Cycling in Southern Holland - Map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    215-310 km/134-193 mi
  • Distance per day:
    25-45 km / 15-28 mi
  • Altitude profile:
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Cycling in South Holland

Holidays with MS Normandie from EUR 499

The Tour

Cycling in South Holland

This tour will lead you through the Dutch province of South Holland, always starting from the shore, as a dense network of canals connects these well worth seeing towns and cities. Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam, as well as the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderkijk and the famous open air museum of Zaanse Schans - these are only some of the highlights of this cycling tour in South Holland, which is perfectly suited for both expert cyclists and beginners.
Here you can find more details on the ship, the MS Normandie.

Cycling in South Holland - MS Normandie
Cycling in Southern Holland

Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation approx. 3 - 5 pm, then boat trip to Haarlem.

Day 2 Haarlem - Zaandam, approx. 30 km/19 mi
You can cycle to the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, the oldest industrial area in the world. Overnight stay in Schoonhoven.

Day 3 Zaandam - Gouda, approx. 40-48 km/25-30 mi
Either you cycle directly to Gouda, e.g. for the windows of St. John's Church, or you stroll through the Reeuwijkse Plassen lake landscape.

Day 4 Round trips from Rotterdam, 40-70 km/25-44 mi
Today, you will have several routes to choose from: visiting the city, to Delft’ Porcelain manufactory, or you can cycle to the North Sea beach.

Day 5 Rotterdam - Schoonhoven, approx. 43 km/27 mi
Today’s highlights include the windmill parade in Kinderdijk and the “Silver City” of Schoonhoven.

Day 6 Schoonhoven - Utrecht, approx. 40 km/25 mi
This cycle tour leads through the polder land into the important University town of Utrecht, boasting interesting neighbourhoods both old and new.

Day 7 Utrecht -Amsterdam, approx. 50 km/31 mi
Numerous castles and villas are situated on the idyllic Vecht River, which takes you back to Amsterdam.

Day 8 Disembarkation, departure or extension
After breakfast, your bike holiday in South Holland sadly reaches its conclusion. Disembarkation until 9:00 am.

Cycling in South Holland
Cycling in South Holland
Cycling in Southern Holland


Here are the details on MS Normandie.

Included in your package "Cycling in South Holland":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches or a little lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • coffee/tea in the afternoon
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional concession tickets to local attractions, to be purchased on board
  • optional entrance Keukenhof in spring
  • optional rental bike


  • 2-bed cabins, approx. 10-11 sqm (107-118 sq ft)
  • 2 single cabins upper deck, approx. 7 sqm (75 sq ft)
  • all cabins with ensuite WC/shower and air conditioning
  • beds with level access
  • upper-deck cabins have adjustable windows
  • cabins aft: during sailing and manoeuvres the engine sounds can be more audible here

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes and coaster brakes or freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Day trip to the Keukenhof to the tulip blossom:

  • Bus transfers from/to the ship
  • Entrance Keukenhof (approx. 4 h)
  • Minimum number of participants 20 persons
  • only bookable in advance

Travel time 2021:

  • arrival on saturdays
    05.06. - 02.10.
    Minimum number of participants: 60. This tour can be cancelled by the provider up to 3 weeks prior to its commencement. If this is the case, we will strive to supply our customers with an equivalent offer.


All prices are per person.

2-bed cabin aft   599 EUR
2-bed cabin  499 EUR  649 EUR
single cabin   949 EUR
2-bed cabin aft   699 EUR
2-bed cabin  599 EUR  749 EUR
single cabin 1049 EUR
11.09. + 18.09.  
2-bed cabin aft   799 EUR
2-bed cabin  699 EUR  849 EUR
single cabin 1199 EUR
2-bed cabin aft   849 EUR
2-bed cabin  749 EUR  899 EUR
single cabin 1279 EUR
further dates  
2-bed cabin aft   949 EUR
2-bed cabin  849 EUR  999 EUR
single cabin 1399 EUR
twin cabin, single occupancy+ 50 %
excursion to the Keukenhof  59 EUR
rental bike  75 EUR
e-bike165 EUR

The booking process

The Tour



  • Arrival by car:
    There are different options of parking your car for the duration of the trip. In any case, please drive to the quay first and bring your luggage and (if applicable) personal bike aboard. Then
    - Drive to the car park Oosterdok near Amsterdam Centraal station. Costs are approx. EUR 140 / week.
    - Make use of our parking service. We will arrange for your car to be picked up from the quay, stored safely and returned to the ship. Your vehicle is insured against all types of damage or theft and will be parked in a protected underground facility. Cost: approx. EUR 150 / week.
    - Make use of the free parking space P&R at the train station in Weesp. Back to Amsterdam Centraal station by train, duration approx. 15 minutes, cost approx. EUR 4.
    - If you choose to book an extra night, this will include complimentary parking service for the duration of your trip. See below for details.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx EUR 3.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. EUR 5), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes / EUR 3)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. EUR 45 per vehicle.

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
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