Location: Holland - Amsterdam
Price: From € 1.499,-

Bike and Barge Tour Holland: Grand Tour of Holland | De Holland

All highlights in the Northern and Western part of the Netherlands

During this grand tour of Holland you will visit all major cities and highlights in the north and west of the Netherlands by bicycle and boat. The trip starts and ends in the capital Amsterdam. You can discover the diverse flat polder land on numerous cycle paths and quiet country roads. See the green rural area north of Amsterdam, the beach and dunes along the North Sea and romantic harbor towns on the IJsselmeer coast during wonderful cycling tours. Many guests consider a visit to the very cycle-friendly island Texel among the highlights of the trip. You will also cross the large lake IJsselmeer to Stavoren, to visit the southwestern part of Friesland. Other highlights during this part of the tour include the Waterland region, the “Zaanse Schans” open air museum, Enkhuizen with the Zuiderzee Museum and the old city centers of Alkmaar, Medemblik, Hoorn and Volendam.
You will also visit the most well-known historical cities and towns in the west of the Netherlands, picturesque little villages and the beautiful scenery of the “Green Heart of Holland”,to the south of Amsterdam. Highlights during this part of the trip include Amsterdam with its beautiful canals, the cathedral city of Utrecht, the port of Rotterdam, Delft with its famous Delft Blue factories, the cheese city of Gouda, the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk (UNESCO Heritage Site), the silver city of Schoonhoven, the beautiful city center of Haarlem and the dunes and North Sea beach.

You will reside and stay in the same cabin for two weeks on board the ship De Holland, which has for many years been a very popular vessel for bike-boat holidays. Depending on your travel dates in 2018 you have the choice of a week of North Holland followed by a week South Holland (2x) or first South Holland and then North Holland (2x).

– All highlights of Holland during one tour;
– No change of ship, nor cabin;
– approx. € 110 p.p. discount compared to booking the tours separately.

During the Grand Tour of Holland, on both days when a visit to the “Zaanse Schans” open air museum is planned, on board we will offer additional optional cycling tours, through some villages of the Waterland area, to avoid that guests will see the Zaanse Schans twice.



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  • Ship information

    De Holland
    De Holland is a 257 ft. long and 24 ft. wide cozy river cruise ship. The vessel has 34 cabins for max. 68-72 passengers. All of the rooms are well-equipped outside cabins.

    Lower deck cabins
    The lower deck has 24 twin cabins. All cabins (approx. 108 sq.ft.) have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets, 2 single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and bath products and a window (2.55 ft. x 1.28 ft.) that – for safety reasons – cannot be opened. Three “regular” twin cabins in the front have single beds, set in L-shape, and an additional Pullman Bed as optional third bed. Five twin cabins and 16 “superior” twin cabins have separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (78 x 62 inches). The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to engine room, stairs and salon and/or (in 3 cases) beds set in L-shape (optional triple cabin).

    Upper deck cabins
    The upper deck offers 9 identical superior twin cabins (accommodation: s. lower deck) and 1 suite. The suite (approx. 140 sq. ft.) has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but is larger and – in addition – also has a mini-bar and a sofa bed as optional third bed. All upper premium deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.
    Beds in most cabins are normally set as hotel-style beds (78 x 62 inches) or, optional, on previous request, can be arranged as 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).

    Restaurant and lounge
    DE HOLLAND has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available for guests in the salon (limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online).

    On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

    Please note
    Inside areas of DE HOLLAND are non-smoking areas; the sun deck has a smokers’ area.
    Onboard languages: English/German (international guests, international crew).

    Technical details
    Year Built: 1952. Full refit: winter 2017-2018.
    Registry/flag: Dutch
    Length: 78.25 m (257 ft.) and width: 7.32 m (24 ft.)
    Passenger Capacity: 68-72. Cabins: 34. Number of Crew: 11.
    Currency on Board: Euro. Accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).

    Situation on December 21st 2017. With subject to modifications during the construction period.

  • Northern part of the tour

    Tour Details the Netherlands: North-Holland Route | De Holland

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (approx. 44 km/27 mi.*)
    The first bike trip of this tour takes you via small villages through the beautiful flat and green polder landscape. The first stop is at the Zaanse Schans open air museum (free entry) with its traditional Old Dutch wooden houses, windmills and the cheese- and clog factory. After this visit you will cycle through the “Land of Leeghwater”, a green polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Stroll through the former whaler’s village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. Your ship De Holland will be waiting for you near the historical city center of Alkmaar.

