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Duration: 7 days
Location: Amsterdam - Maastricht
Price: € 929

Bike and Barge Holland: Amsterdam – Maastricht | Barge Sarah

 

Broad rivers meandering through endless lowlands

“Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incredibly tenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder's rim”.
These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterise this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly: although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.

Itinerary: Amsterdam – Weesp – Vianen – Heusden – Cuijk – Arcen – Roermond – Maastricht or the other way around.

 

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  • Ship information

     

    Barge Sarah (20-22 passengers)
    The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere.
    Accommodations
    The Sarah has a cozy lounge / restaurant. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.
    Cabins
    There are 8 twin cabins (2 with 1 extra bunk bed) and 2 cabins with double bed with private bathrooms (all cabins about (10 sq.meters / 108 sq.ft.). The cabins also have central heating.

  • Program Amsterdam – Maastricht

    Tour Details Holland: Tour Amsterdam – Maastricht | Barge Sarah

    Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Weesp
    After check in around 14.00 h the barge sails to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical center with many canals and buildings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. It also has a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attracts yachters and cyclists. As soon as you arrive the guide will organize a test ride ( approx 15 km/9 miles). After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.

    Day 2 (Sun): Weesp – Utrecht (approx. 45 km/27 miles) | Utrecht – Vianen
    Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

    Day 3 (Mon): Vianen – Gorinchem (approx. 49 km/29 miles) | Gorinchem – Heusden
    From Vianen you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. You can visit a glas blower. Later you continue biking on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a visit, you may join the barge to Heusden. If you want to bike some more, you can continue biking through the land of Maas en Waal. Heusden is a very nicely restored fortified city.

    Day 4 (Tue): Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijck (approx. 40 km/24 miles)
    During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

    Day 5  (Wed): Cuijck – Arcen (approx. 48 km/29 miles)
    Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen.  The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. Our destination for today is Arcen. Here you will visit the famous castle gardens with a a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six ‘international' gardens ; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden,with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

    Day 6 (Thu): Arcen – Venlo – Roermond (approx. 52 km/31 miles)
    Again your bike route follows the Maas river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. On the Nunhemmerheide you will visit the St. Ursula windmill dating from 1600. It is the only mill in Western Europe where oil is still obtained from rapeseed. Then you continue to Thorn, the ‘white Village' on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church.
    Todays's tour ends in the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it's rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

    Day 7 (Fri): Roermond – Born| Born – Maastricht (approx. 42 km/25 miles)
    While you enjoy your breakfast the barge takes you further upstream the Maas river. At Maasbracht the ship will sail into the Julianakanaal, a canalized part of the Maas river to Born, where your last bike tour will start. Today’s tour leads you again through charming villages and beautiful landscape of our Province Limburg. Final destination is the capital of this province Maastricht, a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored!

    Day 8 (sat): Maastricht
    End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, till 9:30 am.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Your tour guide will guide the bike tour daily, however it is also possible to ride the bike tour individually (self-guided).
    Tour descriptions and detailed cycling maps are available on board for anyone interested in taking the self-guided option.
    The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.

  • Program Maastricht – Amsterdam

    Tour Details Holland: Tour Maastricht – Amsterdam | Barge Sarah

    Day 1 (Sat): Maastricht
    After check in around 14.00 h there is time to explore the city of Maastricht, a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored!
    After dinner you can test the bikes (approx 10 km/6 miles).

    Day 2 (Sun): Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond (approx. 45 km/27 miles)
    During breakfast you join the barge to Born via the Juliana Canal, where you disembark at the locks. From here you bike over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Then you continue to Thorn, the ‘white Village' on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it's rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

    Day 3 (Mon): Roermond – Venlo – Arcen (approx. 52 km/31 miles)
    Today you start biking from Roermond. First you will visit the St. Ursula windmill on the Nunhemmerheide you visit dating from 1600. It is the only mill in Western Europe where oil is still obtained from rapeseed. Then you continue to Venlo, an ancient city dating back to the Romans. In the afternoon you bike to Arcen, another charming place on the banks of the river Maas. 

