Guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL056

Holland / From Maastricht to Amsterdam

Sailing up Dutch canals

This tour unwinds through the whole country, starting from the the most ancient town in Holland, Maastricht and sailing on rivers and canals immersed in the green all the way to Amsterdam, the amazing Dutch capital, which needs no introduction.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Maastricht (5 km/3 mi.)
    Embarkation and check-in on board between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. After the welcome meeting there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride along the river. After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the centre of town. We advise you to come to Maastricht one or more days before departure, so that you can explore this interesting city.
    Maastricht is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. You can admire St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum and the Kazematten, an underground fortress dating back to the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves. You will not get bored!

     

    2. Maastricht – Roermond (40 km / 24 mi.)
    During breakfast the barge will sail to Born via the Juliana Canal. From here you will cycle over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This city is famous for being the birthplace of the Flemish painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style buidings and their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Then you continue to Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border, known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses where the only odd building is the 14th-century church. Your destination today is the city of Roermond, which is known becasue of its rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city and it proudly displays many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, one of the 19th century most important Dutch architects, who planned the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam.

     

    3. Roermond – Arcen (50 km / 30 mi.)
    Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, known for its mill featuring a ‘grey bear’, standing right by the road. You will then cross over to the other bank to Kessel, one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. The afternoon is dedicated to Venlo and Arcen, a fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: They will surprise you with a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six ‘international’ gardens; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden, with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

     

    4. Arcen – Cuijk (50 km / 29 mi.)
    Today’s ride will truly impress you. Cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through Maasduinen National Park to Well, where you will admire the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating back to the 14th century. Your barge will be waiting for you in Cuijk, where the neo-gothic church of St. Martins is worth a visit. In fact it houses a very well kept baroque organ (built 1639-1650) one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Overnight in Cuijck.

     

    5. Cuijk – Heusden (40 km / 24 mi.)
    Today you will be cycling from Cuijk along the Meuse river to the medieval towns of Ravenstein and Grave. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will be able to admire Napoleonic canons. Grave also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. Once again you will join the barge in Maasbommel and from here sail to Heuseden, a beautifully resatured fortified city.

     

    6. Heusden – Vianen (40 km / 25 mi.)
    In the morning you will sail to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From here you will cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit of the ancient crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. In the afternoon you will continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

     

    7. Vianen – Amsterdam (45 km / 26 mi.)

    You will sail on during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a typical Dutch mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can enjoy the many museums and points of interests as well as sailing on the canals to see the city from a very special perpective.

     

    8. Amsterdam
    Disembarkation around 9:30 am after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings 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 and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain. 

     

  • 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. 

    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 take the train directly at the Schiphol airport to Maastricht. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 3 hours, the cost is about €30. To book the train tickets in advance visit www.ns.nl.

     

    By Train
    The nearest arrival point is Maastricht train station. More information on www.ns.nl

     

    By Car
    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: https://www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/en/car/parking

     

    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
    - P+R Parking Maastricht Central Station, Parallelweg 15, 13 € per day. 5 minutes from the point of embarkation;
    - Garage De Griend, Griend 4, 13 € per day. 8 minutes from the point of embarkation;
    - Park & Walk Cabergerweg Maastricht, Cabergerweg/Frontensigel, 9 € per day. Take the bus nr 1 or 2 (direction De Heeg) or nr 8 (direction Valkenburg) and stop at Boschstraat/Markt, 4 minutes from the embarkation point.

     

    How to leave your last accommodation
    The ship will be docked at the Oosterdok, approximately 1200 meters from Amsterdam Central Station.
    It is a 15-minute walk to Amsterdam Central Station.


    Or you can take the bus: EBS Bus 316 from bus stop IJtunnel to Central Station, duration of the tour 4 minutes.
    Price approx. € 3 (one way). You can buy the 1-hour ticket at the driver. This is the cheapest and most reliable option.

  • Accommodation and meals

    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. Drinks are not included.

     

    SARAH

    The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.5 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge.


    The cabins
    The Sarah has 10 comfortable cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.). There are:

    • 6 twin cabins with two single beds
    • 2 twin/triple cabins with two single beds and a bunk bed
    • 2 double cabins with 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 dinner over here and while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 22
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer

     

    Watch Sarah photo gallery.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:
    - unisex Touring bikes with 7 gears and handbrakes.
    - E-Bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7-gears, handbrakes and 4 speeds.


    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag
    - lock.

     

    Pumps and a repair kits are available on board.

     

    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 days before departure, you will 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.

     

     

  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. They are experienced enthusiastic travelers who have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, peoples, cultures and local food. Thanks to their knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice on how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix a flat tyre.


    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.

Tour details

 

from 1,029 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge Sarah

Tour type
guided tour
 
Price per person
1,029 € 


Departures

Saturday 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 22.08, 05.09, 19.09.20

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Departures from Amsterdam.

 

 

Included

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

 

Not included

  • transport to and from departure point
  • all drinks on board and specified meals
  • entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • extra transport
  • anything that is not mentioned under included

 

Supplements per person
270 € single cabin
80€ rental bike
180 € e-bike
10 € helmet

 

Reductions
50€ low season (19.09.20)
60 € third person in cabin

 

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