(6 reviews)

Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL023

Holland / Southern tour

Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam

Discover famous cities, interesting cultural places and the “Groene Hart” of the Netherlands in this perfect introduction to Holland. Visit the best known historical towns in the western part of the Netherlands, and the lovely villages surrounded by a traditional rural environment.
  • Day by Day


    1. Amsterdam
    The boat will be waiting for you in the centre of Amsterdam. Embarkation from 2 pm onwards. After leaving your luggage on board, you will have time to discover the capital city of the Netherlands.


    2. Amsterdam – Rotterdam (25/40 km - 16/25 miles)
    In the morning you will sail to Breukelen and have the first bike tour along the charming Vecht river. You will follow it into the centre of Utrecht with its Dom (Cathedral) tower, 111 m. high, from where, if the weather is clear, you will be able to see Amsterdam from afar. In the afternoon you will continue by boat from Utrecht to Rotterdam, a city that was completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the 50s-70s: that is why it looks so modern nowadays.


3. Rotterdam – Delft – Rotterdam (30/50 km - 17/31 miles)
    Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous 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.


    4. Rotterdam – Schoonhoven (30/60 km - 19/36 miles)
    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike to Alblasserdam or Kinderdijk (depending on the departure time of the waterbus). After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for 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 or a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the Lek River, where you can visit a silversmith. In the evening a (free) city walk through Schoonhoven.

    5. Schoonhoven – Haarlem (45 km - 28 miles)
    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. 

    6. Haarlem – Zaandam (40/50 km - 25/31 miles)

    You can choose from 2 bike routes. Both tours take 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 will cycle through the forests and the center of Haarlem back to the boat. 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.
    *Depature dates between April 6 th and May 11th: on Thursday you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse. It can be reached by bike or public transport, but transfers and entrance fee are not included.

    7. Zaandam – Amsterdam (30/45 km - 19/28 miles)
    In Zandaam we recommend a visit to the open air museum „Zaanse Schans“, featuring an old village with traditional wooden houses, windmills, a typical cheese farm and a clog maker. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy a last bike tour along Amsterdam canals.

    8. Amsterdam
    After breakfast, disembarkation and end of the tour.


    Attention! The itinerary of the following departures:

    1.08 abord De Amsterdam 

    8.08 abord De Amsterdam 

    15.08 abord De Amsterdam 

    will have some changes. More information during the booking process.


    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”, marked 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

    Embarkation from 2 p.m onwards. The barge will only start sailing the following day , so you can arrive even later. Please keep in mind that dinner is served around 6 - 6:30 p.m.
    On the arrival (first) day, is it possible to store your luggage on board starting from 9:30 a.m.

    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.


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

    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
    - parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on www.schiphol.nl. 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 www.p1.nl. 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.



    A 311 ft. long and 36 ft. wide, very well equipped river cruise ship. The vessel has 56 cabins, all of these cabins have a window.

    The lower deck offers space to 30 twin cabins (11 m² – 135 sq.ft.).
    The upper deck has 18 twin cabins (11 m² – 135 sq.ft.) and 8 spacious suites (15 m² – 200 sq.ft.).

    All twin cabins have two separate single beds (200 x 80 cm – 78 x 31 inches), the suites have two separate beds set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches) which, on previous request, can be arranged as two separate single beds.

    All 56 cabins have an individual climate control system, digital TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.
    The twin cabins have a large picture window (140 x 90 cm – 55 x 35 inches) that can be partly opened. The suites have the same amenities as the twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a minibar, a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window.

    Description of the ship
    De Amsterdam has a spacious restaurant on the lower deck. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows around, which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 112
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 230 V socket
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi
    • Hair dryer



    Watch De Amsterdam photo gallery.





    De Nassau is a cozy medium-sized river cruise ship.


    Lower deck cabins
    The lower deck features 21 twin cabins and one single cabin.
    There are 12 regular twin cabins (10m² / 108sq.ft.) at the back and middle of the lower deck, each with two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).


    One cabin has the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds), while the single cabin (9m² / 97sq.ft.) has one low bed (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).

