2020
Bike and Barge in Holland

Bike and Barge in Holland

On MS Flora & MS Lena Maria in Holland's Green Heart

 Amsterdam – Zaandam – Amsterdam

  • Unique nature, beautiful villages, famous cities, magical landscapes
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Flora & MS Lena Maria

days
8

km / day avg.
45

Your bike and barge tour takes you to Holland's Green Heart, to long sandy beaches along the North Sea coast and to historic towns such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Gouda, Haarlem and Rotterdam. After your holiday through South Holland, you will know how Gouda cheese is made, where 19 windmills can be found all in a row and will have followed Rembrandt's traces. Cycling in Holland is a joy: the paths are even, well signed and are usually kept separate from normal road traffic. This tour is recommended for untrained cyclists. After the bike & boat cruise is over, you can extend your stay if you like, in Amsterdam, Netherlands's wonderful capital.

You can book the trip on the MS Flora with on-board tour guide. On the tour with the MS Lena Maria you will also be accompanied on the bike tours by a tour guide.

This cycling holiday is unfortunately no longer bookable in 2020

Due to current circumstances this cycling holiday cannot take place in the 2020 season. 
But don't give up! You're sure to find alternatives. And we are very happy to help you do so!

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Bike and Barge in Holland
  • Booking code
    MS Flora: NL-SHSSF-08I
    MS Lena Maria: NL-SHSSL-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 – 305 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 15 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruisers: MS Flora and MS Lena Maria

A homely, friendly boat: the MS Flora. The well-attuned board crew takes excellent care of its guests and are very good at telling the odd anecdote or two. The atmosphere on board is friendly and the cabins are fitted very comfortably. You can explore small towns from the centrally-located mooring points. And if you prefer not to go exploring on your bike, you can stay on board the boat.

On this boat of MS Lena Maria which was converted into a passenger ship in 2006, you are accommodated in a spacious two-bed cabin, which offers sufficient freedom of movement. The air-conditioned saloon also functions as restaurant and bar. A friendly atmosphere awaits you on the sun deck. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the evenings on board.

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MS Flora

MS Flora

MS Lena Maria

MS Lena Maria

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam

On this cycling holiday you will have the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Amsterdam! There are a number of activities to help you pass the time including a canal tour, a stroll through the Old Town, extended shopping tours or a visit to one of the many museums. Other highlights include the Vondel Park, the Artis Zoo or the infamous red-light district. Boarding begins at 14.00.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam (by boat), Zaandam – Haarlem, approx. 40 / 55 km

Today, after your short boat trip, you will visit the museum town of Zaanse Schans, which is one of the top tourist attractions in the Netherlands. A unique residential and working and trading quarter with museums, mills, shops, old crafts and trades, restaurants, an information centre and an excursion service will ensure that you are transported back in time. After your visit you will then cycle on towards Haarlem.

Day 3: Haarlem – Leiden, approx. 40 / 50 km

You will leave Haarlem with its warehouses built by the 17th century merchants and cycling along the North Sea you will pass through the sea-side villages of Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee, which both offer beautiful sandy beaches, and onwards towards the university city of Leiden. Rembrandt was born here and opened his first studio here. Also interesting is the Archaeological Museum, the most significant of its kind in the Netherlands with an original Egyptian temple.

Day 4: Leiden – Delft, approx. 35 / 40 km

You will cycle towards the seat of the royal family, The Hague. Along with many old buildings the town also offers a number of modern architectural designs which have all been given fitting nicknames by the city’s residents: the fountain-pen or the lemon-squeezer. Continuing on you will come to the well known sea-side resort of Scheveningen. In Delft you will have reached your destination for the day.

Day 5: Delft – Kinderdijk (by boat), Kinderdijk – Gouda, approx. 25 – 65 km

Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. The Old Town is home to a number of attractions and is filled with houses in the Gothic style and from Renaissance times. By boat you will visit the impressive harbour of Rotterdam. Almost 7 % of the Dutch gross domestic product is generated here. From Kinderdijk with its 19 windmills in a row, which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will continue on by bicycle to the cheese-producing town of Gouda.

