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Hansa Hilites 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (dN)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Historic Hansa Hilites Bike & Barge Tour

During this fascinating bike and barge cruise on board you will be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the medieval Hanseatic period of Dutch history. On a daily basis you will cycle through the central region of Holland and will have the opportunity to discover the region’s fascinating history, beautiful river landscapes, diverse natural areas, numerous historical cities and picturesque harbour towns.

Numerous rivers and streams, the Rhine valley and diverse natural areas - Hanseatic Tour

This area of modern-day Holland thrived during the Middle Ages under the auspices of the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation created to protect the economic interests of cities and countries throughout the Baltic region. Explore this area – one of the most loved amongst Dutch cyclists – by bike and barge.

The Hanseatic Tour will take you through the central region of the Netherlands, a region shaped over millennia by the numerous rivers and streams that crisscross the area. You will cycle through the Rhine valley and its very beautiful tributary the IJssel River, cross the so-called border lakes region of Holland and will visit fascinating cities and villages such as Amsterdam, Doesburg, Deventer, Hardenwijk and Elburg, to name a few. Given the flat terrain along the 125 km IJssel valley, the tour is perfect for anyone who wants to leisurely cycle along the many winding trails in this diverse and fascinating area. The natural beauty of the region is sure to impress as will the Hanseatic towns of the region that flourished during the Middle Ages when the IJssel was one of the most important trade routes in Europe. Another attraction is the so-called border lakes of the IJssel, which lie between the “old” land of many beautiful harbour towns and the “new” land of the Flevoland, which was once the bottom of the IJssel lake before the land was reclaimed in 1932. In this area you will leisurely cycle through a number of picturesque fishing harbours where life seemingly moves at a much slower pace.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights from/to Amsterdam; cabin in the booked category
Full board (7x breakfasts 6x picnic lunches during bike tours, 7x three course dinners)
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); once a week cleaning of the cabin
Welcoming drink on the first evening
Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours; during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and individual travelers can reach him/her on his/her cell phone; daily fully guided bike tours
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin
Daily coffee and tea during breakfast and between 3 PM and 4 PM.

Not included in the tour:

Transfers to/from the docking place Oosterdok (Nautisch Kwartier) in Amsterdam
Rental bicycle (optional)
Fees for ferries
Other transfers
Parking fee
Entrance fees & excursions
Drinks on board
Personal insurances
Gratuities (at your discretion/optional)
Dietary requirements on request / surcharges may be calculated

If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

Rental bicycle with pannier bag : €85 per week
Rental E-Bike: €185 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended

On this tour, you will cycle independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks and printed route notes (available on board). The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle. During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options. On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. If you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully guided option. (limited availability).

Dates for 2019 Guided bike tour:

May 11, June 1, September 7 and 21 2019
The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

Ticket canal tour Amsterdam: approx. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: €12,50 (at the cash desk approx: €18)

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  • Day 1

    Embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede

    Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2p.m. At approximately 2 p.m. your barge sails from Amsterdam on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River. Here, you will spend your first night aboard.

  • Day 2

    Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen Wageningen – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.)

    While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large area of woods and heathlands. At the end of the day you pedal to Arnhem, via suburbs and past the lovely parks named Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal. Close to the center of this former Hanseatic city, the ship docks for the night. During World War II, Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. It ended in a failure, as the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulted in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.

  • Day 3

    Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen – Deventer (45 km/27 mi. or 55 km/35 mi.)

    We leave Arnhem on the barge, and then today’s cycling tour starts in the small town of Doesburg. There are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen and Deventer. The shorter option goes along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, a seeming hamlet that’s proud to be the smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst you continue to Zutphen along the riverbank. The longer longer trip goes via Vorden, where you’ll be passing country houses, castles and rural estates. Both options end in Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread. In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!

  • Day 4

    Deventer – Zwolle Zwolle – Kampen (44 km/27 mi or 56 km/35 mi.)

    During breakfast the ship will take you to Wijhe, where your bicycle ride begins. In the morning you will enjoy a nice bicycle ride to Hattem. You can choose a short option along the banks of the river, or opt for a longer ride across the east Veluwe area. Hattem has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today. Leaving Hattem, it is only a short ride to the city of Zwolle, one of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities. From Zwolle you continue to Kampen. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands..

  • Day 5

    Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk (48 km/29 mi.)

    From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg. Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where the night will be spent in its old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.

  • Day 6

    Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen (45 km/28 mi. or 56 km/35 mi.)

    Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes that are worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.

  • Day 7

    Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)

    Huizen is the starting point for a ride to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden. The latter is famous for its historic castle on the waterfront. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. You have the afternoon and evening to spend in the Dutch capital any way you like. Seize the chance to do a canal tour, to visit Anne Frank’s home or any of a number of world renowned museums around the Museumplein. Or just enjoy looking at everyday life in this bustling city.

  • Day 8


    The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation until 9.30 a.m., enjoy a nice breakfast.

    If you don’t feel like cycling for a day (or more) you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing. But please note: lunch will not be served on board. So you can enjoy your packed lunch.

    On the arrival (first) day it is possible to put your luggage on board from 11:00 a.m.. Some changes to the bike tours on day 3 and 4 may occur due to mooring changes

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 18 2020 Apr 25 2020 73 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€
May 09 2020 May 16 2020 73 Single rooms 1,149€
Double rooms 799€
May 16 2020 May 23 2020 73 Single rooms 1,189€
Double rooms 839€
May 23 2020 May 30 2020 73 Single rooms 1,189€
Double rooms 839€
May 30 2020 Jun 06 2020 73 Single rooms 1,189€
Double rooms 839€
Jun 13 2020 Jun 20 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Jun 27 2020 Jul 04 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Jul 11 2020 Jul 18 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Jul 18 2020 Jul 25 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Jul 25 2020 Aug 01 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Aug 01 2020 Aug 08 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Aug 08 2020 Aug 15 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Aug 15 2020 Aug 22 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Aug 22 2020 Aug 29 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Aug 29 2020 Sep 05 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Sep 05 2020 Sep 12 2020 73 Single rooms 1,229€
Double rooms 879€
Sep 19 2020 Sep 26 2020 73 Single rooms 1,149€
Double rooms 799€
Sep 26 2020 Oct 03 2020 73 Single rooms 1,099€
Double rooms 749€

Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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