Green Heart of the Netherlands - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Amsterdam
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    215-305 km / 134-190 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 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.

Green Heart of the Netherlands

Discover the countryside on MS Gandalf from EUR 949

The Tour

Das Grüne Herz der Niederlande

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 some details on the quaint and familiar ship, the MS Gandalf.

Das Grüne Herz der Niederlande - 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, 37-42 km/23-26 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, 23-65 km/14-40 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.

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, 30-37 km/19-23 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 the Netherlands" concludes after breakfast, disembarkation until 09:30 am.

 
 
Info/booking
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Here are the details on MS Gandalf.

Included in your package "Green Heart of the Netherlands":

  • 7 nights aboard
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • complimentary coffee/tea, until 16 o`clock
  • 1x cabin cleaning
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • fees for ferries and Waterbus
  • bike tours with english speaking tour guide
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike
  • optional rental helmet

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm/108 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • openable portholes
  • central heating
  • level-access beds

Rental bicycles:

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

Travel time 2022:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    18.06. + 02.07. + 09.07.
    13.08. + 10.09.

Prices:

All prices are per person.

  •   949 EUR travel price 17.09.
  •   989 EUR travel price, further dates
  • 1424 EUR double cabin, single occupancy 17.09.
  • 1484 EUR double cabin, single occupancy further dates
  •   909 EUR 3-bed cabin 17.09.
  •   949 EUR 3-bed cabin, further dates
  •     85 EUR rental bike
  •   185 EUR e-bike
  •     10 EUR rental helmet
  •     10 EUR private bike    
  •     25 EUR private e-bike
  •     15 EUR canal boat cruise in Amsterdam, 1 h

The booking process

The Tour
Info/arrival

Info/arrival

Arrival to "Green Heart of the Netherlands":

  • 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. EUR 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. 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.
  • 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. 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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