Highlights of Holland

Highlights of Holland

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Highlights of Holland

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Highlights of Holland Bike & Barge Tour from Amsterdam

The Highlights of Holland tour offers an attractive combination of towns and countryside in The Netherlands. It starts with a sailing trip right across the center of Amsterdam. Soon after having left the city behind, it appears that amidst the larger Dutch towns lies a splendid rural area: the Green Heart. One moment you’ll be cycling in the middle of quiet lakes, the next you’ll experience the old Dutch atmosphere in the historical centre of towns like Haarlem and Leiden.

Furthermore this tour will show you the North Sea beach, dune areas and old port towns like Hoorn which breathe the Dutch Golden Age.

Route: Amsterdam > Uithoorn (Oude Wetering) > Leiden > Haarlem > Alkmaar > Alkmaar > Schermerhorn > Amsterdam

Comfort Barge: $1,175.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.

Please note this price may fluctuate due to the exchange rate.  Therefore payment in full at time of booking will protect against any future currency fluctuation.

Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.


Single Supplement Convenient or  Comfort Barge:  $315.00 USD . Only one single per departure, rest of singles have to share a cabin.

2019 Dates: May 25; June  8, 15, 22;  July 13, 20;  August 3, 17, 24;  September 7.


  • Zaanse Schans: open air museum including several windmills
  • Hoorn: port town dating from the 17th century
  • Schermerhorn: Museum Windmill
  • Landscapes of Rembrandt (cycle tour along the river Amstel)
  • Excursion or Visit Museum

Day by Day Itinerary  Highlights of Holland

Saturday  Cycle trip ± 20 km.

After your embarkation in Amsterdam, you’ll be sailing right through the center of the city. A short cycle trip while following the banks of the river Amstel ends in Uithoorn/Kudelstaart.

Sunday: Cycle trip ± 55 km.

While cycling you will  cross the real Green Heart of Holland today.  The cycle paths bring you through the lake areas of Langeraarse Plassen and Braassemer Meer. Your trip ends in university town Leiden. A city walk in the historical center of this birth place of Rembrandt with its numerous courtyards is certainly recommendable.

Monday  Cycle trip ± 50 km.

Today’s itinerary leads to the seaside resort Katwijk and then through the dune area to Zandvoort. If weather permits, you may spend some time on the beach. Cycling on the path that was used by the fishermens’ wives to go to the market, you’ll end up in Haarlem. The small and friendly center invites one to do some shopping in this “best shopping town of the Netherlands”.  While enjoying Haarlem don’t forget to sit down and have a drink on one of the terraces at its market place.

Tuesday    Cycle trip ± 50 km.

The first village you arrive in is Spaarndam, the village of Hans Brinker, made famous in the children’ book “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates”. After the crossing of the North Sea canal by ferry, you continue cycling through rural villages like Nauerna.  After a  visit to the air museum Zaanse Schans the route continues following the river Zaan and the Knollendammer canal to  the cheese town Alkmaar.

Wednesday  Cycle trip ± 55 km.

Today the barge stays in Alkmaar.  There’s a  cycle trip to the unique wood and dune area near the villages Bergen and Schoorl in addition to the Hondsbossche Zeewering,  which is a sea wall. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a drink at an outdoor café or to walk on the beach. Because the barge is not moving you are free to spend a day on your own sightseeing in Alkmaar or relaxing at the seaside.

Thursday  Cycle trip ± 45 km.

While cycling this morning you pass Oterleek and Avenhorn, and arrive in Hoorn. Take time to become acquainted with this historical port town because soon you will be cycling on.  The route takes the road along the coast and provides a splendid view over the IJssel Lake. Afterwards you take a ride following the canal ‘Beemsterringvaart’ to Purmerend. Along the way we visit the museum windmill in Schermerhorn.

Friday  Cycle trip ± 50 km.

This morning you cycle to and look round the picturesque village of Edam. You will also visit the fishing village of Volendam. Take your time for a break and enjoy the atmosphere and the people in traditional costume. The cycle trip continues along the coastline of the IJssel Lake through Uitdam and Durgerdam. Via the ferry crossing the IJ, you arrive at the start of your tour in the center of Amsterdam. You visit the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived for years with his wife Saskia.

In the evening you may either wish to join the guide for a walk though the center, or experience a  round trip boat ride of the Amsterdam canals.

After breakfast your guide and the crew will say good-bye and your stay aboard has come to an end.

(subject to changes)

Included in tour:


  • Stay on board 8 days/7 nights
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, 3 courses diner)
  • Tour leader
  • Bicycle with gears and pannier
  • Bike compensation
  • Several city walks
  • Information booklet and map
  • Entrance fee Museum or excursion
  • Entrance fee Museum Windmill Schermerhorn

Not included in tour:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers between airport and barge
  • Drinks aboard
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Excursions out of program
  • Travel Insurance