    At the front of the lower deck are nine newly-renovated “superior” cabins (9.5–11.5 m² / 102–124sq.ft.).


    Two superior cabins feature a double bed (200x160cm / 78×62 inches), while the other seven feature two separate beds set together as a hotel-style bed (200×160 cm / 78×62 inches).
    If requested in advance, these hotel-style beds can be arranged as two separate single beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).

    Upper deck cabins
    The upper deck offers 12 twin cabins (9-10 m² / 97-108sq.ft.):
    10 cabins with two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches), and two with a double bed (200x140cm / 78×55 inches).
    Four upper deck cabins have the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds).

    All 34 cabins have a window that can be opened, an individual climate control system, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.


    Common areas

    De Nassau 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 covered sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax, have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing. Bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck.


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 72
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 230 V socket
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer



    Watch De Nassau photo gallery.





    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are not  included.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    - a lightweight frame unisex touring bike (name brand Gazelle Chamonix or Velo de Ville C100), equipped with Shimano 7 gears, gel-saddle and hand brake. All wheels are 28 inches.

    - a unisex e-bike Velo de Ville CEB 200 with Nexus 7 gears, 4 support levels and hand brakes.

    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag;
    - lock on the frame.


    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 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.


    Tour maps will be delivered on site.


  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile. The tours are self guided. 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.

  • 6 Client reviews
    • Maurizio

      Departure 04-11 July 2020

      Online from 20 July 2020

      E' una bella esperienza che permette di vivere la scoperta di un Paese e delle sue particolarità in un modo diverso dal solito. Basta un po' di allenamento ed è alla portata di tutti. Qualche piccolo sacrificio, un po' di fatica, magari un buona mantellina (ci stà vista la latitudine) e non è solo una vacanza ma anche un'avventura.
    • Sandro

      Departure 04-11 July 2020

      Online from 16 July 2020

      Tour molto bello, ogni giorno un tema diverso.
    • Massimiliano

      Departure 06-13 July 2019

      Online from 18 July 2019

      Tutto perfetto, dall accoglienza ai servizi offerti. Sicuramente meglio di quanto ci aspettassimo, L'unica pecca che talvolta la segnalazione delle piste ciclabili in Olanda era poco chiara.
    • Jane

      Departure 06-13 July 2019

      Online from 18 July 2019

      It was an amazing trip. What a way to see a country!
    • Federica

      Departure 07-14 July 2018

      Online from 21 July 2018

      Vacanza favolosa. Probabilmente la più bella fatta in bici ed è da 13 anni che faccio le vacanze in bici. Organizzazione eccezionale. Da consigliare vivamente.
    • Rosaria

      Departure 05-12 August 2017

      Online from 17 August 2017

      Una vacanza dinamica e rilassante insieme. È una eccellente opportunità per ammirare le bellezze di un Paese .Ottima l'assistenza!
      Super complimenti allo staff di Girolibero!

Tour details


from 799 €

8 days / 7 nights, barges De Nassau

Tour type
Price per person

799 € De Nassau
899 € De Amsterdam



De Amsterdam: every Saturday from 28.03 to 10.10.20

De Nassau: Saturday 28.03,  4.04, 11.04, 25.04, 02.05, 06.06, 20.06, 04.07, 12.09, 03.10, 10.10.20. 



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


Not included

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


350 € single cabin lower/upper deck

100 € superior cabin lower deck De Nassau
100 € cabin upper deck De Nassau
150 € twin cabin upper deck De Amsterdam
350 € suite upper deck De Amsterdam

80 € high season (from 1.06 to 05.08.20)

40 € mid-season (from 16.05 to 30.05 and from 12.09 to 19.09.20)

125 € guided tour (only on 2.05, 23.05, 13.06, 29.08, 12.09.20 - max 20 participants)


80 € rental bike
180 € e-bike

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


20 € third person in cabin De Nassau
50 € low season (departures 18.04, 25.04, 26.09, 3.10.20
150 € super saver season (departures 28.03, 04.04, 11.04,10.10.20)

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