Holland Family Barge & Bike

tours / Cycling

Holland Family Barge & Bike information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights bunk bed cabin
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. Note that storage capacity is limited in cabins and we recommend you bring a soft luggage bag. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


  • Cycling through countryside Holland at a relaxed pace
  • Visit the mediaeval castle of Loevestein and the world famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Discover the famous cheese town of Gouda
  • Enjoy a game of Dutch golf with the kids
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable barge

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The flat cycle ways and pretty canals of Holland offer some of the most enchanting and safe cycling opportunities in Europe. Aboard your hotel barge and in the company of other families, visit castles as you cycle through the Dutch riverlands. During the day there is plenty of opportunity to visit interesting towns such as the famous cheese town of Gouda, take advantage of local family friendy attractions such as Dutch golf and view the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. Specially designed for kids from 7 to 11 years old, the pace is relaxed ensuring that all members of the family are able to fully participate in the days cycle.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. at breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. if you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch onboard. dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation in bunk bed cabin (shared shower / toilet)
  • Bicycle with 7 gears, lock, pannier and insurance
  • Entrance fee to castle loevestein and farmer's golf
  • One city walking tour
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Experienced multilingual (english, german and dutch) guide for cycle tours and city walks


Day 1 Join barge in Amsterdam, sail to Vreeswijk, orientation cycle (10km)
Arrival in Amsterdam, check in aboard the barge. Today you will meet your crew and your tour leader. We begin with a sailing trip to Vreeswijk, where you stay the night. We will also take a short test ride to get to know your bikes.
Day 2 Cycle from Vianen to Gorinchem (20km)
The barge will first take you Vianen, the starting point for today’s cycling. You will follow a winding canal until you reach the town of Gorinchem, where we will stay for the night.
Day 3 Visit markets before taking the ferry to Castle Loevestein, cycle to Heusden (20km)
In the morning, visit a cosy market in down town Gorinchem before travelling by ferry to visit Castle Loevestein, which used to be a prison in the middle ages. Once, a famous Dutchman escaped from from the castle in a bookcase! Continue cycling to picturesque Heusden, a fortified town, where you will spend the night.
Day 4 Free day: visit local attractions including the fairy-tale park Efteling, cycle to Waspik
Today is Family Day! You are free to spend the day with your own family (or join another family if you wish!) as you please. Here are some wonderful ideas: a visit to the fairy-tale park Efteling, take a splash at a local swimming-pool or spend the day at the dune area of Drunen (where you can walk to visit the nearby playground). Late afternoon, cycle back (on your own) to the barge in the village of Waspik.
Day 5 Sail to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk then cycle to Gouda (20km)
We begin this morning with an early sailing trip to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. Nowhere else in the world will you find so many traditional windmills so close together! From here, cycle through the polderland Krimpenerwaard, which is approximately 2 metres below sea level, towards the famous cheese town of Gouda.
Day 6 Visit cheese farm and play Dutch golf (20km)
From Gouda you cycle to a cheese farm where the whole family have the opportunity to enjoy a game of Dutch golf. Dutch golf means your golf club is a wooden shoe! In the afternoon there’s time to explore the town of Alphen aan de Rijn and you also have the opportunity to visit Avifauna, a bird zoo.
Day 7 Cycle along the Amstel River to Amsterdam (25km)
The barge will drop the family off at Kudelstaart, where you will begin the days cycle trip alongside the river Amstel all the way to the port in Amsterdam. The afternoon is free for exploring Amsterdam. After dinner your guide will take you for a short city walk and you may wish to make a roundtrip of the Amsterdam canals.
Day 8 Trip concludes Amsterdam
The trip concludes after breakfast.