Bike & Barge: Holland's Emerald Heart & Historic City Gems
8 days I MS De Amsterdam | Self-guided cycle tour
Discover some of the most beautiful jewels in South Holland’s crown on a tour which takes in all the big Dutch city favourites and leads you right to its rural ‘Green Heart’ too. With the river cruiser MS De Amsterdam as you floating hotel, simply sit back, relax and enjoy experiencing Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Gouda from the waterways, and hop on your bike in between to pedal across the emerald polders and even coast alongside the golden dunes by the North Sea.
Gorgeous gabled houses lining Amsterdam’s historic canals; the clog-makers’ workshop at the amazing ‘Zaanse Schans’ open air museum; Delft’s beautiful blue and white pottery; ‘cheese city’, Gouda; Kinderdijk’s breath-taking row of nineteen windmills - this is a tour where all those must-see Dutch sights simply fall into place alongside historic cities full of contrasts like shoppers’ heaven, Haarlem. But perhaps the most glittering prizes of all are those quieter moments immersed in the emerald landscapes under the biggest azure skies, as you discover South Holland’s ‘Green Heart’ by bike and boat.
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along paved tracks and minor roads without any gradients of note. . Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Utrecht – cathedral city of towering delights * Rotterdam – impressive harbour city * Delft - famous for potteries producing blue and white tiles and chinaware * Gouda – a must for cheese-lovers * Kinderijk – windmill wonderland * Schoonhoven – historic home of silversmiths * Haarlem – historic centre and shoppers’ heaven * ‘Zaanse Schans’ - open air museum of old Holland and rural crafts * North Sea coast – dunes, beaches and lively resorts