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Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Easy. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

Distance: 262 - 292 km

Travel Season: Saturday departures Season A: March 26 and October 8, 2022
Season B: April 2 and October 1, 2022
Season C: April 9 and September 24, 2022
Season D: April 16; April 23; September 10 and September 17, 2022
Season E: April 30; May 7; May 14; May 21; May 28; June 4; June 11; June 18; June 25; July 2; July 9; July 16; July 23; July 30; August 6; August 13; August 20 and August 27, 2022

On joining this vessel, you are immediately aware of the cozy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS Normandie possesses altogether two 1 bed cabins and forty nine 2 bed cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10 to 11 square metres of space in a 2 bed cabin and about 7 square metres of space in a 1 bed cabin. All 2 bed cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower hotel beds, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1 bed cabins have one lower hotel bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

The Province of the Southern Netherlands: You are travelling through the green heart of the Netherlands. Hardly any province is more changing and many faceted than the Southern Netherlands. Big cities as well as untouched nature are so close to each other. The many waterways offer uncountable opportunities to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture historical highlights of the province “Zuid-Holland”. Experience such different cities like Dordrecht, Utrecht and Rotterdam, also known as the “Manhattan on the river Maas”. Beautiful landscape of Polderland, the famous windmill row of Kinderdijk and not forget the major porcelain manufacturer in Delft with its “Delfter Blue”.                 

Itineraries

Day 1

Individual arrival in Rotterdam

Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation from 4:00 pm. Rotterdam is a city with many faces: important port city, classy shopping city and hip artists’ city, but most importantly a city of architecture, and one of the most interesting cities in Europe.

Day 2

Rotterdam – Dordrecht 40 km

Keep cycling alongside the waterfront via Krimpen aan den IJssel to Kinderdijk, where you will find the most famous group of windmills of the Netherlands. Dating back to the 18th century, the 19 well preserved mills were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue through the polder area of the Albwasserwaard to reach Dordrecht. Dordrecht is considered to be Holland`s oldest city. With about 1000 historic buildings that are housing restaurants, museums or theatres, the city`s rich history and the marvellous historic port area will enchant you.

Day 3

Dordrecht – Gorinchem 40 km

After a short ferry ride, you reach the beautiful De Biesbosch National Park, where several rivers come together to form a fresh water delta of no less than 8,000 hectares. You may enjoy a wonderful boat trip, offered here everywhere, before continuing your tour through the Rhine Delta area and crossing over to Gorichem by water taxi. Do not miss out on the picturesque Old Town of this small but charming city.

Day 4

Gorinchem – Utrecht 55 km

Today an interesting and varied tour awaits you. From Gorinchem, cycle via Leerdam – famous for the Leerdammer cheese – into the fortified city of Vianen. Here you may stop for a short break in one of the numerous street cafes. Take the ferry boat to cross the Lek, and keep cycling to Vreeswijk with its narrow lanes. Continue to the little town of Nieuwegein – perhaps take a short side trip to Fort Jutphaas, hidden in a green oasis in Nieuwegein before reaching Utrecht. Utrecht is considered the heart of Holland. The city was built around the cathedral. That is why it is almost impossible to lose your way in the car-free town with its picturesque canals.

Day 5

Utrecht - Schoonhoven 42 km

This morning, be sure to take some time to explore the beautiful town of Utrecht, before getting back on your bike. Cycle tour through the beautiful polder landscape via Oudewater, with its famous Witches` Weigh House, (none of the so-called witches ever weighed here was found to be too light of weight and thus none of them was sentenced) to Schoonhoven, the Silver City of the Netherlands, with its typical Dutch Old Town.

Day 6

Schoonhoven – Rotterdam 45 km

From Schoonhoven, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. When the weather is fine, you may take a detour for a refreshing bath in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen. Your today’s destination is Rotterdam. Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.

Day 7

Rotterdam, Day at leisure / Cycle tour from Rotterdam to Delft and back or from Rotterdam via Den Haag to Scheveningen and back 40 - 70 km

Two options for today’s cycling tour: First one will lead you to Delft (Tip: visit of the porcelain manufacturer), second directly to the governmental seat Den Haag and to the North Sea coastal town and health resort Scheveningen and back. Alternatively, you can also go back to Rotterdam by train (rail and bike is not included, approx. € 16.00 per person, not in rush hour between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.). You do not fancy a bike ride? Rotterdam offers endless possibilities to design your day. Really one is spoilt for choice.

Day 8

Departure from Rotterdam

After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am– have a safe journey home.

Prices

    Included:

    • Seven nights in outside cabins with shower/WC in the booked cabin category
    • Programme according to the routing to/from Rotterdam
    • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
    • Welcome drink
    • Room cleaning every day, changing of towels and bed sheets if wanted
    • Full board  consisting  of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle  tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x 3 course dinner
    • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
    • Tour guide on board
    • GPS tracks
    • Daily meeting for the cycle tours

    Not Included:

    • Journey to/from Amsterdam
    • Parking fee
    • Shuttles
    • Entrance fees and excursions
    • Ferry fees and fees for water bus
    • Drinks on board
    • Insurances
    • Gratuities (at your discretion) and own expenses

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