Bike and Ship 2024: Golden Holland

8 Days

Roundtrip Rotterdam – Gouda – Utrecht – Delft – The Hague – North Sea with MS Normandie

Your trip

Discover the Golden Holland on your own by bike and boat!

MapOn this tour you will experience the rivers, canals, the vastness, the wind and the old Nordic trading and fishing towns of Holland in the most beautiful way imaginable:

You cycle the ‘land of all bicycle dreams’ – and the ship takes you from port to port through waterways and old lifelines of the Netherlands.

Well-developed cycling paths and an extensive network of waterways guarantee an unforgettable vacation.

During the day, you’ll be on your own and muscle your way through the scenic beauty of the land of Rembrandt and van Gogh. In the later afternoon, the MS NORMANDIE is again at your disposal as a “floating hotel”.

Hardly any province is more varied and has as many faces as South Holland.
Big city life and unspoiled nature lie side by side here. The waterways offer many opportunities to discover the beautiful landscapes and cultural and historical highlights of the province of “Zuid-Holland”.

Experience cities as different as Dordrecht and Utrecht and of course Rotterdam, also called “Manhattan on the Meuse”, wide polder country, the famous windmill row of Kinderdijk and not to forget the “porcelain stronghold” Delft with its “Delft Blue”.

Your ship

MS Normandy
MS Normandy Danube 2015

On board of the cozy middle class ship MS Normandie you can expect a personal and familiar atmosphere. In winter 2020, all cabins were completely renovated. On the upper deck is the friendly panoramic salon with bar, on the main deck is the tasteful restaurant. Oddly enough, it does not have direct access from the cabin area.

The heart and head of the ship is the large sundeck with its seating areas and deck chairs.

Length of the ship: 91,2 m, width: 10,50 m, draught: 1,60 m, capacity: 100 passengers.

MS Normandie Board PlanBoard language: German & English

Onboard currency: EUR; Credit cards: Mastercard and Visacard

Your cabins

MS NORMANDIE has a total of forty-nine 2-bed cabins and two 1-bed cabins.

MS Normandy

All 2-bed cabins on the main and upper deck are about 10-11 sqm. They are equipped with two level hotel beds, shower/WC, flat screen TV, safe, hairdryer, centrally controlled air conditioning and a panoramic window. The windows on the upper deck can be opened.

MS Normandy

The 1-bed cabins are smaller (about 7 sqm) and have a level hotel bed.

Ausflugsprogramm, Fahrplan- und Programmänderungen

Die Crew bietet Ihnen ein kleines Ausflugsprogramm an. Die Vorschläge werden tagtäglich vorgestellt und sind ausschließlich an Bord buchbar. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions may be offered bilingually German-English.


Day Location To From
Day 1 Rotterdam, embarkation 16:00 hrs
Day 2 Rotterdam 10:00
Day 2 Dordrecht 12:30
Day 3 Dordrecht 10:00
Day 3 Gorinchem 12:30
Day 4 Gorinchem 09:30
4th day Utrecht 16:30
Day 5 Utrecht 10:00
Day 5 Schoonhoven* 15:30
Day 6 Schoonhoven* 10:00
Day 6 Rotterdam 14:00
Day 7 Rotterdam
Day 8 Rotterdam Disembarkation until 09:00

Timetables and programs are subject to change without notice. Wenn z.B. wegen Niedrig-, Hochwasser oder Schlechtwetter eine Strecke nicht befahren werden kann, behält sich der Kapitän das Recht vor, die Route zu Ihrer Sicherheit zu ändern (dies ist kein kostenloser Rücktrittsgrund). The same applies to lock and/or bridge repairs ordered by the authorities and not announced in advance.

Rental bikes

7-Gang-Unisex-Tourenräder und 8-Gang E-Bikes der Firma Velo de Ville mit Handbremse, Freilauf oder Rücktrittbremse (bitte bei Buchung als unverbindlichen Kundenwunsch angeben). Die Räder sind ausgestattet mit Gepäckträgertasche und Leihradversicherung.

