South Holland - MS SIR WINSTON (Dept. 01 Aug, SAIL Amsterdam)

Through the Netherlands by Bike & Boat

Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-days-journey by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your “swimming hotel” MS SIR WINSTON will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside.

The Province of the Southern Netherlands: You are travelling through the green heart of the Netherlands. Hardly any province is more changing and many-faceted than the Southern Netherlands. Big cities as well as untouched nature are so close to each other. The many waterways offer uncountable opportunities to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture historical highlights of the province “Zuid-Holland”. Experience such different cities like Gouda and Schoonhoven and of course Rotterdam, also known as the “Manhattan on the river Maas”. Gorgeous lakes like the Brassemermeer and not to forget the major porcelain manufacture in Delft with its “Delfter Blue”.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self guided
Stefanie Gutmann
+49 471 80073 514 Contact

Tour details


In Amsterdam you check in on board (embarkation is at 3 pm). In the afternoon and in the evening you have the opportunity to get to know the city of Amsterdam.

You are starting your roundtrip by bike: crossing polderland you cycle via Westzaan to “De Schoolmeester”, a paper mill which is maintained in full working order. It is the only wind powered paper mill in the world. From here you are cycling to the museum’s village “Zaanse Schans”, an open-air museum (entrance fee not included) which was built to show the Dutch historical heritage. You can visit an ancient Dutch village, a cheese manufacture, a shipyard, a Dutch wooden shoe manufacture, a museum of bakery, the Zaanse watch museum and the unique colour mill, De Kat. Connected with the exhibition terrain is the Zaans museum, which gives an insight into the development of the “Zaanstreeks” as the first industrial area. Products like mustard, cheese, pastries, etc. are produced there and can be bought. You are cycling back to Zaandam through the recreational area of Twiske. Around 5 pm shipping to Utrecht.

From Utrecht, cycle leisurely to the city of Gouda, which is famous for its cheese. You may take a detour to Kasteel de Haar, the largest castle of the Netherlands with its beautiful garden or you may take a refreshing bath in the lake Reeuwijkse Plassen.

Prior to breakfast, MS SIR WINSTON leaves Gouda for Rotterdam. Here you have two options for today’s cycling tour: First one will lead you to Delft (Tip: visit of the porcelain manufacture), second directly to the governmental seat Den Haag and to the North Sea coastal town and health resort Scheveningen and back. Alternatively, you can also go back to Rotterdam by train (rail and bike is not included, approx. € 15.- p. Pers, not in rush hour between 16:30 h and 18:00 h). Tip: you should experience the harbour of Rotterdam on an interesting harbour tour.

You are cycling from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk (UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage with 19 windmills in a row) and further to Schoonhoven, known for its silver-making and its enchanting old-town.

Today you are cycling through the beautiful landscape of Polderland to Oudewater (witch’s scales) and further on to Utrecht. The Utrecht Dome is one of the most important ones in the Netherlands.

Today your ship anchors in one of the liveliest cities of the Netherlands and you have plenty of time to discover the beautiful medieval centre. Fancy a bike tour? The route takes you along the beautiful little river Vecht, also known as the "Loire of the Netherlands". Numerous castles and country houses line the picturesque river.

After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey home.

Tour character

Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Aug 1, 2020 |
Bike & Boat South Holland - MS Sir Winston - main deck, NL-SHSSW-08I-H
Base price
Day excursion Keukenhof/Botanic garden
Day excursion Grachten / Amsterdam
Bike& Boat South Holland - MS Sir Winston - promenade deck, NL-SHSSW-08I-O
Base price
Day excursion Keukenhof/Botanic garden
Day excursion Grachten / Amsterdam
7-gear Unisex with back brake
Electric bike
7-gear unisex with freewheel

Services & information

  • Seven nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category
  • Programme according to routing from Amsterdam and to Utrecht
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Room cleaning every day, changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
  • Welcome-Drink
  • Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x 3-course-dinner
  • Daily meeting for the cycle tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Tour guide on board
Not included

Journey to Amsterdam and from Utrecht, shuttles, bike rental, entrance fees and excursions, city maps, ferry fees, travel insurances, parking fees, tips, drinks on board

Passenger car parking options in Amsterdam (subject to change):

For example: Parking Oosterdok , economy fare approx. € 20.-/24 h.

Passenger car parking options in Utrecht (subject to change):

Parc and Rice car park Transferium Papendorp Utrecht, approx. € 5.- for 24 hours

(in Dutch language only). Continue by taxi to the ship, approx. 5 km away.

Please note that valet parking is not possible.

Rail link from Utrecht to Amsterdam or vice versa:

Approx. every 10 minutes, price per person approx. € 9.-. Duration approx. 1 hour.

(Distance from Utrecht Central Station to the ship, approx. 3 km)

Your journey to Amsterdam and from Utrecht will be individual. Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas. • Embarkation: 3-5 pm • Disembarkation: after breakfast at 9 am. Bicycles on board: unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies’ model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are on these tours only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book. • To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Languages on board: German, English Cycle tours: all distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy. Excursions: we offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English). • Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy. • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Minimum number of participants: 40 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure). You may cancel the booking at any time. For cancellation fees, please refer to the booking conditions of SE-Tours. The tour operator’s terms and conditions apply: SE-Tours GmbH, Am Grollhamm 12a, 27574 Bremerhaven. We recommend that you take out a travel health insurance with repatriation coverage as well as baggage, accident and travel cancellation insurances.

Your boat

With pleasure I will help you with the planning of your journey
Stefanie Gutmann

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