2019
Boat and Bike in the Netherlands

Boat and Bike in the Netherlands

Discover Windmills, Tulips and Picturesque Cities

  • Round trip from Amsterdam
  • City of cheese Gouda, capital Amsterdam
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Sir Winston

8
days

45
km / day avg.

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.

Itinerary

Boat and Bike in the Netherlands

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    NL-SHSSW-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 240 – 290 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 35 and 85 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 145 € 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 40 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.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Your cruiser Sir Winston

The atmosphere on-board the MS Sir Winston is cosy and personal. The riverboat sails under the Dutch flag and management and offers the perfect setting to get to know your fellow travellers in the elegant salon and chic restaurant, or on the large sundeck.

MS Sir Winston

MS Sir Winston

© Markus Abeling

MS Sir Winston

Saloon

MS Sir Winston - Saloon

© Markus Abeling

MS Sir Winston

Sun deck

MS Sir Winston - Sun deck

MS Sir Winston

Cabin

MS Sir Winston - Cabin

© Markus Abeling

MS Sir Winston

Cabin plan

MS Sir Winston - Cabinplan

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe is awaiting discovery on this cycling holiday in Holland. Apart from taking a canal tour there are a number of ways to spend your time in the city: a stroll through the Old Town, extensive shopping tours or a visit to one of the numerous museums will ensure that you are never bored. Further highlights include the Vondelpark, the Artis Zoo or the infamous red-light district. Embarkation takes places between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam (by boat), cycle tour around Zaandam, approx. 30 km

You travel by boat from Amsterdam to Zaandam. Once you're there, you visit Zaanse Schans, the famous open air museum (admission is not included). The world's very first industrial complex developed here about 250 years ago. Some 600 windmills stood closely together in rows on a very small area. You bicycle at a leisurely pace from the recreational area of Twiske back to the MS Sir Winston.

Day 3: Zaandam – Utrecht (by boat), Utrecht – Gouda, approx. 40 km

The MS Sir Winston departs from Zaandam at an early hour this morning. While you're munching away at breakfast, the boat takes you to the old university town of Utrecht. Fully rested, you then hop on to your bike to cycle to the cheesy town of Gouda and which has become known throughout the world because of its cheese. It is actually produced in the surrounding area, but used to be traded at the famous cheese market in Gouda. Don't miss a visit to the town hall, with its red and white shutters - it's considered one of the oldest Gothic town halls in The Netherlands.

Day 4: Gouda – Rotterdam (by boat), Rotterdam – Delft – Den Haag – Schevendingen, approx. 35 – 85 km

Your boat will take you to Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands. From here you will be able to choose if you would like to visit the porcelain town Delft, or cycle further to the Hague. If you are craving the sea and beaches, you can cycle another 15 kilometres to the seaside resort Scheveningen. You can return to Rotterdam either by bike, or by train (not included).

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.