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.
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.
– 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)
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.
TOUR DATES SEASON 2018 SOUTHERN TOUR:
Preseason: 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.
CYCLING TOURS IN HOLLAND: THE “CYCLE JUNCTION NETWORK”
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
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1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Updated: August 9th, 2017