The ZWAAN (swan) gives you a taste of Dutch maritime history on board. The vessel (type “luxe motor”) was built in 1928 as cargo barge and is 34 meters (112 ft.) in length. For many decades it served its purpose well by transporting all kinds of loads in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1998, the barge was converted and completely modernised into a comfortable passenger barge. The seven passenger cabins are now equipped with two beds each, allowing 14 passengers ample space. This makes the ZWAAN especially suitable for smaller groups and family holidays. The whole family can join in, even the older members! And if the group or family happens to be larger than fourteen, for example parents with children, it is possible to use the additional beds (twin or bunk bed) in four of the cabins.
-Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam
-Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner)
-Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
-Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam
-Tour leader (multilingual); for about €1250,- a tour leader travels with you and gives daily briefings of the bike tours and some short city tours
-Rental bicycle; other transfers; parking fee; entrance fees & excursions; fees for ferries
-Drinks on board
-Gratuities (at your discretion)
MS Zwaan sails in the Netherlands (North-Holland and South-Holland). Other areas on request.
Example for eight-day tour:
Day 1. Amsterdam – Waterland
Day 2. Amsterdam – Weesp – Maarssen – Utrecht – Vianen
Day 3. Vianen (Nieuwegein) – Gouda – Schoonhoven
Day 4. Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Rotterdam – Delft
Day 5. Delft – Den Haag – Scheveningen – Leiden
Day 6. Leiden – Haarlem
Day 7. Haarlem – „Zaanse Schans“ – Amsterdam
Day 8. Amsterdam / end of the tour
You can rent bicycles with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes and a pannier bag. When renting bikes you will be asked to pay a safety deposit. In case of no damage, this deposit will be fully refunded.
Prices valid by a minimum rental of 10 bikes inclusive “limited risk insurance” (unintentional damage etc.).
7 days € 70,00 per bike / €165,00 per E-bike
Canal barge as ‘boatel’ on a location of your choice
Our canal barges are also available as “boatels”. Are you organizing an event, are you participating in a fair, does your company need sleeping accommodation for a group of people on a location where no hotels are available? If this location can be reached, renting a “boatel” (also in winter) may be the perfect solution to your problem. Arrangements with full board, half board or Bed & Breakfast can be offered.
Possible on request for barge cruises and boat + bike tours; rates start € 1.250,00 per full week, depending on the program and/or the requested skills. We will send you a tailor-made offer on request.
Travel and cancellation insurance
We advise you to look into our casualty, baggage or cancellation insurance (if you have not already got continuing travel insurance, of course). Please note that most insurance companies demand that cancellation insurance is arranged at the same time or shortly after you book your holiday.
We are pleased to inform and advise you. Just ask for an offer without any obligations, for renting a barge.
We can also inform you about the availability.