- Dates: July 6, 16, August 13, 20 - all dates tour is on comfort barge.
In Haarlem a beer connoisseur tells you about the history of the many Haarlem breweries and offers you a local beer, Jopen, during a special beer dinner. In Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt, the tour leader takes you for an evening walk. In Delft you will visit pottery "De Porceleyne Fles" where the world famous Delft Blue chinaware is still being manufactured. Schiedam is famous for the high windmills and gin distilleries. Maybe you would like to try our national "borreltje" (drink).
From Dordrecht, a historical harbour town, you cycle to the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk, and go on to the cheese town of Gouda. Your holiday ends in Amsterdam where you can admire the glory and splendour of the Golden Age while making a canal cruise. Biking is moderate on this tour.
Day 1, Saturday: Cycling ± 10 km. In Spaarndam you leave the barge and cycle to Haarlem. During the ages lots of Flemish moved here to try their luck and fortune. Partly due to them the linen commerce expanded. The wealth that came along with this development attracted lots of artists, among them Frans Hals. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious meal and a special guest will tell you all about the history of the Haarlem breweries.
Day 2, Sunday: Cycling ± 45 km. After a short sailing cruise you cycle right through Holland’s Green Heart to Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. The Leiden university is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. You may wish to bring a visit to the local museum De Lakenhal, where you’ll find an interesting collection of industrial art and paintings from the 17th-20th century. In the evening you can make a city walk through the historical centre of Leiden.
Day 3, Monday: Cycling ± 50 km. From Leiden on you go biking to the city of Delft. In the 17th century the Delft potters were so impressed by the chinaware that was brought in from overseas that they created their own Delftware (Delft Blue). A visit to Delftware factory ‘De Porceleyne Fles’ gives you a good impression of the Delft Blue and modern ceramics.
Day 4, Tuesday. Cycling ± 30 km. After a city walk through the centre of Delft you cycle via the Westland region to the city of Schiedam. Here you will find the five highest windmills of the world. Schiedam is also famous for its many gin distilleries (called 'jenever' in Dutch) that were founded there during the Golden Age. You might want to try a 'jenevertje' in the Jenever Museum.
Day 5, Wednesday: Cycling ± 50 km. Today the programm consists of a cycle tour past small rural villages and a part of the National Reserve ‘De Biesbosch’. The cycle trip ends in Dordrecht, one of the first ports of transhipme