2021
Boat and Bike in the Netherlands

Boat and Bike in the Netherlands

Discover Windmills, Tulips and Picturesque Cities

 Amsterdam – Gouda – Amsterdam

  • City of cheese Gouda, Windmills of Kinderdijk, Seaport in Rotterdam
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Normandie

days
8

km / day avg.
45

Locals lovingly call the province of South Holland the Green Heart. Countless waterways make it possible to comfortably explore diverse Zuid-Holland, as it is known in Dutch, by boat and bike. Bustling metropolises and untouched nature are very close in this region. On this 8-day Boat and Bike holiday in the Netherlands you will have the opportunity to explore Rotterdam, the porcelain town Delft, the Hague, the UNESCO world heritage site Kinderdijk with its 19 windmills and even the North Sea coast. The stages are interesting and varied, can be cycled without much effort and the routes are easy to follow due to the excellent Dutch signposting.

Boat and Bike in the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NL-SHSSN-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 – 285 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 30 and 70 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser MS Normandie

Spend relaxing hours on the MS Normandie. On board this beautiful mid-range boat, which was fully modernized in 2010, you will find a welcoming family atmosphere. Meet your fellow passengers on the large sun deck or chat in the popular panorama saloon.

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam, Amsterdam – Haarlem (boat)

You start your boat and bike tour through South Holland in one of the most beautiful large cities in Europe. If you arrive early you will be able to have a closer look at the city, as it has so much more to offer than just the Vondelpark, the royal palace, or the Van Gogh museum. There is a lot to see, such as the 165 town canals, six windmills, 40 parks, and 1200 bridges. You will begin boarding your boat between 15.00 and 17.00. Your first boat trip will take you to Haarlem.

Day 2: Haarlem – Zaandam, approx. 30 km, Zaandam – Schoonhoven (boat)

You should go for a walk through Haarlem in the morning, as you will find everything you would expect from a typical town in the Netherlands: Windmills, town canals, drawbridges, as well as countless small shops and cafés. Your first bicycle tour will take you to Zaandam. Once you have arrived you will be visiting the famous open air museum Zaanse Schans (admission not included). About 250 years ago the first industrial area on earth was located here. This small area was used to operate more than 600 windmills. In the afternoon your boat will take you to the province of South Holland. You will arrive in Schoonhoven in the evening.

Day 3: Schoonhoven – Gouda – Rotterdam, approx. 50 km

After you got a good night's sleep  in Schoonhoven it's time to get on your bike and ride towards the cheese city Gouda.The city rose to fame because of the cheese it shares its name with. The cheese was produced in the area around the city, but was sold on the famous cheese market of Gouda. Dont miss visiting the town hall with its white and red shutters – It is said to be one of the oldest Gothic town halls in the Netherlands. Today's destination of your boat and bike tour through South Holland is Rotterdam, the second largest city of the country.Rotterdam is not only known for having the largest harbour in Europe, but also for the unusual architecture of its skyline.

Day 4: Rotterdam – Delft – Den Haag – Scheveningen – Rotterdam, approx. 40 – 70 km

Today you will be going on a trip from Rotterdam to one of two cities: You can either visit the chinaware town Delft, or you can ride your bike a little more and visit Den Haag. If you want to relax at the beach you can also continue cycling for another 15 km until you reach Scheveningen. On your way back you can either ride your bike or take the train(not included) back to Rotterdam.

Day 5: Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven, approx. 45 km

You will leave the town with one of the largest harbours in the world and start your tour to Kinderdijk, where a series of 19 windmills has attained UNESCO World Heritage Site status. You will then head towards Schoonhoven, a typical small Dutch town. Historically, and still to this day, silver craftsmen have worked in the town. Alternatively you can also begin or end your cycling trip in Kinderdijk.

Day 6: Schoonhoven – Utrecht, approx. 40 km

You will leave romantic Schoonhoven and cycle through the polder landscape to Oudewater. In the de Waag museum, you can take the witch test and let yourself be weighed on original oak scales from 1482, which are also known as the witch scales. Utrecht is today’s destination. Visit the gigantic cathedral and climb up approximately 500 steps – you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the centuries-old university city.

