Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam
from 849 €
8 days / 7 nights, barges De Amsterdam, De Nassau
Web code NL023
Price per person
De Amsterdam: every Saturday from 6.04 to 5.10.19
De Nassau: Saturday 11.05, 25.05, 22.06, 3.08 e 14.08.19
- 7 overnights
- full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
- on board tour guide
- bed linen and towels
- Hotline service
- Transport to and from departure point
- All drinks on board
- Entrance fees to tourist attractions
- Anything that is not mentioned under included
350 € single cabin lower deck
500 € superior single cabin upper deck
50 € superior cabin lower deck
130 € upper deck cabin (De Nassau)
200 € superior cabin upper deck (De Amsterdam)
300 € suite upper deck (De Amsterdam)
30 € high season (from 1.06 to 24.08.19)
125 € guided tour (only on 4.05, 25.05, 15.06, 31.08, 14.09.19 - max 20 participants)
75 € rental bike
175 € e-bike
50 € gluten free/ nodiary menu (to be paid on spot)
20 € late season (departures 21.09, 28.09, 5.10.19)
100 € super saver season (departures 6.04,13.04, 20.04.19)
Day by Day
The boat will be waiting for you in the centre of Amsterdam. Embarkation from 2 pm onwards. After leaving your luggage on board, you will have time to discover the capital city of the Netherlands.
2° Amsterdam – Rotterdam (25/40 km - 15/25 miles)
In the morning you will sail to Breukelen and have the first bike tour along the charming Vecht river. You will follow it into the centre of Utrecht with its Dom (Cathedral) tower, 111 m. high, from where, if the weather is clear, you will be able to see Amsterdam from afar. In the afternoon you will continue by boat from Utrecht to Rotterdam, a city that was completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the 50s-60s: that is why it looks so modern nowadays.
3° Rotterdam – Delft (30/50 km - 17/32 miles)
Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous 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.
4° Rotterdam – Schoonhoven (30/60 km - 19/36 miles)
Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus” (not included), a fast ferry that will take you and your bike to Alblasserdam or Kinderdijk (depending on the departure time of the waterbus). After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for 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 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. In the evening a (free) city walk through Schoonhoven.
5° Schoonhoven – Haarlem (45 km - 28 miles)
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.
6° Haarlem – Zaandam (40/50 km - 25/31 miles)
You can choose from 2 bike routes. 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.
*Depature dates between April 14th and May 5th: on Thurdasy you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exihibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse. It can be reached by bike or public transport, but transfers and entrance fee are not included.
7° Zaandam – Amsterdam (30/45 km - 29 miles)
In Zandaam we recommend you a visit to the open air museum „Zaanse Schans“, built like an old village with traditional wooden houses, windmills, cheese farm and a clog maker. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy a last bike tour along the canals of Amsterdam.
After breakfast, disembarkation at 9:00 and end of the tour
Itinerary of the barge De Nassau:
1. Amsterdam – Haarlem
2. Haarlem – Zaandem (40/50 km)
3. Zaandem – Amsterdam (35 km)
4. Amsterdam – Rotterdam (25/40 km)
5. Rotterdam – Delft - Rotterdam (30/50 km)
6. Rotterdam – Schoonhoven (30/50 km)
7. Schoonhoven – Haarlem (45 km)
The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, 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
In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.
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 8 twin cabins and 22 superior twin cabins (approx. 135 sq.ft.). All of these have:
- an individual climate control system
- digital TV
- hair dryer
- 230V and 115V sockets
- 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches)
- 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.
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.
De Nassau is a medium-sized cozy river cruise ship. In the summer of 2018 the cabins and the salon/restaurant in front of the ship have been completely refitted: a full restyle of the interior. The ship sails under Dutch flag and management and it’s perfectly equipped for canal tours.
- Length: 72 m (236 ft.)
- Crew: 12
- Cabins: 34
- Pass.: 73 (max.)
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 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.
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 day before departure, you wll 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
Every morning or evening our tour leader will illustrate the route of the day. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, you will be able to reach the tour leader on his/her mobiles. The tours are unaccompanied and unguided. Languages spoken on board are English and German.
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.
4 Client reviews
Departure 06-13 July 2019
Online from 18 July 2019Tutto perfetto, dall accoglienza ai servizi offerti. Sicuramente meglio di quanto ci aspettassimo, L'unica pecca che talvolta la segnalazione delle piste ciclabili in Olanda era poco chiara.
Departure 06-13 July 2019
Online from 18 July 2019It was an amazing trip. What a way to see a country!
Departure 07-14 July 2018
Online from 21 July 2018Vacanza favolosa. Probabilmente la più bella fatta in bici ed è da 13 anni che faccio le vacanze in bici. Organizzazione eccezionale. Da consigliare vivamente.
Departure 05-12 August 2017
Online from 17 August 2017Una vacanza dinamica e rilassante insieme. È una eccellente opportunità per ammirare le bellezze di un Paese .Ottima l'assistenza!
Super complimenti allo staff di Girolibero!
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