Best of Holland route
Discover the best that Holland has to offer by bike and boat with the Best of Holland boat and bike holiday. See all of the highlights in North and South Holland in eight days.
- Spend the night, have breakfast and dinner on board the comfortable premium ship MS Magnifique.
- Discover the best that North and South Holland have to offer by bike and boat.
- Start and end point: Amsterdam.
Experience the characteristic highlights of North and South Holland with the Best of Holland boat and bike holiday. From the wonderful polder landscapes in the Groene Hart to the traditional costumes of Volendam and windmills of Kinderdijk - you’ll see it all on this fantastic boat and bike holiday. You will start in the capital of Holland, Amsterdam. While you get to know the other travelers over dinner, the comfortable ship sails to Zaandam, where you will pick up your bike and go for a short trial ride.
With Zaandam as your home base, you will discover traditional Holland in the first days of the tour. You will visit the Zaanse Schans, where it seems time has stopped. You will cycle through the water-rich landscapes of Waterland to the picturesque fisherman’s village of Volendam. The next day you will sail to authentic Marken, a former island, from where you will cycle along the coastline to historical Muiden and Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot. You will end the day in Weesp, from where the ship sails to the fortified city of Vianen.
Silver, cheese and mills
The next day, the tour takes you to Schoonhoven, which is known as the Silver Town. This will be your starting point for a bike ride through the polders to Alblasserdam, where you will board the water bus to the water-rich city of Dordrecht. If you like you can go for a stroll through the city after dinner on board the ship. After spending the night and enjoying breakfast in Dordrecht, the water bus takes you back to Alblasserdam. On this day you will cycle to the world famous and photogenic windmills Kinderdijk. Check out the visitor center and museum mill before cycling on to Gouda, which is famous for its cheese and candles. Have a good time on the pleasant old market square and pick one of the many restaurants for a lovely dinner.
Cycling through the Groene Hart
From Gouda, the route will guide you through the Groene Hart (Green Heart) of North and South Holland. Admire the traditional Dutch polder landscape with its wide views. You will cycle through Leiden, the city in which Rembrandt was born, to Oude Wetering. From here, the ship departs for the last leg of the trip to Amsterdam. In the afternoon, you will be able to go on a fantastic bike ride through the Waterland natural landscape or explore the vibrant inner city of Amsterdam on your own. Experience the city from the water and go on a boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals in the evening. The perfect way to conclude your holiday!
- Start and end point: Amsterdam
- Number of days: 8
- Distance per day: 20 to 50 kilometers
- You can rent an electric bicycle (E-bike).
- The program is optional. If you prefer to rest for the day, you can stay aboard the ship.
- The bike tours are guided: you will follow the guide in a small group. Two guides travel with you, so you can join a fast/slow or short/long bike tour. Would you prefer to ride on your own? Itineraries and maps are available on board.
If you’d like to explore the best of Holland while enjoying some added comfort and luxury, check out Boat Bike Tours’ Premium Best of Holland tour.