It doesn’t get any better than the Southern Tour of Holland on board your home away from home, the ship De Amsterdam. Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside – the country’s “Green Heart”. It is here that you will see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms… it is a landscape that is impossible to feel or look any more Dutch. In short the Southern Tour is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of “typical” central Holland as is possible in one week. What you will come away with at the end of the tour is a greater appreciation of why this part of the Netherlands attracts so many visitors from all corners of the globe every year. As well as being able to discover the natural beauty of Holland’s Green Heart you will visit:
Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk (Unesco World Heritage Site), the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”.
New in 2018: a guided option on De Amsterdam
On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests.
If you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability).
For 2018 the dates are: August 25, September 1, September 8 and September 15. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 120 pp.
For 2019 the dates are: May 11, June 1 and 22, September 7 and 21. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.
A 15-day combination on De Holland, only available in 2018:
If you are looking for a longer tour, there is the option to make a 15-day combination of the Northern and Southern Tour, the GRAND TOUR OF HOLLAND. You will stay in the same cabin for two weeks on board the ship De Holland. Depending on your travel dates in 2018 you can start with the Northern Tour followed by the Southern Tour (2x) or first do the Southern Tour followed by the Northern Tour (2x).
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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 (Sat): Amsterdam
Embarkation and check-in from 2 p.m. 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 | Utrecht – Rotterdam (25 km/16 mi. or 40 km/25 mi.)
Your first cycling 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 centre of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city centre: 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 (28 km/17 mi. or 50 km/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 centre 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 (30 km/19 mi. or 58 km/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 cycling tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short cycling 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 | Utrecht – Haarlem
(45 km/28 mi.)
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 | Haarlem – Zaandam
(40 km/25 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.) *
Today you can choose from 2 cycling 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 centre 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.
* Departures dates between April 14 and May 5:
On Thursday you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bicycle or public transport; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included).
Day 7 (Fri): Zaandam – Amsterdam (30 km/29 mi. or 45 km/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): Amsterdam
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available on board. He/she will provide you with all necessary tour information during daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks and printed route notes (available on board). The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.
During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.
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 11:00 a.m..
De Amsterdam This impressive and well maintained river cruise ship, De Amsterdam, has 56 cabins …
This impressive and well maintained river cruise ship, De Amsterdam, has 56 cabins for a maximum of 112 passengers. All of the cabins have a window, giving you a different view every day. They are well-equipped and provided with two comfortable single beds. In the spacious restaurant on the lower deck you can go for a cyclist’s breakfast and in the evening it’s time for a three course dinner. A good spot for relaxing after a great cycling day, is in the lounge area and bar on the upper deck, or – on a sunny day – at the partially roofed sun deck.
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.
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). E-bikes available (on request, limited stock, pending availability).
Prices of other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”/tag-a-long, 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.All details
8 days/7 nights
7 x breakfast
7 x 3-course dinner
Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Semi guided cycling tours (guest cycle independently, tour leader also cycles the tour);
Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Live music on board
Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM
Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Fees for ferries/waterbus
Transfers to/from the docking place
Rental bicycle: €75 per week
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
Fully guided cycling:
On a few departure dates you can book a “fully guided” option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 120 p.p. in 2018 and € 125 p.p. in 2019. If you have already booked the semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the “fully guided” option (limited availability).
Optional visits (several with discount or free of charge):
* Delftware factory
* Visitors centre windmills Kinderdijk
* St. Jan’s church Gouda
* Cheese farm Oudewater
* Silversmith Schoonhoven
* City hall Zaandam and more…..
Canal cruise Amsterdam:
Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 12,50 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 16). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
Tour Dates 2019 – De Amsterdam: