Bike tour in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Syuqor Aizzat

Summer in Maastricht, Limburg, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Jorge Franganillo
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Amsterdam to Maastricht

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Biking and boating the Dutch Rivers


  • “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 characterize this wonderful bike and boat tour between Amsterdam and Maastricht (or reverse), the southernmost city in the Netherlands. The itinerary leads from the west, through the heart, and into the south of the Netherlands, sailing and cycling Dutch river landscapes, through medieval villages! You will experience the meandering river Maas (Meuse), a visit to perhaps the most beautiful gardens in Western Europe “Castle Gardens of Arcen” and visit Maastricht, the oldest and perhaps most charming city of Holland. A multicultural city, Maastricht sits on both banks of the river. With its picturesque squares, romantic streets, and historical buildings, it is within walking distance of Belgium and cycling distance from Germany!

    Highlights:

    • Amsterdam
    • Maastricht
    • Magical river landscapes and cycling
    • Historical Utrecht
    • Vibrant Limburg
    • Arcen and the beautiful castle gardens
    • White village of Thorn
    • (Kuchen) German cake
    • Belgium beer

    Be sure to look at out all of our Bike and Barge tours in Holland.

  • Sarah

    May 11 - September 14

    September 21

    Twin cabin below deck

    £ 896 $ 1,985 1054 $ 1588 NOK 9925 kr 9162 $ 1,191

    £ 845 $ 1,872 994 $ 1498 NOK 9360 kr 8640 $ 1,123

    Single cabin below deck

    £ 1091 $ 2,418 1284 $ 1935 NOK 12091 kr 11161 $ 1,451

    £ 1040 $ 2,305 1224 $ 1844 NOK 11526 kr 10639 $ 1,383

    Triple cabin below deck

    £ 845 $ 1,872 994 $ 1498 NOK 9360 kr 8640 $ 1,123

    £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067

    There are 2 triple cabins and only one single cabin available per departure date.

    Sarah

    May-September 12

    September 19

    Twin cabin below deck

    £ 959 $ 2,126 1129 $ 1701 NOK 10631 kr 9814 $ 1,276

    £ 917 $ 2,032 1079 $ 1626 NOK 10161 kr 9379 $ 1,219

    Single cabin below deck

    £ 1189 $ 2,635 1399 $ 2108 NOK 13174 kr 12161 $ 1,581

    £ 1146 $ 2,541 1349 $ 2032 NOK 12703 kr 11726 $ 1,524

    Triple cabin below deck

    £ 908 $ 2,013 1069 $ 1611 NOK 10066 kr 9292 $ 1,208

    £ 866 $ 1,919 1019 $ 1535 NOK 9596 kr 8857 $ 1,151

     

    Elodie

    May 10October 8
    Twin/double £ 1640 $ 3,635 1930 $ 2908 NOK 18174 kr 16776 $ 2,181 £ 1619 $ 3,588 1905 $ 2870 NOK 17939 kr 16559 $ 2,153
    Twin cabin/single use on request 

    Twin cabin/single use on request with 50% supplement

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental:   £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 Helmet rental:   £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11

    Sarah


    Electric bicycle rental: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 Helmet rental:  £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11

     

    Elodie


    Electric bicycle rental:.Please ask. Only two available per departure.
    Helmet rental: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11 Basic laundry service, per load: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11 *Special dietary requests, per day: €5
    Please note that vegan diets cannot be accommodated.

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

    Local Travel

    Tour starts Amsterdam:
    Schiphol train station is situated directly below the airport. From here, it is a short train ride to Amsterdam Central. Exact mooring location will be provided to you with your final travel information. Sometimes boat will be located within walking distance of the central train station.
    Tour starts Maastricht:
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) has a reliable train connection with Maastricht Central Station: Saturdays, every half hour (Intercity), travel time around 2 hr. 25 minutes. The train costs approx. € 25,30 (January 2018). Tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in the airport terminal (NS train station). Credit or debit card only. Please know your pin! From Maastricht Central Station, taxi or public transportation.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean and Maastricht’s average high/low temperatures and rainfall are very typical of that experienced in the Netherlands in general. Spring time temps can be on the cooler side so don’t forget your layers and your rain gear. A good website to explore average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates


Amsterdam to Maastricht: August 31, and September 14, 2019
Maastricht to Amsterdam: August 24, and September 21, 2019

 

Sarah - 8-day tour

Amsterdam to Maastricht: May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20, July 4, August 15, August 29, and September 12, 2020
Maastricht to Amsterdam: May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, August 22, September 5, and September 19, 2020

Elodie - 11-day tour

Amsterdam to Maastricht: May 10, 2020
Maastricht to Amsterdam: October 8, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy guided bike and boat tour with daily distances of 28 miles. There is a continuous network of cycle paths, clearly signposted, well maintained, and well lit, with road/cycle path junctions that often give priority to cyclists. Cycling in Holland is convenient, pleasant, and safe.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Sarah, a Standard class vehicle or the Elodie, a Premium class vessel.

