Location: Netherlands - Amsterdam
Price: From € 699,-

Bike and Barge Holland: Southern Tour | MS Anna Maria Agnes

It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour on board your home away from home, the barge MS Anna Maria Agnes. 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:

  • The world famous city of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht, the geographical center of Holland
  • Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe
  • Delft, a city with close ties to the Dutch Royal family and the world renowned painter Johannes Vermeer
  • Haarlem, a sightseers’ paradise


Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”. For the duration of the tour you will live and travel on board the barge MS Anna Maria Agnes. In 2014 all of the barge’s cabins and the salon/restaurant at the front of the vessel were fully renovated, with the result that you are guaranteed a week of travel in total comfort. For many years the MS Anna Maria Agnes has been one of the most beloved vessels for cycling touring cruises in the Netherlands.

Semi-guided cycling tours: daily individual cycling at your own pace. The tour leader also cycles all tours and is available for tips, directions and in cases of emergency.


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  • Ship information

    MS Anna Maria Agnes
    For many years the mid-size river cruiser the MS Anna Maria Agnes for a maximum of 68 guests has been a popular “floating home” on the Holland Southern Tour. In total there are 36 cabins on board this comfortable ship (approx. 10 M² = 108 square feet) which is perfectly set up for cycle touring. All cabins have an en-suite shower and toilet, single low beds and individually adjustable air-conditioning. There are 12 cabins on the upper deck (supplement) and 24 on the lower deck, including a number of single and triple cabins. All cabins have a window, with at least one that can be opened. The salon is spacious, has large panoramic windows and is equipped with a restaurant and lounge areas that feature comfortable seats, a bar and Wi-Fi access (limited data package). All cabins and the salon/restaurant in the front part of the vessel were fully renovated in 2014. On the large and partially roofed sun deck of this approx. 72 meter-long ship there are tables and chairs and a separate bicycle deck.

    Ship-Anna-Maria-Agnes Anna Maria Agnes

  • Program Southern Tour

    Tour Details Holland: Southern Tour | MS Anna Maria Agnes

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 PM in Amsterdam (center). While you are in Amsterdam make sure you take the opportunity to do some shopping, visit a museum or enjoy a canal tour (reduced price tickets available on board, until 10 PM). A canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from a different perspective. Your first night on board will be spent in Amsterdam, so you will have plenty of time to explore the city.

    Day 2 (Sun): During breakfast: Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (Approx. 25-40 km**/15-25 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Rotterdam
    During breakfast the MS Anna Maria Agnes will cruise to Breukelen where, following the distribution of bicycles, your first day of cycling will see you tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms… there is simply no better way to start a cycle tour. You will follow the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the Dom Cathedral tower and the beautiful center of the old village. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam, your destination for the day. In the evening: a (free) short city walking tour.

    Day 3 (Mon): Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam (Approx. 50 km/32 mi.) | Evening: Rotterdam – Dordrecht
    You will cycle today via the ‘jenever city of Schiedam (jenever is a traditional Dutch gin) and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue earthenware. Visit the beautiful city centre with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many guests a visit to the Delftware factories of “Royal Delft” is one of the highlights of the tour. In the evening enjoy a dinner cruise from Rotterdam to Dordrecht with arrival at around 8 PM. In the evening enjoy a short walk around the city of Dordrecht (free).

    Day 4 (Tue): Dordrecht – Kinderdijk |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven (Approx. 30-50 km**/18–32 mi.)
    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda or a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the Lek River, where you can visit a silversmith. 

    Day 5 (Wed): Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht (Approx. 45-50 km**/27-32 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Beverwijk
    Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland via Oudewater (visit the Witches Weigh House) to Utrecht. Near Oudewater you can visit a traditional cheese farm where you can also buy delicious farm-made Gouda cheese. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Beverwijk, your destination for the night. In the evening enjoy live music on board.

    Day 6 (Thu): Beverwijk – North Sea coast – Haarlem – Beverwijk (Approx. 45-55 km**/27-33 mi.) | Evening: Beverwijk – Zaandam
    You will have the choice of 2 bike tours today, with both finishing in the historic city of Haarlem. If you are up to the challenge the longer tour takes you through the sand dunes of the North Sea coastline via Bloemendaal and Zandvoort; the shorter tour heads inland to Haarlem. On both tours you will cycle back to Beverwijk. In the evening your ship will sail to Zaandam.

    Day 7 (Fri): Zaandam – Amsterdam (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
    From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum continue to cycle through the recreational area of Twiske 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: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    ** Both possibilities are being offered – the guest can choose.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle, he/she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    Departures on April 14, 21 and 28 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 incl.).
    On the arrival day is it possible to put your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
    – Full board (7x breakfast, 6x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (daily change of towels possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;
    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    – Experienced and local tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city walking tours; during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour as well and can be reached on his cell phone;
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for cycling tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Min. 2 city walks (Rotterdam, Dordrecht) with the tour leader;
    – Visits (optional): Delftware factory, visitors center windmills Kinderdijk, St-Jans church Gouda, cheese farm Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and some more (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discounts);
    – 1x live music night on board;
    – Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €25 p.p.;
    – Use of free Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.

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

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory)
    Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag: €70 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer or similar) with 3 support levels, 7 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles): €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Rental bike helmet: € 10 per piece/week
    Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, ca. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: € 12,50 (at the ticket office approx.: €16)

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    PRICES SOUTHERN TOUR SEASON 2018 (per person):

     Cabins: For: Preseason Midseason Main season Late season
    Twin cabin below deck 2 pers.  €           739  €           819  €           859  €           799
    Twin cabin upper deck  2 pers.  €           869  €           949  €           989  €           929
    Single cabin below deck 1 pers.  €           949  €        1,039  €        1,079  €        1,019
    Single cabin upper deck  1 pers.  €        1,079  €        1,169  €        1,209  €        1,149
    Triple cabin below deck 3 pers.  €           719  €           799  €           839  €           779
    Triple cabin upper deck  3 pers.  €           849  €           929  €           969  €           909

     There are a limited number of triple cabins on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    departure date April 14 and 21.
    Midseason:         departure date April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26; September 1 and 8.
    Main season:      all other departure dates, weekly from June 2 up to and incl. August 25.
    Late season:       departure date September 15.

  • 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 1.90 m and above) we have a few traditional men’s models (with a horizontal bar) available. There are a few 7-gear bicycle with hand brake & hub brake on request available.
    There are also a few e-bike available (on request and at an additional charge).  The ebike 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 (limited stock, pending availability), children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandem bicycles, child trailer 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. Please bring your own – good fitting – bike helmet. There are some helmets available on board, which can be rented for €10 per piece. (please pre-book).

    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.

    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, 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: August 9th, 2017

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