Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON
    • Travelcode: 199

    Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON

    South Holland

    • Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-days-journey by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday.

      Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your swimming hotel MS SIR WINSTON will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside.





      Tour profile / Level 1

      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.

      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.



      Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
      per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - costs approx. € 5,-


      Train station:
      Amsterdam Centraal (near the docking station)

      The pier of your ship is located behind the central station. Leave the station through the back exit (water side) and take the free ferry to the other side leaving every 5 min.

      You will receive detailled information with your travel documents.



      Parkhaus Oosterdock:
      approx.€ 20,- per day. More Information under:

      Valet Parking Services:
      costs about € 145/week (payable in advance, reservation necessary, latest by 2 weeks prior departure)
      Your car will be picked up on arrival day at the docking station and will be brought to the parking place.
      You can download the application form HERE and return it to us per mail, fax or e-mail to

      More information for  P+R-places you can find under


      Embarkation is between 3 and 5 p.m.
      Due to organizational reasons it is not possible to go on board earlier.


      Minimum: 40 persons
      Maximuml: 70 persons


      Day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
      Dates: Monday March 30, April 06/13/20/27 and May 04
      Duration: approx. 9:30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
      Min. Participants: 20, Max. Participants: 30
      Included services: Transfers by coach from/to ship, entrance fee to Keukenhof Gardens, approx.. 5hours free to visit.
      € 59 per person.

      Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 25, payable locally; (except vegan diet)
      Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.




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    • BB Included Services:
      • 7  nights in outside cabins with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
      • coffee & tea on board
      • welcome drink
      • daily meeting for cycling tours
      • tour guide on board
      • room cleaning every day
      • changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
      • all charges for harbours, bridges and locks
      • GPS
      • maps and information material per cabin (map only locally for individual riders)
    • Dates / Availability

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      S1 28.03. - 04.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S2 04.04. - 11.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S3 11.04. - 18.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S4 18.04. - 25.04.20
      S4 25.04. - 02.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 02.05. - 09.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 09.05. - 16.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 16.05. - 23.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 23.05. - 30.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 30.05. - 06.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 06.06. - 13.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 13.06. - 20.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 20.06. - 27.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 27.06. - 04.07.20
      S5 04.07. - 11.07.20
      S5 11.07. - 18.07.20
      S5 18.07. - 25.07.20
      S5 25.07. - 01.08.20
      S5 01.08. - 08.08.20
      S5 08.08. - 15.08.20
      S5 15.08. - 22.08.20
      S5 22.08. - 29.08.20
      S5 29.08. - 05.09.20
      S4 05.09. - 12.09.20
      S3 12.09. - 19.09.20
      S3 19.09. - 26.09.20
      S2 26.09. - 03.10.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S1 03.10. - 10.10.20


      Discounts for children on request
      Bicycle & Equipment
      7-speed-bike-UNISEX (back pedal brake) 75
      E-bike 165
      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 of the MV SIR WINSTON!

      The MV Sir Winson is a cosy river boat with restaurant and bar.
      Loggia and sun deck with seats and store place for the bicycles.


      Length 67,20 m

      Width 7 m

      Draft 1,60

      max. 68 persons

      Dutch flag and guidance.


      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.


      Main deck: 22 2-bed cabins and 2 single cabins

      Upper deck: 11 2-bed cabins

      The cabins are small and practicable (approxi-mately 7 sqm) with two beds standing in a right angle
      (1 bed cabin with 1 bed), shower/toilet, TV and safe (key-deposit € 15).
      The windows can be opened on both decks.

      The cabins on the upper deck are additionally with air condition.


      German, English

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

      with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
      Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.

      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.

      Additional information
      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.

      You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.

      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.

    • 4,9 09.10.2019 | Doris V. Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON

      South Holland Cycle Tour in Sept. very nice, beautiful country

      We have had several cycling tours in Europe for comparison. This tour was different in some ways, both favorable and not. We were the only English speaking (first language) couple which was unusual. Although others understood English, the native languages ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 4
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      5,8 20.08.2018 | Joel H. Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON

      Very good trip

      The only complaint I have is that the air conditioning in the cabin did not operate properly. Everything else was excellent, both on the boat and the crew.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      6,0 07.05.2018 | Christine H. Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON
      We were very pleased with every aspect of this trip (South Holland Tour with SA Tours). The ship accomodations, the meals, the ship staff were all top notch and very accomodating. The cycling routes were well planned and very well organized. We had ...
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      5,0 30.09.2017 | Julie B. Southern Holland by Bike + Boat SIR WINSTON

      Southern Holland bike and boat tour

      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      5,5 27.06.2016 | Sylvia M. Southern Holland by bike and boat SIR WINSTON

      South of Amsterdam tour

      We had a lovely holiday.evening meals were marvellous. Staff were also very friendly and helpful.
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      5,0 05.05.2015 | Sharon C. Southern Holland by bike and boat MV SIR WINSTON

      Southern Holland Sir Winston

      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5

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