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Southern tour bike and boat - Zwaan

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat loop tour from Amsterdam full board on the Zwaan. Discover the southern route in the Netherlands.

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Southern Holland by bike and boat on Zwaan



Discover the Netherlands by bike between Amsterdam and Rotterdam via Delft and Gouda. Back to the 17th century in the center of Haarlem, Leiden or Delft, historic towns where you can visit museums (Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh), go shopping or have a drink. On board the Zwaan, you can admire one of the largest seaports in the world, Rotterdam. Then discover the eighteen mills of Kinderdijk, built around 1750. A visit to Amsterdam is also to be expected on the route to the south of Holland!


Highlights of the circuit :

  • Historic towns Haarlem, Leiden, Delft
  • Gouda, city of cheese
  • The world port of Rotterdam
  • The 18 windmills of Kinderdijk

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Embark at 2 p.m. on board the Zwaan then sail to Spaarndam.
On board, you can leave your belongings in the cabin and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Then, you will get to know the guide, the captain and his crew as well as the passengers.
This first river trip takes you to Spaarndam where you make your first cycle tour to Haarlem. Back on board, the week's program is detailed for you at dinner time.


Day 2 - Haarlem - over the dunes - Leiden. 38/48 km


Today visit Haarlem and the “Cruquius Gemaal” (Cruquius pumping station): one of the three steam pumping stations that regulated the level of Lake Haarlemmer between 1849 and 1852. Cycling route along the dunes to 'to the beach.


Day 3 - Leiden - Delft. 41 km


You leave the city heading south and follow the Vliet canal to Voorschoten. Then you head west towards the coast “Wassenaarse Slag”. You can go to the beach by Meijendel in the south or by Wassenaar The route to Delft takes you along the canals to the ancient medieval city and the royal tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).


Day 4 - Delft


Free day. Possibility of staying in Delft to discover the old center and / or visit The Hague by taking transport.
Delft is a beautiful city, famous for the blue color of its pottery. You can learn more about the painter Vermeer and his work at the Vermeer Center or visit the Nieuwe Kerk.


Day 5 - Delft - navigation to Rotterdam / Kinderdijk - bike to Gouda. 42 km


The first part of the route is via the Zwaan to admire the modern architecture of central Rotterdam as well as its port. The cycle route begins in Kinderdijk and extends into the Alblasserwaard region. This region is completely surrounded by water, its name comes from the river that crosses it: Alblas. All the floods have made water management an essential element in this region.
The long version passes through the “stork village” of Groot-Ammers, crosses the river Lek and enters Schoonhoven. The route ends in Gouda. Visit Gouda for cheese but also for "stroopwafels" (Dutch wafers), pottery, or even stained glass.


Day 6 - Gouda - Oude Wetering. 45 km


From Gouda you continue your circuit through countryside, canals and polders to Uithoorn. Here, people used to depend on agriculture and animal husbandry. Agriculture became more and more difficult because of the subsidence of the ground and a polder was built. Around 1885, several fortifications arose around Uithoorn, forming an integral part of the defense line of Amsterdam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an approximately 135 km circle of fortifications around Amsterdam.


Day 7 - Oude Wetering - Amsterdam. 45 km


Today you drive through the polders along the Waver river and the Amstel river.
Arrival in Amsterdam following the Amstel. The wide network of cycle routes ensures you have an easy and pleasant journey through the city and discover remarkable sites in the center.
You can then return your bikes. Before and / or after the farewell dinner, take a last stroll in the city center or navigate the canal thanks to the many boats offering this service.


Day 8 - Amsterdam


The bike and boat trip ends with breakfast (before 10am).

Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or changed.

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General information :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Comfort level of the barge : Standard
  • Child prices : please contact us

Dates :


Departure from Amsterdam, on Saturdays

  • On 08 and 15/05

Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch)
  • Travel documents : we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • Guided loop tour

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

Options :

  • Bike rental (helmet included)
  • Theft insurance for rented bikes
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Extra night(s) at the start or end of the tour in a hotel in Amsterdam

Level :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Flat, very smooth roads and paths. 90% program on cycle paths.


Weather :

Contrary to popular belief, the temperature in the Netherlands is similar to the temperature in France. Near the coast, the weather is sometimes windy.


Technicality :

0 to 49 km of cycling per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.

Bibliography :

Guide and maps about the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr


Participants :

On board, you will meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children. We offer boats with 20 to 26 places in cabins of 2 and 3 people.


Accompaniment :

People responsible for your bike and boat holidays are : 
On board, the captain and his mate. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and bring the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
Participants are accompanied by a guide. This will help you in the event of a breakdown, advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


Meals :

Breakfast : on board, you will find a substantial and dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
Lunch : after the breakfast, you will prepare by yourself a “lunch” (sandwich, fruit, snack, drinks).
Snack : after the daily route, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
Dinner : at least three very good quality dishes. After dinner, you will have a choice of coffee and tea.
Other drinks, such as wine, beer, lemonade and mineral water, are not included but can be purchased on board at a reasonable price.


Bike :

At the beginning, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your height, will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over. The bike will be fitted with panniers as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 7-speed bike, please let us know (this must be specified when booking). It will not be possible to order a bicycle once on the boat. If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.


Transport :

By train : the departure towns for the bike and boat tours are served by the railway.
Amsterdam train station is very well connected : several trains daily run to and from France.
Thalys is faster.
By plane : AMSTERDAM international airport.


Your vehicle : 

We strongly advise against parking cars on the streets of Amsterdam. Information on guarded parking lots in the city can be found on the website Parking Centrum Oosterdok.


Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the refund of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. 

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