    Day 3 (Mon): Dune tour: Alkmaar – Alkmaar (approx. 33-40 km/20-25 mi.) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Today you can discover the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a 5.300 hectare large forest- and dune area with its unique landscapes. In these dunes the drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained. After a visit to the beach and artists village Bergen you will return to Alkmaar where you can visit the wonderful city center. In the afternoon De Holland will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder.

    Day 4 (Tue): Den Helder – Oudeschild | North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 15-65 km/9-41 mi.*) | Texel – Den Oever
    During breakfast De Holland will sail to the isle of Texel, where you can make a tour on the largest of the Dutch Northsea Isles. You will cycle through beautiful natural parks and have the opportunity for a stop and some bathing at the beach. Suggestion: cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” At the end of your cycling tour you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild. During dinner De Holland will return to the mainland and sail to Den Oever. The highlight of the evening will be a night of live music on board.

    Day 5 (Wed): Den Oever – Stavoren | Stavoren South-west Friesland round trip (approx. 43-55 km/27-34 mi.*)
    The vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can opt for a shorter or longer cycling tour: discover the nature area of Gaasterland or explore a part of the wide lake district, that Friesland is well-known for. You can also combine both options. Night in the small harbor of Stavoren, one of the famous traditional 11 cities of Friesland.

    Day 6 (Thu): Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen (approx. 30-50 km/19-31 mi.*)
    De Holland will cross the IJsselmeer again during breakfast. Take the short bike trip from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer coast directly to Enkhuizen, where you can spend the afternoon. Enkhuizen is an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. The “herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbor, an historical old town center and the very interesting Zuiderzeemuseum. If you prefer a longer cycling tour, ride from Medemblik to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, in the 17th century one of the world’s leading harbors. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll in the old city center. Continue by bike to Enkhuizen via some picturesque rural villages. In the evening you can join a short city walk.

    Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35-50 km/22-31 mi.*)
    During breakfast the ship will sail to Volendam. Your final day of cycling will lead you through the beautiful area of Waterland, with its hundreds of small lakes and tiny canals. Near Volendam you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra cycling miles) is a tour to the former island of Marken, to continue through the water shaped region of Waterland back to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal cruise on the first day, you can do so today.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: printed parts in italics will be covered by ship.
    *: Both possibilities are offered – you can choose. All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours.
    **: In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all: in the latter case you can reach Texel by ferry (price approx. 5€ not incl.).

    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    If you don’t feel like cycling for a day (or more) you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing. But please note: lunch will not be served on board. So you can enjoy your packed lunch. On the arrival (first) day it is possible to put your luggage on board from 9:30 am.

  • Southern part of the tour

    Tour Details Holland: Southern Tour | De Holland

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (approx. 25-40 km**/16-25 mi.) | Utrecht – Rotterdam
    Your first cycle tour starts in Breukelen. You’ll tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms. You will follow the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam. 

    Day 3 (Mon): Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam (approx. 28-50 km/17-31 mi.) 
    Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue pottery. Visit the beautiful city center with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many of our guests a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of their tour. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.

    Day 4 (Tue): Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “waterbus” |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven (approx. 30-58 km**/19–36 mi.)
    Today you can cycle the first part or the “waterbus” will take you and your bicycle to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO cultural heritage, with its impressive row of 19 large windmills). You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

    Day 5 (Wed): Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht (approx. 45 km**/28 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Haarlem
    Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland along small villages and quiet roads to Utrecht. On your way you can visit a traditional cheese farm and in Oudewater you can visit the Witches Weigh House. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem. 

    Day 6 (Thu): Haarlem – North Sea coast – Haarlem (Approx. 40-50 km**/25-31 mi.) | Evening: Haarlem – Zaandam
    Today you can choose from 2 bike tours. Both tours takes you through the beautiful Kennemer dunes, a national park where you can spot several bird species, Scottish Highland cows and Shetland ponies. After a visit to the seaside resorts Bloemendaal and Zandvoort you cycle through the forests and the center of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine of the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner your ship will cruise to Zaandam.

    Day 7 (Fri): Zaandam – Amsterdam (Approx. 30-45 km/29-28 mi.)
    From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today. 

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    Disembarkation after breakfast: End of your trip.

    Details: the in italics printed parts will be covered by ship.
    ** Both possibilities are offered – you can choose.

