starts at a lock, Roggebotsluis. From the lock you cycle along the border lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg, where swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour goes to lovely Harderwijk through the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and it is still a fascinating old city to explore.

     

    6. Harderwijk - Spakenburg (35/60 km)

    Today guests have two cycling choices: a short pedal along the coast or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that also takes in adjacent woodlands. The night will be spent in Spakenburg, a village well-known for its traditional costumes.

     

    7. Spakenburg - Amsterdam (35 km)

    During breakfast you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour.

     

    8. Amsterdam

    Disembarkation after breakfast around 9:30 am and end of tour.

     

    Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are only taken by the barge’s captain.

     

  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bicycles, mainly due to its flat landscape, under the north sea level. The cycle path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signs and with small stumps called “mushrooms”, numbered and signaled on the maps.

     

  • 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.

    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 www.ns.nl.

     

    By Train

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

     

    By Car

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

      

  • Accommodation and meals

    DE HOLLAND

     

    The barge De Holland is equipped with:

    - 24 Standard Twin cabins below deck (10m2 three of them have an additional bunk bed)

    - 9 Standard Twin cabins above deck (10m2)

    - 1 Suite cabin above deck (13m2)

     

    All lower deck cabins have a window (80x40 cm) that, for safety reasons, cannot be opened. All upper deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.

    On previous request, in most cabins beds, normally set as hotel-style beds, can be arranged as two separate single beds.

     

    All 34 cabins aboard De Holland have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The suite has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins but is larger.

     

    Common areas

    De Holland has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax and have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

     

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    SARAH

     

    The barge Sarah is equipped with:

    - 6 Standard Twin cabins (10m2)

    - 2 Standard Twin/Triple cabins (10m2)

    - 2 Standard Double cabins (10m2)

     

    The twin cabins have two single beds, the triple ones have two single beds and a bunk bed and the double cabins have one double bed. In one of the twin cabins, on prior request the beds can be set together.

     

    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins all have a ventilation system, central heating and windows that can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.

     

    Common areas

    On the upper deck of the Sarah you will find the cozy air conditioned open lounge with large windows, a TV, a dining area and a bar. Wi-Fi is available. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, partially with awning. On nice evenings you can have diner over here and while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery.

     

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    LENA MARIA

     

    The barge Lena Maria is equipped with:

    - 12 Standard Twin cabins (ca. 11m2)

     

    All twin cabins have two separate single 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.

     

    Common areas

    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.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • unisex touring bikes with 7 gears and hand brakes
    • unisex e-bikes with hand brakes

     

    At the moment of booking you can draw up a bike insurance against theft and damage (touring bike € 10; e-bike € 25). This policy covers:

    • the theft of the bicycle only if you present the key of the lock;
    • the damage of the bicycle if it is not due to careless or improper behavior of the customer.

     

    The bikes are equipped with:

    1 pannier bag

    1 lock.

     

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

     

    Bike helmets are not mandatory, but we advise you wear one for your safety anyway.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains the link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

     

    • Tour notes      
    • Final tour details

     

    On the spot you will find the maps (one for each cabin) and the GPS tracks

     

  • By your side

    During the journey you can:

     

    • aboard Sarah and Lena Maria: follow the tour leader. We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their role is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.
    • aboard De Holland: follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our member of staff will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the cycling stretch dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile.

     

    Staff support
    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 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.

Tour details

 

from 649 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge De Holland

Tour type
Self-guided / Guided

 

Departures

Self-guided

De Holland SA 9.04 - 8.10.2022

 

Guided

Lena Maria SA 14.05, 21.05, 28.05, 4.06, 20.08, 27.08.2022

Sarah SA 7.05, 16.07, 23.07, 30.07, 6.08.2022

 

Seasons

De Holland

Season 1 | 9.04 and 8.10.2022

Season 2 | 16.04; 23.04; 24.09 and 1.10.2022

Season 3 | 30.04; 10.09 and 17.09.2022

Season 4 | 7.05 - 3.09.2022

 

Lena Maria and Sarah

Season 1 | 7.05 and 14.05.2022

Season 2 | 21.05 - 27.08.2022

 

Price per person

Season 1 | 9.04 and 8.10.2022

 

De Holland | below deck

649 € in standard twin cabin

974 € in single cabin

629 € 3rd person in triple cabin

 

Season 1 | 7.05 and 14.05.2022

 

Lena Maria and Sarah | below deck

999 € in standard twin cabin

1499 € in single cabin

939 € 3rd person in triple cabin | Sarah

 

Included

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • On board tour leader | De Holland
  • Group cycling tour leader | Sarah and Lena Maria
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person

 

De Holland

Season 2 | 16.04; 23.04; 24.09 and 1.10.2022

€ 150 in standard twin/triple cabin

€ 225 in single cabin

 

Season 3 | 30.04; 10.09 and 17.09.2022

€ 250 in standard twin/triple cabin

€ 375 in single cabin

 

Season 4 | 7.05 - 3.09.2022

€ 350 in standard twin/triple cabin

€ 525 in single cabin

 

€ 250 upper deck twin cabin | Season 1-2-3

€ 300 upper deck twin cabin | Season 4

€ 375 upper deck twin cabin for single use | Season 1-2-3

€ 450 upper deck twin cabin for single use | Season 4

€ 450 upper deck suite cabin | Season 1-2-3

€ 500 upper deck suite cabin | Season 4

 

Lena Maria and Sarah

Season 2 | 21.05 - 27.08.2022

€ 40 in standard twin/triple cabin

€ 60 in single cabin

 

Rental bikes

€ 85 Touring bike

€ 185 E-bike

€ 10 Helmet

 

€ 10 Touring bike insurance

€ 25 E-bike insurance

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