8 Day Best of Holland a fantastic impression of Holland ( Premium )

Start Point

Amsterdam

End Point

Amsterdam

Days

8 days & 7 nights

Price Per Person

EUR 0.00 Twin/EUR 0.00 Single

Tour Description

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Bike and Barge Netherlands: Best of Holland | Magnifique, Magnifique II and Magnifique III

This tour with the premium ships Magnifique, Magnifique II and Magnifique III combines many highlights and gives you a fantastic impression of characteristic Holland. The cycling cruise starts in Amsterdam, with an enjoyable dinner cruise to Zaandam. Followed by the Zaanse Schans open air museum as a must see highlight the day after.

Enjoy a cycling tour to Volendam through the unique wetlands of Waterland, a large open area with tiny lakes and canals. This town is famous for its harbor, fresh fish – like eel and herring – pictures in typical Dutch costumes and the ‘Palingsound’; a kind of Dutch folk or country music. You will also visit the picturesque former island of Marken.

From there you will cycle to IJburg, the newest part of Amsterdam. This part of the city was built in the late nineteen nineties on reclaimed land, that was the bottom of the sea just a few years before. Continue by barge to the small town of Vianen on the Lower Rhine River. Visit Schoonhoven, well known for its silver, and the UNESCO site at Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills. Lovely views and beautiful pictures guaranteed!

Enjoy the old city of Dordrecht that already obtained city rights in 1220 ad. From here the tour continues north to Gouda, world famous for its cheese and candles. Explore the Green Heart of Holland, a large rural and green area amidst the horseshoe-shaped ring of cities in the western part of the country. You’ll spend the night in a small village in the Green Heart. Cycle or sail into Amsterdam, where your journey ends.

Highlights of this tour

Bike through the Green Heart of Holland

Kinderdijk’s windmills & Zaanse Schans

Discover Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Gouda

Ships with 30 to max. 40 passengers

Tour is fully guided

Difficult level is 1 ( Easy level flat terrain )

In 2019 the Magnifique II tours start and end on WEDNESDAY and the tours with the Magnifique and Magnifique III start and end on SATURDAY.

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Day 1 : Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam

Place visiting
Arrive in Amsterdam , Sail to Zaandam
Today's Highlights

Embarkation and check-in.

The crew will welcome you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area.

In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Description

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Day 2 : Zaandam – Zaanse Schans museum – Waterland – Volendam

Place visiting
Zaandam – Zaanse Schans museum – Waterland – Volendam (33 km/21 mi. or 43 km/26 mi.)
Today's Highlights

After breakfast: start of the first cycling tour to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans for a short visit.

Continue cycling through small villages in the beautiful wetlands of Waterland to Volendam.

The ship sails via Amsterdam to Volendam. Late afternoon, dinner, evening and night on board in Volendam, the small and picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of the Lake IJsselmeer.

Description

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Day 3 : Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden | Muiden – Vianen

Place visiting
Volendam – Marken (ferry) | Marken – Waterland – Muiden | Muiden – Vianen (39 km/24 mi. or 46 km/28 mi.)
Today's Highlights

After breakfast, you will take the ferry for a 30 min. crossing from Volendam to the former island of Marken.

Visit this nice, authentic village and continue cycling along the coastline towards IJburg, a new and modern part of Amsterdam that was recently built on reclaimed land from the sea.

From here you’ll cycle to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th Century castle on the waterfront.

cycling tour ends close to the village of Weesp, where the ship is moored. Around 5 p.m. the ship departs for Vianen and you can enjoy dinner while cruising.

Evening and night on board in Vianen, a small fortified town on the lower Rhine River.

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Day 4: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht

Place visiting
Vianen – Schoonhoven – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht (waterbus ferry) (22 km/13 mi. or 57 km/36 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Today you have 3 cycle options.

The long option leads all the way from Vianen to Alblasserdam. If you prefer a shorter bike tour you can either bike in the morning or bike in the afternoon.

The ship will make a stop halfway in Schoonhoven, also called the ‘Silver City’. In the afternoon the cycling tour takes you from Schoonhoven through the Alblasserwaard polder to Alblasserdam,

This is where you pass the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage site). It is known as one of the most photogenic sights of the Netherlands.

You can have a look around in one of the windmills and the visitor center before you will take the Waterbus ferry to Dordrecht. Dordrecht, or Dordt as it is called by insiders, is one of the oldest Dutch cities, on the conjunction of 3 major rivers. In the evening, after dinner, you can join for a short city walk.

You will spend the night in Dordrecht on board of the ship.

