• Info

    Tour type
    self-guided and guided tour
     
    Price per person

    839 € De Nassau
    899 € Gandalf


    Departures

    De Nassau: every Saturday from 18.04 to 26.09.20 self-guided tour
    Gandalf: saturday 25.04, 2.05, 9.05, 16.05, 6.06, 13.06, 20.06, 27.06, 4.07.20 guided tour

     

    Included

    • 7 overnights;
    • full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner);
    • on board tour guide De Nassau (German and English)
    • English speaking tour leader
    • bed linen and towels;
    • Hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Transport to and from departure point
    • All drinks on board
    • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
    • Anything that is not mentioned under included
    • extra transport


    Supplements
    350/499 € single cabin De Nassau/Gandalf
    40 € high season De Nassau (from13.06 to 5.09.20)
    100 € high season Gandalf (from 2.05 to 4.07.20)


    100 € superior cabin lower deck De Nassau
    100 € cabin upper deck De Nassau

     

    80 € rental bike
    180 € e-bike
    10 € helmet


    10 € Limitation of liability (damage) bike
    25 € Limitation of liability (damage) ebike


    50 € gluten free/ nodiary menu (to be paid on spot)


    Reductions
    20 € third person in cabin
    40 € low season De Nassau (departures 9.05, 19.09, 26.09.20)
    140 € super saver season De Nassau (18.04.20)

  • Day by Day

    Barge De Nassau itinerary 

     

    1. Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
    Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew will welcome you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. The boat starts sailing from Amsterdam at approximately 2 p.m. on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River. Here, you will spend your first night aboard the ship.

     

    2. Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.)
    While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large green area, heartland of Holland. You will cycle to Arnhem, through the lovely Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks. the Nassau docks for the night close to the center of this former Hanseatic city.

     

    3. Arnhem – Deventer (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.)
    We’ll leave Arnhem aboard the Nassau, and your cycling day will start in Doesburg, riding along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, the ‘proud to be’ smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, there are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen. You either take a shorter route along the riverbank; or a longer trip via Vorden, where you’ll be passing lovely country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the ship will sail to Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!

     

    4. Deventer – Kampen (50 km/31 mi or 60 km/37 mi.)
    This morning you will enjoy a short cruise along the riverbank of the Ijssel until Wijhe, where you begin to cycle until Hattem. This 800-year-old town has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. The boat will be waiting close to Zwolle and sail to Kampen during dinner. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

     

    5. Kampen – Harderwijk (50 km/31 mi.)
    From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are the favourite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where you will spend the might docked in its old harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.

    6. Harderwijk– Huizen (45 km/27 mi. or 55 km/35 mi.)
    Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coastal route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes, still worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.

     

    7. Huizen – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)
    Huizen is the starting point for a ride to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden. The latter is famous for its historic castle on the waterfront. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. You have the afternoon and evening to spend in the Dutch capital any way you like. Seize the chance to do a canal tour, to visit Anne Frank’s home or any of a number of world renowned museums around the Museumplein. Or just enjoy looking at everyday life in this bustling city.

     

    8. Amsterdam
    The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation, enjoy a nice breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

     


     

     

    Barge Gandalf itinerary

     

    1. Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
    Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew will welcome you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. The boat starts sailing from Amsterdam at approximately 2 p.m. on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River. Here, you will spend your first night aboard the ship.

     

    2. Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.)
    While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large green area, heartland of Holland. You will cycle to Arnhem, through the lovely Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks. the Nassau docks for the night close to the center of this former Hanseatic city.

     

    3. Arnhem – Deventer (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/27 mi.)
    We’ll leave Arnhem aboard the Nassau, and your cycling day will start in Doesburg, riding along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, the ‘proud to be’ smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst, there are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen. You either take a shorter route along the riverbank; or a longer trip via Vorden, where you’ll be passing lovely country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the ship will sail to Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!

     

    4. Deventer – Kampen (50 km/31 mi or 60 km/37 mi.)
    This morning you will enjoy a short cruise along the riverbank of the Ijssel until Wijhe, where you begin to cycle until Hattem. This 800-year-old town has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. The boat will be waiting close to Zwolle and sail to Kampen during dinner. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

     

    5. Kampen – Harderwijk (50 km/31 mi.)
    From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are the favourite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where you will spend the might docked in its old harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.

