With bike and ship through Holland
Well known city names influence this bike tour. Utrecht, Gouda, Rotterdam, Delft, Deen Haag and Leiden. Manifold, interesting and often with picturesque beauty is this bike holiday and one of the most beautiful routes of the Netherlands (shortest stage 25 km, longest stage 50 km).
MS De Amsterdam
DE AMSTERDAM is a 311 ft. long and 36 ft. wide, very well equipped river cruise ship. The vessel has 56 staterooms for max. 112 passengers. All staterooms are outside cabins. The lower deck has 10 twin cabins and 20 superior twin cabins (approx. 135 sq.ft.). All cabins have an individual climate control system, digital TV, roomy wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets, 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet, basin and bath products. All twin cabins have a large picture window (4.59 ft. x 2.95 ft.) that can be partly opened. The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to the engine room, stairs and salon. The upper deck offers 18 identical superior twin cabins and 8 spacious French Balcony Suites. The Suites (approx. 200 sq. ft.) have the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a mini-bar and a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window. The beds in all suites are set as a hotel-style bed (78 x 62 inches) and can, optional (on request), be set as two separate single beds (78 x 31 inches). DE AMSTERDAM has a restaurant on the lower deck. You can enjoy the scenery in the cozy lounge / bar with dance floor and large panoramic windows on the upper deck. In the bar/lounge, Wi-Fi is available for guests (complimentary limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online). On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck. Inside areas of DE AMSTERDAM are non-smoking areas; the sun deck has a smokers’ area. Onboard languages: English/German (international guests, international crew).
1. day Amsterdam Arrival
Amsterdam Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.
2. day Rotterdam 40 km
Your first cycle tour starts in Breukelen. You’ll tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms. You will follow the Vecht into the center of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city center: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam.
3. day circle tour Delft 40 km
Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue pottery. Visit the beautiful city center with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many of our guests a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of their tour. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.
4. day Kinderdijk / Schoonhoven 25 - 50 km
Today you can cycle the first part or the “waterbus” will take you and your bicycle to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk (UNESCO cultural heritage, with its impressive row of 19 large windmills). You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda and a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.
5. day Haarlem approx. 45 km
Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland along small villages and quiet roads to Utrecht. On your way you can visit a traditional cheese farm and in Oudewater you can visit the Witches Weigh House. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem.
6. day Haarlem / Zaandam 35 - 50 km
Today you can choose from 2 bike tours. Both tours takes you through the beautiful Kennemer dunes, a national park where you can spot several bird species, Scottish Highland cows and Shetland ponies. After a visit to the seaside resorts Bloemendaal and Zandvoort you cycle through the forests and the center of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine of the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner your ship will cruise to Zaandam.
7. day Amsterdam 30 km
From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.
8. day Amsterdam Departure
After breakfast (ca. 10:00 a.m.) your bike- and ship experiences end with the disembarkment.
Visit of the famous tulip exhibition "Keukenhof" 2018
On the departure dates 14.04.2018, 21.04.2018, 28.04.2018 and 05.05.2018, you have the opportunity to visit the tulip exhibition on the "Keukenhof" near Lisse on Thursdays.
The excursion can be individually planned by you. The entrance fee and the bus / train ride to Keukenhof are payable locally (about 30, - € per person). Detailed information about the excursion to the "Keukenhof" can be obtained from your guide aboard the MS De Amsterdam.
Geführte Tour mit Radreiseleitung
Für einige Reisetermine gibt es die Möglichkeit, eine "komplett geführte" Fahrrad-Option zu buchen. Das bedeutet, dass Sie alle Radtouren zusammen mit einem Reiseleiter in einer kleinen Gruppe von max. 20 Gästen fahren. Der Aufpreis für eine solche Tour ist 125,- Euro pro Person.
Die Termine für 2019: 04.05. / 25.05. / 15.06. / 31.08. / 14.09.
Die Termine für 2020: 02.05. / 23.05. / 13.06. / 29.08. / 12.09.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
30.03. – 20.04.2019
04.04. – 11.04.2019
21.09. – 12.10.2019
27.04. – 25.05.2019
31.08. – 14.09.2019
01.06. – 24.08.2019
bookable additional services
Prices are per person.
04.04. – 11.04.2020
02.05. – 09.05.2020
16.05. – 30.05.2020
06.06. – 05.09.2020
bookable additional services
- 7 x accomodation on the ship
- linen and towels
- full board (breakfast, packed lunch and three course dinner)
- welcome drink
- coffee and tea in the afternoon
- daily route conference on board
- cheese tasting on board
- city tour Rotterdam
- maps and detailed route description
- all harbour-, bridge- and watergate fees
- 24 hours hotline
- reduced tickets in several museums etc.
- WLAN / Wifi in the lounge
Below you will find specific information about the bike and boat tour in Holland. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by car
The landing of the ship is near the main train station in Amsterdam. Detailed information on the location of the ship, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking in Amsterdam
Arrival by train
Amsterdam is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. The landing of the ship is about 4 km away from Amsterdam main station (Amsterdam Centraal). You can take a bus (line 42 to KNSM Eiland) or a taxi. Detailed information on the location of the ship, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Please note that there is only very limited space for a suitcase in all cabins!
Available rental bikes
So-called unisex bikes are available (suitable for men and women). They have a 7-speed gear shift with coaster brake and are available in different frame sizes. Please enter therefore your weight when booking the tour. On request and extra charge some electric bikes can be made available.
The captain reserves the rights to make any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and navigational features.
For every bicycle and boat tours there are special cancellation conditions which can be found in our terms.
Short history of MS De Amsterdam
By the end of the 2017 season, the river cruise ships Angela Esmee and Anna Maria Agnes had moved into their winter quarters in the port of Amsterdam. There was a serious accident in October. A freighter drove unchecked on the two side by side moored ships - and damaged them hard. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the collision.
After a shipyard had thoroughly assessed the extent of the damage, it was clear that the MS Anna Maria Agnes could not be repaired in time for the start of the 2018 season. Therefore, from 2018, the MS De Amsterdam - a larger, much more comfortable and better equipped ship - will drive the southern route in Holland. Since the new ship can accommodate more passengers, we set up a second tour guide on board, if more than 60 guests have booked the tour.
When booking, you also have the advantage of being able to select the new cabin categories "Superior Twin Cabin" and "Suite".
The ship "De Amsterdam" has a total of 56 comfortably furnished outside cabins for max. 112 guests. The following cabin types can be booked:
Under/Main deck: 10 x Twin-cabins (11m² - in the back of the ship) + 20 x Superior Twin-cabins (11m²)
Upper deck: 18 x Superior Twin-cabins (11m²) + 8 x Suites (15 m²)
Single cabins can be booked as a double cabin for single use (limited availability) . The twin cabins on the lower deck and the Superior Twin cabins on the upper deck are available for this purpose.
Deck plan MS De Amsterdam
Lounge/ bar MS De Amsterdam
Bar with stairs to the restaurant MS De Amsterdam
Sun deck MS De Amsterdam
Twin cabin MS De Amsterdam
Suite MS De Amsterdam
Bathroom MS De Amsterdam
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
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