Best of Holland - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Amsterdam
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    200-280 km / 125-174 mi
  • Distance per day:
    25-55 km / 16-35 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat, however you may encounter headwinds
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board (no dinner in Gouda). In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Best of Holland by boat & bike

Round trip from Amsterdam on MS Magnifique II

Best of Holland by boat & bike

Holland has a lot to offer: on the “Best of Holland” tour you’ll be impressed by lots of nature, bodies of water, windmills, old historic towns and small villages. Harbours await exploring, ancient Dutch towns, awash with coziness also want to be discovered, while delicious variations of fish and cheese are available for you to sample throughout this tour. And naturally the colourful city of Amsterdam - the starting and end point of this tour - is an absolute highlight. 
Here you can find further details on the premium ship MS Magnifique II.

Best of Holland by boat & bike - MS Magnifique II
 

Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam, boat trip to Zaandam
Embarkation until 2 pm. Following this, further travel to Zaandam, where there’ll be ample time to explore the historic city centre.

Day 2 Bike tour Zaandam - Volendam, 33-43 km/21-27 mi
The museum village of Zaanse Schans is well worth a visit. The cycling tour will take your through Waterland - which, as the name suggests, is awash with water - to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam.

Day 3 Bike tour Marken - Muiden, 39-46 km/24-29 mi
From the former island of Marken you’ll go to Muiden, which is home to a beautiful water castle. Tonight, you will be staying in the fort city of Vianen.

Day 4 Bike tour Schoonhoven - Alblasserdam, 41-55 km/26-35 mi
First, you’ll be visiting a dairy farm, where you will learn all about traditional cheesemaking. After the bike tour the ship will take you to Dordrecht for the night, one of the country’s oldest towns.

Day 5 Bike tour Alblasserdam - Gouda, 37-52 km/23-32 mi
The tour will take you to the famous Kinderdijk windmills. Get dinner somewhere in the historic centre under your own steam!

Day 6 Bike tour Gouda - Oude Wetering, 25-54 km/16-34 mi
The bike tour will lead you through Holland’s “green heart”, full of idyllic villages, stately farms, expansive views of the countryside and small canals.

Day 7 Round tour in Amsterdam, approx. 28 km/17 mi
You’ll further cycle along the river Amstel through Amsterdam’s giant park “Amsterdamse Bos”. Time to explore the vibrating city of Amsterdam!

Day 8 Amsterdam, disembarkation and departure
Your trip "Best of Holland" on MS Magnifique II concludes after breakfast, disembarkation until 9.30 am.

 
 
Info/booking
Info/arrival

Here are the details on MS Magnifique II.

Included in your package "Best of Holland by boat & bike":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunches, 7 x dinner (no dinner in Gouda)
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • several short guided city tours
  • entrances mill, cheese factory, St. John church
  • entrance "This is Holland", Amsterdam
  • fees for ferries and Waterbus
  • guided cycle tours with 2 guides
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike with helmet

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins, approx. 11-14 sqm (118-151 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • level-access beds
  • flat sceen tv
  • upper deck cabins offers openable windows

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes and coaster brakes, equipped with a bike bag, bike lock and water bottle. We also offer e-bikes if desired..

Travel time 2020:

  • Arrival on wednesdays
    01.07. + 26.08.

Prices:

All prices are per person.

  • 1279 EUR twin cabin
  • 1479 EUR premium twin cabin
  • 1779 EUR upper deck suite
  • 1919 EUR twin cabin, single occupancy
  • 1229 EUR 3-bed cabin
  • 1679 EUR 3-bed upper deck suite
  • booking until 1st March:
    50% discount for 2nd traveller
  •     85 EUR rental bike
  •   185 EUR e-bike

The booking process

The Tour
Info/arrival

Arrival:

  • Arrival by car:
    There are three options of parking your car for the duration of the trip. In any case, please drive to the quay first and bring your luggage and (if applicable) personal bike aboard. Then
    - Drive to the car park Oosterdok near Amsterdam Centraal station. Costs are approx. EUR 140 / week.
    - Make use of our parking service from Centralparking. We will arrange for your car to be picked up from the quay, stored safely and returned to the ship. Your vehicle is insured against all types of damage or theft and will be parked in a protected underground facility. Cost: approx. EUR 150 / week.
    - Make use of the free parking space P&R at the train station in Weesp. Back to Amsterdam Centraal station by train, duration approx. 15 minutes, cost approx. EUR 4.
    Detailed information on parking can be found in your travel documents.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx EUR 3.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. EUR 5), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes / EUR 3)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. EUR 45 per vehicle. There are several private and scheduled providers, see e.g. here.

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.

The Tour
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