Day 6: Gouda – Kudelstaart, approx. 55 km

Gouda should not only bring the famous cheese to mind. Tobacco pipes, syrup waffles and earthenware products are also symbolic of the town along with the glass windows of the Johanneskirche or the Gothic-style Town Hall. Cycling from the point where the Dutch rivers IJssel and Gouwe meet, you will continue on through the canal-filled landscape of Southern Holland towards the pretty town of Kudelstaart.

Day 7: Kudelstaart – Amsterdam, approx 30 / 40 km or Kudelstaart – Amsterdam (by boat)

Early in the morning you will head for the famous flower auction in Aalsmeer (not included), returning afterwards to the ship which will bring you over the Amstel and back to Amsterdam. There you will have the opportunity to experience the incomparable atmosphere of this extremely charming town and let yourself be carried away with the colourful nightlife of the city on this your last evening of the holiday.

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast your bike and barge tour in South Holland onboard the MS Flora or MS Lena Maria comes to an end. After breakfast you will disembark and return home.

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival on Saturdays from 20.06.2020 to 01.08.2020

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

MS Flora

Season A

27.06. - 01.08.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 x cleaning of cabins per week
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Daily Routing discussion, On-board tour guide
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included: 

  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Fees for excursions, entries and ferries
  • Transfers

The minimum number of 12 participants must be reached up to 4 weeks prior to departure.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accomodation

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MS Flora

Cabin

MS Flora, Cabin

MS Flora

Restaurant

MS Flora, Restaurant

MS Flora

  • Outer cabins: approx. 8 m²
  • Ground-level beds
  • Cupboard, shower/WC, central heating
  • Small windows that can be opened in each cabin

Boat facts

  • Built in 1929
  • Renovated: 2007
  • 1 passenger deck | 10 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 22 passengers
  • Length: 40 m
  • width: 6 m
  • Fittings: Saloon, bar, sun deck, wifi
  • Languages on board: German, English, Dutch
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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 17 years

-300 €

Applies for accommodation in a triple cabin with 2 full-paying guests.

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival on Saturdays from 20.06.2020 to 01.08.2020

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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MS Lena Maria

Season A

26.09.

Season B

16.05.-19.09.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 x cleaning of cabins per week
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Daily Routing discussion, On-board tour guide
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Fees for excursions and entries
  • Transfers

No minimum number of participants.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

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MS Lena Maria

Cabin

MS Lena Maria, Cabin

MS Lena Maria

Restaurant

MS Lena Maria

  • 12 double cabins (approx. 8 m²)
  • ground-level beds
  • Fittings: shower / WC, windows that can be opened, central heating
  • Additional bed: possible on a limited extend

Boat Facts

  • 2006 reconstruction to a passenger boat
  • 1 passenger deck | 12 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 24 passengers
  • Length: 45 m 
  • width: 6.60 m
  • Fittings: saloon with restaurant, sun deck with comfortable sittings
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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 17 years

-300 €

Applies for accommodation in a triple cabin with 2 full-paying guests.

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All prices are per person

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

50 %

Channel round trip Amsterdam

13 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
80 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
180 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike hub gears with back-pedal brakes
  • E-bike
Fittings

Saddle back

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Rental Bike

7-gear Rental Bike

80 €

E-bike

180 €

Bike and Barge in Holland
  • Booking code
    MS Flora: NL-SHSSF-08I
    MS Lena Maria: NL-SHSSL-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 – 305 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 15 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    There is a number of public car parks close to the pier which can't be reserved in advance.
    Valet Parking: Your car is picked up from the boat on your day of arrival and taken to a covered, secure car park. On your day of departure it is brought back to the boat. Costs approx. 150 € per week.
    Please always drive to the boat first to hand in your luggage before parking.
  • Minimum number of participants
    MS Flora: The minimum number of 12 participants should be reached 4 weeks prior to the arrival date.
    MS Lena Maria: No minimum number of participants.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; we reserve the right to make changes.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
45