The sea is always near
Delta Works, Holland’s storm barriers
Paradise for flora and fauna lovers
Ship with max. 96 passengers
The province of Zeeland, also referred to as the “Land in the Sea“ is located in the west of the Netherlands and mostly consists of islands and peninsulas. The Eastern and Western Scheldt estuaries reach far inland, thus making Zeeland a paradise for flora and fauna. Cycle with us from the energetic city of Rotterdam to the province of Zeeland. Discover the historic towns of Zierikzee and Middelburg, and the Delta Works, Holland’s most impressive storm surge barriers. Make sure you don’t forget to taste delicious fresh mussels, oysters and Eastern Scheldt Lobster in one of the numerous fish restaurants!
Day 1 (Sat): Arrival in Rotterdam | Rotterdam – Dordrecht
Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation at about 4 p.m. You may have some time left to see Rotterdam’s stunning Market Hall. The Dutch refer to it as their version of the “Sistine Chapel“. At 5 p.m. sail to Holland’s oldest town, Dordrecht, impressively located on an island between three wide rivers.
Day 2 (Sun): Dordrecht – Willemstad – Hellevoetsluis, approx. 45 km/27 mi.
In the morning, set sail for Willemstad, a small fortified town dating from the 17th-18th century, which is well worth visiting. Here start for your first cycle tour. Cross the inland waters of Haringvliet over the Volkerakdam, and cycle through fields and past storybook villages like Zwartsluis and Goudswaard to the popular water sports center of Hellevoetsluis.
Day 3 (Mon): Hellevoetsluis – Bruinisse, approx. 45 km/27 mi.
With fine weather, it is worth to take a detour to the bathing beach of Rockanje, a wide fine-sandy beach with marvelous dunes, before starting the bike tour. Crossing the Haringvliet again, you pass through small villages like Stellendam with the mill Korenlust, the small water sport village of Herkingen and, continuing along the Grevelingendam, you reach the mussel village of Bruinisse.
Day 4 (Tue): Bruinisse – Middelburg, approx. 54 km/32.4 mi.
Today cycle to the small town of Zierikzee, which is among the 10 most beautiful Dutch national heritage towns. The „fat tower“ rises high above the town. The top of the tower offers marvelous views over the town, the harbor and the island. Continue your tour crossing the Zeeland Bridge to Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland. Once the second most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Middelburg is a town full of history. Numerous shops and cafes are waiting to be discovered.
Day 5 (Wed): Middelburg – Veere | Middelburg – Neeltje Jans – Veere, approx. 35 km/21 mi.
Destination of today’s cycle tour is Neeltje Jans. The former working island was created by rising a sand flat to facilitate the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. You will have the possibility not only to marvel at the locks from up close but also from the inside. Afterwards, continue the cycle tour to Veere, a beautiful holiday seaside town, where once deeply loaded Scottish ships landed.
Day 6 (Thu): Roundtour Veere approx. 40 km/24 mi. | Veere – Dordrecht
Today you have the opportunity again, to explore the picturesque, typically Dutch landscape on the Walcheren peninsula around the lively tourist towns of Veere and Middelburg. Nowhere in the Netherlands does the sun shine as often and as long as on Walcheren. Alternatively, you can take one of the bike tours from yesterday.
Day 7 (Fri): Dordrecht – Rotterdam, approx. 40 km/24 mi.
On the last bike tour you will experience the most famous windmills in the Netherlands at Kinderdijk. The 19 well-preserved mills date from the 18th century and have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s worth a visit! Your tour continues along the Maas River to Rotterdam. Take the opportunity for a harbor tour through the largest deep water port in Europe and admire the skyline and impressive architecture from the water.
Day 8 (Sat): Departure from Rotterdam
Disembarkation until 9 a.m. and individual home journey home.
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7 nights in outside cabin with en-suite shower facilities in the booked category
Programme according to itinerary from/to Rotterdam
Daily cabin cleaning
Change of linen and towels on request
Full board (7 x breakfast buffet, 6 x packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, 6 x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7x three-course dinner)
All port, bridge and lock fees
Daily briefing on the respective cycle tours
Maps and information material for the cycle tours, 1x per cabin
Tour manager on board
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In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.
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Our family (including teenagers) had a fantastic biking experience on the Olympia and we have been very impressed with the quality and service. We recommend without hesitation!
The boat : Nice, but maybe too big. Cabins on the back are noisy : the engine / generator works 24/24, and is located in the back. The bike trips : From 35 to 60 km, Quite easy to follow. Beware : no guide with you for bike trips, you will have a map. But easy to follow. The ambiance…
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