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Waterways of Holland & Belgium by Bike + Boat

Amsterdam,Tulips, Windmills and the beautiful city Maastricht



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Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads, ideal for children. If you don’t want to cycle, you can stay on the boat.

Route: Amsterdam-Maastricht

Day 1: Amsterdam
After check in around 14.00 p.m. the barge sails to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical center with many canals and buildings dating from the 17th and 18th century. It also has a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attracts yachters and cyclists. As soon as you arrive the guide will organize a test ride. After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.

Day 2: Amsterdam/Weesp – Vianen, approx. 47 km
Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real 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.

Day 3: Vianen Heusden, approx. 41 km
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 centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. Later you continue biking 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.

Day 4: Heusden Cuijck, approx. 40 km
During breakfast, the ship departs from Heusden to Oss. Your cycle tour starts here and takes you along the Meuse to the medieval towns of Ravenstein and Grave. In Grave you can see cannons from the Napoleonic era. Grave also played a major role in the air-ground operation "Market Garden" during the Second World War. You continue to follow the course of the Meuse by bike and meet your ship again in Cuijk. After dinner you visit the Ceuclum Museum in Cuijkder Cuijk and you can climb the tower to enjoy a beautiful view of the Meuse valley.

Day 5: Cuijck Arcen, approx. 53 km
Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. The destination for today is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens 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.

Day 6: Arcen Roermond, approx. 50 km
Again your bike route follows the Maas river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. The first stop is Venlo, with many historical monuments and a lively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ’grey bear’ stands proudly along the river.

Day 7: Roermond Maastricht, approx. 42 km
Today’s cycle tour takes you through dreamy villages and the beautiful countryside of Limburg. You will visit the "white village" of Thorn and then cycle across the Dutch-Belgian border to Maaseik in Belgium. Here you can enjoy a Belgian beer in the market square. You will then meet your ship in Born and sail to Maastricht, a city with Roman roots. In Maastricht there are many sights such as the Treasure House of St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten Museum and the Casemates. The marl grottos and the lively Vrijthof square with cafés are also worth a visit. There is always something to do here!

Day 8: Maastricht
Individual Departure after breakfast.

Route: Maastricht - Amsterdam

Day 1: Maastricht
After check in around 2 pm. there is time to explore the city of Maastricht, a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from 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! After dinner you can test the bikes (approx. 10 km).

Day 2: Maastricht Roermond, approx. 40 km
During breakfast, the ship departs for Born. From here you cycle across the Dutch-Belgian border to Maaseik in Belgium. Visit the market square with impressive Renaissance houses and enjoy Belgian beer. The route continues to Thorn, the ’white village’, before you arrive in Roermond, where the Rur and Maas rivers meet and historic buildings grace the city. Roermond is also the birthplace of renowned architect Pierre Cuypers, who designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station.

Day 3: Roermond Arcen, approx. 50 km
Today’s cycle tour starts in Roermond and leads along the east side of the Meuse to Beesel, where the impressive grain mill "de grauwe beer" sits enthroned on the river bank. Then you cross over to the other side of the river to Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. At noon you reach Venlo with its historical monuments and lively city centre. In the afternoon you cycle to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse, and can explore the impressive castle gardens.

Day 4: Arcen  Cuijk, approx. 53 km
A great cycling tour awaits you today. You pass the village of Well and discover the impressive 14th century castle of Well. Then you cycle through the Maasduinen National Park near the German border. At lunchtime you reach Afferden and in Cuijk, a picturesque town on the banks of the Maas, you meet your ship again.

Day 5: Cuijck – Heusden, approx. 40 km
Today you cycle along the Meuse to the medieval towns of Grave and Ravenstein. In Grave there are still cannons from Napoleon’s time and the John S. Thompson Bridge, which played an important role during the Second World War. In Ravenstein you can visit ironworks in the town park. Then it’s back on board and on to Heusden, a beautifully restored fortified town.

Day 6: Heusden  Vianen, approx. 41 km
In the morning the ship sails to Gorinchem, a small town on the Waal. From there you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam, a small town situated on the banks of the Linge. There, a visit to the centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the programme. Here you can watch the master glassblowers at work. In the afternoon we continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the Lek.

Day 7: Vianen Amsterdam, approx. 42 km
You will sail during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Individual Departure after breakfast.


Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.