E-Bikes sind nur begrenzt verfügbar. Please indicate your height when booking.

Mitnahme eigener Räder

Sie können Ihre eigenen Fahrräder oder E-Bikes mitnehmen. Only e-bikes with removable, not permanently installed battery can be taken along. Please note that this is done at your own risk. The shipping company excludes any liability for loss, theft, damage. This also applies to transport damage from ship to shore and back. The shipping company charges a small additional fee for taking your bikes with you. Please book the option“own bike” with.


We recommend that you arrive by train. Rotterdam is easily accessible by train. You can find connections e.g. at

Get in on the vacation at home. Enjoy the ride – and look forward to the punctuality of the Dutch Railways. Book our rental bikes and come aboard completely relaxed.

If you arrive by car, you can park not far from the pier, about 10 minutes walk, about € 25,- per 24 hours.

Alternatively, please use valet parking at a guarded parking lot in Rotterdam (Holiday Extras). You will receive a registration form for the parking garage with the booking confirmation. On the day of arrival your car will be picked up at the pier and on the day of departure it will be brought back to the ship. The reservation is made directly through the company Holiday Extras. For more information, please visit Costs: up to approx. € 170,-/week, rate depending on workload.

Important notes:

The minimum number of participants on the ship is 60. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, we must cancel the trip up to 21 days before the start of the trip. Please note: In the 2-bed cabins at the rear of the upper deck, engine and generator noise is perceptible.

We recommend good rainwear, bicycle helmet, sun hat as well as sports shoes. Please take your own helmet with you. Helmets cannot be purchased or rented on board.

We recommend the conclusion of an international health insurance with repatriation, an accident, luggage and
travel cancellation insurance

Country information

Please refer to the country notes and entry information for the Netherlands on the Country Information page. Please also see our notes on package tours.


  • We offer a small excursion program, which you can book directly on board - mostly in German and English.

From day to day

Rotterdam - embarkation :
Day 1

Embarkation day

Individual arrival in Rotterdam. Embarkation from 16:00. Please be at the quay on time. You will find information on parking in the Questions & Answers.

A little more time? You will guess: Rotterdam is not just oil. Not by a long shot. The city pulsates future. Destroyed by the German Wehrmacht during the war, Rotterdam today presents itself as a futuristic northern metropolis on the harbor.

Take the time for the city with many faces: Port, nightlife, shopping and artists’ city. Architecture, flair and, of course, first and foremost its people make it one of the most exciting cities in Europe.

We will be happy to assist you if you wish to arrive a day in advance or stay longer.

From Rotterdam to Dordrecht, approx. 40 bike km :
Day 2

From Rotterdam to Dordrecht, approx. 40 bike km

Always along the water you cycle via Krimpen on the IJssel to Kinderdijk, where the most famous row of windmills in the Netherlands stands.

Windmills KinderdijkThe 19 still well-preserved mills date back to the 18th century and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the polder area of the Albwasserwaard we continue to Dordrecht.

Dordrecht is considered the oldest city in Holland. Its rich history, about 1000 monuments are used as restaurants, museums or theaters, and the wonderful historic harbor area will delight you.

The ship departs Rotterdam around 10:00 and arrives in Dordrecht around 12:30. Short-term changes are reserved and will be announced in time on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Dordrecht to Gorinchem, approx. 50 bike-km :
Day 3

From Dordrecht to Gorinchem, approx. 40 bike-km

National Park De Biesbosch

After a short ferry crossing you will enter the beautiful nature reserve and national park De Biesbosch.

Various rivers meet here and form a freshwater delta of no less than 8,000 hectares.

Perhaps take one of the boat rides that are offered everywhere here before you continue cycling through the Rhine Delta area and take a water cab or cross the bridge to the fortified town of Gorinchem.

You should not miss the pretty historic old town of the small but very charming city.