What’s Included

Sarah

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals, breakfasts, packed lunches, 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 or 8-speed hybrid bicycle with hand and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag, and water bottle
  • Route information and maps (one set per cabin)
  • Tour guide (provides daily briefings of tours, cycles the route each day, provides assistance for self-guided cyclists
  • Entrance National Glass Museum in Leerdam
  • Harbor fees
  • GPS tracks
  • WiFi: please note that due to mobile network connections, the quality cannot always be guaranteed
  • Fees for ferries

Elodie

  • 10 nights accommodation in climate controlled cabins
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and 9 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board during the day
  • Bike rental with pannier bags and lock
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Harbor dues, fuel, and tourist tax

What’s Not Included

Sarah

  • All beverages other than those mentioned
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Gratuities at your discretion
  • Electric bike. Available with supplement. See pricing.
  • Helmets (available for supplement)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Elodie

  • One dinner on last night of tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinks other than those mentioned
  • Helmets, available with supplement
  • Laundry service, available with supplement
  • Bicycle Protection (obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8–11 days
From994 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Maastricht Map

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary and also vary in what is included and not included. All distances are approximate. The  planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.


Amsterdam to Maastricht 

Day 1: Amsterdam - Weesp, 6 mi. (11 km)
Day 2: Weesp - Utrecht | Utrecht - Vianen, 28 mi. (47 km)
Day 3: Vianen - Gorinchem, 26 mi. (41 km) | Gorinchem - Heusden, 25 mi. (41 km)
Day 4: Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijk, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Cuijk – Arcen, 29 mi. (48 km) 
Day 6: Arcen – Venlo – Roermond, 30 mi. (50 km) 
Day 7: Roermond – Born| Born – Maastricht, 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 8: Maastricht

 Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

Day 1: Amsterdam - Weesp, 6 mi. (11 km)
The barges will be moored at the Oosterdok. Boarding takes place between 1 and 2 pm, after which the barge will set sail to Weesp at 2:30 pm. Once fortified and now with a protected historical center, several of the bastions, moats, and forts still survive. Many canals and buildings date from the 17th and 18th century. Weesp has three full-size historical windmills. With its quiet charm, small bridges, and picturesque canals, Weesp is the perfect first stop after Amsterdam.

*In 2019, the boat will be departing to Weesp at 2 pm.

Day 2: Weesp - Utrecht - Vianen, 28 mi. (47 km)
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: Vianen - Gorinchem, 25 mi. (41 km) | Gorinchem - Heusden 
Through a typical Dutch landscape, along the Merwedekanaal, the route leads to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork and there will be an opportunity to visit a glass blower. Later you continue biking on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.

Day 4: Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijk, 24 mi. (40 km) 
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 such as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit 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. Martin's Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroque-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Day 5: Cuijk – Arcen, 29 mi. (48 km) 
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 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: Arcen – Venlo – Roermond, 30 mi. (50 km) 
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. Today's tour ends in the city of Roermond, where the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known for its 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 of the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

Day 7: Roermond – Born| Born – Maastricht, 25 mi. (42 km) 
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 colored 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: Departure
Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Maastricht to Amsterdam

Day 1: Maastricht, 3 mi. (5 km)
Day 2: Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond, 24 mi. (40 km)  
Day 3: Roermond – Venlo – Arcen, 30 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Arcen - Cuijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Cuijk - Maasbommel | Maasbommel - Heusden, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Heusden - Gorinchem | Gorinchem - Vianen, 25 mi. (41 km)
Day 7: Vianen - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

Day 1: Maastricht
In Maastricht, the barge will be moored north of the Wilhelmina bridge. Check in begins at 1 pm. There is time to explore the city of Maastricht, 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! After dinner, you can test the bikes (approx 10 km/6 miles).

