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Channel Cruises Holland
Rental sailing and motor boats for groups

Channel Cruises Holland (CCH) is active in mediating in sailing holidays for groups on motor vessels for 35 years. All ships are inclusive experience crew rented. The route chosen in consultation with the skipper, are hindering the wishes of the customer. School groups and companies often opt for these sailing accommodations. The motor ships are spread across Europe reserve; include the IJssel, Rhine, Mosel and Danube his beloved trades.

Since 1977
Channel Cruises Holland (CCH) was founded in 1977 by Arie Krüse, owner of a number of passenger ships. First he only used his own ships, but the number of bookings soon increased and a booking office was set up, with the possibility of hiring ships from third parties. This construction led to an increasing conflict of interest. This is why CCH was taken over by Jan Timmermans in 1995 (one of the first co-workers) in the role of managing director / owner. Mr Krüse kept his own ships. After a while, they also started on marketing and sales activities for sailing boats from the head office in Monnickendam.

Large growth spurt in the 90s

From the middle of the 90s, CCH took a large step forwards thanks to the development of ‘Cycling and Boating holidays’, a brand new concept offering tourists a week’s all-in stay on a top-quality boat. This concept turned out to be a big success and CCH is now market leader on the international market. The cycling and boating holidays are presented under the brand name ‘Boat Bike Tours’. And from 2000, CCH, formerly ‘renter of boats’, was starting to evolve into a ‘Tour Operator’.

Takeover and merger

Laurens Winkel, of ‘de Zeilvaart’ (ZE) was interested in merging with CCH for his charter activities. At the same time Jan was looking for a partner, a larger organisation to help with management and growth. This resulted in ‘de Zeilvaart’ taking over CCH in 2007. All CCH’s Tour Operator’s activities (bicycle/boat) and ZE (sailing) were integrated in Monnickendam.

In the year 2009

Channel Cruises Holland is a trade name of Channel Cruises Holland BV. CCH continued on as a separate company: the original basis (renting out motor boats for group cycling holidays). The cycling/boating holidays have been set up in a separate BV (sister company of CCH, Boat Bike Tours BV) that arranges cycling/boating holidays under the trade name Boat Bike Tours.

Boat Bike Tours
Unique Boat Bike holidays

Boat Bike Tours offers full-service bike-boat holidays in the Netherlands and Flanders, and many other countries in Europe. Our guests, who come to Boat Bike Tours for this unique concept from around the world, stay for a week aboard a comfortable passenger. While the guests cycling along numerous attractions during the day, the ship sails to the next port. Both the vessel and cycle route runs along beautiful, often historic sites. So every day again offers a new look and a new environment. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy the comfort that they sleep every night in the same cabin with their own stuff. Who one day not want to cycle, has to remain on board and sail to the next port. The bikes are parked on the deck. All tours are offered on full board basis.