• Travelcode: 391

Rotterdam and the Zeelandroute by Bike + Boat

From Rotterdam to the Province of Zeeland

  • The province of Zeeland, also referred to as the „Land in the Sea“is located in the west of the Netherlands and mostly consists of islands and peninsulas. The Eastern and Western Scheldt estuaries reach far inland, thus making Zeeland a paradise for flora and fauna. Cycle with us from the energetic city of Rotterdam – the city stands for easy and relaxed togetherness like no other city in the Netherlands – to the province of Zeeland. Discover the historic towns of Zierikzee and Middelburg and the Delta Works, Holland’s most impressive storm surge barriers. Sample delicious mussels, oysters and Eastern Scheldt Lobster. You should not miss out on a stop in one of the numerous fish restaurants!

    Tour profile - Level 1

    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 04:00pm. 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 06:00pm 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 like Zwartsluis and Goudswaard 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 - Middelburg, approx. 54 km

    Today cycle to the small town of 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 Zeeland Bridge to Middelburg, the capi-tal of the province of Zeeland. Once the second most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Middleburg is a town full of history. Numerous shops and cafes are waiting to be discovered.

    Day 5: Middelburg - Veere, approx. 35 km

    Destination of today’s cycle tour is Neeltje Jans. The former working island 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. Afterwards, continue the cycle tour to Veere, a beautiful holiday seaside town, where once deeply loaded Scottish ships landed.

    Day 6: Veere - Willemstad, approx. 34 km

    Cycle via Oude-Tonge – the small, popular water sports village was badly impacted by the 1953 flood catastrophe. 305 people are buried in a mass grave near the dike just outside the village – and via small villages like Achthuizen back to Willemstad.

    Day 7: Willemstad - Rotterdam, approx. 39 km

    Today´s cycle tour starts in Willemstad and takes you back to Rotterdam. While passing the popular Erasmus Bridge you can see MS Olympia from a distance which already awaits you. Use the chance and experience Europe´s largest harbour on an interesting harbour tour.

    Day 8: Rotterdam

    Disembarkation until 09:00am 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).
  • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport:  Rotterdam (RTM)


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking:

    Rotterdam: parking lot near docking place approx. € 28,-/day. Central Parking Valet Parking approx. € 150,-/week (reservation necessary, payable locally)


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Rotterdam


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 70 persons


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Own bike: On request only - due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

    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,- per person/week.

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  • Included services :

    • 7 nights in outside cabin with en-suite shower facilities in the booked category
    • Programme according  to itinerary from/to Amsterdam
    • Welcome drink
    • Daily cabin cleaning
    • Change of linen and towels on request
    • All port, bridge and lock fees
    • Daily briefing on the respective cycle tours
    • Maps and information material for the cycle tours, 1x per cabin
    • tour manager on board

     

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    22.06. - 29.06.19
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    27.07. - 03.08.19
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    Extras

    Bicycle & Equipment
    7-speed (backpedal or freewheel) 70
    E-Bike 165
       
    additional
    special diets - payable locally 25

    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 MS OLYMPIA!

    SHIP

    Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment.  The ship was refurbished in 2015/2016.
    The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you to pass relaxing hours here.

    A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles.


    TECHNICAL INFO

    Length 88.50 m.

    Width 10.50 m.

    Draught 1.30 m.

    Capacity max. 96 passengers.

    Flag Switzerland.

    Built  1984. Refurbished  2015/2016.

    Crew approx. 21


    CATERING

    Full board consists of breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee/tea in the afternoon, 3-course-menu for dinner


    CABINS

    A total of 49 comfortable outside cabins for a max. of 96 guests.
    All cabins boast en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe und large panoramic window.

    Main deck: 21 x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)

    Upper deck: 22 x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
    4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 qm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 qm).

    On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening windows. 


    BOARD LANGUAGES

    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.


    E-bike

    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.


    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.


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