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Day 5 : Dordrecht – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Gouda

Place visiting
Dordrecht – Alblasserdam (waterbus ferry) | Alblasserdam – Gouda (37 km/22 mi. or 52 km/33 mi.)
Today's Highlights

When you’ve finished breakfast you will return by Waterbus to Alblasserdam to start your cycling tour.

Close to Bergambacht you may visit a cheese farm where you will learn about the traditional cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results.

Continue cycling to Gouda, the cheese and candle capital of Holland. Enjoy this beautiful historical city, the old market square and the Cheese Weighing House during the afternoon and evening.

This evening dinner is not included, so you will enjoy a wonderful meal in one of many restaurants in Gouda.

We have various restaurant recommendations available on board.

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Day 6 : Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering

Place visiting
Gouda – Leiden – Oude Wetering (33 km/21 mi. or 52 km/33 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Today’s cycling tour starts in Gouda (long option) or in Alphen (short option) and shows you the typical scenery of the so-called Green Heart of Holland with green landscapes, wide views, small canals and tiny lakes – all below sea level!

The cycling tour leads via Leiden, the birthplace of famous painter Rembrandt and residence of the oldest university of the Netherlands.

Both cycling options end in Oude Wetering.

Dinner, evening and night on board the ship in this small village.

Description

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Day 7 : Oude Wetering – Amsterdam

Place visiting
Oude Wetering – Amsterdam (29 km/18 mi. and/or 28 km/18 mi.)
Today's Highlights

After breakfast, you’ll start your last cycling day from Oude Wetering along the canal and through the ‘Amsterdam forest’ into Amsterdam.

During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city.

Visit the inner city flower market, a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! In the evening you can join a boat tour through the beautiful canals of old Amsterdam (UNESCO cultural heritage).

A wonderful way to conclude of your trip!

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Day 8 : Amsterdam

Place visiting
Free leisure till transfer to airport
Today's Highlights

Today is the last day of the best of the best from Holland tour where all mayor places is be visted and be sure going to places where the local go also by bicycle this is the best way to learn about the Dutch way of life and the beauty is the boat brings you from place to place that means no time is wasted we from Above-5 we hope you enjoy it ,

Before you go to leaf Amsterdam or the Netherlands don't forget to try and taste the world famous raw Dutch fish the Hering and eat it the Dutch way , they have raw or pickeled

Check-out and disembarkation right after breakfast, before 9.30 a.m.

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Good to know

Place visiting
know more is beter
Today's Highlights

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

On this Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bike option.

Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.

You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.

In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.

On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

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What is all included

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8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

6 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a helmet

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Water bottle

Fees for ferries

Visit mill at Zaanse Schans

Visit original Dutch cheese farm

Visit St. Johns church in Gouda

Entrance ‘This is Holland’ a unique flying experience

Wi-Fi

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What is not included

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1 x dinner (Gouda)

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

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Additional options & information

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Additional options & information

Rental bicycle (incl. helmet and water bottle): €80 per period

Rental E-Bike (incl. helmet and water bottle): €175 per period (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.

You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

NOTE : Special for seasonal cyclist you are also able to bring your own bike road bike or mountain bike for the fanatic bikers or the leisure bike for enjoyment riders

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MS.MAGNIFIQUE ( PREMIUM )

Place visiting
This is one of the 3 ships who is sailing on these route
Today's Highlights

The hull of the Magnifique was originally constructed as a seagoing sailing vessel: this explains the unique shape of the ship. But the vessel was then converted to become a passenger barge for inland waterways. The premium barge was fully restyled and refurbished in 2010 and, during the winter of 2012/2013, extended by 14 meters. Roy van der Veen, owner and skipper of this fine barge, sets high standards to atmosphere, personal service and comfort, with the aim to offer his guests an unforgettable stay on board, in line with the “premium” classification. The Magnifique sails under Dutch flag and management and is a very popular ship on several tours in various parts of The Netherlands and Belgium.

Description of the cabins
The Magnifique has sixteen cabins, situated on the lower deck. Guests are accommodated in eleven twin cabins (11 m² – 118.5 sq.ft.) with two single beds set next to each other, four premium twin cabins (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and one single cabin (7 m² – 75.5 sq.ft.). On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds). Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have an individually regulated air conditioning, ventilation system and central heating; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, each cabin has a flat screen (satellite) TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

Description of the ship
On the upper deck, the Magnifique has a tastefully furnished lounge with air conditioning, restaurant, a beautiful bar, a sitting area with cozy corners, a wide screen TV and large windows. Wi-Fi is available. Furthermore, the Magnifique offers two partly covered teak wooden sundecks with chairs and tables where you can have a drink when the weather is nice and enjoy the scenery while cruising. On the elevated aft deck you will find a barbecue and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi to relax.

