Remember that we told you about that amazing river cruise with Nicols last year? Well, now it’s possible to do this in The Netherlands and you can win a boat cruise for 2 people this summer!
Last summer I sailed across the Saône river in France with a huge boat owned by Nicols, a boating company that offers a variation of boats that you can rent at different locations across Europe. The cool thing is, that you don’t need a boat or sailing license to do this. Boating holidays like these are popular with the French, English and the Germans, but in the Netherlands it is relatively new. Until now.
Last summer in France
Jachthuren.nl is the company that’s going to roll out the Nicols boats in The Netherlands and for the first time it’s possible to sail across the rivers in Holland without a boat license. Jachthuren offers 4 different boats from 4 to 8 people. All boats are equipped with a bedroom, a bathroom and kitchen. You can relax on the back deck or sit at the top, where the captain (hey, that could be you!), can sit also.
There is no need to be an experienced captain, but there are some things that will be explained before you depart. On most routes you will pass a few locks (sluizen) that you will need to open before you can continue. This is a bit nerve-racking at first, but also a lot of fun! After 2 locks you are a pro.
There are 9 Dutch routes to choose from, but some are only available for those that book a midweek or longer. All boats start from Kerkdriel, located in the South of Holland. From there you have many options. If you want to cruise the river Maas for a weekend for example, you’ll make your way up to Heusden – Woudrichem and back to Kerkdriel. On your way you pass characteristic villages with places to relax and eat. If you have more time on your hands, opt for the full week river cruise where you pass some of Hollands prettiest cities like Utrecht, Maarsen, Leiden, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. You can decide yourself where to stop, as long as docking is permitted and you are following the route.
Here’s an example of some of the best routes:
Weekend – Kerkdriel > Heusden > Gorinchem > Kerkdriel
100 kilometer / 2 locks / 12 uur varen
Midweek – Kerkdriel > Biesbosch > Kerkdriel
120 kilometer / 0 locks / 15 uur varen
1 week (retour) – Kerkdriel > Rotterdam > Gouda > Gorinchem > Heusden > Kerkdriel
200 kilometer / 9 locks / 25 uur varen
1 week ( 1 way) – Kerkdriel > Gouda > Amsterdam > Utrecht > IJsselstein > Montfoort
220 kilometer / 8 locks / 28 uur varen
2 weken – Kerkdriel > Bois-le-Duc > Veghel > Maastricht > Venlo > Ravenstein > Kerkdriel
350 kilometer / 22 locks / 60 uur varen
WIN A RIVER CRUISE!
We are super exited that we are able to give one of you the chance to experience this brand new boat cruise in the Netherlands! All you need to do is to comment bellow and tell us why you really want to experience this boating holiday this spring. Please name the person you want to take along with you. To have even more chance, follow us on Instagram share a story about this competition by tagging @wanderlust.nl. Yes, the more we see you, the more chance you have!
There are a few rules:
- We offer a Estivale DUO boat, which is perfect for 2 people with a maximum of 4 people (1 bedroom, one sleeper)
- You must depart between April – June (subject to availability)
- We offer a long weekend trip or midweek or longer (subject to availability)
- Bedding, towels and fuel is included.
- Exclusive of €1.000,00 deposit on your credit card, which you will get back after the trip.
We might see you sailing across Dutch waters this spring!
Find out more about the rivercruise that Elke did last summer.