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Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Easy. This tour has daily cycling distances up to 50 km. Most of the cycle routes are classified as ‘easy’, because most of the way is over flat paths, so nearly all our trips are suitable for all cyclists, from very experienced to beginners and recreational cyclists with a basic level of fitness.

Distance: 198 - 288 km

Travel Season: Self-Guided Tours: Saturday Departures De Amsterdam:  Season A: April 2; April 9 and October 8, 2022
Season B: April 16; April 23; September 24 and October 1, 2022
Season C: April 30; September 10 and September 17, 2022
Season D: All other departure dates, weekly from May 7 up to and including September 3, 2022

Guided Tours: De Amsterdam: May 7; May 14; May 21; May 28; June 4; June 11; June 18; September 3; September 10 and September 17, 2022

Self-Guided Tours: Saturday Departures Poseidon: Season A: April 3, 2022
Season B: September 25, 2022
Season C: September 11, 2022
Season D: May 22; June 5; June 19; July 3; July 17; July 31; August 14 and August 28, 2022

Ship De Amsterdam

De Amsterdam is a very well equipped river cruise ship, built in 1991 and last refurbished in 2017. In recent years, the vessel has been operated for river cruises (4 star category) in Germany. In 2018, De Amsterdam make her first cycling cruises on the Southern Tour of Holland! The lower deck offers space to 30 twin cabins (11 m²). The upper deck has 18 twin cabins (11 m²) and 8 spacious suites (15 m²). All twin cabins have two separate single beds (200 x 80 cm), the suites have two separate beds set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm) which, on previous request, can be arranged as two separate single beds. All 56 cabins aboard De Amsterdam have an individual climate control system, digital TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.The twin cabins have a large picture window (140 x 90 cm) that can be partly opened. The suites have the same amenities as the twin cabins, but are larger and – in addition – also have a minibar, a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a window. De Amsterdam has a spacious restaurant on the lower deck. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows around, which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax and have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing.  Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

Ship Poseidon

The Poseidon is an elegant medium sized river cruise ship sailing the Dutch, German and Belgian rivers and canals. You will immediately feel at home on board this beautiful and intimate ship. The relaxed atmosphere and excellent service make every trip a pleasure.
The lower deck has 20 twin cabins (11 m2) and one triple cabin (15m2). On the upper deck there are 25 twin cabins (11 m2) and one larger triple cabin (15 m2). Each twin cabin has two comfortable separate single beds. During the day, the crew modifies one bed into a bench. The triple cabin on the lower deck has three separate single beds. The triple cabin on the upper deck has two separate single beds and one bunk bed. All cabins have air conditioning, a TV, mini-safe, plenty of cupboard space, a small desk, hair dryer and a large window that can be partially opened. The bathroom has a sink, shower and toilet. Characteristic of the contemporary interior of the Poseidon are the carefully selected types of wood and warm upholstery. The reception is in the centrally located hall. The lounge with cozy bar on the upper deck has comfortable seating areas and large windows, so that you can enjoy the surroundings during the cruise while enjoying a drink. The restaurant on the lower deck also has large windows. The lounge and restaurant are air-conditioned. You can optimally enjoy the view from the spacious and partially covered sun deck. The bicycles are stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

It doesn’t get any better than the Southern Tour of Holland on board your home away from home, the ship De Amsterdam or Poseidon. Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside – the country’s “Green Heart”. It is here that you will see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms… it is a landscape that is impossible to feel or look any more Dutch. In short the Southern Tour is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of “typical” central Holland as is possible in one week. What you will come away with at the end of the tour is a greater appreciation of why this part of the Netherlands attracts so many visitors from all corners of the globe every year.

Itineraries

Day 1

Amsterdam

Embarkation and check in is between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to take a canal cruise or to visit a museum. At 5 p.m., welcome drink and safety instructions. Dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

Day 2

Amsterdam – Breukelen / Breukelen – Utrecht 25 - 40 km / Utrecht – Rotterdam

Your first cycling tour starts in Breukelen. You’ll tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quant 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.

Day 3

Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam 28 - 50 km

Today you will cycle today 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 guests a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of the tour. Afterwards you will cycle to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.

Day 4

Rotterdam – Alblasserdam with the “waterbus” / Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven 30 - 58 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 cycling tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda or take a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.

Day 5

Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht 45 km / Utrecht – Haarlem

Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland via 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.

Day 6

Haarlem – North Sea coast – Haarlem 40 - 50 km / Haarlem – Zaandam

Today you can choose from two cycling tours. Both tours take 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 of Bloemendaal and Zandvoort, you cycle through forests and the center of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine in the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner your ship will cruise to Zaandam. For departures dates between March 27 and May 1: From Haarlem you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bicycle or public transport; transfers/tickets/entrance fee not included).

Day 7

Zaandam – Amsterdam 30 - 45 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 houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area of 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.

Day 8

Amsterdam

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:30 a.m.

Prices

    Included:

    • 7 nights’ accommodation in cabin in the booked category
    • Full board 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunches, 7x three course dinner, coffee and tea on board until 4 p.m.
    • Welcome drink
    • Use of bed linen and towels
    • Daily cleaning of the cabin
    • Climate controlled cabin
    • Daily briefings
    • Semi-guided cycling tours (guests cycle independently, tour lead also cycles with tour)
    • Some short walking tours
    • Maps and notes for cycling tours, 1 set per cabin
    • GPS tracks
    • Use of waterproof pannier bag
    • Live music on board
    • Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant – data use is not included
    • SGR insolvency protection
    • Carbon offset payment to our predetermined non-profit organization

    Not Included:

    • Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.
    • Rental of bicycle or e-bike
    • Rental bike helmet (optional)
    • Transfer to/from docking place
    • Entrance fees & excursions
    • Fees for ferries/waterbus
    • Drinks on board
    • Gratuities (at your discretion)
    • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated

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