    Day 4 (Tue): Arcen – Cuijk (approx. 48 km/29 miles)
    The day starts in Arcen with a visit to the famous castle gardens with a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six ‘international' gardens ; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden,with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.
    Today a magnificent bike tour is on the program. First you will bike pass Well where you find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Maas. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

    Day 5 (Wed): Cuijk – Maasbommel (approx. 40 km24 miles) | Maasbommel – Heusden
    Today you bike from Cuijk along the Maas river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. In Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages in the city park. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.

    Day 6 (Thu): Heusden – Gorinchem | Gorinchem – Vianen (approx. 49 km/29 miles)
    In the morning you will join the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. You can visit a glass blower. In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. But before you arrive there you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods.

    Day 7 (Fri): Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (approx. 40 km/24 miles)
    You will sail during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you  can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, till 9:30 am.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Your tour guide will guide the bike tour daily, however it is also possible to ride the bike tour individually (self-guided).
    Tour descriptions and detailed cycling maps are available on board for anyone interested in taking the self-guided option.
    The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.

  • Included

    Included in the cost of the tour

    – Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
    – Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    – Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours; during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and individual travellers can reach him/her on his/her cell phone;
        daily fully guided bike tours;
    – Entrance National Glass Museum Leerdam
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Daily coffee and tea.

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15,- per booking/group (obligated)
    – Transfer to and from the docking place
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier)  € 70
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees;
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory)
    Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag : €70 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

  • Cabin types and prices

    PRICES AMSTERDAM – MAASTRICHT TOUR SEASON 2018 (per person):

     Cabins: for:  22/09 12/05 – 15/09
    Twin cabin below deck   2 pers.  €           879 €         929
    Single cabin below deck (max. 1)
    1 pers.  €        1,099 €      1,149
    Triple cabin below deck (on request) 3 pers.  €           819 €         869

    There are 2 triple cabins and only one single cabin on request available per departure date. Please contact us if you want to book a triple or single cabin. 3rd Bed is a bunk bed.

    SEASON DATES BARGE SARAH 2018: AMSTERDAM – MAASTRICHT TOUR (dd/mm):
    Amsterdam – Maastricht, departure on May 12, June 2 and 23, Sept. 15
    Maastricht – Amsterdam, departure on May 19, June 9 and 30, Sept. 22
    On other dates the ship is sailing on the “Hanseatic Tour”. Information on request.

  • Good to Know

    BICYCLES:
    The bicycles on board are all touring or trekking bikes  and have a unisex frame (so you can get on the bike comfortably), 7-speed gear, a hand- and pedal brake and a pannier bag. These bikes come in three frame sizes. There are a few E-Bikes available (limited, only on request).  The e-bike is a Flyer from a Swiss manufacturer and has 8 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).  Bicycle rental is optional. You can bring your own bike, but only after they have been previously registered and confirmed. Daily the crew brings your bike off and on board. Small scratches and damages on the bikes can’t be avoided. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
    In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Bike helmets are not available on board.  If you pre-reserve a bike helmet, we can bring it on board for you (for free).

    Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

    The trip starts in Amsterdam or Maastricht
    In Amsterdam the barge is docked in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.
    We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at about 14.00 hours. And the ship will leave the harbor at 14.30 h.
    In Maastricht the barge is moored at van Hasseltkade just north of the Wilhelmina bridge. Also in Maastricht we expect you on board around 14.00 h, but the barge will leave on Sunday morning.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours B.V. apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. In principle, children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you to consider whether your child is able to manage a cycle trip of 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, slip streamers etc. or child’s saddles are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). The interior of the ship is a no-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking rooms.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Stand: May 12, 2017

    Mooring Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Oosterdok weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring Maastricht

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