The ship departs from Dordrecht around 10:00 and arrives in Gorinchem around 12:30. Short-term changes are reserved and will be announced in time on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Gorinchem to Utrecht, approx. 50 bike km :
Day 4

From Gorinchem to Utrecht, approx. 55 bike km

Today you can expect a very varied and interesting tour. From Gorinchem you cycle via Leerdam – famous for Leerdam cheese – to the fortified town of Vianen. Here you should take a short break in one of the numerous street cafes.

By ferry you cross the Lek and cycle on to Vreeswijk with its narrow streets. Continue through the small town of Nieuwegein – perhaps pay a quick visit to Fort Jutphaas, tucked away in a green oasis in Nieuwegein, before reaching Utrecht.

The ship departs from Gorinchem around 09:30 and arrives in Utrecht around 16:30. Short-term changes are reserved and will be announced in time on board.

Utrecht is considered the heart of Holland. The city was built around the cathedral. This makes it practically impossible to get lost in the traffic-calmed city center with its idyllic canals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Utrecht to Schoonhoven, approx. 45 bike-km :
Day 5

From Utrecht to Schoonhoven, approx. 42 bike km

This morning, be sure to take some time to explore the beautiful town of Utrecht before getting back on your bike.

Afterwards tour through the beautiful polder country via Oudewater with its famous witch-waaghouse (none of the so-called witches who were weighed here were ever found too light and sentenced) to the silver town of Schoonhoven with its typical Dutch old town.

The ship departs from Utrecht around 10:00 and arrives at Schoonhoven around 15:30. Short-term changes are reserved and will be announced in time on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Schoonhoven via Gouda to Rotterdam, approx. 45 bike-km :
Day 6

From Schoonhoven via Gouda to Rotterdam, approx. 45 bike-km

From Schoonhoven you cycle to the famous cheese city of Gouda. When the weather is nice, it is worth taking a detour to the Reeuwijkse Plassen lakes for a refreshing swim.

The journey continues to Rotterdam. The port of Rotterdam is not only the largest in Europe, but also one of the largest in the world. In recent years, the city has become one of the architectural and cultural metropolises.

The ship departs from Schoonhoven around 10:00 and arrives in Rotterdam around 14:00. Short-term changes are reserved and will be announced in time on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Flex day Rotterdam, 0 - approx. 70 bike km :
Day 7

Flex day Rotterdam, 0 – approx. 70 bike km

Today you have the choice:

Linger in Rotterdam or take one of our two bike tour suggestions:

Not in the mood for a bike? Then take the opportunity to take a harbor tour of Europe’s largest deep-water port and admire the impressive skyline and fancy architecture from the water.

Still strength in the legs?
DelftThe shorter of the two bike tours tour leads to Delft. You are on the road for about 40 km. Here you have the opportunity to visit the porcelain manufactory. Return to Rotterdam by train (Rail & Bike, not included, approx. € 20,- per person, not during rush hour between 16:30 and 18:00).

If you like, you can also continue from Delft directly to the seat of government of the Netherlands in The Hague and then on to the North Sea spa and seaside resort of Scheveningen and back. You are on the road for about 70 km.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Departure from Rotterdam :
Day 8

Departure from Rotterdam

After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00 and individual journey home.
You would like to stay one more day in Rotterdam. Great idea. Please let us know. We are happy to support you.


Included services


  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary from and to Rotterdam
  • All port, bridge and lock fees
  • Welcome drink
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch for bike tours or lunch snack, 6 x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7 x 3-course dinner
  • Route book for individual tours (1 x per cabin)
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • Onboard tour guide
  • GPS data

not included

  • Arrival and departure and any additional transfers
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Ferry fees and charges for the Waterbus
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and expenses of personal use

Dates and prices

Start of the trip: Saturday only in …
Season 1 23.03. – 05.04. and 05.10. – 12.10.
Season 2 06.04. – 19.04. and 21.09. – 04.10.
Season 3 20.04. – 03.05. and 07.09. – 20.09.
Season 4 04.05. – 06.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 700 € 800 € 900 € 1.050 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 1.050 € 1.200 € 1.350 € 1.575 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 850 € 950 € 1.050 € 1.200 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 1.275 € 1.425 € 1.575 € 1.800 €
Upper deck: single cabin 1.150 € 1.300 € 1.450 € 1.600 €
Upper deck aft double cabin (1) 800 € 900 € 1.000 € 1.150 €
(1) Cabins in the rear part of the ship, engine and generator noise perceptible when the ship is moving or in the locks.
Additional offers
Bring your own bike or e-bike 30 €
Rental bike tours 100 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €

Questions & Answers

Will the trip go ahead in any case?