Day 7: Utrecht – Amsterdam, approx. 50 km

Today you unfortunately set off on the last section of your town by bike and boat in South Holland. The route takes you along the Vecht back to Amsterdam. Numerous castles and villas line the pretty riverside, known locally as the Loire of The Netherlands. When you arrive in Amsterdam you can dive into the hustle and bustle of the town, or leave the crowds to go for a wander along any of the town's many canals.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay in Volendam

After breakfast your Boat and Bike tour in the Netherlands unfortunately comes to a close. You will disembark and then begin your journey home.

Would you like to extend your holiday on Lake Yssel? Then simply book additional nights in a 4* hotel in Volendam, just 20 km from Amsterdam's city centre. You can also book additional nights at the beginning of the tour.
Included in the price are two bus tickets (bike cannot be taken on the bus) from the boat to Volendam and back to the jetty in Amsterdam. You can also park your car in Volendam for a week while you're out and about by bike & boat. This will save you high fees for parking in Amsterdam.
If you want to book the extra days in Volendam please note this in the free text field on the booking form. Please also include how many people will be staying, and if you want to stay in Volendam before or after your tour.

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Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from 10.04.2021 to 02.10.2021Early booking discount: -30 €

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

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Basic Price

Main deck

Season A

02.10.

Season B

25.09.

Season C

10.04.
11.09.
18.09.

Season D

17.04.
24.04.
04.09.

Season E

25.04. - 28.08.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

Upper deck

Season A

02.10.

Season B

25.09.

Season C

10.04.
11.09.
18.09.

Season D

17.04.
24.04.
04.09.

Season E

25.04. - 28.08.

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 overnight stays on board in the selected category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied and changed as needed
  • All harbour and lock fees
  • 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
  • Admission fees and excursions
  • Tips
  • Transfers
  • Fees for ferries

The minimum number of 60 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.

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 Normandie

MS Normandie

MS Normandie

Reception

MS Normandie, reception

MS Normandie

Salon

MS Normandie, salon

MS Normandie

Restaurant

MS Normandie, restaurant

MS Normandie

Cabin

MS Normandie, cabin

MS Normandie

Bathroom

MS Normandie, bathroom

MS Normandie

Sun deck

MS Normandie, sun deck

MS Normandie

  • Outer cabins: approx. 11 m²
  • Ground-level beds
  • Central air conditioning, shower / WC, TV, hairdryer, safe (deposit)
  • Main deck: 2-bed cabins. Windows cannot be opened.
  • Upper deck: 2-bed cabins. Windows can be opened.
    On the upper deck you can also book the cheaper cabins in the back of the MS Normandie. Here, however, you can hear engine and generator noises when the ship is moving and in locks.
  • Single cabins: approx. 7 m²

Boat facts

  • Built in 1989
  • Renovated in 2010 / 2011
  • 2 passenger decks | 50 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 100 passengers
  • Length: 91 m
  • width: 10 m
  • Fittings: sun deck with garden furniture and deck chairs. Restaurant, saloon, bar
  • Entertainment: Live music
  • Language on board: German
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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Main deck
Upper deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

50 %

50 %

Discount cabins in the back

-50 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Volendam

99 €

99 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Volendam

145 €

145 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
165 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike hub gears with back-pedal brakes or free-wheel (limited number)
  • E-Bike, 8-speed unisex wheel with back-pedal or freewheel (limited number)
Fittings

Saddle back

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Rental bike

7-gear Rental Bike

75 €

E-bike

165 €

Boat and Bike in the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NL-SHSSN-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 – 285 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 30 and 70 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Parking deck Oosterdok (nearby central railway station), approx. EUR 20/24h. No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
    Parking deck Amsterpark centralparking.nl/en, from 150 € per week, parking lot is bookable up to 14 days prior to arrival, has to be paid in advance. You will receive the registration form with your confirmation.
  • Minimum number of participants
    The minimum number of 60 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; the right to change is reserved.
  • 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