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It doesn’t get any better than a tour of Southern Holland on board “De Amsterdam” your home away from home. 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 country’s “Green Heart”. Here that you can see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms… impossible to feel or look more Dutch. In short the Southern Tour a 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. As well as being able to discover the natural beauty of Holland’s Green Heart you can visit:
Embarkation and check-in from 2 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, take a canal cruise or visit a museum. Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board.
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 quaint tearooms. You will follow the Vecht into the centre of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical city centre: the Dom Cathedral with its tower, the canals, special shops and nice cafes. In the afternoon you will continue on by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam.
Today you will cycle via the “jenever city” of Schiedam and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue pottery. Visit the beautiful city centre with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many of our guests a visit to the Delftware factory is one of the highlights of their tour. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Rotterdam, where you can enjoy a short city walk in the evening.
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 a short cycling tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven, where you can visit a silversmith.
Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland along 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. Late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Haarlem.
Today you can choose from 2 cycling tours. Both tours takes 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 Bloemendaal and Zandvoort you cycle through the forests and the centre of Haarlem back to the ship. The longer cycling tour leads to the largest steam engine of the world, the Cruquius pumping station and back to Haarlem. During dinner your ship will cruise to Zaandam.
*Departure dates between April 14 and May 5: On Thursday you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Tulip exhibition park “Keukenhof” in Lisse (by bicycle or public transport; transfers/tickets/entrance fees not included).
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 wooden houses, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t do a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
The 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.
Year of construction: 1991 (refitted 2017)
Size of boat: 94,8m x 11m (311 ft x 36 ft.)
Size of cabins: 11 – 15 m² (135 sq.ft. x 200 sq.ft.)
Number of cabins: 56 guest cabins with private bathroom
Cabin equipment: Individual climate control, TV, wardrobe, mini-safe, hair dryer, 230V and 115V sockets
Beds: Double beds: 200 x 160 cm, twin beds: 200 x 80 cm
Service: Daily cabin cleaning, fresh towels at mid- week
Catering: A spacious restaurant on the lower deck. In the morning the oval buffet in the middle. The pleasant lounge on the upper deck has large windows allround which offers you a great view of the surroundings. There is also a bar with a dance floor for some evening fun!
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|Dates||6,13,20 April||27 April / 4,11,18,25 May
/ 31 August / 7,14 September
1 June – 24 August
|21,28 September / 5 October
12 – 19 October
|Twin lower deck||749€||849€||879€||829€|
|Twin lower deck superior||799€||899€||929€||879€|
|Single use lower deck||1099€||1199€||1229€||1179€|
|Twin upper deck superior||949€||1049€||1079€||1029€|
|Suite upper deck||1049€||1149€||1179€||1129€|
|Single use upper deck||1249€||1349€||1379€||1329€|
|Not included in the tour price||
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