Amsterdam – Maastricht and discover the beautiful Dutch rivers and there there sights or vice versa

Start Point

Amsterdam

End Point

Maastricht

Days

8 days & 7 nights

Price Per Person

EUR 0.00 Twin/EUR 0.00 Single

Tour Description

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“Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incredibly tenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder’s rim”.

These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterize this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly: although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.

Highlights of this tour

Discover magical green river landscapes

Historical cities Utrecht & Maastricht

Vibrant Limburg province hospitality

Barge with max. 20 passengers

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Day 1 Amsterdam - Weesp

Place visiting
Weesp | testride in Weesp (11 km/6 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Around 2 p.m. the barge sails to Weesp.

This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical centre with many canals and buildings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. It also has a few beautiful windmills.

The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attract yachters and cyclists.

As soon as you arrive the tour leader will organize a test ride.

After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.

Description

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Day 2 Weesp - Utrecht - Vianen

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Weesp -Utrecht | Utrecht – Vianen (47 km/28 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks.

Along the way you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods.

You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

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Day 3 Vianen - Gorichem - Heusden

Place visiting
Vianen Gorinchem | Gorinchem – Heusden (41 km/25 mi.)
Today's Highlights

From Vianen you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge.

Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit of the centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program.

You can see a team of master glass blowers at work.

Later on you continue biking on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a short visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.

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Day 4 Heusden - Maasbommel - Cuijk

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Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijck (40 km/24 mi.)
Today's Highlights

During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities as Ravenstein and Grave.

Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon.

Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge.

This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night.

The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church, houses a very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650).

This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Description

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Day 5 Cuijck - Arcen

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Cuijck – Arcen (48 km/29 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. 

The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century.

The destination for today is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens with a great variety: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six ‘international’ gardens ; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden,with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

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Day 6 Arcen - Venlo - Roermond

Place visiting
Arcen – Venlo – Roermond (50 km/30 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Again your bike route follows the Meuse river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths.

The first stop is Venlo, with many historical monuments and a lively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse.

There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ stands proudly along the river.

Todays’s tour ends in the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Meuse come together. Roermond is known by its rich cultural heritage.

Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the centre you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

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Day 7 Roermond - Born - Maastricht

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Roermond – Born | Born – Maastricht (42 km/25 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the province of Limburg.

First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses.

The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik.

This city is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck.

On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades.

You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square.

You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht. Maastricht, the capital of the province is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century.

In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof.

You will not get bored!

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Day 8 Maastricht

Place visiting
Maastricht
Today's Highlights

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Good to know
Description

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.

  • The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • 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.

What is all included

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Description

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

7 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Fees for ferries

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours

Some short walking tours

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

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

Entrance National Glass Museum Leerdam

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What is not included

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Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

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Additional options & information

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Enjoy your cycling
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Rental bicycle: €75 per week

Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)

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

Helmets:           A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Rental bicycle: €75 per week

Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)

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

Helmets:           A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Transfer between Amsterdam and Maastricht: There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit the following websites for timetables

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Map of Maastricht or vice versa

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Find your way
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Adout this Ship:Sarah

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She brings you from city to city
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About this ship: Sarah

The Sarah is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere. The Sarah sails under Dutch flag and management and is a very popular small river barge on several tours in the Netherlands.

Description of the cabins
The Sarah has ten comfortable cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.). There are six twin cabins with two single beds, two twin/triple cabins with two single beds and a bunk bed and two double cabins with one double bed. In one of the twin cabins, on prior request the beds can be set together. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins all have a ventilation system, central heating and windows that can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.

Description of the ship
On the upper deck of the Sarah you will find the cozy air conditioned open lounge with large windows, a TV, a dining area and a bar. Wi-Fi is available. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, partially with awning. On nice evenings you can have diner over here and while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery.

Facts about the ship
Length:            45 m (148 ft.)
Width:              6.5 m (22 ft.)
Crew:               4
Cabins:            10
Pass.:               22 (max.)

 

Sarah

The minute you step on board of the Sarah, you immediately feel the friendly atmosphere. This cozy barge is roomy at the same time; it offers accommodation to 20-22 guests and besides this, there is enough room for a spacious lounge and restaurant area with a modest bar. If the weather is fine, the meals can also be served outside, on deck. From here you have a wonderful view. Below deck there are 8 comfortable twin cabins (2 have an extra bunk bed) and 2 doubles, all with a private bathroom.

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AVAILABILITY

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This Maastricht or vice versa tour is always popular and in high demand
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As this is one of the Maastricht or vice versa Tours what cover most of the famous sights around Amsterdam and popular places is always in high demand

May 25  fully booked , Sorry

June 01 fully booked , Sorry

June 08  has still limited availibilty

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2020-05-14 2021-03-30 Available