From Amsterdam to Maastricht
Sailing down Dutch canals
from 999 €
8 nights /7 days, barge Sarah
Web code NL055
Sarah SA 28.05, 18.06, 2.07, 13.08, 27.08, 10.09.2022
Gandalf SA 16.07 and 30.07.2022
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
- GPS tracks
- Bed linen and towels
- Hotline service
- Beverages on board
- Museums, fees and extras in general
- Transfers to/from the docking place
- 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
€ 85 Touring bike
€ 185 E-bike
€ 10 Helmet
€ 10 Touring bike insurance
€ 25 E-bike insurance
Day by Day
1. Amsterdam - Weesp (10 km)
Embarkation and check-in between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Around 2 p.m. the barge starts sailing to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical centre with many canals and buildings dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century. It also features a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attract yachters and cyclists. Upon arrival the tour leader will organize a test ride. After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.
2. Weesp - Vianen (50 km)
Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht while admiring impressive mansions built on its banks. Along the way you will visit a typical Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to 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.
3. Vianen - Heusden (40 km)
From Vianen 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. 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. Later on you will continue cycling on 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.
4. Heusden - Cuijck (40 km)
During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here starts your bike tour, leading you along the Maas 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. Following the Maas river, you’ll arrive 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. Cuijck - Arcen (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. Today’s destination is Arcen where may visit the famous 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.
6. Arcen - Roermond (50 km)
Your bike route follows the Meuse river. and you will cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting trails. The first stop is Venlo, with interesting historical monuments and a lively city centre. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. From there you will cross over to the other bank and continue to the beautiful village of Beesel known for its mill featuring a ‘grey bear’, standing right by the road. Todays’s tour ends where the rivers Roer and Meuse join in 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.
7. Roermond - Maastricht (40 km)
Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the Limburg province. First stop is 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. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch/Belgian border to Maaseik, Belgium. This city is famous for 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. You will meet the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht the capital of the province. Here you enjoy St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortified works dating back to 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!
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.
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. Consider about a 15 minute bus ride from the train station to the point of embarkation (the busses are frequent).
The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam. In order to get to the embarkation point you need to leave from Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about € 5. To book the train tickets in advance visit www.ns.nl.
The nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on www.ns.nl
Parking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of the city.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Departure 22-29 June 2019
Online from 17 July 2019We love the bike and barge concept. We have definitely been to towns and cities that we would never visit on another type of trip.