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

Bike and Barge Holland: Southern Tour | De Amsterdam and De Holland

It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour on board your home away from home at one of the barges De Amsterdam and De Holland. 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 barges De Amsterdam and De Holland

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.
On August 25 and September 1, 8 and 15 we offer a possibility to make this Southern Tour with De Amsterdam ‘fully guided' at an additional charge of € 120 p.p.
Have you already booked for a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can rebook to a fully-guided tour, if you prefer this option.


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  • Ship information

    De Amsterdam

    De Amsterdam is a 311 ft. long and 36 ft. wide, very well equipped river cruise ship. The vessel has 56 cabins for maximal 112 passengers. All of these cabins have a window, giving you a different view every day (outside cabins).

    Lower deck cabins
    The lower deck offers space to 10 twin cabins and 20 superior twin cabins (approx. 135 sq.ft.). All of these have an individual climate control system, digital TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets, 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet, basin and bath products. All twin cabins have a large picture window (4.59 ft. x 2.95 ft.) that can be partly opened. The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to the engine room, stairs and salon.

    Upper deck cabins
    The upper deck has 18 superior twin cabins (identical to the ones on the lower deck) and 8 spacious suites. The suites (approx. 200 sq. ft.) have the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a mini-bar and a French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window. The beds in all suites are set as a double bed (78 x 62 inches) and can (on request) be set as two separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).

    Restaurant and lounge
    De Amsterdam has a spacious restaurant on the lower deck. In the morning you can come to power for a healthy cycling day at the oval buffet in the middle. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows around, which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor, so the evenings can certainly become fun! In the lounge there is Wi-Fi available for guests; complimentary limited data packages included, but additional data packages can be purchased online.

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

    Please note
    Inside areas of De Amsterdam are non-smoking areas. The sun deck has a smoking area.
    Onboard languages are English and German. There is an international crew.

    Technical Details
    Year built: 1991, last refurbished: 2017
    Registry/flag: German
    Length: 94.80 m (311 ft.), width: 11 m (36 ft.)
    Passenger capacity: 112, cabins: 56; number of crew: 21.
    Currency on board: Euro. Accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).

    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.

  • Program Southern Tour

    Tour Details Holland: Southern Tour | De Amsterdam and 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 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 (2x) 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


     Cabins: For: Preseason Midseason Main season Late season
    Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €    739 €     819 €     859 €     799
    Superior twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €    799 €     879 €     919 €     859
    Twin cabin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €  1,019 €  1,099 €   1,139 €   1,079
    Superior Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €     939 €  1,019 €   1,059 €     999
    Superior twin upper deck for single use 1 pers. € 1,159 € 1,239 € 1,279 € 1,219
    Suite upper deck 2 pers. € 1,039 € 1,119 € 1,159 € 1,099

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


     Cabin type: occupation Midseason
    Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €     819
    Superior twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €     879
    Triple cabin lower deck 2 pers. €     799
    Twin cabin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €  1,099
    Superior Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €  1,019
    Superior twin upper deck for single use 1 pers. €  1,239
    Suite upper deck 2 pers. €  1,119
    Suite upper deck for triple use 3 pers. €  1,099

    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.

    departure date April 28 and September 1

    DE HOLLAND will be sailing on the Northern Tour of Holland also. This gives you the opportunity to book the “Grand Tour of Holland” and travel 2 weeks on the same ship and in the same cabin. 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). Please click here for more information.

  • 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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