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Highlights of this tour

Bike through the Green Heart of Holland

Kinderdijk’s windmills & Zaanse Schans

Discover Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Gouda

Ships with 30 to max. 40 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Netherlands: Best of Holland Premium | Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV

This premium tour combines iconic and hidden highlights to give a fantastic impression of Holland’s unique characteristics. Over eight days you’ll travel in style aboard one of our luxury hotel barges: the Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III or Magnifique IV. Your cycling cruise starts in Amsterdam with an enjoyable dinner cruise to Zaandam, followed the next day by a taste of living history at the Zaanse Schans open air museum. Enjoy a cycling tour to Hoorn through the heart of a polder named De Beemster, recognized by UNESCO as a “masterpiece of creative planning”, where Renaissance ideals were used to design a reclaimed landscape.

You’ll visit the picturesque former island of Marken, now linked to the mainland. From there you’ll cycle to IJburg, one of Amsterdam’s newest neighborhoods. This part of the city was built in the late 1990s on reclaimed land – just a few years earlier it was the bottom of a lake. Continue by barge to the small town of Vianen on the Lower Rhine river. Visit Schoonhoven, well known for its silver, and the Kinderdijk UNESCO world heritage site with its 19 windmills. Lovely views and beautiful pictures guaranteed!

Enjoy the vibrant city of Rotterdam where the waterfront is packed with attractions: from maritime museums to superb bikeways, along with visionary new architectural developments. From here the tour continues north to Gouda, world famous for its cheese and candles. Explore the Green Heart of Holland, a large green rural area encircled by a ring of some of the Netherlands’ biggest cities. You’ll spend the night in a small village in the Green Heart. Cycle or sail into Amsterdam, where your journey ends.

Tours with the Magnifique II and Magnifique IV start and end on a WEDNESDAY.
Tours with the Magnifique and Magnifique III start and end on a SATURDAY.

Day to day program 2020

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam 

Embarkation and check-in. The crew will welcome you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. Once all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a city famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans museum – Hoorn (41 km/26 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)

After breakfast set out on your first cycling tour to the Zaanse Schans open air museum for a short visit. Continue cycling through small villages in the beautiful historic polder named De Beemster. Today’s bike tour ends in the town of Hoorn, former home of the Dutch East India Company and one of the world’s most important harbors in the 17th century.

Day 3: Hoorn – Volendam | Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden | Muiden – Vianen (39 km/24 mi. or 46 km/28 mi.)

While enjoying breakfast the ship will bring you to Volendam, a small, picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. From here you’ll take a ferry to the former island of Marken. Explore this charming, authentic village before continuing your cycling journey along the coastline to IJburg, a new and modern part of Amsterdam that was recently built on land reclaimed from a lake (that was previously the sea). From here you’ll cycle to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th century waterfront castle. Today’s cycling tour ends near the village of Weesp, where you’ll rejoin your ship. Around 5pm the ship departs for Vianen and you can enjoy dinner while cruising. Spend the evening and night in Vianen, a small fortified town on the Lower Rhine river.

Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven | Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk ( 32 km/ 19 mi.) | Kinderdijk – Rotterdam (waterbus ferry) 

During breakfast the ship will sail to Schoonhoven, the “Silver City”, where today’s cycling tour starts. The tour takes you through the Alblasserwaard polder to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. Listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site, these windmills are a definite highlight of any trip to the Netherlands. From nearby Alblasserdam you’ll board the “Waterbus” fast ferry, which will take you and your bicycle into the center of Rotterdam in about 20 minutes. With its vibrant waterfront, this city is Europe’s largest port. In the afternoon, a local guide will show you the most interesting corners of the inner city. Dinner on board is not included this evening, so you can enjoy a wonderful meal at one of Rotterdam’s many restaurants.

Day 5: Rotterdam – Gouda (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.)

After breakfast, bike right through Rotterdam and follow the winding river Rotte to leave the city. You’ll soon find yourself cycling through the “Green Heart of Holland” to Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland. Take your time in the afternoon and evening to enjoy this beautiful historical city, with its old market square and Weigh House, where cheese used to be weighed.

Day 6: Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering (33 km/21 mi. or 54 km/34 mi.)

Start the morning with a visit to Gouda’s St. John’s church, with its renowned stained-glass windows. Today’s cycling tour takes you from Gouda through the typical scenery of the Green Heart of Holland, with its green landscapes, expansive views, small canals and tiny lakes – all below sea level! Today’s long cycling option leads through Leiden, the birthplace of the famous painter Rembrandt and home of the oldest university in the Netherlands. The cycling journey ends in the small village of Oude Wetering, where the ship will be docked for the night.

Day 7: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Roundtour Amsterdam Waterland (28 km/18 mi.)

The ship sails early this morning to take you to Amsterdam. During the afternoon you can choose to take a last beautiful bike ride through the wetlands of Waterland north of Amsterdam, or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner-city flower market, explore a museum or do some shopping… there’s so much to do! In the evening you can join a boat tour through the beautiful, UNESCO-listed canals of old Amsterdam – a wonderful way to conclude your trip!

Day 8: Amsterdam

Check-out and disembarkation right after breakfast, before 9.30 a.m.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • On this Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bike option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin 2 pers. €1279 Premium twin (MAG / MAGII) 2 pers. €1479 Upper deck suite (MAGII / MAGIII / MAGIV) 2 pers. €1779 Single cabin (MAG/MAGIII) 1 pers. €1663 Twin for single use (MAG/MAGII/MAGIV) 1 pers. €1918.50 Triple cabin 3 pers. €1229 Premium Triple cabin (MAG) 3 pers. €1409 Triple Upper deck Suite (MAGII / MAGIII) 3 pers. €1679
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

6 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a helmet

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Water bottle

Fees for ferries

Visit mill at Zaanse Schans

Walking city tour with a local guide through Rotterdam

Visit St. Johns church in Gouda

Entrance ‘This is Holland’ a unique flying experience

Wi-Fi

Excluded in this tour

1 x dinner (Rotterdam)

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information 2020

2020:

  • Rental bicycle (incl. helmet and water bottle): €85 per period
  • Rental E-Bike (incl. helmet and water bottle): €185 per period (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ‘ship’.
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week
  • Please click on this link for more information
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.


Reviews

Netherlands: Best of Holland Premium Rated 9.5 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
5 stars

Joost Wolsak and Jane Auxier

We can’t say enough good things about our recent “Best of Holland” trip with Boat Bike Tours. Our barge was the Magnifique II, a beautiful vessel built in 2016. It oozed charm and comfort – both in the individual staterooms and in the communal lounge and dining area. The food was excellent. The staff were superb – from the dishwasher…

5 stars

Kathleen Garvey

The bike tours team both in terms of office and on board ship were excellent

5 stars

Cutler Cleveland

My Best of Holland Trip was great. Well organized, good food, and excellent tour leaders (Hans and Hester) that led the rides. I will definitely consider another Boat Bike Tour

5 stars

David Curtis

Awesome experience! Every aspect of our boat bike tour was first rate. We would definitely do it again.

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Available ships for this tour

Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 35 passengers
16 cabins
3 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique II Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 37 passengers
17 cabins
3 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique III Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
3 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique IV Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 36 passengers
18 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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