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Rotterdam and the Zeelandroute by Bike + Boat

From Rotterdam to the Province of Zeeland

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Due to its numerous cycle paths, Holland has become a paradise for cyclists. The cycle routes are on flat terrain and are easy to cycle on, strong headwinds possible.

Day 1: Rotterdam

Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation at about 4 pm. You may have  some time left to see Rotterdam’s stunning Market Hall. The Dutch refer to it as their version of the „Sistine Chapel“. At 6 pm sail to Holland’s oldest town, Dordrecht, impressively located on an island between three wide rivers.

Day 2: Dordrecht –​​​​​​​ Hellevoetsluis, approx. 45 km

In the morning, set sail for Willemstad, a small fortified town dating from the 17th/18th century, which is well worth visiting. Here start for your first cycle tour. Cross the inland waters of Haringvliet over the Volkerakdam, and cycle through fields and past storybook villages to the popular water sports centre of Hellevoetsluis.

Day 3: Hellevoetsluis –​​​​​​​ Bruinisse, approx. 45 km

With fine weather, it is worth to take a detour to the bathing beach of Rockanje, a wide fine-sandy beach with marvellous dunes, before starting the bike tour. Crossing the Haringvliet again, you pass through small villages like Stellendam with the mill Korenlust, the small water sport village of Herkingen and, continuing along the Grevelingendam, you reach the mussel village of Bruinisse.

Day 4: Bruinisse –​​​​​​​ Veere, approx. 46 km

Today you can visit the "Watersnoodmuesum" during your bike tour. Here you will learn all about the great flood disaster of 1953 and the "drowned" village of Viane, which was flooded and never rebuilt. Continue towards Zierikzee, which is among the 10 most beautiful Dutch national heritage towns. The „fat tower“ rises high above the town. The top of the tower offers marvellous views over the town, the harbour and the island. Continue your tour crossing the Zeelandbrug - an impressive structure 5 km long, built on 54 piers - to your destination of the day - the harbour town of Veere. Where once richly laden ships from Scotland docked, today impressive yachts are moored.

Day 5: Veere –​​​​​​​ Neeltje Jans –​​​​​​​ Veere, approx. 35 - 50 km

Today you can choose between three different routes, for example the former working island Neeltje Jans, which was created by rising a sand flat to facilitate the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. You will have the possibility not only to marvel at the locks from up close but also from the inside. The adjacent amusement park "Deltapark" gives an insight into the life of sea lions and the underwater world of the Oosterschelde (optional).

Day 6: Veere –​​​​​​​ Middleburg –​​​​​​​ Veere –​​​​​​​ Dordrecht, approx. 40 km

The first stop on your cycling tour is Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. The city looks back on a rich past and was once the most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. Numerous stores and cafés invite you to visit. During a city tour (optional) you will have the opportunity to learn all kinds of interesting facts about the charming city. The tour continues through the picturesque, typically Dutch landscape on the Walcheren peninsula. Wide beaches, forests and dunes await you. Nowhere in the Netherlands the sun shine as often and as long as here.

Day 7: Dordrecht –​​​​​​​ Rotterdam, approx. 40 - 42 km

On the last bike stage you will experience the most famous windmills in the Netherlands at Kinderdijk. The 19 well-preserved mills date from the 18th century and have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s worth a visit! Your path continues along the Maas River to Rotterdam. Take the opportunity to take a tour of the harbor through the largest deep water port in Europe and admire the skyline and impressive architecture from the water.

Day 8: Rotterdam

Disembarkation until 9 am and individual journey home.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Itinerary subject to alterations. In case a section of the journey cannot be sailed due to low or high water levels or bad weather conditions, the Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary for your safety (this does not constitute a valid reason for withdrawal).

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category

  • Full board (7x breakfast, lunch packages, 7x 3-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea on board (afternoon)

  • Welcome drink

  • Program according to itinerary from/to Rotterdam

  • All port, bridge and lock fees

  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed

  • Daily bike tour briefing

  • Onboard tour guide

  • Route book for individual tours 1x per cabin

  • GPS data

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      25.05. - 01.06.24
      01.06. - 08.06.24
      08.06. - 15.06.24
      15.06. - 22.06.24
      03.08. - 10.08.24
      10.08. - 17.08.24
      17.08. - 24.08.24
      24.08. - 31.08.24

    Extras

    Child discount
    on request
     
    Bicycle & Equipment
    7-speed (backpedal or freewheel) incl. insurance 89
    E-Bike incl. insurance 199
    Bringing of won bike/e-bike 29
       
    additional
    special diets - payable locally 25-50

    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

    Ship

    Welcome aboard the MV NORMANDIE!

    Facilities

    On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. In winter 2019/2020 all cabins were completely renovated. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air.


    Technical data

    Length 91,20m
    Width 10,50m
    Draft: 1,60m
    Capacity: 100 persons


    Catering

    The catering consists of 7 x full board. The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and the 3-course dinner. The cyclists can prepare lunch packages for the cycle tours. For those who want to stay on board lunch snack will be served on board.


    Cabins

    There are in total 49x 2-bed-cabins and 2 single cabins (24x 2-bed main deck, 22x 2-bed upper deck, 3x 2-bed upper deck Eco and 2x 1-bed cabins upper deck)

    All 2-bed-cabins (about 10-11m²) on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower hotel beds, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins (about 7m²) have one lower hotel bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.


    Languages on board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    Touring bikes

    Our bikes are state-of-the-art quality bikes based on proven brand quality of the bicycle manufactory Velo de Ville. All Velo de Ville bikes use only braking systems from renowned manufacturers such as Magura or Shimano. Minimum body height for our rental bikes: 1.50 m

    The following rental bikes (including pannier) are available for you:

    • 7-speed UNISEX touring bikes
    • 8-speed E-bikes

    E-bikes | Electrical bikes | Pedeclecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with Nexus 8-speed hub gears, gradually selectable aid of pedaling power, puncture-proof tires and deep UNISEX comfort entry. The electric bikes from Velo de Ville are equipped exclusively with Bosch mid-mounted motors and fully integrated 500 Wh Bosch batteries. The design of the batteries allows them to almost disappear into the frame. This gives you better weight distribution and a low center of gravity without missing the convenience of easy entry. You save your battery by starting with as low a support as possible and increasing as needed. Please note that with the newer models of our e-bikes it is not possible to attach handlebar bags due to the additional fixed speedometers and wider handlebars.

    IMPORTANT: Please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


    Breakdowns

    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 touroperator/local representative and their approval.


    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.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Rotterdam (RTM)
    For details see your final travel documents.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Rotterdam
    The actual timeable and prices you will find via » www.oebb.at , www.bahn.com , www.ns.nl/en


    Arrival by car

    Rotterdam: parking lot near docking place approx. € 25/day.

    Valet Parking Service
    approx. € 170,-/week (reservation necessary, payable in advance, latest by 2 weeks prior departure)
    Your car wil be picked up on arrival day at the docking station and will be brought to the parking place.
    Please select "Valet Parking" in the booking form and be sure to enter the ship name of your booked voyage under "ship name" so that valet parking can be made possible. >>Online Parking reservation Rotterdam


    Participants

    Minimum: 60 persons


    Additional Information

    Own bike/helmet: Own bikes on request and for surcharge only - due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.
    Please bring your own helmet as there are no rental helmets available on board.

    Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations) need a valid personal ID or passport!

    Special dietary: requests will be respected as far as possible. Please inform us on booking. Price € 25-50,- per person/week.

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