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Characteristic Holland

This tour with the premium barges Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV combines many Dutch highlights and gives you a fantastic impression of characteristic Holland.

Bike Boat Best of Holland Premium

Tour operator: Boat-Bike Tours
Type of holiday: with guide, bike-boat tour
Luggage transport: not applicable
Accommodation: cabin (boat)
Number of days: 8 days
Price: from € 1.279,-

The cycling cruise starts in Amsterdam, with an enjoyable dinner cruise to Zaandam. Followed by the Zaanse Schans open air museum as a must see highlight the day after.

Enjoy a cycling tour to Volendam through the unique wetlands of Waterland, a large open area with tiny lakes and canals. This town is famous for its harbor, fresh fish – like eel and herring – pictures in typical Dutch costumes and the ‘Palingsound’; a kind of Dutch folk or country music.

You will also visit the picturesque former island of Marken. From there you will cycle to IJburg, the newest part of Amsterdam. This part of the city was built just a decade ago on the polder land, what once was the bottom of the sea.

Continue by barge to the small town of Vianen on the Lower Rhine River. Visit Schoonhoven, well known for its silver, and the UNESCO site at Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills. Lovely views guaranteed! Enjoy the old city of Dordrecht that already obtained city rights in 1220 AD. From here the tour continues north to Gouda, world famous for its cheese and candles.

Explore the Green Heart of Holland, a large rural and green area amidst the horseshoe-shaped ring of cities in the western part of the country. You’ll spend the night in a small village in the Green Heart. Cycle or sail into Amsterdam, where your journey ends.

MS Magnifique

The Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates approx. 32 - 35 guests, sails under Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended with 14 meters during winter 2012/13.

The lower deck has 16 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 m², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 1 single cabin (approx. 9 M²); all cabins have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), en-suite bathroom with shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and hair dryer; On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds).

On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen TV, large windows, Wifi (with limited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables and cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.

MS Magnifique II

The 63 meters (209 ft) long and 7.10 meters (23.3 ft) wide premium barge Magnifique II was built in 2015/2016 and 34 guests can be accommodated on board to enjoy a very pleasant stay during their tour.

The lower deck has 13 cabins: 1 premium twin cabin (approx. 13 M² | 139 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other and a small sitting area) and 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M² | 118 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other). The upper deck has 4 beautiful suites (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) with large panoramic windows. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have a 2 meter wide window (one of which can be opened). All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar and a lounge area with a wide screen TV, large windows and Wi-Fi (unlimited use of data). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed (front deck). The barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around. The Magnifique II sails under Dutch flag and management too. The hospitable crew looks forward to welcoming you on board.

MS Magnifique III

After the overwhelming success of the premium barges Magnifique and the in 2016 launched Magnifique II, we can proudly announce the construction and launch of the new premium barge Magnifique III for April 2018.

Facts & figures:
Number of guests: 40
Length/width/draught: 70 m / 7.2 m / 1.6 m

All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).

Lower deck:
  • 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
  • 2 single cabins
Upper deck :
  • 5 upper deck suites with a small sitting area and large windows - part of the windows can be opened. (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
  • the spacious salon with large windows combines a restaurant area, bar and lounge
  • 2 screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real time position of the barge
  • large doors open to the partially roofed sundeck
Top deck:
  • a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax

Magnifique IV

Following the overwhelming success of our premium barges Magnifique, Magnifique II (2016), and Magnifique III (2018), we are proud to announce the construction of a new sister for the family: the Magnifique IV. This new addition will sail for Boat Bike Tours and Cultural Cruises Europe as of spring 2020.

Master shipbuilder Walter van Berkum is one of the most experienced operators of our fleet, having already converted several former cargo ships into luxury passenger barges. As the proud owner of the Magnifique IV, he is dedicated to ensuring this beautiful ship meets the highest standards of quality and comfort for our bike and barge tours.

The Magnifique IV will sail under the Dutch flag and host several tours in the Netherlands and Belgium. Accommodating no more than 36 passengers plus crew, the vessel is designed to create a welcoming atmosphere and personal experience for everyone on board.

An impression of our newest ship The Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with air conditioning, a bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real-time location. Wi-Fi is also available.

The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see our talented chefs in action. Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs.

The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.

In addition to the bar and lounge area, the upper deck houses 10 generous suites, while the lower deck houses eight twin cabins and the dining room. The spacious suites, each measuring 16 m² (172 ft²), have two separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches), a cozy sitting area, and a large sliding window.

The twin cabins below deck, measuring 12 m² (129 ft²) feature two single beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

Bike Boat Best of Holland Premium photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Best of Holland Premium photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Best of Holland Premium photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Best of Holland Premium photo nr. 1

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