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Holland's 'Green Heart' and historic towns

It doesn’t get any better than the Holland Southern Tour on board your home away from home, the barge MS Angela Esmee. Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the countryside – the country’s “Green Heart”.

Bike Boat Southern Tour (Boat: Angela Esmee)

Tour operator: Boat-Bike Tours
Type of holiday: self-guided, bike-boat tour
Luggage transport: included
Accommodation: cabin (boat)
Number of days: 8 days
Price: from € 819,-

It is here that you will see a landscape of water, meadows, grazing cows, windmills and picturesque farms… it is a landscape that is impossible to feel or look any more Dutch. In short the Southern Tour is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of “typical” central Holland as is possible in one week.

What you will come away with at the end of the tour is a greater appreciation of why this part of the Netherlands attracts so many visitors from all corners of the globe every year. As well as being able to discover the natural beauty of Holland’s Green Heart you will visit:

  • The world famous city of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht, the geographical centre of Holland
  • Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe
  • Delft, a city with close ties to the Dutch Royal family and the world renowned painter Johannes Vermeer
  • Haarlem, a sightseers’ paradise

Other attractions over the course of the tour include the cheese city of Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven, the dunes and beaches of the North Sea coastline and open air museum “Zaanse Schans”.

The Angela Esmee will also be sailing on the Northern Tour of Holland. This gives you the opportunity to book the “Grand Tour of Holland” and travel 2 weeks on the same ship and in the same cabin.

Angela Esmee

The ship Angela Esmee for approx. 80 guests is sailing the Northern Tour. In the winter of 2011/12 the ship has been refurbished and extended by a new section of approx. 16 meters (52 ft.).

On board of this vessel are a total of 41 cabins (approx. 9 m² = 97 square feet) with en-suite bath room (shower + toilet), all cabins with 2 single beds next to each other and (partial centrally regulated) air-conditioning and ventilation system. After the reconstruction the vessel has 10 cabins on the upper deck (supplement) and 31 cabins on the lower deck. All cabins have a window (the windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened; the windows on the lower deck are for security reasons fixed). There are some single, triple and quadruple cabins.

The salon with large windows has a separated restaurant area, a bar and in front of the ship a new large lounge with seats & tables and full glass panoramic windows where you relax and also use the WLAN/Wifi network. On the large and partially roofed sun deck of the 78 meter long ship are tables and chairs and there is separate deck to store the bikes. The ship is very popular and appropriate for boat & bike tours on this route.

Bike Boat Southern Tour (Boat: Angela Esmee) photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Southern Tour (Boat: Angela Esmee) photo nr. 1

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