Maastricht Basilica
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Amsterdam - Maastricht, MS Sarah

Discover Dutch rivers: Amsterdam – Maastricht , 8 days

“Thinking of Holland I envisage broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen and lines of incredibly towering poplars like giant plumes on the edge of the Polder”.

These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterise this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southern-most city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse rivers: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, the cycle rides regularly cross borders. Although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, both Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.

Casual Cyclist

Casual Cyclist
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided group tour
Angelika Spindler
Angelika Spindler
+43 6219 7444 145 Contact

Itinerary

After you check-in at about 2pm, the barge sails to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical center with many canals and buildings dating from the 17th and 18th Century. It also has a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attracts yachters and cyclists. As soon as you arrive the guide will organize a test ride. After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.

Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm where cheese is still produced in line with traditional methods. You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

From Vianen you cycle through typical Dutch scenery to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit to the centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. Later you continue cycling along the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a short visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.

Whilst you are having breakfast, the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, whcih is a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start leading you along the Maas river to cities such as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during World War Two because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church is neo-gothic in style and houses a very well kept baroque organ, which was built between 1639 and 1650. This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Today there is a magnificent bike tour scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen.  The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th Century. Today's destination is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens with a great variety:. There is the Rosarium with ten different rose gardens, the water and sculpture garden, the Lommerijk with shades, waterfalls and streamlets, the Valley offering six ‘international’ gardens, Casa Verde offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens and the Golf garden with a view of the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

Today the bike route follows the Maas river once again. Here and there you will cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. The first stop is Venlo where there are many historical monuments and a lively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, which is one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel where the grain mill 'grey bear' stands proudly along the river. Today’s tour ends in the city of Roermond where the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it’s rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th Century. He designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam's central station.

Today, the bike tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful scenery of the province of Limburg. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th Century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik. This city is famous for its painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian "pint" on this beautiful square.

You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht.
Maastricht, the capital of the province is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th Century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored here!

 

Tour character

Easy tour mainly along flat and asphalted paths. This makes it also suitable for novice cyclists. No more than 50 kilometres is cycled each day.

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
Season 1
May 12, 2018 | Jun 2, 2018 | Jun 23, 2018 | Sep 1, 2018 | Sep 15, 2018 |
Bike & Boat Maas, Amsterdam - Maastricht - MS Sarah, 8 days, guided, NL-SHSSA-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
discount 3-bed cabin
929,00
220,00
-60,00
Price
Rental bike 7-gear with back pedal brake
electric bike
70,00
165,00

Services and infos

  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • 6 x dinner on board
  • Packed lunches for bike trips
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Travel guide
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome drink
  • Beer tasting on board
  • Entrance to Leerdam glass museum

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Amsterdam train station is close to the pier
  • Amsterdam Oosterdok can park: secure car park at the train station. Costs about €15 per day (www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl)
  • Car park Amsterpark.nl / Valet Parking Services: Drop off your car at the pier on your arrival day. Car will be back at the pier on the departure day. Costs €150 per week (application form in the travel documents)

Number of participants

  • No minimum number of participants
  • Trip cannot be guaranteed

Notes

  • Program and itinerary are subject to change due to nautical and meteorological reasons (this is no reason for a free cancellation).
  • EU citizens need a valid passport or ID card (where applicable)
  • Dietary requirements or vegetarian food can be catered for upon request and for a surcharge. You might need to bring some products yourself. You must let us know at least 14 days before the tour starts.
  • You should definitely bring a good rain coat and overtrousers, a bike helmet, a sun hat, sunscreen and trainers with you.

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Accommodation

Angelika Spindler
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Angelika Spindler, Customer service

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