• Travelcode: 372

    Amsterdam - 3-Countries-Corner by Bike + Boat

    Amsterdam,Tulips, Windmills and the beautiful city Maastricht

    • “Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incrediblytenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder’s rim”. These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterize this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly: although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.

      Tour profile / Level 1

      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-Weesp
      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: 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 sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

      Day 5: Cuijck - Arcen, approx. 48 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, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the province of Limburg. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik. This city is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian "pint" on this beautiful square. You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht. Maastricht, the capital of the province is 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!

      Day 8: Maastricht
      Individual Departure after breakfast.

      Route: Maastricht - Amsterdam

      Day 1: Maastricht
      After check in around 14.00 p.m. 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 you join the barge to Born via the Juliana Canal, where you disembark at the locks. From here you bike over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Then you continue to Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it’s rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

      Day 3: Roermond - Arcen, approx. 50 km
      Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ Stads proudly along the river. Then you cross over to the other bank to Kessel. Kessel is one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. At lunchtime you arrive in Venlo, with many historical moments and a lively inner city. In the afternoon you ride to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water and sculpture garden; the Lommerrijk, with shadows, waterfalls and streams; the valley, with six ‘international’ gardens; Casa Verde, with Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the golf garden, overlooking the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

      Day 4: Arcen - Cuijk, approx. 48 km
      Today a magnificent bike tour is on the program. First you will bike pass Well where you find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. Around lunchtime you arrive in Afferden. You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Maas. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

      Day 5: Cuijck - Heusden, approx. 40 km
      Today you bike from Cuijk along the Maas river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. In Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages in the city park. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.

      Day 6: Heusden - Vianen, approx. 41 km
      In the morning you will join the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there 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.
      In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river 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.

      Important Information

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
    • 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. € 2,90.

      Train station Maastricht


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking Amsterdam
      Parking in Amsterdam is only possible on official parking areas or in garages. Parking in the city center of Amsterdam costs approx. € 5,- per hour.

      In the city center are numerous parking areas (Parkhouses/Garages) of which some are connected with a park guidance system. The blue-white signs of this guidance system will lead you to the next parking where places are still available.

      Parking on yellow curbs is forbidden. Attention: Wheel clamps may be used. Penalties for parking violation are very high. 

      Parkhouse CentralParking.nl / Valet Parking Services:
      Pick up and bringing service of your car from and to the ship landing station in Amsterdam. 
      Price per week (8 days/7 nights) - CAR: € 150 (Payable locally)
      You can find the registration form in your travel documents.

      Self Parking:
      After depositing your luggage at the ship you will park your car yourself. Travel time to the garage: approx. 10-15 minutes. Shuttleservice to ship and return.
      Price per week (8 days/7 nights) - CAR: € 90 (Payable locaclly)
      You can find the registration form in your travel documents.

      Parkhouse Oosterdock:
      A monitored parking directly at the main station (only for cars up to 2,10 m height). The discount price (as per 2014) is approx. € 12 for 24 hours. approx. € 90-100 / week.
      www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl

      Further information about Amsterdam and and also more parking possibilities you can find here www.iamsterdam.com  under "Plan your trip" / "Getting here & around" / "Parking".

      Parking Maastricht

      Parking House Mosae Forum near the anchor place
      Adress: Maasboulevard 40, Maastricht; Price: approx. 25,-/day.

      More information under the following link:

      www.q-park.nl


      EMBARKATION

      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.


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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in outside cabin in the booked category
      • full board (breakfast, self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, three-course-dinner)
      • daily coffee and tea until 4 p.m.
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible), dailly cabin cleaning
      • welcome drink and speech on the first evening
      • daily briefings of bike tours
      • experienced tour leader (multilingual: German, English, Dutch), during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and reachable on his cell phone
      • entrance National Glass Museum Leerdam
         
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S2 08.06. - 15.06.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht FULLY BOOKED
      S2 22.06. - 29.06.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht FULLY BOOKED
      S2 06.07. - 13.07.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht
      S2 17.08. - 24.08.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht
      S2 31.08. - 07.09.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht FULLY BOOKED
      S2 14.09. - 21.09.19 Amsterdam - Maastricht
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      S2 29.06. - 06.07.19 Maastricht - Amsterdam
      S2 13.07. - 20.07.19 Maastricht - Amsterdam
      S2 24.08. - 31.08.19 Maastricht - Amsterdam FULLY BOOKED
      S1 21.09. - 28.09.19 Maastricht - Amsterdam

      Extras

      Bicycles & Equipment
      7-speed-UNISEX 75
      E-bike 175
         
      Additional night  
      Amsterdam 3-4* (dbl/sgl) 90/140
      Amsterdam 3-4*arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 107/175
         

      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 of MV SARAH!

      EQUIPMENT

      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. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.


      CATERING

      full board: breakfast, picnic lunch during bike tours, 3-course-dinner, coffee and tea


      CABINS

      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). The cabins also have central heating.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

    • Rental-Bicycles & equipment

      Our ship owned bikes to rent are most modern

      • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and
      • 7-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
      • other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

      Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

      On some barges we offer modern quality-electrically assisted bikes (Pedelecs) with 7 or 8-gear-hub circuit, gradual selectable help of pedaling power and deep UNISEX-comfot-entrance. The bikes are equipped with a powerful Panasonic or Bosch-Pedelec-Engine and a powerful Lithium-Ion-Battery, one battery-charge is sufficient for up to 65 kilometers. The range of the battery is depending on supportlevel, riding manners, body weight and terrain. In a more hilly terrain or with a higher bodyweight there is more batterycapacity used then in flat areas or with a low bodyweight. You can save battery, when you start with most possible low support and increase only if needed. The batteries are supposed to be charged overnight with the provided battery charger.

      IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


      Bicycle 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

      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.

      In the Netherlands it is not mandatory to wear a helmet.


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