(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

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    1. Amsterdam

    Embarkation and check-in between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum. At 5 p.m. welcome drink and safety instructions. Dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

     

    2. Amsterdam – Rotterdam  (25/40 km)


    Your first cycling 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.

     

    3. Rotterdam – Delft – Rotterdam (30/50 km)

    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 centre 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)

    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 cycling tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short cycling tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

     

    
5. Schoonhoven – Haarlem (45 km)

    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)

    Today you can choose from 2 cycling 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.

     

    
7. Zaandam – Amsterdam (30/45 km)

    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.

     

    

8. Amsterdam

    End of your tour: disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

     

    Due to organisational 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 and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the barge’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”, 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
    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.

     

    Parking
    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

    DE AMSTERDAM

     

    The barge De Amsterdam is equipped with: 

    - 8 Suites above deck  cabins (15m2)

    - 18 Standard Twin above deck  cabins (11m2)

    - 30 Standard Twin below deck cabins (11m2)

     

    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. 

    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. 

     

    All 56 cabins aboard De Amsterdam 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.

     

    Common areas

    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. 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.

     

    Watch De Amsterdam photo gallery.

     


    POSEIDON

     

    The barge Poseidon is equipped with: 

    - 25 Standard Twin (11m2 ) and 1 Standard Triple (15m2) above deck cabins

    - 20 Standard Twin (11m2 ) and 1 Standard Triple (15m2) below deck cabins

     

    Each twin cabin has two comfortable separate single beds. During the day, the crew modifies one bed into a bench. 

    The triple cabin on the lower deck has three separate single beds. The triple cabin on the upper deck has two separate single beds and one bunk bed.

     

    All cabins have air conditioning, a TV, mini-safe, plenty of cupboard space, a small desk, hair dryer and a large window that can be partially opened. The bathroom has a sink, shower and toilet.

     

    Common areas

    The reception of the Poseidon is in the centrally located hall. The lounge with cozy bar on the upper deck has comfortable seating areas and large windows, so that you can enjoy the surroundings during the cruise while enjoying a drink. The restaurant on the lower deck also has large windows. The lounge and restaurant are air-conditioned. You can optimally enjoy the view from the spacious and partially covered sun deck. The bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

    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

    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 either:

    • follow the tour leader with a supplement (only aboard De Amsterdam on the following departures 7.05; 14.05; 21.05; 28.05; 4.06; 11.06; 18.06; 3.09; 10.09 and 17.09.2022). 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.
    • 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.

  • 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 599 €

8 days / 7 nights, barges Poseidon

Tour type
Self-guided tour

 

Departure dates

 

De Amsterdam SA 2.04, 9.04,16.04, 23.04, 30.04, 7.05, 14.05, 21.05, 28.05, 4.06, 11.06, 18.06, 25.06, 2.07, 9.07, 16.07, 23.07, 30.07, 6.08, 13.08, 20.08, 27.08, 3.09, 10.09, 17.09, 24.09, 1.10, 8.10.2022

 

Poseidon SU 3.04, 22.05, 5.06, 19.06, 3.07, 17.07, 31.07, 14.08, 28.08, 11.09, 25.09.2022

 

Seasons

De Amsterdam

Season 1 | 2.04; 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 

 

Poseidon

Season 1 | 3.04.2022 

Season 2 | 25.09.2022 

Season 3 | 11.09.2022 

Season 4 | 22.05; 5.06; 19.06; 3.07; 17.07; 31.07; 14.08 and 28.08.2022


Price per person

Season 1 | 2.04; 9.04 and 8.10.2022

 

De Amsterdam | below deck

699 € in standard twin cabin

1049 € in single cabin

 

Season 1 | 3.04.2022

 

 

Poseidon | below deck

599 € in standard twin cabin

899 € in single cabin

579 € 3rd person in triple cabin

  

Included

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
  • On board tour guide
  • 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 Amsterdam

€ 130 guided option | 7.05; 14.05; 21.05; 28.05; 4.06; 11.06; 18.06; 3.09; 10.09 and 17.09.2022

 

Season 2 | 16.04; 23.04; 24.09 and 1.10.2022

€ 150 in standard twin cabin

€ 225 in single cabin

 

Season 3 | 30.04; 10.09 and 17.09.2022

€ 270 in standard twin cabin

€ 405 in single cabin

 

Season 4 | 7.05 - 3.09.2022

€ 340 in standard twin cabin

€ 510 in single cabin

 

€ 150 upper deck twin cabin | Season 1-2-3

€ 200 upper deck twin cabin | Season 4

€ 225 upper deck single cabin | Season 1-2-3

€ 300 upper deck single cabin | Season 4

€ 400 suite upper deck twin cabin | Season 1-2-3

€ 450 suite upper deck twin cabin | Season 4

 

Poseidon

Season 2 | 25.09.2022

150 € in standard twin/triple cabin

225 € in single cabin

 

Season 3 | 11.09.2022

250 € in standard twin/triple cabin

375 € in single cabin

 

Season 4 | 22.05; 5.06; 19.06; 3.07; 17.07; 31.07; 14.08 and 28.08.2022

350 € in standard twin/triple cabin

525 € in single cabin

 

€ 200 upper deck twin/triple cabin | Season 1-2-3-4

€ 300 upper deck single cabin | Season 1-2-3-4

 

Rental bikes

€ 85 Touring bike

€ 185 E-bike

€ 10 Helmet

 

€ 10 Touring bike insurance

€ 25 E-bike insurance

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