Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads. Also ideal for children.
Day 1: Amsterdam
Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation between 3 and 5 p.m. In the afternoon and in the evening you have the opportunity to get to know the city of Amsterdam.
Day 2: Cycletour around Zaandam, approx. 31 km
In the morning you are starting your roundtrip by bike: crossing polderland you cycle via Westzaan to “De School-meester”, a paper mill which is maintained in full working order. It is the only wind powered paper mill in the world. From here you are cycling to the museum’s village “Zaanse Schans”, an open-air museum (entrance fee not included) which was built to show the Dutch historical heritage. You can visit an ancient Dutch village, a cheese manufacture, a shipyard, a Dutch wooden shoe manufacture, a museum of bakery, the Zaanse watch museum and the unique colour mill, De Kat. Connected with the exhibition terrain is the Zaans museum, which gives an insight into the development of the “Zaanstreeks” as the first industrial area. Products like mustard, cheese, pastries, etc. are produced there and can be bought. You are cycling back to Zaandam through the recreational area of Twiske. Around 5 pm boad ride to Utrecht.
Day 3: Utrecht - Gouda, approx. 40 km
In the morning shipping to Utrecht. From Utrecht, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. You may take a de-tour to Kasteel de Haar, the largest castle of the Netherlands with its beautiful garden or you may take a refreshing bath in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen.Tip: During the tulip-flowering season (departures March 28th to May 2nd) we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (only bookable in advance).In the morning you are cycling to Leiden city centre. From there you are going by bike to the beach of Katwijk at the North Sea, back over the dunes and further on to Alphen aan den Rijn. You can either ship or cycle from here to Gouda, the "City of Cheese" (cycle tour to Gouda approx. 70 km).
Day 4: Gouda - Rotterdam - Delft - Den Haag - Scheveningen, approx. 35 - 85 km
Prior to breakfast, MV SIR WINSTON leaves Gouda for Rotterdam. Here you have two options for today’s cycling tour: First one will lead you to Delft (Tip: visit of the porcelain manufacture), second directly to the governmental seat Den Haag and to the North Sea coastal town and health resort Scheveningen and back. Alternatively, you can also go back to Rotterdam by train (rail and bike is not included; Costs per person approx. € 15, not at rush hour between 4:30 and 6 pm). Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour (optional).
Day 5: Rotterdam - Schoonhoven, approx. 43 km
You are cycling from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk (UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage with 19 windmills in a row) and further to Schoonhoven, known for its silver-making and its enchanting old-town.
Day 6: Schoonhoven - Utrecht, approx. 40 km
Today you are cycling through the beautiful landscape of Polderland to Oudewater (witch’s scales) and further on to Utrecht. The Utrecht Dome is one of the most important ones in the Netherlands.
Day 7: Utrecht - Amsterdam, approx. 50 km
Your cycle tour takes you along the small and winding river Vecht through beautiful landscapes. The river Vecht is also known as the “Loire of the Netherlands”. Numerous castles and villas will be seen beside the river. Tip: a canal tour is the most beautiful way to get to know the city of Amsterdam.
Day 8: Amsterdam
Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.
Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.