The Green Heart of Holland - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    217-299 km / 135-186 mi
  • Distance per day:
    23-66 km / 14-41 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat, however you may encounter headwinds
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle path

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.

The Green Heart of Holland

On MS Flora, MS Sarah or MS Gandalf from 1199 €

The Tour

The Green Heart of Holland - Kinderdijk

The Netherlands sure is densely populated - the sprawl of large cities, from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, from the Hague to Gouda has grown together and now surrounds Holland’s green heart - in Dutch, this is referred to as the “Randstad”. This region is shaped by agriculture and abundant nature: bodies of water, as well as farms and windmills paint an impressive picture of this country. But you’ll also get to see North Sea beaches, Rotterdam’s harbour and obviously you can’t miss the enticing, colourful city of Amsterdam.
Here are details of MS Flora, MS Sarah and MS Gandalf.


Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation starts at 2 pm, leaving enough time to discover Amsterdam's historical centre, which is best done on a canal boat.

Day 2 Boat trip, Zaandam - Haarlem, 40-55 km/25-34 mi
The museum village of Zaanse Schans is well worth a visit, after which the bike tour commences, taking you to the picturesque town of Haarlem.

Day 3 Haarlem - Leiden, 42-50 km/26-31 mi
Past pristine sandy beaches, you’ll be cycling to the university town of Leiden, which is home to beautiful houses from the 17th century.

Day 4 Leiden - Delft, 35-41 km/22-25 mi
There are several tours to choose from - a visit to one of Delft’s many china factories is highly recommended.

Day 5 Boat trip, Kinderdijk - Gouda, 23-66 km/14-41 mi
Today begins with a tour of Rotterdam’s harbour, after which you’ll be cycling past the many windmills of Kinderdijk into the town famous for its cheese. Enjoy the evening in Gouda and let yourself be spoiled there in one of the city's restaurants.

Day 6 Gouda - Kudelstaart, 45-55 km/28-34 mi
The bike tour leads through idyllic villages and past stately farms towards Kudelstaart, the “Dutch St. Tropez” and watersports hub.

Day 7 Kudelstaart - Amsterdam, 32 km/20 mi
You’ll further cycle along the river Amstel through Amsterdam’s giant park “Amsterdamse Bos”. The entire Amsterdam “fortress belt” site is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 8 Disembarkation and departure
Your trip "Green heart of Holland" concludes after breakfast, disembarkation until 09:30 am.

Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

Here are details about MS Flora, MS Sarah and MS Gandalf.

Included in your package "The Green Heart of Holland":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunches,
    6 x dinner; no dinner in Gouda)
  • complimentary coffee/tea until 4 pm daily
  • daily cabin cleaning
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink
  • ferry trips and water bus
  • bike tours with english speaking tour guide
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike


MS Flora:

  • 8 outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm (86 sq ft)
    separate level-access single beds
  • 2 outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm (86 sq ft)
    separate beds over corner
  • 1 outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm (86 sq ft)
    double bed
  • 2 cabins can be used as triple cabins with bunk beds for children ( max. 40 kg)
  • all cabins with central heating
  • openable portholes

MS Sarah:

  • 8 outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm (108 sq ft)
    separate level-access single beds
  • 2 outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm (86 sq ft)
    double bed
  • 2 cabins can be used as triple cabins with bunk beds for children ( max. 40 kg)
  • all cabins with central heating
  • openable portholes

MS Gandalf:

  • 10 outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm (108 sq ft)
    separate level-access single beds
  • 2 cabins can be used as triple cabins with bunk beds for children ( max. 40 kg)
  • all cabins with central heating
  • openable portholes

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes and freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.
  • If you choose to wear a helmet, we recommend using your own due to the variety of head sizes and shapes and for hygienic reasons.

Travel time 2024:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    MS Flora:  27.07.
    MS Sarah: 15.06. + 17.08.
    MS Gandalf: 13.07.
  • Minimum number of participants: 12
    This tour can be cancelled by the provider up to 4 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.

  • 1199 € 2-bed cabin 27.04.
  • 1249 € 2-bed cabin further dates
  • 1799 € 2-bed cabin, single occupancy 27.04.
  • 1874 € 2-bed cabin, single occupancy further dates
  • 1099 € 3-bed cabin 27.04.
  • 1149 € 3-bed cabin further dates
  •     90 € rental bike
  •   225 € e-bike
  •     10 € private bike
  •     25 € private e-bike
  •   175 € parking in Amsterdam (valet parking)
  •  + 35 € bicycle carrier
  •     16 € canal boat cruise in Amsterdam, 1 h

The booking process

The Tour


Arrival to the tour "The Green Heart of Holland":

  • Arrival by car:
    There are three 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. 175 € / week.
    - make use of our parking service from Centralparking. 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. Advance booking necessary.
    - if you have bike racks mounted on the car, the cost increases by 35 €/week.
    - you can park your car free of charge in the streets or on a P+R- parking lot in Abcoude. Good train connection to Amsterdam, duration approx. 20 minutes, departure approx. every 30 minutes, cost approx. 4,20 €.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx 3 €.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. 5 €), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes / 3 €)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. 45 € per vehicle. There are several private and scheduled providers, see e.g. here.

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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