Discover antiquated Dutch towns, castles and ports and experience the beauty of Holland's lakes, beaches and sand dunes. This itinerary ventures into the 'green heart' of the Netherlands to gain an insight into the country's highlights with its historic towns and picturesque countryside. From Amsterdam we board our barge and after exploring the city's canals we leave it behind for the tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Cycling through quiet lake areas we experience the medieval centres of Haarlem and Leiden at handlebar level. We explore the scenic north with its ports, including Hoorn, where we discover the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age.
DAY 1 Arrive and cruise Amsterdam canals, short cycle along Amstel river (20km / 12.5mi) DAY 2 Cycle to Leiden (55km / 34mi) DAY 3 Cycle past seaside and dunes to Zandvoort and Haarlem (50km / 31mi) DAY 4 Cross North Sea canal by ferry, cycle past rural villages to cheese town Alkmaar (50km / 31mi) DAY 5 Cycle to unique wood and dune area (Bergen and Schoorl villages), relax on a terrace or beach (55km / 34mi) DAY 6 Cycle past windmills of Schermerhorn to Hoorn and Purmerend (45km / 28mi) DAY 7 Cycle along IJssel Lake en route to Amsterdam (50km / 31mi), evening walking tour DAY 8 Trip concludes
1 Comfort barge departures, Category A (twin lower berths only) operate - supplement applies.
2 Standard plus barge departures, Category B (roomier cabins with split level and bunk beds) operate - standard price applies.Note: Single supplements vary according to barge departure category.
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights on a standard barge (Category C+ split level beds or Category B roomier cabins with split level and bunk beds) in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities (departures on comfort level Category A (twin lower berth) barge - supplement applies) *7 speed bike rental with pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *bicycle insurance *multilingual tour escort *information pack including overview map per cabin *several excursions *entrance fees for Edam and Windmill Schermerhorn museums