Cycling holiday: South tour
Cycle through historic towns, old Dutch villages and beautiful landscape full of beaches and dunes. The Zuidtour takes you to the most beautiful spots in Holland during the day while spending the nights on a wonderful ship with excellent catering. In short, a wonderful cycling holiday through the province of South-Holland!
- Starting point: Amsterdam, ending point: Amsterdam.
- Cycle past the beautiful windmills of Kinderdijk.
- Explore the port of Rotterdam by boat.
- Sleep, breakfast and dine on a lovely barge while everything is taken care of for you.
8 days, prices as low as € 755,-
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Cycle through historic towns, old Dutch villages and beautiful landscape full of beaches and dunes. This Southern Tour takes you to the most beautiful spots in Holland during the day while spending the nights on a wonderful ship with excellent catering. In short, a wonderful cycling holiday through the province of South-Holland!
You will board the barge at 2PM in Amsterdam and get to know your travel companions The first part of the tour you will sail to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hansje Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem a beautiful historic city that you will have the opportunity to explore in the evening. Back on board, after the bike ride, the program for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you at dinner time.
Discover Haarlem, Leiden and Delft
From here you will cycle to the old university city of Leiden. After spending a restful night on board, you will cycle along the beautiful coastline to Delft, a medieval city with canals, beautiful city hall and royal burial vaults.
Today you will have the day to your free disposal. You can stay in Delft and discover the old centre, visit The Hague and /or Rotterdam by public transport. Delft is a beautiful town to wander round; learn more about the famous Dutch painter Vermeer at the Vermeer Centre or visit the Nieuwe Kerk. When the weather is clear the view from the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is spectacular; a large part of the Southern Tour can be seen from here!
The Hague has an international character with its wide avenues, parks and stately mansions. Possible visits are Peace Palace (housing the International Court of Justice), the ‘Binnenhof’ with the 13th-century ‘Ridderzaal’ (Knights’ Hall), seat of the Dutch Government and Parliament. Every third Tuesday of September the Queen’s Speech is delivered in the Ridderzaal. The Mauritshuis, a former palace, now a famous museum with paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Rubens. ‘Panorama Mesdag’, the largest panoramic, circular painting in the world, depicting 19th-century Scheveningen. Of the many royal palaces in The Hague only a few are still operational. You may see the Noordeinde Palace, where our King works and the Huis ten Bosch Palace, where he lives.
Sailing through the port of Rotterdam
The first part of today’s route will be sailed through the center of Rotterdam, thus giving you the best view of the modern architecture of this port. You’re cycling day starts in Kinderdijk and then take you through the Alblasserwaard, situated in between rivers and showing you wide scenery of water and meadows. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed; of the latter nineteen remain today. Their job has nearly totally been taken over by electric pumping stations. After a visit to one of the mills you will continue on bike. The long route goes via the ‘storks’ village’ of Groot-Ammers you cross the river Lek and enter Schoonhoven renowned for its silver industry. The tour ends today in Gouda. Who thinks of Gouda, not only thinks of cheese, pipes, ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle) and pottery, but also of stained-glass windows, a fairy-like town hall and atmospheric canals. Gouda is beautiful Old-Dutch city with a mostly intact city center.
- Starting and end point: Amsterdam.
- Number of days: 8.
- Total distance: 230 kilometres.
- Level: 1 (for everyone, the easiest holiday for all ages).
- You will be accompanied by a skilled tour guide!