• Travelcode: 360

    Best of Holland by Bike + Boat

    Many highlights and a fantastic impression of Holland

    • Experience the highlights of Holland on our three premium ships. Cycle through the rich scenerry of the Waterland, visit the world-famous open-air museum of Zaanse Schans, as well as the famous windmills of Kinderdjik. Tour tour is rounded by culinary lusciousness and the metropolis Amsterdam.

      Tour profile/Level 1

      You follow flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads in traditional landscapes of small winding rivers and canals, polders, dykes and windmills. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free - you also have the option to skip the cycling and relax on board.

      Day 1: Amsterdam - Zaandam

      Embarkation and check-in in the center of Amsterdam bet 1 p.m and 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

      Day 2: Zaandam - Hoorn, approx. 41- 51 km

      After breakfast set out on your first cycling tour to the Zaanse Schans open air museum for a short visit. Continue cycling through small villages in the beautiful historic polder named De Beemster historic polder named De Beemster. Today’s bike tour ends in the town of Hoorn, e tour ends in the town of Hoorn, former home of the Dutch East India Company and one of the world’s most important harbors in the 17th century.


      Day 3: Hoorn- Vianen, approx. 39- 46 km

      After breakfast, you will take the ferry for a half hour crossing from Volendam to the former island of Marken. Visit this nice, authentic village and continue cycling along the coastline towards IJburg, a new and modern part of Amsterdam that was recently built on reclaimed land from the sea. From thereon you’ll cycle to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th Century castle on the waterfront. Your cycling tour ends in the nearby village of Weesp, where the ship is moored. Around 5 p.m. the ship departs for Vianen and you can enjoy a three course dinner while cruising. Evening and night on board in Vianen, a small fortified town on the lower Rhine River.

      Day 4: Vianen - Rotterdam, approx 32 km

      During the ship will sail to Schoonhoven, the  “Silver City”,  where today’s cycling tour starts. The tour takes you through the Alblasserwaard polder  to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of  19 large windmills.  Listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site, these windmills are a definite highlight of any trip to the Netherlands.  From nearby Alblasserdam you’ll board the  the “Waterbus” fast ferry, which wwill take you  and your bicy our bicycle into the center of  Rotterdam in about 20 minutes.

      With its vibrant waterfront, this city is Europe’s largest por gest port. In the afternoon, a local uide will show you the most interesting corners of the inner city. Dinner on board is not included this evening, so you can  enjoy a wonderful meal at one of Rotterdam´s many restaurants.


      Day 5: Rotterdam - Gouda, approx. 35- 45 km

      After breafkast, bike right through Rotterdam and follow the winding river Rotte to leave the city. You will soon find yourself cycling through teh  Green heart of Holland to Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland. Take your time in the afternoon and evening to enjoy this beautiful historical city, with its old market sauqre and weigh house, where cheese used to be weighed.


      Day 6: Gouda - Oude Wetering, 25 - 54 km

      In the morning you will spend some time in Gouda. Enjoy this beautiful historical city, the old market square and the Cheese Weighing House. A visit to the St. Johns church with it’s world-famous stained glass windows in on the program. Today’s cycling tour starts in Gouda and shows you the typical scenery of the so-called Green Heart of Holland with green landscapes, wide views, small canals and tiny lakes – all below sea level! The cycling tour leads via Leiden, the birthplace of famous painter Rembrandt and residence of the oldest university of the Netherlands. The short option ends in Alphen, the long option in Oude Wetering. Dinner, evening and night on board the ship in this small village.

      Day 7: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam, approx. 29 km

      This morning the ships starts sailing early to take you through Amsterdam. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! In the evening you can join a boat tour through the beautiful canals of old Amsterdam (UNESCO cultural heritage). A wonderful way to conclude of your trip!

      Day 8: Amsterdam

      Check-out and disembarkation right after breakfast, before 9.30 a.m.


      Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      Train station:
      Amsterdam Centraal (near the docking station)
      from airport per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - costs approx. € 15.


      Parking Oosterdok: economy fare approx.€  100 /week

      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 register for it under the following link: https://radundschiffsreisen.de/parkservice/


      Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 50,- payable locally. (except vegan diet)
      Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

      Wi-Fi: available on board. (limited access)

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    • Included Services:
      • 7  nights in outside cabins with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, 6 x dinner - no dinnger in Gouda)
      • coffee or tea in the afternoon (until 4 pm)
      • welcome drink
      • daily meeting for cycle tours on board, some short city tours
      • Tour leader, who is cycling the daily bike tour (guided tours) and can be reached by individual travelers on his/her cell phone
      • daily short cleaning of the cabin
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
      • all charges for harbours, bridges and locks
      • mill visit in Zaanse Schans
      • Visit of  the St. Johns Church in Gouda
      • entrance "This is Holland" in Amsterdam
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

      Choose Categories

      09.05. - 16.05.20 MV Magnifique I
      13.06. - 20.06.20 MV Magnifique I
      20.06. - 27.06.20 MV Magnifique I
      05.09. - 12.09.20 MV Magnifique I
      12.09. - 19.09.20 MV Magnifique I
      23.05. - 30.05.20 MV Magnifique III
      30.05. - 06.06.20 MV Magnifique III
      01.08. - 08.08.20 MV Magnifique III
      08.08. - 15.08.20 MV Magnifique III
      01.07. - 08.07.20 MV Magnifique II
      08.07. - 15.07.20 MV Magnifique II
      26.08. - 02.09.20 MV Magnifique II
      02.09. - 09.09.20 MV Magnifique II


      Bicycles incl. helmet and water bottle  
      7-speed UNISEX 85
      E-Bike 185
      Additional night Amsterdam 3-4*
      S1* (dbl/sgl) 89/154
      S1* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 113/200
      S2* (dbl/sgl) 93/160
      S2* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 117/209

      *S1: March, April, May, June, September, October
      *S2: July, August

      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 !


      The MV MAGNIFIQUE I was completely modernized in 2010 and has 17 cabins für max. 35 guests, a tastefully furnished salon, two sun decks, a jacuzzi and a barbecue place.



      The MV MAGNIFIQUE II was built between May 2015 and February 2016 and has space for about 35 clients in 14 cabins, a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge, two sun decks and a jacuzzi and a barbecue place.



      The MV MAGNIFIQUE III runs since 2018

      All elegant 21 cabins for max. 40 guests have portholes , shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen TV with SAT-reception. Sundeck with jacuzzi.


    • 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!


      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

      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.

    • 5,9 17.06.2019 | Nancy E Wonisch W. Best of Holland by Bike + Boat

      Best of Holland

      The trip went very well despite all the forecast of rain. Only one day we were not able to ride so enjoyed a nice boat ride. The Dutch countryside is lovely.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6

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