Facts about the ship
Length:             62 m (203.4 ft.)
Width:              7.2 m (23.6 ft.)
Crew:                5
Cabins:             16
Pass.:                35 (max.)

Description

Magnifique

The premium barge Magnifique accommodates up to 30 guests and breathes an atmosphere of luxury and comfort. The 16 lower deck cabins are provided with box spring beds and a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. On the main deck you’ll see that the bar is the center of attention, especially during the evening. Around are tables and comfortable chairs where you will be seated during breakfast and when the deliciously cooked dinners are served. In front there is a sitting area and outside are some seats. Last but not least: the Jacuzzi on the aft deck.

Bicycles/E-bikes:
The bicycles on board are unisex city bicycles of the brand Batavus Dinsdag with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag.
The e-bike is Velo de Vile with Nexus 7 gears, 5 support levels and hand breaks only, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model). E-Bikes limited available, on request and at an additional charge.

Other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, etc.) and child saddles (rear) on these tours are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and in very limited numbers. Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles or E-bikes (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.

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MS.MAGNIFIQUE II ( PREMIUM )

Place visiting
This is one of the 3 ships who is sailing on these route
Today's Highlights

The premium ship Magnifique II was constructed in 2015/2016. The proud owner, Walter van Berkum, is one of the most experienced ship builders and operators of the fleet: he converted several former cargo ships into beautiful passenger ships. By constructing the Magnifique II, Walter was the first one to introduce “upper deck suites” for smaller passenger barges. The Magnifique II has set new standards for comfort for bike and barge tours. The vessel sails under Dutch flag and management and is a very popular ship on several tours in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Description of the cabins
The upper deck has four spacious suites (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened. The lower deck has thirteen cabins: one premium twin cabin (13 m² – 140 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and a small sitting area and twelve beautiful twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) with 2 separate single beds. In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an extra bed is available in two twin cabins and one upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).
All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have 2 m / 6.6 ft. wide windows (which can be partly opened) and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

Description of the ship
The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished and spacious salon with a restaurant area, a beautiful bar and a lounge area  with cozy sitting area, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. Wi-Fi is available. The Magnifique II has a beautiful, partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the aft deck and a cycle storage on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax while you enjoy the scenery when cruising.

Facts about the ship
Length:            63 m (207 ft.)
Width:             7.2 m (24 ft.)
Crew:              5
Cabins:           17
Pass:              37 (max.)

Description

Magnifique II

This younger sister of the Magnifique, the Magnifique II, was built in 2015-2016 and offers a wonderful stay to a maximum of 34 guests. All of the 13 cabins on the lower deck and 4 suites on the upper deck are very comfortable: excellent beds and a private bathroom, as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, and a wardrobe with a mini-safe. In the tastefully furnished salon on the upper deck, the bar is a real eye catcher. On one side you’ll find the restaurant area and on the other there is the lounge. The captain and his crew will take good care of you!

Bicycles/E-bikes:
The bicycles on board are mostly unisex hybrid bicycles of the brand Velo de Ville with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrake and/or pedal brake, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels. Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons.
The e-bike is Velo de Vile with Nexus 7 gears, 5 support levels and hand breaks only, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model). E-Bikes limited available, on request and at an additional charge.

Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles or E-bikes (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles. Other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, etc.) and child saddles (rear) on these tours are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and in very limited numbers.

Description

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MS.MAGNIFIQUE III ( PREMIUM )

Place visiting
This is one of the 3 ships who is sailing on these route
Today's Highlights

After the overwhelming success of the premium ships Magnifique and the Magnifique II (launched in 2016), we can proudly present the new premium ship Magnifique III. The proud owner, Walter van Berkum, one of the most experienced ship builders and operators of the fleet, already converted several former cargo ships into beautiful passenger barges. The Magnifique III meets the highest standards for comfort for bike and barge tours. The vessel sails under Dutch flag and management on several tours in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Description of the cabins
The upper deck has five spacious suites (16 m² –  172 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. The lower deck has fourteen beautiful twin cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and two single cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.). In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).
All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. The air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

Description of the ship
The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting corners, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. There are also two TV screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real-time movement and position of the barge. Wi-Fi is available. Large glass doors open to the beautiful partially roofed teak wood sundeck with chairs and tables on the aft deck. There is a cycle deck on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax and enjoy the scenery while cruising.

Facts about the ship
Length:             67 m (220 ft.)
Width:              7,2 m (23.6 ft.)
Crew:                5
Cabins:             21
Pass.:                40 (max.)