    All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours.
    Departures dates between April 14 and May 5: on Thursday there is an opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bus/train or partly with train + bike; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included).
    When you do not want to cycle, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbor.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons or force majeure.
    On the arrival day is it possible to put your luggage on board from 11 am.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board 15 days/14 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
    – Full board (14x breakfast, 12x picnic lunch during bike tours, 14x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily light cleaning of the cabin;
    – Full cleaning of cabin incl. change of bed sheets on 2nd Saturday of the tour;
    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    – Experienced and local Tour leader (multilingual incl. English) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours, during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and can be reached on his/her cell phone;
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Short city walks (North-Holland: 2x; South-Holland: 2x) with the tour leader;
    – Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €50 p.p.;
    – North-Holland: 1x night live music on board; South-Holland: 1x live music night on board;
    – Use of Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.

    – Transfers to/from the docking place Sumatrakade in Amsterdam;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional);
    – Bike helmet (optional);
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Fees for ferries during cycling tours;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion/optional);
    – Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated (pre-booking is necessary).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory )
    Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag : €140 for 2 weeks
    Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer or similar) with 3 support levels, 7-8 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles), pannier bag: €330 for 2 weeks (only on request, limited number available)
    Rental bike helmet: € 20 per piece
    Visits (optional): (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discounts)
    North-Holland: open-air museum Zaanse Schans, visitors centre windmill Schermerhorn, beer brewery Oudeschild (Texel), steam engine museum, open-air museum Enkhuizen, and more
    South-Holland: Delftware factory, visitors centre windmills Kinderdijk, St-Jans church Gouda, cheese farm Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and some more
    Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, approx. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: €12.50 (at the ticket desk approx.: €16)
    Parking Amsterdam (valet parking): rates and reservation on request

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    Cabin types and prices 2018


     Cabin type: occupation April 21 April 28 / Sept. 1 Aug. 25
    Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €     1,309 €  1,499 €  1,539
    Superior twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €     1,439 €  1,629 €  1,669
    Triple cabin lower deck 3 pers.    €    1,269      €  1,459     €  1,499
    Twin cabin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €  1,879 €  2,069 €  2,109
    Superior Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €  1,709 €  1,899 €  1,938
    Superior twin upper deck for single use 1 pers. €  2,149 €  2,339 €  2,378
    Suite upper deck 2 pers. €  1,909 €  2,099 € 2,139
    Suite upper deck for triple use 3 pers. €  1,869 €  2,059 € 2,099

    Twin cabins for single use and triple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.

    Departures first North-Holland and then Southern Holland:
    21.04. – 05.05. and 25.08. – 08.09.

    Departures first Southern Holland and then North-Holland:
    28.04. – 12.05. and 01.09. – 15.09.

  • Good to know

    The bicycles on board are unisex touring bikes of the Brand Gazelle Chamonix with lightweight frames and normal mount (ladies model), with easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, hand brakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels.  Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons. For large gentlemen (from 1.90m and above) we have a few traditional men’s models (with a horizontal bar) available.
    Aboard the Angela Esmee there are a few e-bikes available (on request).  The e-bike is a Trenergy E-Relax Pro with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
    Prices of other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes or electrical bikes and 7-gear bicycle with hand brake & hub brake,  (limited stock, pending availability), children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.
    Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no additional fee). However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles.
    In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. There are some rental bike helmets on board (please pre-book, € 20 per piece).

    Throughout the Netherlands there is a network of interconnecting cycle routes, with a total length of more than 4,500 km, called the ‘Cycle junction network’ (Dutch: fietsknooppunten netwerk). A cycle junction is a numbered intersection that is part of a regional cycle route network. Each junction is provided with a number and an information panel. The distance to the next junction is displayed on this panel. The routes between two junctions are signposted in two directions with white and green signs (see picture). On the information panel you can orientate where you are and decide to extend or shorten the route to your destination. We use the cycle junction network in the description of the daily bike tours in the Netherlands and Flanders. The junctions are marked on the maps our guests use for the daily bike tours. The tour guide on board will explain to our guests how this easy system works. He/she will tell you the daily highlights and the detours which are worthwhile as well. On our website we show in a short video how this cycle junction network works. You can watch this video and other useful and interesting videos on:

    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as the confirmation and cancellation of such tours. Children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you consider whether your child is able to manage a daily cycle trip of 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-and-child 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.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Updated: Dec. 21, 2017

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