As soon as at least 60 people have booked the trip, it will take place. If we fall short of the minimum number of participants, we must cancel the trip up to 21 days before the start of the trip.

What are aft cabins?

The aft cabins are located in the rear part of the ship. Engine and generator noise is particularly audible in locks and while sailing.

What rental bikes are available?

You can choose:
– Bicycle Standard touring bike: rental touring bike, 7-speed unisex with coaster brake or
Free wheel (subject to availability), luggage carrier bags, rental bike insurance
– Bike E-bike: rental electric bike, 8-speed unisex with coaster brake or
Free wheel (subject to availability), luggage carrier bags, rental bike insurance

Can I bring my own bike?

In principle, you can take your own bike on the ship. However, please note the following:
– Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space.
– You take them with you at your own risk.
– We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.
– Please always load and care for your bike only according to the instructions of the on-board personnel.
For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

What are the conditions and technical requirements of the trip?

The bike tours are individual and unguided.
They cover between 40 and 70 km a day.
The routes are usually flat and can be classified as easy.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Are there any excursions?

In addition to the bike tours we offer a small excursion program.
You can spontaneously register on board. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions are mostly bilingual German-English.

What to pack in?

Well, depending on the season recommend good rainwear and wind protection (scarf, ear muffs, gloves, windbreaker), bicycle helmet, sun hat, as well as sports shoes. Please also remember sunscreen, ‘after-sun’, mosquito repellent. The cabins do have lockers. However, you will not regret it if you can arrive with duffel bag, bag or backpacks instead of suitcases. Towels can be found on board.

Are there parking facilities in Rotterdam?

We recommend the following parking options in Rotterdam:
– “Parkeergarage de Boompjes” Rotterdam: parking garage not far from the pier (approx. 10 minutes walk), approx. € 25,- per 24 hours or
– Valet parking at a guarded parking lot in Rotterdam (holiday extras): On the day of arrival your car will be picked up at the pier and brought back to the ship on the day of departure (you will receive a registration form with the booking confirmation). Costs from about € 150,-/week (rate according to workload).

What do I have to consider when entering the Netherlands?

EU citizens and Swiss citizens (who do not have any special circumstances, e.g. dual citizenship, primary residence abroad or provisionally issued travel documents) require a valid identity card or passport for entry into the Netherlands, which must still be valid for at least two months after the end of the journey. must be valid for 6 months.
If you have another citizenship or more than one citizenship, or if you have special legal requirements, please contact us before booking your trip.

Are there any special COVID-19 rules?

From the current perspective (end of 2022):
For this trip the 2G rule is applied. All guests must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered. Please note the validity of the certificate until the end of the trip. Unfortunately, unvaccinated and unrecovered persons cannot participate in our trips until further notice. State rules are changing all the time. All participants in our trips must inform themselves about the respective rules in good time before the start of the trip. Participants in our trips are responsible for checking and complying with the current Corona Travel Regulations at the time of travel.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there may be restrictions on board. These are time-limited, officially mandated requirements that may vary from region to region. For the safety of all persons present on board, you are required to wear a mouth-nose protection and to observe the distance and hygiene rules. For this you will receive the ship-specific hygiene concept when booking / request.

Is there travel insurance?

The standard price does not include travel cancellation insurance. However, we strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance. Please ask for a quote when booking. We are happy to recommend an insurance company with whom we have had good experiences all around in the past.


Please note: Depending on the ship route, the bike routes may differ from those listed here. Please refer to the on-board information for current plans. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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