Bike tour through Veere in Zeeland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Rolf Schmitz

Carriage ride in Middelburg, Zeeland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Marian van der Weide

Rotterdam to the Zeeland Province

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour from Holland’s second largest city into the wonderful water world of the Zeeland

  • This bike and boat tour in Holland, featuring the province of Zeeland, showcases the many faces of this fascinating country. There is something for everyone! The world-class architecture and design of exciting Rotterdam will astound. Did you know that this is the largest port in Europe and the second largest city in Holland? Nature lovers will celebrate Zeeland, also known as the "land in the sea", known for the varied flora and fauna. Engineering enthusiasts will marvel at the ingenious methods of water management, including the Delta Project. History buffs will delight in the historic towns of Zierikzee, and Middelburg. We cannot forget the foodie! Sample delicious mussels, oysters, and Eastern Scheldt Lobster.

    Highlights:

    • Innovative Rotterdam
    • Relaxing Dordrecht
    • Majestic harbor of Middleburg and the central market
    • Beautiful Zierikzee
    • Engineering marvel, the Delta Works
    • Deltapark Neeltje Jans

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  • Twin cabin/main deck £ 755 $ 1,674 889 $ 1339 NOK 8371 kr 7727 $ 1,005
    Twin cabin/upper deck/astern £ 883 $ 1,957 1039 $ 1565 NOK 9784 kr 9031 $ 1,174
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 925 $ 2,051 1089 $ 1641 NOK 10255 kr 9466 $ 1,231
    Single cabin/upper deck £ 1265 $ 2,804 1489 $ 2243 NOK 14021 kr 12943 $ 1,683

    July 27, upper deck/twin cabin, discount: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 Cabins are available for single use as well. Ask us for pricing.

    Valid for bookings after May 22, 2019

    Twin cabin/main deck £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067
    Twin cabin/upper deck/astern £ 929 $ 2,060 1094 $ 1648 NOK 10302 kr 9509 $ 1,236
    Twin cabin/upper deck £ 972 $ 2,155 1144 $ 1724 NOK 10773 kr 9944 $ 1,293
    Single cabin/upper deck £ 1227 $ 2,720 1444 $ 2176 NOK 13598 kr 12552 $ 1,632
    Twin bed cabin for single use/main deck £ 1164 $ 2,580 1370 $ 2064 NOK 12901 kr 11908 $ 1,548

     

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 81 $ 179 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take a train to Rotterdam. Travel time is 26 minutes.

    Climate

    Zeeland gets the largest amount of annual hours of sunshine in the Netherlands. During the warmest days, the constant sea breeze offers some cooling. This combination causes the climate of Zeeland to be one of the most pleasant in the Netherlands during the summer. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good site to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    It is possible to book optional excursions on board. The most up to date program will be outlined in your final travel information. Excursions can only be reserved and paid for on board.  Depending on the group composition, the excursions could be bilingual, German-English.

    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

August 24, August 31, September 7, and September 14, 2019

 

*Minimum number of participants: 70 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

May 16, July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, September 26, and October 3, 2020

 

Where You’ll Stay

On the Premium ship, the Olympia

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Program according  to itinerary from/to Rotterdam
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches or light lunch on board, 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Change of linen and towels on request
  • All port, bridge, and lock fees
  • A daily briefing on the respective cycle tours 
  • Maps and information material for the cycle tours (one set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks (2020)
  • Tour leader on board
  • 7-speed unisex hybrid city touring bike (Velo de Ville) with hand and back pedal brakes or freewheel, equipped with pannier

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From889 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour. Due to its numerous cycle paths, Holland has become a paradise for cyclists. The cycle routes are on flat terrain and are easy to bike on but headwinds can be a factor.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rotterdam to the Zeeland Province Map

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam, Rotterdam – Dordrecht
Day 2: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Hellevoetsluis, 28 mi. (45 km) 
Day 3: Hellevoetsluis - Bruinisse, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bruinisse - Middelburg, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Middelburg - Veere | Middelburg - Neeltje Jans - Veere, approx. 35 km
Day 6: Veere - Bruinisse - Willemstad | Bruinisse - Willemstad, approx. 34 km
Day 7: Willemstad - Rotterdam, approx. 39 km
Day 8: Departure from Rotterdam

In case of flood or low tide or severe weather, the shipping company reserves the right to change the route   Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit.

Italicized parts will be undertaken by boat.

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam, Rotterdam - Dordrecht
Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation at about 4:00 pm. You may have some time left to see Rotterdam’s stunning Market Hall. The Dutch refer to it as their version of the "Sistine Chapel“. At 6:00 pm, the boat navigates to Holland’s oldest town, Dordrecht, impressively located on an island between three wide rivers. 

Day 2: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Hellevoetsluis, 28 mi. (45 km)
In the morning, set sail for Willemstad, a small fortified town dating from the 17th/18th century, which is well worth visiting. Here start for your first cycle tour. Cross the inland waters of Haringvliet over the Volkerakdam, and cycle through fields and past storybook villages like Zwartsluis and Goudswaard to the popular water sports center of Hellevoetsluis. 

Day 3: Hellevoetsluis - Bruinisse, 28 mi. (45 km)
During good swimming weather, before you begin to cycle, it is well worth it to take a detour to the bathing beach of Rockanje, a wide fine sand beach with marvelous dunes. Once on the bike, you will cross the Haringvliet again, passing through small villages like Stellendam with the mill Korenlust, the small water sport village of Herkingen. Continuing along the Grevelingendam, you reach the mussel village of Bruinisse. 

Day 4: Bruinisse - Middelburg, 34 mi. (54 km)
Today you cycle to the small town of Zierikzee, which is among the 10 most beautiful Dutch national heritage towns. Once a rich trading city, it has a beautiful port and lots of monuments. The "fat tower" rises high above the town. The top of the tower offers marvelous views over the town, the harbor, and the island. You cross the Zeeland Bridge to Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland. Once the second most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Middleburg is a town full of history. Numerous shops and cafes are waiting to be discovered.

Day 5: Middelburg - Veere | Middelburg - Neeltje Jans - Veere, 22 mi. (35 km)
Destination of today’s cycle tour is Neeltje Jans. The former working island was created by raising a sand flat to facilitate the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. You will have the possibility not only to marvel at the locks from up close but also from the inside. Afterward, continue the cycle tour to Veere, a beautiful holiday seaside town, where once deeply loaded Scottish ships landed.

Day 6: Veere - Bruinisse - Willemstad | Bruinisse - Willemstad, 21 mi. (34 km)
Cycle via Oude-Tonge – the small, popular water sports village was badly impacted by the 1953 flood catastrophe. 305 people are buried in a mass grave near the dike just outside the village – and via small villages like Achthuizen back to Willemstad. 

Day 7: Willemstad - Rotterdam, 24 mi. (39 km)
Today´s cycle tour starts in Willemstad and takes you back to Rotterdam. While passing the popular Erasmus Bridge you can see MS Olympia from a distance which already awaits you. Use this opportunity and experience Europe´s largest harbor on an interesting harbor tour.

Day 8: Departure from Rotterdam
Disembarkation until 9:00 am and individual journey home.

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