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.