- 8 days
- about 375 km
- travel code
The southern route is the perfect tour to discover the varied green in the central part of Holland with many small lakes and sights, but also the beautiful old towns in a particularly pleasant way. By bike and boat you will visit historical cities, picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes in the surprisingly varied "Green Heart" of Holland. Highlights include Amsterdam with its beautiful canals, the cathedral city of Utrecht, the port city of Rotterdam, Delft with the world-famous porcelain factory, the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills near Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven and the Zaanse Schans open-air museum.
Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation and check-in between 14:00 p.m. and 16:30 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to discover the city centre, go shopping, take a canal cruise or visit a museum. At 17:00 welcome drink and safety instructions. First dinner and tour briefing on board. First night in Amsterdam.
Day 2: Ship: Amsterdam - Breukelen | Bike: Breukelen - Utrecht | Ship: Utrecht - Rotterdam, about 25-40 km
During breakfast, the MS De Amsterdam sails to Breukelen, where - after the bikes have been distributed - your first bike tour begins and you cycle along the magically meandering river Vecht, whose banks are lined with impressive castles, stately villas and special tea houses. The start of a bike tour can hardly be more beautiful. You follow the Vecht to the center of Utrecht, where you have the opportunity to explore the cathedral with its tall spire and the beautiful city center of this old city. In the afternoon you continue your tour by ship from Utrecht to your today's destination in Rotterdam.
Day 3: Bike: Rotterdam - Schiedam - Delft - Rotterdam, about 28-50 km
Today you cycle via the 'Jenever town' of Schiedam (Jenever is a traditional Dutch juniper schnapps) and through the Delfland region to Delft, famous for its 'Delft Blue' porcelain. Visit the beautiful city center with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and avenues. For many guests, a visit to the Delft porcelain factory "Royal Delft" is one of the highlights of this tour. Later you drive back to Rotterdam, where a short walking tour of the city of Rotterdam is offered in the evening.
Day 4: Ship: Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “Waterbus” | Bike: Kinderdijk - (Gouda) - Schoonhoven, about 30-58 km
Today you can either cycle or take the “water bus” to Alblasserdam in about 40 minutes. From here you can reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 19 large windmills in a row) in just a few minutes by bike. Afterwards you can choose between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese town of Gouda or a shorter tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver town” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.
Day 5: Bike: Schoonhoven - Oudewater - Utrecht | Ship: Utrecht - Haarlem, about 45 km
Today you cycle from Schoonhoven through the enchanting “Green Heart” past small villages and along quiet paths and country roads to Utrecht. On the way you can visit a traditional cheese farm and in Oudewater the Witches Scales House. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem.
Day 6: Bike: Haarlem - North Sea Coast - Haarlem | Ship: Haarlem - Zaandam, about 40-50 km
Today there are again two bike tours to choose from. Both tours lead through the magical Kennemer Dunes, a nature reserve with many birds, Scottish highland cattle and Shetland ponies. After visiting the seaside resorts of Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort, you will head back to the ship through forests and the center of Haarlem. On the slightly longer tour, the route at Cruquius takes you along the largest steam engine in the world (a pumping system to drain the adjacent Haarlemmermeer polder with, among other things, Schiphol Airport). During dinner the ship goes to Zaandam.
By departure between March 31st and May 5th: From Haarlem it is possible to visit the famous “Keukenhof” tulip exhibition near Lisse (by bike or by public transport; travel costs and “Keukenhof” entrance fee not included).
Day 7: Bike: Zaandam - Amsterdam, about 35-45 km
On your last day of cycling, you will drive from Zaandam to the open-air museum “Zaanse Schans”, (free entry), an old, traditional village with rustic wooden houses, a cheese dairy, a traditional clog maker and various windmills. Then drive back to Amsterdam via the Twiske recreational area. Here you have the whole afternoon to look around Amsterdam. If you didn't take a canal cruise on the first day, you can do so now.
Day 8: From Amsterdam
end of your journey. Disembarkation after breakfast, until 9.30 am. Travel home on your own.
Bookable: guided bike tours with tour guide on certain dates (without booking this option, the bike tours take place individually)
Our services are communicated in German and English.
|Basic price in € per person *
|2 bed cabin
|2 bed cabin suite
|2-bed cabin for single use
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|Basic price in € per person * 2024
|2 bed cabin
|From 799 €
|From 1049 €
|2 bed cabin suite
|From 1349 €
|2-bed cabin for single use
|From 1198 €
|From 1573 €
Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Train: to/from Amsterdam Central Station (Central Station), the pier is near Central Station
Parking: (valet parking): prices and reservations on request.
General tip for traveling by car
You can easily find a large overview of parking spaces on the external website www.parkopedia.de . view
About the ship
De Amsterdam is a medium-sized river cruise ship that is modern and very generously equipped. It was built in 1991 and renovated in 2017. So far, the ship has carried out four-star river cruises, primarily on German waters. In 2018, De Amsterdam was used for the first time on the South Holland Tour! The ship sails under the German flag and Dutch management.
Description of the cabins
There are 30 two-bed cabins (11 m²) on the lower deck. On the upper deck there are 18 two-bed cabins (11 m²) and 8 very comfortable suites (15 m²). The two-bed cabins always have two separate single beds (200 x 80 cm), the suites have two single beds placed side by side as a double bed (200 x 160 cm). . Upon prior request, the beds in the suites can be set up as two single beds.
All 56 cabins on board the De Amsterdam have individually adjustable air conditioning, digital TV, bed/hanging cabinet, mini safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V power connections and a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. The twin cabins have a large partially opening window (140 x 90 cm).
The suites have the same basic equipment as the twin cabins, but are larger and also have a mini-bar and, as a highlight, a French balcony (floor-to-ceiling, glazed sliding doors) instead of the window.
Description of the ship
De Amsterdam's restaurant is located on the lower deck. In the cozy lounge on the upper deck you will find the bar, comfortable seating and a small dance floor. You can watch the landscape gliding by through the large panoramic windows. WiFi is available. On the partially covered sun deck, chairs and loungers invite you to linger. Here you can relax and enjoy the view while driving. The bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck.
Facts of the ship
Currency on board: Euro; Credit cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN/identification number). No cash payment.
|2 bed cabin upper deck
|Suite upper deck
|Piano in the lounge
|Lounge & Bar
|Lounge & Bar
|Dance floor in the lounge
|Stairs to the lower deck
Program and information subject to changes in the meantime, including for meteorological and nautical reasons!
2-bed cabin for single use bookable on request!
The routes are almost always flat, you cycle almost exclusively on cycle paths along the canals and rarely on side roads with little traffic. It may have to be expected with more or less wind.
Visitor's tax, city tax or cultural tax, which is not included in the travel price, is EUR 2,00-3,00 per person/night, payable locally.
Not included in the price: Cultural development tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Maps presented are for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect geographical reality.