Day 2Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond, 24 mi. (40 km)
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. At 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 building that is not white is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, where the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known for a 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: Roermond – Venlo – Arcen, 30 mi. (50 km) 
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' stands proudly along the river. 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: Arcen - Cuijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
 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 baroque-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands

Day 5: Cuijk - Maasbommel | Maasbommel - Heusden, 24 mi. (40 km)
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. 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: Heusden - Gorinchem | Gorinchem - Vianen, 25 mi. (41 km)
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: Vianen - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam, 26 mi. (42 km)
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: Amsterdam
End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, by 9:30 am.

Amsterdam to Maastricht

Day 1: Amsterdam, 10 mi. (17 km)
Day 2: Amsterdam - Utrecht - Vianen, 26 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Vianen - Leerdam - Woudrichem, 21 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Woudrichem - Den Bosch, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Den Bosch - Grave, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 6: Grave - Nijmegen, 10 mi. (15 km)
Day 7: Nijmegen - Groesbeek - Cuijk, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 8: Cuijk - Gennep - Arcen, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 9: Arcen - Venlo - Roermond, 18 - 30 mi. (33 - 55 km)
Day 10: Roermond - Born - Maastricht, 22 mi. (37 km)
Day 11: Mastricht

Day 1: Amsterdam, 10 mi. (17 km)
Arrival on board the Elodie in Amsterdam where the crew will welcome you with a nice cup of coffee or tea. You will be introduced to the crew and enjoy a tour presentation. You will take a short bike tour through the rural area of Amsterdam North to get comfortable with your bike. In the evening, after dinner, your guide will take you for a walk through Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Utrecht - Vianen, 26 mi. (40 km)
Early in the morning, the Elodie will start sailing for Nigtevecht where this day's cycling tour will start. You can enjoy the scenery of mansions in a beautiful surrounding and cycle along one of the country’s most beautiful rivers,  Vecht, with its many mansions and splendid gardens, to Vianen, where you will spend the night. In the evening, you can pay a visit to this town.

Day 3: Vianen - Leerdam - Woudrichem, 21 mi. (30 km)
From Vianen, you cycle through Vijfherenlanden to Leerdam, famous for its glasswork and will view the art of glass blowing. The town itself is well worth a visit. The river Vecht is lined with the most beautiful houses, but the river Linge along which you cycle certainly has the most beautiful nature. You arrive in Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After Gorinchem you will take the ferry to Woudrichem. An old fortified town on the banks of the river Waal. In the old harbor,  you will spend the night.

Day 4: Woudrichem - Den Bosch, 27 mi. (45 km)
Along high dikes, passing beautiful farmhouses,  you will cycle along to Heusden on the Maas river. The Meuse is 925 km. long. It starts in France, passes through Rotterdam, and empties into the North Sea. The Meuse is referred to as a “rain river” which means the state of the water is whimsical. You will see today that ferries are important. They are served by local volunteers who exemplify the skill necessary to live in a country that has more water than land. The volunteers may be farmers and old skippers who have a love of being on the water. For cyclists, it signifies that you can cycle through the most beautiful areas, choosing the best side of the river. You may have a coffee break in old Heusden, one of the many beautiful, fortified towns on the route. The fortress structure remains clearly visible. You will have time to walk around and have lunch. At the end the day you find yourself in the Burgundian’s Hertogenbosch, also called the Den Bosch after the famous painter Jeroen Bosch. You can find out more about him in the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre or lose yourself in this Burgundian city with its abundance of cafes and shops. Last but not least, don’t forget the impressive St. John’s Cathedral. It will, however, be part of your after-dinner walk.

Day 5: Den Bosch - Grave, 22 mi. (36 km)
You cycle from village to village, more or less following the Meuse. There are large natural areas with Galloway cattle and sometimes wild horses. You will find a nice scenic place on the Maas for lunch and coffee.

Day 6: Grave - Nijmegen, 10 mi. (15 km)
Today a relaxed day with a short ride to have plenty of time in Nijmegen as there is much to be seen. This town played an important role in operation Market GardenWorld and there are WWII memorials that can be visited.  There is an opportunity for lovely shopping, strolling, or you can even try your luck at the casino on the waterfront of the Waal River.

Day 7: Nijmegen - Groesbeek - Cuijk, 12 mi. (20 km)
Though the cycling distance is not great today, the route can be a bit hilly. Through farmland, over the mokerhay, the route leads to Groesbeek. This is a lovely town very close to the German border where you can step on German soil if only for a short moment. Then it is off to Cuijk where you will find the Elodie waiting for you. 

