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The Netherlands: Discover Dutch rivers: Amsterdam – Maastricht

Duration: 7 Days
Price: 959
Level: Easy
  • Broad rivers meandering through endless lowlands

    Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incredibly tenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder’s rim”.

    These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterise this wonderful journey between Amsterdam and Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. Discover magical flat and green landscapes formed by the rivers Vecht, Lower Rhine, Waal, Linge and Meuse: a tangle of old gullies, cut-off meanders, dikes and flood plains with a typical flora and fauna. Visit historical towns, remarkable villages and some castles and gardens along these rivers. In the hospitable province of Limburg, cycling tours will cross borders regularly: although the Meuse flows through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are only a stone’s throw away. You can eat ‘Kuchen’ (cake) in a German ‘Konditorei’ in the morning and have a delicious afternoon beer in a street café in a Belgium village. The journey ends in Maastricht, the capital of the province of Limburg, famous for its lively center and vibrant hospitality.

    Itinerary: Amsterdam – Weesp – Vianen – Heusden – Cuijk – Arcen – Roermond – Maastricht

  • TOUR DATES 2019 – SARAH:
    Amsterdam – Maastricht:
    departures on June 8 and 22; July 6; August 17 and 31; Sept. 14
    Maastricht – Amsterdam:
     departures on June 15 and 29; July 13; August 24 and Sept. 21.

    Cabin Type Max passengers Price
    Twin
    Single
    Triple
    2
    1
    3
    € 959
    € 1189
    € 899
  • Barge Sarah (22 passengers/10 cabins)

    The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere.
    The Sarah has a cozy, airconditioned lounge / restaurant. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.
    In front there are 10 twin cabins (2 with 1 extra bunk bed) with private bathrooms. The cabins also have central heating. The corridor is airconditioned. In each cabin you will find a hairdryer.

  • Tour Details Holland: Tour Amsterdam – Maastricht | Barge Sarah

    Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Weesp | testride in Weesp (11 km/6 mi.)
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 p.m. and  2 p.m. Around 2 p.m. the barge sails to Weesp. This small city on the banks of the river Vecht has a historical centre with many canals and buildings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. It also has a few beautiful windmills. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads along the river attract yachters and cyclists. As soon as you arrive the tour leader will organize a test ride. After dinner you will have time to stroll through this charming city.

    Day 2 (Sun): Weesp – Utrecht | Utrecht – Vianen (47 km/28 mi.)
    Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real 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.

    Day 3 (Mon): Vianen – Gorinchem | Gorinchem – Heusden (41 km/25 mi.)
    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 centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work. Later you continue biking 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.

    Day 4 (Tue): Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijck (40 km/24 mi.)
    During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

    Day 5  (Wed): Cuijck – Arcen (48 km/29 mi.)
    Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen.  The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. The destination for today is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens with a 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.

    Day 6 (Thu): Arcen – Venlo – Roermond (50 km/30 mi.)
    Again your bike route follows the Maas river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. The first stop is Venlo, with many historical monuments and a lively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ stands proudly along the river.
    Todays’s tour ends in the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it’s rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

    Day 7 (Fri): Roermond – Born | Born – Maastricht (42 km/25 mi.)
    Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the province of Limburg. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik. This city is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht.
    Maastricht, the capital of the province is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from 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!

    Day 8 (sat): Maastricht
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Tour Details Holland: Tour Maastricht – Amsterdam | Barge Sarah

    Day 1 (Sat): Maastricht
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is 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 earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover this interesting city.
    Maastricht is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from 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!

    Day 2 (Sun): Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond (40 km/24 mi.)
    During breakfast you join the barge to Born via the Juliana Canal, where you disembark at the locks. From here you bike over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a 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. The only non-white building is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it’s rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

    Day 3 (Mon): Roermond – Venlo – Arcen (50 km/30 mi.)
    Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill ‘grey bear’ Stads proudly along the river. Then you cross over to the other bank to Kessel. Kessel is one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. At lunchtime you arrive in Venlo, with many historical moments and a lively inner city. In the afternoon you ride to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water and sculpture garden; the Lommerrijk, with shadows, waterfalls and streams; the valley, with six ‘international’ gardens; Casa Verde, with Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the golf garden, overlooking the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

    Day 4 (Tue): Arcen – Cuijk (48 km/29 mi.)
    Today a magnificent bike tour is on the program. First you will bike pass Well where you find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. Around lunchtime you arrive in Afferden. You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Maas. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

    Day 5 (Wed): Cuijk – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Heusden (41 km/25 mi.)
    Today you bike from Cuijk along the Maas river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. In Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages in the city park. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.

    Day 6 (Thu): Heusden – Gorinchem | Gorinchem – Vianen (41 km/25 mi.)
    In the morning you will join the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there 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 centuries-old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work.
    In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. 

    Day 7 (Fri): Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (42 km/26 mi.)
    You will sail during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you  can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal)

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – Packed lunches
    – 7 x 3-course dinner
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Welcome drink
    – 2019: Fees for ferries
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Daily briefings
    – Fully guided cycling tours
    – Some short walking tours
    – Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
    – GPS tracks
    – Use of a waterproof pannier bag
    – Wi-Fi
    – Entrance National Glass Museum Leerdam

    Not included
    – Drinks
    – Bike rental or E-bike rental
    – Helmet rental
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
    – 2018: Fees for ferries
    – Transfers to / from the docking place
    – Parking fees

    Bike rental: € 75 per week
    E-bike rental: € 175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Helmet: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment
    Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment

  • Good to know
    The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
    During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice for the longer or the shorter option together with the group.
    Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
    You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
    In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

    Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

    Type of bike
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: Of the brand Batavus Mont Blanc with handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    N.B. E-bikes are only on request, limited number available, early booking strongly recommended.

    The trip starts in Amsterdam or Maastricht
    In Amsterdam the barge is docked in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.
    We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at at 2 p.m. And the ship will leave the harbor at 2.30 p.m.
    In Maastricht the barge is moored at van Hasseltkade just north of the Wilhelmina bridge. Also in Maastricht we expect you on board around 2 p.m. But the barge will leave on sunday morning.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    Transfer between Amsterdam and Maastricht:
    There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.

    CONTACT:
    Tel Sarah: +31 (0) 619531474
    Tel Office: + 31 (0) 29931371
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Oosterdok weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring Maastricht