Southern route: MS Sir Winston bike & boat
Great names of cities associated with this tour: Gouda, Rotterdam, Delft, Den Haag, Leiden.
MS Sir Winston
Sir Winston - the name seems accurate. The air-conditioned restaurant of this cosy river cruiser presents itself in the English club style. It has been built to host a maximum of 70 guests. The saloon, the loggia and the sundeck are attracting places for those who seek recreation. The cabins, measureing about 7 qm, are small and functional. Each is equipped with two single beds, TV, shower and WC. 24 cabins are situated on the main deck, another 11 with air-condition on the promenade deck. You can open the window in all cabins.
1. day Arriving in Amsterdam
Embarkation is possible from 3 p.m. We recommend taking a boat trip on the Grachten in the afternoon. Dinner will be served on board.
2. day Leiden 45 km
The trip starts off with a nice boat trip from Amsterdam to Aalsmeer where you will finally get on your bikes. A first cosy stage takes you from there past the lakes „Westernsteiner Plassen“ and „Brassemeer” to Leiden. During the blooming period of the tulips, you will experience the beauty of the flower fields! From 03/22 to 05/20 you can visit the famous "Keukenhof".
3. day Gouda 40 - 70 km
The worthwhile university town Leiden is today’s first stop. After a short visit, your route leads to the wonderful beach in Katwijk and across the dunes back to Alphen aan den Rijn. Now you have the choice: You can either cycle on to Gouda or enjoy the last stage on board. You should do an evening walk through the famous “Town of Cheese” anyway.
4. day Rotterdam 35 - 85 km
The day starts with a boattrip to Rotterdam. Now you have the choice: You can do a rather short circle tour to Delft with its famous chinaware factory. Alternatively you can go straight to the seat of the Dutch government in Den Haag, then to Scheveningen on the North Sea and back to Rotterdam (the way back can alternatively be accomplished by train, not included!).
5. day Schoonhoven 45 km
Today the occasions to take beautiful pictures will heap up! You will bike to Kinderdijk where 19 windmills are lined up in a row (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Afterwards, you will cycle to the "silver-city" Schoonhoven.
6. day Utrecht 40 km
The beautiful polder landscape takes you to Oudewater. Marvel at the former witch scale! In the afternoon you arrive at Utrecht with its stunning cathedral and historic city centre.
7. day Amsterdam 30 km
The MS Sir Winston brings you to Zaandam. From there your bike tour takes you to the picturesque village museum „Zaanse Schans“, where mustard, spices, paint and oils are still milled today. Finally, you will return to Amsterdam through the natural reserve „Het Twiske“.
8. day Departing from Amsterdam
Debarkation after breakfast until 9:30 a.m.
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.
12.09. – 19.09.2020
18.04. – 25.04.2020
02.05. – 29.08.2020
25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
- 7 x overnight stay
- cabins with shower and toilet
- full board
- welcome drink
- coffee and tea in the afternoon
- daily cabin cleaning
- linen and towels
- tourguide on bord
- daily tour discussion
- maps and detailed tour description
- harbour fees
- 24 hours hotline
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. If you arrive by car, we recommend that you first drive to the boat to drop your luggage and maybe your bicycles. Then we recommend to use one of the two parking lots and from there take the ferry back to the ship.
Parken in Amsterdam
Parkhaus Oosterdok: Bewachtes Parkhaus am Hauptbahnhof, ca. 70 bis 80 Euro pro Woche
Parkhaus Amsterdam.nl / Valet Parking Services
Am Anreisetag wird Ihr PKW an der Anlegestelle in Empfang genommen und am Abreisetag zurück zum Schiff gebracht (Anmeldeformular und weitere Details in den Reiseunterlagen). Preis: Ca. 140,00 Euro pro Woche, zahlbar vor Ort.
Arrival by train
The landing of the ship is near the main train station in Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal). 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.
Aus Platzgründen möchten wir Sie bitten, auf Gepäckstücke mit Hartschale zu verzichten, der Stauraum in der Kabine ist sehr begrenzt!
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.
24 hour 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 24 hours-round-the-clock in case of emergency.
Restaurant Sir Winston
Salon Sir Winston
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.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.
Gouda is world famous for its cheese, syrup waffles, pipes and earthenware. Wander through narrow picturesque streets, discover interesting museums or stroll on over to one of the most beautiful market squares in Europe!
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands: there's a lower level where warehouses were located in the 13th century, giving the canals a split-level character and meaning that diners and drinkers can nip off the street and enjoy a snack or a drink down at water level.
Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a tough port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre.
The Netherlands' third-largest city, Den Haag, is a stately, regal place filled with embassies and mansions, green boulevards and parks, a refined culinary scene, a clutch of fine museums and a sybaritic cafe culture. Conversely, its seaside suburb of Scheveningen has a loud and lively kitsch and a long stretch of beach.
Delft enjoys a worldwide reputation due to its connection with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. Relive its glorious past as you wander along canals, churches, mansions and courtyards. This university town also offers canal tours, museums, markets and many pubs.
Vibrant Leiden is one of the Netherlands' great cities. Woven with canals lined by beautiful 17th-century buildings, it's renowned for being Rembrandt’s birthplace, the home of the Netherlands’ oldest and most prestigious university (Einstein was a regular professor), and the place in which the Pilgrims raised money to lease the leaky Mayflower that took them to the New World in 1620.
For nearly a thousand years, the Dutch have been clever in dealing with the water that surrounds them. The sustainable blend of nature and technology used to keep Kinderdijk dry is so uniquely valuable that the area and its windmills were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.
Amsterdam Nemo Science Center
An immense green building is located about 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station. The fascinating construction – often compared to a ship – is located above the IJ Tunnel. This is the Netherland’s largest science centre with the illustrious name: NEMO. NEMO means ‘no one’, but is anything but a no-man’s land. In the science centre, visitors of every age and background can make an exciting journey of discovery through the wonderful world of science and technology. When it was opened by Queen Beatrix in 1997, the big green NEMO building, which has the highest square in the Netherlands on its roof, was the first tangible evidence of the regeneration of the banks of the IJ. The building was designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.
The Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s most famous museums, housing more than 8,000 works of art inside one of the Netherlands’ grandest buildings. If you’re planning to visit the museum soon, read our insider's picks of unmissable artworks and interesting features.