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Maastricht-Amsterdam-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. The journey starts in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality. 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 specific flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly. 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 trip ends in Amsterdam, the Netherlands' lively capital.

Casual Cyclist

Casual Cyclist
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided group tour

Itinerary

After you check in at about 2pm, there is time to explore the city of Maastricht, a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the 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! After dinner you can test out the bikes.

Whilst you are having breakfast, the barge will move on to Born via the Juliana Canal where you disembark at the locks. From here you will cycle over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. At the market square, you will see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” whilst at this beautiful square. Then you continue to 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.  Today's destination is the city of Roermond, where the river Roer and Maas join. 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, who according to many is the most important Dutch architect from the 19th Century. He designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam's central station.

You start today by following the river along the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill 'grey bear' Stads proudly along the river. Then you cross over to the other bank to Kessel. Kessel is one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. At lunchtime you arrive in Venlo, with many historical moments and a lively inner city. In the afternoon you ride to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. Once there you can visit the beautiful castle gardens. The Rosarium has got ten different rose gardens. There is also the water and sculpture garden, the Lommerrijk with shadows, waterfalls and streams, the valley with six 'international' gardens, Casa Verde, with Mediterranean and tropical gardens and the golf garden overlooking the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

Today there is a magnificent bike tour on the program. First you will cycle past Well where you will find  Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating back to the 14th Century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. Around lunchtime you arrive in Afferden.
You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Maas. The St. Martins Church is a neo-gothic church house with a very well kept baroque organ that was built between 1639-1650. This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Today you bike from Cuijk along the Maas river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. 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. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages in the city park. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.

In the morning you will travel on the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam, a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. You can visit a glas blower there. A visit to the centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program for today. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work.  In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

Whilst you are eating breakfast today the barge will move on. Today’s bike tour starts in Breukelen and leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. The final destination is Amsterdam where you  can go on a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Sep 22, 2018 |
Season 2
May 19, 2018 | Jun 9, 2018 | Jun 30, 2018 | Sep 8, 2018 |
Bike & Boat Maas, Maastricht - Amsterdam- MS Sarah, 8 days, guided, NL-SHSSM-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
discount 3-bed cabin
879,00
220,00
-60,00
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 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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