Cycling in Southern Holland - Map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Amsterdam
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    215-310 km/134-193 mi
  • Distance per day:
    25-45 km / 15-28 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Cycling in South Holland

Holidays with MS Sir Winston from EUR 499

Cycling in South Holland

This tour will lead you through the Dutch province of South Holland, always starting from the shore, as a dense network of canals connects these well worth seeing towns and cities. Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam, as well as the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderkijk and the famous open air museum of Zaanse Schans - these are only some of the highlights of this cycling tour in South Holland, which is perfectly suited for both expert cyclists and beginners.
Here you can find more details on the ship, the MS Sir Winston.

Cycling in South Holland - MS Sir Winston
 
Cycling in South Holland - MS Sir Winston

Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation 3 - 5 pm, leaving enough time to discover Amsterdam's historical centre, which is best done on a canal boat.

Day 2 Boat trip, Zaandam, excursion to Zaanse Schans, approx. 30 km
Today you cycle to the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, the oldest 17th century industrial area in the world.

Day 3 Zaandam - Gouda, approx. 40 km
Either you cycle directly to Gouda, e.g. for the windows of St. John's Church, or you stroll through the Reeuwijkse Plassen lake landscape.

Day 4 Boat trip, Rotterdam - Scheveningen, approx. 35-85 km/22-53 mi
Today, you will again have several routes to choose from: A tour around Rotterdam’s harbour, to Delft’ Porcelain manufactory, or you can cycle to the North Sea beach.

Day 5 Rotterdam - Schoonhoven, approx. 43 km/27 mi
Today’s highlights include the windmill parade in Kinderdijk and the “Silver City” of Schoonhoven.

Day 6 Schoonhoven - Utrecht, approx. 40 km/25 mi
This cycle tour leads through the polder land into the important University town of Utrecht, boasting interesting neighbourhoods both old and new.

Day 7 Utrecht -Amsterdam, approx. 50 km
Numerous castles and villas are situated on the idyllic Vecht River, which takes you back to Amsterdam.

Day 8 Disembarkation, departure or extension
After breakfast, your bike holiday in South Holland sadly reaches its conclusion. Disembarkation until 9:00 am.

Cycling in South Holland
 
Cycling in Southern Holland
 
Cycling in Southern Holland
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Here are the details on MS Sir Winston

Included in your package "Cycling in South Holland":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches or a little lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • coffee/tea in the afternoon
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • optional concession tickets to local attractions, to be purchased on board
  • optional rental bike
  • optional extra night in a 4* hotel in Amsterdam
    parking space and bus transfers incl.

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins
  • 2 bed cabin, approx. 7 sqm (75 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • single cabin, approx. 6 sqm (65 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • cabins on promenade decks with A/C unit
  • cabins with tv and safe
  • all cabins with openable windows

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes and coaster brakes, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Day trip to the Keukenhof to the tulip blossom:

  • Bus transfers from/to the ship
  • Entrance Keukenhof (approx. 5 h)
  • 30.03. + 06.04. + 13.04. + 20.04. + 27.04. + 04.05. + 11.05.
  • Minimum number of participants 20 persons
  • only bookable in advance

Travel time 2019:

  • arrival on saturdays
    04.05. + 11.05. + 18.05. + 25.05.
    01.06. + 08.06. + 27.07.
    03.08. + 31.08.
    07.09. + 14.09. + 21.09. + 28.09.
    05.10.

Prices:

All prices are per person in a double beth cabin on the main deck.

  • 499 EUR price 30.03. + 05.10.
  • 529 EUR price 06.04. + 28.09.
  • 629 EUR price 13.04. + 14.09. + 21.09.
  • 729 EUR price 20.04. + 27.04. + 07.09.
  • 769 EUR price 04.05. - 31.08.
  • 130 EUR surcharge for promenade deck
  • + 50 % twin cabin, single occupancy
  •   59 EUR excursion to the Keukenhof
  •   70 EUR rental bike
  • 165 EUR e-bike
  •   95 EUR extra night double room B&B p.p.
  • 135 EUR extra night single room B&B

The booking process

The Tour
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Arrival:

  • Arrival by car:
    There are different options of parking your car for the duration of the trip. In any case, please drive to the quay first and bring your luggage and (if applicable) personal bike aboard. Then
    - Drive to the car park. Costs are approx. EUR 160 / week and a bus will take you back to the boat.
    - Make use of our parking service. We will arrange for your car to be picked up from the quay, stored safely and returned to the ship. Your vehicle is insured against all types of damage or theft and will be parked in a protected underground facility. Cost: approx. EUR 150 / week.
    - Make use of the free parking space P&R at the train station in Weesp. Back to Amsterdam Centraal station by train, duration approx. 15 minutes, cost approx. EUR 4.
    - If you choose to book an extra night, this will include complimentary parking service for the duration of your trip. See below for details.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx EUR 3.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. EUR 5), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes / EUR 3)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. EUR 45 per vehicle. There are several private and scheduled providers, see e.g. here.

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Extra night:
In Volendam, you can book an extra night in the beautiful 4* hotel Van der Valk Volendam, either before or after your bike holiday. The price includes parking for the entire duration of your trip, 2 bus tickets and visitor's tax. Connections between the hotel and the quay / the town centre Amsterdam by bus (312 and 316), duration approx. 20 minutes.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.

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