     

    6. Harderwijk – Spakenburg (35 km/21 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)
    Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coastal route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes, still worn to this day.

     

    7. Spakenburg – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)
    During breakfast you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour.

     

    8. Amsterdam
    The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation, enjoy a nice breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

     

  • Route profile

    The flat landscape in the 125 km long IJssel valley makes this a perfect tour for those who love to cycle leisurely along many winding trails in a diverse area.

     

  • How to get there

    You will begin embarking from 1 to 2 pm when the boat will start sailing. 

     

    Amsterdam is an international hub and most low cost airlines will take you straight to Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

    The Dutch airline is KLM which offers several flights form most international airports throughout Europe.

      

  • Accommodation and meals

    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are not included.

     

    De Nassau

    De Nassau is a cozy medium-sized river cruise ship.

     

    Lower deck cabins
    The lower deck features 21 twin cabins and one single cabin.

     

    There are 12 regular twin cabins (10m² / 108sq.ft.) at the back and middle of the lower deck, each with two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).

    One cabin has the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds), while the single cabin (9m² / 97sq.ft.) has one low bed (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).

     

    At the front of the lower deck are nine newly-renovated “superior” cabins (9.5–11.5 m² / 102–124sq.ft.).

     

    Two superior cabins feature a double bed (200x160cm / 78×62 inches), while the other seven feature two separate beds set together as a hotel-style bed (200×160 cm / 78×62 inches).
    If requested in advance, these hotel-style beds can be arranged as two separate single beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches).


    Upper deck cabins
    The upper deck offers 12 twin cabins (9-10 m² / 97-108sq.ft.): 

    10 cabins with two single low beds (200x80cm / 78×31 inches), and two with a double bed (200x140cm / 78×55 inches).
    Four upper deck cabins have the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds).

     

    All 34 cabins have a window that can be opened, an individual climate control system, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

     

    Common areas
    De Nassau 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.
    On the partially covered sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax, have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing. Bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 72
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer


    Watch De Nassau photo gallery.

     

     


     

    Gandalf
    The beautiful Gandalf is a small and comfortable passenger barge that can accommodate 20 guests.

     

    The cabins
    The Gandalf has 10 twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.) with two separate beds.

    In two of the cabins a bunk bed as third bed is possible (on request).

     

    Each cabin has a recently renovated bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating.

     

    Common areas
    On the upper deck of the Gandalf you will find the large and cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has two large sundecks with storage room for the bicycles and sitting areas with tables and chairs, where you can have a drink.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 20
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning: none
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer on request

     

     

    Watch Gandalf photo gallery

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    - a lightweight frame unisex touring bike (name brand Gazelle Chamonix), equipped with Shimano 7 gears, gel-saddle and hand or pedal brake. All wheels are 28 inch, but a few different frames are available on board for shorter/taller individuals.

    - a unisex e-bike Trenergy E-Relax Pro with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand brakes.

     

    Accessories
    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag;
    - lock.

    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin.

    In Holland bike helmets are not mandatory. We advise you wear one for your safety anyway, A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    A few days before departure you will receive an email including:
    - boarding voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise boarding area;
    - Tour Notes;
    - Final Tour Details.

     

    Please let us know if you don’t receive all the above mentioned information.


    If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.

    If you travel on the De Nassau, you will receive on site:
    - tour maps.

     

  • By your side

    If you travel on the Gandalf, you will follow the tour leader. We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their role is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.

     

    If you travel on the De Nassau, you will follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our member of staff will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the cycling stretch dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 1 Client reviews
    • Giovanna

      Departure 20-27 July 2019

      Online from 13 August 2019

      Ottimo giro per scoprire che l'Olanda non è tutta piatta e può essere anche selvaggia, oltre che ricca di storia.
      Per la sistemazione in barca può essere necessario un po' di spirito di adattamento, ma si mangia bene.
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