Highlights of Holland by Barge
Discover antiquated Dutch towns, castles and ports and experience the beauty of Holland's lakes, beaches and sand dunes. This itinerary ventures into the 'green heart' of the Netherlands to gain an insight into the country's highlights with its historic towns and picturesque countryside. From Amsterdam we board our barge and after exploring the city's canals we leave it behind for the tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Cycling through quiet lake areas we experience the medieval centres of Haarlem and Leiden at handlebar level. We explore the scenic north with its ports, including Hoorn, where we discover the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age.
|DAY 1||Arrive and cruise Amsterdam canals, short cycle along Amstel river (20km)|
|DAY 2||Cycle to Leiden (55km)|
|DAY 3||Cycle past seaside and dunes to Zandvoort and Haarlem (50km)|
|DAY 4||Cross North Sea canal by ferry, cycle past rural villages to cheese town Alkmaar (50km)|
|DAY 5||Cycle to unique wood and dune area (Bergen and Schoorl villages), relax on a terrace or beach (55km)|
|DAY 6||Cycle past windmills of Schermerhorn to Hoorn and Purmerend (45km)|
|DAY 7||Cycle along IJssel Lake en route to Amsterdam (50km), evening walking tour|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
The most authentic and pleasant way of seeing Holland. At times, cycling against the wind can be challenging, so be prepared for this. Hospitality on the barge was excellent.