From Amsterdam to Maastricht
Sailing down Dutch canals
from 959 €
8 nights/7 days, barge Sarah
Web code NL055
Price per person
959 € standard cabin
Saturday 8.06, 22.06, 6.07, 17.08, 31.08, 14.09.2019
- 7 overnights
- full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
- tour guide (German and English)
- bed linen and towels;
- Hotline service
- Transport to and from departure point
- All drinks on board
- Entrance fees to tourist attractions
- extra transport
- Anything that is not mentioned under included
230 € single cabin
75 € rental bike
175 € e-bike
10 € helmet
60 € low season (21.09.19)
150 € third person in cabin
Day by Day
1. Amsterdam – Weesp (10 km/6 mi.)
Embarkation and check-in between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Around 2 p.m. the barge starts sailing to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical centre with many canals and buildings dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century. It also features a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attract yachters and cyclists. Upon arrival the tour leader will organize a test ride. After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.
2. Weesp – Vianen (50 km/28 mi.)
Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht while admiring impressive mansions built on its banks. Along the way you will visit a typical Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
3. Vianen – Heusden (40 km/25 mi.)
From Vianen you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit of the ancient crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. Later on you will continue cycling on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a short visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.
4. Heusden – Cuijck (40 km/24 mi.)
During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here starts your bike tour, leading you along the Maas river to the medieval towns of Ravenstein and Grave. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will be able to admire Napoleonic canons. Grave also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. Following the Maas river, you’ll arrive in Cuijk where the neo-gothic church of St. Martins is worth a visit. In fact it houses a very well kept baroque organ (built 1639-1650) one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Overnight in Cuijck.
5. Cuijck – Arcen (50 km/29 mi.)
Today’s ride will truly impress you. Cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through Maasduinen National Park to Well, where you will admire the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating back to the 14th century. Today’s destination is Arcen where may visit the famous castle gardens. They will surprise you with a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six ‘international’ gardens; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden, with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.
6. Arcen – Roermond (50 km/30 mi.)
Your bike route follows the Meuse river. and you will cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting trails. The first stop is Venlo, with interesting historical monuments and a lively city centre. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. From there you will cross over to the other bank and continue to the beautiful village of Beesel known for its mill featuring a ‘grey bear’, standing right by the road. Todays’s tour ends where the rivers Roer and Meuse join in the city of Roermond. which is known becasue of its rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city and it proudly displays many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, one of the 19th century most important Dutch architects, who planned the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam.
7. Roermond – Maastricht (42 km/25 mi.)
Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the Limburg province. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border, known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses where the only odd building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch/Belgian border to Maaseik, Belgium. This city is famous for the Flemish painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style buidings and their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. You will meet the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht the capital of the province. Here you enjoy St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortified works dating back to the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored!
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast around 9.30 a.m.
The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday due to unforseable circimstances such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.
The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat landscape, beneath the sea level. The cycling path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signals and with small numbered stumps called “mushrooms”, signalled on the maps.
It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Ask your guide on board, he/she will be able to give you more information.
How to get thereThe precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. Consider about a 15 minute bus ride from the train station to the point of embarkation (the busses are frequent).By PlaneThe easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.Contact us for a free airfare quotation.In order to get to the embarkation point you need to leave from Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about €5. To book the train tickets in advance visit www.ns.nl.By TrainThe nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on www.ns.nlBy CarParking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of the city.ParkingOn this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: www.amsterdam.info/parking .In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
- parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on www.schiphol.nl. The cost for 8 days is about 70/100 €.
- P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre: (Prins Hendrikkade 20A). This is the closest parking place to the embarkation points Scheepvaart Kwartier e Oosterdok. You can make a reservation on www.p1.nl. The cost for 8 days is about 160 €.
Accommodation and meals
Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. Drinks are not included.
The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere.
The Sarah has a cozy lounge / restaurant with Wifi (with unlimited data use). The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.
There are 8 twin cabins (2 with 1 extra bunk bed) and 2 cabins with double bed with private bathrooms (all cabins about (10 sq.meters / 108 sq.ft.). Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. In each cabin you will find a hair dryer.
Bikes and accessories
In this tour you can rent:
- Touring/trekking bikes with 7 speed and handbrakes.
- E-Bikes of the brand Batavus Mont Blanc with 10-gear, handbrakes.
The bikes are equipped with:
- pannier bag
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.
Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:
- Embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
- Tour Notes
- Final Tour Details
If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.
Tour maps will be delivered on site.
By your side
Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Dynamic, informed and enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a thorough knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting.
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.