Day 8: Cuijk - Gennep - Arcen, 30 mi. (50 km)
This day offers a magnificent river Maas cycle route. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen and Gennep. A beautiful town with a rich history. It was only in 1839 the town became Duch. At the Geneva convention, it was decided that the Germans should keep a cannonball’s flight away from the river Maas. The trip continues past the recreational area Leuken-Bergerheide to Well where we find Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. From Well, we cycle several kilometers further through the Maas valley to Arcen. The famous castle gardens of Arcen here reveal their beauty in scents and color. Broekhuizen is the rose cultivation center of the Netherlands, and you spend the night in the middle of this haven of rest and beauty. Arcen is the hometown of the Hertog Jan Brewery. If you are a beer fan it is time to have a taste.

Day 9: Arcen - Venlo - Roermond, 18 or 30 mi. (33 or 55 km)
Via the Broekhuizen ferry, you cycle to the Castle of Arcen with its beautiful gardens. Continuing to the city of Venlo you will have some time to walk around and have a coffee. The cyclists that want to do the short ride will get off here to meet the others. Along the way, you will pass Kessel’s Castle with a magnificent terrace on the waterfront. Either here or a little bit further up the river at café the Rosegarden, you can stop for lunch. An excellent opportunity to have a taste of Limburg’s Vlaai. A specialty from the province of Limburg. Arrival in Roermond where you spend the night within walking distance of the town center.

Day 10: Roermond - Born - Maastricht, 22 mi. (37 km)
First stop will be Maasbracht. The lock’s at Maasbracht overcome the largest drop of the river Maas about 12 meters. Maasbracht is the center of inland shipping and has a very interesting museum dedicated to river shipping that is operated by retired skippers. We arrive in Thorn via Heel and Wessem. Thorn is called “the white town” and you will immediately realize why. This pilgrim's town from the year 922 AD has been the capital of a ministate that has been run by women for 800 years. We now cycle further through 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. For he/she who dares, there is opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Via the Driebeukenbos and Stokkum, you arrive back at the river Maas. A little further along the Juliana canal, the Elodie is waiting for you in front of the Born lock. We pass through the lock with its drop of more than 11 meters and continue to Maastricht. In Maastricht, there is opportunity to stroll along this magnificent city with lots of culture, history and fine architecture maybe ending up on one of the many terraces on the main square to enjoy the atmosphere.

Day 11: Maastricht
End of tour. Departure after breakfast.

Maastricht to Amsterdam itinerary is pending.

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Tour Reviews

  • Winona N. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff as well as the beautiful scenery.

    Boat: Sarah

  • Mikky from Tripsite 1 year ago     Staff

    This was my second tour with Tripsite and my first tour in Holland, and it was wonderful. The Elodie offers an indefinable atmosphere, which made this more than a bike tour, it was an experience I will never forget! The camaraderie amongst passengers was established the moment we stepped foot on the boat. Our tour guide, chef, and captain were amazing, they treated us like kings. I work here at Tripsite and would love to share more details with anyone interested in this tour. :)

    Boat: Elodie

    • Patty 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hi Mikky,
      Is this route hilly...especially in the south?

      • Mikky from Tripsite 8 months ago     Staff

        HI Patty,
        Actually the route is very very flat! Feel free to contact me with any further questions, I would love to help!

  • Jon H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    5 star bike tour in the Netherlands. The Elodie is a clean and comfortable barge with a family type atmosphere. The guided tour through the country side is the best way to take in all the sites of the small towns along the river banks. Staff aboard the Elodie was first class and the food was amazing.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Jim M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our 4th Barge and Bike Tour. This and all of the tours have been wonderful. Really enjoyed the country side and the little towns along the tour.
    Our guide talked about some fascinating history as we rode thru the Netherlands. The windmill tour that our guide arranged was outstanding.

    Boat: Sarah

    • James 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      This is our 1st B&B and we're trying to decide between Ams - Bruges or Ams - Matstrich. What do you think?

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Amsterdam to Maastricht Boats + Barges

Sarah Photo

Sarah Belgium, Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Sarah is a very comfortable and spacious ship. After years of use as a cargo ship, the Sarah was transformed into a passenger boat in 2002. It is a very modern ship with tasteful accommodations, a spacious air conditioned lounge/restaurant, and large and inviting sun deck. The corridor is air conditioned as well.

Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Premium Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurbished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

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