  • 7 nights in an outside cabin of the booked category

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch for bike tours, 6x three-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea daily + welcome drink

  • Use of bed linen and towels (daily towel change on request), daily cabin cleaning

  • Daily information talks

  • Fully guided cycling tours with tour guide

  • Fees for ferries and some short tours

  • Entrance to Ceuclum Museum in Cuijk

  • Use of a waterproof luggage carrier ratchet

  • GPS tracks

  • WiFi

  • Map and information material per cabin

  • For the environments benefit: 1x biodegradable water bottle;
    The CO2 emitted during the trip will be compensated via the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    S1   04.05. - 11.05.24
    Amsterdam - Maastricht (MV SARAH)
    S2   13.07. - 20.07.24
    Amsterdam - Maastricht (MV SARAH)
    S2   24.08. - 31.08.24
    Amsterdam - Maastricht (MV SARAH)
    S2   11.05. - 18.05.24
    Maastricht - Amsterdam (MV SARAH)
    S2   20.07. - 27.07.24
    Maastricht - Amsterdam (MV SARAH)
    S2   31.08. - 07.09.24
    Maastricht - Amsterdam (MV SARAH)
    S2   25.05. - 01.06.24
    Amsterdam - Maastricht (MV FLORA)
    S2   01.06. - 08.06.24
    Maastricht - Amsterdam (MV FLORA)


    Bicycles & Equipment
    7/24 speed bikes 90
    E-bike 225
    Helmet 10
    Rental bike disclaimer bike/e-bike 10/25
    Parking for own bike/e-bike 10/25
    Additional nights Amsterdam
    S1* (dbl/sgl) 119/206
    S1* Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 150/238
    S2** (dbl/sgl) 169/256
    S2** Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 200/288


    *S1: March to October except dates from S2
    **S2: Fair dates March 29-31, April 20, April 26-28, May 09-11, May 17-19
    A minimum stay of 2 nights is required on these dates!

    Locked dates: May 13-16, June 05, June 13-19, July 05-11, September 13-17, September 25-28

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR


    Welcome on board!

    Our ships convince with comfort and a pleasant atmosphere - let Flora and Sarah enchant you!


    The Flora is a small, cozy and comfortable passenger ship that has been successfully sailing the Green Heart of Holland Tour for several years.
    The nostalgically furnished salon with bar has a quaint atmosphere and serves as a dining and lounge area. WLAN (Wi-Fi) is available. The sun deck is a great place to enjoy the evenings on board and during the cruise you can let the landscape glide by. >>more


    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. >>more



    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rent:

    • 7-speed touring bikes (available on SARAH)
    • 24-speed touring bikes (FLORA)
    • E-Bikes (all ships)

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!

    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.

    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles on the boats is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes.

    Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.



    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    continue by train directly to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - Price approx. € 5.

    Airport Maastricht - Aachen (MST), Lüttich (LGG)

    Arrival by train

    Train station Amsterdam Centraal 
    continue by bus line 48 to the ship landing stage - duration approx. 15 min. - Price approx. € 5.

    Train station Maastricht

    Arrival by car

    Almost everywhere in Amsterdam - within the Ringweg ring road - parking is only allowed in official car parks and multi-storey car parks. Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam is now charged at around €5,-/hour. There are several car parks in the city centre. Some are connected to the parking guidance system. The blue and white signs of this system point to the next car park where there are still free spaces. Parking on yellow kerbs is prohibited. Caution: Wheel clamps (Wielklemm) may be used. Fines for parking violations are high.

    Oosterdock car park
    A monitored multi-storey car park right next to the Central Station (exclusively for cars up to 2.10 m high). The economy rate is about € 175,- per week. No advance reservation possible. You can find more information >>here.

    Centralparking.nl/Valet Parking Services
    We are happy to reserve a parking space for you on request and subject to availability. On the day of arrival, your car will be picked up at the pier and returned to the ship on the day of departure. Cost per week (8 days/7 nights) - car: approx. € 175,- (payment in cash on site) >>booking-form

    For more information and other P+R parking spaces, please visit the Iamsterdam page under "Plan your trip" / "Transport" / "Parking in Amsterdam".

    Parking House Mosae Forum near the anchor place
    Adress: Maasboulevard 40, Maastricht; Price: approx. 30,-/day.

    More information >>here.


    Please plan your journey accordingly to be on time for embarkation. Thank you for your understanding, that it is not possible to go on board before embarkation started.


    Travel stories

    5,5 of 6 Stars | 1
    The crew on ship were wonderful... K.P. 06/23
    5.7 14.06.2023 | Kaisu P. Waterways of Holland & Belgium by Bike + Boat

    Holland + Belgium bike and boat 2023

    Bikes didn?t have meter to measure biking and no front bag. They are good. The crew on ship were wonderful.
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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