Highlights of this tour

Kinderdijk’s windmills & Zaanse Schans

Discover Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Gouda

The history of Rembrandt

Through the Green Heart of Holland

  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Our Holland Culture Tour is an intimate tour of the Dutch provinces of North Holland, South Holland, and Utrecht. Gain a new-found respect and understanding of Dutch culture through the art museums, churches, ancient towns, markets and landmarks that make up the lowlands.

Whether by ship, bus, canal boat, bike or foot, this tour traverses the “green heart” of Holland starting at The Rijksmuseum and winding its way past Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Haarlem, Rembrandt’s home in Leiden, the 14th century town of Vianen, the “Old and new” churches of Delft and the picturesque town of Gouda to name but a few attractions you’ll experience.

All the while you’ll be wined, dined, entertained and informed by our 1st class crew and expert tour guides as you come to know the true essence of Holland, it’s people, culture and cuisine.



Day to day program

Day 1: Amsterdam

Our Holland Culture Tour kicks off with a welcome by and introduction to the crew and your tour guide. After that we’ll visit the stunning Rijksmuseum of Dutch art and history, where a knowledgeable local guide will show you the best the museum has to offer.

At the end of the afternoon, you’ll drift back towards the ship on a canal boat for a bubbly welcome drink, followed by the first dinner aboard.

Day 2 – Amsterdam – Haarlem

While you’re enjoying a leisurely breakfast, the ship will sail to Haarlem where you’ll take a stroll through Haarlem to visit the magnificent Saint Bavo church to hear its famous organ, followed by a guided visit to the Frans Hals museum.

Day 3 – Haarlem – Cruquis – Leiden – Utrecht – Vianen

After breakfast we’ll board a bus to the Cruquius museum of water management. After that, the bus will take you to Leiden center, birthplace of Rembrandt and home to the oldest university of the Netherlands.

After lunch, you can rest your feet in the bus while it rolls through the ‘Green heart’ of Holland. The Magnifique II awaits you in Utrecht, and from there you’ll sail to the port just outside the fourteenth century fortified town of Vianen.

Day 4 – Vianen – The Hague Delft – Rotterdam

From Vianen, our bus departs for The Hague. A walking tour of the inner city brings you to the beautiful museum villa, The Mauritshuis, where you’ll see Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

After lunch, the bus takes us to Delft where you’ll walk to the Candelaer, a small factory where the famous Delft Blue pottery is made. The bus then brings you to Rotterdam, where the ship is docked for dinner on board.

Day 5 – Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Gouda

We begin day five in the village of Kinderdijk where we’ll visit the nineteen beautiful old windmills that were built over 300 years ago to pump water out of the surrounding lowlands. We’ll then lunch aboard the Magnifique as it continues its journey to Gouda. Explore the quaint town of Gouda on foot or by bike. And of course, a cheese tasting is part of the excursion!

Day 6 – Gouda – Oude Wetering

We’ll visit Gouda’s Market square, after which a guide will show you around the 123 majestic meter-long Saint Jan’s church with its 72 stained glass windows, depicting many biblical and historical scenes.

At the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, you can either stay on the ship and sail to Oudewetering or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can continue your journey the Dutch way and ride the twenty kilometers there on a bicycle (highly recommended!).

Day 7 Oude Wetering – Amsterdam

After a light, early breakfast, a bus takes you to the world’s biggest flower auction in the town of Aalsmeer. On returning to the ship, you can enjoy a second breakfast while sailing to Amsterdam. We’ll then visit “THIS IS HOLLAND”, which uses the latest technology to let you experience what it’s like to fly across the country.

Farewell dinner on the boat after which we raise a toast to the many happy memories and new friends we will have made over the course of the cruise.

Day 8: Amsterdam

We won’t let you leave with an empty stomach! Enjoy your last breakfast aboard before disembarking from 9 a.m.

Good to know

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

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the day tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.
  • Cultural Cruises Europe is a brand of Boat Bike Tours BV, a leading cycling cruises tour operator. Boat Bike Tours BV will handle all bookings on behalf of Cultural Cruises Europe BV

Prices & information

Prices & availability

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Oct 2020 - Nov 2020
Twin cabin 2 pers. €1995 Premium Twin 2 pers. €2395 Suite 2 pers. €2795 Single 1 pers. €2995 Triple Twin 3 pers. €1945 Triple Suite 3 pers. €2695
Included in this tour
  • 8 days/ 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Wine with dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board free of charge
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings and lectures by professionals
  • Fully guided tours
  • Some short fully guided cycling tours on request
  • All fees for museums, transportation during tours
  • Unlimited wifi on board

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Excluded in this tour
  • 1 dinner in Gouda
  • 2 lunches
  • Drinks
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
Additional options & information 2020
  • Rental bicycle (incl. helmet and water bottle): €85 per period
  • Rental E-Bike (incl. helmet and water bottle): €185 per period (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ‘ship’.
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/week
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/week
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

Available ships for this tour

Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Magnifique II Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 37 passengers
17 cabins
3 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Magnifique III Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
3 tours available with this ship

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