Through South Holland, MS Sir Winston

Southern Holland by bike & boat

Water routes & metropolis flair

Discover Holland in a unique way on an 8-day tour by bike and boat. Good bike paths and a ramified network of waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday. During the day you cycle individually through the beautiful scenery in the country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh and in the late afternoon your boat MS SIR WINSTON is awaiting you as your “floating” hotel. Would you prefer to not cycle every day? No problem, stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape.

Province southern Holland

Travel by bike and boat through Holland's green heart. Nearly no province is more diversified than southern Holland. Big cities and untouched nature are located next to each other. The numerous waterways offer countless possibilities to discover the beautiful landscapes and the cultural highlights of province “Zuid-Holland”. Get to know the diversified cities as Den Haag and Scheveningen and of course Rotterdam, also named “Manhatten by the Maas river”, precious inland lakes as the Westensteiner Plassen Brassemeer, not to forget the “Porcelain stronghold” Delft with its “Delft blue”.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided

Itinerary

Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation takes place in the afternoon. In the afternoon and evening there is time to go for a stroll and to get to know the city.

Boat: Amsterdam – Aalsmeer | Cycling: Aalsmeer – Alphen aan den Rijn
In the morning, you shall cruise from Amsterdam to Aalsmeer. You go past 14 bridges, most of them have to be lifted especially for MS SIR WINSTON. Your bike tour then starts in Aalsmeer. Via Wernsteiner Plassen and Brassemeer you reach Alphen aan den Rijn, which has been chosen as the "greenest city in the Netherlands".

Cycling/Boat: Alphen aan den Rijn – Gouda
Today you cycle to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. When the weather is nice it is worth taking a detour to the city centre of Leiden (an additional 20km). Cyclists with a good level of fitness can continue cycling to the seaside town of Katwijk, which has long beaches along the North Sea (an additional 45km).

Tip: During the tulip-flowering season (departures 31 Mar- 6 May), we offer an optional day excursion to Keukenhof by coach, transfers and entrance fee included (only bookable in advance).

Boat: Gouda – Rotterdam | Cycling: Rotterdam – Delft – Den Haag – Scheveningen – Rotterdam
Before breakfast, the MS Sir Winston cruises from Gouda to Rotterdam. You can pick today's cycle tour. The first one leads you via Delft (porcelain manufacture) and the longer tour goes to Den Haag, seat of government and to North Sea health resort Scheveningen and back. Alternatively you can can take the train back to Rotterdam.

Cycling/Boat: Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven
Bike tour to Kinderdijk (UNESCO world cultural heritage site with 19 windmills in a row) and then onto Schoonhoven.

Cycling/Boat: Schoonhoven – Utrecht
Bike ride through the beautiful landscape to Oudewater (witches scale) and then to Utrecht. The dome is one of the most important domes in the Netherlands and is well worth a visit.

Boat: Utrecht – Zaandam | Cycling: Zaandam – Amsterdam
In the morning, you cruise from Utrecht to Zaandam. From here you cycle towards the village of “Zaanse Schans”, which has an open air museum with the idea to show the historic heritage of the Netherlands.

You can visit a Dutch village, a cheese dairy, a dockyard and a workshop for wooden shoes, a bakery museum, the Zaanse clock museum and the worldwide unique dye mill “De Kat” there. Next to the open air museum there is the Zaans museum which offers insights into the development of this area as an industrial area. Products which are fabricated there like mustard, cheese and bread can be bought. Afterwards you cycle through the local recreation area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. In the evening, you can  take a boat tour along the canals in Amsterdam.

After breakfast, it is time to disembark and to head home as organised by you.

Tour character

You cycle daily about 25 to 45 km. Nearly all routes are easy to cycle. You cycle on asphalted and signposted bike paths.

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
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Mar 31, 2018 | Oct 6, 2018 |
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Apr 7, 2018 | Sep 29, 2018 |
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Apr 14, 2018 | Sep 15, 2018 | Sep 22, 2018 |
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Apr 21, 2018 | Apr 28, 2018 | Sep 1, 2018 | Sep 8, 2018 |
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Bike & Boat South Holland - MS Sir Winston - main deck, 8 days, NL-SHSSW-08I-H
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Day excursion Keukenhof/Botanic garden
Bike& Boat South Holland - MS Sir Winston - promenade deck, 8 days, NL-SHSSW-08I-P
Base price
Day excursion Keukenhof/Botanic garden
499,00
59,00
629,00
59,00
529,00
59,00
659,00
59,00
629,00
59,00
759,00
59,00
729,00
59,00
859,00
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769,00
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899,00
59,00
Price
Rental bike 7-gear with back pedal brake
Electric bike
70,00
165,00

Services and infos

  • Program according to itinerary from/to Amsterdam
  • 7 overnights in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, small lunch or lunch package for bike tours, coffee and tea in the afternoon, 3-course dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Linen and change of towels if required
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • Daily briefing of bike tours
  • 1 route book for self-guided trips per cabin
  • Tour guidance on board
  • Rental bike insurance

Services extra nights Volendam (Hotel Van der Valk)

  • Overnight stay with 1x breakfast
  • 2x bus ticket to Amsterdam and back
  • Car park during your cruise
  • Visitor's tax

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Amsterdam train station is close to the pier
  • Oosterdok car park: secure car park at the train station, about €15 per day. Reservation possible by yourself
  • Car park Amsterpark.nl /Valet Parking Services: Drop off your car at the pier on arrival day, car will be back at the pier on day of departure, price €150 per week (application form in the travel documents)

Number of participants

  • Minimum of 40 people

Notes

  • Program and details are subject to change due to nautical and meteorological reasons (this is no reason for a free cancellation).
  • Diet: (i.e.: lactose free, gluten free) possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Day trip Keukenhof (approx. 9 am - 6 pm)

  • Dates: Mondays in April: 02/09/16/23/30, May 7
  • Minimum number of participants: 20 (max. 30)
  • Price per person: €59
  • Including bus from/to boat, entry Keukenhof (approx. 7 hours free time)

Accommodation