Groene hart van Holland

  • Bestemming:
  • Duur: 8 dagen
  • Prijs: €959

During this eight day/seven night, tour on board of the charming barge Lena Maria you will discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland by bike, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.

Datum Schip Prijs
16-05-2020 Lena Maria € 959
23-05-2020 Lena Maria € 959
06-06-2020 Lena Maria € 959
13-06-2020 Lena Maria € 959
20-06-2020 Lena Maria € 959
27-06-2020 Lena Maria € 959
04-07-2020 Lena Maria € 959
05-09-2020 Lena Maria € 959
12-09-2020 Lena Maria € 959
19-09-2020 Lena Maria € 959
26-09-2020 Lena Maria € 959

During this eight day/seven night, tour on board of the charming barge Lena Maria you will discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland by bike, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.

Along the way you will visit historical cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Leiden and Gouda. You will discover many culturally historic attractions and, more importantly, you will be able to immerse yourself in the heart of this fascinating and very Dutch part of Holland.

Also, if you are an art lover, you will enjoy the visits to Leiden, Haarlem and Delft where painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer lived and worked. But far from just being about big cities and Dutch history, this tour is also about the picturesque villages and beautiful scenery of the ‘green lung’ districts of central part and South-Holland province. One thing is certain: by the end of the tour you will not only go home with a new-found appreciation for bike and barge cruising, but for everything that is Dutch.

A bonus during this tour is the fact that the Lena Maria docks in and around the city center of the various cities and villages visited at the end of each day’s cycling, giving you the opportunity to visit and explore at your leisure at night.

Saturday: Amsterdam

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 p.m. in the center of Amsterdam. After unpacking your luggage in your cabin an introduction to the tour will take place at 3 p.m. After that your rental bicycles will be distributed and your tour leader will invite you to a short test-ride. Upon your return your first dinner on board will be served.

Sunday: Amsterdam – Zaandam – Haarlem cycle trip: 40 or 55 km

 After a short cruise on board the Lena Maria, you are finally off and cycling today after first visiting the lovely open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ in Zaandam where an authentic 18th and 19th century Dutch village has been reconstructed. In the museum you will learn about iconic Dutch traditions such as windmills and cheese and clog making. You will then cycle to Haarlem where celebrated portraitist and genre painter Frans Hals lived and worked in the 16th century. In the evening you can stroll through the lovely city center and the Grote Markt (market square). If preferred, today’s cycling tour can also be extended with a visit to the sea locks of IJmuiden and the Kennemer Dunes. During this cycling tour you can visit some forts of the Defense Line of Amsterdam (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Monday: Haarlem – North Sea Coast – Leiden  cycle trip: 42 or 5o km

After enjoying breakfast with your newfound cycling friends, you will pedal today along the North Sea coast through seaside dunes via the resorts of Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee to the vibrant university city of Leiden, the birthplace of celebrated artist Rembrandt van Rijn. The city’s picturesque old city center is crisscrossed with canals lined by beautiful 17th-century buildings and is very definitely a must to see.The longer cycling tour leads you from Haarlem to Cruquius (steam engine museum) and Hillegom (several flower nurseries) to Leiden.

Tuesday: Leiden – Delft cycle trip: ± 35 or 41 km.

From Leiden you will cycle to Delft, famous for its Blue porcelain (Delftware), where you will have the opportunity to visit a porcelain studio. Another major attraction in the beautiful city center of Delft is the royal crypt of the House of Orange. The longer cycling tour brings you to seaside resort Scheveningen and to The Hague, where you can visit the Binnenhof (Parliament) and the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) and then continues to end in Delft.

Wednesday: Delft – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Gouda cycle trip:

This morning you will sail from Delft on the Lena Maria through the remarkable international port of Rotterdam. From here you can start cycling or you can hop on the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will bring you and your bicycle over the river in 30-40 minutes to Alblasserdam. From there you cycle just a few miles to Kinderdijk, world famous for an impressive row of 19 large windmills. These 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From Kinderdijk you will cycle directly to the cheese city of Gouda, or if you prefer, on a longer tour via the silver city of Schoonhoven to Gouda, your destination for the day.

Thursday: Gouda – Kudelstaart cycle trip: ± 45 or 55 km.

The highlight of today’s cycling tour is the naturally idyllic beauty of the South Holland landscape. Your destination for the day is the village of Kudelstaart where the Lena Maria will be waiting for you. Along the way you will cycle along numerous small canals and past picture-perfect farms and small villages. At the mooring place on the banks of the Westeinder Plassen (‘West End’ lakes) there is a beautiful view to savor while enjoying a wine during or after dinner.

Friday: Kudelstaart –  Aalsmeer – Amsterdam  cycle trip: ± 30 km or 37 km.

If you are keen for an early start to the day you can visit the largest trade centre for plants and flowers in the world at Aalsmeer (optional extra, not included). The market is a hive of activity; it is guaranteed that you will never have seen so many flowers in the one place. After a late breakfast you can either stay on board the Lena Maria as it cruises through the City of Amsterdam to its mooring place or you can cycle into the city through the city park ‘Amsterdamse Bos’ or along the Amstel river. Once you reach Amsterdam take the opportunity during the afternoon and evening to go for a canal cruise, discover Anne Frank’s House, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city.

Saturday: End of your tour

Dismerbakation: after breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

You say goodbye to the crew, your tour leader and your fellow travellers.

  • stay in a cabin 8 days/7 nights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
  • travel guidance during cycling itineraries
  • some short city walks
  • maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • coffee and tea on board
  • welcome drink
  • Daily briefings
  • Use of waterproof pannier bag
  • Fees for ferries/waterbus
  • Wi-Fi
  • cleaning of the cabin once a week
  • journey to and from Amsterdam
  • bicycle rental:  € 80 per week
  • E-bike rental: € 180,00 per week (only on request, limited available)
  • Helmet rental
  • excursions not in program
  • Drinks on board
  • reservation costs of €15,00 per booking

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