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Hansa Hilites Premium 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (PR)
This tour leads you through a region that’s one of the most beloved among Dutch cyclists. Come and explore it yourself, by bike and barge. Every day while cycling, you’ll get to know more of its numerous historical cities, beautiful river landscapes and diverse natural areas. Every evening, you’ll return to your floating hotel docked in a picturesque harbour along the route. The barge has room for up to thirty guests.
Cycle along an important trading route:
The area you’ll be travelling across was shaped over millennia by numerous rivers and streams. It thrived during the Middle Ages, when the rivers Rhine and IJssel were among the most important trade routes in Europe. Many of the cities along their banks were members of the Hanseatic League. This confederation protected the economic interests of its members in large parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Northern Europe. The affluence of those years is visible everywhere in abundant civil and religious architecture.
Through the natural beauty of the Rhine Valley
Your tour starts in the delightful city of Amsterdam. From there, you’ll sail and cycle to many larger and smaller Hanseatic towns like Arnhem, Deventer, Zutphen, Kampen, Harderwijk and Elburg. The natural beauty of the Rhine valley and its enchanting tributary, the IJssel, will duly impress you. Another attraction along the way is the so-called Bordering Lakes. These are situated between the “old” mainland with many beautiful harbour towns, and the “new” reclaimed land of the province of Flevoland, that was once the bottom of the sea.
The flat terrain in the 125 km long IJssel v The flat terrain in the 125 km long IJssel valley makes this a perfect tour for those who love to cycle leisurely along many winding trails in a diverse area.
The premium barge accommodates up to 30 guests and breathes an atmosphere of luxury and comfort. The 16 lower deck cabins are provided with box spring beds and a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. On the main deck, you’ll see that the bar is the centre of attention, especially during the evening. Around are tables and comfortable chairs where you will be seated during breakfast and when the deliciously cooked dinners are served. In front there is a sitting area and outside are some seats. Last but not least: the Jacuzzi on the aft deck.
If you would like to rent a bike (95 EUR) or e-bike (210 EUR) helmet (10 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 2pm in the centre of Amsterdam. After unpacking your luggage in your cabin an introduction to the tour will take place at 3pm. After that your rental bicycles will be distributed and your tour leader will invite you to a short test-ride. Upon your return, your first dinner on board will be served. After dinner, your tour leader will take you on an evening walk.
Amsterdam - Breukelen | Breukelen - Wijk bij Duurstede 36km or 46km
You will start your first day of cycling by pedalling out of Amsterdam to the historical town of Muiden with its 14th-century waterfront castle. Ride along the castle. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and their large gardens. Close to Vreeland, you can visit a traditional cheese farm. After cycling through the charming villages of Loenen and Nieuwersluis you will arrive at Breukelen where you’ll rejoin your ship. Around 4pm the ship departs for Wijk bij Duurstede and you can enjoy dinner while cruising. Spend the evening and night in Wijk bij Duurstede, a small town on the Rhine River.
Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen | Wageningen - Arnhem 35km or 44km
While you are enjoying breakfast, the barge will sail to Wageningen where you are finally off and cycling through the picturesque river valley of the Rhine. Along the way, you will cycle through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe. At the end of the day, you pedal through the suburbs and past lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the city centre. During the second world war, Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. The operation ended in a failure because of the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulting in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.
Arnhem - Doesburg | Doesburg - Zutphen - Deventer 45km or 55km
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 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, a guided walk with a local guide is on the program.
Deventer - Wijhe | Wijhe - Kampen 40km or 56km
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 an 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.
Kampen - Elburg - Harderwijk 48km
In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes. Today’s cycling tour star cling tour starts at a lock, Roggebotsluis. From the lock you cycle along the border lakes to the fishing harbour of Elburg, where swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favourite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour goes to lovely Harderwijk through the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s old fishing harbour. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and it is still a fascinating old city to explore. Dinner onboard is not included this evening, so you can enjoy a wonderful meal at one of Harderwijks restaurants.
Harderwijk - Huizen | Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam 35km
During breakfast, you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world-famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour.
The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation until 9.30am, enjoy a nice breakfast first.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
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