Sail into the Heart of the World’s greatest Cities
Discover Castles, Canals & Carousels; Chocolate & Cheese – guaranteed to fire up your senses!
Oceans take you to countries – Rivers take you through them! Experienced travellers agree that exploring the waterways of Europe by river cruise is one of the most enjoyable and hassle-free ways to see the world’s most charming towns, and to discover the true nature of the land and it’s people. Comfortable, in the middle of the action – with plenty of time to unwind!
Choose from our selection of Luxury River Cruises:
- Central Europe:
- Explore Castles along the Rhine
- …Wines along the Moselle
- …Christmas Markets along the Main
- …Grand History along the Danube Rivers
- Discover Majestic France and Paris along the Seine
- …Burgundy and Provence along the Saône & Rhône Rivers
- …Vineyards and Châteaux along the Dordogne & Garonne Rivers
- Portugal – the dramatic UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley
- Italy‘s Po River and the Venice Lagoon
All our River Cruises feature luxurious floating boutique hotels
All fares are in Canadian currency and include FREE air on select itineraries.
Barging and Biking through Holland
Windmills, Tulips, Cheese…
Enjoy the waterways of the Netherlands by river boat on our guided barge cruises, perfect for even the novice cyclist. With miles of quiet country roads, mostly very flat, you can enjoy seeing Holland while riding on dedicated bike trails or from the comfort of your movable hotel: our boat, which gently moves along the many canals of the Netherlands.
This unique holiday allows you the freedom to explore the countryside each day and sleep in comfort on board our barge at night, without having to pack each day. Cycling around 30 miles each day, you will enjoy seeing the lovely wind mills along the rural backwoods, and stopping in some picturesque towns for a snack or to pick up a lovely souvenir.
Our selection of Barge Cruises include
- Dutch Treat – 8 day guided Barge & Bike vacation
And ask us about these wonderful journeys:
- Around the Zuidersee – through Holland’s rich history and beautiful scenery
- Historic Holland & Flandern – explore 17th Holland and Flemish Middle Ages
- Rural Holland – typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills, harbours, and tulips
We’ve been there: Christine Boecker has first-hand advice to help plan your perfect Dutch vacation.
Dutch Treat – Southern Route
8-Day guided boat & bike tour from $1,850
Although we have several routes to choose from, we highly recommend the Dutch Treat through this most scenic region of Holland for your first bicycling adventure.
Starting in Amsterdam on most Saturdays between April and September, we sail and ride along the Vecht and Lek rivers, past historic towns and through farmland.
This is a wonderful to experience the Dutch way of life. Roam the centre of Haarlem, Leiden or 16th Century Delft, visit a museum (Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Van Gogh), shop, or relax in an outdoor café. Visit the beach and the dunes near The Hague by bike, just like the locals do and sail through the world’s largest seaport, Rotterdam. Discover the UNESCO site at Kinderdjik – eighteen mills driven by the wind and built around 1750. The height of the tulip season is April and May, where you can see fields of multi-coloured flowers in bloom!
More about a typical day on board…
This is a fairly easy tour, mostly level, paved ground with a few hills on the route. You will cycle about 4-5 hours a day, depending on your pace and fitness level. If you are already cycling or are planning to increase your exercise regime to include cycling, you should not encounter any difficulty.
In preparation plan to cycle at least three to four times a week starting at least a month prior to your departure, with two of the sessions for about 2-3 hours. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your cycling trip, eliminating saddle soreness.
Of course it is possible to take a day off, watching the scenery from the comfort of your barge.
Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate
TOUR DATES: Saturdays from April to September
TOUR COST: from $1,850 on Standard ship category or $1,995 ComfortPlus per person sharing a cabin
Single supplement from $450
Bike rental from $175 per person
A typical day:
Breakfast is at 8 o’clock. The daily distance is about 40 – 70 kilometers or 24 to 42 miles and your route notes tell you where to go and describes the places where we stop for our overnights. There are stops for exploring the many historic sights en route and for taking coffee and lunch breaks. Back on board tea and coffee are served. You can also use the minibar. After dinner the guide mostly offers a city tour, which might end up in a nice Dutch darkbrown cafe. The ship never sails during the night to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay on board.
The size of the group varies between 12 and 26 participants. The ages vary between 25 and 65, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.
Our motorized passenger barges all comply with the strict regulations of the Dutch Shipping Inspectorate. Tour prices depend on ship categories, as mentioned below.
The degree of comfort varies per ship. Although there are four ship categories, all services on board (such as bed linen, towels, bicycles, guide, routes etc.) have same level of quality. Each cabin has a private bathroom (2 towels), central heating and a porthole or window and enough room for a moderately sized suitcase.
The ships have a salon/dining room and a sundeck/bicycle deck. Most cabins are double cabins, but there are also ships with several 3 and/or 4 person cabins. Breakfast and dinner is served on board.
Comfort DeLuxe – a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins [about 9m sq] have twin beds, air-conditioning, a comfortable equipped bathroom and daily cleaning service
ComfortPlus- Cabins with private shower/toilet; twin beds; ship capacity of 14/18 people.
Comfort – Cabins with private shower/toilet; twin beds;
Standard -Cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds.
There are comfortable touring bikes available for all participants with 24 gears and handbrakes, suitable from ages eight and up. All bikes are made by Gazelle, Holland’s leading bicycle brand, or bicycles of comparable quality. Pannier bags are a part of standard equipment on each bicycle.
– All breakfasts and 3-course dinners
– Lunch packages when on the road
– Coffee and tea on board
Your chef is used to cooking delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit.
Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert. All meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a charge.
On board the crew will consist of the captain and his/her mate and in the kitchen the cook prepares the meals. A bicycle guide will accompany the group; help you if your bike breaks down, give you advice on the routes and provide tourist information. He/She is multilingual and will be your contact person should you require any assistance.
– combining your personal preference with our expertise.
We create unique & authentic experiences
designed to suit your desired travel style and budget.