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Guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL056

Holland / From Maastricht to Amsterdam

Sailing up Dutch canals

This tour unwinds through the whole country, starting from the the most ancient town in Holland, Maastricht and sailing on rivers and canals immersed in the green all the way to Amsterdam, the amazing Dutch capital, which needs no introduction.
  • Day by Day


    1. Maastricht (5 km)

    Embarkation and check-in on board between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. After the welcome meeting there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride along the river. After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the centre of town. We advise you to come to Maastricht one or more days before departure, so that you can explore this interesting city. Maastricht is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. You can admire St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum and the Kazematten, an underground fortress dating back to the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves. You will not get bored!


    2. Maastricht - Roermond (40 km)

    During breakfast the barge will sail to Born via the Juliana Canal. From here you will cycle over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This city is famous for being the birthplace of the Flemish painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style buidings and their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on 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 where the only odd building is the 14th-century church. Your destination today is the city of Roermond, which is known becasue of its rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city and it proudly displays many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, one of the 19th century most important Dutch architects, who planned the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam.


    3. Roermond - Arcen (50 km)

    Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, known for its mill featuring a ‘grey bear’, standing right by the road. You will then cross over to the other bank to Kessel, one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. The afternoon is dedicated to Venlo and Arcen, a fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: They will surprise you with a great variety: 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; the Golf garden, with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.


    4. Arcen - Cuijk (55 km)

    Today’s ride will truly impress you. Cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through Maasduinen National Park to Well, where you will admire the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating back to the 14th century. Your barge will be waiting for you in Cuijk, where the neo-gothic church of St. Martins is worth a visit. In fact it houses a very well kept baroque organ (built 1639-1650) one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Overnight in Cuijck.


    5. Cuijk - Heusden (40 km)

    Today you will be cycling from Cuijk along the Meuse river to the medieval towns of Ravenstein and Grave. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will be able to admire Napoleonic canons. Grave also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. Once again you will join the barge in Maasbommel and from here sail to Heuseden, a beautifully resatured fortified city.


    6. Heusden - Vianen (40 km)

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


    7. Vianen - Amsterdam (40 km)

    You will sail on during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a typical Dutch mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can enjoy the many museums and points of interests as well as sailing on the canals to see the city from a very special perpective.


    8. Amsterdam

    Disembarkation after breakfast around 9:30 am and end of tour.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the barge’s captain.


  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat landscape, beneath the sea level. The cycling path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signals and with small numbered stumps called “mushrooms”, marked on the maps. It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Ask your guide on board, he/she will be able to give you more information.



  • How to get there

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure.


    By Plane

    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.

    In order to get to the embarkation point you need to take the train directly at the Schiphol airport to Maastricht. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 3 hours, the cost is about € 30/60. To book the train tickets in advance visit www.ns.nl.


    By Train

    The nearest arrival point is Maastricht train station. More information on www.ns.nl


    By Car

    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/en/info-for-travellers/car/parking-in-maastricht

  • Accommodation and meals



    The barge Gandalf is equipped with:

    - 10 Standard Twin cabins (10m2)


    In two of the cabins a bunk bed as third bed is possible (on request). Each cabin has a recently renovated bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating. A hair dryer is available on request.


    Common areas 

    On the upper deck of the Gandalf you will find the large and cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has two large sundecks with storage room for the bicycles and sitting areas with tables and chairs, where you can have a drink. On nice evenings, or while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here. Furthermore, equipped with a double-roof of solar panels, the Gandalf runs for a great part on green energy! This is not only environment-friendly, but also comfortable for guests: since the ship hardly needs to use a generator to produce electricity, the nights are still and quiet on board.






    The barge Sarah is equipped with:

    - 6 Standard Twin cabins (10m2)

    - 2 Standard Twin/Triple cabins (10m2)

    - 2 Standard Double cabins (10m2)


    The twin cabins have two single beds, the triple ones have two single beds and a bunk bed and the double cabins have one double bed. In one of the twin cabins, on prior request the beds can be set together.

    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins all have a ventilation system, central heating and windows that can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.


    Common areas 

    On the upper deck of the Sarah you will find the cozy air conditioned open lounge with large windows, a TV, a dining area and a bar. Wi-Fi is available. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, partially with awning. On nice evenings you can have diner over here and while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery.




  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • unisex touring bikes with 7 gears and hand brakes
    • unisex e-bikes with hand brakes


    At the moment of booking you can draw up a bike insurance against theft and damage (touring bike € 10; e-bike € 25). This policy covers:

    • the theft of the bicycle only if you present the key of the lock;
    • the damage of the bicycle if it is not due to careless or improper behavior of the customer.


    The bikes are equipped with:
    1 pannier bag
    1 lock.

    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin.

    Bike helmets are not mandatory, but we advise you wear one for your safety anyway.



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains the link to download the tour information material in Pdf:


    • Tour notes       
    • Final tour details


    On the spot you will find the maps (one for each cabin) and the GPS tracks



  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.

    Staff support
    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 1 Client reviews
    • Roberta

      Departure 11-18 July 2020

      Online from 24 July 2020

      Le vacanze in bici sono una bella alternativa al mare

Tour details


from 999 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge Sarah

Tour type



Sarah SA 21.05, 4.06, 25.06, 9.07, 20.08, 3.09, 17.09.2022

Gandalf SA 23.07 and 6.08.2022


Departures from Amsterdam.



Season 1 | 17.09.2022

Season 2 | 21.05 - 10.09.2022


Price per person

Season 1 | 17.09.2022


Sarah and Gandalf | below deck 

999 € in standard twin cabin

1269 € in single cabin

939 € 3rd person in triple cabin



  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person


Sarah and Gandalf 

Season 2 | 21.05 - 10.09.2022

€ 100 in standard twin/single/triple cabin


Rental bikes

€ 85 Touring bike

€ 185 E-bike

€ 10 Helmet


€ 10 Touring bike insurance

€ 25 E-bike insurance

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